Summer school seeks participants willing to dive deep into Church’s teaching on love

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Summer school seeks participants willing to dive deep into Church’s teaching on love

This January, the Archdiocese of Hobart will run for the second time Australia’s only marriage and vocation-forming summer school, Made For Each Other.

Across five days, between January 20-24, Made For Each Other (M4EO) participants will be immersed in the beauty and richness of the Catholic teaching on love, relationships, discernment, life, marriage and family. It is open to anyone over 18 – male, female, of any faith or none, single, discerning, married or engaged – anyone interested in deepening their understanding of love.

“At a time when so much of the Church’s teaching on life issues, marriage and the family is contested by secular culture, it is important that young Catholics take this opportunity to go deeper,” said Ben Smith, director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family for the Archdiocese of Hobart.

The first summer school ran earlier this year under the name Matrimonium, but organisers wanted to broaden its focus to include any young discerning Catholic. This summer, the main guest will be the internationally acclaimed US speaker, Katrina Zeno, who has “lived and breathed” Theology of the Body for over 25 years.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Ms Zeno works alongside Archbishop Thomas Olmsted who was present when Pope St John Paul II first delivered his lectures later called the ‘Theology of the Body’. Much more than a Catholic dating manual, Ms Zeno asks the essential questions of what it means to be a human being, a creature made of soul and body.

Ms Zeno will be joined by local presenters Dr Christine Wood of the Office of Evangelisation and Catechesis, Tomasz Juszczak of the Office of Youth Evangelisation, Ben Smith, and Archbishop Julian. Participants will also hear from the Palavra Viva Community, who evidence the gift of self in consecrated life as well as Sydney grassroots movement, the Culture Project, a group of eight lay men and women who seek to change the culture, one heart at a time. 

M4EO will offer participants a mix of talks, discussion, prayer, daily Mass and Sacraments and excursions to key Tasmanian tourist sites – including a round of Argentinian Tango! For organiser Ben Smith, it is about growth and formation but it is also about community and having fun.

For more information on M4EO, held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart, contact Ben Smith at ben.smith@aohtas.org.au or go to bit.ly/2oCtnOU.