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Theology Department

Department Goals

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

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
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
Faculty

Sara Brabec
Theology & Freshman/Sophomore Christian Service Coordinator

Ms. Brabec currently teaches Theology 2B and coordinates the Freshman and Sophomore Service Program. She was born and raised near Chicago, but has called California home since 2008. In her free time, Ms. Brabec enjoys running, hiking, reading, photography, and experimenting with new foods in the kitchen.  

Faculty

Justin Campbell
Theology

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.

Faculty

Charlene Cardenas
Theology

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.

Faculty

Timothy P. Caslin
Assistant Principal for Instruction and Student Life, Theology, English

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).

Faculty

Michael Cheney
Theology

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. 

Faculty

Annie Crew-Renzo
Theology

Education:

  • Master of Theological Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2003 
  • Bachelor of Arts, History and Religious Studies, St. Mary’s College of California, 2001

Moderator/Coach:

  • Liturgy Planning Club

First year working at Jesuit: 2012

Faculty

Jeremiah Loverich
Theology

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, 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.

Faculty

Nick Luppino, ‘98
English, Theology

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.

Faculty

Fr. Charles Olsen, S.J.
Campus Ministry

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.  

Faculty

Maureen L. Pryor
Theology Department

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.

Faculty

Matthew Pyrc’, S.J.
Theology / Directory of Liturgy

Fr. Pyrc´, S.J. Currently teaches Freshman Theology, Liturgy Workshop and works part-time in campus ministry. He performs sacramental duties on campus and school retreats, leads a senior immersion trip, and is a team chaplain for Water Polo, Lacrosse, and Robotics. He has a passion for travel and cultures, visiting Africa, Europe, Asia, South & Central American countries. In addition Fr. Pyrc´ has enjoyed an extended time living in Toronto and Cali, Colombia. He is currently writing a novel that involves spirituality & theology in an Urban Fantasy genre.

Faculty

James Schaukowitch, 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.

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