Catholic Bible Institute

Certificate in Biblical Studies
Classes in New Testament begin Fall 2019

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, and a year of studies on the New Testament. Upon successful completion of the first two years (first two courses), students will be awarded a certificate of completion in Biblical Studies.

A third year, focusing on particular skills for working with adults and running a parish-based Bible study program, is offered to those looking to be commissioned by their local diocese as bible study facilitators.

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, 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 coordinator directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

  • Registration + Fees

    San Bernardino

    Begins: September 14, 2019 (New Testament)

    Enroll: Enrollment via the online course catalog or by phone at 310-338-1971. Credit (certificate) and no-credit (audit) enrollment options available.
    Early Registration Discount: Register by August 19 to receive $75 off tuition

    Course: BSLX 901 (New Testament)

    Tuition: $434 for BSLX 901. A minimum payment of $150 is required to register for this program. Financial support is available through the LMU Match. Limited tuition assistance is also available for those who qualify; request a tuition assistance application.


    Los Angeles

    Begins: August 17, 2019 (new student orientation), first class is September 7, 2019

    Enroll: Course registration for the Institute in Los Angeles is with the Archdiocesan Office for Religious Education (ORE). Click here to be redirected.

    Course: BSLX 901 (New Testament)

    Tuition: $950

  • Schedule

    San Bernardino

    Classes meet once a month, 8:30a-4p, on Saturdays (and one Sunday afternoon) during the Fall and Spring terms:

    2019-2020, BSLX 901 (New Testament)

    • September 14, 2019
    • October 12
    • (Sunday) October 27*
    • November 9
    • December 14
    • January 11, 2020
    • February 8
    • March 14
    • April 18
    • May 2

    *Interfaith forum for all certificate program students, 2-5 p.m. at the San Bernardino Diocesan Pastoral Center.

    Holy Name of Jesus Parish
    115 W Olive Ave.
    Redlands, CA  92373

    Los Angeles

    Classes meet once a month, 9a-4p, on Saturdays (and one Sunday afternoon) during the Fall and Spring terms:

    2019-2020, BSLX 901 (New Testament)

    • August 17, 2019 (new student orientation)
    • September 7
    • October 12
    • November 9
    • December 7
    • January 11, 2020
    • February 1
    • March 7
    • April 4
    • May 2

    PLEASE NOTE:  A three-hour Interfaith forum for all certificate program students will be scheduled during the fall term of 2019.

    2019-2020 Location
    Church of the Incarnation
    1001 N Brand Blvd.
    Glendale, CA   91202

  • Faculty

    San Bernardino

    Los Angeles

    • Diane Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D.
    • Carol Dempsey, O.P., Ph.D.
    • Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    • Jim Nisbet
    • Patrick Mullen, Ph.D.
    • Stephen Picard, Coordinator
    • 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 10.0 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

  • Course Descriptions

    BSLX 900/905
    Catholic Bible Institute - Old Testament

    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 - New Testament
    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 - Practicum
    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.