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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. Interpret Scripture and recognize that they are a part of the story and come to understand tradition in order to understand the content of Christianity and their role in the Christian tradition.
  2. 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. Understand the nature and content of sacramentality in community, in experience, personal faith life, and in the Catholic Church.
  4. 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 2020-21

List of 9 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 an historical and sacramental presence in the world and cultivate an appreciation for 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 Social Justice: Living the Gospel

    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 in order to recognize the human dignity of all people. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of local, national and global injustices. The course instills an 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 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 ACC Theological Foundations - Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course is geared for the theology student who wants to be challenged at the collegiate level. This capstone course seeks to build an advanced understanding of the whole of theology through its parts: Sacred Scripture, Christology and Ecclesiology, Morality and Social Justice, Catholicism’s relationships with Judaism and Islam, and Catholic theology in a global context. Emphasis is placed on challenging students to acquire the targeted skills of reading, writing and speaking theologically. Students are encouraged to consider how critical, careful and creative theological questioning can deepen their faith and understanding of the human condition.

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: departmental approval
  • TH ACC Women's and Gender Studies

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Are you interested in working toward a world where everyone experiences equity and inclusion? Then consider this course. 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.

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: departmental approval
  • 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 in order 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

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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