Theology of the Body Testimonials:

If the Gift Study was being done at every parish it could help change the Church because people would realize that their ultimate longing is actually the love that they can only achieve through God. Christopher West is witty, holy, humble. He makes it very practical.
— Nancy Falini

The Theology of the Body has impacted my marriage in such incredible ways. After I learned this message all I wanted to do was jump up and down. My husband and I just wanted to go out and tell everybody. Through the Gift Study we can share this message with others. It is a gift to couples, it is a gift to families, and it is just something that I wish all parishes could have, because it is something that helps couples find the path to a long, loving marriage.
— Patty Millward

This teaching is definitely meant for today’s time and the message is so applicable to me and everybody I have ever met. We are all searching for love and we want that love and want to be loved. This is a great road map to that. It has helped me with my role as a father, my role as a husband, my role at work, as a son to my parents and everything.
— Scott Millward

As a single person, the Theology of the Body has moved me from profound loneliness to union with Christ.
— Matt Zucco

The Gift Study is just phenomenal.  It really has a powerful approach in that it deals with things but is very palatable for most Catholics on the parish level.  You will see renewal of family life and that will lead to societal change.
— Matthew Kuhner

The Theology of the Body has really impacted me in so many ways. It provided those answers that I never received as a kid growing up. As a Catholic my parents told me to wait until marriage to have sex, and that was that - no explanation.  Theology of the Body gave me those explanations.
— Andrew Archual

Christopher West is able to synthesize the Theology of the Body in an understandable and exciting way that gets people excited about it and excited about living it. The Theology of the Body is a great foundation for marriage and it also gives us a better language to speak about it with younger couples.
— Cecilia LeChevallier, Coordinator, Marriage Preparation and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Camden, NJ

The Theology of the Body has given me an opportunity to look at celibacy for what it is - a gift.  It is really a blessing in my life and has also given me the opportunity to help young people to see what their identity is in this world and how their sexuality is truly a gift if it is used in the way that God is calling them to use it.

  The Gift series is really impacting people’s hearts and I would recommend it.  I think if parishes took up the Gift study many hearts would be changed as people would see that the Lord is calling them to this beautiful gift of our sexuality.
— Fr. John Nordeman, Chaplain, Newman Center, West Chester University

When I think about John Paul II and the Theology of the Body, and their impact and influence on my own life, what comes to mind first is a rediscovery of my own, as a consecrated person, my own ability to love as God has called us to love.  This is wonderful news! 
— Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, STD

The Theology of the Body has opened my eyes to see truly who I am as a woman and how I am supposed to be living out my life as a woman of God.  It has taken this veil off my eyes and has shown me this glorious beauty of God’s creation of male and female and how we complement each other. 

  Christopher can proclaim the message of the Theology of the Body in a way that brings it down a level where anybody can understand it.  John Paul II had this brilliant mind and great theology, but not everyone can understand that theology or understand Theology of the Body in that way.  Christopher has a great way of proclaiming this message that any person would truly be able to grasp this beautiful message.

  I believe that the Gift study is an important message for everybody because our society has lost that vision of who we are created to be.  Working with young adults in the Catholic Church, we are a wounded generation that needs truth so badly.  The Gift study can give them hope, that there is something great out there for them, that there is a great vision for their life.
— Abbie Langsdorf, Office of Youth & Young Adult, Diocese of Allentown

Theology of the Body has dramatically impacted my life.  It has changed the whole way I think, what it means to be a man, and what it means to be a person, and what it really means to discern a vocation. 

  It is amazing to be able to listen to Christopher because he has takes this very difficult teaching, and really brings it down to a level that we understand.  He is fun, he is exciting, he is able to use analogies through our music, through our movies that I can really relate with. 

  The Gift Study is a very unique and special gift because not everyone can hear Christopher West live.  The way the Gift Study has been set up is really going to be able to allow people to dive into the message, to understand it better, and think about it and pray about it.  It has been set up perfectly to be able to do that.
— Colin Nykaza, Director of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of New York

The Theology of the Body has been tremendous in terms of affecting my marriage in a very positive way. In my ministry, my husband and I talk about Theology of the Body as it relates to our love story, and our relationship. So in a very real, concrete way, we are a sign to other people and they can see how Theology of the Body affects our life.
— Peg Hensler, Coordinator, Marriage Ministries and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Trenton, NJ

