Discussing Ethics and Philosophy - Summer Enjoyment

July 25, 2019

By Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P.

When the newest members of our school’s faculty arrived for the first day of pre-service, they were not expecting to be learning about class schedules, room assignments or school uniforms.  Their first conversations focus on our school’ culture, the mission of Catholic schools and the special mission of St. John Paul II Catholic High School. The agenda for pre-service includes  the Philosophy of the Human Person, which is the backbone of our school’s curriculum.

Leading the discussions on the Philosophy of the Human person is Sister Terese Auer, O.P.  

Sister Terese and I are members of the same religious community and worked together for eight years at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School where Sr. Terese is a teacher and the chair of the Bioethics Department.  Our teachers will explore the following topics:

  • What is Truth?

  • The Dignity of the Human Person: From Love to Desire

  • The Rational Power of the Human Soul

  • The Nature of Human Love


Since Sister Terese was in town for the meetings with the teachers, we invited students from the class of 2021 and 2022 to participate in seminars to discuss ethical issues that are prevalent in our society today.   After six weeks of summer vacation, our students were eager to turn on their brains and engage in discussing bioethical topics with Sr. Terese. JPII hosted two days of seminars earlier this week.  

On August 7, when our students return to school, some will be taking a new class at JPII:  Bioethical Issues.  Perhaps the students who attended this week’s seminar will have a head start!