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 next meeting of the CBS Alumni Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT.  Our topic for discussion will be Henri Nouwen's Return of the Prodigal Son.
We meet quarterly, with planned meeting months of November, February, May and August. (Dates will be identified as locales/availability/attendance are determined.)

If you are interested in joining this group, please RSVP to Alexis Chacchia, CBS faculty at

Additional Readings 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:

  • 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
  • Fall 2020 - Church Documents – To be determined.

All CBS Events Cancelled Through June 30, 2020

Classes are all continuing online through the end of the current academic year.

CBS 441 Letters of John Continued

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Casey, Ph.D.
Cost: $95 per student – payable by credit card or check made out to “OEEC”
When: Ten Wednesdays beginning March 4 - May 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.*
Where: Pastoral Center, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT
*There will be no class during Holy Week, April 8, 2020
For ten weeks this spring 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 and historical analyses of the texts.
Register here.
If you have any questions, you can contact BJ Daly Horell, Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School

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