Emily Macke

Author of Grade 9-12 Theology of the Body:
Called to be More

It was an in-person encounter that started it all. Emily Macke’s journey to share the writings, witness and insights of St. John Paul II began when she saw the late Holy Father at his last World Youth Day in 2002. She began studying his work at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she received her undergraduate degree in theology and communication arts in 2006. Upon graduation, Emily was given the Fr. Daniel Sinisi, TOR Award for “exhibiting both academic excellence and outstanding performance and promise in the application of theological studies to ministry or service of a pastoral nature.” She served for two years as Chastity Education Coordinator of an outreach program for Pregnancy Center East in Cincinnati, speaking to junior high and high school students.

In 2010, Emily received her Master’s in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC, graduating magna cum laude. Since that time she has served in various capacities at Ruah Woods – first as Theology of the Body Education Coordinator and co-founder of Kenosis: Teen Disciples for Love and Life, and now as Theology of the Body Curriculum Specialist. In the past several years Emily has enjoyed sharing the good news of the Catholic faith, Theology of the Body and authentic femininity through writing, media appearances, and speaking engagements, which she has done on three continents. She has also taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (of the West)/Athenaeum in Cincinnati. Emily lives with her husband and children on the Indiana side of Cincinnati’s Tri-State area.

Emily’s education in Theology of the Body, writing abilities and experience working with high school students are gifts brought to a unique convergence in the development of Called to be More, our Grade 9-12 Theology of the Body online curriculum.

“Yesterday in the midst of writing a lesson about the gift of fruitfulness for the semester on morality, I reread portions of St. John Paul II’s “Letter to Families.” A passage that struck me before caught my eye again:

‘Who can deny that our age is one marked by a great crisis, which appears above all as a profound “crisis of truth”? A crisis of truth means, in the first place, a crisis of concepts. Do the words “love,” “freedom,” “sincere gift,” and even “person” and “rights of the person,”really convey their essential meaning?…Only if the truth about freedom and the communion of persons in marriage and in the family can regain its splendor, will the building of the civilization of love truly begin and will it then be possible to speak concretely—as the Council did—about “promoting the dignity of marriage and the family.”

We often focus on Band-aids in our approach of difficult moral topics today. But we need to go so much deeper! If we take the time to reflect on concepts that shape our views and decision, then we will be capable of a fuller and more lasting embrace of the Church’s teachings.”

Emily began initial research into the curriculum project in August 2012 and is projected to finish this work in August of 2018. Called to be More has been endorsed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Ken Ogorek, Fr. Tom Wray and many other Catholic leaders.



Why did St. John Paul II Prioritize Theology of the Body?
Incorporating Called to Be More in every semester.
Is Theology of the Body too deep for children?
 Can I be anything I want to be?
What difference does learning Theology of the Body make?
Awkward silence and the power of discussion.