The mission of the Creighton Preparatory School Department of Theology is to present to students a comprehensive vision of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in its spiritual, liturgical, and moral dimensions. Always conscious of our Jesuit heritage and mission, we form students in the Catholic intellectual tradition in the spirit of St. Anselm’s ‘faith seeking understanding.’ We strive to integrate the study of theology with a lived Christian faith, challenging our students to become men of character and faith who use their gifts for the good of the world.
To develop in each student a deep, abiding faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ and response to the concomitant call to participate in the life of the Church.
To inspire the movement beyond academic excellence toward a more challenging task of conversion from selfish interest to God's interest which is characterized by a commitment to doing the work of justice.
To develop a community of faith-between students and teacher- becoming in our work, prayer, and play viable witness to the presence of God in our midst.
To promote a growth in the knowledge of and respect for other expressions of faith.
To attend to all aspects of students' growth with special care for the whole person as a physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social being.
To provide concrete opportunities for students to participate in service-oriented activities as well as moments of solemn reflection to help students strike the delicate balance required of contemplatives in action.
To encourage students to stand with Jesus Christ against the often destructive elements of our modem culture.
To inspire students to become men for others, as defined by Pedro Arrupe, who refuse to accept benefits from unjust structures and move beyond simple works of mercy toward the greater goal of social transformation.
- 110 - Freshman Theology I
110 – Freshman Theology I
one semester course
This freshman course introduces students to the study of Sacred Scripture. Students will learn how to read and interpret the stories that are part of the Christian tradition and, through them, come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Students will explore how God has called human beings to a covenant life based on abiding love and a deep sense of justice. Students will also begin to understand that our way of proceeding as an apostolic work of the Society of Jesus demands that students strive to become discerning and compassionate leaders, men for and with others in the image of the ultimate Man for Others.
- 111 – Freshman Theology II
111 – Freshman Theology II
one semester course
This freshman course introduces students to Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Revelation to us. Students will examine who Jesus is and who he calls us to be in order to live as his disciples and build up the Kingdom of God. Individual students at Creighton Prep will, in their own way, reflect the light of Christ into the world, which is paradoxically full of God’s glory but also deeply in need of Christ’s healing. The overarching goal of these studies is to internalize the Good News so that students will begin to embody a faith that does justice in their everyday interactions with others.
- 120 - Theology III
120 - Theology III
(Required for all Sophomores) one semester course
The purpose of this course is to help students to understand that in and through the Church they Encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the way in which the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. Students will learn about the Church’s 2,000 years of history and come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ, which has both divine and human elements. Students will learn how events in the life of the Church have contributed to the development of our understanding of the sacred nature of the Church.
- 121 - Theology IV
121 - Theology IV
one semester course (Required for all Sophomores)
This course helps students to encounter, grow and mature in God’s grace through the seven sacraments in the Catholic tradition. It establishes within the students an understanding of the sacraments as privileged places to encounter Christ throughout life. In the process of studying the seven sacraments, students will also become familiar with the Ignatian invitation to discover "God in all things" through a sacramental view of the world.
- 130 - Moral Values
130 - Moral Values
one semester course (Required for all Juniors)
In this course, students will focus on what it means to be a disciple of Christ in the modern world. Students will spend time developing a comprehensive moral decision-making process based on principles of Catholic teaching. Students will then apply this knowledge and process to specific moral situations and cases. They will be encouraged to examine critically the contemporary culture around them, while ultimately coming to understand that it is through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives.
- 131 - Catholic Social Teaching
131 - Catholic Social Teaching
one semester course (with Service Internship Outside of School)
Juniors must choose either 131 or 132/282 for their second required course
This course meets for one class period and will combine the social teachings of the Catholic Church with a 24 hour service requirement to be fulfilled outside of school time. After introducing students to the themes of Catholic social teaching, this course helps students to apply these teachings to specific contemporary situations. The student will begin to see himself as a follower of Christ in a global community and begin to accept the responsibilities that go with that discipleship. The student will grow in awareness of the various social issues that affect our world and the Christian call to be a “person for others.”
- 132/282 - Catholic Social Teaching Plus
132/282 - Catholic Social Teaching Plus
one semester course (with Service Internship During School)
This course meets for two blocks and will combine the social teachings of the Catholic Church with a service requirement to be fulfilled during the school day. After introducing students to the themes of Catholic social teaching, this course helps students to apply these teachings to specific contemporary situations. The student will begin to see himself as a follower of Christ in a global community and begin to accept the responsibilities that go with that discipleship. The student will grow in awareness of the various social issues that affect our world and the Christian call to be a “person for others”.
