WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5800 Weiss St., Saginaw
Do you feel prepared to respond to the difficult questions of today regarding the what and why of Catholic teaching about gender and sexuality? Children and youth are often very confused today about their identity as a child of God.
This session, led by Father Andy LaFramboise, pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Freeland, will set a foundation on which to build better responses when asked to explain what the Church teaches about these topics. It will explore themes related to Christian anthropology - the understanding of the human person in light of God's revelation in Christ.
With the principles of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, we will examine the nature of the human person through creation, fall, and redemption. What is freedom? What is grace? What is spiritual childhood? Why is sexual difference good? This seminar will help us understand more deeply the dignity which God has bestowed upon every man and woman.
(For those who are catechists, there will be an opportunity to focus specifically on how this understanding can be helpful in faith formation and youth ministry if asked to respond to the difficult questions.)
Father Andy Laframboise holds a Master's of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Marriage and Family Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.