The purpose of a Jesuit education is to assist in the formation of New Persons, transformed by the message of Christ. Those who graduate from our secondary schools should have acquired, in ways proportional to their age and maturity, a way of life that is in itself a proclamation of the charity of Christ, of the faith that comes from him, and of the justice he announced.
- Pedro Arrupe, Jesuit Superior General, 1980
All students are required to take four years of Religious Studies at Canisius High School. One of the primary aims of the department is to guide students to grow in knowledge and faith.
The focus of the first two years of the Religious Studies curriculum is the study of the Bible and the basic content of Christian faith. An application of this content to life is the focus of the junior and senior levels. Students are encouraged to explore their own faith and spirituality through the retreats and service opportunities offered by our Campus Ministry, as well as to appreciate other world religions. Students also explore important questions involving ethical behavior and moral issues. Throughout the curriculum, attention is paid to the spirituality and ideals of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.
Summer Reading 2018
Religious Studies 9: Bruiser by Neal Shusterman ISBN: 978 0061134104 (any version)Religious Studies 10: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger ISBN: 978-0802139252 (any version)
Religious Studies 10: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger ISBN: 978-0802139252 (any version)
Religious Studies 11: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle ISBN: 978 1439153154 (any version)
Religious Studies 12: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson ISBN: 978- 0812984965 (any version)
Religious Studies 12H (Honors): Lazarus by Morris L. West ISBN: 978 1592641164 (any version)