The Diocese of Camden Biblical Institute is gearing up for its upcoming September 2012 classes, where students can discover Sacred Scripture in a weekly group setting.
In his 1943 encyclical, “Divino Afflante Spiritu,” Pope Pius XII called the Bible the “heaven sent treasure (the) Holy Church considers as the most precious source of doctrine on faith and moral,” one that is used “diligently as an instrument for securing the eternal salvation of souls.”
In the classes, students will have an opportunity to share the Word of God, and personal reflection with other adults; gain a clearer understanding of the Sunday readings; and discover the mission and ministry of Jesus.
Classes meet once per week for two hours. Classes meet 30 times per year (three semesters of 10 sessions). Year I of the program focuses on the Old Testament. Year II focuses on the New Testament.
The cost for each 10-week semester is $75 ($225 a year) and includes student workbook.
Individuals who have graduated from the program have passed on their knowledge to others as Bible study group leaders in parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons.
Those seeking self-enrichment, or enhancement of their spiritual life, are also invited to register.
These classes will help students “be enriched by our heritage, and roots of our faith,” said Sister Kathleen Burton, director of the Camden Biblical Institute.
“We are personally inviting individuals to come and join us,” said Martha Scutte, coordinator of the Camden Biblical Institute, adding that she believes that study of the Bible can “inspire” students and “help them deal with personal challenges.”
Registrations are now being taken, and morning and evening classes begin the second week of September throughout the Camden Diocese, in Blackwood, Haddon Township, Ocean City, Williamstown and Bellmawr. More classes could be added if demand is indicated.
For more information, visit www.camdendiocese.org, and click on “Lifelong Faith Formation,” and then “Camden Biblical Institute.” Or call Martha Scutte at 856-583-6133.