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
This course provides an in-depth study of the 27 books of the New Testament and acquaints the students with the person of Jesus and the various aspects of His life and ministry.  We will begin by looking at the four portraits of Jesus that are found in the four Gospels and trace the spread of the Gospel as told in Acts and the Pauline and Catholic Letters.  We will explore themes related to human suffering, sharing in Christ's mission, discipleship, service to others, and finding God in all things.

522 Church History - Second Semester Course
This course immediately follows the New Testament course and examines the events of the life of the Church as outlined in Acts and the Letters and into the present day.  It places the Church within the context of history which will allow students to view the Church's role as it has shifted throughout the centuries.  This course is designed to expose students to the development of the Tradition and teachings of the Church and in relation to their own spiritual journey.

Theology III

531 – Morality – First Semester Course
A course which is designed to help students develop attitudes about life, themselves, other persons and their relationship with God.  The course begins by asking the question “Who are You?” and goes on to explore the identity of the student as a Christian.  The development of conscience, existence of sin, respect for life and levels of moral development are contemplated and discussed. To supplement the course, current articles, periodicals, films and guest speakers are used to present Christian morality in a contemporary fashion.

531 – Sacraments – Second Semester Course
This course is designed to enable students to have an understanding and appreciation of the seven Roman Catholic sacraments as signs of the Lord’s continuing presence.  Each sacrament is then studied individually.  The student is to examine the history of the particular sacrament, its meaning in the context of the Christian community and its significance.  Smart Boards are used to amplify the contents of the course and to review material.

 

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.  Students will discuss these topics in the context of Catholic social teaching and Biblical values. Various approaches / attempts to alleviate these problems will be considered. Smart Boards are used to amplify the contents of the course and to review material.

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, Zen, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, and other modern religious movements. Students will examine each religion from an historical and religious perspective paying particular attention to the primary religious texts while reflecting on the students’ own religious beliefs and traditions. In our modern world, it is becoming increasingly necessary to have a clear understanding of the beliefs of those around us.
This course is designed to expand students’ awareness of the world’s religions and the beliefs in order to more fully comprehend the experience of people around the world.