The Theology Department curriculum is designed to guide students on a journey of discovery and mastery of the teachings of Christ found in the scriptures and traditions of the Catholic faith. The department expects students will be able to articulate articles of faith but also that they will relate those to their own lived experience as Christians. Cor Jesu Academy requires 4 credits of Theology for graduation.
Freshmen: one credit - Christology and Sacraments
Sophomores: one credit - Hebrew Scriptures and World Religions
Juniors: one credit - Morality and Social Justice
Seniors: one credit - Ecclesiology and Christian Life
Elective: An optional ½ credit course for 1818 credit is also offered - Introduction to Theology
Retreats are integrated into Cor Jesu's Theology curriculum to give students an opportunity to reflect upon their lives and deepen their relationships with God, family and friends. Through prayer and the sacraments and faith-building activities, students grow in their faith life by building stronger relationships with God and each other. All students are required to make an annual retreat with their classmates.
Freshman Retreat: Discovering the Truth in Ourselves
We all find ourselves in a new and very challenging environment, surrounded by people we don't know and who don't know us. In this environment, who is this person that I am? Who is the person I am becoming? Who do I want to be and who was I created to be? How do I recognize and become that person?
Sophomore Retreat: Discovering the Truth in Others
We have spent a significant amount of time together as a class and have had opportunities to at least observe one another in familiar environments. This has at times led us to draw conclusions about each other and choose or reject friends according to those conclusions. In the day-to-day, we judge people before we truly know them, but in actuality what we have in common with one another is greater than what separates us. What is it that we most fear? What is the greatest obstacle to our unity? What do we want most out of life?
Junior Retreat: Accepting the Truth in Self & Others; Healing Broken Relationships
We have formed many friendships in our lifetime, particularly those that we have shared and enjoyed here at Cor Jesu Academy. In the process of forming those friendships, we have at times hurt and been hurt by others. How have we experienced relationship positively? How have we experienced relationship negatively? What can we do to reconcile that which has been broken?
Senior Kairos Retreat: Integrating Relationships with Self, Others & God
The senior Kairos retreat is an experience of Christian community with a series of talks given both by peers and adults. Prayer, sacraments, and small group discussions are all integral parts of this retreat. The 3 1/2 day retreat takes place at King's House Retreat Center, in Belleville, IL, with these themes:
Day 1 ~ "Who am I?"
Day 2 ~ "Who is Jesus in my life?"
Days 3 and 4 ~ "What is Christ's message for me?" and "Living Christ's message"
As seniors continue on to college, they will be able to draw from their Kairos experience in living and sharing their faith with others.
In addition, Cor Jesu’s motto of Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ takes new life as each Junior begins her LASTing Project. The LASTing Project is Cor Jesu’s service-learning ministry of 40 hours to be completed as a culminating project following a semester of social-justice learning and in keeping with Catholic Social Teachings. Successful completion of the LASTing Project is a school graduation requirement administered by the Theology Department's junior and senior teachers.
Each year, the freshman are asked to create their own personal piece using any form of art to show their vision of the Sacred Heart of Christ. In their artwork, they include all five elements of the Sacred Heart - the flame, the cross, the heart, the thorns, and the wound.
As a community of faith, Cor Jesu creates an environment where each person feels welcomed and experiences God’s love. Taught in the charism and tradition of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cor Jesu students embark upon a faith journey of discovery rooted in the Gospel and catechism of the Catholic Church.
As part of the Annual Catholic Appeal for 2020, Cor Jesu students were asked to create a video that tells the story of how Cor Jesu students serve "Because we are Catholic". Thank you to Caitlin Reitz, Abigail Threlkeld, and Campbell Tiffin for putting together this special video that connects Cor Jesu's charism of sharing the love of the Heart of Christ with the vision of the Annual Catholic Appeal.
You can watch the video below: