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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 St. 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.

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.

Costs: Tuition is $380 per year. Books are an additional expense.  For students enrolling for academic credit, Saint Thomas Seminary assesses an $80 administrative fee.


The Catholic Biblical School has several related objectives: LSD 1 2017 w BJ.JPG

  • Bringing adults into closer relationship with God’s revealed word, Christ Jesus;
  • Preparing adults to be evangelizing witnesses to the Gospel in word and deed;
  • Integrating Bible study with prayer and Christian living;
  • Fostering vibrant Christian communities through the power of God's word
  • Responding to the call of the United States Bishops for opportunities for more thorough scriptural studies on the part of all Catholics;
  • Preparing adults to lead biblical ministries;
  • Avoiding confusion among Catholics resulting from interpretation of the Bible contrary to Church teaching and biblical scholarship.

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).

What bible should I choose?

Choosing a Bible is a very personal decision. There are many Bible translations to choose from, and you will want to consider many different factors. Do you want a Catholic Bible (with 73 books) or a Protestant Bible (with 66 books) or a Bible from another faith tradition (Jewish, for example). Are you planning to study the Bible seriously (as in the Catholic Biblical School) or will you use your Bible mainly for prayer and reflection?

Click here for an article that will begin to help you answer some of these questions as you consider what Bible you want to purchase.

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For more information, please contact:
BJ Daly Horell
Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School
860-242-5573 ext. 2679