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    Theology I
    Theology I is divided into two parts: Introduction to Catholicism and Introduction to Scriptures. The student will be able to explain the basic tenets of our faith, with an emphasis on the Creed, Prayer, Mary, the Mother of God, the Trinity, and the Sacraments. The Introduction to Scriptures will invite the students into the study of scripture with an emphasis on the Old Testament and Salvation History.

    Theology II
    Theology II, Understanding the Scriptures, is rooted in the study of the New Testament. An in-depth study of the New Testament will assist the students in developing a sense of the value of Sacred Scripture. Students will study the life of Christ, including His ministry, teachings, and Passion. They will also explore the ministry of the Apostles with an emphasis on St. Peter and St. Paul. Through reading, studying and praying the Scriptures, the students will examine Christ’s message and how faith is a response to that message. Personal faith development will be encouraged and challenged through application of Scripture themes to the student’s daily lives.

    Theology III
    Junior Theology is a course in Moral Theology. The course begins with the foundations of Christian morality. The student will come to understand the role of conscience in making decisions and explain how the beatitudes and the Ten Commandments help us to fulfill Christ’s commandment of Love of God and Love of Neighbor. Current moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and Catholic Social Teaching will be discussed.

    Theology IV
    The objective of Senior Theology is to have students come to a deeper and more mature grasp of how the Church’s life through the centuries has produced the modern Catholic Church and how they might pursue the universal call to holiness within the Church through their vocations. The senior curriculum is divided into three parts.

    Part One – Church History
    This section begins with the institution of the Church and its development throughout the centuries. References to papal and conciliar documents are meant to assist with the study of the development of doctrine. A study of saints, blessed, and venerables are given to facilitate the study of the Church’s growth through the lives of individuals whose faith, service, and devotion serve as models for us.

    Part Two – Ecclesiology
    This study is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium). It gives a basic overview of the nature and mission of the church.

    Part Three – Vocation
    Referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to Scripture, this study helps the student focus on the manner in which each individual finds happiness and eternal salvation in living out his or her vocation

    St. Paul: A Man of Letters
    This elective course will give the students a thorough knowledge of the life and letters of St. Paul. Particular focus will be placed on Romans I and II, Corinthians and Galatians. Students will receive a detailed understanding of issues such as authorship and inspiration. Topics such as salvation, suffering and other major theological issues will also be covered in detail.

    Awaken to Prayer
    In this elective course, students will “experience” the meaning of prayer. What is prayer? How can I pray? The course will include an overview of the classic texts of Catholic spirituality and prayer, the prayer of the saints, the use of scripture for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The elective will explore the Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina the Our Father, litanies, conscious breathing and mindfulness, and centering prayer. No text is required other than the students’ copies of The New American Bible.

    Social Justice
    Catholic Social Justice is the teaching that attempts to understand how societies work and what moral principles and values ought to guide them. Modern Catholic social teaching comes to us from a strong tradition of writings of popes, especially since Pope Leo XII of the nineteenth century. The course will challenge the student to recognize and name some of the injustices in our world and society. The student will also discover how in light of our Catholic faith and tradition to analyze some causes of injustice. Finally, the student will learn how we, both as individuals and as a community of faith, should respond to injustice.

    Apologetics is a survey course treating the teachings of the Catholic Church especially in light of intellectual challenges in the anti-Catholic and anti-Christian world. This elective will offer students a course of study on the most widely misunderstood teachings of the Church, the Eternity and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Revelation in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, the Apostolic Tradition of the Church, the role of Mary in the Church History and Practice, the Papacy, the Holy Priesthood, Abortion, Contraception, Sexual Morals, Roles of Women, etc.

    Women in Scripture
    Through this course, students will explore the lives of outstanding women in the Old and New Testaments to determine how their lives and actions were either consistent or inconsistent with faith in God; how they were positive or negative examples of faith in God for others; how their lives are relevant to the faith journey of students in the twenty-first century. Some of the women whose lives will be examined include: Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Miriam, Deborah, Delilah, Bathsheba, Ruth, Ester, Judith, Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother), Mary, the Mother of God, Mary Magdalene, Martha and Mary, the wife of Pontius Pilate, and the Samaritan women at the well.