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Discovering Mercy, Catholicism, and Christ through Scripture

Grade 9
Mrs. Szewczak


During Freshman Theology students will explore what it means to be a follower of Christ through Scripture and Mercy.

The first semester begins with a study of our Mercy charism and foundress, Catherine McCauley. We will explore the works of Mercy in the world through a thorough understanding of the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy.

We will then have a brief overview and introduction to the Catholic faith by studying the Apostles Creed.

We continue with a foundational overview of the Old Testament as the first part of the story of God's redemption of His creation. During this study of the Old Testament, students will explore and understand some of the basic themes of the Biblical narrative. Students will also develop essential Bible study skills and use them in engaging ways throughout the semester. The study of the Old Testament will give students many opportunities to apply the powerful truths that mercy brings.

The Second semester is a study of the New Testament including the Synoptic Gospels, the writings of John, the Acts of the Apostles, and the writings of Paul. Students will come to new understandings of the scripture by both prayer and study. The goal of this course is to integrate scripture into the lives of the students.

Our faith is based on God's Revelation through the Holy Scriptures and Tradition. During this course the students will begin to understand Biblical relationship to the Catholic Mass. The concerns of the Sisters of Mercy will be identified in the Bible throughout the course. 





Church History and Women in the Church through the historical lens of Mercy

Grade 10
Amy Cymerman

Sophomore Theology will supply students with a strong foundation for the history of the Catholic Church from Apostolic Times through the Counter-Reformation. Additionally, women in the church through the historical lens of Mercy will serve as the scope for the second semester, and will highlight Mercy Women who have exemplified mercy in both deed and word.


Catholic Morality and Social Teaching

Grade 11
Sr. Patricia Donlin

The first semester of this course seeks to provide the student with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Catholic moral teachings and the application of those teachings to contemporary moral issues. The concepts of the dignity of the human person, conscience, freedom, personal and social responsibility, law, sin and forgiveness will be explored in the light of Scripture and the moral tradition of the Church, along with a focus on decision-making skills. Areas to be addressed include: life issues, sexuality, authority, and truth.

The second semester of this course is designed to introduce the student to the rich social teaching of the Church on the many political, economic, ethical, and cultural issues and how they relate to the common good. This course will also focus on those poor and weak members of our society today to whom we must be committed in order to answer Christ's call in the Gospel to love and serve the poor. The Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy including: Anti-Racism, Nonviolence, Immigration, Women, and Earth will be studied in depth. Two books are also used as real life examples of the need for morality and social teaching. Students will be expected to participate in 10 hours of service in order to participate in the Service Learning unit the second semester.

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer and Encountering Christ in the Sacraments

Grade 12
Miss Judy Wilson

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer

This course is designed to introduce students to the key concepts of Catholic spirituality and teach them the fundamental principles of prayer and meditation in order to prepare them for a “vital and personal relationship with the living and true God” (CCC 2558). This course also examines the Christocentric, biblical, sacramental, ecclesial, and Marian aspects of spirituality and explores some of the major Catholic spiritual traditions.

Encountering Christ in the Sacraments

This course provides a historical overview and doctrinal survey of the Church’s seven sacraments along with an introduction to the theology of grace and the general principles of sacramental theology. This course also considers the sacraments as living encounters with Christ, and it places a special emphasis on the Eucharist, which is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324).

Department Members

Mrs. Amy L. Cymerman

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. LaSalle University

Sr. Patricia Donlin, RSM

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. Washington

Mrs. Margaret Szewczak

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Ms. Judith Wilson '87

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, M.E.T. Boise State University