Theology 2018-09-21T09:30:32-05:00

Theology Department

Here at Pius XI Catholic High School, we believe that every student – every person – is created in God’s own divine image.

The Theology department is focused on a mission – enable students to internalize knowing, loving and serving God and others.

Our curriculum is grounded in the belief that God’s unconditional love is manifested in the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“The entire staff and faculty strives to be the best role models as each of us can be, aka we demonstrate our Catholic identity.”

Al McCauley, Faculty Member

The Theology Program is Designed to:

  • Challenge students creatively to know and apply the Catholic Faith Tradition.
  • Articulate a sound understanding of God’s presence in our lives.
  • Enable students to serve as Jesus would, through various service opportunities, within the XI, local and global communities. 
  • Expose students to a wide variety of prayer experiences.
  • Provide students with a comprehensive retreat program, beginning freshman year. 

Course Offerings:

  • Foundations of Scripture: Hebrew Scripture
  • Foundations of Scripture: Christian Scripture
  • Foundations of Theology: Catholic Faith
  • Foundations of Theology: Church History
  • Life Themes in Literature
  • Christian Ministries (Big Buddy)
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Comparative Religions
  • Honors Theology: Philosophy for Theology
  • Justice and Liberation
  • Spirituality of non-violent Leadership
  • Morality and Ethics

Theology Faculty

Ron Russel (Department Chairperson):
S. Jane Marie Bradish, OSF:
Thomas Chmielewski:
Kay Hupfer Marren:
Mike Kolz:
Alan McCauley:
Lisa Thoren:

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School