Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Theology Department at St. Francis DeSales High School is embodied in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) As Catholic Christian Educators, we are called to live and teach the challenges of the Gospel, leading our community to a life of justice, compassion and service to others. In alignment with the directives of the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, the Theology Curriculum is in accordance with the 2008 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “ Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework” for teaching Theology to high school students.


Department Chairperson

Katie Kapala was raised in Youngstown Ohio and attended Ursuline High School. She continued her education at Youngstown State University earning a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and then a Masters degree in Theology from Boston College. While studying in Boston she meet her husband Bob and they have two beautiful children. Katie previously taught theology at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence Massachusetts and prior to joining the St. Francis DeSales family worked as a Religious Education Consultant for the Diocese of Columbus. Her family are parishioners of St.Cecilia Parish in Columbus Ohio; where her children also attend school. Katie is entering her tenth year teaching at DeSales.  She currently teaches Freshmen and Senior theology.

Katie Kapala

Katie Kapala