The Theology of the Body cannot be simply relegated to marriage and family or sexual ethics. Its scope is much broader, touching on everything concerning the human experience. This theology is the groundwork for a re-articulation of the entire faith in view of a New Evangelization.
— Fr. Kevin B. McGoldrick, M.Div., M.A., S.T.B. Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Christopher West is “a prophet of the sexual counter-revolution”
— The National Catholic Register

I am familiar with the excellent work Christopher West has done and continues to do promoting Catholic teaching on life and love, especially as given to us by Pope John Paul II in his "theology of the body." I am grateful to count him among the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg and to encourage one and all to listen with an open heart to the message of hope he brings.
— Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Harrisburg, PA

The vibrancy of Christopher West, his infectious enthusiasm and penetrating understanding of the thought of Pope John Paul II is well-known to those who have heard his lectures and tapes. The public needs to hear what the Holy Father thinks on issues of sexuality, marriage, and celibacy and West has generously committed his considerable talents to making this a possibility.
— Dr. Janet Smith, Professor of Life Issues, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

Christopher West’s keen grasp of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and his ability to make it accessible to others is changing lives, strengthening marriages, and renewing people’s faith in the Church across the country and internationally. He is on the front lines of the new evangelization and his message should be heard by all.
— Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Denver

With intellectual care, with the experience bred of long years of teaching this material in the classroom and the parish, and taking account of his own experiences as a husband and father, Christopher West has put us in his debt by making the ‘theology of the body’ available to a wide + and, I hope, appreciative + readership.
— George Weigel, Senior Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Theology of the Body messages have literally changed the course of my life. I have always loved being Catholic but it has never been fleshed out the way it is for me now. It has given form to my faith. 
— Bernadette Kozak

We had an amazing weekend! Father is so thrilled about the whole thing and I think this is really just a beginning of something much bigger than we can even imagine. Damon was out of this world. I had no doubt he would be but he really surpassed all my expectations. Spending time with him was really a great gift to all of us. I feel so blessed!
— Annette Cayer, Theology of the Body for Teens Training host, Corpus Christi Parish, Celebration FL

TOB teens High School:

Theology of the Body for Teens has been incredible. John Paul II's teaching is so profound. The book has really brought it down to a teenage level. It opened my eyes to where I not only understood the concepts, but I see why I should live that way, and that's the way I want to live.
— Matt C., High School Senior

Theology of the Body has been such an inspiration and an astounding experience for me as a teen.
— Chelsea M., High School Senior

Theology of the Body for Teens is the most powerful weapon that I've come across in all of my ministry to help teens in their relationship with God, and to liberate them from the lies they face every day.
— Fr. Mark Toups, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Our parish has been using the Theology of the Body for Teens curriculum this school year, for juniors and seniors in high school. We have the boys taught in one place by three fathers, and the girls taught in another place by three mothers. We've had many parents comment about how, unlike in the past, they don't have to force their kids out the door on Wednesday evenings to go to CCD, because the youth are enthused about going! And our boys' class - seniors and juniors in high school, which normally would have a very low attendance rate for CCD - has had an attendance rate of over 90%! I was glad to receive the DVDs and Parent's Guide last week. They will clearly make the implementation of the curriculum even better.
— Father Tom Hoisington, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Conway Springs, KS

In an age of sexual confusion, Theology of the Body (TOB) goes beyond "just say no" and gives teens something noble and beautiful to say "YES!" to - opening their hearts not only to a pure life, but the whole Gospel message, and the exciting world of philosophy/theology. TOB is a message our teens need to experience now, more than ever, and the resources and training Ascension Press provides has, at long last, made it accessible for them.
— Christopher J. Stefanick, Director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Archdiocese of Denver

Theology of the Body for Teens is a brilliant curriculum. It is so successful because it speaks to the teens without sacrificing the beauty and power of the message. This goes beyond a traditional chastity program by teaching teens a new language - the language of the body - where God's original plan is stamped right into their very beings.
— Christopher West, Best-selling author of Theology of the Body for Beginners & Theology of the Body Explained

Theology of the Body for Teens is one of the finest resources for young people in the entire Church. Wherever they are on the spectrum—whether a teen has never dated or has a history of sexual activity—they can very easily enter into the program and enjoy the fruits of a new-found sense of an authentic purity.
— Mark Hart, Best-selling author and youth ministry expert

