ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Theology

Form your mind and your heart.

The Theology Department seeks to continue your formation in your knowledge and love of Christ in order to equip you to live as lifelong missionary disciples of Jesus in the world today.  Our four-year curriculum is based on the U.S. Bishop’s Curriculum Framework for High School. In collaboration with Father Gabriel Richard’s Campus Ministry program, you will be offered a variety of opportunities to respond in faith and love to the intellectual formation received in the classroom, such as bi-weekly Mass and weekly adoration, class retreats, Christian service, penance days, and much more.  In this way, the Theology program helps you both your mind and your heart.

We want you to love and live your Catholic faith. For our non-Catholic students, we hope you will gain an appreciation for the Catholic faith while further developing your personal relationship with Jesus in a respectful and supportive Catholic community. We want you to understand and be able to articulate the reasons for what you believe and to develop those beliefs into a Christian worldview that informs every aspect of your lives. Touched by the love of God and nourished by the sacraments, you will graduate equipped to lead lives of loving service to others.

Four credits of Theology are required for graduation. Each course has a Christian Service hour requirement incorporated.

Theology I

God’s Revelation in Jesus

First year Theology covers foundational topics in the Catholic faith: our need for God; God’s revelation in Jesus Christ; Sacred Scripture as God’s Word to us; survey of Old and New Testaments; the nature of faith; challenges to faith in God; and the doctrines of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery.

Theology II

The Church (one semester)

This course will help students understand that they encounter the living Jesus Christ in and through His Church. Students will understand that the Church provides the means through which they may enter into an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and who has called them to share that same love with the world.

Sacraments (one semester)

Learning about the sacraments will help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

Theology III

Moral Theology (one semester)

Junior Theology focuses on what it means to have new life in Christ through an in-depth examination of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Students will understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives.  Students will learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the life of Christ’s disciples, recognizing and embracing that life in Christ as one of freedom, happiness, joy, love, purpose and self-gift.

Catholic Social Teaching (one semester)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social doctrine, which is a rich treasure of wisdom for building a “civilization of love” in which the dignity and rights of all people are respected. In this way, human society reflects the love of the Trinity. Students will explore the major principles and themes of Catholic social teaching as articulated in the documents of the Magisterium. Through reading, writing and discussion of these primary sources, students will learn to apply this teaching to current social problems. Students will grasp how Christ’s own loving concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

Theology IV

Seniors have the option of taking Theology IV or the intensive Scripture course each semester.

The Meaning of Vocation and the Theology of the Body (one semester)

Studying St. Augustine’s Confessions, as well as St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and The Meaning of Vocations, should enlighten the intellects of students to the horizon that awaits them in their future undertakings. The texts compel them to look within to understand who they are, what their purpose is, what it means to be truly human, and how to relentlessly pursue the fullness of truth as a lifelong endeavor.

Sacred Scripture (one semester)

The senior elective is a study of the New Testament with special focus on the Letters of St. Paul, and the 7 catholic letters covering issues addressed by Saints Paul, Peter, John, James and Jude regarding the Christian life, moral behavior, the Eucharist, the Person of Christ, and the Church, with attention also paid to the difficulties and challenges of the First Century Christians that remain relevant for us today.

Sacred Scripture (one semester)

This course is an introductory study of the Old and New Testaments, including their key narrative, historical background, and major themes. This course will also explore a means of properly interpreting Sacred Scripture as a whole, through the lens of the Biblical Covenants. In this course, students will acquire a deeper and richer understanding of the context, history, morals, literature, and typological symbols of the Bible, allowing them to come to understand why it is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. The means of achieving this is by a cursory overview of Salvation History, simplistic textual and linguistic analysis, historical-critical examination of the text, and, most importantly, prayerful meditation of the content of Sacred Scripture. All to the end of understanding how Salvation History continues to be played out in the life of the Church today, through the New and Eternal Covenant of Christ.

Old Testament (one semester)

This is an intensive course that forms an introduction to central themes and texts of the Old Testament. With a thematic focus on the Biblical Covenants, Liturgical Sacrifice, and Salvation, the course aims to cultivate an appreciation of individual works and an awareness of the larger theological, historical, and socio-political worldview of which they form a part. The course will form students with the lens and framework necessary for their continued lifelong exploration and reading of the Old Testament and will ready them to engage the New Testament with proper interpretation and broader vision.

New Testament (one semester)

This is an intensive course that seeks to answer the most important questions about the 27 books of the New Testament. It examines the New Testament through the lens of Covenant Theology, Messianic Fulfillment, and Liturgical Sacrifice. The method of doing so will be a hermeneutic of continuity and faith, while also utilizing the good merits of the historical-critical method. The objective is an accurate contextual reading of the New Testament texts. Above all else, students will gain a fuller sense of Christ as a devout Jewish rabbi as well as the long-awaited Messiah of God who preaches the redeeming message of Salvation history as fulfilled in His passion, death, resurrection, and ascension. Finally, the course explores eschatological fulfillment in Scripture and examines how the Church continues the biblical narrative of Salvation history to the present day.

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