Theology

The Theology Department teaches the Good News of Jesus Christ as it relates to the world.

As students develop intellectually and spiritually, through systematic and rational instruction, they come to a greater understanding of the vision of Christ as taught by St. Ignatius Loyola. This vision enables students to realize their giftedness and their call, as sacramental persons, to use their talents in service to building the Kingdom of God.

Deposit of Faith & Charism of Society of Jesus

Triune God

Students will appreciate the mystery of the Triune God and the movement of the Trinity in their lives; they will demonstrate the importance of a personal relationship with God in their lives and in the life of the community.

Prayer and Ritual

Students will understand the worship of the faith community, the variety of prayer forms that enrich and express personal and communal spirituality, and the habit of reflection inspired by The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Sacraments

Students will appreciate the sacramental life of the Church, recognizing the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life; they will express an understanding of the nature, importance, and ritual of the seven Sacraments.

Scripture

Students will demonstrate knowledge of Sacred Scriptures as the inspired Word of God revealing God’s plan for salvation, and will read, contextually interpret, and apply Scripture to their lives.

Doctrine

Students will demonstrate understanding of authentic Catholic teachings as promulgated by the Magisterium of the Church.

Morality

Students will understand Catholic morality in order to make decisions consistent with these teachings.

Church

Students will understand how the Church as Body of Christ carries out Jesus’ Gospel today in community, worship, and service; the structure and mission of the Church in the world; the role of Mary and the saints; and key developments in the history of the Church.

Bringing Forth the Kingdom of God

Students will exercise responsible stewardship for the gift of creation, share themselves in service to the community in response to the Gospel call, and evaluate societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles.

Evangelization

Students will exhibit a welcoming and accepting attitude toward all persons encountered in the broader community while being open to witness their Catholic identity.

Ignatian Tradition

Students will incorporate the theological and spiritual teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola into their Christian worldview and apply the principles of the JSEA’s Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation in their own lives.

Jesus

Students will express a basic understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching of Jesus as Savior and model for Christian living.

Theology Department Faculty

Howard Place

Howard Place

Titles: Theology Department Chair, Assistant Ultimate Frisbee Coach, Insignis
Degrees: B.A. in Theology and Economics, Loyola University Chicago
M.A. in Theology and Religious Education, Saint Louis University
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Jim Burshek,

Jim Burshek,

Titles: Theology Teacher, Campus Ministry
Degrees: B.A. in Classics, Saint Louis University
M.A. in Divinity, Regis College
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Alex Hall

Alex Hall

Titles: Theology Teacher, Campus Ministry
Degrees: Bachelor's Degree, Religious Studies, Loyola New Orleans
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John Hawkey

John Hawkey

Class of 1996
Titles: Theology Teacher, Junior Service Projects
Degrees: BA, Theology, Saint Louis University
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Lisa Knabe

Lisa Knabe

Titles: Theology Teacher, Sophomore Service Projects
Degrees: BA, Education, Eastern Illinois University
MA, Religious Education, Saint Louis University
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Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien

Titles: Theology Teacher, Work Grant Director, Outdoor Club Moderator
Degrees: B.A. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University
M.A. in Secondary Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis
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Tony Plein

Tony Plein

Titles: Social Studies & Theology Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Theology, Saint Louis University
M.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame
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