Catholic Bible Institute - Diocese of Orange

Co-sponsored by
Loyola Institute for Spirituality, Orange, CA
Institute for Pastoral Ministry, Diocese of Orange

Syllabus for Year One (2013–2014): New Testament

Monthly Sessions & Topics (with biblical books covered, and detailed reading and writing assignments)

AUG. 24, 2013 – Orientation Session

SEPT. 7, 2013 – Introduction to the NT & Gospel of MARK

OCT. 5, 2013 – Gospel according to MATTHEW

NOV. 2, 2013 – Gospel according to LUKE & ACTS

DEC. 7, 2013 – Gospel & Epistles of JOHN
(held at Holy Family Cathedral Hall, 566 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866)

JAN. 4, 2014 – Paul's Early/Undisputed Letters

FEB. 1, 2014 – Deutero-Pauline Epistles

MARCH 1, 2014 – Hebrews & Catholic Epistles

APRIL 5, 2014 – Book of Revelation

MAY 3, 2014 – New Testament Theologies & Early Christian Writings

Required Textbooks for Orientation and Year One:

  1. Dei Verbum, “Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” (Vatican II;
  2. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S. Biblical Fundamentalism: What Every Catholic Should Know. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2001.
  3. Kurt Aland. Synopsis of the Four Gospels: RSV. New York: American Bible Society, 1982.
  4. a) Raymond E. Brown, S.S. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997.
    or for “Enrichment/Audit” students only:
    b) Pheme Perkins. Reading the New Testament. 3rd edition. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2012.
  5. A good "Study Bible" containing lots of introductions, notes, maps, and other study aides.
  6. Other recommended biblical resources:

Go to: CBI-Orange Homepage | Year 2 Syllabus | Year 3 Syllabus

For more information, please contact:

Randy Lopez, CBI Coordinator,
Fr. Felix Just, S.J., Executive Director, Loyola Institute for Spirituality, 714-997-9587,