The course will focus on the theology of the Catholic Church. It will introduce the students to the principal Catholic beliefs, rituals, and values, as handed over by the Tradition, and taught by the Magisterium. Special attention will be given to the following topics: the universal call to holiness, prayer, the Holy Trinity, the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Bible, and the Revelation.
Theology-99.0000731 Sacraments and Prayer / Spring semester 9
This course will provide a basic understanding of the Catholic Liturgy and sacramentality. It will explore in detail each of the seven Sacraments, so that the students may participate more fully in the celebration and reception of them. In addition, there will be an initiation to the various schools of prayer (such as Benedictine, Ignatian, or Carmelite) within the Tradition of the Church.
Theology-99.0000721 Old Testament / Fall semester 10
This course teaches an historical and theological overview of the Old Testament. Students will study the Jewish people, their covenant with God, and how the events of the Old Testament prepared us for the coming of Jesus Christ. Themes covered will include Creation, the Patriarchs, the Mosaic Law, the rise and fall of the kingdom of Israel, the prophets, worship and sacrifice. Students will also learn the differences between Catholic and other Christian canons. The course approaches the teaching and interpretation of Scripture from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Theology-99.0000721 New Testament / Spring semester 10
This course teaches the scriptural root of our faith as found in the New Testament, with a special emphasis on the Gospels. Topics to be studied in the course include Jesus’ Incarnation, His teachings on the Kingdom of God and His use of parables, the miracles Jesus performed as a sign of the Kingdom’s coming, the Paschal Mystery and the birth of the Church. Students will also learn how the covenant of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. The course approaches the teaching and interpretation of Scripture from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Theology-99.0000731 Catholic Morality 11 / Fall semester
This course will give the student the knowledge of how we are to live based on our Christian beliefs. It will discuss principles for living a morally upright life based on the belief that the human person is made in the image and likeness of God. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a thorough grasp of key moral concepts, such as natural law, free choice, grave and slight matter, sufficient knowledge and freedom, charter, conscience, sin, moral absolutes, virtue, human fulfillment and the Principle of Double Effect. This will provide the necessary foundation to a discussion of specific moral principles. Students will be offered the scriptural, theological and philosophical principles that will enable them to make correct moral choices from the light of the Catholic Faith.
Theology-99.0000731 Church History 11 / Spring semester
This course will examine Church History from the death of Christ to the present, seen as a history of salvation—God at work among His people. This course will also stress the contribution of Catholic faith to civilization, as seen variously in art, architecture, music, and the Church’s saints.
Theology-99.0000741 World Religions 12th / Fall semester
This course invites students to re-examine their personal faith in more depth by opening doors to the spiritual riches and specificities of the major world religions. It also gives them tools to better understand today’s world and to prepare for tomorrow’s encounters and challenges in which religion is to play a decisive part. First, the course examines the key elements of religion in general. The second part examines Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism.
Theology-99.0000741 Personal Vocation 12 / Spring semester
The Catholic Theoretical views on vocation will emphasize the study of key concepts and views pertaining to the doctrine of vocation in the Catholic tradition: the universal call to holiness, the universal vocation of love, and the types of vocation. The course will also offer the students the time and tools to reflect on their personality, their aspirations, their potentialities and limits, all aspects of a person through which the call of God is incarnated and knowledgeable. This invitation to a better self-knowledge will go along with a reflection on its concrete consequences for a vocational choice.
Theology-99.0000763 Theology of Gardening (Elective)
Students in this class work with Fr. Jimmy Adams in planting and maintaining the courtyard garden and environmental space. In caring for this space, students also have the opportunity to appreciate the spiritual work of creation and growth in the garden.
Theology-99.00007445 Christian Outreach (Elective)
This class provides a formation in and practical initiation into Catholic social teachings and initiatives.