Sunday, November 21, 2010

TOB Workshop held at Dasya, Porvorim from 12 to 14 Nov 2010.

The retreat was very fruitful and St. Paul's counsel to "Gird your loins with the truth" has taken on new meaning.
Thank God for Valy, Anna and their family who are are doing a sterling job of disseminating the TOB.

I wish to thank you & your family for the precious knowledge you have shared with us on TOB. it has brought about a new dimension in my life & hopfully in the people around me.
Love & God Bless

Monday, September 20, 2010

Be-Attitudes Founders honoured with TOB Award

[ZE100730] The World Seen From Rome
The World Seen From Rome
Daily dispatch - July 30, 2010

5 Theology of the Body Pioneers Awarded
Indian Couple, Daughters of St. Paul Honored

By Genevieve Pollock

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, JULY 30, 2010 ( Five individuals and institutions were honored for their work to spread the teaching of Pope John Paul II in his theology of the body at the first national congress on this topic.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, said the opening prayer for the Thursday evening awards banquet at the National Theology of the Body Congress.

Cardinal Rigali affirmed to ZENIT that the theology of the body is "a great gift." In fact, the cardinal personally wrote a Jan. 21 letter of invitation to the congress, in which he stated, "I am convinced that John Paul II's theology of the body is a treasure for the Church and a gift of the Holy Spirit for our time."

The three-day congress, which was organized by the Philadelphia-based Theology of the Body Institute, ends today.

The institute awarded Valentine and Ann Coelho of Goa, India; Father Richard Hogan of Crystal, Minnesota; the Daughters of St. Paul of Boston, Massachusetts; the Theology of the Body International Alliance of San Antonio, Texas; and Ruah Woods of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A press release noted the "pioneering work" of these honorees in "the advancement of the teachings of Pope John Paul II on human sexuality."

David Savage, chairman of the institute's board, said at the banquet that "each of the recipients have been true trailblazers -- in ways unique to their individual and organizational missions -- in promoting and helping others understand the theology of the body."

Unique missions

Valentine and Ann Coelho were acknowledged for their work over the past decade in spreading the teachings of John Paul II in India, through seminars for clergy, religious, seminarians, doctors, youth and engaged and married couples.

Father Hogan, co-author of "Covenant of Love: Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage and Family in the Modern World," was honored for his vanguard work in disseminating the theology of the body through publications as early as 1981. His latest book, "Theology of the Body: What it Means, Why it Matters," continues his 29-year work of bringing John Paul II's teachings to a wider audience.

Sister Mary Mark Wickenhiser, publisher of Pauline Books and Media, accepted the award on behalf of the Daughters of St. Paul. The congregation, which works to communicate Christ through the media and modern technology, was awarded for its work to publish the general audience addresses of John Paul II, and then many subsequent books by various authors on the topic of the theology of the body.

Anastasia Northrop received the award for the Theology of the Body International Alliance, which was created in 2003 to provide resources for catechesis and ministry. The organization currently supports 500 members in 25 countries in their work with couples, teens, prolife causes, street evangelization, forums and national conferences.

Ruah Woods was honored for its ministry in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, as an education center specifically dedicated to teaching the theology of the body. Since it opened its doors last year, it has trained 400 students to bring John Paul II's teaching to their own parishes and communities.

Universal Church

At the banquet, Cardinal Rigali was accompanied by Bishop-elect John McIntyre, whose episcopal ordination will take place Aug. 6. Also present were Bishop Lawrence Brandt of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Bishop Hugh Slattery, who retired this year from his position as bishop of Tzaneen, South Africa.

Before giving the closing prayer for the evening, Bishop Slattery addressed some words to the participants of the theology of the body congress, in which he emphasized the need for spreading this Church teaching about human sexuality, especially in the fight against AIDS. He noted that some 2 million South Africans have already died due to AIDS.

Later, in comments to ZENIT, Bishop Slattery affirmed that the Church in South Africa has had a great impact in the fight against AIDS, a work that he said was an "honor" to be a part of.

The congress focused four tracks on various aspects of the theology of the body: pastoral ministry, catechesis and evangelization, philosophy and theology, marriage and family.

