Lecture: “Marriage as a Healing Sacrament: St. John Paul II on the Education of Love”

  • October 26 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Friend Center, Rm 008

Thursday, October 26 | Friend Center 004 | 5-6:15 PM

Speaker: Fr. Zack Swantek, chaplain and director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Life at Princeton University.

Fr. Zack Swantek, our chaplain, completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) this year. In celebration, he will give a lecture on his dissertation topic: Marriage as a Healing Sacrament: Marriage Preparation in Light of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and 1960 Retreat for Engaged Couples. 

Over the past 50 years, there has been a massive decline in the number of couples getting sacramentally married in the Church in the United States. Emerging adults are delaying marriage, resulting in a substantial time of separation from the influence of family and the witness of marital love. In the interim, many become immersed within a hookup culture of brief, uncommitted relationships and casual sexual encounters. This contributes to a void of formation and doubt regarding the capacity of self or others to enter into authentic lifelong marital commitment. Analyzing John Paul II’s approach and writings, Fr. Zack’s dissertation seeks to provide insight into an adequate marriage preparation that can meet the challenges of our cultural climate, providing marriage as a healing sacrament for both the couple and the culture.