About the Catholic Biblical Foundation

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The Catholic Bible College is sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Foundation of South Africa

About the Catholic Biblical Foundation

The Catholic Biblical Foundation of South Africa (CBF) was founded in 1993, through the initiative of Rt. Rev Daniel A O Verstraete OMI, Bishop Emeritus of Klerksdorp, and the support of a number of religious congregations. It aims to further the biblical objectives of the Pastoral Plan of the Southern African Bishops' Conference. The CBF decided to establish the Catholic Bible College in 1997.

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The purpose of the Diploma programme is to prepare students for active involvement in a range of Bible- related ministries in the Church, particularly with youth.

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Personal Formation

Living in the College residence as a member of a Christian community provides opportunities for personal growth, development of group skills, spiritual formation, prayer and the celebration of liturgy. Students follow a formation program covering such areas as personality, sexuality, human development, values, moral decision making and the formation of conscience. A program of accompaniment is offered as an aid to human and spiritual growth.

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The Diploma of Biblical Ministry course aims to:

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About the Catholic Bible College

The purpose of the College is to foster the biblical pastoral ministry of the Church in South Africa by:

The first campus of the College, at La Rochelle, Johannesburg, opened its doors in January 1999.

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Course outline

Courses of study leading to the award of the Diploma of Biblical Ministry are grouped into three areas-.

Biblical Studies

Complementary Studies

Biblical-Pastoral Ministry Studies

The course The Songs of Israel is offered as a correspondence course through the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) College.

A Liturgical Retreat at the Good Shepherd Centre at Hartebeespoort during Holy Week and Easter is a special feature of Term One.

During the year, three Enrichment Weeks provide opportunities for interacting with visiting lecturers who take students beyond the regular offerings of the program.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:-

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Residential Requirements

The programme is residential from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. It is essential that students have alternative accommodation at weekends.

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Term Dates for 2000

Opening Day .......................... Monday 17th January 2000
Orientation Week .......................... 17 to 21 January 2000
First Term .......................... 17 January to 24 April 2000
Second Term .......................... 22 May to 11 August 2000
Third Term .......................... 11 September to 1 December 2000
Graduation Day .......................... Sunday 3 December 2000

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Closing Dates for Applications

Friday 31 December 1999

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Every student accepted into the programme is sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Foundation to the extent of c. R18 000,00.

The balance of the fee to be paid is R6 000,00 made up as follows:-

Residential Fee R4 000,00

Tuition Fee R2 100,00 (includes books for the programme)

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Application Forms

To obtain an application form contact your Parish Priest or:-

Principal: Brother Kevin L McDonnell cfc

Vice-Principal: Sister Michael Sechogela csa

Secretary: Mrs Rosa Pedro

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Contact Details

Physical Address

Catholic Bible College
13 Fifth Street
La Rochelle

Postal Address

Catholic Bible College
PO Box 1954

Telephone and Fax

(011) 435 7997

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