ABOUT RUAH WOODS INSTITUTE
As a formation institute, Ruah Woods Institute is here to serve the Catholic community to help us apply Theology of the Body to our everyday lives—becoming more of the sons and daughters God, our Father, created us to be.
Ruah Woods Institute provides Theology of the Body curriculum and resources for our time.
We are a group of Catholic scholars and educators here to help people find answers to the hard questions by offering a range of resources.
- Foundational K-12 curriculum that is easy to incorporate and teach to all age groups.
- Training and support for teachers, catechists and homeschooling parents.
- Online courses for adults to ground themselves in the truth about their innate dignity.
- Psychological services in the Cincinnati/Dayton area integrating the best of psychological science and the truths of the Catholic faith.
- Videos and information to explain What is Theology of the Body?
- An online shop with books and publications.
Understanding who God is, who we are, and how we fit into the world is challenging.
Most of us didn’t receive proper formation ourselves, and are unsure of where we can go for clear answers. It can feel overwhelming to tackle tough theological and moral questions. But it doesn’t need to be. We want to help you realize the truth of your innate dignity. That’s why Ruah Woods Institute provides a variety of affordable resources for adults, teachers, and parents to grow in their understanding of who God made them to be. We believe that the world needs the beautiful message that Pope St. John Paul II articulated more than ever.
Ruah Woods Institute Leadership
Board of Directors
Tony Maas, President, Founder & Chairman of the Board
Joe Brink, Vice President
Tom Gruber, Treasurer
Michael Reckers, Secretary
MEET THE TEAM
Ruah Woods Institute Staff
Vice President of Operations & Finance
Director of Content & Marketing
Curriculum Production Manager, Editor, Sales & Web Site Support
Fundraising, Events Manager & Accounting
Studio Production Manager
Studio Videographer/ Video Editor
Dr. Joan Kingsland
Fellow & Theological Consultant
Curriculum Consultant, Southeast Region
Curriculum Consultant, West Region
Curriculum Consultant, Northeast Region
How is “Ruah” related to Theology of the Body?
Wind and breath are physical realities that point us to the Holy Spirit.
“The body, in fact, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus to be a sign of it.”— Pope St. John Paul II
The entire Theology of the Body catechesis hinges on this point.
A sign is something that points us to a reality beyond itself and, in some way, makes that transcendent reality present to us. For human beings, wind and breath make visible the invisible mystery of the Holy Spirit, in a concrete way. Similarly, the body, which is made in the image and likeness of God, is a physical, concrete sign of the invisible divine mystery of God.