Theology of the Body & the Marian Mystery

October 4-9, 2020

Black Rock Retreat Center

Quarryville, PA

Taught by Christopher West




To join a waiting list, please email Troy Norman at


Course Description:

“Glorious things are said of you, O city of God” (Ps 87:3).


“One thing I ask, this alone I seek,” says the psalmist,

“to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and contemplate his temple” (Ps 27:4).


These Scriptures, and countless others, are fulfilled in the flesh and blood of Mary, which became God’s city, God’s dwelling place. But for far too many Catholics, Mary remains an abstraction, a blue plaster statue, a disincarnate hyper-pious “ideal” far removed from the realities of daily life and the visceral desires of the human heart. Who is Mary, really? “Who is this who comes forth like the dawn, beautiful as the moon, pure as the blazing sun, fearsome as celestial visions?” (Song of Songs 6:10).


Through the lens of St. John Paul II’s TOB and with the help of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the insights of countless saints and mystics throughout the ages, this course seeks to answer that question in such a way as to show what the most influential woman in all of human history means to us here and now, today, in our own personal lives, with all our questions, struggles, and longings. It will demonstrate how all the Marian doctrines of the Church and the call of true devotion to the Mother of God have one and only one goal: to lead us to deeper union with the Word who was made flesh in her womb.


Christopher West, Th.D.

Christopher West, Th.D., serves as President and Senior Lecturer for the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia. His global lecturing, best-selling books and multiple audio and video programs have made him one of the world’s most recognized teachers of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. His work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, and countless Catholic and Evangelical media outlets.

Registration Cost:

$1,195 Early Registration Fee before August 31, 2020

— Price includes double occupancy room, meals, workbook, and course.

$1,295 Registration Fee after August 31, 2020

$60 Shuttle

Single Room Requests will be taken by emailing Jen Settle at You will be placed on a waiting list for single rooms, as we anticipate a sold out course. If you are given a single room, there is a $300 fee.​


*Unfortunately, at this time, due to Covid19 travel restrictions, we are unable to accept registrations from participants who live out of the United States.*