“For years, I’ve been brainstorming and talking with friends about establishing a Biblical Institute in the Diocese of Orange,” said Father Timothy Peters. “I visited the Diocese of Guadalajara years ago and was very impressed with their biblical Institute. I love the idea of a Biblical Institute that walks with the people and helps them to discover and share the riches which are found in Sacred Scripture.”

A Catholic Biblical Institute would offer more in-depth study geared for church leaders, ministry volunteers and anyone who wishes to amplify their knowledge of Scripture. The courses are open to anyone. Father Tim, the program director, was raised in Fountain Valley and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in 2003. He studied at the Gregorian University and also has a doctorate (S.Th.D.) in biblical theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He currently served as an assistant professor at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo where he does formation work for those who are preparing for the priesthood. He wrote his doctorate on the theme of Messianic Hope in the Second Temple Period. He teaches biblical courses on the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Literature, Introduction to the New Testament and the Synoptic Gospels.

Bible Institute courses are designed and organized so that Catholics at any level can participate. Students may audit the courses or take them for academic credit. Father Tim will have a bibliography with books, readings and homework for those who wish to take the course for credit. The first sessions will begin in mid-May at Christ Cathedral – Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and the Historical Books including Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, and 1&2 Kings.

The Christ Cathedral classroom is small, and space is limited, so anyone interested in the Old Testament series should register before the course begins at: bit.ly/49UfQDk

St. John Neuman Catholic Church in Irvine will host classes beginning with the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Participants are encouraged to sign up early but can register online or at the first session.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Santa Ana will also Host a course in Spanish on the Pentateuch and Historical Books beginning May 21st. Register here….

For anyone interested in learning more about the Biblical Institute and to sign up for classes, information will be posted on the Diocese of Orange website. More information on Biblical retreats and other programs

From OC Catholic