Mission Statement
The Religious Studies and Theology Department works to develop the student’s capacity to think critically and creatively, and strives to deepen the student’s appreciation for the heart of the theological project—“faith seeking understanding”—by teaching courses from the foundation of the Catholic tradition: Scripture, doctrine, sacrament, morality, social justice and spirituality. The work of the faculty is grounded in the vision and values of the Sisters of Divine Providence and South Texas Hispanic/Latino-a culture.

The RLST of OLLU offers a comprehensive academic study of religion and theology informed by a Roman Catholic heritage and core values of the Congregation of Divine Providence. In particular, the RLST program prepares students for careers or graduate work in areas of religious studies/theology; contributes to the general education curriculum; and promotes a values-based educational experience emphasizing the dignity of all persons, a commitment to peace and social justice, and respect for cultural and religious diversity.

We share a campus with our sponsoring order, the Congregation of Divine Providence, so OLLU is by its very nature a religious community. In this context, you will learn about religious history in America—particularly the American Southwest—as well as gain greater insight into the religion and values of the Catholic Church, women’s spirituality, and Latino’s religious expression and spirituality. As a capstone experience, you will have the chance to study a topic in depth, complete a thesis and present it to faculty.

Our focus on service learning, too, will give you a chance to explore “religion in action” through volunteer work in the community. And you can explore ministry as a life path through the Providence Leadership Program, which provides mentoring and service-learning experiences.

Launching Fall 2015:

Theology & Spiritual Action

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Contact Us

Oswald John Nira, PhD
Associate Professor and Religious Studies and Theology
Program Head
210-434-6711, ext. 2254

Jane M. Grovijahn, PhD
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology
210-434-6711, ext. 2275

James Zeitz, PhD
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology
210-434-6711, ext. 2226

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.

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