CST Plus meets for two class periods. Three afternoons each week are spent at various agencies working with the poor and disadvantaged; two afternoons are used for classroom activities. As part of the homework load, students may be asked to use their lunch period three times each week for more time at their service placement.
Students taking this course must register for Theology (Course 132) and Social Studies (Course 282). The course satisfies one semester of the junior theology requirement. This course does not meet any specific Social Studies requirement. Any student with a history of low effort grades will not be approved to take this course.
(Social Studies) 282 – Sociology Workshop
one semester course
Students taking Theology course #182 (Theology Workshop Plus) must register for this course.
- 141 - First Principles of Philosophy
141 - First Principles of PHILOSOPHY
one semester course
Western philosophy was inaugurated when the ancient Greeks abandoned myth and sought a reasoned answer to the ultimate question, “Why?” This course traces the path Western Philosophy has taken since its inception, giving serious consideration to the relationship between faith and reason.
Students taking this course will confront texts that require the development of college-level reading comprehension skills. They will be expected to make substantive contributions to class discussions and demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter in writing. Students will emerge from the course with a general understanding of the history of Western Philosophy, the tenets of its major schools and how the relationship between faith and reason has been understood. Students will be challenged to become more careful and precise in their thinking and expression, thus enriching their other academic pursuits and their lives.
- 142 - World Religions
142 - World Religions
one semester course (Required for all Seniors)
Because Creighton Prep believes that from the Oneness of God comes the diversity of creation and because we embrace social, economic, racial, ethnic and religious diversity as part of God's plan for us, students at Creighton Prep study world religions. Because St. Ignatius taught us to seek God in all things, including other cultures, creeds and ways of life, and because the Society of Jesus has been specifically missioned to build bridges of understanding and dialogue at the intersection of faith and culture, the study of world religions is also a foundational part of a Jesuit education. In this course, the major world religions are presented as the human person’s most significant attempt to comprehend the mystery of life. The course will help the student not only to understand the doctrine, history and philosophical foundations of other religions but also to see his own faith in the context of a pluralistic and ecumenical world. The following areas will be covered: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity in its many forms, and modern sects and cults.
- 150 – Senior Theology Thesis: Contemplatives in Action
150 – Senior theology thesis: Contemplatives in ACTION
one semester course
This capstone course centers on Ignatian spirituality and the student’s appropriation of it into his life and future decisions. Ignatian spirituality is both active and contemplative. This course focuses primarily on contemplation, or the inner journey, which helps to guide us in our work, to discern the ways in which God is calling us, and to find God in all things. Students will learn about the life, context, and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, as well as the key components and themes of his Spiritual Exercises. Students will also consider some of the broader themes of the human experience (self identity, family, community, work, suffering, love) and the ways in which we encounter them in the modern age. Contemplatives in Action helps students to understand who they were created to be and sends them into the world ready to engage it with spirit-filled action, rooted in the belief that God can be found in all things.
- 151 – Senior Service and Advocacy: The Pedro Arrupe Experience
151 – Senior service and advocacy: the pedro Arrupe EXPERIENCE
one semester course
In 1973, the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, challenged students and alumni of Jesuit institutions to be “men (and women) for others.” Creighton Prep is deeply committed to promoting a faith that does justice in the way intended by Arrupe:
1) To demonstrate a basic attitude of respect for all people which forbids us ever to use them as instruments for our own profit.
2) To resolve firmly never to profit from, or allow ourselves to be suborned by, positions of power deriving from privilege.
3) To promote an attitude not simply of refusal but of counterattack against injustice--a decision to work with others toward the dismantling of unjust social structures so that the weak, the oppressed, the marginalized of this world may be set free.
This one-block course combines the study of Christian and Ignatian Spirituality with a service-learning project that will take place during the school day. It is both theoretical and practical. Students will spend the first portion of the course in the classroom, reading and learning more about various Christian approaches to discipleship, especially the life of St. Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises, and spirituality in the Ignatian tradition. Together with the teacher, students will discern what kind of concrete actions this Christian faith might require. Following this formation period, students will spend class time working with marginalized people. During this action experience, the students will reflect on their work and continue the academic portion of the class in an online format, submitting assignments electronically and participating in online discussions with their teacher and peers. The Arrupe Experience helps the student to actualize the expectations of the Grad at Grad: intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice.