The mission of the Theology Department at Divine Savior Holy Angels is rooted in Saint Augustine’s understanding of theology as "faith seeking" understanding. Our primary goal is to nurture spirituality through knowledge of faith and to engage students in service to God and others. Department faculty commit themselves, with the entire DSHA faith community, to transforming students to transform the world. Courses and curriculum are aligned with the United States Catholic Bishops document, Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age. The theology department is committed to the school’s focus on daily prayer, annual retreats, service, and liturgy and worship experiences that contribute to an environment in which faith formation is valued and nurtured.

Goals include:

  • To promote the development of a lived faith.
  • To foster an awareness of God’s presence in all of life—the Catholic principle of sacramentality; all reality is sacred.
  • To communicate that faith reaches its fulfillment in relationship to God, self, others, and the world—the Catholic principle of communion.
  • To meet these objectives, all Qualities of a Graduate—excelling as a believer, self-advocate, critical thinker, communicator, and leader—will be nurtured and developed in this course.



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  • FRESHMAN YEAR: THEOLOGY I – 9051 and 9052

    Semester 1: The Bible: The Living Word of God—9051
    This freshmen course is an introduction to the Sacred Scriptures’ unfolding story of salvation in the Old Testament, with a Christian understanding that Jesus Christ is its fulfillment revealed in the New Testament. Divine and natural revelation are explored, as are biblical inspiration and interpretation; i.e., biblical exegesis. This course guides students in coming to know the people and events of salvation history, and in understanding important themes of creation, human dignity, and covenant.

    Semester 2: Christology: Jesus Christ and the Paschal Mystery – 9052

    In this second semester freshmen course, students more fully encounter Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity in the four Gospels. Students are led toward a deeper understanding of divine revelation, the Trinity, Incarnation, Christian discipleship, and salvation through the Paschal Mystery. This course guides students in understanding important themes of the Kingdom of God, the Beatitudes, miracles, forgiveness, and human suffering.
  • SOPHOMORE YEAR: THEOLOGY II – 9101 and 9102

    Semester 1: The Sacramental Life: Encounters with Christ - 9101
    This course provides an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in a full and real way through an examination of the history, scriptural foundation, and current practices of the seven sacraments. In addition, students develop a deep understanding of the Eucharistic Liturgy, different forms of prayer through our Catholic tradition, and the general sacramental outlook rooted in our faith.

    Semester 2: Catholic Morality: Our Response to God’s Love - 9102
    This course is a survey of Christian morality, rooted in the belief that morality is an ongoing developmental process of discernment and application. Students are presented methods of conscience development and decision-making. These skills are applied as they examine the teaching and traditions of the Catholic faith as they apply to living a moral life within the context of Christ-centered values. Sexual morality, the consistent ethic of life, and modern ethical issues challenge the students to make moral decisions commensurate with the Catholic tradition.
  • JUNIOR YEAR: THEOLOGY III – 9201 and 9202

    Semester 1: The New Testament: The Good News Of Jesus - 9201
    In this course students do an in-depth study of each of the Gospels from the perspective of the unique voices of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. As we consider the substance and style of each Gospel, and the sociohistorical context in which it is written, a portrait of Jesus emerges that contributes to our understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation and encourages a more substantial relationship with God. Students receive an introduction to St. Paul’s letters, as well as the Book of Revelation.

    Semester 2: The Church: Its Message and Mission - 9202
    This survey of the Catholic Church begins with a study of the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of St. Paul to the earliest communities of believers. Juniors are introduced to the early  Church Fathers, Church Councils, and the development of Church doctrine. Historical events that indelibly shaped the Church
    are noted, including the development and role of the hierarchy, the East-West Schism and the Protestant Reformation, and Vatican II.
  • SENIOR YEAR : THEOLOGY IV – 9303, 9310** and 9315**

    Semester 1 Electives
    Living our Vocation: Responding to God's Call - 9303
    This course offers seniors an understanding of the life-long challenge of discerning God's plan for their lives through the study of those called in the Old and New Testament and as witnesses today. It is meant to develop a deeper appreciation of one’s sexuality while embracing both the gift and the challenge therein, as rooted in Catholic teaching and tradition. The developmental tasks of adulthood are explored: identity, autonomy, love, work, money, and leisure. Relevant information will be shared on “all states of life” focusing on the single life, married life, and religious life.

    REL 104: World Religions - 9310**
    This course introduces the following major religious traditions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism/Taoism, Judaism, and Islam. Study includes the major founders (where applicable), beliefs, scriptures, practices and ethics of the traditions as well as contemporary internal issues, the impact of globalization on the traditions, an introduction to the concept of contextualization in the study of religion as well as interfaith dialogue around common issues of concern to the traditions.

    **Students will be eligible to receive 3 transferable college credits from Cardinal Stritch University by enrolling in the Concurrent Enrollment dual-credit program.
    Learn more about AP & Dual-Credit Offerings Here

    Semester 2: REL 343: Catholic Social Teaching - 9315**
    This course will examine the historical settings and the biblical and theological foundations for Catholic Social Teaching. By applying a process of social analysis, students will probe the underlying causes of issues of social justice and peace. The course will explore how the principles of Catholic Social Teaching address these issues and how students might apply these principles to their future service experiences.

    **Students will be eligible to receive 3 transferable college credits from Cardinal Stritch University by enrolling in the Concurrent Enrollment dual-credit program.
    Learn more about AP & Dual-Credit Offerings Here
**Students will be eligible to receive 3 transferable college credits by enrolling in the Concurrent Enrollment dual-credit program.
Learn more about AP & Dual-Credit Offerings Here
DSHA is highly intentional about integrating the theology curriculum with Campus Ministry activities and experiences. Learn more about the branches of Campus Ministry below:

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