Theology

Welcome to the Moreau Catholic Theology Department! Our philosophy is grounded in the values and traditions of our Catholic faith and our Holy Cross identity. To guide us, we look to the Gospels, and the educational philosophy of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross:

• The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart;
• Our students must not be ignorant of anything they need to know;
• Our teaching will not be confined within narrow and unscientific boundaries;


Toward that end, the Theology program seeks to educate the mind in ways of higher order thinking and theological studies and methods, as well as to form the heart by nurturing faith and deepening spirituality.

With the recent release of a suggested curricular framework by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, our program is undergoing transition toward even greater alignment. For the 2011-2012 school year:

• Freshman will study Hebrew Scripture, Christology & the Sacraments, and the New Testament.
• Sophomores will study Christology and Moral Theology
• Juniors and Seniors will continue to enjoy the range of upper division electives.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, sophomores will be introduced to Church History in the semester preceding Moral Theology. Frosh and Sophs will continue to enjoy their retreat and service learning immersion at St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, respectively. In addition, all seniors will close their MCHS experience with “Senior Seminar: Christian Spirituality & Service,” which will include the Kairos Retreat, a profound experience for our students.

In addition to the development of a new course, “Catholic Church in Inter-Religious Dialogue,” inspired by the Bishops’ framework, we will continue to offer a range of dynamic upper division electives such as Bible as Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, Major Religions, Catholic Social Teaching, and Peace and Conflict Studies.
We here in the Theology Department look forward to learning and growing with you! Welcome, Mariners!

Senior Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an innovative program that allows students to live out the charism of Holy Cross and “renew the Christian faith, to regenerate society, to 'bring about better times' by a constant response to the most pressing needs of the Church and society.”

- Congregation of Holy Cross International Commission on Consecrated Life Rome, August 11, 2006).

The Capstone equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. In this project, students investigate real-world problems through multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing data from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments.

The primary goal of the course it to help students realize: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” In short, we want students to embrace their talents and use those talents to change and transform the world.

We define our holistic education by helping students develop readiness in four key areas: readiness for college; readiness for the careers of tomorrow; readiness for civic life; and readiness for life in the Catholic community. Blessed Basil Moreau articulates this well when he says: "We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven."

A prerequisite of this readiness is the “soft skill” of agency. Agency is the capacity and propensity to take purposeful initiative—the opposite of helplessness. Young people with high levels of agency do not respond passively to their circumstances; they tend to seek meaning and act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives.

Department Members

Peter Shelley (Chair), Amy Armstrong, Father Bruce Cecil C.S.C., Ben Greenbaum, James Hannon, Patrick Landeza, Tony Rodriguez, Ann Tabora, Bryan Lorentz

Theology Courses:

Graduation Requirements*

40 units

Students who transfer to Moreau Catholic as sophomores are required to take 30 units, and those who transfer as juniors are required to take 20 units.

*(1 semester = 5 units)

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