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PROGRAMME

EDUCATORS DAY

YOUNG ADULTS SYMPOSIUM

Overview – Educators Day

Overview of the Academic Portion

The objective of the lectures for the Educators Day is to give an overview of what John Paul II calls an ‘adequate anthropology.’  This means, a complete explanation of who we are as human beings.  John Paul II developed this ‘total vision of man’ in various of his writings but most especially in a set of over one hundred catecheses which are grouped together into what is now called ‘the Theology of the Body.’  From this vision of the human person, both male and female, we will then move on to see how in the light of such a vision of the human person, we can better understand human sexuality as a reality ordered towards love, communion and human flourishing.

Lectures will be supplemented by group discussion, social time, coffee breaks, and time for personal sharing and reflection.

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Overview – Young Adult Symposium

Overview of the Academic Portion

The objective of the three day course is to understand and explore John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in detail.  The course will move step-by-step through the text and seek to penetrate into the numerous ideas that are encountered.  In this sense, the course is a detailed reading of the text itself from cover to cover.  At each stage, the question will be asked as to what John Paul II means as well as how this impacts our understanding of the human person and human sexuality.  A key aim of the course is to give to attendees a confidence in approaching both the text and the theology contained therein.

Lectures will be supplemented by group discussion, social time, coffee breaks, and time for personal sharing and reflection.

Draft Outline of the Educator’s Day:

19 April 2017

8.30am        Registration, tea, coffee and pastries

 

Morning Lectures by Prof William Newton
Lecture 1 – Man – Created for Gift & Communion, followed by Small Groups
Lecture 2 – Man – a Unity of Body & Soul 
and A Way Forward, followed by Small Groups, Q&A

 

12.45pm     Mass, followed by Lunch

 

Afternoon Workshops
Workshop 1 – From theory to praxis: facing the difficult questions
Kerri Lenartowick

Workshop 2 – The mindset of millennials and Theology of the Body in the classroom
Will Desmond, Ben Gray

 

5.15pm     Tea & Sandwiches for those staying on
6.15pm     Made for More – Formed for Love Symposium Opening Address

Draft Outline of the Young Adult Symposium:

 

19 April 2017
5:30pm –  Registration open
6:15pm – Opening address: Made for More
7:45pm – Dinner for Symposium participants and VIPs

20 April 2017
8:30am – Morning Prayer and Adoration
Lecture 1,  followed by small group sessions
Lecture 2, followed by small group sessions

12:45pm –  Mass, followed by lunch
Workshops
Lecture 3, followed by small group sessions

6:15pm –  Dinner
7:30pm – Social Evening (optional)

21 April 2017
8:30am –  Morning Prayer and Adoration
Lecture 4
Small Group Session
Personal Reflection Time

12:45pm – Mass, followed by lunch
Workshops
Lecture 5, followed by small group sessions

5:30pm –  Dinner
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Healing Service (optional)

22 April 2017
8:30am –  Morning Prayer and Adoration
Lecture 6, followed by small group sessions
Lecture 7, followed by small group sessions

12:45pm – Mass, followed by lunch
Workshops
Panel Q&A Session

6:00pm – Saturday evening Mass (optional)
7:30pm – Night Fever (optional)

Principal Lecturer – Dr. William Newton

Dr. William Newton is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University Steubenville, Austria. After working for ten years in scientific research in the United Kingdom, he went on to theological studies, eventually receiving his doctorate in theology from the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is also an associate member of the faculty at Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England, and the International Theological Institute, Austria. In 2011 he co-founded the Aquinas Institute of Ireland, an organization running philosophy and theology summer schools.  He has published numerous articles in various theological journals on a range of subjects including social teaching and sexual ethics. He lives in Austria with his wife Claire and their five children.

Young Adult Symposium Workshop Presenters:

 

Confirmed Workshop speakers

Fr Anthony Doe – Sexuality, Spirituality and Psychology
Kerri Lenartowick – Tough topics in a secular culture
Freda McMahon – Natural Fertility Matters!
Fiorella Nash – Reclaiming Human Dignity: challenging the status quo in the media
Zygmunt & Pascale Mary Rakowicz – The joy of married life within the Church
Dr Helen Watt – Reproductive technologies and bodily respect: how should children be received

More information coming soon!

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