Theology of the Body is a truly life changing expression of the Catholic teaching regarding love, marriage, sexuality and the human person. Pope John Paul II called it the ‘language of the body’, and it answers some of the most fundamental and profoundly important questions of human existence.

Here at the John Paul II Centre for Life we are blessed to have qualified Theology of the Body presenters John and Celia Kennedy on our team, and this allows us to offer a variety of Theology of the Body formation options for parishes and other groups.

The following formation options can either be run onsite at the John Paul II Centre for Life in Christchurch, or John and Celia can come to your parish or group (even those outside of the Christchurch Diocese) to deliver them…

1. Theology of the Body Seminars
These can be offered as either an overview, consisting of four talks over the period of a day, or an intensive weekend which delves more deeply into the Theology of the Body over eight talks starting Saturday morning and finishing Sunday afternoon.

2. What am I saying “I do” to?
Intended for engaged couples as a supplement to the regular marriage preparation course, and for young single adults wanting to know the Church’s teaching about marriage. This weekend includes an introduction to the Theology of the Body, ‘Catholic’ marriage, and natural family planning, and it comprises of six sessions on a  all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

Dates and times for 2015

  • 21 March (10 -5pm) and 22 March (9:30-1pm) Or
  • 27 June (10-5pm) and 28 June (9:30-1pm)  Or
  • 26 Sept (10-5pm) and 27 Sept (9:30-1pm Or
  • 28 Nov (10-5pm) and 29 Nov (9:30-1pm)

Celia & John Kennedy

Suggested donation:
$65 per couple (for printed material)

2. The G.I.F.T. Weekend
A relaxing ‘time-out’ for married couples to look at all aspects of their marriages – communication, priorities, sexuality, conflict resolution. The emphasis is on ‘couple-time’ and rediscovering the gift of each other.
The G.I.F.T. weekend comprises six sessions starting on a Saturday morning and concluding Sunday afternoon, and it can be residential or non-residential.

About our Theology of the Body Presenters…

Celia & John Kennedy present these seminars with the endorsement of Bishop Barry Jones, Bishop of Christchurch. They have been involved for many years in adult education in the Faith.

In 2003/4 they took time out to attend the John Paul II Catholic Bible School in Alberta, Canada, and in 2005 they were graduate diploma students at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne, Australia.

They have been married for 40 years and are proud parents and grandparents.