Theology of the Body - General
Natural Family Planning
Authors and Speakers
Dr. John R. Wood is a passionate speaker and author of the bestselling book Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within. Dr. Wood works by day as a mobile eye doctor who travels to over 40 different nursing homes and developmental disability facilities to provide eye care through his business Mobile Eyes, LLC, which he founded in 2007.
Christopher West is a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute. He is also one of the most sought after speakers in the Church today, having delivered more than 1000 public lectures on 4 continents, in 9 countries, and in over 150 American cities. His books – Good News About Sex & Marriage, Theology of the Body Explained, and Theology of the Body for Beginners – have become Catholic best sellers.
Jason Evert earned a master's degree in theology, and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology, with a minor in philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of ten books, including If You Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Theology of the Body for Teens, which challenge young people to be pure. Jason speaks at seminars, participates in debates, and responds to thousands of questions about chastity and Catholicism from people around the world.
Bill completed the Institute' Speakers Training program in 2005 and our Head & Heart Immersion Course in January 2006. Bill's presentation of Introduciton to Theology of the Body has been described as "riveting" and " life -changing". He applies his Masters Degree in Systematic Theology along with his extensive minstry work and love for the Church and its teachings to present John Paul II' s Theology of the Body to your community.
Damon Owens is the founder of Joy Filled Marriage NJ a non-profit organization providing training, resources, and support for engaged and married couples. In 2005, he introduced an exciting new marriage program in NJ, God's Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage (Ascension Press), developed by Christopher West and based on the Theology of the Body.
Vicki Thorn is the foundress of Project Rachel & the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing located in Milwaukee, WI. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota & a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is a bereavement facilitator trained by the A.A.B & a prenatal loss facilitator certified by Resolve Through Sharing Prenatal Loss. She also holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling from UWM.
Mary Beth Bonacci
Mary Beth holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from the University of San Francisco, a master's degree in Theology of Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute, and an honorary doctorate in Communications from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the National Speakers' Association.