Every young person is vital and unique in the eyes of God. Unfortunately, popular culture leads many astray, pushing our youth toward immoral behaviors that harm them in body and spirit. The Chastity Education Initiative ministry seeks to transform the culture with the beautiful, faith filled message of purity, empowering our youth to make good choices for their lives. Our generous donors help us provide:
This important ministry is not possible without our generous donors. Please consider clicking on the donation tag to the right of this page to help support the Chastity Education Initiative. In addition, in lieu of our usual Chastity Education Initiative Annual Benefit Dinner, we will hold multiple themed fund-raising events throughout the summer.
When the Chastity Education Initiative began in 2003, under the leadership of Cardinal George, our goal was to provide high-quality, medically-informed, life-changing programs and materials to young people in the Catholic schools, parishes, and religious education program of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Fourteen years later, thanks to all of our generous donors, this vital ministry has touched the lives of more than 80,000 young people across the metropolitan area.
Dynamic speakers, such as Damon Owens and Jason Evert, have swept our Catholic high schools by storm, transforming the culture of the entire student bodies to strive for and cherish chastity. Hearts and minds are molded to the Gospel of Life on our annual March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. and at our Chicago March for Life Youth Rally. The Theology of the Body for Teens curriculum in our schools raises up virtuous young people to be future leaders of our Church and communities. And our summer Echo retreat for young adults and teens reinforces the joy of living a faith filled life and had even led several to discern vocations to the priesthood.
None of these fruits would have been possible without your support. The Chastity Education Initiative continues to be funded solely by the generosity of individual donors. As we look to expand our programs with exciting opportunities for new curriculum, we hope you will help us reach even more young people. Your support is essential!
The work continues with Cardinal Cupich’s support for this much needed ministry. It truly is a testimony to its continued effectiveness and importance in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We were blessed with multiple benefit events this year and continue to count on your generosity. Please consider clicking on the donation tag to the right of this page to help support the Chastity Education Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Again, we thank you for helping to build up a culture of life in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Are you looking for an inspirational speaker who can dynamically deliver the freeing message of chastity? Oftentimes it’s through talks and conversations with chastity speakers that the seed of conversion is planted, and a young person becomes open to the notion.
Since 2002, the CEI has been pleased to sponsor and host nationally recognized chastity speakers at dozens of high schools, middle schoolsand parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond. The speakers’ sense of humor and hard facts appeal to teens and adults alike.
Don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a presentation from a National Speaker at your parish or school, we are taking reservations for future dates.
Dawn Fitzpatrick, Senior Coordinator of Human Dignity and Solidarity the Archdiocese of Chicago, has been with the Archdiocese of Chicago since June 2014. With her, she brought 10 years of parish youth ministry experience from both the diocese of Charleston and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Theology, and she is currently pursuing a certification in Theology of the Body from the Theology of the Body Institute. Prior to making a life in church ministry, Dawn was a corporate trainer and instructional designer. She taught college students in her spare time for over 20 years at three different schools. Dawn is a devoted wife to her husband Mike of 25 years and loving mother to her two daughters, Elyse and Erin.
Raymund Pingoy, Coordinator of Human Dignity and Solidarity, is an excellent speaker on various youth issues. As a former missionary worker for an International Catholic Family Ministry, Raymund has traveled all over the world and knows how to reach teens with the messages of chastity and respect life in a way that is relevant and meaningful. Raymund is available for any audience size. Other topics he speaks on include puberty, parent talks on how to teach children about chastity, etc., and Theology of the Body Talks for any audience.
For smaller audiences, the Respect Life Office offers a variety of chastity speakers. We also provide puberty talks to all boy/all girl 5-6 grade audiences. Please let us know your specific needs, such as any language requirements.
We are in the process of building a speakers group to help spread the message of Chastity in the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you are interested in joining the speakers group, please contact our office.
To schedule a chastity presentation, please contact Dawn Fitzpatrick at the Respect Life Office, 312.534.5355 or fill out our Speakers Request Form and submit via fax or email to Dawn Fitzpatrick.
Are you looking for medically accurate information on STIs or teen pregnancy? Do you want a faithful supplement to your abstinence education materials? We offer a wealth of pamphlets, posters, stickers, pins, books and DVDs designed to make the message of chastity come alive for teenagers. At little or no cost, we invite you to take advantage of the many resources we offer to make your ministry more effective.
Books and Booklets (recommended for junior high and high school students)
Pure Love by Jason Evert
Pure Womanhood by Crystalina Evert
Pure Manhood by Jason Evert
If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships, and Sexual Purity by Jason Evert
Real Love by Mary Beth Bonacci
Standing with Courage by Mary-Louise Kurey
The Meaning of Vocation by Pope John Paul II
Books Specifically for Parents
Forming Faithful Families Program Guide by James and Kathleen Littleton
Better by the Dozen, Plus Two by James and Kathleen Littleton
Better by the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two by Kathleen Littleton
Parent Guide to Human Sexuality by Archdiocese of New York
First Age Group: Ages 5-10
Second Age Group: Ages 9-14
Third Age Group: Ages 13-19
Church Documents (recommended for high school students)
Male and Female He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II
Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI
Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla (advanced students only)
The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family by the Pontifical Council for the Family
Sex Has a Price Tag by Pam Stenzel
Sex and Love: What's a Teenager to Do? by Mary Beth Bonacci
Romance Without Regret by Jason and Crystalina Evert
Theology of the Body
In honor of Saint Pope John Paul II, the CEI is pleased to offer the inclusion of educational materials, presentations and teacher trainings on his extensive teaching regarding human sexuality in God's Divine Plan, Male and Female He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. This collection will assist teens in gaining a profound understanding of sexuality, truth, purity and love as well as the foundation of our Catholic faith. Saint John Paul II's revolutionary message, which affirms human dignity and connects human fulfillment to the imitation of Christ's complete gift of self, counteracts societal pressures that treat the body as an object of pleasure or an instrument for exploitation. It is vital that we share with students the beauty and the reasoning behind why the Church teaches what it does about sexuality.
Sex and the Sacred City: Meditations on the Theology of the Body by Steven Kellmeyer
Book One: Purity of Heart: Reflections on Love and Lust: Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body in Simple Language by Sam Torode
Book Two: Body and Gift: Reflections on Creation: Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body in Simple Language by Sam Torode
Theology of the Body for Teens by Jason and Crystalina Evert and Brian Butler
This is an approved curriculum for Chastity Education among teens.
For More information about these and many other materials our office can help provide, please contact us at 312.534.5355, and contact Raymund Pingoy if you want to plan a Parent Presentation in your Parish.