Love Is… God’s plan for love, sex, marriage and the family

UPCOMING EVENTS! Please join us!

Father Kyle Manno and Jack Rigert, Director of the John Paul ll Renewal Center, Tuesday, November 14th from 7 to 8:30 PM at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church at 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove, Illinois!

Father Ryan Browning and Jack Rigert, Director of the John Paul ll Renewal Center, Wednesday, November 15th from 7 to 8:30 PM at St.

Love Is?! Part 1

The morning session had gone well, the first of four the JPll Renewal Center was scheduled to give at an all-day retreat for a Catholic High School. As I headed down the hallway to a small-group break out room with a dozen sixteen year old boys I made small talk by asking them if they had one memory that stood out thus far in High School.…

The Kids Are Not All Right

More than 36 percent of teenaged girls in America are depressed or have suffered a recent major depressive episode, according to a study published in Translational Psychiatry. For boys, the rate is 13.6 percent. What are we doing to the kids?…

“13 Reasons Why” We Should Be Learning, Living and Sharing John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

When I first heard about Netflix’s controversial new show 13 Reasons Why, the charge that it glorified suicide and encouraged copycat behavior was enough for me not to want to watch it. Then my brother, whose judgment I trust, urged me to watch it because of how insightfully it portrayed the lives of most modern teenagers.…

Lenten Intentions

Ash Wednesday came and went and thus began the liturgical season of Lent. Every year I see people create short term, personal goals for themselves during Lent. Similar to New Years except these goals are only for 40 days and should focus on improving your relationship with God.…

Meet Rene!

I am excited to introduce Rene Schroeder as the newest member of the John Paul II Renewal Center Team. Rene will be serving as Director of Youth Ministry, and what a welcome addition she is! Please take a moment to meet her via the video below.…

He Created Them Male and Female and Blessed Them

“Man and woman were made ‘for each other’ … He created them to be a communion of persons, in which each can be ‘helpmate’ to the other, for they are equal as persons and complementary as masculine and feminine.” (CCC 372)

Pope Francis recently made a few remarks about women in which he tried to describe the phenomena that I observed over and again when I was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.