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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. Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, D.Min., examines what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about celibate chastity and applies it to our understanding of human freedom and healthy sexual integration.
Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D. and Sr. Jane Becker, OSB, Ph.D. explore the unique challenges and opportunities that arise in directing formation with women and men.
Thursday, January 17
1:00-2:00 pm EST
Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., discusses the purpose of spiritual desolation and how to be open to the grace God wishes to bestow.
In the final session of the Living Celibacy series, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., examines emotional intelligence as an important skill for living chaste celibacy well.
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