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CatholicBiblicalSchool logo RGBBLOOMFIELD – At a time when a college education is unaffordable for many, the Catholic Biblical School (CBS) of the Archdiocese of Hartford continues to offer its biblical studies courses for less than half the tuition cost of attending a state college, as cited on the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities website.

At about $78 per credit hour, the Catholic Biblical School can ease its students into the college learning experience at a bargain price, and it offers generous scholarship opportunities to applicants, as well.

The Catholic Biblical School offers state-accredited courses in every book of the Bibl,e following the accepted methods of study employed by colleges and universities  nationwide. The curriculum is designed to include an 18-credit course load to be taken over a four-year period.

For students who prefer to work on a not-for-credit basis, it offers the same education with reduced academic requirements as part of its Catholic Biblical School Core Program.

Students begin studies with a focus on a course titled Old Testament Foundations and progress through New Testament Studies in the second year, Old Testament Exile and Restoration in the third and the Word of God in the Hellenistic World in the fourth.

Daytime and evening classes are offered in locations throughout Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield counties. Beginning in September, Old Testament Foundations will be offered in Milford on Monday evenings, Bloomfield on Tuesday evenings, Hamden on Wednesday mornings and Waterbury on Thursday evenings.

The registration deadline for fall classes is August 31. All classes are subject to adequate enrollment. For details, go to and click on Catholic Biblical School in the main menu, or contact the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis at 860-242-5573.

You need not be of any particular faith tradition to enroll.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.