Carroll College, Helena Montana

Mission and Vision Statements

Theology at Carroll

Mission Statement

As the Department of Theology, we seek to serve the Carroll College community and the Diocese of Helena by cultivating an intellectual setting that encourages students to reflect critically and academically on the role of theology in their transformative pursuit of Truth. We challenge our students to explore and examine their beliefs morally, spiritually, and intellectually; and we enjoin them to manifest their faith through service to our diocese, to the broader church, and to the wider world.

Vision Statement

The Carroll College Department of Theology will be a premier theology program that listens to Catholic intellectual tradition while engaging the challenges of the 21st century, intellectually, academically, pastorally, and in service to its community. While the department remains faithfully Catholic in all the nuances and traditions that Catholicity entails, it also continues to welcome all persons of good-will, offering them the same excellent educational opportunities. In this cord, the department will tap into the inherently integrative and transformative nature of theology and, upon earning a degree from Carroll College, theology graduates will be intellectual and practical, dialogical and faithful.

Intellectually, graduates will add thoughtfulness to their communities as priests, pastors, lay-ministers, and parishioners. They will be pursuers of Truth, who neither shun nor avoid difficult questions of faith, life, or morality. They will seek not merely to believe but, as Augustine beckons us all, to understand.

In practice, theology graduates will be able to engage in advanced communication: the ability to write well, think critically, present convincingly, speak fluidly, and act creatively. They will likely double-major so as to gain for themselves a full array of skills necessary for succeeding both professionally and personally in the contemporary world. They will be able to combine the skills and attitudes that they have developed as theology students with their work in other majors so as to excel in their chosen professions.

Dialogically, theology graduates will be able to think through all aspects of their lives integratively. They will be able to systematically combine their knowledge of theology within a broader intellectual framework while also using theology as the context that can define the value of any academic discipline. They will come to know the principles and precepts of another discipline and be able to discern, evaluate, and act on the truth from within it.

Through faith, theology graduates will be able to see the major principles and teachings of the Catholic Church, the broader Christian world, and all traditions of good will. They will be able to decipher how they can live these principles out both within and beyond the mind. They will be able to reflect deeply on their faith and its applicability to everyday life. They will dedicate themselves to promoting good-will by serving their communities. They will enact especially charity and justice toward the poor.