Speakers included: Cardinal Rigali; Father Hogan; Helen Alvaré, law professor and advisor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity; Father Thomas Loya; Sister Helena Burns of the Daughters of St. Paul; Janet Smith; Lisa Hendey; Brian Gail; Katrina Zeno; Pia de Solenni; Anastasia Northrop; Father Roger Landry; Peter Colosi; Bill Donaghy; Damon Owens; Michael Waldstein; Monica Ashour; Gregory Popcak; Glen Stanton; Jake Samour; Bob Schuchts; and Philip Mango.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Summary of Theology of the Body programs/ courses/ activities since 2001

2001: With permission from CCL International, produced and distributed 500 audio-tapes on Christopher West's Introduction to TOB.

Gave short talks based on the TOB to youth groups, parish council members, diocesan priests, St. Luke's Medical Guild, Goa.

Wrote articles based on TOB for Marriage Encounter, Engaged Encounter and Diocesan magazines

2002 - 03: Presented the vision of the TOB to the Trainees of the Parish Family Cells at the invitation of the Diocesan Family Service Centre, Goa.

2004: Talk on TOB givent to the 3rd and 4th year seminarians of Rachol Seminary Goa. Used audio tapes Naked without Shame for Pre-baptismal team couples of Archdiocese of Bombay.

2005: Starting in 2005 till this year, gave four-day seminars on the TOB to the newly ordained priests in Goa Archdiocese. Organised three-day Seminar on TOB at Goa in August in collaboration with CCBI Family Commission.

2006: Presented short talks on the TOB to youth groups in Goa on three occasions.

In July, (Vally & Anna) attended a Certification Course: Head & Heart Immersion I, given by Christopher West, at the Theology of the Body Institute, Pennsylvania, USA in June 2007.

2007 : Presented Christopher West's “Created and Redeemed” to team couples of Marriage Encounter Goa, member of Jesus Youth in Bangalore and Chennai and to members of the Pro-Life Group in Goa.

In August 2008, (Vally & Anna) attended a Certification Course on Catholic Sexual Ethics, given by Dr. Janet Smith at Pennsylvania, USA and in September 2008 (Vally) attended a Certification Course: Head & Heart Immersion II given by Christopher West.

2008: Presented talks to a secular audience bas aed on the TOB to all students of Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai over three days and to the students of Goa College of Home Science -one day.

Gave Motivation Talks based on the TOB at the Engaged Encounter Weekends in Mumbai.

As Team couples for Marriage Encounter and Engaged Encounter and Team Trainers for the Marriage Encounter, we have also incorporated the TOB into most of our talks.

Gave Pre-conference training on TOB to 200 delegates for Asia Pacific Conference of HLI in Goa.

2009-10: Gave a talk on the TOB to experienced Marriage Encounter team couples in Kochi.

Conducted six weekend residential Workshops on Christopher West's Introduction to the Theology of the Body, with a faculty of five (Valentine & Anna Coelho, James Kurian, Nadisha Coelho & Nimish Coelho) to over 125 participants including about 17 priests, 23 doctors, seven nuns. The feedback has been very encouraging.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

TOB Seminar at Goregaon, Mumbai, 20-21Mar 10

TOB Seminar presented by the Couple to Couple League of India and organised in Mumbai by the Bio-Medical Ethics Center, headed by Fr. Stephen Fernandes, Director, in collaboration with the Catholic Medical Guild of St. Lukes, Mumbai from 20-21 March 2010.

The latest TOB Seminar in Mumbai touched the lives of most of the participants. Twenty-three people attended the whole seminar (20th and 21st March), while twenty-two others attended came on the second day of the seminar; a majority of the participants (23) were doctors.

Some of the comments of the participants:

The course consists of very good and informative notes for study.

- A youth

The TOB seminar was an eye opener in many ways. The teachings of Pope John Paul, especially about the act of sexual intercourse being so sacred, so beautiful, among many other teachings.

- A doctor

It increased my knowledge about my body, sexual morality, relationship between man and woman in marriage...

- A doctor

The speaker is so passionate and emotional. To see his passion and the use of his personal (very personal) testimonies, touched me immensely.

- A doctor

It has helped me respect myself and others and understand deeply the meaning of sex in my life.

- A youth

The aspect I liked the most was that sexual intercourse is 'DIVINE', and a peep into the Beatific Vision, as I was illiterate about it.

- A doctor

I liked the personal sharing by Vally as this really opened peoples' hearts, because in order to accept the teachings, we need to feel human experiences to understand better.

- A youth

Enjoyed the session on marriage as a sacrament, the act of sexual intercourse being holy and not just an act of Recreation and Procreation. It will help me in my marriage, to understand my husband better.

