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May 21, 2014

Why do so many couples seem to be afraid of getting married today?  What is there about our culture angelafrankthat works against happy, healthy marriages?  Is the Church really all wrong about sex? 

Author, teacher, and scholar Dr. Angela Franks will bring her expertise on these topics to the Diocese of Ogdensburg  July 26.

She will lead a day-long workshop, “Building Strong Families: Marriage, Sex, and the Church” at the Church of the Visitation Parish Center in Norfolk.

Dr. Franks brings a rich and varied background to this subject.  She earned a BA in Theology at the University of Dallas, an MA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and a PhD in Theology from Boston College. 

Since 2007, she has been a professor at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, where she is currently Director of the Master of Theological Studies for the New Evangelization.  A  popular speaker, Dr. Franks has made presentations at a number of colleges and universities, including Harvard Law School, Wellesley College, and the University of Notre Dame; she has also spoken to diverse scholarly groups, including The American Academy of Religion. Her wide-ranging presentations have addressed such diverse topics as “Marriage and The New Evangelization,”  “How Porn Impacts Future Happiness,”  “A Journey to Peace: What the Church Offers Women,”   “Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body,” and “How to Be a Voice for Marriage to the Media and in the Church.”

Dr. Franks writes extensively on these and many other topics; she has been published in several scholarly journals, including The Thomist and The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly; she has also been a contributor to Magnificat.

In 2013, her book, Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why was published by Pauline Books and Media.

In 2010, Dr. Franks contributed a chapter to Erica Bochiochi’s book, Women, Sex, and The Church; it was entitled, “The Joy of Giving: Church Teaching on Contraception.” 

Dr. Franks is also the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility, published in 2005.  With her husband, Dr. J. David Franks, Angela is a columnist for the Boston archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot; together they also host the program “Christian Witness” on CatholicTV.

The diocesan offices of Family Life, Evangelization, and Faith Formation are sponsoring this workshop with Dr. Angela Franks. The event is open to anyone interested in helping to strengthen marriages. Please save the date, and look for forthcoming registration details.

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