Just because many of our children’s catechetical programs are winding down for the summer, that doesn’t mean faith formation is taking a holiday…especially if you are an adult and you are interested in serious Scripture study. In fact, summer might be a good time to do it.
The New York Catholic Bible School, which is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, deliberately operates on a flexible, year ’round schedule. Whenever at least 15 people in a given geographic area make a commitment to this two or four-year program, our director, Anne Malloy, finds a venue, engages a qualified Scripture teacher, and the classes begin.
The New York Catholic Bible School offers adults the scriptural foundations of our Catholic faith. It is designed for the committed student and provides wonderful, deep insights on the Word. It’s especially beneficial to lectors, catechists, teachers, ministers and leaders in the church community.
The Bible School also provides excellent preparation for leaders of parish Bible study throughout the Archdiocese. In fact, is the hope of Mrs. Malloy and of Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, that lay parishioners will fulfill their own baptismal mandate to hand on the faith by offering Scripture study to their fellow adult parishioners. After all, handing on the faith to people of all ages isn’t just the priests’ job. It’s every baptized Catholic’s duty and it should be a priority.
Find out more about the New York Catholic Bible School and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn if there are other people in your area interested in joining with you in this most rewarding way to spend some of your summertime.