Joseph Rice, Ph.D., presented a lecture on March 2, 2013 to the
permanent deacon candidates and their wives of the Diocese of Paterson.
Dr. Joseph Rice, Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology at
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, presented a lecture
based on Pope John Paul II’s book, Man and Woman He Created Them: A
Theology of the Body, to the Diocese of Paterson permanent diaconate
candidates and their wives at St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison on
Saturday, March 2, 2013.
The workshop began with a historical overview of Pope John Paul II’s
life, his articles, lectures, retreats and radio addresses. Dr. Rice
referenced numerous influences that contributed to the Theology of the
Body of Pope John Paul II. Some of these included events in his life as
a child in Poland, Carmelite spirituality, the Wojtyla Project and
major figures such as Benthan, Kant, Scheler and Saints Augustine,
Aquinas and John of the Cross to name a few.
The second half of the conference provided a deeper look at the
structure of the book, the influences of his other works, including Love
and Responsibility, and the nature of humanity. Dr. Rice’s insight
into the reason for the book and how to read it provided a beginning
look at the beauty of the Theology of the Body and left the class with a
yearning to read and learn more.
The next pastoral formation program will be a presentation on Moving
Beyond the Culture of Death by Ellen R. Scully, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor of Undergraduate Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary
School of Theology, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
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