Academics

Theology Department

Theology is both an academic discipline and a spiritual enterprise. Students are invited to a deep, vibrant, and lifelong relationship with Jesus and the Church. The Theology department is both contemporary and appropriate in presenting and promoting the teachings, traditions and sacramental life of the Catholic Church.

The unique element of service with a Catholic perspective is one of the greatest values offered through the Saint Ignatius Theology department. As a Jesuit school, Saint Ignatius alerts students to heed the cries of the poor, the helpless, and the oppressed; prepares students to be respectful of others and of opposing views; and prepares students for subsequent leadership in building the Kingdom of God.

While the academic experience of the student at Saint Ignatius is guided by Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium of the Church, the spiritual dimension of the student's classroom experience is indelibly influenced by the vision and values of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Following the motto of the Jesuits, "To the greater glory of God," the Theology department strives to form men of faith for the Church and the world.

Highlights include:

  • Sophomore Service, now in its 40th year, which includes 45 hours of community service, is part of sophomore year Theology. Every student, including students transferring in to Saint Ignatius High School at any grade level, must take the Sophomore Service course as part of his Theology graduation requirement.

  • Sophomore year deepens the student's academic experience through a semester course on Christian Morality and calls the sophomore student to put his faith into practice through active participation in the unique Sophomore Service program.

  • At Saint Ignatius High School, Theology is one of two academic courses (along with English) that a student is required to take all four years.

  • Freshman Theology includes an Introduction to Catholicism, featuring a study of the life and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola as well as initial meetings with the principles of logic, Scriptural interpretation, sacramental theology and issues of adolescent faith.

  • The junior and senior academic years are highlighted by elective courses that seek to harmonize student interest and catechetical need.

  • The faculty members in the Theology Department have a combined total of more than 250 years of teaching experience.

  • All members of the Theology faculty are active members in their parishes including: Assumption, St. Angela Merici, St. Charles Borromeo, Gesu, Holy Rosary, St. Ambrose and St. Michael.

Further information for Scripture and prayer can be found at the following links:

Also, keep up with Lessons from Loyola Hall by Tom Healey '77 on enews.ignatius.edu/lessons-from-loyola-hall/. If you have any comments or questions or you would just like to say “hi” contact Tom at thealey@ignatius.edu.