Message From The Department Chair
Greetings and welcome to the Religious Studies Department section of the ND webpage! 

The primary purpose of the Religious Studies Department at Notre Dame is to educate students about the Catholic faith, what it means to be a Catholic and how one should live their baptismal promises. The Religious Studies Department adheres to the core curriculum spelled out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the document Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age. We are using the Credo Series from the Veritas publishing company. The introduction to the texts in the series states, “…in each book of the Credo series we invite young people to: attend and reflect on their lives; hear the story of God’s love for them; see the vision of what God wants for them; think about what this means; and finally, having encountered the Word of God in Scripture, in the teaching of the Church and in the experience of Christians through the ages, judge how it might apply to their lives and make a decision to act according to God’s will and as disciples of Jesus.” I am excited by the philosophy and goals of the Credo series, and believe them to be appropriate for our students.

We recognize that many students at Notre Dame come from non-Catholic, and in some cases non-Christian, backgrounds. We regard this diversity as a source of strength, and view our role as affirming their religious heritage while presenting and teaching the tenets of Catholicism in an academic and college-prep environment. By this we hope to encourage all students in their spiritual development. We see our mission of presenting Catholic tradition as fully compatible with this objective, since Vatican II urged Catholics to “acknowledge, preserve, and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found among non-Catholics.” (Nostra Aetate) We invite all students to learn about our Catholic faith, how we live our faith, our Church and practices.

May God bless you and your families!

Roger M. De Silva

Religious Studies Department Chair
Director of Christian Service

Catholic Resources

LA Archdiocese
The Tidings Online
Office of Vocations Los Angeles Archdiocese
Youth Day 2016 at the Religious Education Congress February 26, 2016
The Holy See
Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family)
Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home)
Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith)
Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The New American Bible
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Official organization of the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S.A canonical entity governing the Church, and a public policy arm).
The Brothers of Holy Cross

Courses offered by the Religious Studies Department

Freshman year:

- The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

- Who is Jesus Christ?

Sophomore year:
- The Mission of Jesus Christ (Paschal Mystery)
- Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

Junior year:
- Sacraments As Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ
- Life in Jesus Christ

Senior Year:
- World Religions
- Christian Lifestyles

- Christian Leadership

Books for all courses in the Department may be purchased in paper or e-Book versions. The e-Book versions will be used in class.