Theology Department


Catholic education is rooted in the conviction that Jesus Christ provides the most comprehensive and compelling example of the realization of full human potential. Our educational model, based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS), states that St. Mary’s is centered in the person of Jesus Christ as we hold that all truth, goodness, and beauty points to Jesus, who is the Truth.

Essential to St. Mary’s pedagogy is the formation of the whole person in the image of Jesus Christ. As such, we seek to integrate Catholic values and morals into our curriculum, seeking to develop the whole person to excel spiritually, intellectually, academically, physically and socially.  Our faith-life and campus ministry extend to all aspects of our curriculum and community: classrooms, clubs, sport teams, fine arts, community service, and our class retreats. 

St. Mary’s seeks to provide an environment in the Catholic tradition where students have an opportunity to pray, celebrate the sacraments, and freely seek to know, follow, and proclaim Jesus Christ.

Below are the detailed descriptions of the Theology courses being offered for the 2022-2023.


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Course Descriptions

Freshmen Year: An Introduction to Catholic Theology
1.) Bible - Overview (The Great Adventure Timeline)
2.) The Gospel of Mark
3.) Acts of the Apostles (with Galatians)
4.) Creed (12 Articles)
5.) Liturgy and Sacraments
6.) Life in Christ

 Sophomore Year: A Catholic Reading of Scripture
1.) Genesis
2.) Exodus and Numbers
3.) Historical Books (Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings)
4.) The Prophets, The Return, and Maccabees
5.) The Gospel of Matthew
6.) New Testament Letters and the Early Church

Junior Year: The Life of the Church
1.) The Gospel of Luke
2.) The First Millennium (to 1054)
3.) The Second Millennium (1054 - Present Day)
4.) The Chair of Peter (Leo XIII to Francis - DHP & CST)
5.)The Psalms and Prayer
6.) The Four Last Things (The Great Divorce)

Senior Year: Wisdom for Life
1.) The Wisdom of the Old Testament
2.) The Gospel of John
3.) The Spiritual Life
4.) Vocation
5.) 6 Converts
6.) The Revelation of John



Fr. Joe Dygert

Department Chair

Fr. Joe Dygert is the oldest of nine children. He and his family moved to Divide, Colorado, in 1995 after having lived in Indiana, Maine, and Ohio. He graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, and spent one year in law school prior to entering seminary at St. John Vianney in Denver. He has been ordained a priest for eleven years. 

Fr. Joe currently teaches Theology 1 and 3 at St. Mary’s. He is also director of campus ministry there. His favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Aquinas, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. He enjoys prayer, reading, singing in the hallways, hiking, biking, basketball, and playing euchre.

2022-2023 courses: Theology I, Theology III, Campus Ministry


Mr. Nate Rose

Mr. William "Nate" Rose teaches Theology II - A Catholic Reading of Sacred Scripture and Theology IV - Wisdom for the Spiritual Life as a full time teacher at St. Mary's High School where he has taught since the fall of 2019. He is a native of Colorado Springs having graduated from Rampart High School in 2002. He holds a BS in construction management from Colorado State University and an MA in education from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2007, Mr. Rose converted to the Catholic faith and was baptized at the Easter vigil. He has worked in the Diocese of Colorado Springs as both a Youth and Young Adult Director (St. Patrick's) and as a Director of Religious Education (St. Mary's Cathedral). He is happily married to Natalia Rose, who is the daughter of Deacon Frank Ricotta. Together, they have a joyful family of three rambunctious children: Benedict, Nicolette, and Adeline. 

2022-2023 courses: Theology II, Theology IV