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Living Celibacy: Theological Dimensions of Celibate Chastity

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Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., explores the theological foundation of celibacy as a lived experience.

1 hour

Product Description

Overview

A comprehensive approach to celibacy formation includes the essential task of grounding the pursuit of celibacy in the Church’s vision for celibate chastity. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., explores the theological foundation of celibacy as a lived experience, discussing various facets of the theology of celibacy within the context of Christian concepts of chastity, sexuality, marriage and love. Theological reflection is also discussed as a means of drawing wisdom and inspiration from the celibate life.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn to distinguish between celibacy and chastity and better understand the celibate vocation as rooted in the Church’s theology of sexuality, love, and marriage.
  2. Be able to articulate four primary theologies of celibate chastity and their relationship to various forms of priestly and religious life.
  3. Grow in their appreciation for theological reflection as a means of deriving meaning and inspiration for the celibate life.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. What is the difference between chastity and celibacy?
  2. What theology or theologies of celibacy best inform my lived experience of celibacy so far?
  3. What meaning or spiritual wisdom have I found so far in the celibate life?