COURSES

The Theology curriculum is based on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Core Curriculum in accordance with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

FRESHMAN

THEOLOGY 1A – The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section.

THEOLOGY 1B – Who Is Jesus Christ?
The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.


SOPHOMORE

THEOLOGY 2A – Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church
he purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the sacred nature of the Church.

THEOLOGY 2B – Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.


JUNIOR

THEOLOGY 3A – Life in Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.

THEOLOGY 3B – Theology of the Body
This course is based on the collection of 129 talks on human sexuality given by Pope John Paul II between September 1979 and November 1984 and is designed specifically for teens. The course will address the profound interconnection between sexuality and the Christian mystery.


SENIOR

THEOLOGY 4 – Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society
This is a one-semester elective that counts toward fulfilling the senior year theology requirement. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

THEOLOGY 4A – History of the Catholic Church
This is a one-semester elective that counts toward fulfilling the senior year theology requirement. The purpose of this course is to supply the student with a general knowledge of the Church’s history from apostolic times to the present. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the Church’s 2,000 years of history and about how the Church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles.

THEOLOGY 4B – World Religions – Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues
This is a one-semester elective that counts toward fulfilling the senior year theology requirement. The purpose of this course is to help the students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God’s revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions. It is also intended to help them to recognize the ways in which other systems of belief and practice differ from the Catholic faith.


FAITH IN ACTION

The social mission of the Church is exemplified in this semester course of community service.  Students will volunteer their services at any of several institutions in the city.  Students will need their own transportation.  This course does not fulfill Theology requirements for graduation.