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Thursday, April 25
1:00-2:00 pm EST
Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., offers practical ways to manage feelings of attraction in the context of celibate living.
Pope John Paul II wrote that the true charism of celibacy doesn’t seek to eradicate human romantic and sexual desires, but rather leaves our “affections and…instinctive impulses intact.” Sustainable, healthy celibacy therefore focuses on the development of skills for coping with such desires. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., offers practical ways to manage feelings of attraction in the context of celibate living.
Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.
Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.
Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., explores the nature of celibate chastity and how it is informed by the particular charism of a religious order.
Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., explores solitude as an essential tool for celibate life.
Rev. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, D.Min., Ph.D., explores how to joyfully embrace and positively express sexuality in a celibate vocation.
Sr. Jane Becker, OSB, Ph.D. identifies benchmarks for growth in affective maturity.
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