During the 1980 Synod on the Family, the world's bishops suggested that centers devoted to studying the theology of marriage and family be created. A year later, St. John Paul II stepped onto the popemobile, ready to give his latest Theology of the Body audience in St. Peter Square and to announce the founding of the John Paul II Institute. Before he reached the stage, the Holy Father was shot and nearly killed.
It is not coincidental that St. John Paul II's suffering, which at other times during his pontificate, he said he offered for the sake of the family, replaced his formal announcement of the founding of a center whose mission is to unpack the wealth of Church teaching on marriage and the family. From the initial Rome campus, other branches of the JPII Institute have been formed on every populated continent.
We were blessed to receive an education from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. After graduating in 2010, we set off on various paths -- teaching, diocesan and parish work, canon law, social work and family life.
After the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family and as preparations are underway for the 2015 Synod on the Family, we believe now is a unique time to share the education entrusted to us at the John Paul II Institute. Our alma mater was a fruit of the 1980 Synod on the same topic. For those searching for answers to questions about marriage and the family, this site will serve as a place to read and reflect, continually growing in gratitude for the gift of the family.