Course Description

The Second Vatican Council called for a renewal of Scripture in Catholicism. This course walks the participant through the significant characteristics of the Bible, including its authorship, its relationship to Church teaching, and its connection to the liturgy. It will examine how the Bible is not only the soul of theology, but also has a preeminent place in the life of each Christ as the source of our understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus. This is a great course for those who are new to the Bible, or those who have had a significant amount of formation in the Bible.

Hours of Instruction: 4

Tom Perna

Tom began his journey in education as a substitute teacher in 2002 for the Diocese of Phoenix, after a few years in the business world. In 2004, he accepted a full-time teaching position at St. Mary's Catholic High School where he taught theology for four years. In 2008, Tom decided to leave teaching at St. Mary's to pursue a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduate school at Franciscan, he was a high school theology teacher in Austin for two years. He has also worked for a variety of parishes in different positions. Tom also holds a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco. While attending USF, Tom studied the Great Books of Western Civilization and upon graduation received a Great Books Certificate from the St. Ignatius Institute. Currently, Tom Perna is the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. In addition to his work at the parish, Tom also writes on his own blog –, which is often featured on New, and

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Class 1 Video

    • Session 1- Powerpoint

  • 2

    Session 2

    • Class 2a Video

    • Class 2b Video

    • Session 2 - Powerpoint

  • 3

    Session 3

    • Class 3 Video

    • Session 3 - Powerpoint

  • 4

    Session 4

    • Class 4 Video

    • Session 4 - Powerpoint