Denver Catholic Biblical School
Are you considering enrolling in the Denver Catholic Biblical School (DCBS)? Read on for a powerful testimony about the life-changing, faith-affirming and comforting experience the study has been for parishioners Bill and Eileen Maggio.
We are Bill and Eileen Maggio, parishioners at St. Peter Catholic Church for close to eight years. During that time, we have been blessed to have had the opportunity to complete a two-year study on the Catechism of the Catholic Church through the Denver Catholic Biblical/Catechetical School. Just recently we graduated from the Biblical School, a four-year comprehensive scripture study program covering all 73 books of the bible. We were taught by a professional, trained staff, all with either a Masters or PhD in Theology. Many of our teachers are graduates from the Augustine Institute in Denver. Our classes touched on the history, geography, culture, tradition, as well as the stories, characters and lessons of the Bible. We learned the history of our heritage and how deeply the Catholic Faith is connected to Sacred Scripture, understanding how our Church is part of God's plan, beginning with Adam and Eve. Most of all, Sacred Scripture reveals God's abundant love and mercy for us.
Little did we know that participating in these programs over the past six years would strengthen us for one of the most difficult times in our married life, the loss of our one and only son, Billy. As many of you may know, Billy battled cancer for eight years, ever since he graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005. The last year of his life he was back home with us. We took care of him and supported him as he struggled with the uncertainty of his life. During that time, we were in our second year in the DCBS and we can’t begin to express how much being in that school, learning about God’s word and the true teachings of the Church, and becoming stronger in our Catholic Faith prepared us for this very difficult time. Yes, there were hardships, worries, trials and anxieties. After Billy’s death, the greatest strength and comfort we received was from God’s Word as we grieved and continue even today to mourn his loss. We learned that we can apply His word in our lives and have great hope, knowing that this life is only a journey and our real home is with God in Heaven. We know that we will all be together again, enjoying God’s friendship up in heaven. Looking back at that time, we are so very grateful for the love and support we received, not only from our family, parish family, and friends, but also from all our fellow students and teacher and that the DCBS was a part of our life.
The DCBS, which is the lay arm of St. John Vianney Seminary, is one of many programs that are available now but were not in place when we were growing up. Our hope and prayer is for the DCBS to spread this inspiring and life changing program to other parts of the country as we would love for everyone to have the same opportunity we have had these past four years. Through the bible, we found special comfort and meaning in praying the rosary and especially the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It gives us hope, faith and trust in God’s mercy.
Our world is hurting and in these troubling times we all need to rise up and become disciples of Christ. The DCBS is one of the avenues to help us strengthen and know our faith. May we turn to Our Dear Lord for guidance and wisdom, mercy and love.
"Our world is hurting and in these troubling times we all need to rise up and become disciples of Christ. The DCBS is one of the avenues to help us strengthen and know our faith. May we turn to Our Dear Lord for guidance and wisdom, mercy and love."
Year One Classes
Catholic Biblical School, Year 1, classes begin the week of September 12, 2016. First-year classes will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and at St. Francis of Assisi Church (Colorado Springs) on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am.
Information sessions will be held August 2, 9 am, and August 11, 7 pm, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; August 2, 9 am, and August 18, 7 pm, at St. Mary's Cathedral. To register, go to sjvdenver.edu/biblicalschool.
For additional information, contact parishioner Bob Burns at 719-337-6278 or Robert.T.Burns@att.net. Click here to read a testimonial from St. Peter parishioners Bill and Eileen Maggio who have completed the program.
Apologetics for the New Evangelization
The Catholic Cathechetical School will offer a course entitled “Apologetics for the New Evangelization” at St. Patrick Church on Monday mornings at 9:30 am and at St. Francis of Assisi Church (Castle Rock) on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. All courses begin the week of September 12. To register, go tosjvdenver.edu/catecheticalschool. For more information, contact parishioner Bob Burns at 719-337-6278 or Robert.T.Burns@att.net.
St. Peter Catholic Church
55 Jefferson St.
Monument, CO 80132
Weekend Mass Schedule
Sat: 8am, 5pm
Sun: 8am, 10:30am, 5:30pm