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DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY:

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 critical thinker, communicator, leader, and believer—will be nurtured and developed in this course.

MEET THE THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT FACULTY:

THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS:

List of 4 items.

  • FRESHMAN YEAR: THEOLOGY I – 9051 and 9052

    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • SENIOR YEAR : THEOLOGY IV – 9303, 9310** and 9305

    Semester 1 Electives
    Vocations: Living the Gospel - 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: 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.

    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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