Teaching the Clergy of the Future

For eleven years, at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Liz Parrish, RN, CFCP, one of our FertilityCare practitioners, has been helping to bring the Love and Life Unlimited program to the seminarians. Developed by the Pope Paul VI Institute, this program integrates theology and practical applications for seminarians “to educate and empower them to assist couples in understanding and living the Church's teaching.”

Class content includes theology, CrMS and NaPro Technology. Liz Parrish focuses on the “how to live this out" segments of the course. Part of the final exam for the seminarians is their presentation of a homily on contraception. The homilies are related to scripture readings. Seminarians are instructed to include information about the Church’s teachings on sexuality, Humanae Vitae, Creighton Model FertilityCare™ Services, NaProTechnology and the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction.

The seminarians also pray for infertile couples. The Pro-Life Club at the seminary is responsible for pairing seminarians with couples who request prayers. Infertile couples are offered the opportunity to be prayed for by name or anonymously if they choose. Cards are given to the infertile couples during follow-up or during infertility support group meetings. These cards are returned to the Pro-Life Club at St. Charles Borromeo seminary. The cards are distributed to seminarians who pray for the couple, and the couples often in turn pray for the seminarians.

One of the seminarians, Matthew Biedrzycki, talked about the Love and Life Unlimited Program:
“I am grateful for the opportunity we had to participate in the classes on NFP as it helped me to see the true essence of the practice of NFP - freedom and peace. Freedom through the self-mastery and discipline involved in the practice of NFP. Peace through the realization that one is following God's will and is better able to respond where and when He calls - ups and downs together. I hope that after these classes I will be able to share the good news of NFP. I'd like to be able to show people that this isn't just some practice for Holy Rollers or pie in the sky ideal. Anyone may begin to walk this road and walk it well with a little grace and self-discipline."