Open Registration for Spring Semester 2020: December 20 - January 3

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Welcome to Bellarmine Studies

Bellarmine Studies, based in North San Diego County, California, offers courses to Middle School and High School home school students  online,  in the classroom, and privately in your own home.

The Mission of Bellarmine Studies is to instill in today’s children - tomorrow’s leaders - invaluable knowledge and understanding of authentic Church history, and Latin - the transformative language of Western Civilization, law, government, logic, and theology.

Bellarmine Studies' patron is Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, Papal Inquisitor, Hammer of Heretics, and Patron Saint of Catholic Teachers.

Middle School Course Sample



This systematic study of Latin grammar is designed to serve either as an introduction to the language or to follow and expand upon the first year material covered in elementary grades. 



An overview of the great events, noteworthy achievements, and major characters of human history, from the beginnings of the first civilizations to the Middle Ages and beyond. 



Emphasis on Divine Revelation, Salvation History, Grace and the Moral Life, with special attention to Living the Virtues and Sacraments as the necessary means to receive and grow in grace..

High School Course Sample



This systematic study of Latin grammar is designed to follow and expand upon material covered in middle school level Latin courses.

Church History


This course will survey the history of the Catholic Church by focusing on specific events, developments, and personages of note within the context of the early and medieval Church.

Sacred Scripture


Firmly grounded upon the Church's traditional teaching on scriptural interpretation, the course presents a survey of Salvation History as recorded in the Old and New Testaments.

Fides | Veritas | Traditio

About Mr. Pickard

Education & Experience

I have a B.A. in History from California State University San Marcos, and a Masters in History from the University of San Diego. My areas of specialty include the Ancient Middle East, the Greco-Roman World, Medieval Europe, and Ecclesiastical History.  

A veteran teacher (17 years) of Catholic children in the Diocese of San Diego, I have taught grades 5 through 12 in the subject areas of Latin, History, and Religion. I am now pleased to offer online courses in these subjects.

Additionally, I taught Adult RCIA for 7 years at  St. Mary's Escondido. 

In addition to my professional experience and preparation as a teacher and educational consultant, I bring as well to Catholic Homeschooling proceedings a great deal of enthusiasm for the subjects I teach and the desire to instill in my students a love for learning and a deep appreciation for the glorious heritage of our Traditional Catholic Faith. 

Personal Interests

I am a parishioner at St. Anne Catholic Church in San Diego. I’m drawn to the sublime majesty of the Ancient Roman Rite, for it is a foundation of our historical patrimony as Catholics, and as Fr. Stephen Farber aptly stated, “the Traditional Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.”

Catholic Pilgrimages  - I enjoy leading groups of adults, high school students and families on pilgrimage to holy sites and shrines of our Catholic Faith throughout Europe. Contact me when you're ready for your next pilgrimage.

Snorkeling is one of my favorite recreational activities where I enjoy frolicking with seal lions, Garabaldi fish, and the leopard sharks of La Jolla Cove in San Diego.

Testimonials & Endorsements

"While I was pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church from 2006-2014 in Escondido, Robert Pickard, after his day ministry of teaching, generously offered faith formation without remuneration out of love for Jesus and the salvation of souls, in order to form people in the faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA.  

His sound knowledge, clear unambiguous teaching, and compassionate care for the souls entrusted to him in this ministry brought men and women into the faith, gave them a foundation in truth to build their relationship with Jesus in His Holy Catholic Church, and kept them in the church after the Easter Vigil.  Building on this faithful resumé Robert Pickard offers the same knowledge, the same faith, the same care for souls through BHLS."

- Fr. Richard Perozich


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