Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? 7th, 9th, 10th & 11th grade Theology
High School attended? Schuyler Central High School
University Attended? Conception Seminary College, Gregorian University, & University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Degree Received? B.A. in Philosophy & NE Teaching Certification
Master's degree program or school attended? Graduate Studies in Theology at the Gregorian University and Post-Bachelor studies in Educaiton at UNL
Extra-Curricular Duties? Director of Campus Ministry and Assistant High School Track Coach
In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? Bergan has supporive administration, faculty and students - it continues to be a better place to be every day.
Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? Senior English, American History, Senior Theology, International Affairs
High School attended? Omaha Paul VI
University Attended? Wayne State/ University of Nebraska at Omaha
Degree Received? Bachelor of Science in Education - Endorsements in History, English, Social Sciences
In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? The absolute best thing about teaching at Archbishop Bergan Catholic School is that I can bring faith into the discussions we have in all my classes. I find it both personally and professionally rewarding to be able to teach where students and teachers can be involved in a faith based education.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
Required Grade 9 1st semester 5 credits
The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Required Grade 9 2nd semester 5 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, the students will also learn who He calls them to be.
The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)
Required Grade 10 1st semester 5 credits
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.
Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church
Required Grade 10 2nd semester 5 credits
The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.
Required Grade 11 1st semester 4 credits
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life
Life in Christ: Catholic Ethics & Morality
Required Grade 11 2nd semester 4 credits
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students will learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples as well as understand various ethical systems and the challenges and benefits of them.
Faith in Action Through Social Justice and Christian Lifestyles
Required Grade 12 two semesters 4 credits
Faith in Action is intended for high school seniors. Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has attempted to transform the world into the one Jesus spoke of, where victims hold a special place and all people are neighbors. The course explores the historical and Scriptural call to faith and justice. It then personalizes the message by examining six areas of concern - poverty, hunger, sexism, racial prejudice, ageism, and ecology. The final section of the course links faith and justice with peace by examining the implications of peaceful responses to conflict and the church's challenge to look at war with a new attitude. Included with the work in social justice is time spent during class volunteering out in the Fremont community in various areas. The course examines different Christian lifestyles available to young people (single life, marriage, religious life, ordained ministry) and helps to discern how they are called to live their Christian faith in the modern world.
Christian Community Service
Elective Grades 11, 12 one semester 2 credits
An elective course offered to juniors and seniors in which, as Christians, they are taught to follow their calling to serve. Students who spend 1-2 hours each week in approved service to the Christian community will be given credit. Opportunities may include assisting within the school, School of Religious Formation, tutoring, etc.