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.

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.

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.


Rosary Academy

1340 N Acacia Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92831

Typical Schedule


8:30am            Arrival

8:45am            Opening Prayer and                                Announcements

9:00am            Session 1

10:15am          Break

10:30am          Session 2

12:00              Lunch

1:00pm            Session 3

2:15pm            Break

2:30pm.           Session 4

3:45pm            Closing Prayer and Final                           Announcements

4:00pm            Departure

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

Spring 2020 Registration