The Theology Department of Villa Maria recognizes its unique role in the educational ministry of the Church and its specific implications for this school.

The Theology Department seeks to offer leadership, vision and inspiration within a school whose mission is firmly rooted in the Gospel and steeped in Catholic tradition. In an effort to respond faithfully to the goals set forth in the “Declaration on Christian Education,” we define our program and purpose, “… to inspire the student with the Spirit of Christ, to help to bring to maturity the gifts and talents of each student, and to direct all students to become involved in transforming their world into God’s Kingdom.” These goals offer an attitudinal, cognitive, and affective dimension as we seek to transmit a spirit of faith and to teach Theology as an academic discipline with specific, measurable objectives. It is the integration of these dimensions that provides the challenge as we seek to lead young women to live lives of spiritual growth, intellectual inquiry, and Christian service.

Theology Department Faculty

  • Mrs. Catherine de Paulo


    Ext. 1203

    B.A. Theology

    La Salle University

    M.A. Liberal Studies

    Villanova University


    Collegium Augustinianum

  • Sr. Mary Jo Ely

    Campus Minister

    Ext. 1126

  • Mrs. Marguerite Paolantonio

    Ext. 1204

    B.S. Sociology

    Saint Joseph's University

    M.A. Religious Studies

    Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

  • Mr. Matthew Poole

    Ext. 1048

    B.A. History

    Immaculata University

    M.A. Theology

    Villanova University

  • Sr. Regina Ryan, I.H.M.



    B.A. French, Theology

    Immaculata University

    M.A. Religious Studies

    St. Charles Seminary

    Ed.D. Educational Supervision and Supervision

    University of Virginia

  • Ms. Stephanie Taylor

    Athletic Director

    Ext. 1056

    B.A. Religious Studies

    College of the Holy Cross

    M.A. Theology

    University of Chicago

    M.S. Sport Management

    Neumann University

  • Mr. Justin Zazyczny

    Ext. 1207

    B.S. Psychology

    St. Joseph’s University

    M.Ed. (in progress)

    Cabrini University

Theology Course Sequence

Theology 1 (CP)Theology 2 (CP)Theology 3 (CP)Theology 4 (CP)
Semester 1: Overview of CatholicismSemester 1: New TestamentSemester 1: Social JusticeOne semester of any of the following:
● Christian Spirituality
● World Religions
● Honors Apologetics
● Honors World Religions/Dual Enrollment World Religions
Semester 2: Hebrew ScripturesSemester 2: Church HistorySemester 2: MoralityOne semester of Marriage and Life Choices (CP)