We are very blessed as a diocese to have one of our own instructors create a Theology of the Body Training for teachers and catechists that covers all grade levels from Kindergarten to high school seniors. The author of this new training series is Allison Dreher, who lives in Independence, LA, and works with Mater Dolorosa School. Mrs. Dreher is also the Education Coordinator for The St. Augustine Foundation and is very familiar with the teachings of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Mrs. Dreher has created an excellent program that was piloted for the first time in July with the Mater Dolorosa faculty along with some of our office staff. It was very well-received and has the full approval of our Director of the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis, Dina Dow. Mrs. Dreher has agreed to offer these trainings once in the fall and once in the spring for anyone interested or required by contract to complete such trainings.
As many of you know, the Catholic Schools Office mandated that Theology of the Body be taught at all grade levels throughout our Catholic schools. These trainings will provide what teachers in all grade levels need to fulfill this requirement. In the past, we have offered Theology of the Body training for one age group or another at a time but with these new trainings, all teachers and catechists of all grade levels are invited to attend and will learn how best to approach their particular classes with the Theology of the Body material.
Taking Allison Dreher’s Theology of the Body Training will fulfill the requirements for the Catholic Sexual Morality Certification needed by many of our teachers and catechists. Any teachers and catechists who have already obtained CSM Certification will be able to earn Enrichment credit for attending.
The Fall TOB Training is set to take place on Tuesday, November 19th from 6-8pm AND Wednesday, November 20th from 6-7:30pm. Participants must attend both evenings in full to get credit. It will take place at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge. The cost will be $25. No refunds or transfers. Click here to register for this Fall training.
The Spring TOB Training is set to take place on Saturday, February 1st from 9am-2:30pm at the Catholic Life Center. Lunch will NOT be included so plan to bring a bag lunch. The cost will be $25. No refunds or transfers. Click here to register for this Spring training.
You will not receive training manuals when you participate in one of these trainings. However, we will have resources from Ascension Press, Ruah Woods, and others that you are free to peruse so you can make a determination on which materials work best for your particular group. We will include a way to direct you so that you can separately purchase whichever materials you need.
We are looking forward to making these trainings available to the wider audience of our diocese! Feel free to contact our office with any questions you might have.