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 Catholic Bible Institute

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The Catholic Bible Institute (CBI) is three-year bible-study program which entails a comprehensive study 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.

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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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 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.

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 New Testament Year 2017 are (all dates are tentative): 
  • December 3, 2016 - Orientation
  • January 14, 2017 - Introduction to the New Testament and the Gospel of Mark, St. Robert's Hall
  • February 18, 2017 (updated date) - The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
  • March 25, 2017 - The Gospel of Matthew
  • April 22, 2017 - The Gospel of John
  • May 13 - Authentic Pauline Letters
  • September 16, 2017 - Deutero-Pauline Letters
  • October 21, 2017 - Letter to the Hebrews and Catholic Letters
  • November 18, 2017 - The Book of Revelation
  • December 9, 2017 - Johannine Letters and New Testament Theology
Session dates for the Practicum Year 2017: 
  • January 14, 2017
  • February 18, 2017 (updated date) 
  • March 25, 2017
  • April 22, 2017 
  • May 13 
  • August 19, 2017 - Practicum conclusion

CBI meets at
Los Angeles, CA  90045

What does it cost?

Tuition is $380/year, not including textbooks and other materials. Tuition for the third year is $295.

How do I register?

New students will be welcomed to the Old Testament Year, starting in February of 2018. Please write us an email ​and we will be happy to notify you as soon as the registration opens.

"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
Alex Moreno, Ministry Support​

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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