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Providence Theology Department solidifies our expression of faith-belief as a center of Christian education. We offer hope, stability, and guidance, within the academic framework of the Roman Catholic Church. We recognize the importance and uniqueness of our affective mission in conjunction with our curriculum of studies.

Goals

  • To enable students to become more integrated by developing an awareness of the God we proclaim, and connecting student beliefs with life lived each day
  • To give students the opportunity to see faith as more than a compartment of life
  • To develop awareness as Christians of a personal responsibility for transformation beyond self, to love and care of neighbor
  • To attempt to clarify and reinforce Catholic values, and principles, and put them into practical application

Objectives

  • To know and love Jesus
  • To provide the opportunity to come to a basic foundational understanding of Catholic doctrine within a context that fosters self-esteem and respect for the dignity of others
  • To develop an awareness and knowledge of the principles in our world today
  • To enable students to understand, appreciate, and apply the values of Christian commitment and responsibility to their past, present, and future relationships and life choices
  • To evaluate the significance of human relationships in their lives
  • To provide knowledge of the historical ongoing growth and development of the Catholic Church and to enrich the students own religious identity
  • To provide through a study of Scripture, the opportunity to become familiar with and develop an appreciation of the ongoing story of God’s relationship with humankind
  • To provide the ideal of Catholic moral teaching within a framework of moral decision making that enables students to grow, develop, and change, in a way consistent with that idea
  • To foster an appreciation of prayer through example and practice

Indianapolis Archdiocese guidelines for High School Religious education

  1. Present an understanding of the human need for God based on Revelation and faith
  2. Read, understand, interpret, and apply Scripture to life
  3. Illustrate a basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in the light of the Creed
  4. Recognize the Trinity as God
  5. Illustrate a basic understanding of Church
  6. Demonstrate the importance of sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics
  7. Exercise responsible stewardship for the gift of creation
  8. Demonstrate the importance of sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics
  9. Examine a variety of Christian vocations as a response to the Baptismal call
  10. Acknowledge and affirm the dignity of the human person and community
  11. Apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations
  12. Know, critique and apply social justice principles to personal and societal situations
  13. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, global) in response to the Gospel call
  14. Develop a moral conscience informed by Church teachings
  15. Know and participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer
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