Pennsylvania’s leading Catholic Day School for Boys, Grades 9-12

Religion

In this way, our Lasallian charism inspires our students to see, act, and think “quite differently.” We believe that the study of religion is instrumental in the authentic development of a young man’s life and that no other academic exploration can better assist him to find his voice, feed his soul, and tap into his spirit to fuel the human desire to help others and grow closer to God.

St. John Baptist de La Salle wrote, “In the light of faith you see things quite differently” (Letter 118).

In an educational environment living in the holy presence of God, the Religion Department seeks to meet the religious, spiritual, and emotional needs of developing adolescents in the rich and inclusive Lasallian Catholic Tradition. Our department strives to become familiar with and respect the experience of the students entrusted to our care, while still passing on the riches of the Christian faith in the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will be able to articulate and participate in the essentials of their faith – both communal and personal, with strong emphasis placed on living a moral life with special consideration toward the poor, emphasizing social justice.

In De La Salle’s model of religious education, our staff follows the founders call to “fulfill your ministry with all the affection of your heart” (Meditations for the Time of Retreat 9.1). Our experienced and dedicated faculty in the Religion Department are here to guide, challenge, and inspire our young men to see with eyes of faith. And with this student-centered model of educating the whole person, our courses expose the young men right from the start to the Catholic Lasallian identity, ground them in text and tradition of Sacred Scripture, prepare them to grapple with social injustices and personal decision-making in Morality, before challenging them to continue to live the mission of De La Salle in a life long journey of faith.

Religion Faculty

Mr. Christian Arellano

Mr. Christian Arellano

Mr. Mark Chesnik

Mr. Mark Chesnik

Mr. Lewis Clark

Mr. Lewis Clark

Mr. Mark Collins

Mr. Mark Collins

Mr. Douglas Demeter

Mr. Douglas Demeter

Bro. William DiPasquale

Bro. William DiPasquale

Mr. Michael McCabe

Mr. Michael McCabe

Mrs. Diana McInaw

Mrs. Diana McInaw

Mr. Geoffrey Nicoletti

Mr. Geoffrey Nicoletti

Mr. Owen Schugsta

Mr. Owen Schugsta

Mr. Daniel Williams

Mr. Daniel Williams

Religion Courses Offered

100 Religion 9: Catholic Lasallian Identity (Freshman Required)

This introductory course is designed to explain in detail what it means to be Catholic and Lasallian. The course explores the rich heritage of the Roman Catholic Church and will demonstrate that in and through the Church people encounter the living Body of Jesus Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church. The course also serves as an introduction to life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Lasallian Mission and Lasallian educational philosophy that is imbued in our school.

1 Credit/full year

105 Religion 10: Scripture (Sophomore Required)

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In this course, students will study Scriptures that identify Jesus Christ as God’s ultimate Revelation to us. In learning about who Jesus is, the students will also learn whom Jesus calls them to be. In addition, students will continue to build their foundational understanding of the life and work of St. La Salle and the Christian Brothers.

1 Credit/full year

106 Religion 11: Christian Morality (Junior Required)

This course examines a number of topics that are integral to the rich Roman Catholic tradition of the moral life. Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the course explores such topics as law, sexuality, the commandments, honesty, freedom and responsibility, the act of conscience, the honor due to God, the nature of sin and reconciliation. The course presents a method for moral decision-making as it challenges students to examine and pattern their lives in the light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching.

1 Credit/full year

110 Religion 12: Living the Mission (Senior Required)

This required course emphasizes living the core principles of Lasallian education in an understanding of contemporary adult faith. It attempts to meet the needs of older adolescents as they approach the most important decisions of their lives. Students will develop their faith in the presence of God through the study of contemporary spirituality and prayer. They will be introduced to the concepts and beliefs of various world religions in building an inclusive community. In an attempt to understand their own unique calling and to continue to develop respect for all persons, they will study various Christian lifestyles. Finally, students will be challenged to promote their role as Christian leaders to advocate and show concern for poor and social justice in personal, professional and civic life.