Know Chocolate for Lent Adult Study & Women's Retreat

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Adult Study & Women's Retreat
Know Chocolate for Lent

Use this along with Know Chocolate for Lent Formation for Kids & Families

Did you know that no fewer than seven popes made pronouncements on chocolate, all agreeing that it doesn't break the lenten fast?

Know Chocolate for Lent offers a thematic approach for communicating the message of the church seasons of Lent and Easter. The adult study and women’s retreat reflect on the film Chocolat and the implications for us as Christians. Lent is an appropriate time for reflection and study so that believers comprehend the significance of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Know Chocolate for Lent helps parishes reflect on the significance of the gifts that they often take for granted—the gift of chocolate and the gift of faith.

The adult edition of Know Chocolate for Lent includes the following features:

  • Six-session adult study designed for small group faith-sharing or class use, reflecting on the film Chocolat (you will most likely want to show scenes from the film, not included). The small group content is provided in an adult leader guide and in a reproducible participant booklet.
  • Women's Retreat: "A Chocolate Feast: Celebrating God's Goodness" • This resource incorporates the content of the above adult study into a weekend retreat format and adds additional components for group building and prayer, as well as a closing chocolate feast. The content is provided in an adult leader guide and in a reproducible participant booklet.

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Format: eResource
Product code: LR120
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 47 pages
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Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman


As a religious educator, Phyllis Wezeman has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana, and Program Coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Honorary Professor of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she taught methods courses. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in nearly 200 villages in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 1,950 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a youth exchange program to Russia and the Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilly Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Alumni Awards and recipient of the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association.

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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    know Chocolate for Lent

    Posted by Christine on Jan 29th 2020

    This is an excellent study. We did it as a small group. After viewing the film and reflecting on the questions for discussion, it is amazing how the movie speaks to sin and forgiveness.