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Theology Teachers and Theology

Mr. Simmons teaches a class full of eager students. Mr. Simmons taught his second hour.

Mr. Simmons teaches a class full of eager students. Mr. Simmons taught his second hour. "I feel like there's nothing more important I can teach"," Simmons said.

Mr. Simmons teaches a class full of eager students. Mr. Simmons taught his second hour. "I feel like there's nothing more important I can teach"," Simmons said.

Mr. Simmons teaches a class full of eager students. Mr. Simmons taught his second hour. "I feel like there's nothing more important I can teach"," Simmons said.

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It takes a special kind of person to be so interested in religion that you invest your entire career into passing the torch. According to Mr. Franz, hiring theology teachers heavily plays into “understanding the mission of the school” as well as “ability to engage”, so the filter gets even tighter. Especially considering that the only real source of these people is BK alumni.

From there, the question is commonly asked; What fascinates theology teachers about theology? One would think that it would directly root from an undying passion for religion, but this isn’t always the case, especially with Mr. Simmons.

“For me it’s not so much about [theology] as it teaching”, Simmons said. “But that doesn’t mean that Catholicism isn’t a big part of my life.” Mr. Simmons explained that he was raised Catholic and stayed involved with it all his life. It cemented his faith when he went to a seek conference in his junior year in college.

Similarly, Father Kastl didn’t develop his faith until he was a freshman in college. Although there were difficulties, the payoff was worth it for him.

“There is such a profound peace that came with following priesthood,” Kastl said. When he finally began to follow his vocation the emotions were unmatched. The truly calming wave of emotions that come with pursuing religion have been a large motivation to continue for Kastl. Obviously faith is important to him because all of his life is devoted to it.

When comparing these two men in very similar professions, it can be surprising how different their mindsets are. But anyone can see that men like Mr. Simmons, even theology teachers in general, are very rare and can not be taken for granted when thinking about the most important aspects of the school.

“I can’t think of anything more important to teach,” Simmons said. At this age students are very impressionable and even if people aren’t Catholic there are common values in the Bible that no harm comes from learning. Overall, theology teachers shapes students moral future and are considered by many to be a vital resource to the school.

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