Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Michael Corso 

    Bio
  • Kevin Durazo 

    Director of Campus Ministry
  • Michael Dermody 07

    Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Nick Genovese 

    Assistant Director of Campus Ministry - Teacher
  • Thomas Ryan 

    Head of Middle School

Theology

The Theology curriculum at CM is grounded in the longstanding Catholic intellectual tradition, while at the same time seeking relevance in today’s complex and diverse world. Toward that end, students at CM regularly bring their experiences and the events of our time into dialogue with scripture and Catholic tradition.

A deliberate outcome of that conversation is to inspire students to discern how their unique gifts and talents are given by a loving God to meet the world’s great needs. This is accomplished through intentional and robust coordination with spiritual formation provided by CM’s Campus Ministry program, as well as the personal formation provided by CM’s college counseling and guidance program. The dynamic, involved, and faith-filled teachers within the department also serve as models of a life lived in discipleship to Jesus. The Theology Department, inspired by the witness of Blessed Edmund Rice, invites students to pursue excellence in theological study; embrace and embody the worldview, values, and actions of Jesus Christ; and lead lives of reflective service to others---especially those marginalized by poverty and injustice.

Course Offerings

List of 16 items.

  • Christian Themes in Literature (Grade 12)

    Semester 1; Elective; Team Taught/Interdisciplinary: Students examine the deeper theological undertones and meanings in works of literature by connecting author biographies and theological concepts to literary symbols, motifs, and themes found in classic texts. How do religious feelings, insights, and commitments influence the creation of literature? How can literature influence religious feelings, insights, and commitments? These questions form the basis for the exploration of noteworthy novels, poems, drama, children’s literature, and short stories. Students learn the skills necessary to develop religious themes in their own writing.
  • Church History (Grade 8)

    The Church history course acts as both a history and foundations of theology course for middles school students. After an introduction and review of Church practices and traditions, students study the history of the Catholic Church from her beginnings with the Pentecost to the present day. The course covers the Church’s teachings and its Tradition as they change over time, illuminating the ways in which the Church has grown and evolved. Students learn the mission of the Church, entrusted to her by Jesus, and their responsibility as Catholics to live out this mission.
  • Discipleship and Vocation (Grade 11)

    Junior year of high school is a critical time in the life of a young man as he and his family consider decisions that will affect the rest of his life. In this course, students take a closer look at the person of Jesus and how he calls each person to make choices that will have a positive impact on his community and the world. In a culture that prioritizes personal-advancement and making money, Jesus calls us to be selfless and to make a difference. Integrated with our Beyond CM college guidance program, Junior year theology assists students in discerning how to respond to Jesus’ invitation and the impact that response has on one’s career and college choices.
  • Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue (Grade 12)

    Semester I, Elective: Students study the faith and traditions of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The course highlights the importance of dialogue between Catholics and other Christian denominations as well as learning from what is true and good in other religions and traditions. Through interviews, research, and student presentations, students learn what religions have in common and what is distinctively Catholic. Students analyze the morals, myths, rituals, and forms of worship of various cultures, as well as the impact of religion on students’ cultural milieu.
  • Encountering Christ Through the Church and Sacraments (Grade 10)

    Following Jesus’ ascension, the community of his followers spread the Good News of his resurrection throughout the world. By further tracing the history of the Church and relating it to current experiences of community, prayers, and service, students learn that the Church is an ongoing source of strength and challenge for a life lived in service to others. A defining characteristic of the Catholic Church is its sacramental worldview—the belief that God can be encountered in the material everyday world. In particular, the seven Sacraments are privileged places of encounter with God in community. When properly understood, the sacraments implicate us to engage in the mission of helping the poor and marginalized, healing our world, and building communities of hope.
  • Introduction to Catholicism (Grade 7)

    CM students come from a variety of Catholic, public, and private elementary school experiences. This introduction to theology at CM respects that variety and builds a solid foundation in the basic tenets of Catholic Christianity. Students are introduced to key principles through study of the Bible, with an emphasis on the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus and his disciples. Students are encouraged to learn about the faith and to live it out as disciples of Christ. Students reflect on God and God’s loving relationship with us, as witnessed to in scripture, prayer, and the sacraments. Students learn to become active agents of change who seek to make positive contributions to God’s creation. 
  • Models of Christian Service (Grade 12)

    Semester 2: In the second semester, seniors reflect on the theology they have studied throughout their time at CM and consider how a service orientation is a defining characteristic of a Catholic Memorial graduate. Through this course, our school mission statement comes to fulfillment: to pursue excellence, embrace Gospel values, and lead through service. Students study various models of Christian service, apply that learning by completing 60 hours of service to local communities, and reflect on that experience through a culminating Senior Service Project.
  • The Catholic Experience in America: Theology & History Science (Grade 12)

    Semester 1; Elective; Team Taught/Interdisciplinary: This course examines critical events and issues at the intersection of U.S. history and the Catholic Church. We study the role of the Catholic community in shaping the United States from the founding of Maryland to the ongoing voice of the Church on political topics such as abortion and the death penalty. How and why did Catholics establish the largest non-public educational system in the country? How did John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism impact his election and presidency? What has been the Catholic Church’s position in major political debates including immigration, the union movement, and anti-war protests? We take both a thematic and historical approach and examine Church teaching on social issues alongside political events.
  • Theology 7

    Seventh-grade Theology is an introduction to Catholic Christianity with a focus on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Students will also be introduced to the teachings of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, and the Christian Brothers as they relate to the mission of Catholic Memorial.
  • Understanding Scripture (Grade 9)

    Students in this course learn how Catholics approach reading and interpreting the Bible. They study Scripture both as the inspired word of God—and so a rich source of prayer, contemplation, and guidance—as well as a text written by people living in particular historical and cultural circumstances. During the second semester, students engage the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—his miracles, his parables, his message of God’s love, and his call to follow him in service of others.
  • With Eyes Wide Open: Theology & Science (Grade 12)

    Semester 1; Elective; Team Taught/Interdisciplinary: A 2014 survey by the American Academy of Religion indicated that 51% of Catholics believe that religion and science are often in conflict. From a Catholic point of view, however, faith and reason are partners. A Catholic approach to understanding our universe must take into consideration the amazing discoveries of modern science; a meaningful approach to science must take seriously the horizon and ethical guidance of religion. This course examines science through the lens of Catholic faith as well as Catholic teaching through the lens of scientific discovery. A range of historical and contemporary topics in the dialogue between science and theology are covered including the controversies surrounding Galileo and Darwin, and the complexities arising from advances in our ability to manipulate the human genome.
  • Theology 8

    The eight grade course builds off of the students’ knowledge of the Church and works towards a basic understanding of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, from Pentecost to the present day.
  • Theology 9

    the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as the living word of God. The second semester will explore more deeply the mystery of Jesus Christ, and who he calls us to be as human beings.
  • Theology 10

    The purpose of the first-semester course is to help the young people to grow in their understanding of the mystery of the Church and to come to appreciate that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. The second semester will delve deeper into the reality that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of Church in the world.
  • Theology 11

    This course strives to teach students that through encountering the sacraments, they can better understand their place in the Church and the world. The second semester will introduce the students to the moral concepts and precepts and other laws of the Church that guide them in living as Christ’s disciples.
  • Theology 12

    Students will study the faith and traditions of the world’s major religions of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The morals, myths, rituals, and forms of worship will be analyzed as well as the impact of religion on students’ cultural milieu. The second semester will guide students through an in-depth study of standout exemplars of service.

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL SCHOOL

235 Baker Street
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
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