Made for More event | October 4th

Oct 3, 2023

Author and speaker Christopher West, along with musician Mike Mangione, will headline “Made for More: Visions of the Promised Land,” a one-night event that will explore the meaning of life through the lens of Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” teachings when it comes to Junction City.

The program, which will weave together the spoken word, live music, movie clips, videos and sacred art, will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4th, at St. Xavier Parish 218 N. Washington Street.

Organizers described the event as “an evening of beauty and reflection on the meaning of life, love and human destiny.”

The backdrop for the evening will be Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” teachings that were presented during the first five years of his pontificate, from Sept. 5, 1979, through Nov. 28, 1984.

“Theology of the Body” is considered to be one of the fastest-growing movements in the Catholic Church, particularly among young adults. It focuses on what West describes as the Catholic Church’s “redeeming vision of human sexuality.”

In a news release, West said the “Made for More” event will tackle some of life’s oldest questions.

“Where do we come from and where are we going?” said West, a married father of five children who has traveled the world as a lecturer. “These questions are decisive for understanding what it means to be human and how to orient our lives and our actions toward authentic fulfillment.”

Mangione, from his home near Milwaukee said he and West have been presenting “Made for More” events for the past eight years.

Mangione said he and West wanted people to know that while “Made for More” comes from a decidedly Catholic perspective, it is open to everybody, regardless of religious background.

“If you’re human,” Mangione said, “this event is relevant to you.”

Mangioine, 44, said the program is designed to be like a “campfire experience” for attendees, who will gather in a warm and intimate setting to reflect on what it means to be human. The goal, he said, is for people to leave with a new understanding of the relationship between the physical and spiritual aspects of life.

The Junction City event is sponsored by St. Xavier Parish & School, along with other Catholic parishes including, St. Andrews in Abilene and SS Peter & Paul in Clay Center.

Tickets for “Made for More” are $25 and can purchased online by visiting:

M4MJC. EVENTBRITE.COM, or at the above parishes.