Religion

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Religion

The religion program aims to impart to students both an academic content and an attitude toward God, self and others. To this end, the basic truths of the Roman Catholic Church are presented. Primarily through a Praxis approach, these truths are reflected upon and discussed, with a view toward forming young men concerned with peace, justice, and charity who will contribute positively to the world. Religion teachers draw upon the knowledge of the student body, faculty, and guest speakers to achieve the ends of the program. Scripture, prayer, and community service are integral parts of each course.

Courses:


Religion 8:

This course traces the history of the Catholic Church, introducing students to Creed, sacramental development, and the people who contributed to the Churches past.  Included in the history of the Church, the students are inculcated in the history of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, the Charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, and the Mission of Brother Martin High School.  Additionally, students are taught how to face a variety of relationship choices and challenges beyond the home.  They learn how to choose friends wisely and how to be a good friend and that respect, honesty, responsibility, temperance, and modesty find their place alongside the Christian virtues of love, justice, and the quest for genuine peace.


Religion I:

This course is an examination of Catholic Christian living. The course is designed to demonstrate how the creeds, canons, and moral codes found in the Scriptures and historical writings of the Catholic Church are put into practice. This goal is primarily accomplished by means of an extensive study of the liturgy, sacraments, use of prayer, and the idea of Christian service.

Religion II:
This course provides a study of Judaism and of the Hebrew scriptures in order to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the roots of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Students read and analyze the major stories of the Hebrew Scriptures and learn to relate them to their lives and Christianity. The second semester addresses contemporary moral issues, discussing them from a Catholic and personal viewpoint. The course helps students to learn and implement a process of decision-making.

Religion III:
This course continues scripture study with an examination of the nature, content, structure, and themes of the Christian scriptures. The historical and cultural background of scripture will be examined, with a particular focus on the Christian scriptures as a book of faith. Emphasis is placed on ascertaining the background of the audience and the author, along with form, source, and redaction criticism of the texts from the Christian scriptures to help students gain a better understanding of how to apply their message today. The second semester explores the issues of social justice through an in-depth discussion of Christian morality and an application of these concepts through service to the community. This area will challenge the student to accept Christianity and apply its tenets to his life, society, and the world.

Religion IV:
This course is divided into two areas of study. The first area presents the theology of the Church (ecclesiology) while telling the historical story of the Church. The Christian lifestyles component will focus on Christian marriage, family life, religious life, priesthood, and the single life. An emphasis will be placed on how a Christian lifestyle is the best way to become personally whole and spiritually holy.

Faculty:

Mrs. Judy Rodriguez, B.G.S., Department Chair
Mr. Mark Bordelon, B.I.D.S.
Mr. James Casadaban ’06, B.A.
Mr. William Gallagher ’71, B.S.
Mr. James Gatti, B.G.S.
Mr. Donald Guidry, M.A.

Mr. Drew Haro ’03, B.A.
Mr. Tony Melito, M.R.E.
Ms. Sasha Sevin, M.R.E.
Mr. Gerald Ursin, B.A.
Mr. Ryan Zeringue, B.A.

Helpful Links:

Catholic Online
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Catholic Encyclopedia
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