5th International Symposium on John Paul II's

Theology of the Body

28th - 30th June, 2019
Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, Netherlands

Defending and Promoting Human Dignity in a Secular Age

2019 marks 40 years since John Paul II presented his first “Wednesday catechesis” on the Theology of the Body. This fifth International Symposium will be held on the week-end of the Feasts of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and of Saints Peter and Paul.

It will discuss and promote John Paul II’s Theology of the Body within a general theme—Defending and Promoting Human Dignity in a Secular Age—centering around the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Humanae Vitae. All the talks will be given in English.

The goal is to make a contribution to healing the current cultural situation of the Church and humanity with respect to sexuality, marriage, the family, education and human happiness by exploring ever deeper the goodness, truth and beauty of the Divine plan for human life and love.

We wish this event to be an opportunity for a deepening of personal faith and self-understanding that will inspire greater participation in the New Evangelization.

Since the Symposium will facilitate the bringing together of people from many countries and cultures, it is our hope that this encounter will also foster and develop prosperous networks to assist participants with their own evangelization initiatives.

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The sooner you register:

Registration closes on THURSDAY, the 20th of June! (Or June 25th if you don't need accommodation.)

*The registration fee for the symposium covers all talks, coffee breaks, and evening socials.
*Also, in the hope of enabling more people to come, we've decided to lower the last minute registration fee and keep it at € 90.


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Peter Colosi

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

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Marguerite Duane

FACTS, Georgetown University

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Cardinal Eijk

Archbishop of Utrecht

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Obianuju Ekeocha

Culture of Life Africa

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Maria Fedoryka

Ave Maria University, FL

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Mgr. de Jong

Auxiliary Bishop of Roermond

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Gudrun Kugler

Österreichische Volkspartei

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Fr. Kevin O’Reilly OP

The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome

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Katie van Schaijik

The Personalist Project

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Janet Smith

Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI

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Anthony Towey

St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London

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Peter Colosi

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

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Monica Rapeanu

Co-founder of the ToB International Symposia

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Jules van Schaijik

The Personalist Project

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Fr. Luc Simons

Lead organizer of the 5th International ToB Symposium

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