The Theology Department seeks to educate young women in an environment permeated by Gospel values of love, compassion, justice, reconciliation, and concern for the poor. This is done so that students, in turn, will be loving, compassionate, and reconciling persons who are motivated to exert the full strength of their knowledge and influence toward the creation of a peaceful and just world.

Course Offerings

List of 11 items.

  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 9th grade students

    This course is intended to give students general knowledge and appreciation of Scripture.  Through the study of the Bible, students encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Students learn about the Bible, authored by God through inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world.  Reading the Bible with particular attention to the Gospels will help students grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally. 
  • Who is Jesus Christ?

    1 semester, 1/2  credit
    Required for all 9th grade students

    This course will introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. It continues what the first semester began, using Scripture as a focus on Christ. Students will understand that Jesus is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, students will learn who He calls them to be.
  • The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 10th grade students

    This course is a theological study of Jesus Christ’s mission of salvation. This course is intended to help students understand all that God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. In this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him, which is accomplished through the redemption that Christ won for us.
  • Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 10th grade students

    This course is a theological study to help students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. Concepts covered include the divine origin of the Church, the role of the Holy Spirit, the mission of the Church, theological images of the Church, the Four Marks, the Church’s organization and Magisterium, vocations, the New Evangelization, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. 
  • Sacraments as privileged encounters with Jesus Christ

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 11th grade students

    Through this course, students will understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way 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.
  • Life in Jesus Christ

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 11th  grade students

    This course will enable students to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s followers as revealed in Scripture.  Students will recognize the teachings of Jesus Christ as the fundamental norm of morality, and apply these truths to everyday decision making.
  • Catholic Social Teaching

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Required for all 12th grade students

    Justice refers to people’s “God-given rights” as these rights pertain to life, welfare, interpersonal relations, and freedom as human beings living in the community.  The study of Catholic social teaching is grounded in scripture, the teaching of Jesus and in the rich reserve of Tradition which offer resources for understanding our world as well as challenge our faith. Areas of focus include: life issues, poverty, world hunger, oppression, and the work of peacemaking. Through this course, students are invited to make connections, stretch awareness, deepen consciousness, develop responsibility, spark compassion and act conscientiously.
  • Developing an Adult Spirituality

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course will help students delve more deeply into the meaning of their lives as adult Christians.  Using the tools offered by the rich tradition of spirituality in the Catholic Church, students will develop a greater self-awareness and become familiar with a broad repertoire of prayers and devotions. Through the study of the lives of the saints, students will grow in their understanding of the personal and universal call to holiness in their everyday lives.
  • Sacred Scripture

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible.  It will examine Scripture’s purpose and religious significance.  The course will present a sense of unity of the narrative for the divine plan of Salvation, the presence of God’s action in this record of his Revelation, and His desire to share His merciful love with us.
  • Understanding Grief and Loss

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to help students realize that all loss (object, relationship, role, or death) involves a grieving process and, with grief, comes the promise of hope.  Students will learn about and reflect on these human realities in the context of Catholic faith. Participation in the class field trip is a requirement for this course.
  • World Religions

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course examines how the religions of the world answer life’s most basic questions: the meaning of suffering; relationship to one’s environment; needs for something/someone beyond oneself; and issues of life after death. Some of the major religions studied will be Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism. The religions and their responses to the above concerns are examined both from the historical/doctrinal point of view and from their impact on our present world situation.  Participation in the class field trip is a requirement for this course.

List of 5 members.

  • Sr. Michele Denton, IHM  

    Department Chair
    BA - St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake
    MA - Assumption University
  • Allison Accardo 

    BA - Aquinas College
    MA - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Rosanne Charles Acciaioli 74

    BS - University of Michigan
    MA - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
    MS - University of Michigan
  • Sheila Geary 

    BA - University of Notre Dame
    MDiv - University of Notre Dame
    MA - Marygrove College
  • Mary Murray 

    BA - Oakland University
    MA - University of Maryland, Baltimore
    MA - Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Marian High School

7225 Lahser Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
PHONE: (248) 644-1750
Marian High School, an IHM sponsored school, is fully accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
An enduring tradition: guiding young women spiritually, challenging them academically, and inspiring them to a life of leadership and service.