Diocese To Sponsor ‘Theology Of The Body For Teens’ Training Session For Middle School Educators, Parish Leaders

PISCATAWAY – The Diocese of Metuchen will sponsor a daylong training session for those who want to learn more about a new faith formation program designed specifically for students in grades 6 through 8 entitled, “Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition.”

An introduction to the program, which is based on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body teachings, will be held Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane.

Brian Butler, co-author of both Theology of the Body for Teens: High School Edition and Middle School Edition, will explain the program and will demonstrate ways for participants to customize it and implement it in their schools, parishes and homes. He also will give them tools to effectively and confidently pass along the information to middle schoolers.

With over 15 years of youth ministry experience, Butler currently ministers to youth in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is co-founder and president of Dumb Ox Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to chastity and vocation formation for pre-teens, teens and young adults. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary School of Theology.

Now available through Ascension Press, the “Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition” kit comes with a Leader’s Guide, a Student Workbook, a Parent’s Guide, and DVD series that uses a great mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and references to the culture that are relevant to teens and pre-teens. It can be used as a stand-alone program, but works perfectly as a precursor to the High School Edition.

The program answers questions such as: “Who am I?”, “Are there consequences to my actions?”, “What is the difference between love and lust?”, “How do I balance family, friends, school, God, music, TV, internet, texting, etc., in my daily life?”, “How can I discern my vocation to marriage, priesthood, or religious life?”, “How do I deal with bullying, gossip, peer pressure, pornography, divorce, etc?” and “Can I live my Catholic faith no matter how I messed up in the past?”

The training session is open to all who work with pre-teens and teens, and especially is intended as a resource for Catholic middle school teachers, principals, priests, deacons, parish catechetical leaders, catechists and youth ministers.

Cost for the program is $65 and includes required program packet materials, light breakfast and lunch. A discount is available for priests, principals and PCLs. Five professional development hours will be awarded to attendees. For more information or to register visit, www.diometuchen.org, call 1-732-562-1990 ext. 1543 or email respect.life@diometuchen.org.

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