Gaming, Austria (2007)


The 1st International Symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

Gaming, Austria, May 18-20, 2007

What is the dignity of the human person?

What is the true meaning of human sexuality, human love and divine love?

How does the human body reveal the inner life of the Trinity?

Why is the flesh instrumental in the salvation of humanity?

What do masculinity and femininity teach us about ourselves and about God?

From May 18-20, 2007, scholars, writers, and catechists from around the world gathered at a beautifully restored fourteenth century  Carthusian monastery in Gaming, Austria, to explore these questions and many  more. Man and Woman He Created Them: An  International Symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body aimed to  deepen the Church’s understanding of John Paul’s Theology of the Body.

The Symposium began on May 18, 2007, which was the 87th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła and which was meant to be, first of all, a celebration of the gift of his life, his Pontificate and his abiding legacy. Secondly, the event was a great occasion to honour and thank DDr. Michael Waldstein for his new  translation of the Theology of the BodyMan and Woman He Created Them.  Thirdly, the uniqueness of this conference consisted in bringing together – perhaps for the first time – scholars and popular presenters and inviting them to engage in a sincere and fruitful dialogue.

Hosted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville (the Austrian program), the 1st  International TOB Symposium brought together seventeen International speakers and over two hundred and  twenty participants from twenty-nine different countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Kenya, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Ukraine and the United States of America).


Thursday May 17, 2007

Pre-Conference Events

Registration Desk

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Franziskushaus Lobby

First Dinner

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Mensa

Traveler’s Mass

9:00 pm, Kartause Church

Friday May 18, 2007


7:00 am – 8:30 am


8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Welcome and Orientation

8:45 am – 9:15 am, Prälatensaal, (All lectures will take place in the Prälatensaal)

Morning Keynote

9:30 – 10:45 am, Dr. Michael Waldstein, Three Kinds of Personalism: St. John of the Cross, Kant, Scheler and John Paul II

Session 1

10:45 am – 11:45 am, Dr. Peter J. Colosi, Response to Waldstein: A Body that Expresses a Person: Max Scheler’s Impact on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body


12:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Session II, 2:30 – 4:15 pm:

Rev. Jaroslaw Kupczak, O.P., The Influence of Vatican Council II on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

Dr. Michael Raiger, The Phenomenological Roots of John Paul’s Ethos of the Gift

Coffee Break

4:15 – 4:45 pm

First Panel Discussion: Europe and America, 4:45 – 6:30 pm

Dr. Gudrun Kugler-Lang, Europe at the Crossroads

Mr. Matthew Pinto, How Theology of the Body is Impacting the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Anastasia Northrup, Integrating Theology of the Body into Everyday Life

Dinner Break

6:30 – 8:00 pm


8:30 pm

 Theophany Catholic Theater Company, Putting Faces on the Dramatis Personae of the Theology of the Body

Holy Hour and Confession

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Kartause Church

Saturday May 19, 2007


7:00 am – 8:30 am

Morning Keynote:

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Sister Timothy Prokes, FSE, The Meaning of the Body as ‘Gift in the Divine Image’: John Paul’s Theology of the Body and the Increasingly Virtual Culture of our Time.

Session III

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Josef Seifert, Person, Transcendence and the Human Body: a Personalistic Anthropology and Metaphysics of Spousal Love in John Paul II and Realist Phenomenology

Dr. Michele M. Schumacher, The Significance of the Body in John Paul II’s Theological Anthropology of Women


12:15 pm


1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session IV

2:30 – 4:15 pm

Dr. Donald P. Asci, Chastity Refined: The Finality of Sex and the Value of the Person

Mr. Christopher West, Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization

Coffee Break

4:15 – 4:45 pm

Second Panel Discussion: Theology of the Body and the Laity

4:45 – 6:30 pm

Ms. Katrina J. Zeno, Theology of the Body for Young and Old: Visual Aids, Power Point, and Sacramentality

Ms. Tara Seyfer, Theology of The Body: A New Language for Understanding Human Sexuality and Marriage

Mrs. Lisa Lickona, The Theology of the Body for the Very Young

Dinner Break

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Q&A Session

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm, (Based on written questions, this will be an opportunity for many questions to be posed to all speakers)


9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Baroque Library

Sunday May 20, 2007

Early Morning Sunday Mass

6:00 am, Kartause Church


7:00 – 8:30 am

Final Session

8:30 – 10:15 am

Dr. William E. May, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Morality, and Anthropology

Rev. Thomas Loya, The Theology of the Body: Image of the Divine

Divine Liturgy

11:00 am


12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


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