Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville will be the fourth site of the Diocese of Joliet’s Biblical Institute, which teaches scripture to area residents.
Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Church document called the Dei Verbum, the Diocese of Joliet launched an initiative to encourage biblical literacy.
“It encourages people to read the Bible. That’s why the program was developed,” said Joan Gorski, coordinator of the Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet.
The Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will be the newest site for the biblical study program, beginning next month.
“When Ss. Peter and Paul was approached about hosting the institute as a new site in DuPage County, it was an easy decision,” said Mike Brummond, director for the new evangelization at Ss. Peter and Paul. “The Institute has the backing of our bishop, qualified teachers, many satisfied participants and graduates, and a good reputation.”
Those interested in learning more are invited to a preview Aug. 27. The event will give potential students the opportunity to learn about the Biblical Institute’s approach to teaching Scripture, while also allowing them to meet instructors and talk to students. The next term for the Biblical Institute begins in September and runs in 31 two-hour sessions continuing through May.
“Our parishioners are very interested in scripture study, so the partnership made a lot of sense,” Brummond said.
The Biblical Institute’s course of study offers a two-year basic Bible studies certification, covering the foundations of the Old and New Testaments, and a four-year advanced study program covering the 73 books of the Catholic Bible.
Gorski said that students completing the course “become qualified to go back to their churches to lead in Scripture studies or do work within their churches. Others are students who just want to come and learn more about the Bible.”
Gorski explained that the course is different than typical Bible studies.
“This is studying the scriptures using archeology and scriptural scholarship,” she said.
Additionally, the program is taught by instructors with advanced training in theology.
The Biblical Institute already has established programs in Glen Ellyn, Frankfort and Clarendon Hills. Because of their success, the fourth site was identified at Ss. Peter and Paul.
“The Biblical Institute is well established in the Joliet Diocese, and has been for several years,” Brummond said.
“Hosting the Biblical Institute in DuPage County will open up scripture study for many more Catholics in the area, and anyone else wishing to dive into the Bible.”
The Ss. Peter and Paul program will be taught by Gorski, and by Chari Rosales, director of adult faith formation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville.