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Marriage in a secular sense can be as simple as a contract—a list of minimal expectations each party must fulfill. Marriage in the sacramental sense is a covenant in which couples are called to discover what God asks of them in their relationship and to offer it in an ever-abiding love. But how can couples stay true to that covenant amid the reality of paying bills, shuttling children and keeping the refrigerator stocked?

Aquinas Institute will host “Marriage: Promise, Peril, and Possibility,” at the next Theology on Tap. The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Tap Room at Locust and 21st streets. The 30-minute presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

Ken Homan, Ph.D., and Sharon Homan, Ph.D., will speak. Ken is professor of systematic and pastoral theology and dean of enrollment management at Aquinas Institute. Sharon is professor of biostatics and community health at Saint Louis University. They are married with four children, three dogs, and years behind them on the journey of raising a faith-filled family.

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a seminary and graduate school in Midtown. Part of the mission of the school is to engage Catholics in conversation that will help them to keep their faith lives relevant amid the demands of their professional and personal lives.

Theology on Tap is designed to provide a casual gathering place for Catholics to sip beer, hear brief presentations and ask questions.

To find out more about Theology on Tap or the presentation Jan. 12, call Aquinas Institute at 314.256.8857. Log on at

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