Alumni Matters


Alumni/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.

The CBS Alumni Book Club will meet for the first time on Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Woodbury/Southbury area. The exact location will be determined by group size. We meet quarterly, with planned meeting months of November, February, May and August. (Dates will be identified as locales/availability/attendance are determined.)

First Reading - Divino Afflante Spiritu, the 1943 papal encyclical from Pope Pius XII that inaugurated and encouraged Catholics to study the bible. Fr. Raymond E. Brown terms it the "Magna Carta for biblical progress." This short work is available free of charge on the Vatican website,  It can also be purchased online.

If you are interested in joining this group, please RSVP to Alexis Chacchia, CBS faculty at  Please also let Alexis know if you would like to provide any refreshments or snacks for the first meeting.

Additional Readings 2019 - 2020 – The readings below were selected by survey of interested participants. We plan to read spiritual, classic and contemporary works and additional church writings, rotating through these genres as follows:

  • Fall 2019 (November) - Encyclical/Church Writing- Divino Afflante Spiritu
  • Winter 2020 (February) - Spiritual - Henri Nouwen's Return of the Prodigal Son
  • Spring 2020 (May) - Contemporary - Bishop Barron's Letter to a Suffering Church
  • Summer 2020 (August) - Classic - Thomas A Kempis' Imitation of Christ

Sacred Scripture in the Lives of the Saints

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Caritas Christi Center, 295 Benham Street, Hamden

9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. (with “coffee and” at 9:00 a.m.)

Explore the role of the Bible in the prayer life of such Catholic luminaries as Saint Benedict of Nursia, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and Saint Teresa of Avila. We will also touch on spiritual classics like the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Dr. Joan Kelly is an instructor in the Catholic Studies Department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She received a master's degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation at Notre Dame, Indiana. Pope John Paul II bestowed the Papal Cross upon Dr. Kelly in recognition of her commitment to the teaching mission of the Church.

  There is no charge for this event.

Register by November 18, 2019:

A snow date has not been scheduled.

For more information, contact:
BJ Daly Horell, Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School

  CBS 440 Letters of John

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Casey, Ph.D.
Cost: $95 per student – payable by credit card or check made out to “OEEC”
When: Ten Wednesdays beginning September 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pastoral Center, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT
For ten weeks this fall CBS alumni have the opportunity to study the Johannine Letters with a former student of the great scholar, Fr. Raymond Brown. Students will be introduced to a close literary analysis and historical analysis of the texts.
Registration is now closed for this class, contact BJ Daly Horell for more alumni classes.

Blocks.jpg “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. Register here.
  • 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.)
  • 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 (OEEC) at 860-242-5573 during business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), 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 Daly Horell in the OEEC. Fee must be received at least seven 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 director (BJ), to the benefit of the entire “Silent Audit” program.

To register, click here.


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 your 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