Providing a Catholic framework on the truth and meaning of sexuality, love, and family

“Encouraging, Healing, Inspiring …”

Some of the weekend class participants.

That was just some of the feedback that Family Honor received from students who attended our new weekend course, Understanding the Human Person, held on Sept. 20 and 21 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Columbia, SC and co-sponsored with the Diocese of Charleston Family Life Office.

Men and women from Charleston, Columbia, Anderson and Lexington participated in the course; all are involved as ministry leaders in some capacity at their church or parish school. Also attending were two priests from the Diocese of Charleston.

The weekend course was offered, in part, to answer the growing need for ministry leaders and parents to be able to respond to the challenging topics and questions regarding sexual morality that are being raised in our current culture. Topics for the course included: The Roots of the Sexual Revolution; Consequences of Ungodly Sexual Behavior; Gender Identity Disorder; The Importance of the Family; Theology of the Body; and more. Church teaching on these topics was presented as well, with a special evening session on Friday that included a talk by Monsignor James LeBlanc on “A Pastoral Approach to Those with SSA and Gender Identity Disorder.”

Students were uniformly enthusiastic in their praise for the course. Some of the comments included:

“I thought the program was fantastic! I am on the school advisory board at my kid’s local Catholic school. I would like to raise the possibility of starting an FH program in our parish … my children are all under the age of 10, but I think there is already opportunity to begin teaching them about sexuality, personhood, and God’s plan for our lives.”

Dio. of Charleston Family Life Dir. Kathy Schmugge spoke to the class.

Students broke out into small discussion groups.

 “Everything was so amazing, Holy Spirit-filled, encouraging, healing, and inspiring. The Lord worked through every speaker who brought to the forefront clearly what they were assigned … Spreading the Good News, the truth, is so imperative in our Church today, for the preservation of the purity of our youth and as well as to assist and support parents in the upbringing of their children, God’s children …”

“…Family Honor did an awesome job delivering an informative and profound workshop on numerous topics …”

“The information in this class made it easier to explain the Church’s teaching on human sexuality as a gift from God …”

The course, which qualified for continuing education credits from the Diocese of Charleston, will be offered again, this time in Greenville, SC, on Nov. 15 and 16. For more information and to register, go to: