Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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HARTFORD – The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) of the Archdiocese of Hartford began a new six-week course of study entitled “Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition” on Sept. 20.

The pilot program, available to parishes and Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese, is designed to provide a solid grounding in the basics of reading and praying Scripture. It extends the teaching ministry of the Catholic Biblical School (CBS) to those who are not yet ready to enroll in a more intensive program.

“Our office is always listening to the desires and frustrations of our people and our clergy, and we have spent two years developing this program to meet more of those needs,” said CBS coordinator Barbara Jean (B.J.) Horell.

The program is ideally suited to adults and young adults who want to become involved in meaningful Bible study, or who might be considering enrolling in CBS but may want a preview of what the school can offer. The Catholic Biblical School’s complete program involves a four-year curriculum that covers every book of the Bible.

Other groups interested in the program might be catechetical leaders, school teachers and catechists who want new ideas on how to engage Scripture in ways that will appeal to the faithful, or parents who want to prepare themselves to be the primary faith educators in their families. Enrollment will occur within the archdiocesan parishes and schools that choose to make the program available.

The new course includes such topics as “Reading the Creation Accounts of Genesis 1-3” and “Introducing the Letters of Saint Paul.”

Ten men and women have been trained by the archdiocesan Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis to teach the program. All have teaching experience and have graduated from CBS. The program is available in10 locations in three counties of the archdiocese at the invitation of pastors and school principals.

“When the pilot year is complete, we hope to be able to offer the course in more locations across the archdiocese,” said Ms.Horell.

Sister Mary Grace Walsh, provost of education, evangelization and catechesis, said she believes this is a worthwhile opportunity.

“CBS graduates are already doing so much great work in their parishes. This program in no way will replace their fine efforts, but will expand the reach of CBS to many who may not be able, for one reason or another, to commit to our intensive, four-year program of study,” she said.

Those interested in seeing the new course offered in their faith community may contact their pastor or principal.

Details about how to set up the program in schools and parishes are available at 860-242-5573, ext. 2679 or 2670, or catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.