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 Catholic Bible Institute

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I cannot emphasize this enough: Learn to love spending time with Jesus in the reading of Sacred Scripture!  To imitate Christ we need to know him.  And we can only come to know him by reading his teachings and reflecting on his life in the Gospels.
     - Archbishop Gomez, For Greater Things You Were Born ​30 


If you're the least bit interested in the Bible, enroll in CBI, where you'll meet a series of world-class biblical scholars whose purpose is to help you better understand what your read.
     - Larry H. (CBI grad)

CBI is a three-year exciting, guided walk along the road to Emmaus!                                         
Ruperta P. (CBI grad)

I fell in love with the Word of God!                                       ​
     - Amelia C​. (CBI grad)


What is the Catholic Bible Institute (CBI)?​

CBI is a comprehensive, three-year Bible study program: one year focuses on the Old Testament, one year on the New Testament, and a third year on biblical themes, along with practical skills for facilitating Bible-based programs in parishes.  

The goal of the Catholic Bible Institute is growth in missionary discipleship of Jesus Christ through the Bible.  CBI participants study the Word of God according to Catholic principles, connect the Word with life, and pray with the Word. 

 CBI learning entails:
  • Presentations from a wide range of Bible scholars​ and experts
  • Small-group conversation
  • Reading assignments from the Bible and Bible commentaries
  • Writing assignments (short reflection papers and one longer synthesis paper)
  • Small-group prayer with the Bible (lectio divina)
  • Mentoring by a team of facilitators
The Practicum Year focuses on such topics as the Bible and evangelization, Catholic teaching on the Bible, the Bible and the liturgy, the Bible and the spiritual life, as well as hospitality and small-group facilitation skills.​  Practicum Year participants plan and facilitate a six-week, small-group Bible study in parishes.

Participants can opt for the Certification-Track to earn a Certificate in Bible Study Leadership from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (and LMU Extension Semester Hours), or they can participate simply for their own learning in the Enrichment-Track.    

For more information see​​CBI Syllabus 2019-2020.pdf  

When and where does CBI meet? 
CBI meets one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.). 
CBI Sessions for New Testament Year 2019-2020: 
  • August 17, 2019 - New participant orientation
  • September 7, 2019 - New Testament introduction & Gospel of Mark (Fr. Patrick Mullen) 
  • October 12, 2019 - Gospel of Matthew (Dr. Michael Bar​ber)
  • November 9, 2019 - Gospel of John (Fr. Felix Just, SJ)
  • December 7, 2019 - Gospel of Luke (Fr. Slawomir Szredka)
  • January 11, 2020 - Acts of the Apostles (Sr. Laurie Brink, OP)  
  • February 1, 2020 - Pauline letters (Dr. Eugenia Constantinou)  
  • March 7, 2020 - Deutero-Pauline letters (Fr. William Burton, OFM) 
  • April 4, 2020 - Hebrews, Catholic letters, & Johannine letters(Dr. Bill Shaules) 
  • May 2, 2020 - Revelation (Kay Murdy)
  • June 13, 2020 - New Testament theologies & Apocrypha (Fr. Felix Just, SJ) 
CBI Sessions for Practicum Year 2019-2020: 
  • September 7, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • November 9, 2019
  • December 7, 2019
  • January 11, 2020 
  • February 1, 2020
  • March 7, 2020
CBI meets at Incarnation Church
     121 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
​     Glendale, CA 91202

What is the cost of CBI?
Tuition for the Old and New Testament years is $380 per year (not including textbooks).  Tuition for the Practicum Year is $190 (not including textbooks).  Payment in installments is available.

How do I register for CBI?

New participants can join in August of any year, starting with either the Old or New Testament.
Click here to register for the New Testament Year.
Click here to register for the Practicum Year.

What if I have additional questions?

For further information contact:
Fr. Parker Sandoval
Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
Alex Moreno 
Administrative Secretary​

The Catholic Bible Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Center for Religion and Spirituality, Loyola Marymount University Extension.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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