The HNHS Advantage – Theology:
We teach Theology in order to give students tools to build lifelong, meaningful relationships with God, themselves, others and creation. Engaging in Theology allows students to develop and enhance morality, spirituality and a sense of justice for the present moment in their lives, as well as for the future.
Holy Names High School stands in the strong tradition of education in the faith sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The Sisters’ primary goals are to foster the full development of the human person and educate people in the faith. We also foster other SNJM values of hospitality, dedication to women and children, dedication to justice, and service to people who are poor and marginalized. A Holy Names religious education also includes engagement in the issues of day, which include access to clean and affordable water, human trafficking and immigration.
The Theology department has developed a curriculum that promotes the intellectual development and spiritual growth of the student. This is accomplished through academic and experiential opportunities in which the student explores the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church and a variety of other religious traditions. The curriculum strengthens the student’s awareness of the Christian call to justice for all persons. She is challenged to love, serve, and celebrate life as a citizen of her local and global community. This curriculum meets the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework.
Service-Learning is an integrated part of each Theology class. This program offers students opportunities to awaken social awareness and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to issues of justice and peace. Students have the opportunity to serve the needs of poor and marginalized people as well as address urgent global issues.
Graduation requirement: four years of Theology.