Religious Studies


Salesianum School models its spiritual philosophy on the teachings of St. Francis de Sales. The official motto of Salesianum is, “Tenui nec Dimittam,” or, “Take hold and never let go!”

Salesianum seeks to educate Salesian Gentleman who embody the Salesian values of compassion, humility, service and brotherhood, not only here at school, but in their everyday lives. For more on Salesian philosophy, please visit our Mission & Spirituality page.

Formalized instruction in religious studies includes courses in formal academic disciplines such as religious philosophy and sacred scripture, as well as courses aimed at the application of faith to everyday life, such as morality, Christian lifestyles and death/dying. Outside the classroom, students are invited them to practice their faith through participation in daily prayer and the sacraments, most especially the Eucharist, which according to Saint Francis de Sales is, “the sun of all spiritual exercises.” 

The Christian Service Program thematically relates each course of theological study to a graduated number of hours of service. Students keep journals for each day of service and write a final reflection paper that includes both Salesian and course integration. Ultimately, our students are encouraged to simply seek to do God’s will in the present moment by always keeping the motto of Saint Francis de Sales in mind: “Live Jesus!”

The three most important things our students should learn from the religious studies department are as follows: 

  • Understand the meaning of Revelation (Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium) especially as it relates to our apprehending a real need for God in our lives. Revelation illustrates God’s great love for us as expressed throughout Salvation History and the doctrines of our faith. Ignorance of the scriptures (and the rest of revelation) is ignorance of God.
  • Develop a prayer and sacramental life (based upon the universal call to holiness) that not only invites us to welcome God into every area of our lives, but allows us to feel comfortable being our real selves in the midst of God’s constant loving presence.
  • The true sign of a healthy faith life is when we make good on our resolutions to do God’s will in the concrete and practical situations in our lives. If we are not improving the lives of our families and community and world through acts of service and ministry, we are probably not listening to God in the midst of our prayer as we should.


Mr. Stephen Menicucci - Department Chair / ext. 264

Mr. Michael Finocchiaro / ext. 203

Mr. William Grebe ext. 229

Mr. Michael LoSapio / ext. 262

Mr. Thomas Vresics / ext. 214