It reaches the kids at their level and calls them up to a higher standard of living and loving. The personal stories in the book speak to them and occasionally even bring tears to their eyes. Week by week I am watching the self esteem of these beautiful young people develop as they come to realize that they are valuable, they are good, and their sexuality is holy! After only three weeks of class a mother of one of my students shared with me that when she asked her daughter about the program, she replied, ‘It’s really interesting. I look at my body in a whole new way.
— Joeline Chipps, Teacher, Theology of the Body for Teens, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

This study is put together masterfully. The stories are relevant, the tips are useful, the discussions are thought provoking, the ‘Live-It-Out’ sections are tremendous! There is so much to this program that one simply cannot walk away without gaining a deeper understanding of what love is, what the purpose of life is, how we can find true happiness, or how we can find love that really satisfies. With all that teens face in today’s world, this study is a must. Response from both the teens and their parents has been extremely positive. I could not recommend it more highly!
— Jeff Stankovsky, Director of Youth Ministry, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN

I have seen tremendous fruit from this program. Before my eyes, I saw teens open up to a new vision of life and sexuality. I saw them astounded that there was another way to live, another way of life that actually brought happiness, peace and joy. They saw the choice between emptiness/slavery and true freedom. Those students whose hearts were opened were changed forever.
— Meaghan Weaver, NFP/Chastity Program Coordinator, Diocese of Palm Beach

Brian Butler and Jason & Crystalina Evert have created an amazing resource in Theology of the Body for Teens to guide teens as they explore their deepest desires: to love and to be loved. Using Pope John Paul II's writings, scripture, and modern cultural references, the authors have crafted fun and relevant lessons that will engage young people and inspire them to live out God's design for them. The Theology of the Body for Teens Training is an excellent overview of the material and a chance for educators to seek answers that the teens they minister to desperately need.
— Suzanna K., San Diego, CA

The Theology of the Body for Teens Training was phenomenal. Brian Butler was very real and very professional. He clearly exhibits the expertise to marry the rich teaching from Pope John Paul II with the greatest needs of today’s teens. The accompanying materials were equally as effective. I intend to reference the materials for a Theology of the Body talk I will deliver to teens in a few weeks. I would highly recommend this training and material to anyone interested in sharing the Theology of the Body to young people.
— Angela King, The Goretti Group

Theology of the Body for Teens is just what youth ministers have been waiting for. It’s a resource that facilitates the teaching of the wonderful message from John Paul II in a way that teens can understand. Brian Butler and Jason Evert are two great presenters who offered a variety of personal insights based on their experience of how to best use and present the material. Their knowledge on the subject, but most importantly their passion for the message, is what made the day so fulfilling for all who attended. The detailed overview on each of the sessions provided opportunity to explore each of the topics and ask any questions related. It was a gift for the Diocese to host this inspiring training of this new resource. We hope to continue providing more days of training in the near future.
— Marissa Esparza, Director for the Office for Youth Ministry, Diocese of San Diego

The TOB conference for Teens was a phenomenal event that people are still talking about!!! The training was an invaluable resource for parents, youth ministers and volunteers. The Leader's Guide, resources, and stories that were shared will be utilized in homes, schools and parishes over and over again. Our youth ministers are already asking when the next training will be!
— Amy Deedy, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office for Youth & Young Adults

The Training was well attended and needed. I think that this teaching needs to be a focus. In today’s age there are a lot of mixed messages given to teens, and often times they do not have the opportunity to hear the truth. I thought Todd Lemieux gave an outstanding overview of the Theology of the Body, and I learned a lot myself. Anyone who is willing to step up to the plate and deliver this program needs to have fully integrated the Theology of the Body in their own lives.
— Colleen Daley, Youth Minister, St. Philip Neri Parish, Philadelphia, PA

I was impressed by the Theology of the Body curriculum and so was our chaplain. The material and the stories were relevant and true to reality. I was very inspired by the commitment and the work which went into building the curriculum.
— Paul Chick, St. Vincent's Home, Philadelphia, PA

I really enjoyed the training day and I am looking forward to more videos. The more we get great speakers in front of teens, the better. Attending this training gives me the hope that we are on the right path.
— Nora Bowie, St. Elizabeth Parish

I enjoyed and highly recommend the Theology of the Body for Teens Training to every middle and high school teacher, coach and youth minister. This message can only strengthen and empower young people to be the best they can be to themselves, those they date, and their friends. We all need to have more morals, values and principles in our lives and this is how to do it.
— Maryann Schieve, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Saint Helena Parish, Blue Bell, PA

