Introduction: Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

This refers to a body of teaching written by Pope John Paul II to explore what it means to be human and how people relate to each other, especially in the contexts of relationship and marriage. The teaching reflects traditional Catholic and Christian moral teaching, which is organically based on Sacred Scripture. 

In order to impart this knowledge to people of all ages and stages of life, several programs, conferences, and academic curricula are available. This information is often presented in a developmental approach so that the audience or students are properly prepared to receive it in its full depth. 

In his Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II digs deep into the meaning of being a human person based on Scripture. As a person with a body, soul, spirit, made in the image and likeness of God, we find purpose by exploring what it means to be an image God and what our bodies have to do with it.

The Legacy Institute

The primary focus at The Legacy Institute is to create educational materials and messaging that portray the powerful truth about sexuality with broader brush strokes, to encourage people of all ages to live in agreement with their male or female design.


Assisting parents and educators in Selecting Authentic Sexual Risk Avoidance
(SRA) Curricula 

This is a comprehensive approach to evaluate and select abstinence education academic programs. It is referred to as SRA Works and consists of research and training for parents and educators to be able to evaluate existing programs. It provides the following information-- research indicates that abstinence, or sexual risk avoidance (SRA) education can be effective

 in helping youth achieve health and life success. They discuss public health concerns to be addressed when considering sex education policy. They point out that research provided by social sciences indicates “waiting for sex” can … be predictive of quality of life issues including escaping poverty, forming healthy families and improving an individual’s ability to thrive. 

SRA Works brings an objective voice to the “evidence-based” debate for sex education curricula and programs. That is, it helps parents and educators make informed decisions about nationally promoted curricular that might not be representative of parental values. 

Health professionals who want to provide optimal sexual health messages for youth seek curricula that:

  • has evidence of effectiveness (evidence-based)
  • provides clear risk avoidance information and skills (prioritizes a ‘wait for sex’ message)

For information about the Ascend Evaluation Method, contact Ascend

Feminists for Life (FFL)

Theology of the Body based Curricula

Ruah Woods Rooted: K-12 TOB Curriculum

Ascension Press

Theology of the Body | TOB for Teens

Theology of the Body for Teens Training for middle and high school teachers, coaches and youth minister. This message can strengthen and empower young people to be the best they can be.

Purely You

Partnering with parents to help youth understand “Growing up.” The focus is on youth near early stages of puberty.

Family Honor  Aimed at children near early puberty. Many free helpful resources.

The Theology of the Body

The “Theology of the Body” is St. John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person. The human body has a specific meaning, making visible an invisible reality, and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about our lives. (Christopher West)

OFWC Media, LLC One of the largest suppliers of Theology of the Body media.

DVDs, CDs and books by speakers and authors such as Vicki ThornFr. Thomas Loya, Christopher WestKatrina ZenoDamon OwensMary Beth BonacciFr. Roger Landry, Sue Baars and many others. Use these resources to strengthen your own understanding about the faith and share it with those around you.


Chastity Project

Chastity Project is a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media.

Jason and Crystalina Evert - Home | Facebook

Jason and Crystalina Evert, Denver, CO