Theology Department

Catholic education is rooted in the conviction that Jesus Christ provides the most comprehensive and compelling example of the realization of full human potential. Our educational model, based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS), states that St. Mary’s is centered in the person of Jesus Christ as we hold that all truth, goodness, and beauty points to Jesus, who is the Truth.

Essential to St. Mary’s pedagogy is the formation of the whole person in the image of Jesus Christ. As such, we seek to integrate Catholic values and morals into our curriculum, seeking to develop the whole person to excel spiritually, intellectually, academically, physically and socially.  Our faith-life and campus ministry extend to all aspects of our curriculum and community: classrooms, clubs, sport teams, fine arts, community service, and our class retreats. 

St. Mary’s seeks to provide an environment in the Catholic tradition where students have an opportunity to pray, celebrate the sacraments, and freely seek to know, follow, and proclaim Jesus Christ.

Below are the detailed descriptions of the Theology courses being offered for the 2022-2023. Refer to the curriculum map to see which courses are available for each grade level.

Freshmen Year: An Introduction to Catholic Theology
1.) Bible - Overview (The Great Adventure Timeline)
2.) The Gospel of Mark
3.) Acts of the Apostles (with Galatians)
4.) Creed (12 Articles)
5.) Liturgy and Sacraments
6.) Life in Christ

 Sophomore Year: A Catholic Reading of Scripture
1.) Genesis
2.) Exodus and Numbers
3.) Historical Books (Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings)
4.) The Prophets, The Return, and Maccabees
5.) The Gospel of Matthew
6.) New Testament Letters and the Early Church

Junior Year: The Life of the Church
1.) The Gospel of Luke
2.) The First Millennium (to 1054)
3.) The Second Millennium (1054 - Present Day)
4.) The Chair of Peter (Leo XIII to Francis - DHP & CST)
5.)The Psalms and Prayer
6.) The Four Last Things (The Great Divorce)

Senior Year: Wisdom for Life
1.) The Wisdom of the Old Testament
2.) The Gospel of John
3.) The Spiritual Life
4.) Vocation
5.) 6 Converts
6.) The Revelation of John