Christopher West plans local event

Christopher West, author and co-founder of the Theology of Body Institute, will come to Louisville next month to present “Made for More: Visions of the Promised Land.”

The event, which is open to the public, will explore St. John Paul II’s series of teachings known as the Theology of the Body. St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, will host it on Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Donna Burry, one of the organizers, said the event will include live music and videos “to help people understand what it is to be human.”

“We hear all the time that we’re made in the image of God, but what does that mean and how do we apply it in everyday life?” she said. “ ‘Made for More’ aims to answer those questions through the message of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.”

The papal teachings were formally introduced into Archdiocese of Louisville grade school curriculum last school year. A handful of schools offered the teachings in a pilot program. This year, all schools will have the option to include it.

Administrators, faculty and staff from the archdiocese’s schools and parishes are particularly encouraged to attend the September event, but all people age 15 and older are welcome.

The event is sponsored by several parishes and the Family Renewal Project, an apostolate founded in 2016 in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Its mission is to “help people live an abundant life through the message of Theology of the Body,” said Burry, a member of its leadership team, along with her husband Gary.

According to its website,, the leadership team also includes Father Martin Linebach, vicar general of the archdiocese and pastor of St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jan Ford; Susan Gendron and Madonna Stinson.

“Made for More” is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $20, and tickets may be purchased at

Tickets may also be purchased at the sponsoring parishes — St. Patrick, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Raphael, St. Albert the Great, St. Luke, St. Rita and St. James churches in Louisville and St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.

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