The members of the Bishop O’Connell theology department aspire to provide students with a deep knowledge of and appreciation for the tenets of the Catholic faith. They also work to help the students develop a genuine and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and comprehend religion as “faith seeking understanding.” Therefore, each course encourages and develops a close relationship with God through prayer. With the dual focus of education and formation, the theology program fosters involvement in service to others and concern for the less fortunate. All four years directly correspond to the National Framework for High School Religion.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL HOUSEHOLDS SHOULD HAVE A CATHOLIC BIBLE AND CATHOLIC CATECHISM FOR HOME STUDY.
9150 THEOLOGY 1: WHO IS JESUS?
9 YR 1.0 cr
Students explore the revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture. Students also examine the Bible, how it was formed and its value to people throughout the world. Special emphasis is given to how the Old Testament lays the foundation for the coming of Jesus. The second semester emphasizes the Mystery of Jesus, the Living Word of God. In distinguishing who Jesus is, students also consider who Jesus calls them to be.
9220 THEOLOGY 2: THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST
10 YR 1.0 cr
The purpose of this course is to help students conclude what God does for us through the words and actions of His Son, Jesus Christ, as they are analyzed in the gospels. Students are introduced to what it means to choose to be a disciple of Christ. The second semester focuses on the Church and how it has continued the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ from Pentecost to the present. Key topics include images of the Church; the four marks of the Church; the Church in the world, and the Communion of Saints. Catholic liturgy and devotions are studied in the context of discipleship and mission.
9320 THEOLOGY 3: SACRAMENTS/MORALITY/ETHICS
11 YR 1.0 cr
The Sacraments part of this course strives to help students recognize the relationship between the Paschal Mystery expressed through the seven Church Sacraments and their own experiences. The Morality portion of the course centers on the Holy Spirit’s activity of guiding men and women in daily decision-making. The God-given dignity of the human person, the nature and effects of sin, the call to holiness, the Virtues, the Commandments, and the formation of a sound conscience are examined. The Ethics component focuses on major issues and topics of the 21st century.
9470 THEOLOGY 4: CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD
12 YR 1.0 cr
The purpose of this course is to identify how students can discover and articulate truth centered on the person of Jesus Christ and the central doctrines of the Creed. Love, responsibility, truth, theology of the body, and family life are key elements to this course. This course includes an in-depth focus on philosophical and theological readings and emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.
This course uses the Vatican II document Church in the Modern World as its inspiration. It explores Catholic Social Teaching and the special role of the laity in the Church’s mission to rightly relate the world to Christ. A central objective is to equip students with a mature understanding of the Catholic faith and the ability to share that vision with others. General Topics include the nature of human society, the meaning of human dignity, the doctrines of the common good, subsidiarity, solidarity, and the value of human labor.
9460 THEOLOGY 4: FORMING CATHOLIC LEADERS
12 YR 1.0 cr
The purpose of this course is to identify how students can discover and articulate truth centered on the person of Jesus Christ and the central doctrines of the Creed. Love, responsibility, truth, theology of the body, family life, and social justice are key elements to this course. This course includes an in-depth focus on philosophical and theological readings and emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.
Students investigate social injustice by being in direct contact with marginalized populations and social change organizations and by discussing classical and contemporary works of philosophy and theology. The goal is to foster critical consciousness, enabling students to question conventional wisdom and learn how to work for a just society. This is accomplished by helping students make relevant connections between course material and experience with community service. The relationship between service and classroom study evokes a rich conversation.