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Catholic Bible Institute

The CBI is administered through the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.


The Catholic Bible Institute (CBI-Orange) is a three-year program that involves a comprehensive study of the Sacred Scriptures, with particular focus on methods of biblical study, sharing and praying with scripture, and application of skills in Bible-study leadership.

  • YEAR ONE (Fall 2019 – Spring 2020) includes an introduction to the New Testament, with study of the four Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Pauline Letters, Catholic Epistles, Book of Revelation, Non-canonical Writings, and New Testament Theology.

  • YEAR TWO (Fall 2020 – Spring 2021) includes an overview of the Hebrew Scriptures, with study of the following texts: Pentateuch/Torah, Historical Books, Prophetic Writings, Wisdom Literature, Deutero-canonical Writings, and Hebrew Theology.

  • YEAR THREE (Fall 2021 – Spring 2022) combines instruction with a Practicum that focuses on developing skills for working with small groups, with an emphasis on adult learning, facilitation skills, group process, Bible-study resources, and leadership training.


CBI Program Goals:

  • To grow in understanding and appreciation of the revealed Word of God.

  • To learn the principles of Catholic interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures.

  • To integrate Bible-study with Christian prayer and daily living.

  • To receive training for parish-based Bible study leadership.


CBI Enrollment Options:

  • Certification: Satisfactory completion of all requirements for all six semesters.

  • Enrichment: Participation in Year One and/or Year Two, without earning a certificate.


General Information:

  • The CBI will run a total of six semesters (first cohort from Fall 2013 to Spring 2016; second cohort from Fall 2016 to Spring 2019; third cohort from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022).

  • Sessions take place one Saturday each month, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Rosary Academy in Fullerton, CA

  • Tuition is $220 for each of the first five semesters. The sixth/last semester has a reduced charge to cover expenses related to the team projects, one wrap-up session, and the graduation ceremony.

  • Tuition assistance is available to qualified applicants. Schedules and tuition rates are subject to change. Please check this website for updates.

  • If you wish to drop the program, you must notify the LIS office in writing (via email is acceptable).  Our refund policy is as follows: 

    • Notification one week or more in advance                    Full Refund

    • Notification up to the day before the first session       $50 cancelation fee; remainder refunded

    • Notification before the second session on Oct. 19       50% Refund

    • Notification after Oct. 19                                                   No Refund

    • For more information on LIS Registration and Refund Policies, please click here.  

  • All sessions will be audio-recorded. Participants who are absent for any session are expected to listen to the recordings, so they can still complete the monthly assignments on time.

Registration for the 2019-2022 Cohort:

How to Register:

  • Write a short “Statement of Intent” (only one page) saying why you wish to enroll in the Catholic Bible Institute and what you hope to get out of it.

  • Certification Candidates: Obtain a Letter of Recommendation from a member of your parish staff (Pastor, Deacon, Faith Formation Director, or similar position).

  • Fill out the registration form on the back of the registration form here, and mail it to LIS, or register and pay below.  

  • Before July 1, 2019:  Enroll now to reserve your space.  No payment required yet. 

  • After July 1, 2019: Please include your payment for the first semester ($220).

  • Click here:

Fall Semester 2019:

  • AUGUST 24, 2019 – ORIENTATION Session
  • September 14, 2019 – NT Introduction  &  Gospel acc. to MARK
  • October 19, 2019 – Gospel acc. to MATTHEW
  • November 16, 2019 – Gospel acc. to LUKE  &  ACTS of the Apostles
  • December 21, 2019 – Gospel acc. to JOHN


Spring Semester 2020:

  • January 11, 2020 – Pauline Letters
  • February 8, 2020 – Deutero-Pauline Epistles
  • March 14, 2020 – Catholic Epistles
  • April 18, 2020 – Book of Revelation
  • May 9, 2020 – New Testament Theologies & Early Christian Literature

Online Payment for the 2019-2020 Courses:

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