Sydney Catholic Schools is proud to present two new courses based on Pope Saint John Paul II’s work on Theology of the Body.
The Head and Heart Immersion course is a five day residential course, led by Bill Donaghy, that examines the main themes of Theology of the Body. This course is available to both Sydney Catholic Schools staff and the wider community. Please click the appropriate link on the left, for further information.
The Theology of the Body two day course, presented by Christopher West, will introduce participants to Theology of the Body and deepen their understanding of God’s plan for marriage and sexuality. This course is available to both Sydney Catholic Schools staff and the wider community. Please click the appropriate link on the left, for further information.
Christopher West is a renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian who specialises in making the dense scholarship of the late Pope Saint John Paul IIs Theology of the Body, accessible to a wider audience. As founder of The Cor Project, he leads a global outreach program devoted to cultural renewal through the new evangelisation. His extensive lecturing, numerous books and articles, and multiple media appearances have helped spark an international groundswell of interest in the late pope’s teaching across denominational lines.
West has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the Theology of the Body and sexual ethics since the late 1990s, having served on the faculty of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, and as a visiting professor at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2004, he has served as a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute. His courses there continue to draw clergy, religious, and lay people from around the globe.
Christopher is proud to call himself a devoted husband and father. He lives near Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Wendy and their five children.
Head & Heart Immersion Course
Bill completed the Theology of the Body Institute Speakers Training Program in 2005 and Head & Heart Immersion Course in January 2006. He became an instructor for the Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program, an international speaker, and curriculum specialist in 2013. He is also a Certified Speaker and National Trainer for Ascension Press. Bills presentation of Introduction to Theology of the Body has been described as riveting and life changing. He has given talks and retreats to laity and clergy throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Prior to his work at the Theology of the Body Institute, Bill served in the fields of mission and evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Through his work with the Pontifical Mission Societies, Bill gave numerous talks on the spirituality of mission to young people. He witnessed the love of Christ in the missions of Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, as well as within the realms of young adult and parish ministry in Philadelphia.
Bill holds an Associates degree in Visual Arts, a Bachelors in Philosophy and a Masters in Systematic Theology. He has taught Theology at Malvern Preparatory High School, and teaches at Immaculata University. Bill and his wife, Rebecca live in Philadelphia, with their four children.
*Note: This course can be credited towards Certification at the Theology of the Body Institute, Pennsylvania and is currently credited through Creighton University, Nebraska.