Our office supports formation in the virtue of chastity through programs
and educational resources for adults, and for parents to use with their children.
The diocese has also approved Theology of the Body for Teens
for use in Catholic Schools and parish youth ministry.
Parents should always preview all materials and programs they use with their children. We recommend that parents familiarize themselves with the wisdom of the Church about their role in chastity formation with their children by reading The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality (Pontifical Council for the Family, 1995).
LoveEd: Raising Kids that are Strong, Smart & Pure
We support the use of Love Ed, a program ordinarily hosted by a parish or school, which provides a basis for high-quality guided conversations about all of the issues related to living chastity in an age-appropriate and gender-specific environment.
The Three Step LoveEd Program
1) Parent Training Event: (Parents with ages 2-13)
One 2-hour event gives parents the confidence and tools to respond to the teachable moments of life, and prepares for the Student Events.
2) Parent / Student Event: Parent attends age-appropriate 2-hour Student Event with child
Level 1: 4th/6th grade (age 9-11)
Level 2: 6th/8th grade (age 11-13)
(Separate events for boys & girls)
3) Parent/Student In-Home Follow-up Lessons
The following resources and programs are recommended or supported by our diocese to help adults grow in the virtue of chastity and experience healing:
My House Initiative - for those who seek help and healing from pornography use.
Living Waters - for those seeking healing from sexual brokenness from a variety of causes.
Courage - for persons who experience same-sex attraction and seek to live chastity.
CatholicSexuality.com - online resource with a host of video courses on various dimensions of sexuality.
CatholicSexuality.com - has an entire video course for teens.
Chastity.com - resource for use with teens. Begin with their clear, concise definition of chastity.
To help parents navigate good use of technology we recommend the 1/2 hour video Unfiltered which may be viewed online and also obtained through the Family Life Office on DVD with a discussion guide so that parents may host a watch party with the parents of their kids' friends.