Alumni Matters

CatholicBiblicalSchool_logo_Transparent.pngAlumni/ae of the Catholic Biblical School have several options for continuing their biblical education with the Archdiocese of Hartford OEEC. Check this page periodically to get updates, check out the latest OEEC newsletter or the CBS Bible Blog.

Faith Formation Series for CBS Alumni

Offerings are added regularly, so check back for added programming in both fall and spring.

Prepare for the Year of Luke, with Stephen J. Binz, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Bloomfield. The year of Luke begins on December 1, and now is the time for Bible readers, RCIA leaders, catechetical leaders and catechists to begin focusing on his writings. As the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Luke wrote more of the New Testament than any single author, including Paul. This presentation will help Catholics understand the uniqueness of Luke's thought and ways that Luke's writings can enhance our experience of the liturgical year that begins Sunday, December 2. To register click here.

Alumni Course Offerings

Twice-yearly (fall and spring) ten-week courses are taught at St. Thomas Seminary. In 2017-18, Dr. Tom Casey continues leading CBS grads through John’s Gospel, beginning with a review of issues of interpretation and the first three chapters, and proceeding to an in-depth, literary-historical analysis of the Book of Signs (chaps. 4-12) and the Book of Glory (chaps. 13-21). We will explore especially the rich theology these chapters contain.

You can join this course even if you did not participate in 2016-17. New students receive detailed lecture notes discussing the problems and issues involved in the interpretation of this Gospel and how they can be resolved, as well as a full commentary on the Prologue to the Gospel and the first three chapters. Registration coming soon.

Required texts for students:

  1. John’s Gospel
  2. Raymond E. Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997 (for the section on John’s Gospel).

Suggested texts for students:

  1. Raymond E. Brown, The Gospels and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1988.
  2. Raymond E. Brown, The Community of the Beloved Disciple: The Live, Loves, and Hates of an Individual Church in New Testament Times. New York: Paulist, 1978, 1999.

Some of the courses that have been offered in past years are:

  • Passion Narratives in the Gospels
  • Gospel of Luke
  • Acts of the Apostles

“Silent Auditing” for CBS Graduates

Four-year graduates of the Catholic Biblical School are invited to register online to participate in any of the core CBS classes as a “silent auditor.” Here’s how it works:

  • Grads must register to sit in on a particular CBS class. Your registration is complete unless you hear from us. Plan to attend class as scheduled.Registration coming soon.
  • Grads who have already audited courses will be given preference for Year 2 and Advanced Year courses.
  • Grads who register are free to attend all thirty sessions of that class, free of charge. (Individual teachers may charge a photocopying fee for materials.)
  • Current class schedules are online here.
  • Grads are encouraged to form their own small group with other grads.
  • At no time will grads participate with first-year students in small groups.
  • Graduate small groups will decide their own agenda for the small group portion of the class and will facilitate their group activities independently of the instructor.
  • Graduate small groups are invited to meet during class at the same time that student small groups are meeting, as directed by the class instructor.
  • Class instructors will only entertain questions from silent auditors (at the instructor’s discretion) during small-group discussion time. (Grads should ask what the course instructor prefers and work within his or her guidelines.)
  • Silent auditors may listen to instructor input but will remain silent during this part of the class.
  • Graduate small groups are committed to one another and should let each other know about absences or cancellations as far in advance as possible.
  • To find out about weather-related cancellations, grads are responsible for accessing the STS Registrar notification system at the Alumni Portal. You can also call the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis at 860-242-5573 during business hours (8:30-4:30), but note that it is not our policy to notify auditors or students directly regarding class notices. To find out more about the Alumni Portal, scroll down for more information.
  • Scripture Days may be audited for a fee of $15 per session. Register by contacting BJ in the OEEC. Fee must be received at least ten days in advance of the Scripture Day you wish to audit. No exceptions will be made.

Some suggestions for proceeding:

  • Grads in the same class are encouraged to exchange contact information and to keep in touch.
  • Grads might prefer to focus on questions raised in prayerful reading of the assigned scripture texts.
  • Grads might want to use the “Optional Challenges” in their CBS Year One Workbooks for topic and question ideas for reflection and discussion.
  • Graduate small groups can be as creative as they want about how they operate.
  • Grads are encouraged to pass along their ideas for operating with other grads and with the CBS coordinator (BJ), to the benefit of the entire “Silent Audit” program.

Registration coming soon.


Alumni Portal

Student* Portal: *Includes alumni

CBS Alums: If you haven't taken a course in recent years, you may not yet be in the system. Contact BJ Daly Horell and provide her with information that will enable her to add you to the system.

Instructions for accessing the student portal, where all official notifications (grades, cancellations, student contact information) are posted:

  1. To log in to the portal, enter you password into the field below the blue "Please Login" notice, and click on the "Login" button.
  2. Passwords are case sensitive.
  3. All alumni passwords follow the same format:UPPER CASE initials (two or three letters, depending on whether you gave us a middle initial) followed by your eight-digit date of birth. So if you’re Mr. Donald E. Duck, born March 13, 1914, your password would be: DED03131914. Or if no middle initial was provided in your application, the password would be:DD03131914.
For more information, please contact:
BJ Daly Horell
Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School
860-242-5573 ext. 2679