In keeping with the goals of Jesuit High School, the Theology Department supports the development of the total person for each student: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual. As a Jesuit and Catholic institution and a department formed in Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy, our mission is to inform and form young men of faith, a faith founded on our belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Along with two major programs, Campus Ministry and Christian Service, the Theology Department has a special role in and focus on the spiritual formation of our young men. While they provide meaningful and challenging experiences of prayer, reflection and service, Theology classes provide a framework and vocabulary to help the student analyze and critique his personal experience in light of the tradition of faith.
The overarching goal of the Theology Department then is to form students who, through the study of theology, come to know more deeply God’s love, hear more clearly Christ’s call to be men for others and respond more generously and fully in a life of discipleship.
Scope and Sequence
Theology 1: Introduction to Catholic Christianity
Theology 2A: Christian Morality
Theology 2B: God and The Hebrew Scriptures
Theology 3A: Christian Testament
Theology 3B: Social Justice
Theology 4: Ignatian Spirituality
Prayer and Sacraments plus one senior Theology Elective
Mr. Justin Campbell received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, and an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy from Salisbury University in his home state of Maryland. Currently, Mr. Campbell teaches Sophomore Christian Morality, Junior Christian Testament and Social Justice Courses. In addition to teaching, Mr. Campbell facilitates a Christian Life Community, is a moderator for Jesuit’s Mock Trial team, and enjoys his involvement in Campus Ministry as a retreat leader.
Mrs. Charlene Cardenas received an undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1973 and a Master’s degree in Religious Education from the University of St.Thomas in Houston, Texas in 1976. Before coming to Jesuit in 2002 she taught theology in high schools in Texas and Southern California. She also served as Director of Religious Education at St.Lawrence Parish in North Highlands and received the Sacramento Diocese Catechetical Leader of the year award in 1999. Mrs. Cardenas serves as chair of the Theology Department.
Tim Caslin is the Assistant Principal for Instruction and Student Life. In this role, he works with the Theology, World Languages, and Social Science Departments and supervises Student Activities, Christian Service, and Campus Ministry. Tim also teaches a class in the Theology Department (which he chaired and taught in full-time before becoming AP).
Michael Cheney has been involved in Ignatian education since 1984. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish from St. Louis University, and a Masters in Religious Studies from Mt. St. Mary’s College. He teaches sophomore Christian Morality and senior Ethics.
Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Mr. Jeremiah Loverich studied Chemical Engineering He served as a volunteer sixth grade teacher in Los Angeles through Americorps, before teaching high school chemistry and math for several years. As a Dominican seminarian, he studied philosophy and theology at the GTU in Berkeley, engaged in a wide variety of ministry (campus ministry, youth and adult faith formation, catechetical training, and prison chaplaincy), and did missionary work in Mexico. His master’s degree in theology specialized in religion and the arts.
Mr. Nick Luppino (class of 1998) received an undergraduate degree in English from Saint Mary’s College, a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree and teaching credential from the University of Phoenix. He has been a member of Jesuit’s faculty since 2005. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Mr. Luppino is also the moderator of the Philosophy club, and the Sacramento King’s club, and co-moderator of Student’s for Life.
Fr. Charles Olsen, S.J. has a Master of Sacred Theology and licentiate degrees. He has been teaching here at Jesuit High since 1981, previous to which, he was at Jesuit schools in San Jose, Phoenix, and in Chinese schools in Asia.
After graduating from Loretto High School and earning a BA in Religious Studies at Loyola Marymount, Maureen Pryor moved to Seattle and worked in secondary education, helping to establish campus ministry programs at two high schools. Moving to Minnesota to earn an MA in theology at St. John’s University, Ms. Pryor also worked in Campus Ministry at SJU and St. Benedict’s college. She returned to California, serving twelve years as Director of University Ministry at USF.
Fr. Matthew Pyrc’, S.J. received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Franciscan University, his Master of Divinity from Regis College of the Theology consortium at the University of Toronto, and his Masters in Theology and his licentiate degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. Prior to entering the Jesuits in 2006 he administered a High School Dropout and prevention/intervention program in Spokane, WA. Before coming to Jesuit, he worked as a Campus Minister at Seattle University. Fr. Pyrc?, S.J.
Father is a sacramental and pastoral minister at Jesuit High School. He has taught Theology at St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco), Brophy Prep (Phoenix) and Loyola High School (Los Angeles). He was also Director of Campus at LHS. He worked as Hospital Chaplain at St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu and most recently the Head of Chaplaincy at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a native San Franciscan and a member of the California Province.