Theology Department

The Theology Department and the Campus Ministry program at Matignon view learning as a process which integrates the development of intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Teachers provide a sound and basic framework for instruction and academic challenge and help students by witnessing in their own lives models of faith in practice. The motto of Matignon High School is “Let us be Christbearers.” The school identifies with Christ who is in our midst as one who serves others.  All Matignon students are required to perform a minimum of forty-five hours of Christian service in a supervised setting as a requirement for graduation.  In theology classes, students use technology to amplify points taught and grow in awareness. Music, poetry, and reflection help students to stimulate prayer.

Theology I

511 Hebrew Scriptures – Two Semester Course
This course will introduce each student to the richness and variety of writings which comprise the Hebrew Scriptures.   It also examines the relationship of the Israelites with God and compares this to the adolescent’s struggle in forming an identity and relationship with God.  A general introduction will be given followed by a more detailed study of the Pentateuch and prophetic, wisdom, and historical writings.  Time is given throughout the course to examine moral issues facing the student today.
This course will also familiarize the student with the culture and heritage of Jesus.

Theology II

522 New Testament – First Semester Course
For the first part of the course, we will focus on the texts of the New Testament: the four canonical gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s epistles, the Catholic epistles, the Letter to the Hebrews, and the Book of Revelation. Through our study on the gospels, in particular, we will come to understand Jesus in a historical context, but also a context of faith. We will learn to read texts critically and thoughtfully so as to become better informed and more compassionate people.

522 Church History - Second Semester Course
For the second part of the course we will shift to the beginnings of the Church as described in the Book of Acts of the Apostles before we focus on early church history, the church of the Fathers, and following the Church’s role into the early and high Middle Ages. Particular attention will be given to primary sources and discussion around the effects of the Church in our lives today. 

Theology III

531 – Morality – First Semester Course
This course begins by examining basic principles of logic and then explores the philosophical and theological foundations for morality, paying particular attention to the example of Jesus Christ. Next, students will study the role of virtue in the Christian life and consider how Natural Law and conscience affect moral decision-making. Throughout the course, students will look closely at key elements of the Christian moral life including freedom, responsibility, discernment, sin, and conversion. Finally, students will have the opportunity to apply the moral principles they have learned to real-life issues in medical ethics, business ethics, and environmental ethics, through a project-based learning experience.

531 – Sacraments – Second Semester Course
In this class, students will develop a sacramental awareness of God’s presence in the world and in their lives. Furthermore, students will learn about the symbols, rituals, history, and theological significance of each of the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. 


Theology IV

542 – Justice & Peace – First Semester Course
This one-semester course will examine the relationship between Christian faith and the search for justice and peace in our communities, nation and the world.  Students will examine current issues such as homelessness, world hunger, racism, sexism, human rights, poverty, and war.  These topics will be discussed in the context of Catholic social teaching and Biblical values. Various approaches to alleviate these problems will be considered as students work to understand a just society.

542 – World Religions – Second Semester Course
This course will introduce and expose students to the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religious traditions.  Students will study elements of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, Sikhism, and other modern religious movements. Students will examine each religion from a historical and religious perspective paying particular attention to the primary religious texts while reflecting on the students’ own religious beliefs and traditions. This course is designed to expand students’ awareness of the world’s religions and beliefs in order to more fully comprehend the experience of people around the world.