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TOB - classes

TOB - classes

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The Theology of the Body is a dense theological catechetical teaching on life, love, sexuality, and the nature of the human person. The  Diocese of Oakland has many resources to help navigate this challenging (but rewarding) work: introductory classes, leadership training, and study groups.


Introductory Classes

The Office of Marriage and Family Life offers periodic introductory classes on the Theology of the Body. These classes are four weeks, one night/week. No previous experience with Theology of the Body is assumed.

For more information: Please email Mimi Streett or  call (510) 267-8392


Leadership (study group) training:

The Diocese of Oakland, through our Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry also offers a class each spring for those interested in deepening their understanding of the Theology of the Body and in particular for those who wish to start a study group in their own parish.

The class meets February – June, one Saturday each month, from 9am – 3:30pm.  Students will receive a comprehensive overview of Theology of the Body, and be introduced to resources for sharing it with others. A textbook is provided. Certification is offered to all who participate in all five sessions, and meet the other course requirements.


Study Groups

The diocese is happy to provide ongoing support for anyone who wishes to start a study group in their own parish, or within their own ministry.

Currently, there is one ongoing study group focused specifically on the Theology of the Body in the Diocese of Oakland.  It meets in the fall and spring, on alternate Tuesday evenings in North Berkeley, from 7:30 – 8:45. Each session goes through a single audience of the Holy Father’s catechesis.  All are welcome – no prior knowledge or experience is required (though it may be helpful).

For more information Please email Mimi Streett or call (510) 267-8392

There are also study groups developing which are based on the writings of John Paul II and his understanding of the human person.  Their intention is to apply these principles to the world and society around us (particularly regarding marriage).  For more information
contact  Dennis Dubro (510) 657-9970 or  Marissa Smithwick (925) 212-1561.