The Theology of the Body Institute


Pontifex University


Master of Sacred Arts degree, with a

Concentration in the Theology of the Body


Earn credit for Four Selected ToBI Courses

and Study the Thought of Pope St John Paul II


The Theology of the Body Institute, which is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, promotes the life-giving message of Theology of the Body through graduate level courses, on-site speaker programs and clergy enrichment training. Their week-long courses take place around the country and through the year, for a full schedule follow the link here. Their teachers are internationally known leaders in their fields such as Christopher West and Bill Donaghy.


Pontifex University and Theology of the Body Institute have partnered to offer a Master of Arts in the Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization. This unique program studies theology, philosophy, and the history of Catholic culture, with a focus on the sacred arts and the writings of Pope St. John Paul II. For more information click here.


In addition to the Master of Arts in the Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization, Pontifex University will recognize up to four courses taught by the Institute to create a concentration in the Theology of the Body for our Master of Sacred Arts program. Students can earn 2 credits for each week-long Certification course completed, up to a maximum of 8 credits. These courses are:


  1. Theology of the Body and Art - The Way of Beauty .
  2. Theology of the Body I - Introduction and Overview
  3. Theology of the Body II - Into the Deep
  4. Theology of the Body III - The New Evangelization


Rooted in the inspiring interpretation of Holy Scripture by Pope St John Paul II, these integrate naturally with the MSA program to create a focus on the human person and our place in society today. The goal of this is not simply a theoretical understanding of the subjects, but also to lead each of us towards the supernatural transformation of the person in Christ. By this we hope that each student will strive to fulfill the artistic vocation to which every single one of us is called - in which his medium is himself. As Pope St John Paul II put it in his Letter to Artists: ‘Through his “artistic creativity” man appears more than ever “in the image of God”, and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous “material” of his own humanity and then exercising creative dominion over the universe which surrounds him.’


For more information or to enroll, please contact Jen Settle, Director of Programs at or via their website at