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Writings of John Paul II on Gender, Marriage, and Family

January 10, 2020 9:16 pm

From January 5-10, I had the great privilege to attend the Theology of the Body Institute’s one-week course on the Writings of John Paul II on Gender, Marriage, and Family. The class was taught by John Grabowski, PhD at the Black Rock Retreat Center in middle of beautiful Amish country in Quarryville, PA.

Dr. Grabowski and I served together as Consultants the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.

This course examined the main themes of the following works of John Paul II: On the Christian Family in the Modern World, On the Dignity & Vocation of Women, and Letter to Families.

Dr. John Grabowski earned his B.A. at the University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. at Marquette University. For the last twenty-two years he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is currently Associate Professor of Moral Theology with continuous tenure and the Director of the Moral Theology/Ethics area. From 2005- 2009 he served as theological advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Marriage and Family. He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009. Dr. Grabowski and his wife Claire have five children and reside in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Together they speak on marriage and family and you can find out more about their work on their website at: www.marriage4life.net.

They are a great couple, filled with a lot of wisdom and faith. It was a pleasure to soak up five days of his teaching and to have Claire there as well. And, it was a special treat to enjoy a small snowfall while there!

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