Course Description

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this session will be streamed live to your computer.  

To access the live stream, once you have registered, sign in, click on the course, and simply click on the 'Zoom Link'.

Inspired by the famous gatherings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis at Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, these seminars feature a presentation on an influential piece of Catholic literature, conversation, prayer, and glass of your favourite beverage.  Please “Bring your own Beverage” of either beer, wine or soft drink to share.

This seminar will provide a much-needed overview of the history of gender ideology and its aggressive strategy to redefine the human person and sexuality. It will provide an in-depth look at the gender-fluid teaching tool proposed for early grade-school children (The Gender Unicorn) contrasted with a Christian understanding of the human person (The Holistic Human).

May 5: A Brief History of Gender Ideology - Fr. John Nahrgang
May 12: The Gender Unicorn vs. The Holistic Human - Katrina Zeno
May 19: From Nominalism to Nietzsche - How the West Got Rid of Human Nature - Katrina Zeno

Dates:  Tuesdays

May 5, 12, 19

Times:  6-8pm.  Social time from 6:00pm-6:30pm; presentation/questions until 8:00pm...ish.

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089

Fr. John Nahrgang and Katrina Zeno

Fr. John Nahrgang is a convert to Catholicism and a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, where he currently serves as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of Saints Simon & Jude. He received a Master of Divinity from the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Bachelor in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Later this year, Fr. Nahrgang plans to begin studies toward a Licenciate in Sacred Theology of Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC.Katrina J. Zeno, MTS, is the coordinator of the St. John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture for the Diocese of Phoenix, AZ, and she has been speaking nationally and internationally on the Theology of the Body, the genius of woman, catechetical formation, and Catholic spirituality for over 23 years. Katrina co-hosted a 13-part series on Theology of the Body for EWTN, and she is the author of over 50 articles, a weekly blog entitled, "TOB Tuesdays," and three books including Discovering the Feminine Genius and The Body Reveals God. Katrina received her master in theological studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D. C., and her BA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville where she lived for 23 years before moving to Phoenix. When not speaking, Katrina enjoys dancing salsa and Argentine tango, hiking, swimming, playing table tennis, and spending time with her married son, Michael and her new granddaughter.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    About the Seminar

    • Reflection Questions for Online Sessions

    • About Our Seminars in Catholic Theology

    • Welcome to the Seminar - Schedule and Overview

  • 2

    May 5 - Brief History of Gender Ideology with Fr. John Nahrgang

    • About Fr. Nahrgang

    • Handout - Male and Female He Created Them - A Summary with Key Quotes

    • Video - Session 1

  • 3

    May 12 - From Nominalism to Nietzsche with Katrina Zeno

    • About Katrina Zeno

    • Handout - From Nominalism to Nietzsche

    • Video - Session 2

  • 4

    May 19 - From Nominalism to Nietzsche - How the West Got Rid of Human Nature with Katrina Zeno

    • Handout - To Be or Not to Be A Person

    • Video - Session 3