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Religion Department

Philosophy

The Religion Department of Saint Benedict’s Prep works to develop in our students knowledge of the Christian faith and its practical consequences for behavior in everyday living. Within the context of the Benedictine monastic tradition we communicate the fundamentals of religious knowledge, an experience of Church, an acceptance of Jesus Christ, openness to the Holy Spirit, and the vision of the Kingdom of God.

Departmental Goals

Jesus came to preach the good news of the coming of the Kingdom of God. In view of our call to continue to build the Kingdom of God on earth, we, the members of the religion department, commit ourselves to the following goals:

  1. To assist all students in their search for meaning in their lives in relation to God, themselves, others, and all of creation.
  2. To develop in our students an understanding of and appreciation for the Judeo-Christian tradition through the academic study of sacred scripture from the perspective of Catholic Christianity.
  3. To foster in our students an intellectual understanding of and commitment to the moral teachings and values of Jesus, especially the inherent dignity of every person.
  4. To impart to all students an understanding of the Catholic tradition, and to Catholic students a sense of their identity as Catholics.
  5. To foster knowledge of and respect for other religious experiences and traditions.
  6. To assist students in the discovery of their God-given vocation in life

Relgion Department Courses

The Story of Jesus (LD)

During the course, the students will learn how to have a better understanding of Jesus Christ. We will be covering Jesus' life, his teachings, sacraments and what our responsibilities are as good Christians. We will try to implement Jesus' teachings with our everyday life and have comparisons/discussions frequently. We do have writing assignments, which I encourage the students to put a lot of thought into before completing. If time and effort is put into these reflective papers, it will be a sure way for the student to get to know himself in a more realistic light. Often times through these papers we become aware of the many gifts God has bestowed upon us and how we can best use these gifts. It is also a time when we find areas that we need to work a little harder on. Our immediate goals are to be happy and confident within ourselves.

Religion I

"It's not about Religion. It's about a relationship with God, through Christ." This course is designed to provide each student with a biblical foundation necessary for his spiritual growth and development of a personal relationship with God through Scripture, personal reflections, prayer, community service projects, and group discussions.

Religion II

This course teaches a thoughtful, faith-based approach to understanding the New Testament, with particular emphasis on the identity and message of Jesus Christ as found in the four gospels. The student will learn how to read the gospels in the cultural, religious and literary context of First Century Palestine and in relation to their Jewish roots in the Old Testament.

The student will gain a faith-based understanding of the formation of the Scriptures, the nature and differing purposes of the four gospels, the identity of Jesus: divine and human, the Kingdom of God, the parables of Jesus, The miracles of Jesus, The passion and death of Christ, The resurrection of Jesus, the Ascension and Pentecost, and the role of Saint Paul.

The student will be challenged to apply the Scriptures to his own life through the regular practice of Lectio Divina (meditative reading of a scriptural passage).

Religion III

Benedictine Education Seminar

As students at a Benedictine high school, it is important to grow in a fuller understanding of both the Benedictine tradition as well as the process of education. By examining the Rule of St. Benedict, as well as several other resources, we will seek to understand how St. Benedict’s Prep proposes to its students a dynamic educational experience and a community centered on the Incarnation of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Religion IV

Journey of Life Seminar

As seniors, you are all preparing to leave high school and enter into the world as a young adult. This transition from high school student to young adulthood can be filled with excitement, wonder, confusion, and anxiety. What do I want for my life? What am I looking for? Asking these and other existential questions will make up the way we spend our time together during this semester. We will make these inquiries within the context of a lense that is open to an experience of faith, and will look specifically at how Christianity proposes to answer to the questions and desires we seek solutions to.

Morality & Justice (Elective)

This course is presented as a unified and integrated curriculum of the personal and social dimensions of Christian moral growth. The course begins with an in depth review of decision making from both the personal and social dimensions and then continues with other Catholic social teaching principles. Some areas discussed in depth that illustrate both the social and personal levels of morality are: abortion, alcohol, drug abuse, capital punishment, euthanasia, equal rights, human sexuality, hunger, poverty, racism and war.

Christian Lifestyle (Elective)

Christian Christian Lifestyles focuses on living the Christian vocation and lifestyle. Topics include the married, single, and religious lifestyles with their respective opportunities and challenges. Highlighted in each lifestyle is the potential for growth in Christ and service to others.

Senior Religion (Elective)

This course is designed to teach 'personal ethics' by contrasting 'Hellenic' (Greek) and 'Hebraic' (Jewish) religious beliefs and moral codes. We do this by way of a simultaneous study of Acts of the Apostles (and some of St. Paul's letters) from the Bible and of the Greek comic epic, The Odyssey. The course also employs maps, background material on the Roman Empire, discussions of the styles of Greek and Biblical literature and stories from the Old Testament and the Christian Gospels.

World Religions (Elective)

In this elective class, the students study the major religions of the world, beginning with the Eastern religions and concluding with the three religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course begins with a consideration of what constitutes a religion. It then examines the growth of the various religions and how they have influenced each other. At the end of the class, the student should be able to identify the major elements in each religion, recognize the symbols and rituals of each and make an intelligent comparison of religions.

Introduction to The Rule of St. Benedict (Elective)

The course introduces the student to Saint Benedict of Nursia's "Rule for Monks" (RB) through reading the text of the Rule, learning its place in the history of monasticism, studying its fundamental spiritual teachings, seeing how these are lived out today in monasteries and applying its spiritual wisdom to the student's everyday life.