“Theology of the Body” Training Programme for
Religious Subject Teachers concluded successfully
The “Theology of the Body” Training Programme for Religious Subject Teachers 2021-2022 jointly organised by the Macau Diocesan Commission for Life, Lifelong Learning Office of University of Saint Joseph, and the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission was successfully concluded on the 23rd of May. Before the end of the final lesson, the Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee awarded the certificates of completion to each of the attending participating teachers, altogether they posed for multiple group photographs under the atmosphere of joy and gratefulness.
At the conclusion of the programme, the Reverend Bishop allocated time for a Q&A session to interact with the participants so as to consolidate and strengthen what have been learnt throughout the lessons, especially for the clarification on doubts and misunderstandings arisen from difficult topics. In his response to certain questions, the Reverend Bishop cited different social attitudes towards gender relations for discussion, allowing the participants to further appreciate the Church's conceptual and ethical stance on gender, marriage and family, in hope to aid them build a stronger faith and a solid foundation on teaching such controversial topics in religious subjects. At the same time, the Reverend Bishop also persuaded participants to be more actively talking to their own students about sexuality and chastity, in order to guide students to understand the meaning of the body from an early age, and cultivate proper values about sex through a well-structured spiral-like pedagogical approach.
This 8-month long programme commenced in October 2021, and featured basic teachings, case studies and group activities concerning concepts from the Theology of the Body. A total of 57 participants were admitted from the 9 local Diocesan Schools, all of them fulfilled the requirements of the programme and were awarded with the certificates of completion.
The participants expressed their gratitude to the Reverend Bishop for his generous accompaniment and teaching, which has certainly initiated a wave of dissemination of the culture of Theology of Body in schools. The organisers of the programme would also like to thank the participants for their dedication in understanding each topic of the programme, and to have jointly turned many profound theological concepts into concrete perspectives that can in turns be incorporated into their students' lives.