Theology

Meet the Department
Andrew Thompson-Briggs – Department Head
Steven Wieser
Bernard O’Hara

The Theology department curriculum is guided by the American Bishops’ Religion Framework for Catholic high schools. The framework calls for in-depth study of Catholicism –beliefs, teachings and practices. This will provide for a systematic overview of the Catholic faith.

OLD TESTAMENT (9)
NEW TESTAMENT (9)

Year (9); Prerequisite: None
One Year (2 courses of one semester each) – Required

This is a survey of Hebrew and Christian Scripture. The study of Sacred Scripture explores the revelation of God, God’s covenant relationships with people and their consequent journey of faith. The first semester concentrates on the Hebrew Scriptures with an emphasis on the tools of sound biblical scholarship and on major persons, events, and religious themes of salvation history. The second semester focuses on the Christian Scriptures, the teachings and actions of Jesus and the people and events of the early Church.

CHURCH HISTORY (10)
CATHOLIC WORSHIP (10)

Year (10); Prerequisite: None
One Year (2 courses of one semester each) – Required

This course on the Catholic Church provides opportunities to experience God within the context of each learner, relationships, and personal relevance of historical events. The expression of belief experiences beginning with the sub-apostolic community of believers and thru the sacramental and ritual celebration of the Catholic Christian faith. The evangelizing curriculum will sow in the Mission of Jesus Christ from instituting the Church and redemption of humanity intertwined in the Church of our world today. Students will consider the question of the existence of God, spiritual experiences of God and prayer, the person of Jesus Christ, the development and structure of the Church through key events such as the witness of the martyrs, monasticism, heresy, major historical periods, the pilgrim Church and the meaning and significance of rituals and the Sacraments.

CATHOLIC MORAL LIFE (11)
PEACE & JUSTICE (P) (11)

Year (11); Prerequisite: None
One Year (2 courses of one semester each) – Required
Peace and Justice only meets the UC and CSU a-g criteria (a)

CATHOLIC MORAL LIFE – Students will learn the rational foundations for a catholic moral life with an emphasis on what the Church proposes as a just life. Students will learn about God’s plan for the entire human race, and for each individual. True knowledge will lead to know God’s goodness at work in their lives and from that learn that love will be the fundamental response to that love. Students will explore the true nature of conscience and the role of Jesus and His Church play in the formation of Catholic conscience. Also, specific moral questions and problems pertaining to life issues from the perspective of the teachings of Jesus and His Church.

PEACE & JUSTICE – Students will explore a broader approach to morality and ethics by exploring the more public decisions made in the marketplace and our international global community. In addition, the course’s intention is to increase awareness of injustices that can be rectified through a call to action that is an integral part of our living faith as Catholics.

CATHOLIC VOCATIONS (12)
CATHOLIC QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (12)

Year (12); Prerequisite: None
One Year (2 courses of one semester each) – Required

CATHOLIC VOCATIONS – The study of Catholic vocations will present an overview of the idea of vocations as a call from God to attain the goal for which all were created: heaven. Students will study the states of life in which the calls to heaven, holiness and the apostolate are lived. They will examine the nature and duties of, and preparation for, the single life, married life, religious life, and priesthood.

CATHOLIC Q&A’s – The student will engage in a more critical of the catechism, geared to their level of intellectual development. The emphasis will be on knowing the reasons behind their faith. The course will also present some of the protests and questions raised by the Church’s antagonists, with a view of to helping the students understand the Magisterium and help the students defend and explain their faith to others.