Sunday, September 16, 2012


Author and Television Host To Speak on October 3 Jason Evert, author of more than ten books, including If You Really Loved Me, How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul, and Theology of the Body for Teens, will speak in Northfield on Wednesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. at the Church of St. Dominic. In his seminar, "Romance without Regret," Evert provides compelling and uplifting reasons for embracing the virtue of chastity and challenges young people to be pure. Jason and his wife Crystalina speak to more than 100,000 teens each year in Catholic, Christian and public schools and colleges. Today’s teens experience greater temptations than ever before. In the midst of this cultural assault against innocence and virtue, young people need convincing reasons to practice the virtue of chastity. Some think that "chastity" simply means "not having sex." But that's mere abstinence: what you can't do and can't have. Chastity is more than that. It is about what you can do and have—right now: a lifestyle that brings freedom, respect, peace, and romance without regret. By addressing the issues that teens struggle with most, such as sexual pressure, pornography, modesty, and starting over, Jason offers encouragement for teens to maintain their purity or begin again if they’ve made mistakes in the past. Jason and Crystalina are full-time apologists with Catholic Answers, the nation's largest lay-run apostolate for apologetics and evangelization. Jason Evert earned a Master's degree in theology, and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, and, with his wife, has hosted two series for teens on EWTN: “The Pure Life” and “Theology of the Body for Teens.” The Everts are on the Board of Advisors for the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, and are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country. Their television appearances include Fox News, the BBC, Donahue, WGN-TV news, and EWTN. Jason's video “ Teen Relationships and Sexual Pressure” was given the Silver Crown Award for Best Youth Video by International Christian Visual Media and the two of them were given the 2003 Impact Award by the National Abstinence Clearinghouse in recognition of their success with teens in America. Evert’s presentation is part a series of talks sponsored by the Respect Life Groups of South Central Minnesota, a collaboration of more than 30 Catholic parishes in south-central Minnesota. Their goal is to attract top-of-the-line speakers and homilists in a multi-part educational project to motivate, inspire and inform Catholics and other Christians to address critical life issues facing our country. The presentation is free and all adults and students high school age older are welcome. A digital image of the speaker is available upon request. For more information, contact Mara Mangan at 507-645-8816 or Anne Fredrickson at 507-645-2348.

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