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Job Type: Full-Time Position
Location: Stayton, OR
Theology Teaching Philosophy: Our theology classes evangelize by leading with the beauty of the faith. We have found that our students respond best to a combination of formal study and directly experiencing the life of a Christian through participation in the Mass, receiving the sacraments, times of prayer, and regular service to those in need.
We do not teach from a textbook. We desire our students to be fully immersed in the Bible and engaged in reading age-appropriate Catholic literature and excerpts from primary source documents. To assist students in sharing the faith, writing and oral presentations are part of the regular assessment of student performance. The incorporation of engaging material from Catholic media and film is encouraged to augment formal study.
As theology classes are held each day for 50 minutes, most work should be completed in class. Homework for theology classes will be no more than 15 minutes per night for a typical student.
Theology Curriculum: The curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Portland Theology Standards. The foundations of the curriculum are grounded in the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture, prayer, service, studying the lives of the saints, Catholic literature, and the arts. The primary textbook is the Bible. See Appendix I for a yearly overview of the current curriculum.
The following are expected to be included as part of the curriculum.
Daily Study of Sacred Scripture – This is normally a brief review of the daily Gospel with all classes.
Liturgy Preparation – Class time will be used to prepare for the school liturgy either with instruction on the Mass, choir practice, or studying the readings.
Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer – Twice a month each class will participate in periods of silent prayer, adoration, praise and worship, or communal practices of piety.
Lives of the Saints – Each year students will conduct extended time learning about one of the following holy men and women of God; St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Saint Pope John Paul II, Servant of God Dorothy Day, and St. Benedict.
Service – In addition to school-wide service activities, we have a small school garden that we donate the produce to the local food pantry. Students spend one class period a month assisting in the garden in the Spring and Fall.
Term Papers – Each semester an appropriate length MLA formatted term paper will be completed by all students.
Sacred Art, Music, and Literature – Exposure to sacred art and literature are proven methods of evangelization and will be incorporated into lesson plans as appropriate.
Basics of the Faith Review – ACRE results will be reviewed annually to identify gaps in basic faith knowledge. Remedial instruction will be provided as needed.
Teach four theology classes each day for grades 9-12.
Oversee weekly liturgy for high school and once a month K-12 all-school Mass. Work with the K-12 school music teacher to ensure liturgy includes chanted Latin Mass responses and mix of contemporary and traditional Catholic music.
Lead voluntary morning Gospel reflection for Regis faculty and staff.
Coordinate volunteer program for high school students to include a Fall Vicariate Day of Service at local churches and individual class days of service during Lent.
Assist in planning yearly retreats for each class around the following themes; Freshman – May Marian Retreat, Sophomore – November Frassati Retreat, Juniors – March Overnight Junior Encounter Weekend, Seniors – May Graduation Day of Reflection.
Assist fellow teachers as needed with including Catholic content in other subject areas.
Continue development of Students for Life Organization to include attending West Coast March for Life in San Francisco each January.
Participate in bi-annual Archdiocese of Portland Theology Department Head meetings.
Regis St. Mary Catholic School is the only K-12 Catholic school system and the only rural Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Portland. The school is located 20 minutes from Salem, Oregon. The high school anticipates having 120 students for the start of the 2020-21 school year. The student body is 70% Catholic and 20% Christian from various denominations. The majority of the students are from practicing faith-filled families that attend Mass or a Christian service each Sunday.
Visit the school website and complete the application online.