As a Roman Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition, St. John's regards faith education, development and expression as the cornerstone of all aspects of the student experience. Our religion curriculum is designed to guide a student through a series of intellectual explorations on a journey that brings them to the point of adult faith. Students are invited to further their faith exploration by participating in our Christian service and retreat programs each year.

Course Offerings

  • 9th grade: Introduction to Sacred Scripture
  • 10th grade: Jesus and Church
  • 11th grade: Morality and Social Justice
  • 12th grade: Senior Religion
  • 12th grade: Peer Ministry

Course Requirements

Christian service is a vital component of a Catholic, Lasallian education. Rooted in Christian values, the Lasallian experience prepares young men and women for lives dedicated to leadership, achievement and service to their community. Throughout their St. John’s experience, students complete a minimum of 90 hours of direct service to different communities, including their family, their faith community, and the poor and marginalized.

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Campus Ministry: The Department of Mission and Ministry helps students deepen their faith and understanding of the human experience through ample opportunities to get involved in living our Catholic, Lasallian mission. Our liturgies, retreats, seminars and service opportunities lead students to the answers they seek and help them make God known to others.
  • Lasallian Youth: Lasallian Youth offers students a variety of opportunities to minister to the economically poor through direct service and education in the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Members assist in building a faith-filled community at St. John’s. Activities include collecting items for food and clothing drives, mission collections, service activities and tutoring grade school students at the San Miguel School in Washington, DC. This group also assists other school clubs, teams and faculty groups plan and participate in service projects. 
  • Social Justice Cadets: Our mission is to explore, discuss and educate ourselves on social justice issues that affect our community and the world. We hope to spread awareness of human rights violations. The club will pick one issue each year and, through education and activism, work for tangible change. If you are passionate about justice and want to work for justice, this is the club for you.
  • Prayer and Meditation: Prayer and meditation are important to everyday life. The purpose of this group is to alleviate stress and help promote a healthier life, both spiritually and mentally. Every two weeks, on Mondays, we gather 10 minutes after dismissal for a half-hour in the chapel. We invite faculty members to come and share passages from the Bible or their experience of meditation. This gives students a deeper understanding of the Bible and meditation, and it is a great way to start the week. There is no formal sign-up procedure; students are invited to join in whenever they have spare time.

Religion Faculty

List of 13 members.

  • Donna Moga 

    Department Chair, Religion; Morality and Social Justice, Senior Religion
    202-363-2316 x1953
    University of Scranton - B.A.
    Catholic University of America - M.A.
  • David Bristow 

    Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Senior Religion
    Washington Theological Union - M.A.
    Mary Washington University - B.S.
  • Bro. Mark Brown, FSC 

    US History, Jesus and Church, Music Department Moderator
    202-363-2316 x1967
    Towson University - B.S.
    La Salle University - M.A.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.L.A.
  • Ken Cooper 

    Jesus and Church, Morality and Social Justice
    202-363-2316 x1948
    Manhattanville College - B.A.
    Boston College - M.A.
    Catholic University of America - M.A.
  • Debra Emery 

    Campus Minister; Peer Ministry
    202-363-2316 x1022
    Gonzaga University - B.A.
    Georgetown University - M.A.
  • Kelly Leonard 

    Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Jesus and Church
    202-363-2316 x1904
    Catholic University of America - B.A.
  • Ryan Longton 

    Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Senior Religion
    202-363-2316 x1972
    Charleston Southern University - B.A.
    La Salle University - M.A.
  • Spencer Macklin 

    Jesus and Church, Senior Religion
    202-363-2316 x1949
    Christian Brothers University - B.A.
  • Lynnea Mumola 

    Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Morality and Social Justice
    Yale Divinity School - M.A.
    Seton Hall University - B.A.
  • Jonathan Navas 

    Honors Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Morality and Social Justice
    202-363-2316 x1907
    Loyola University Maryland - B.A.
    Emory University - M.Div.
  • Steven Patzke 

    Campus Minister; Peer Ministry
    202-363-2316 x1023
    Loyola University Chicago - B.A.
    Boston College - M.A.
    Boston College - M.S.W.
  • Stephen Sheridan 

    Jesus and Church, Senior Religion
    202-363-2316 x1954
    University of Notre Dame - B.A.
    University of Notre Dame - M.A.
  • Thomas Sipowicz 

    Director of Mission Integration; Morality and Social Justice
    202-363-2316 x1188
    University of Texas - B.A.
    Washington Theological Union - M.A.