Hanson Memorial High has a twofold Religious Formation Program: a responsibility to teach the ongoing revelation of the Message of Jesus as entrusted to His Church and a responsibility to assist the internalization of that teaching into the everyday life style of both students and faculty. Scripture teaches us that faith without work is useless, and work without faith is blind. With these two facts in mind, Hanson Memorial High approaches the religious formation of its students and faculty. The maturity brought on by Vatican II has challenged the teaching of religion. Society has also changed, and our approaches to our presentation must change also. Being mindful of the progress made, the Religious Formation Department wishes to utilize as many methods of teaching, including discussion, lecture, films, projects, prayer services, guest speakers, etc. All of these methods will be centered on a prepared daily lesson plan.
The goals of the Religion Department are:
- To foster conversion by helping people follow the call of the Lord. (The call of the disciples. Matthew 4:18-22)
- To enable young people to grow in their relationship with God, others, and self. (The great commandment. Matthew 22:34-40)
- To facilitate the formation and training of young people to be servant leaders. (The washing of the feet. John 13:1-16)
- To establish a growth model of peer discipleship, allowing students to pass on the torch of leadership from one class to another. (1Timothy 4:12-16)
- To offer students the opportunities to be active, responsible participants in the missionary call of the church. (The great commission. Mark 16:15-16)