Catholic Bible Institute

Catholic Bible Institute

"Your Catholic Bible Institute is one of the finest things going on in this country today."

 —Raymond Brown, S.S., the late Biblical scholar and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

The Catholic Bible Institute entails a comprehensive study of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures focusing on methods of study, sharing and praying with Scripture. The purpose of the Institute is to provide for the training and formation of leadership at the local parish. To further this purpose, the fourfold goal of the Institute is to enable participants to grow in appreciation of God's revealed word, to foster a Catholic understanding of the study of Sacred Scripture, to integrate Bible study with prayer and Christian living, and to provide formation and training in basic Catholic Bible-study principles.

The program of study for the Catholic Bible Institute is cyclical, including a year of studies focusing on the Old Testament, a year of studies on the New Testament, and a year of both studies and practicum focusing on particular skills for working with adults and running a parish-based Bible study program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate of completion in Bible Study Leadership.

Who Should Participate

Those who are in ministry, education, or simply seek to foster their own spiritual growth and broaden their own understanding of Scripture, will find participation in the Catholic Bible Institute to be a richly rewarding experience. While priority is given to those seeking the certificate in Bible Study Leadership, we also encourage and welcome participants who seek personal enrichment and education.

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand Scripture as a historical and revelatory text
  • Properly integrate Bible study with prayer and Christian living
  • Develop and facilitate parish and community-based Scripture programs

Credit from this program may be applicable to catechist certification at the discretion of the certifying diocese. Please be sure to check with the appropriate diocesan office to confirm that this program qualifies for credit towards certification or recertification.

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or, or contact the program facilitators directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

  • Registration + Fees

    Los Angeles

    Begins: February 3, 2018 | REGISTER

    As the Catholic Bible Institute in Los Angeles is offered in partnership with the Office of Religious Education (ORE) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, all students must register with the ORE (not with LMU).

    Tuition: $950
    Recommendation Required. Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor to enroll. 

    San Bernardino

    Begins: This course has been cancelled.

    First Course: BSLX 806.01

    Tuition: $1,150

  • Schedule

    Los Angeles

    Classes meet once a month on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring terms:

    Next Cohort
    BSLX 900 (Old Testament)*

    • February 3, 2018
    • March 10
    • April 28
    • June 2
    • September 22
    • October 27
    • December 1
    • January 26, 2019
    • March 2
    • April 27
    • June 8

    *The class will also meet for a three-hour panel presentation on interreligious dialogue on a date to be determined.  

    Current Cohort
    BSLX 901 (New Testament)

    • September 16, 2017 - Deutero-Pauline Letters
    • October 21
    • November 18
    • December 9

    BSLX 902 (Practicum)

    • January 13
    • February 10
    • March 10
    • April 14
    • May 12
    • June 2
    • August 18

    LMU Westchester Campus
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    San Bernardino

    This course has been cancelled.

    Matich Conference Center
    St. Bernardine Medical Center
    2101 N. Waterman Ave.
    San Bernardino, CA 92404

  • Faculty

    San Bernardino

    Los Angeles

    • Diane Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D.
    • Carol Dempsey, O.P., Ph.D.
    • Dominik Gnirs, Facilitator
    • Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    • Jim Nisbet
    • Patrick Mullen, Ph.D.
    • Ahida Pilarksi, Ph.D.
    • Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., Ph.D.
    • William Shaules, Ph.D.
    • David Sanchez, Ph.D.
    • Jeffrey Siker, Ph.D.
    • Judy Yates-Siker, Ph.D.
    • Slawomir Szredka
    • Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, D.Phil.
  • Course Requirements

    Students must complete a total of 12.5 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'B-' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: BSLX 900/905, BSLX 901/906, BSLX 902/907

  • Course Descriptions

    BSLX 900/905
    Catholic Bible Institute I

    5.0 Semester Hours

    This course offers an introduction to the Old Testament and an overview of the following: Exodus, Covenant, Primeval History, Patriarchs, Prophets, Historical Writings, Deuterocanonical Writings, Exile and Rebuilding, Wisdom Literature and Hebrew theology. Integrating biblical study with prayer and Christian living will be emphasized.

    BSLX 901/906
    Catholic Bible Institute II
    5.0 Semester Hours

    This course offers an introduction to the New Testament and an overview of the following: Mark, Matthew, Luke, Acts, John, Pauline theology, Pastoral letters, the Book of Revelation, and New Testament theology. Integrating biblical study with prayer and Christian living will be emphasized.

    BSLX 902/907
    Catholic Bible Institute III
    2.5 Semester Hours

    In this practicum, students will focus on developing skills for working with scripture in group situations at a parish level, with particular attention devoted to adult learning styles and skills. Participants demonstrate their leadership skills through a supervised presentation of a scripture program using the knowledge, skills, and tools acquired in the Bible Institute. Prerequisites: Catholic Bible Institute I and Catholic Bible Institute II.