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.
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 critical thinker, communicator, leader, and believer—will be nurtured and developed in this course.
MEET THE THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT FACULTY:
Mrs. Lorna Grade | at DSHA since 2005 | teaching since 2005
Theology Department Chair Theology Faculty Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University BA in Management and Communications, Alverno College MA in Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University GradeL@dsha.info
"What I love about the all-girls’ environment is seeing the genuine love and care the students have for each other and the supportive environment they create within the student body. I also appreciate that these girls feel empowered to develop their own voice, to take risks, and to command leadership roles in a variety of venues."
Mrs. Mary Duffy | at DSHA since 2010 | teaching since 1988
BS in Education, UW-Whitewater
Certification in Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Advanced Certification in Religious Education, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
"What I love most about the all-girls’ environment is their eagerness to learn, willingness to support their classmates, and their unabashed confidence. I also love they give more attention to their learning than to their appearance–messy bun getting things done."
Mrs. Judie Gillespie | at DSHA since 2003 | teaching since 1994
Theology Faculty Archdiocesan Liaison
BA in Philosophy, Marquette University
MA in Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University
"What I love most about working with the faculty and staff here is that through their brilliance, faithfulness, and determination to see the best in every situation I am inspired to be a better teacher, but, more importantly, a better human being."
Mrs. Catherine Lennon | at DSHA since 2014 | teaching since 2014
Theology Faculty Campus Minister for Liturgy & Prayer BA in Music, English; Theology Minor, University of Notre Dame MSM, in Choral Conducting, University of Notre Dame LennonC@dsha.info
"I find working with young girls in their faith journey the most rewarding aspect of my job. I am fortunate enough to work in faith formation both in the chapel with prayer and liturgy and in the theology classroom. It is rewarding to see students across their four years, teaching them as freshmen to seeing them serve as liturgical ministers at their Baccalaureate Mass."
Mrs. Lisa Metz | at DSHA since 2000 | teaching since 2000
Theology Faculty Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation Coordinator of Freshman Orientation BA in Social Work, UW-Milwaukee MA in Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University Advanced Certification in Religious Education, Archdiocese of Milwaukee MetzL@dsha.info
"I’m deeply proud of the work that we do at DSHA in the area of faith development. We challenge our students to think critically about the role they play as members of the Body of Christ. I love having daily conversations in my classroom about the questions young people struggle with and how our faith can shape their decision-making."
Mr. Daniel Pavlovich | at DSHA since 2013 | teaching since 2007
Theology Faculty Freshman Softball Coach BA in History, Political Science, UW-Whitewater MA in Elementary Education, Alverno College MA in Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University PavlovichD@dsha.info
"I love the constant commitment to excellence displayed by my students. Whether in the classroom, in extracurricular activities like athletics, or in the development of their faith, the students of DSHA always make the effort to do the very best of which they are capable. Their dedication inspires me to give them my personal best each and every day."
Fr. Dennis Thiessen, SDS | at DSHA since 2013 | teaching since 1973
Priest and School Chaplain Theology and Social Studies Faculty BA in US history, Dominican College of Racine, WI MA in Systematic Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA Master of Divinity, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA ThiessenD@dsha.info
"I love the girls' motivation, good humor, respectfulness, dedication, confidence, and maturity."
Semester 1: The Bible: The Living Word of God—9051 This freshmen course provides an introduction to The Sacred Scriptures unfolding story of salvation, with a particular focus on Jesus Christ as its fulfillment revealed in the New Testament. Divine and natural revelation is explored, as are biblical inspiration and interpretation. 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. 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.
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.
Semester 1: The New Testament: The Good News Of Jesus - 9201 This course is an in-depth study of the New Testament. Through an exploration of the four distinct Gospels, St. Paul's letters, and the Book of Revelation, the person and message of Jesus Christ emerges. Scripture is approached using Catholic contextual interpretation which requires knowledge of the history, literature and culture of the original writings. The Good News then and the Good News now is the spoken Word of God to us. Semester 2: The Church: Its Message and Mission - 9202 Using the writings and teachings of the New Testament writers and many great Catholic thinkers throughout our history, beginning with the Acts of the Apostles, this course guides the students in exploring and understanding the Catholic Church, as well as its historical origin, structure and mission. The roles of the hierarchy, those in religious life, and the laity will be addressed as supporting the mission of the Church and our universal call to holiness.
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.
Semester 2: Catholic Social Teaching: A Call to Discipleship - 9305 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.