Marriage Resources

The FertilityCare Center of Omaha is connected with the Pope Paul VI Institute which is in Omaha and is INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED for the work that Dr. Hilgers pioneered in the medical field of women’s reproductive health.  Doctors around the world come to the yearly workshops to learn from him.  FCC of Omaha primarily meets with infertile couples or couples wanting to learn how to postpone pregnancy by Catholic approved ethical means.  Their site is www.fertilitycare.org/omaha

Christopher West, see christopherwest.com

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Teacher and World-Renowned Expert in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body – a bold, biblical vision of love and sexuality that takes us to the “cor” of what it means to be human. As Founder and President of The Cor Project, he leads an international outreach devoted to spreading this liberating teaching and empowering others to live and share it. His work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and countless Catholic and Evangelical media outlets.  Christopher West is a husband and father of five.

Beyond his work as a popularizer of the Theology of the Body, Christopher has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject since the late 1990s, having served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004, he co-founded the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, PA and his week-long courses there continue to draw students from around the world.

Good News about Sex & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching – Revised Edition, 2006, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati OH, ISBN-13  978-0-867-16-619-4.

Created & Redeemed – This is VERY, VERY GOOD D.  Every Christian should watch it!

United States Council of Catholic Bishops, see their website at usccb.org/

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The “For Your Marriage” website offers practical help and advice whether you’re seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. If you’re planning a Catholic wedding, you’ll find information on everything from choosing the music and readings to marrying someone who is not Catholic. On the homepage check out the Daily Marriage Tips, book reviews, and blogs by engaged and married couples.  http://www.foryourmarriage.org/

The “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” website is part of the Bishops’ ongoing efforts to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It offers many educational resources for Catholics and others who want to better understand and articulate the Church’s teaching on marriage. The website currently features three DVD resources, “Made for Each Other”, “Made for Life”, and “El Matrimonio: Hecho para el amor y vida” (in Spanish with English subtitles), as well as FAQs about marriage, a library of Church teaching, and a regularly updated blog.  http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/

(bk) Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, a pastoral letter of the USCCB, 2009.  ISBN 978-1-60137-092-1       http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/love-and-life/

Marriage & Family:    http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/index.cfm

Pope St. John Paul II:  Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body.  Pauline Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8198-7421-3.  This book is the collected speeches given by St. John Paul II as pope during his Wednesday audiences with the public.  It is a rich source of biblical scholarship and faithful reflection on the topic of marriage, sexuality, and the human person.  This is a book for the serious learner.

Jason & Chrystalina Evert, see chastityproject.com/  Catholic evangelists who give pro-chastity talks to teens throughout the United States.  They have been apologists with the famous radio and website called Catholic Answers.  They speak internationally on the topic of chastity to more than 100,000 teens each year in Catholic, Protestant, and public junior and senior high schools. There website is:

Theology of the Body for Teens – Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life (DVD 2008).

Theology of the Body Institute, see tobinstitute.org/

Theology of the Body Institute is a non-profit, educational organization promoting the Theology of the Body at the popular level of both the Christian and the secular cultures. Through graduate level courses, on-site programs, and clergy training, Theology of the Body Institute seeks to penetrate and permeate the culture with a vision of true sexuality that appeals to the deepest yearnings of the human heart for love and union.

Theology of the Body Institute envisions a world filled with men and women who freely embrace God’s glorious plan for their sexuality. Only from this foundation can an authentic culture of life and love take root and flourish. We aim to ensure that the teachings of John Paul II are promoted faithfully and effectively. Through our first-rate education and unique outreach programs, the TOB Institute will be a premiere resource for education and formation in Theology of the Body.

Damon Owens, Executive Director, has more than 15 years of executive experience in the business world, managing divisions of multi-million dollar technology companies. In 2002, Owens left the for-profit sector to commit his career to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations, and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.

Professor Janet E. Smith, PhD, see janetesmith.org

Held the Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred heart Major Seminary in Detroit.  She serves a a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family, a very prestigious honor as she gives consultation to the pope.  She has authored and edition.  Dr. Smith is highly regarded as an authority on Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI’s declaration on the sacred value of human life and sexuality), contraception, biomedical ethics, virtue ethics, and many other subjects.

Why Humanae Vitae Was Right                     Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later

Contraception: Why Not (over 2 million copies distributed.)

Sexual Common Sense: Contraception Why Not, 3rd edition – Cracking the Contraceptive Myths

DVD Series:

That Man Is You          for men                                   paradisusdei.org/index.php/programs/tmiy

The Choice Wine         for married couples                paradisusdei.org/index.php/programs/the-choice-wine/