International response sells out Theology of the Body Congress 

Registrants from four continents claim all available spots

by Christine Schicker Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Christine Schicker 404-610-8871 or
Ashley Walker 404-791-9725 or

PHILADELPHIA, June 15 – Fr. Maxell Aranilla is coming from the Philippines. Fr. Joseph Morley is traveling from the Diocese of Hamilton, Bermuda. They are among scores of registrants from four continents who will attend The National Theology of the Body Congress, which now is sold out.

“I believe that TOB is one of the greatest gifts of God through the late John Paul II for all the children of God – regardless of gender and race, age, state of life and vocation,” Fr. Aranilla said. “In Filipino we say, ‘Mabuhay ang TOB!’ – Long Live TOB!”

Fr. Morley attended a Theology of the Body Institute presentation by Damon Owens earlier this year, and it inspired him to seek TOB certification through the Institute. “I look forward to this Congress and other opportunities to promote this important gem of our faith,” he said. “Life is short and TOB can – and will, I think – help people to live life to the fullest. I am excited!”

Congress registrants represent 10 countries on four continents – the United States (more than 35 states represented), Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovenia and South Africa.

This unprecedented event will inspire many cultures to dig deeper into this teaching from the Venerable Pope John Paul II, and will serve as an exhilarating opportunity for attendees to build relationships on a global scale.

“We have been so pleased with the response from Catholics across the country and around the world who are interested in coming together to share their tremendous passion for the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II’s beautiful teaching of Theology of the Body,” Maria Stumpf, Director of Operations and Programs at the Theology of the Body Institute, said. “This Congress promises to be truly incredible.”

The National Theology of the Body Congress will be the most expansive and comprehensive gathering of Theology of the Body experts and enthusiasts ever assembled. The Congress will be held at Normandy Farms Conference Center outside Philadelphia from July 28-30, 2010, with the theme “Receiving and Proclaiming the Gift.”

This unprecedented three-day event will gather the foremost educators, authors and speakers on Theology of the Body in one place to take part in more than 35 keynote addresses, educational workshops, roundtable discussions, expert panels and seminars. This historic occasion seeks to advance the Institute’s mission to educate and train women and men to understand, live and promote John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Featured speakers include: Justin Cardinal Rigali, Dr. Janet Smith, Katrina Zeno, Glenn Stanton, Dr. Pia de Solenni, Bill Donaghy, Fr. Thomas Loya, Damon Owens, Dr. Gregory Popcak, Dr. Michael Waldstein, Monica Ashour, Anastasia Northrup and many more.

For more information on the Congress and to submit your name to the waiting list, please visit

Maria Stumpf, Director of Operations and Programs at the Theology of the Body Institute and Damon Owens, Founder of Joy Filled Marriage NJ, are available for interviews. Please contact Christine Schicker at 404-610-8871 or Ashley Walker at 678-990-9032, both with The Maximus Group.


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