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The goal of the Theology Department is to provide the opportunity, atmosphere, and education for students to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and to engage their faith in fostering a commitment to make the world a more just and peaceful place in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Objectives:
  1. Students will interpret Sacred Scripture to grow in understanding of the Christian tradition and one’s role in salvation history.
  2. Students will examine the nature and ultimate reality of the human person as revealed in Christ Jesus, described in Scripture and understood through our shared human experience.
  3. Students will understand the nature and content of sacramentality in community, in experience, personal faith life, and in the Catholic Church.
  4. Students will be able to describe the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and articulate how this spirituality is rooted in right relationship and expressed through social justice.
Requirements:
Four credits in Theology are required for graduation.

Courses Available For 2022-23

List of 10 items.

  • TH Sacred Scripture, Our Story

    Grade 9
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    We begin Sacred Scripture, Our Story with a unit on the history and heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the founders of our school. Our Story invites students to better understand all of salvation history as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students will reflect on thematic considerations which run through both Old and New Testaments, such as God’s unconditional love, unfailing mercy, invitation to freedom, and eternal presence. During first semester, students will seek truth about God, humans, our relationship to God, and our role in salvation history in the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures. During second semester, students will consider their own developing image of Jesus, study Jesus as a man of history, and reflect on Christ as the God of their faith. Students will delve into the New Testament, particularly the four gospels, and discover its message for them. All Scripture will be taught as a source of reflection and guidance for living in our contemporary culture, calling us to be more and more open to the life of God that is within each of us. The corresponding courses in the USCCB Curriculum Framework are The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture, Sacred Scripture, and Paschal Mystery.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Church History: Moments in the Life of the Church

    Grade 10
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course examines the history of Christianity from its beginnings at Pentecost to the contemporary situation of our present day. Students will study the early, medieval, and modern periods of Church history. The course will emphasize significant movements, central figures, crucial events, major controversies, and important ecumenical councils that have shaped the contours of Christian history. Special attention will be paid to the development of sacraments and the evolution of Church teachings. Likewise, this course will foster a deeper understanding of the Church as both a historical and sacramental presence in the world, and cultivate an appreciation for the relevance of Christianity’s past to its present. The corresponding courses in the USCCB Curriculum Framework are History of the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church, and Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Christ.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Life in Christ

    Grade 10
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course is designed to encourage sophomore students to grow in faith and confidence while developing skills to navigate life in our ever-changing world. Students will apply what they learned as freshmen and continue their study of the early Christians found in the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles. Building on the belief that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, students will be challenged to recognize the dignity of self, others, and creation and learn how to participate daily in the building of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Students will review the difficult concept of free will, and practice making healthy and life-giving decisions. The all-girl classroom provides a unique opportunity for students to examine and openly discuss real issues facing teenage girls today. Topics will include authentic friendships, the impact of media, handling expectations, avoiding alcohol/drugs, healthy dating relationships, and understanding human sexuality. The corresponding courses in the USCCB Curriculum Framework are Life in Jesus Christ and the Mission of Jesus Christ.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Living the Gospel Through Catholic Social Teaching

    Grade 11
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course examines the response of Catholics and the Catholic Church to present and emerging social injustices as well as the challenges of the modern world. Responses and injustices are examined through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching to recognize the human dignity of all people. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of local, national, and global injustices. The course instills awareness that fuels a growth in living our Catholic faith. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Living the Gospel Through Catholic Social Teaching in Action (Summer Course)

    Rising Grade 11, 12
    Summer course, .5 credit

    *Students register for this course in February, 2022.

    This course examines the response of Catholics and the Catholic Church to present and emerging social injustices as well as the challenges of the modern world. Responses and injustices are examined through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching to recognize the human dignity of all people. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of local, national, and global injustices. The course instills awareness that fuels a growth in living our Catholic faith. Students will be required to engage in class for five weeks in the summer; two weeks of in person class, one week of travel on a social justice/service-based trip to Appalachia, the US/Mexican border, or similar opportunity, followed by two additional weeks of course work. Additional travel cost is required. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society.

    *Service completed throughout this course will count towards a student’s yearly service hour requirement.

    Prerequisite: Sacred Scripture, Our Story, Church History: Moments in the Life of the Church, and Life in Christ.
  • TH World Religions

    Grade 11
    Semester course, .5 credit

    After a basic introduction to the common elements of religion: worship, revelation, and community, this course examines some indigenous religions as well as the religions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Emphasis is placed on origins, major concepts, scriptures, and important rituals of each religion in comparison to what the students know of their own faith. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Challenge of Discipleship

    Grade 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course is designed to challenge seniors to be real about what they believe about God, self, others, and the world. Students will explore the often misunderstood gift of free will all humans experience because of the love of God. Students will discuss and work together, learning how to take responsibility for their own life and choices while recognizing God’s presence in all situations. The all-girl classroom will allow the opportunity to talk about dating and sexuality in a safe and comfortable environment. Students will practice various methods of prayer and will have the opportunity to reflect on values to prepare for the challenges of life in college and beyond. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ and Society.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH Death, Dying and Living

    Grade 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course initiates an exploration of death, dying, and the integral relationships they play in life. The stages of death, dying, and grieving are examined, as well as the attitudes regarding the process of death. Students will conduct interviews regarding wisdom and life advice from elders. In addition, certain moral dilemmas, such as suicide and extraordinary means of maintaining life, are considered in light of contemporary moral teaching of the Catholic Church. All of these help us to better understand and fully
    live our lives.

    Prerequisite: none
  • TH ACC God-Talk: Ultimate Questions in Theology

    Grade 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course is designed for the theology student who wishes to be challenged at the collegiate level. This capstone course seeks to build an advanced understanding of theology by addressing the ultimate questions at the heart of theology and religion. In dialogue with Jewish and Christian scripture, as well as classic and contemporary spiritual autobiographies written from within the Christian tradition and beyond, students will wrestle with the nature of faith; the nature, existence, and personhood of God; the nature and ends of creation and human life; evil and salvation, and other matters of ultimate concern. This course aims to stimulate engagement with and reflection on the kinds of questions that matter most in order to deepen students understanding our relationship with God, our place in the universe, and the nature of the human condition.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA or departmental approval

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course through SLU:
    THEO 1600 God-Talk: Ultimate Questions in Theology
  • TH ACC Women's and Gender Studies

    Grade 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    When we improve the lives of women, we improve the lives of children and men. This course places women and gender at the center of inquiry. Using the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, we will discuss some of the historical foundations, theories, political manifestations, and social injustices that are the cause of oppression for all people, locally, nationally, and globally. We will engage the questions: How can we rid the world of oppression and how can we work to change social structures to bring about equity for all of God’s people? This course also has a service learning component. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA or departmental approval

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course through SLU:
    WGST 1900 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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Departments

Theology Department

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Sarah Boul

    Mrs. Sarah Boul 

    Theology - Department Chair
    (314) 394-4130
  • Photo of Diane Everitt

    Mrs. Diane (Sweeney) Everitt 82

    Theology
    (314) 394-4087
  • Photo of Ann Hammer

    Ms. Ann Hammer 

    Theology
    (314) 394-4072
  • Photo of Andrew Jendraszak

    Mr. Andrew Jendraszak 

    Theology
    (314) 394-4049
  • Photo of Andy Lodes

    Mr. Andy Lodes 

    Theology
    (314) 394-4082
  • Photo of Caitlyn McIntire

    Ms. Caitlyn McIntire 

    Theology
    (314) 394-4231
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