- A married person

The TOB should be for a longer duration.

- A married person

Overheard at the Seminar:

"Getting this information now is like getting a comb when you're bald"

- A doctor, married 25 years

"Now I am convinced that Natural Family Planning really is the gift of the Catholic Church to the world."

- A doctor

"I am ready to give up my profession to propagate this message full-time."

- A doctor

TOB Seminar at Pastoral Institute, Old Goa, 8-10 March 2010

The TOB seminar in Old Goa was very enriching both for the participants as well as the organisers. It was attended by 16 participants, 14 being newly ordained priests of the last two years and 2 youth - one male and one female.

Some of the comments made by the participants:

I liked the different analogies used to explain concepts.

- A priest

As a man it has deepened my understanding of the meaning of my body. The different views in the group discussion was enriching. I would like to bring some aspect of this in marriage preparation courses.

- A priest

I enjoyed the talks by Mr. James. It gave me purpose for my existence.

- A priest

I liked the talk on Celibacy for the Kingdom and the understanding that even married people are called to chaste life in their vocation.

- A priest

I recommend this seminar for counsellors, college students and post-confirmation children.

- A priest

I liked the aspect that the body is 'prophetic' because spouses proclaim the language of the body truthfully. Also the point that celibacy has a redeeming effect.

- A priest

It has deepened my insights on Natural Family Planning and TOB.

- A priest

Very methodical, interactive and well coordinated.

- A priest

I will spread this good news wherever I go.

- A priest

It is a rare topic which is not discussed openly. It was practical and will help me in my daily life. We must create awareness among the masses as many people who want to know these values are forced to use wrong means.

- A young person

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hi everyone!!

It's been a long time since we updated our family photo. We celebrated our silver wedding anniversary on 29 Dec 2009 and had the function on 3rd Dec. this is the latest photo we have of our family.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Theology of the Body Seminars at Mumbai & Ahmednagar

Theology of the Body seminars

26 years have passed since Pope John Paul II delivered the last talk of his
catechesis, known as the Theology of the Body, yet very few people
have even heard of this teaching. For the sake of the future of humanity,
it is of vital importance that this teaching be made known and be lived by
as many people as possible. The Couple to Couple League of India has taken
up this challenging task by scheduling a series of seminars on the Theology
of the Body. Hailed as the landmark catechesis of our dearly beloved Pope
John Paul II on love, sex and marriage, it is not only for married people
but for all those who want to understand the meaning of life and how we must
live it.
If you have a body, the Theology of the Body is for you. In other words it
is for for *every-body*!

Next Seminar at Bosco Grameen Vikas Kendra, Ahmednagar, organised by Fr. Bento D'souza sdb:

For registration email:

Theology of the Body Seminar at Rivona Goa 24 to 29 Jan 2009

Which aspect of the TOB seminar did you like the most? Why?

1. Marriage as a Sacrament, Celibacy for the Kingdom – helped me change my point of view that they are not missing out on something important. Even the session on language of sexual love was good. - A youth

2. Celibacy for the Kingdom. Because it has helped me as a priest to accept my celibacy more. - A priest

3. All sessions were good. Aspect of marriage, husband and wife related to God, Christ and Church. -A married person

4. Great Analogy of Spousal Love – understood the details of our origin, our history and our destiny. -A youth

5. Almost all! Through it I came to know how much God loves me, and the true meaning of my life, body. There was also a negative thought of sexuality so all the questions have been solved. - A youth

6. I liked the things about celibacy, marriage as a sacrament and language of sexual love. As one need to know all three in relation to each other to understand truly the plan of God. - A youth

7. Marriage as a Sacrament. Liked the analogy between Marriage and the Church rituals. (Also the comparisons between Marriage and the various Sacraments.) - A single adult

In what way has participating in this seminar affected you?

1. Earlier I had a different way of looking at sexual intercourse. I always thought sex was the sin that Adam and Eve committed. But now I know what it is. And understood the important value of it. - A youth

2. My view on the body of myself has changed – become more meaningful - A priest

3. It has opened my eyes to what God has originally planned. This has given me a new set of lenses to see the world through.- A youth

4. Learnt that this was a topic after the late Pope John Paul II's heart. Saw the beauty of the relationship between husband and wife which is a foretaste of the relationship between God and us in eternity. - A single adult