Meet the Department

Michael O’Smith - Department Head
Steven Wieser
Matthew Richer



Year (9); Prerequisite: None
One year– Required

This is a survey of Old and New Testament Scripture. The study of Sacred Scripture explores the revelation of God, God’s covenant relationships with people and their consequent journey of faith. The first semester concentrates on the Old Testament with an emphasis on the tools of sound biblical scholarship and on major persons, events, and religious themes of salvation history. The second semester focuses on the New Testament, the teachings and actions of Jesus and the people and events of the early Church.

Semester (10); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Required

A survey of Church History beginning with the end of Christ’s time on Earth and the foundations of his earthly ministry through the works of Peter and Paul. This study of Church History will look at key people, places, and events that have helped shape Catholicism over the ages, and supplements the textbook with primary source excerpts from writers such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle, and many others. It is the aim of the course to trace the development of the Church from the time of Christ all the way to the modern era, concluding in December with the papacy of Pope Francis.

Year (10); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Required

An overview of Catholic worship and the sacraments. Students will explore the role of Catholic belief in everyday life, beginning with prayer and then the sacraments of the Church, and concluding with the structure and purpose of the Mass and the Liturgical year.

Year (11); Prerequisites: None
One semester – Required

Students will learn the rational foundations for a Catholic moral life. Students examine God’s plan for the entire human race and for each individual, recognizing the goodness of God at work in their lives that calls for them to respond with their own goodness. Topics include the nature of conscience, and the role that the Church plays in its formation, as well as specific moral questions.

Year (11); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Required

This course explores the social nature of human life, the heavenly model for earthly society, justice as the foundation of society, and principles and major themes of Catholic social doctrine, including human stewardship of nature, national and international awareness, socioeconomic differences, secularism, materialism, individualism, and other contemporary challenges.

Year (12); Prerequisites: None
One semester – Required

The goal of life is to become a saint. This course aims to help students discern and follow the particular path to sainthood that God has marked out for them. The course begins by discussing the necessity and process of conversion to faith in and love for Jesus Christ. Then the course examines in turn the particular states of life in which humans are called to work out their salvation and sanctification: the single life, marriage, religious life, and the priesthood.

Year (12); Prerequisites: At least two years of high school religion.
One semester – Required

An introduction to the nature and practice of reasoning about revelation, with emphasis on the approach of St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics include the relationship between faith and reason, the Trinity, Christology, Mariology, Sacraments, and the Four Last Things. Writings will include passages from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church such as St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Gregory Nazianzen, and St. Teresa of Avila.