The Cor Project and Theology of the Body Institute Join Forces

Feast of the Assumption

Aug. 15, 2018

Dear Cor Project Family,

I have some very exciting news to share with you, not merely coincidently on a marvelous “Theology of the Body feast” in the Church: the Bodily Assumption of our Holy Mama into the eternal exchange of the Trinity.

Many of you know that I was a co-founder of the Theology of the Body Institute in 2004 and ran my wider ministry through the Institute until the founding of The Cor Project in 2010. The TOB Institute and The Cor Project have always worked closely to promote and spread Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, but we’ve done so as separate entities with separate leadership teams and organizational structures. A recent period of prayerful and strategic conversations between our organizations has focused on how best to coordinate our efforts in reaching the Church and the world with this critically important teaching. (How can I not acknowledge that as we make this announcement, new revelations of the depth of the sexual wound in the Church are coming to light? Hope remains that where sin abounds grace abounds all the more.)

After many months of prayerful discernment and behind the scenes planning, I’m pleased to announce, as of today, that a restructuring of our organizations will allow the programs and courses of the TOB Institute to expand their reach in tandem with The Cor Project’s global evangelization efforts and membership program.

On today’s Feast of the Assumption, The Cor Project has assumed responsibility for all TOB Institute courses and programs. These will continue uninterrupted and as usual under the leadership of myself, Jason Clark, Jen Settle, and Bill Donaghy. (There are two more courses scheduled for 2018, and the 2019 schedule is set and will be announced shortly). The public charity, which has been known as “Theology of the Body Institute,” has been renamed “Theology of the Body Foundation” and has transferred rights to its former name – “Theology of the Body Institute” – to The Cor Project. Beyond expanding our reach, this restructuring relieves the public charity of substantial overhead and administrative costs, enabling donations to the TOB Foundation to reach significantly further in funding scholarships and distributing resources for those in need of TOB education.

I couldn’t be more pleased that The Cor Project and TOBI are joining forces in this way. The leadership of both organizations met recently with Archbishop Charles Chaput, the Institute’s Episcopal Advisory Board chairman, to share our new vision. He offered us his encouragement and confidence in moving forward. I’m also honored by the confidence Dave Savage, TOBI co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors, and the other board members have placed in my team and me to lead TOBI courses and programs into a new phase of expansion and development.

We have some very exciting plans on the horizon and, with confidence in God’s grace and provision, we look forward to seeing them come to fruition. Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks and months ahead, including great news about how we plan to update the Cor Membership under this new structure to include online courses, a stronger online community, and other benefits I can’t yet tell you about (but you’re going to love!). We’ll keep you posted, of course, as it all unfolds. For now, if you’re a Cor Member, your benefits continue as usual. 

With gratitude for your prayers and continued support, your brother,

Christopher West

President, Theology of the Body Institute

President, The Cor Project