About The Congress


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Who_isWith renewed passion and zeal for the New Evangelization, the Theology of the Body Institute has chosen the 2014 Congress theme “Love, Mercy and the New Evangelization” to focus on the important pastoral work of leading all men and women to Christ. As the men and women of our time continue to seek the joy and peace that only the Lord can give, we feel called to the mission of revealing that Face that beams Love and Mercy. This encounter with Christ is the very mission of the New Evangelization. This encounter is the mission of the Theology of the Body Institute.
It is and was the program of Blessed John Paul II: “To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the “program” which I have set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new evangelization. Join us in this journey, as we gaze ever deeper into the Face of the Lord, shining on the face of brothers and sisters around us.” (John Paul II, NMI, 43). It shines through the theology of our bodies, called to be the reflection His love and mercy in the world today.

Because the Theology of the Body is rooted in the Catholic sacramental worldview, it is destined to affect all aspects of faith and life—from worship, to how we conduct business, to how we experience leisure, to how we live out our creation as male and female. It is for these reasons that we have been compelled to gather some of the most renowned teachers of the Catholic faith and Theology of the Body. Please join us and Register Today for the 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress.

The 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress will be held in a the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia, July 9-11, and will offer:

      • The most expansive gathering of marriage and family experts, enthusiasts, Church leaders, DREs and youth ministers ever assembled for review and discussion of this beautiful teaching in light of the Catholic position;

      • Three days of more than 30 seminars, roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses featuring leading experts discussing a wide array of Theology of the Body-related themes and topics such as art and culture, Creed and catechesis;

      • An opportunity for sharing and collaboration between key Theology of the Body leaders, catechists, Church leaders and teachers from around the country;

      • A convergence of Catholic vendors specializing in Theology of the Body-related products and services as resources for furthering the message and teaching of this extraordinary body of work;

      • Two breakfasts, a luncheon and two dinners, as well as networking and a special awards presentation honoring individuals who have shown excellence in promotion and understanding of Theology of the Body;

      • A chance for spiritual growth through Eucharistic adoration, reconciliation and daily mass at the Basilica Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul.