Mrs. Julie Penndorf and Fr. Damian Anuszewski, O.SS.T., Co-Chairs
The educational task of Theological Studies is to search for an answer to the basic question of meaning in human life. People who want to live a full life must come to terms with such questions as: What is a human person? How am I going to live my life? What about standards and values? How am I to understand myself and others? What is life in the face of death? What is the truth about a God? To find answers to these questions is most important for a person because the answers will serve as a guide in his way of living. Therefore, as religion is a basic dimension and need in every human person, the pivotal point of the Theology Program is the student himself.
There are many religious systems of thought and practice in our modern world. They strive to aid and guide people in their search. These include the major world religions along with various cults and philosophies. Each religion has its characteristic way of understanding the human person, relating him to others and to a God, and interpreting the experiences of life.
The Department of Theology presents Catholic Christianity as a unique religious system of thought and practice. The entire Program is based on the principle that a man in today's world can grow and mature as a human person and can find meaning and fulfillment in life by following Jesus Christ. What is special to Christianity is that Jesus' life and teachings are a guide and Christian faith is a man's personal response to God's revelation of how a person should live his life. Therefore, the student is encouraged to study and reflect on the experience of becoming himself in relationship to others and sustained by God in Christ.
A living and mature faith needs to prove its fruitfulness by penetrating the believer's entire life...(Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)
By its very nature, the Theology Program is interdisciplinary, i.e., it is a synthesis of insights from theology, psychology, sociology, biology and philosophy.
- The Department strives to guide the student in learning, understanding, and appreciating his physical, personal, psychological, social and religious development in terms of Christian values and meaning.
- The Department strives to encourage the student to study, reflect on, and discuss a variety of personal and social experiences and issues. These are basic to an adolescent's growth in understanding and maturity for unless the student relates himself to others he can neither really live nor develop his potential.
- The Department strives to teach the student that personal responsibility in his faith response to his Creator's stimulus of life and to the search for meaning. This is the basis of Christian spirituality for "Christ is now at work in the hearts of men through the energy of His spirit."
- Because theological study draws its content from many fields of learning, the Department strives to teach the student the necessary skills and attitudes to reason clearly so that he can integrate the information and direct and shape his life.
- In conjunction with the Campus Ministry Office, the Department provides opportunities for the student to express his religious understanding and faith response through liturgy and paraliturgy and experience the Christian life through social action.