Within the Catholic, Jesuit identity of Loyola Academy, the mission of the theology department is:
to invite each student to respond
to the transformative call of Christ,
and in an ecclesial community
that fosters spiritual, intellectual,
and social conversion
to a faith that does justice.
As students move through the four courses that make up the theology program, students will develop the ability to:
- Respond to the invitation of Jesus, the Christ to live not for selves but for God as they encounter that invitation in prayer, study, worship, Scripture, and community.
- Use kingdom values as preached by Jesus the Christ in the Gospels and from the spirituality of Ignatius in order to evaluate social structures and personal choices.
- Articulate an Ignatian worldview that seeks God in all things which includes living a faith that does justice.
- Express a sacramental imagination and symbolic thinking through arts, literature, and theology.
- Articulate how God is calling them to a vocation of living a faith that does justice.
- Critique social structures, both local and global, in light of social justice principles as articulated in Catholic social teaching.
- Practice a process of moral decision making informed by gospel values, the Christian tradition and Ignatian spirituality.
- Demonstrate Scriptural literacy.
- Use the methods of modern biblical scholarship to interpret and to experience the Scriptures in personal reflection, prayer, and contemporary application.
- Participate in shared experiences inside and outside of the classes and practice a method of theological reflection to explore these experiences.
- Participate in classroom prayer and develop skills for liturgical worship.
- Engage in dialogue regarding the ideas and practices of a variety of world religions in order to better understand their own faith and promote respect and unity.