Theology 

Overview
The responsibility of forming "Christlike leaders for the transformation of the world," is an undertaking the Theology Department embraces. While every class and course of studies makes an effort to incorporate this into their syllabi, the Department of Theology makes this their explicit mission over the four year program of studies.  Following the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Doctrinal Framework as the basis for the seven courses students take during their time at AMHS, The Department of Theology has created a comprehensive sequence that facilitates:
  1. Theological reflection deeply rooted in the teachings of the Church
  2. Classroom environments of respect for people of faiths and religious traditions
  3. A personal encounter with God working in their everyday lives.
Meet the Theology Department

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Brian Taberski joined Archbishop Murphy High School in 2012. Brian received his B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Canisius College, where he was an All-College Honors Scholar and then continued his education at Boston College where he recieved a Masters of Divinity. He is currently pursing a Doctorate of Education from Seattle University.

Brian has been in education for over fifteen years. He has taught at all levels: elementary, high school, and college. Brian has also worked, taught, and ministered internationally living in Kingston, Jamaica and El Salvador. He has been a middle school director, dean of students, campus minister, and now is the department chair of the AMHS Theology department.  

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John Clapp joined Archbishop Murphy High School in 2002. John received his B.A. from Notre Dame University and then earned to his M.A. at University of Paris/Sorbonne. He also has his M.B.A. from Texas A & M and his Catechetical Certification from the Archdiocese of Seattle. His passion is what he teaches: The History of the Church. From John’s studies and extensive travels, he speaks 7 languages. Every Sunday, John is present singing Gregorian Chant in the St. James Cathedral Choir.

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Angie Hollar joined the Archbishop Murphy High School faculty in 2015. A native of Notre Dame country, Angie stuck close to home and attended Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN). Upon graduation, she attended University of Pennsylvania and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and received a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Divinity degree, respectively. Her interest in social justice issues influences the way she teaches her sophomore courses, christology and ecclesiology. In addition to teaching, she serves as the sophomore class moderator and helps with campus ministry retreats. 

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Sean Gross joined the Archbishop Murphy faculty in 2016. A native of Goleta, California, Sean received his BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, and his MTS in Moral Theology from Boston College. He is now completing his dissertation in the field of Christian Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. While a Ph.D. student, Sean joined the Campus Ministry staff at Santa Clara University as a Resident Minister, where he lived and worked for six years in a residence hall with  400 first-year students. As an RM, he engaged with students on a variety of academic, social, spiritual, and religious topics, helping ease their transition into college life. Sean's teaching experience includes two years of high school Spanish in Cleveland, Mississippi, and multiple theology courses at Santa Clara University. He is an Eagle Scout.

 

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