Theology of the Body Class Hosts Speaker
St. Joseph’s Theology of the Body course is a unique classroom offering in the Greenville area. As the Upstate’s only Catholic high school, St. Joseph’s is the only educational experience offering an in-depth, semester long exploration of St. Pope John Paul II’s critical work on an integrated vision of the human person.
“The human body includes right from the beginning… the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence.” – St. Pope John Paul II
As part of this course of study, taught by Theology teacher Michele Houmis, each year the class welcomes a guest speaker to introduce the high school students to the concepts of Natural Family Planning and fertility awareness. In a culture that assumes contraceptives as a given in women’s healthcare and within relationships, this lecture provides a research-backed alternative that is respectful of both a woman’s body and of the bond between husband and wife in keeping with the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexual ethics. This year, the class welcome Tami Kiser, wife of Headmaster Keith Kiser, as guest lecturer.
Mrs. Kiser, a nationally recognized speaker and author, presented a compelling and informative approach not only to the practical method of tracking a women’s fertility, but also shared the practical and positive impact NFP can have on the health of a marriage – stronger communication, mutual support, and shared spiritual growth. She also witnessed to the class, as unmarried teenagers, how a chaste dating relationship helped prepare her for marriage.
This course continues to be a highlight of the St. Joseph’s experience, providing a forum for discussion and questions regarding many life issues and the purpose and beauty of human life.