The Core Program in Two Phases: The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) offers a four year program of intensive study covering the entire Bible in two phases:
- Basic Biblical Studies – The first two years focus on methods of study and praying with Scripture and a comprehensive study of major books of both the Old and New Testaments in the following order:
- First Year – Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Genesis, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings.
- Second Year – Mark, Luke, Acts, Pauline Letters, John, Letters of John, Revelation.
Students completing the requirements of the first two years of the program will earn the archdiocesan Certificate of Basic Biblical Studies.
- Advanced Biblical Studies – The remaining two years cover all other books of the Old and New Testaments (Catholic Bible). Students who successfully complete this phase will earn the archdiocesan Certificate of Advanced Biblical Studies.
Credit-bearing Bible Studies: Students who enroll in the Saint Thomas Seminary (STS) Certificate in Biblical Studies program can earn up to eighteen undergraduate credits. STS students complete the core program plus some additional requirements.
Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition: This six-week course introduces the “nuts and bolts” of the Bible and is available on request to parishes and Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Designed to provide a solid grounding in the practical foundations of reading and praying Scripture, this program extends the teaching ministry of CBS to those who are not yet ready to enroll in a more intensive program. Click here to see an overview and list of topics.
Bible Basics: A two-hour “peek” into why and how Christians study the Bible. This option is available on request to parishes and Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Click here for a brief description.
Continuing Biblical Formation for CBS Alumnae/i: A variety of opportunities, including an annual lecture series and advanced coursework, are offered for those who have completed the four-year program.
Mentoring Biblical Leaders: In addition to our formal programs, the Catholic Biblical School is available to accompany leaders in our faith communities (for instance, pastors, deacons, religious educators, Catholic school personnel) in ways to ground their Catholic ministry in Sacred Scripture.
Methods of Instruction
The Catholic Biblical School provides an integrated learning experience involving head, heart and hands. We use a variety of instructional methods appropriate to adult learning, including:
- Weekly reading and writing assignments, including Scripture passages and biblical commentary.
- Communal prayer;
- Small group discussion;
- Input from professionally trained teachers;
- Testing, to evaluate and consolidate learning (two- and four-year programs only);
- Participation in “Scripture Days,” which are days of reflection on the Bible;
- A summer book assignment submitted at opening day each year (two- and four-year programs only).