It was an awesome event! We had 117 people from over 30 parishes. Brian Butler is a very gifted speaker and he did an outstanding job on his presentation. We look forward to having him come back and do some additional training. Thank you for sending him to our diocese; we were truly blessed by his enthusiasm, his knowledge, his passion, his humor and his humility.
— Manuel Villicana, Theology of the Body Project Co-Coordinator, Office of Ministries, Diocese of Fresno, CA

Brian Butler is an Absolutely Outstanding presenter! He made Theology of the Body for Teens interesting to learn and teach to our youth. A majority of the audience enjoyed the training and said that "he's really good." There were smiles and a look of hope in their eyes. Theology of the Body for Teens is the way to restore the human dignity of our youth, to teach them virtues, such as chastity, to show them that their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and teach them the meaning of life.
— Julia Nguyen, Theology of the Body Project Co-Coordinator, Office of Ministries, Diocese of Fresno, CA

In preparing to begin a Theology of the Body program for our high school students, Colin MacIver provided our teen leaders with a one-day Theology of the Body for Teens workshop that was superb. The teen leaders had an enjoyable time as they learned about this beautiful teaching. Those who attended became instrumental in leading small group discussions and getting other high school students to attend the program. The success of our program was greatly assisted by the workshop from Ascension Press.
— Father James Dean, Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Mercy Catholic Church, Mobile, AL

I am excited about the Theology of the Body for Teens teaching because we need it; I am excited about the it because our children not only need it, but they are hungry for it. As a mother of three (14, 12 and 8), I am excited for them. The tide is changing; I see it everyday in ministry. People no longer want to guess what the rules are, they are asking for them. John Paul II has given us that, although the rules had never changed, we now have a beautiful way to present them and a beautiful way to receive them. What a gift the Church and Her wisdom are to us, the people of God.” “The Theology of the Body for Teens training was very easy to follow. It made the good news understandable and attainable for the “TOB leaders”. Todd’s testimony was amazing! How awesome that the very subject of TOB brought him Home. I am in awe of God’s miraculous touch in his life. He was personable, knowledgeable, and real. Youth leaders must be that and Todd is in a powerful way. Thank you to you and Ascension Press for all you are doing to promote and educate the Church about TOB.
— Donna Gardner, Director, Rachel's Vineyard, Diocese of Palm Beach, FL

I attended the Diocese of Palm Beach, FL Theology of the Body for Teens Training on January 26, 2008. The training session far exceeded my expectations! The presentations by Matthew Pinto and Todd Lemieux were informative and stimulating, offering varied approaches for presenting the topics of the program. I find the materials we received to be extremely valuable and useful for planning and teaching. Theology of the Body for Teens definitely provides the true meaning and purpose of human sexuality and even the true meaning and purpose of life. Theology of the Body for Teens is a valuable program for anyone working with teens today! Kudos to all connected with this program! I highly recommend Theology of the Body for Teens and the training sessions!
— Joe Petrullo, Youth Minister, St. Jude Parish, Boca Raton, FL

I've been involved in Catholic education for 20 years as a teacher and administrator, and I've seen how teenagers are at a most spiritual time. This program is extremely timely and it touches all aspects of their development: mind, body, soul, and spirit. It is a tremendous source of hope for the young amid the culture of death. It gives them an insight into the theology of the Church that I have not seen in any other program.
— Rev. Robert Knippenberg, Diocese of Victoria, TX

We are very impressed with the layout of the book, and feel this is the best program we have used. We have incorporated it into our high school junior curriculum, and they are truly embracing the information.
— Mary Robicheaux, Religion Administrator, Hanson Memorial High School, Franklin, LA

Those interested in the Theology of the Body can greatly benefit from the resources which Ascension Press and Brian Butler offer in their training. Not only is their presentation relevant and compelling, but their material is extraordinarily comprehensive. Given the tremendous challenges which adolescent catechesis presents today, Theology of the Body for Teens represents, in my estimation, a primary workbook for anyone committed to passing on the Catholic faith tradition. Each page of this resource is a treasure to the Church. Thank you Ascension Press for your gift of love.
— Thomas M. Howard, Vicariate IV Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago

You guys did an terrific job translating John Paul's amazing vision so that it touches the very heart of a teenager. And from a teacher's point of view...the book is a dream!! The way it's organized and the supplemental offerings are perfect!!!!
— Colleen, High School Theology Teacher, Boston, MA

