Call: (616) 459-9139 | Text: (616) 459-9139


We are a grass roots movement committed to help
all discover the fully human person they were created to be.

Our Vision: TOB West Michigan looks to spread the message of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which proposes a fresh view of God’s love that leads to a deep awareness of human dignity, identity, and purpose.

The TOB Core Team meets in the Wright Connection @ HELP.
Stay tuned as we will be exploring creative ways to bring TOB to you.


Theology of the Body: Lessons for Daily Living

Fr. Jegar Fickel is the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Big Rapids, MI and St. Paul’s Parish and established the Newman Center on the campus of Ferris State University.

His knowledge on the teaching of St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is something he is passionate about and he loves to share it with others. Listen in to his weekly homilies, so you can be inspired to make TOB applicable in your daily life.

Fr. Jegar was involved in getting our core group started and he continues to support the efforts of TOB West MI to bring awareness to the topic.

Paula Veneklase, HELP Pregnancy Aid Executive Director and Core Team member & Fr. Jegar Fickel, Director of the Newman Center at Ferris St. University interviewed with Holy FamilyRadio/Ave Maria sharing about TOB West MI 2019 event; DIGNITY, IDENTITY & PURPOSE: LIVING AUTHENTIC LOVE THROUGH THEOLOGY OF THE BODY.

Click here to listen in @ 17:00 of the hour.

 Fr. Jegar hosted a round table discussion with Bill Donaghy, team member from the TOB Institute, and local guests. Listen in at Holy Family Radio Archives: Click on button below!


Thank you for attending our first TOB West Mi Workshop.

As a core team, our hope is that you leave the day ready to learn more! Be sure to like us on Facebook.


Theology of the Body made Simple by Rev. Anthony Percy

Perfect for beginners, ideal for seekers—  Sex matters. Yet even deeper than the urge for sex is the desire for love. More than sexual, we are relational: meant for true and intimate relationship with each other and with God. Rather than a “casual indoor sport,” sex is sacred. And John Paul II’s radical perspective on how we view life, love, and sexuality can transform our relationships into profound experiences of communion. This is a simple introduction to the basic premise of Theology of the Body.  It explains how our bodies are symbolic, free, meant for love, and redeemed by Christ. It presents unambiguous reasons for the Church’s teaching on premarital sex, contraception, homosexuality, pornography, and more. And it gives reason to hope that the love we crave so deeply is, in fact, promised us by God…from the beginning. Are you… looking for more in a relationship? wondering about the meaning of life? passionate…yet sometimes unfulfilled? Have you… struggled with sexuality? questioned the reasons for the Church’s sexual teaching? felt confused about authentic sexual identity? Do you… like clear, straightforward explanations? enjoy a conversational, engaging read? want the basic of basics? Are you… too busy to wade through the Theology of the Body text? put off by JP II’s philosophical style? convinced that even “introductions” are too complex? If any of these questions resonate with you, then Theology of the Body Made Simple is the place to begin! “ Theology of the Body Made Simple is dynamite. Reading it can change your life. An awesome job!” —Adam Morris, Catholic Youth Ministry,

Theology of His Body/Theology of Her Body (for teens)

If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships, and Sexual Purity
How to Find your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul


What is John Paul II’s Theology Body…..

It’s a collection of 129 Wednesday General Audiences given by JPII from September 1979 to November 1984.

Click here for a direct link to them

A thoughtful, accessible...

work on the beauty of love and the splendor of the body, inspired by Pope John Paul II.

Christianity has long been regarded as viewing the body as a threat to a person’s spiritual nature and of denying its sexual dimension. In 1979, Pope John Paul II departed from this traditional dichotomy and offered an integrated vision of the human body and soul. In a series of talks that came to be known as “the theology of the body,” he explained the divine meaning of human sexuality and why the body provides answers to fundamental questions about our lives.

In Called to Love, Carl Anderson, chairman of the world’s largest catholic service organization, and Fr. Jose Granados discuss the philosophical and religious significance of “the theology of the body” in language at once poetic and profound. As they explain, the body speaks of God, it reveals His goodness, and it also speaks of men and women and their vocation to love. Called to Love brings to life the tremendous gift John Paul II bestowed on humanity and gives readers a new understanding of the Christian way of love and how to embrace it fully in their lives.

You're Not Alone.

HELP exists as a place where all options can be explored.