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 CBI Speakers

The speakers for the Catholic Bible Institute are drawn from among some of the country's top scripture scholars who share their expertise with participants. The presenters of the current course of 2015 and 2016 include the following:


Dr. Diane Bergant, CSA, is the former Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the D.Min program at CTU Chicago. Her research interests include biblical theology and interpretation, the integrity of creation, feminism, liberationist perspectives, and world mission. (more...)


Dr. Carol Dempsey, OP is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, OR, and specializes in Old Testament studies. (more...)

Michael Guinan is Professor Emeritus at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside. He specializes in Old Testament studies. (more...)


Rev. Felix Just, SJ is the Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange. As a New Testament scholar, he specializes in the Johannine Literature and in the use of the Bible in the Lectionary and Liturgy. (more...)


Fr. Jim Nisbet has been in parish ministry for 40 years and is a much requested speaker across the nation. Multiple trips to the Holy Land enriched his teaching with first hand insights from biblical sites. (more...)


Rev. Patrick Mullen is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies - New Testament, at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA. (more...)


Kay Murdy holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College and is the author of three books. She writes a monthly column for Ministry and Liturgy magazine. (more...)

Steve Picard holds an M.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount University. He has coordinated the scripture study program at St. Jerome Parish in Los Angeles for 15 years and joined the CBI organizing team in 2010. He works for Parish Catalyst in West LA as Program Coordinator. (more...)


Dr. Ahida Pilarksi holds Catholic and Lutheran degrees from several colleges. She is a scholar at St. Anselm College and focuses her research on the intersection of gender and culture/ethnicity (more...)


Abbot Gregory Polan OSB is the Benedictian Abbot of Conception Abbey in Missouri. He is a musician and Bible scholar and was commissioned by the U.S. bishops to revise a tranlation of the Psalms. (more...)


Dr. William Shaules is a member of the Diaconate Formation Staff at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a frequent speaker at events. He is also a part-time Professor at Loyola Marymount University. (more...)


Dr. David Sanchez is an Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University and focuses his research on early Christianity and Christian origins. (more...)

Fr. Donald Senior is a Professor of New Testament Studies and President Emeritus at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a well-known scholar and national speaker and served on the Pontifical Biblical Commission. (more...​)


Dr. Jeff Siker is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Chair of the Department. Dr. Siker teaches and publishes in the area of New Testament studies. He is the author of Disinheriting the Jew: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy and of Scripture and Ethics: Twentieth Century Portraits. He is also the editor of Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate. (more...)

Rev. Dr. Judy Siker is a visiting Professor at Loyola Marymount University. Her focus is on New Testament studies. (more...)

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher teaches Old ​Testament (Hebrew Bible) in the Dept. of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has several published scholarly articles, reviews, chapters and books, and presents widely in the United States. He was a consultant and contributor to the A&E Television series "Mysteries of the Bible". (more...)

Catherine Upchurch is the Director of the Little Rock Scripture Study publisher in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

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