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Created in His Image: Exploring the Theology of the Body, St. Petersburg, Spring 2024


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Bethany Center

18150 Bethany Ctr Dr
Lutz, FL 33558 United States

March 16, 2024

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Workshop Overview

Catholic School Teachers, Catechetical Leaders, and Catechists from the Diocese of St. Petersburg are inviter to join us for a FREE one-day program on the Theology of the Body. Explore St. John Paul II’s teachings on the Theology of the Body and how you can lead your students to understand what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, male and female. You’ll also explore ways to appropriately teach about purity, human sexuality, biological sex, and other topics related to Theology of the Body in age appropriate ways.

You’ll also receive a free copy of either Human Sexuality or Everyday Theology of the Body, a supplemental teacher’s guide packed with lessons and activities that will help you bring your students into a deeper understanding of the Theology of the Body.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


  • 8:30-9:00am

    Breakfast and Check-In

  • 9:00-9:15am

    Program Introduction

  • 9:15-9:45am

    Making Visible the Invisible

    Spend time engaging in hands-on activities that will help your students see the spiritual realities communicated by our physical bodies and other created realities.

  • 9:45-10:30am

    Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

    Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A

  • 10:30-10:45am


  • 10:45-11:30am

    Male and Female He Created Them

    Spend time engaging in hands-on activities that will help students understand more deeply what it means to be created male and female and in God’s image.

  • 11:30am-12:15pm

    Holy Mass

  • 12:15-1:00pm


  • 1:00-1:45pm

    The Redemption of the Body

    Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A

  • 1:45-2:20pm

    Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Art Gallery

    Spend time examining various pieces of art that depict the beauty of creation and the human person.

  • 2:20-2:30pm

    Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge.

Practical Application

Research-based teaching strategies, and concrete tools to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, and your calling as a witness to Christ.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free supplemental guide featuring 10-12 lessons with activities and sacred art.


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Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher’s guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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Michel Therrien

Michel Therrien is President and CEO of the Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to that, he taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. He has also led adult faith formation in various parishes since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

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