Academics
Curriculum

Theology

In the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Theology Department at Mullen High School provides both scholastic and spiritual enrichment.
The rigorous program of required college prep courses and theology electives continues to invite students to recognize and accept the sacredness, dignity, and value of their lives and to grow in knowledge, understanding and praxis of the Roman Catholic faith and tradition that Mullen represents.

Faculty, staff, students and their families collaborate to create a nurturing learning environment supported by prayer, liturgy, retreats, and on-going community service. We are proudly and absolutely 100% faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and loyal to His Holiness Pope Francis.

Essential Outcomes

List of 6 items.

  • Scripture

  • Christology

    Students will be able to Comprehend the dynamic of Christ as both fully God and fully Man as it unfolds in Christ’s Paschal Mystery and our salvation (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will:
    1. Demonstrate the essential understandings that reveal Jesus as man, God and Second Person of the Trinity.
    2. Define and analyze the Paschal Mystery in order to evaluate its role in salvation
  • Catholic Church

    Students will be able to Explain the nature of the Church and Her relationship to the modern world through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will:
    1. Articulate how Christ continues to be present through his body the Church and through the power of the Holy Spirit
    2. Identify the Church’s mission of evangelization, restoration to holiness, and suffering
  • Prayer

    Students will be able to Explain the various elements of prayer and their importance in our relationship with God. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will:
    1. Understand, describe and analyze prayer and its practices
    2. Explain how the elements of prayer reveal the qualities of God
    3. Discern movements within the heart and understand how to respond authentically
  • Human Dignity

    Students will be able to Comprehend the nature of our dignity and consequently treat others with dignity simply because they are human. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will:
    1. Demonstrate that dignity is inherent to humans and their search for meaning
    2. Examine the key philosophical, moral and social justice of issues of truth and dignity and generate a Christian response
  • John Baptist De La Salle

    ​Students will be able to Demonstrate understanding of the ministry and mission of St. John Baptist De La Salle, the Christian Brothers and the influence of Lasallian Spirituality in the education of young people. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will:
    1. Analyze the major events and writings in the life of De La Salle
    2. Survey the larger Lasallian world ministry

Faculty

List of 7 items.

  • Christa Oancia

    Department Chair
    christa.oancia@mullenhigh.com
    BA Religious Studies; B Ed, University of Saskatchewan 
    MA Evangelization & Catechesis, Augustine Institute
    Bio
  • Matthew Degitis

    matt.degitis@mullenhigh.com
    BA in English Lit and Secondary Education, University of Colorado
    MA in Theological Studies, Liberty University
    Bio
  • Leslie Larsen

    leslie.larsen@mullenhigh.com
    BA Liberal Studies, Loyola Marymount University
    BA Social Studies, Sonoma State University
    MA in Secondary Education
    Bio
  • Lauretta Ruppert

    lauretta.ruppert@mullenhigh.com
    BA in Theology and Peace studies, Xavier University
    Bio
  • Brian Schnell '07

    brian.schnell@mullenhigh.com
    MA Leadership for the New Evangelization, Augustine Institute
    BA-Theatre Studies, University of Northern Colorado
    Bio
  • Wivina Vigil-Marin

    Wivina Vigil-Marin

    marin@mullenhigh.com
    BA in Religious Studies, Higher Diocesan Religious Institute of Gent, Belgium
    MA in Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
    Bio
  • Beth Wright

    beth.wright@mullenhigh.com
    BS-Secondary Science Education, University of Kansas
    MS-Education Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas 
    Certificate from the Denver Catholic Biblical School
    Bio

Course Offerings

List of 10 items.

  • Applied Spirituality

    Drawing on the knowledge of prayer, Catholic practices, morality, history and beliefs that students have gained during previous years of theology, this capstone class is designed to aid students in developing spiritual practices, within the context of a Lasallian Roman Catholic school. The emphasis in the class is on spiritual growth, deeper understanding of self, God and others and the vocation to love.
  • Bioethics

    Bioethics is an exploration of modern technologies related to medicine and biology and how they affect the dignity of the human person. The course focuses on what it means to be human from the biological, philosophical and spiritual perspectives. Foundational scientific understandings including the Big Bang Theory, evolution, embryology, stem cell research, fertility, end of life issues, and current issues in the news are studied. Finally, the moral, legal and political implications of controversial technologies are examined through the lense of the Catholic Church’s teachings on human dignity.
  • Comparative Religions

    This course is a comparative study of the major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and nature religions. Under the mandate of Nostra Aetate, this class seeks to discover "what is true and holy in these religions." Experiential and cultural emphasis invite both empathy and understanding of peoples of the world.
  • Morality - Human Nature

    This course is designed to help students explore what it means to be happy through the fulfilment of our human nature by choosing to do the good. Specifically, this course will build on the fundamental principles of truth and philosophy learned in Reasons for the Faith to understand the universal nature of morality. Students will understand the roles of freedom and conscience and the steps for making a moral decision. In addition, the 10 Commandments and the teachings of Jesus will be examined in detail to help students understand their moral responsibilities.
  • Morality - Nature of Love

    This course will examine the definition and nature of love as it is revealed in the Trinity and embraced as part of human nature. Students will explore the human need and call to relationship. Students will discover that fulfillment in this life and the next lies in a gift of self and how this applies to their lives. John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’ and other Catholic teachings will be used to examine the implications for friendship, dating, marriage, and family life. Finally, students will examine the basics of human sexuality and the challenges our culture faces.
  • New Testament

    Salvation history reaches its fullness in the study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, as witnessed by the writers of the Gospels, St. Paul and the witnesses of the early Church. The New Testament will be studied through the historical, cultural, political, and theological background of the New Testament world, as well as through the New Testament authors and their intentions. In addition, the foundation and early tradition of the Church will be studied. Students will be challenged to experience Jesus himself and the Paschal Mystery as an invitation to love of God, self and others.
  • Old Testament

    This class lays the foundation for understanding self, God and others, through an examination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the story of God's loving covenant call to a particular people. Salvation history, as presented in the books of the Old Testament, is understood and interpreted from the Roman Catholic viewpoint.
  • Reasons for the Faith A

    This class explores the historical, philosophical, and theological foundations of the Catholic faith. Organized around fundamental questions that arise from the human condition: What is true? How can we know? Why do we need faith? Does God exist? Is Jesus God? This inquiry based approach will allow students to wrestle with reasons for having faith, giving special attention to how the Catholic Church has approached these issues throughout its lived history.
  • Reasons for the Faith B

    This class continues the exploration of the historical, philosophical, and theological foundations of the Catholic faith. Organized around additional fundamental questions that arise from the human condition: What is the Catholic Church? Why are their denominations? How do I pray? Where is God in suffering? What happens after death? This inquiry based approach will allow students to wrestle with reasons for having faith, giving special attention to how the Catholic Church has approached these issues throughout its lived history.
  • Social Justice & Peace

    Building a just society requires changing social structures that support injustice, as well as performing acts of service and giving. This course will examine issues of social justice including economic inequality, immigration, race, ecology, war and violence through the lens of Cathohc Social Teaching. Creating civil discourse, understanding violence and non-violence from the perspective of world religions, and examining philosophies, that underlie modem American society wil l be included in this course.