What is theology? Fundamentally, it’s about conversation. The Greek word Theós (God) combined with logos (word, or reason) describes what happens in theology classes at Fairfield Prep. Talking about God, discovering God in the person of Jesus Christ, asking questions, having discussions and debates, and exploring the truths of other world religions are some of the many things that happen in theology. Through exegetical analysis of Scripture, learning the philosophies of the Saints (in particular, St. Ignatius of Loyola), contemplation, and reflection, theology students at Fairfield Prep are drawn to a more intimate experience of the Divine in their own lives.
In the classroom, students are exposed the teachings of Christ regarding the Gospel imperative – the care of the poor. Theology students are inspired to work for equality and social justice in their local and global communities. In the spirit of Christ, through Ignatian practices, students are encouraged to grow spiritually and religiously by orienting themselves towards others. Practically speaking, students are called to “Find God in All Things.” By recognizing the presence of the Divine within others and the universe we live in, students may be inspired to develop a deeper appreciation and love for Creation – in particular, care for our environment.
Morality, ethics, philosophy, history, science – they are all present within discussions of theology. Regardless of faith background (or lack thereof) all students are encouraged to express their beliefs and share their life experiences in their own ways. In theology, we are constantly working towards discovering Truth in our lives. Through science, history, literature, Scripture, and the Sacraments, we understand that God can be found in all things and in all ways here at Fairfield Prep. Join us as we continue the discussions, the questions, the reflections, and the actions that will make this world a more loving place for all.
- Mr. Corey J. Milazzo
Chair of the Theology Department
Director of Student Activities & Intramurals
Four years of theology is required for each student.
- Theology I - Jesuits, Religions and Covenants
- Theology II - The Living Word: Old and New Testament
- Theology III - Gospels, Letters & Living: A Pragmatic Understanding
- Theology IV: Social Ethics and Global and Environmental Justice
- Theology IV: Social Ethics and Economy and Society
This course begins with a study of the history of the Society of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality. Students will learn that they are now part of a global network of Jesuit educational institutions. The course also examines what it means to be spiritual and religious in the past and present through a study of the major world religions. Finally, an exploration of the Pentateuch serves as a scriptural foundation for future study.
This course continues the story of the People of God as students explore the post-Exodus Old Testament. Students will learn about the Major Prophets and kings of the United Kingdom of Israel, invasions and exiles, the Temple of Jerusalem, and the promise of the coming Messiah. The second half of the course will begin with an introduction to the New Testament via an exploration of the Gospels. God’s “breaking into human history” through the Incarnation and the Holy Spirit’s presence amongst the early Christian communities serve as the fulfillment of the covenants of the Old Testament. An investigation of the Acts of the Apostles and the Apostolic Letters completes the course of Scripture study.
The Junior Theology course is devoted in first semester to a detailed study of the New Testament, especially the Gospels. This study focuses on understanding the New Testament’s constituent books in the context of the community of faith for which they were originally written. It highlights the theologies of the Gospels and of the letters of Paul. The relevance of scripture to current events, to liturgy and prayer, and to the personal life of each student is emphasized.
In second semester students ponder the nature and meaning of relationships with the aim of achieving a deeper and more mature understanding and love of self, of other persons and of God. Students are challenged to examine their own relationships with their family, friends and significant others through readings, presentations and class discussions about topics such as dating, sexuality, communication and genuine love.
The first semester of this course will focus on social ethics. The examination of contemporary problems in society is grounded in a study of Christian ethical principles in comparison to other philosophical and religious ethical traditions. The second semester of this course will investigate controversial topics concerning the wellbeing of the population and the environment with a focus on global awareness and understanding. Throughout the year, the academic components are accompanied by hands-on experience in ongoing community-service projects, which are integrated into the course through regularly scheduled small-group discussions centered upon the lessons, challenges and rewards associated with service to others.
The first semester of this course will focus on social ethics. The examination of contemporary problems in society is grounded in a study of Christian ethical principles in comparison to other philosophical and religious ethical traditions. The second semester of this course will explore moral and ethical issues in connection with the economy, law, business, and public policy. Throughout the year, the academic components are accompanied by hands-on experience in ongoing community-service projects, which are integrated into the course through regularly scheduled small-group discussions centered upon the lessons, challenges and rewards associated with service to others.