catholic bible institute
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. Courses may be taken individually or in a cohort for certification.
(Fall 2019 – Spring 2020)
Focus is on 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.
(Fall 2020 – Spring 2021)
Provides 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.
(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.
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.
what to expect:
Course materials are distributed at each meeting.
Those participating per semester or for certification are given a reading list to enhance learning.
Certificate participants are required to complete monthly papers.
Sessions are recorded - those registered by semester will have access to audio files.
While light refreshments are served throughout the day with snacks provided by participants, lunch is not provided. One hour is given as a lunch break and participants are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy on campus or at a nearby park, or to leave and procure lunch at local area restaurants.
Spring classes meet monthly on a Saturday from 8:30am-4:00pm at Rosary Academy in Fullerton, CA.
Beginning Fall 2020, classes will meet at Loyola Institute for Spirituality.
LIS is pleased to announce that CBI Year 2 will be taught by Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher.
1340 N Acacia Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831
8:45am Opening Prayer and Announcements
9:00am Session 1
10:30am Session 2
1:00pm Session 3
2:30pm. Session 4
3:45pm Closing Prayer and Final Announcements
Questions? Please contact the LIS Office at or by phone at 714-997-9587.
Registration for the 2019-2022 Cohort for certification is now closed, however persons interested may enroll in the following classes individually or for a full semester.
Year 1 - 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
Year 2 - Fall Semester 2020:
August 22, 2020 - Orientation
September 12, 2020 - Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
October 10, 2020 - Torah/Pentateuch I
November 14, 2020 - Torah/Pentateuch II
December 12, 2020 - Historical and Prophetic Writings I
Year 2 - Spring Semester 2021:
January 9, 2021 – Historical & Prophetic Writings II
February 13, 2021 – Exile and Rebuilding
March 13, 2021 – Wisdom & Apocalyptic Writing
April 10, 2021 – Psalms & Deuteron-canonical Literature
May 8, 2021 – Wrap-up; Hebrew Theology for Christians