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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12


Mr. Justin McClain, Theology teacher at BMHS, challenges his students to Think with Christ

The faculty of the Bishop McNamara High School Theology Department is a dedicated group of gifted educators who seek to follow Father Moreau’s directive:

"To educate both the heart and the mind."

To this end, the theology department focuses their effort on both the spiritual and intellectual development of all students so that they may come to better know God, humanity, and self. This goal is achieved through a comprehensive and rigorous four-year academic program that educates in and through the Holy Cross Tradition in a way which is authentically Catholic.

Within the theology department, students will encounter a professional and experienced faculty who use a variety of different teaching methodologies to meet the needs of our diverse student body.

Through our four-year, college preparatory curriculum, we seek to engage our students in matters of scriptural, historical, ritual, global, moral, and ethical significance in ways which will be both formative and transformative. We teach our students to think with Christ, a process which is to be animated by the Gospels and lived out daily. Students are challenged to think critically about major moral and ethical dilemmas and place these within the context of their own lives. Students are taught to effectively engage a wide variety of different religious texts, works of art, and medias. Key skills emphasized and instructed within the context of our courses include, but are not limited to, written and oral presentation of information, classroom debates, research methods, and inter-religious dialogue.

In addition to traditional coursework, we work closely with our Campus Ministry program to meet our students where they are on their spiritual journey. 

Students form closer relationships with Christ and greater intimacy with themselves -

  • through monthly liturgies
  • retreat programs
  • Holy Cross Service Program - students serve the most vulnerable in our community in imitation of Christ

Ultimately, it is the goal of the theology department to educate the whole person. To this end, the department fosters meaningful relationships with the other academic departments and programs at Bishop McNamara High School. Additionally, we maintain close working relationships with the Congregation of Holy Cross, the Archdiocese of Washington, and numerous other organizations which sponsor opportunities for further student and faculty development.