Message From The Department Chair
Welcome to the Religious Studies Department. We are excited to begin another wonderfully blessed year at ND. Can you believe that this year we are welcoming the class of 2020 to the Notre Dame Family? Time certainly flies.

Over the Summer Bridget Alameda (freshman and junior teacher) and her husband Carl, welcomed their second child, Mackenzie Jane! We are excited for them as their family grows. During the first semester we are expecting two more babies, one for Jacklyn Sutley (sophomore teacher) and the other for Adrienne Colvin (senior teacher). We welcome Damian Duran who will be teaching five of Mrs. Alameda’s classes. He is a great addition to our faculty.
Vera de Artola will be teaching one of Bridget’s freshman classes. We are so grateful for these two generous people for stepping in for Bridget.

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.

If you have questions regarding the Religious Studies Department please contact me either by email ( or phone (818-933-3670).

May God bless you and your families!

Roger M. De Silva

Religious Studies Department Chair
Director of Christian Service

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
- The Mission of Jesus in the Church

Junior year:
- Living as Disciples of Jesus in Society
- Life in Jesus Christ

Senior Year:
- World Religions
- Christian Lifestyles

- Christian Leadership