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 Catholic Bible Institute

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

"A 3 year exciting, guided walk 'on the road to Emmaus!'" Ruperta P. - CBI graduate

"I fell in love with the word of God!" Amelia C. - CBI graduate

Register now for the CBI Old Testament Year 2018-2019


Catholic Bible Institute​

The Catholic Bible Institute (CBI) is three-year bible-study program which entails a comprehensivestudy of Scripture, with particular focus on methods of study, sharing and praying with scripture, and application of skills in bible-study leadership.

The program of studies for the Catholic Bible Institute is cyclical, with a year of studies focusing on the Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures and a year of studies on the New Testament / Christian Scriptures and a final year of both studies and practicum focusing on particular skills for working with adults and running a parish based bible study program. Participants can join on either the Old Testament Year or the New Testament Year.
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What will I get f​​rom participating?
Upon completion of the three-year certification program, students will be able to

  • Grow deeper in your relationship to Christ through​ Scripture
  • Better appreciate God’s revealed word
  • Understand the Catholic approach to the scripture study
  • Integrate bible study with prayer and Christian living
  • Lead parish and community based scripture programs
CBI has the following goals:

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When and where does CBI meet? 

CBI meets one Saturday a month from 9:00am-4:00pm (hospitality and check-in begin at 8:30am). 

Session dates for the remainder of the New Testament Year 2017 (no new students accepted for 2017): 
  • December 9, 2017 - Johannine Letters and New Testament Theology
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Session dates for the Old Testament Year 2018-2019: 
CBI transitions from the calendar year to the academic year with the OT year starting in February 2018 and ending in June of 2019. 
  • February 3, 2018 - Orientation for new students
  • March 10, 2018 - Introduction to the OT and Genesis
  • April 28, 2018 - Exodus and Covenant
  • June 2, 2018 - Historical Writings
  • September 22, 2018 - Psalms
  • October 27, 2018 - 8th Century Prophets
  • December 1, 2018 - Exile and Exilic Prophets
  • January 26, 2019 - Restoration
  • March 2, 2019 - Wisdom Literature
  • April 27, 2019 - Faith Confronting New Challenges
  • June 8, 2019 - Judaism in Transition
Session dates for the Practicum Year 2018: 
  • January 13, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018
  • May 12, 2018
  • June 2, 2018
  • August 18, 2018


CBI meets at
Los Angeles, CA  90045

CBI tracks

Certification track: Students completing the certification track are awarded a Certificate in Bible Study Leadership and will be commissioned in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to minister to the faithful in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The participants also receive Extension Semester Hours from LMU Extension.
Enrichment track: Those seeking personal enrichment and not certification may enroll as audit students in Year One and Year Two. They may enroll on a year to year basis and receive no assignments.

What does it cost?

Tuition is $380/year, not including textbooks and other materials. Tuition for the third year is $190. Payment in installments is available

How do I register?

What happens in CBI?

CBI is an experiential learning opportunity. Participants are mentored by a team of facilitators and experience a variety of instructional methods, including:

  • Presentations from a wide range of biblical scholars and experts
  • Small group discussion
  • Communal praying of scripture
  • Reading assignments including scripture passages and commentaries
  • Reflection papers and research papers

In addition, Year Three students design, plan, and lead a six-week bible study to demonstrate their mastery of the skills bible study leadership.
For more information, read the CBI Syllabus 2018.pdfCBI Syllabus 2018.pdf
"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
(Pastoral letter "For Greater Things You Were Born" 2017)

Additional questions?

Dominik Gnirs, Adult Faith Consultant
dgnirs@la-arc​hdiocese.org​
213-637-7652
Alex Moreno, Ministry Support
JAMoreno@la-archdiocese.org​
213-637-7382

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

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