TOBET was founded in 2001 by a grassroots group of people to promulgate St. John Paul’s message of hope and healing to a world in need. The founders were educators and parents who recognized a calling to spread the Theology of the Body to people of all ages in a holistic way.
The need for this life-giving message is evident in the regular calls and emails we receive from people who live in a culture which distorts the proper view of sexuality and identity. This distorted view rests on what St. John Paul diagnosed as “detachment” from the truth and meaning of the human body. Detachment is a mindset which devalues the human body and thus, the dignity and identity of the human person.
St. John Paul anticipated much of this crisis of identity and detachment in his writing and through Theology of the Body gives a wondrous view of the meaning of our existence, which is to love and be loved. This reality, he says, is made visible in our human bodies. TOBET “translates” this philosophically dense, theological reflection so that families and people of all ages can access this life-affirming teaching.
In union with and in service of the Blessed Trinity and the Catholic Church, TOBET seeks to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, spread hope, and, by word and example, draw all people into the Communion of Persons of the Blessed Trinity by instructing others about Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body for the renewal and sanctification of the family, the Church, and the rest of society.
Episcopal Advisory Board
Most Reverend Samuel Aquila
Archbishop of Denver
Kevin Joseph Cardinal Farrell
Prefect of Laity, Family and Life
Most Reverend David Konderla
Bishop of Tulsa
Most Reverend Mark Seitz
Bishop of El Paso
Most Reverend Michael Sis
Bishop of San Angelo
Most Reverend Joseph Strickland
Bishop of Tyler
Most Reverend Kevin Vann
Bishop of Orange, CA
Our Programs: Project Family
Pope John Paul II (Familiaris Consortio, 1981) and more recently, Pope Francis (Amoris Laetitia, 2016) strongly emphasized the need to prepare and assist engaged couples, married couples, and families in developing and living out Christian values, “for the domestic Church is essential to the [evangelization of the] world.” TOBET responds to this call with its programs and formation:
A holistic, flexible marriage preparation program based on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, with practical wisdom for daily living in the context of the sacramental view of marriage.
The Body Matters
A Pre-K through 8th grade curriculum—for families, Faith Formation, or Catholic schools—which brings to children, in an age-appropriate way, the truth of the body and its meaning. These books lay the foundation for children to develop a healthy sexual identity without explicitly addressing sexuality. TOBET also provides ancillary documents which assist parents and educators in addressing sensitive and controversial topics with children.
Teaching TOB through talks, retreats, and workshops in multiple formats for any audience. Conference seminars can qualify for continuing education hours for educators or catechists. See the TOBET seminars page for more information!
Also: TOBET Books
Books, CDs, slideshows, and other resources to share TOB with loved ones, your classes, your parish! In addition toThe Body Matters books, TOBET offers resources for any group, at any age.