The Theology Department provides a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, and systematic curriculum of Catholic beliefs to strengthen students’ personal relationships with God, deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith, and integrate these beliefs and traditions into their lives. Topics include the purpose and meaning of faith in everyday life; the Sacred Scripture; covenant and salvation history; Church history; Catholic moral theology, particularly the Theology of the Body; an exploration of major world religions; and an understanding of life’s purpose through vocation and the maturation of students’ spirituality.
Theology Department Faculty:
Ms. Brigette Hanley, Department Chair
Rev. Brian Ditullio
Mr. Lee Imbriano
Mrs. Patricia Hurd
Mr. William Rosanelli
Mrs. Arlene Somers-Maresca
THE 8 Theology 8
The focus of this course is to help the students understand their lives as a Christian Catholic and member of the Church. Students are introduced to topics such as: the Trinity and our human identity as a reflection of the Blessed Trinity, the Blessed Mother, the Rosary and other Catholic prayer traditions, the Saints, the Sacraments, the Mass, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the Pascal Mystery, the Kingdom of God, the Two Great Commandments and an in-depth study of the Church teaching on the Eucharist.
Open to Grades: 8
THE 110 Theology I: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture / The Blessed Trinity
Theology I is an introduction to Catholic Christianity for freshmen that explores the meaning and purpose of religion in everyday life. As a general introduction, it seeks to take the students from where they are and lead them toward a deeper, more mature relationship with God. Topics to be covered include the basics for understanding and participation in Catholic life within the school and in the world at large. Students will learn about the Bible as the living word of God through which they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ in a more personal way. Basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible are explored culminating in Jesus Christ as the ultimate Revelation to us from God. Students will also explore the mystery of the Blessed Trinity and the attributes associated with each of the Persons to help them understand its implications for living the Christian life.
Open to Grades: 9
THE 210 Theology II: The Mission of Jesus Christ and its continuation in the Church
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for humanity through his Son, Jesus Christ, and the redemption Christ won for us. Students will be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails. The Church will be explored as the living Body of Christ today in both its divine and human elements. Students will come to know the Church that was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, the course poses the question: “Who is Jesus?” and attempts to answer it with an examination of His life, teaching, and ministry.
Open to Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Theology I
THE 310 Theology III: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ / Living Morally and Prayerfully
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may meet Christ throughout life and how to fully live out God’s plans. Students will also learn about the moral concepts and precepts that govern our lives as Christ’s disciples with the 10 Commandments as the basis for moral law. The lives of saints are discussed with a view toward understanding how God calls and expects a response from each one of us. Prayer is integral throughout the course, which strives to give students a foundation and basis to build their own quality prayer life.
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Theology II
THE 409 Honors Theology IV
In this course, students expand their knowledge of Church History and the needs of the Church in today’s world. In the intense study of this genre of apocalyptic literature, students will come to a greater understanding of the prophetic works of Daniel, Isaiah and Ezekiel, among others. The Book of Revelation, which is rich in symbolism, metaphors, and linguistic style, has been the inspiration of many great works of art. Most importantly, the Book of Revelation provides the student with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Mass.
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Grade of 85 in Honors World Cultures and Honors English
THE 410 Theology IV History of the Catholic Church / Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society
In this course students will explore the story of God’s intervention into human history from the earthly life of Christ to the present day. It details how God sent the Holy Spirit to act through the Church and her members with special emphasis given to the role of saints and Popes to further the mission of the Church into all the world. Students will also be introduced to the social teaching of the Catholic Church and learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Theology III
THE-INT Introduction to Christianity
This course is designed to provide the students with a basic understanding of Christianity and is geared to international students with no prior basis of faith. Students are placed into this class during their freshman and sophomore years and then are mainstreamed into regular Theology courses for the junior and senior year.
Open to Grades: 9, 10