Presented by the Theology of the Body Institute

July 11-16, 2021

Taught by Rev. Joseph Koopman

Course Description:

The class will study the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexual ethics in light of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body.

Beginning with a very brief overview of the foundations of Catholic Morality, drawn from the Catechism and John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, (discussing issues such as

freedom, virtue, conscience, and moral action), the course will turn to the Church’s vision of sexuality, rooted in the proper theological understanding of the human person. Consideration will be given to the importance of the body within Christian anthropology, along with an examination of the virtue of chastity, the vocation of marriage, and John Paul’s understanding of the ‘nuptial meaning of the body.’ We will study the Church’s teaching on contraception, procreative technologies, sterilization, abortion, homosexuality, fornication and cohabitation, masturbation, pornography and more.

Meet Your Instructor

Rev. Joseph Koopman, M.Div., M.A., S.T.D.

Rev. Joseph Koopman, M.Div., M.A., S.T.D., graduated from Franciscan University of
Steubenville in 1996, after which he entered St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cleveland in 2001, and served as a newly ordained priest at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma. 

From 2005 to 2009, Fr. Koopman attended the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome, Italy, where he received a license and doctorate in theology. Since 2009, he has been a professor of moral theology at St. Mary Seminary, along with serving as an advisor in moral theology and ethics for the Diocese of Cleveland and the Ohio Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Registration Cost:

Early Registration Deadline:

June 4, 2021

Please use your own email address and credit card to register.

If you have any questions, email Troy Norman at

If you live outside the US, please see below.


*If you do not receive the email with information about the course (different from the receipt) on the day you register, please reach out to Troy Norman at


TOBI is open to accepting out of country registrants for our courses for the remainder of 2021 with the following conditions:*
- A fully vaccinated out of country student is allowed to register and attend.
- A non-vaccinated out of country student with a covid-negative test result within 72 hours of entering the state of Pennsylvania is allowed to register and attend.**

*This is subject to change based on any additional guideline changes from the CDC or the State of Pennsylvania.
**If student receives a positive result and is unable to attend, TOBI will refund the course fee. 

All students should check their state and country travel restrictions before registering for the course to confirm no further procedures are required.