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The Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet

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Watch our promotional video below!


About the BIDJ

Informational Brochure

Testimonials:  Hear what our students have to say about BIDJ

Sample a short lecture on the Book of Revelation

Learn More at a Preview Night

Registration for 2018-2019

The Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet is a 4-year program to study every book of the Bible. We use one of the best Catholic Bible studies ever developed for learning Scripture in a systematic way, the Catholic Biblical School Program (Paulist Press). Students earn certificates in Basic Biblical Studies (2 years) and Advanced Biblical Studies (4 years), from this nationally recognized program..

Try the first two years (Old Testament and New Testament Foundations) and decide later whether to stay for Years 3 and 4 (the rest of the Bible).

The Biblical Institute is for everyone! Some of our students serve their parishes as catechists, lectors, or Bible study facilitators. Many people join us with no Bible study background at all. If you bring a commitment to learning and a desire for deeper understanding of God’s Word, we’ll give you what you need to successfully participate in the program. We also welcome interested fellow Christians, so mention us to neighbors and friends!

You’ll study the Bible as a whole and in its parts from a Catholic point of view, with experienced teachers, and within a Catholic faith community.

Sites for 2018-2019:

Year 1 - Old Testament Foundations: Genesis through Kings
St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville
Mondays, 7-9pm

Year 2 - New Testament Foundations: Jesus and Discipleship
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Darien
Wednesdays, 7-9pm

Year 3 - Old Testament Continued: Exile and Restoration
Visitation Parish, Elmhurst
Saturdays, 9-11am

Year 4 - Old and New Testaments Concluded: The Word in the Hellenistic World
Not meeting 2018-2019
Class will resume 2019-2020


Congratulations to the 2018 Graduates!


Learn more:
An Interview with Joan Gorski, Instructor and Coordinator
What We Study: A Four-Year Plan (PDF) (Word)
Frequently Asked Questions


Register HERE for Year 1 or Year 2.  New students may join Year 3 only with previous advanced Biblical Studies.  If you have questions, please call us at the REO office at 815-221-6147.



Want to study God's Word right now, in your own parish community? Try our Parish Bible Study page.