Religious Studies

The goal of the religious studies curriculum is nothing other than the salvation of souls. Rooted in the diocesan framework and motivated by Holy Cross core values, the department strives to create circumstances in which students may be immersed in the narrative of salvation and be disposed to make a response in their hearts to the living God.

Students kneeling in Holy Cross Chapel

Each class is Christocentric and thus has an inner Christ-logic in which students are exposed to the paschal drama of dying and rising and are called to adopt it in their own lives. A seven-semester sequence provides a unique opportunity to invite students into a complete Christian formation. It begins with the surprise and mystery of the gift of revelation and ends in the glory of new and everlasting life.

Beginning with the first-semester freshman class about spirituality and the charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, activities of the department include Christian service hours, prayer services, spiritual engagement, pastoral counseling, class retreats and Spes Unica retreats. Dedicated members of the religious studies department are able to cultivate on a daily basis genuine connections with students in the classroom and beyond. 

We believe that our students will one day “shine like the stars of heaven” side by side with their teachers (Daniel 12:3 as quoted by Blessed Basil Moreau in Christian Education.

Maynard Family Center for Spiritual Engagement

Religious Studies Courses

Christian Service Program

The Christian Service project is a graduation requirement. Each student is required to complete the hours of service
as specified for each year of attendance at Archbishop Hoban High School. Each student must submit their location
through an online Google Form in which the Campus Minister will pre-approve all student location submissions
prior to fulfilling the requirement. Students will complete an assignment based on their service work each school
year. 

Holy Cross Spirituality and Charism

Students will learn what it means to be a member of the Hoban family. They will explore Hoban's core values and traditions rooted in the charisms of the Congregation of Holy Cross. They will also study the history and spirituality of the Congregation of Holy Cross as it relates to the Hoban community.

Additionally this course seeks to enhance the Christian virtues of faith, hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, appreciation of diversity, reverence for life in all forms, and respect for the talents and abilities of others. The curriculum helps to assure that our Catholic identity and the Holy Cross tradition will permeate every aspect of the school climate and program.

One Semester (Grade 9, Semester 1) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010103

Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced the Church, founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by Him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know the sacred nature of the Church as the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements.

One Semester (Grade 11, Semester 1) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010306

Honors Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church

For each of these courses, students must complete an application through the Religious Studies Department. Those
who are accepted into an Honors Religious Studies course will be asked to complete two (2) special projects, one
during each quarter of the semester. These projects will require additional independent critical reading, research,
and writing outside of class on selected topics relevant to the course, which are agreed upon by the teacher and
student. The projects will include a first quarter research paper and a second quarter class presentation developed
and reviewed with the teacher. Commitment to normal class participation is also essential. Students who do not
complete the projects in a satisfactory manner while maintaining the normal class load will receive a grade no higher
than B+.

One Semester (Grade 11, Semester 1) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010310
One Semester (Grade 11, Semester 2) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010315

Life in Jesus Christ

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 and will understand how to apply these precepts in their daily lives.

One Semester (Grade 11, Semester 2) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010406

Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. Students will learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. Students will become familiar with the seven major themes of Catholic Social Teaching and how these themes can be applied to various social justice issues facing the world today.

One Semester (Grade 12, Semester 1) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010407

Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through study of the Bible they will encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. 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, to encourage them to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.

One Semester (Grade 9, Semester 2) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010104

Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus

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 so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

One Semester (Grade 12, Semester 2) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010330

The Mission of Jesus Christ: Paschal Mystery

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. 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.

One Semester (Grade 10, Semester 2) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010207

Who is Jesus Christ: Incarnation

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. Students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.

One Semester (Grade 10, Semester 1) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 010206

Religious Studies Faculty

Mary Bulgrin

Mary Bulgrin

Class of 1983
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Ray DiMascio

Ray DiMascio

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Matthew DuBroy

Matthew DuBroy

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Christopher Fahey

Christopher Fahey

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Henry Kappel

Henry Kappel

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Philip Patrick

Philip Patrick

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Kelsey Sees

Kelsey Sees

Class of 2007
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Jared Topp

Jared Topp

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