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Our students, teenagers, young people striving to form a community, daring to challenge the values of today's world, attempting to make mature decisions; opting for Christian values and lifestyles.

Our job is to nurture the seeds of faith you have already planted in the hearts and minds of your sons and daughters.  Therefore, the students are encouraged to participate in the Eucharist, to discovery the power of prayer and to be open to learning more about God, themselves, the people around them, and the people of global earth as well as their responsibility to each.

The success of our combined efforts can best be measured by the actions of our students and their families, our faculty and administration, and the interaction of each of these groups.

Faculty

James Baur
John Bouc
Dolores Boyle
Kevin Seay

Courses offered

THEO 111    GOD’S REVELATION TO THE WORLD (Fr)                SEM 1        .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
The goal of Freshman Theology is to challenge the student to actively participate in the building of a faith community.  To do this, he/she is provided with the opportunity to experience God's reverence for life as presented in scripture as they study and explore Jesus Christ as God’s revelation to the world. Students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world.

Student Activities:  Journals, prayer experiences, note taking, and group discussions.
Student Evaluation:  In class assignments, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, project and exam.


THEO 121   JESUS CHRIST: HIS MISSION AND MINISTRY                                             SEM 2            .5 credit

In the second semester, the students will be introduced to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Students will come to understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God. 
Student Activities:  Journals, prayer experiences, note taking, and group discussions.
Student Evaluation:  In class assignments, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, project and exam.


THEO 211   THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST (PASCHAL MYSTERY)  (Sophs)            SEM 1            .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Through this course, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us.  They will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ.  Students will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and what life as a disciple entails. 

Student Activities:  Note taking, journals, prayer experiences, and group discussions.
Student Evaluation:  Reflection papers, tests, exams, and projects.


THEO 221   JESUS CHRIST:  MISSION CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH   (Sophs)            SEM 2        .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
Students in this course will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Jesus 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 Jesus Christ today.  This Body has both divine and human elements and students will learn about the sacred natures of the Church.

Student Activities:  Note taking, prayer service, group discussions.
Student Evaluation:  Prayer experience, classroom and homework assignments, tests and exam.


THEO 311    SACRAMENTS AS PRIVILEGED ENCOUNTERS  (Jrs)                SEM 1     .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Jesus 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 Jesus Christ throughout life.
Student Activities:  Presentations, group discussions, prayer experiences, and some note taking.
Student Evaluation:  Presentations, reflection paper, classroom and homework assignments, tests, and exam.


THEO 321    LIVING AS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST IN SOCIETY (SOCIAL JUSTICE)  (Jrs)   SEM 2      .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
The social justice course will challenge the student to recognize her/his role as a participant in both the local and world communities.  This is achieved by focusing on the issues of social justice and having each student contemplate how these issues exist in her/his life and community.
An emphasis will be placed on the study of social justice through the eyes of faith.  What are the causes of injustices in the world, and what are our Christian responsibilities to eliminate these injustices?

Student Activities:  Note taking, journals, prayer experiences, and group discussions
Student Evaluation:  Quizzes, tests, exams, and projects.


AD THEO 411      HONORS ADVANCED THEOLOGY  (Srs)  1818                SEM 1      .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
Advanced Theology is a college level exploration and study that synthesized religious education over four years into an integrated, holistic review of Catholic theology.  The course will also provide an introduction to theological reflection, theological vocabulary, close read of text, and analysis of social context, with historical and formational components. 
Course Objective:  to initiate the student into college-level theological conversation and study and gives her/him the skills, tools, and resources necessary for further study on the university level, including:
•    The means of accessing and effectively using the St. Louis University’s research library and technology
•    Reading and writing at the college level
•    Methods of contextual analysis
•    Practice in theological reflection
•    Understanding the role of theological study within other disciplines.


THEO 421    LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST (MORALITY)  (Srs)                SEM 2      .5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
The final course of Theology will help students understand that it is only through Jesus 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 Jesus Christ’s disciples.
Student Activities:  Presentations, group discussions, prayer experiences and some note taking
Student Evaluation:  Classroom and homework assignments, tests, and exam.