Lead your students into an
encounter with Christ.

The Encountering Jesus Series

We did our research.

In developing this new high school textbook series, Ave Maria Press traveled the country to share and receive feedback on a prototype of a completely new approach to high school religious education.

Great Series

Encountering Jesus Textbook Features

Chapter Focus Questions

Each chapter’s main idea is posed as a question to the student to provide a broader context in which new ideas can be integrated and understood.


A wide variety of visual and interactive designs throughout the text help students understand theological concepts in ways they will remember.

Current Events

Each chapter opens with a story from the contemporary world that teens can relate to their own lives.

Educational Photos

Images throughout the text have been carefully chosen not only to illustrate the chapter but for teachers and students to use as educational tools.

Note-Taking Graphic Organizers

Designed to help students organize, summarize, and sequence the text, various types of organizers were customized for every section of the book.

Online Resources

As always, teachers can access a wide variety of online resources at the Ave Maria Press website, including videos, PowerPoints, handouts, crossword puzzles, reading guides, and tests.

Now Available for the 2015–2016 School Year

The first two books from the Encountering Jesus series, Jesus and the Church and Foundations for Catholic Social Teaching, are now available to purchase for the 2015-2016 school year.

Ave Maria Press Curriculum

The Encountering Jesus Series Textbooks

Course I
Course II
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Course III
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Course IV
Course V
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Course VI
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What Teachers Are Saying

“Engaging, insightful, and easy to follow.”

"The new text is engaging, insightful, and easy to follow. The presentation appeals to all types of learners while seamlessly delivering the necessary information to the students. Ave Maria Press is constantly working to improve its text and stay at the forefront of Catholic high school publishing."

− Matthew Caire, Religion Department Chair, Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie, Louisiana

“Extremely relevant.”

"Jesus and the Church represents the standard of excellence that many have come to expect and appreciate from Ave Maria Press. Teachers will appreciate its theological consistency, while students will find the format fresh and engaging. Above all, the text is extremely relevant, bringing the message of Christ and His Church to the next generation of Catholic students."

− Tim Kettenring, D.Min., Department Chair of Theology and Religion, Holy Cross School, New Orleans, Louisiana

“I love the new text!”

"I love the new text! You have preserved the high academic tone and faithful Catholic teachings that are the hallmark of Ave Maria Press while successfully incorporating modern state of the art pedagogy and technology. The graphics are terrific! The features are thought-provoking and inviting. I love the fact that the text challenges the students to “do the work.” The format encourages discussion—reminiscent of Jesus and his disciples in Scripture."

− Maria Steen, Former Religion Department Chair, Metairie, Louisiana

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The Encountering Jesus Series is developed by Ave Maria Press in accordance with the USCCB Curriculum Framework.