Frequently Asked Questions
The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) will help you read and understand the Bible, teaching you skills and giving you practice in interpreting and praying with the Bible. These practices will enrich your faith not for a day or a weekend, but for a lifetime. The nationally-acclaimed Catholic Biblical School curriculum focuses on balancing faith formation, knowledge, and Bible study and prayer skills. You will increase your understanding of Christ and will engage the Bible within its cultural and literary context, enabling you better to live and witness to your Catholic faith today. Our more than 500 graduates tell us that because of their studies in CBS they get more out of the Liturgy of the Word at mass and their faith is deeply enriched by reading and understanding the Bible.
Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, recommends the Catholic Biblical School, saying that the program “provides adults the opportunity to encounter the Word of God in prayerful, in-depth and faithful ways that prepare them to become evangelizing leaders in their faith communities.”
On the one hand, assignments and “memory exercises” for non-credit students in the Catholic Biblical School do not take the form of standard college “papers.” All written assignments are organized in a question-and-answer format. Weekly homework assignments typically feature six open-ended questions.
On the other hand, students taking the Saint Thomas Seminary Certificate in Biblical Studies courses for college credit must complete, in addition to weekly homework assignments, 1-5 projects (which often involve writing a brief paper, 2-3 double-spaced pages in length).
- A student who completes 1-2 papers, is not eligible for a grade higher than a C in the course.
- A student who completes 3-4 papers, is not eligible for a grade higher than a B in the course.
- Students who complete 5 papers are eligible for an A.