Thank you for piloting your half-day training for Theology of the Body for Teens in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Your full day training is awesome; and for those who cannot commit to a full-day, the half day training is a great alternative for them. By adding personal examples from their experiences to the professional presentation, the presenters (Damon & Colin) did a wonderful job in providing the essentials for those who are eager to begin using Theology of the Body for Teens in their youth ministry programs. We are grateful for your flexibility in providing a training that meets the needs of our youth ministers and youth ministry volunteers. Plus, you made it so easy to organize this program by providing a marketing plan and eye catching publicity materials in an electronic form, ordering the materials for us, and checking in on a regular basis. Thank you, thank you! May God continue to bless your important ministry!
— Andrea Meyer, Interim Director, Assistant Director of Parish Youth Ministry Office for Youth and Young Adults, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ascension Press’ recent presentation on Theology of the Body opened the eyes of many of the youth and youth leaders within our Archdiocese. Indeed there is a hunger among this generation to learn more about the Church and the Church’s teachings regarding sexuality, with the Theology of the Body. Matthew Pinto's enthusiastic presentation and ability to share important Church truths in a concise and relevant manner captured the hearts of our youth and youth ministers and ignited within them a desire to learn more. We look forward to having Theology of the Body for Teens programs implemented within many of our parishes soon!
— Katie Anderson, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Miami

Brian Butler's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge for presenting on John Paul II's Theology of the Body was such a draw for us that we had to invite him back for a second training in The Theology of the Body for Teens. He has an awesome ability to engage his audience in the learning process, while intertwining catechesis with his own personal experience. This is JP II's personalism at work!! Through this day-long workshop, Brian gave all those present the tools by which hearts and minds can be transformed in the school of God's love and mercy. Our thanks to Brian for offering catechists and youth ministers of our diocese a training workshop on this excellent program.
— Rachelle Sauvageau, Director, Respect Life Office, Diocese of Fargo

I can't tell you how many times I have had parents approach me and thank me for presenting Theology of the Body for Teens to their children. We've got a bunch of very excited parents who can't wait for their teens to hear the good news presented in Theology of the Body for the Teens. Many students I have interviewed, who have already taken the course, gave it a positive thumbs up and really enjoyed it. What I'm also very excited about is that this series, like T3: The Teen Timeline Bible Study series, has a ready-made professional video presentation. This takes the pressure off of me and many parent volunteers to have to present the subject matter for the entire school year. More parents have been willing to help with this course because they are not intimidated by it -- they don't have to teach the course-just lead the discussion groups. It's so easy-just put in the DVD and voila--we got instant teachers who are so relatable and cool. Thank you for making my job and other parents jobs a lot easier. Thank you so much for the Theology of the Body for Teens and the T3: Teen Timeline Bible Study Series. God bless you.
— Pam Looker, Teen Minister, City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community, Tempe AZ 85281

We had an amazing weekend! Father is so thrilled about the whole thing and I think this is really just a beginning of something much bigger than we can even imagine. Damon was out of this world. I had no doubt he would be but he really surpassed all my expectations. Spending time with him was really a great gift to all of us. I feel so blessed!
— Annette Cayer, Theology of the Body for Teens Training host, Corpus Christi Parish, Celebration FL

TOB Teens Middle School:

The Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition is beautiful from beginning to end - filled with the richest of truths. The lessons truly build on one another catechetically, while gently leading middle school students into the beautiful teachings of the Theology of the Body. One of my favorite aspects of the program is the way it reveals and instills the virtues so needed at this time in their lives and faith development. It is age appropriate, culturally relevant, and so much more.
— Meaghan Hildebrandt, NFP/Chastity Program Coordinator, Diocese of Palm Beach

It is an engaging, age-appropriate, and sound, systematic presentation. The activities and exercises are well-developed and understandable. In light of the cultural challenges confronting young people to live chastely, it is my hope that the Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition will engage the hearts, minds, and choices of young people and their parents in embracing Christ's invitation for chaste living.
— Mark Ciesielski, Associate Director, Offices of Continuing Education and Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

We had an amazing weekend! Father is so thrilled about the whole thing and I think this is really just a beginning of something much bigger than we can even imagine. Damon was out of this world. I had no doubt he would be but he really surpassed all my expectations. Spending time with him was really a great gift to all of us. I feel so blessed!
— Annette Cayer, Theology of the Body for Teens Training host, Corpus Christi Parish, Celebration FL