A conference for Catholic educators

Exploring one of the key issues of our time
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Are there really only two sexes?

What is gender, exactly?

What can I legally say and do as an educator?

What does a healthy psychology of sexuality look like?

How can we help children who demonstrate confusion?

How does sexuality affect our ability to become disciples?

Those who are involved with the formation and education of young people today are facing the difficult task of continuing to evangelise and teach in the midst of a growing trend of confusion surrounding personal identity, particularly sex and gender. Join us for a 2-day, multidisciplinary conference on these special topics, where we will hear from experts in the fields of philosophy, psychology, spirituality, law, and other related areas.

The conference, which is open to teachers, parents, chaplains, catechists, pastors, and anyone interested in learning more, aims to equip Catholic Christian educators and formators with knowledge of and confidence in the Church’s full and positive vision of the human person in his or her sexuality.


13th - 14th July 2018


“Four years ago, St Patrick’s hosted the first Symposium, Choose Life Choose Love as a forum to explore issues related to human sexuality and Humanae Vitae.  Since then we have had a further two symposiums and they have been blessed in a beautiful way.  They have been opportunities for exploring and deepening our knowledge and love of St John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body. Issues in this area have become ever more challenging and in particular, those related to personal identity, sex and gender. The Humanum Institute is a beautiful fruit of the journey that we have been on in the last few years and I know will be a great source of support to teachers, catechists, parents and clergy.  Please support it with your prayers and we hope to see you in July.”

Fr Alexander SherbrookeParish Priest of St Patrick's Soho
Meet Our Speakers

The Understanding Sex and Gender Conference for Catholic educators seeks to provide a multidisciplinary approach to one of the key questions of our time. Our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including the theological, medical, legal, and pastoral. Get to know them better below.

Consultant, The Humanum Institute
Director of the Humanum Institute
Counsellor and Author
Associate, Schools & Charities
Professor of Theology, Franciscan University
Spiritual Director and Pyscotherapist
Partner, Schools and Charities
13th July 2018



8.00               Registration opens

9.00                Welcome / Intro

9:30-10:15      Session 1

10:15-10:30     Coffee

10:30-11:45     Session 2 + Q&A

12:00-12:35    Mass (optional)

12:45-1:45       Lunch

13:45                Intro to afternoon

14:00-15:00    Session 3 + Q&A

15:00-15:30     Coffee

15:30-17:00     Session 4 + Q&A


* 19:30     Keynote Speech (session 5)

                  Followed by drinks reception



14th July 2018



9.00-10:30        Session 6 + Q&A

10:30                  Coffee

10:45-11:45       Session 7 + Q&A

12:00                  Mass  (optional)

12:45-1:45         Lunch

14:00-15:00      Session 8 + Q&A

15:00-15:30      Coffee

15:30- 17:00     Panel discussion

17:00                  Departures

7.30pm Friday 13th July

Sexuality, discipleship and evangelisation: Humanae Vitae 50 years later


Our keynote lecture will address the ways in which the ability to be an evangelising disciple depends on a healthy sexuality. 

Fr Anthony Doe is a priest of the Diocese of Westminster and is currently resident in Rome as the Spiritual Director of the Venerable English College. He trained for the priesthood in Rome and received his Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Gregorian University. He subsequently trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in London, qualifying in 1997, and then ministered as a therapist and spiritual director within the diocese, working with a wide cross section of individuals prior to  taking up his ministry in Rome. While working as a therapist he continued his studies and subsequently received his Ph.D. from London University, focusing in his thesis on spiritual and psychological aspects of self identity and personal growth. 

What do people say about our work?

  • “I highly recommend the Humanum Institute. It provides a compelling vision of the human person, grounded in the wisdom of Christian philosophy and theology, together with a very practical and systematic approach to teaching and learning. Their programs will be a great resource for parishes, schools, university chaplaincies and other communities who wish to provide some much needed input about these big questions of what it means to be human in our contemporary culture.”

    Fr Stephen Wang
    Chaplain, Newman House
  • “When listening to Kerri speak last summer on the Feminine Genius, I was struck by her clarity and ability to engage a diverse group of women with a natural authority. She had a theological and practical approach that was refreshing and authentic, and at times very funny! I left having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and personally challenged and empowered to continue this study!”

    Therese Vooght
    Forerunner, Worth School and Youth 2000
Register and Pay Here
Places are limited!

Your payment includes attendance at all nine sessions, including the legal workshop. Lunch and regular tea and coffee is included. You will receive a full printed orientation pack when you arrive at the conference.  *Please note that tickets do not include accommodation, which may be purchased separately.



Click here to find out about local accommodation options. St Mary’s University has a limited number of rooms on hold for the duration of the conference. 

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