The overarching theme for this class is the Mission of Jesus and the Church. This course is primarily a study of Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s plan in salvation history. The focus in the first semester is on the creation stories and the effects of original sin on humanity’s relationship with God. Students then examine how God has reached out to humanity in order to draw us each into relationship with God and one other. The focus of the second semester is upon the disciples of Jesus and how this early group of Christians became the Church to lead us into a close relationship with God. Emphasis is placed upon the recognition that through Christ’s Church, as the People of God in the world and as an Institution, we can encounter Jesus most fully. Students can examine the history of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in light of this response to God’s call to discipleship. This is required of all 9th and 10th grade students. This is the required Religion course for transfer students to Mount who start their career in Grades 10-12.