Religion, Humanties and Social Sciences

MR. E. PAROYAN, DEPARTMENT HEAD

“Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words”

St. Francis of Assisi

 Loyola is a faith based learning environment.  The transforming message of truth and hope which is shared with humanity through the Gospels permeates throughout the school and represents the strength and vitality of the Loyola community and culture.

The goal of all courses within the Religion, Humanities and Social Science Department is to help students recognize that life is at its core is a relationship with God.  Students are encouraged to develop sacramental awareness and to recognize God at work both in their own lives and in the life of our world.  In light of the saving message of the Good News, students explore their responsibility as members of the Church.  As servant leaders, students are encouraged to work for positive change in a world that requires their critical participation, building the Kingdom of God through their thoughts, words and actions.  Students are also encouraged to ask important question to help them develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Church and its teachings.

A variety of activities embedded both in and outside of the classroom and organized, coordinated and/or supported by members of the Religion Department help to reinforce our mission as a faith based learning environment.  Students are encouraged to join a number of clubs that promote human dignity, equity and respect.  These include the Social Justice Club and the Pro-Life Club.  In conjunction with the Chaplaincy Office, both Grade 9 and 10 students are given an opportunity to go on retreat.  In the Grade 11 World Religions program, students are offered an exciting opportunity to visit different places of worship from the many faith denominations represented within the Halton community.  The school also offers an opportunity for students to embark on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic as a member of the school’s H.O.P.E. Team (Homes, Opportunity, Prosperity and Education).  The program’s goal is to build a house for a needy family.  Furthermore, students perform volunteer services in and around the school in order to raise funds to purchase the necessary building supplies for construction.