In Kolbe Academy ‘s elementary religion program, the Faith and Life series is used along with the Baltimore Catechism. The Faith and Life series of religion books is the only series that did not need to be revised after the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Faith in 1994; it has always been in line with the constant teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The series begins with all of the basic truths of the Faith and builds on them each year, giving the student a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of the Faith. The Baltimore Catechism is used to reinforce what the student is learning in his level of the Faith and Life book. By the end of third quarter of second grade, the student has been given complete preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, and in seventh grade he will have been given instruction in preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Memorization of the answers to catechism questions, The Ten Commandments, the twenty Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Stations of the Cross is assigned even in the earliest grades when memorization is easier and to build up that facet of the child’s mind. This “spiraling” of information each year is very much in line with the Ignatian method of education which encourages repetition as a form of mastery.
High School Theology
In keeping with Kolbe’s Ignatian and Classical education methodology, the High School Theology courses cover a brilliant spectrum of Catholic catechesis. The goal of these studies is to navigate the student through Church teaching as they relate to each individual on a personal level as well as their effect upon the whole of human existence. The courses are ordered to parallel the students’ studies in history and literature, and the course plans lead the students to apprehend the unity of art, history, and the Church for themselves. Additionally, they build upon themselves beginning with the study of God’s Word (the principles of Divine Revelation), moving onto a study of the Church (the application of those principles), to Apologetics (the way those principles are reasonable), and concluding with the Church’s teachings on Morality. Using the wonderful volumes of Fr. John Laux in conjunction with key primary sources, the student learns how to understand and defend the teachings of the One True Faith.