Departments & Staff


Theology Department

Mission Statement
The mission of the Theology Department at Xavier College Preparatory is to assist our students in integrating a systematic knowledge of the Catholic faith with their life experiences. We are committed to helping the students become more proficient in the skills of communicating, writing, and analytical thinking. We will act as witnesses of faith in providing an atmosphere of evangelization and catechesis.

Statement of Respect
The faculty members of the Theology Department, through classes and sponsored clubs, promote respect of God, one’s self, and one’s society. We will continue to teach the students the dignity of each human person, and, with Christ and the Gospel as our guide, promote a sense of faith-filled unity.

Christian Service at Xavier College Preparatory
Service in integral to the Xavier experience and is deeply embedded in the educational fabric of the School and woven into the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Xavier’s Christian Service Program was founded in 1976, the first program of its kind in Arizona and one of the largest youth service providers in the state. Students are required to complete 50 hours of community service prior to completion of their junior year. Xavier students collectively contribute more than 30,000 service hours annually to more than 100 local non-profit organizations. Known worldwide for academic and athletic excellence, Xavier’s impact on the community is felt in the gift of service given generously by its students.

Meet our Department

Anthony DiStefano, M.A. 
Theology Department Chair
Theology II Great Books
Theology IV 
Honors Philosophy

Michelle Enciso, M.A.
Theology II
Unity and Diversity Club Moderator 

Gina Metzger Iker '97
Theology III 
Christian Service Project Moderator 
Respect Life Club Moderator 

Michael Lueken, MA, Th.D 
Theology IV 
Students for Social Action Club Moderator 
Sara Thoms, M.Div. 
Theology I 
Campus Ministry

Gavin Ahern, M.T.S. 
Theology III 
Xavier Young Vincentians Moderator 
Respect Life Club Moderator 
Music Club Moderator 
Sr. Joan Nuckols, BVM 
Elisa Salcido- Chavez

Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, MPS, MNP 
Director of Marketing  
Campus Ministry 
Senior Class Moderator

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

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