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Fr. Richard Perozich

"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."

Carolyn Ann Moebest - Catholic Author & Homeschooling Mother

"Mr. Pickard of Bellarmine Academy and Formerly Saint Joseph Academy has been teaching my Children Christopher, Anthony, Bruno, Olivia and Patrick for over 10 years. We all agree that he is one of the best teachers that they have ever had. 


I had the experience of being in the classroom at Bellarmine Academy while they Learned Latin and World History. Not only did they learn a lot, but Mr. Pickard makes learning fun and funny along with his many planned field trips, the kids really received a top notch “homeschool/ unschool “education faithful to the timeless teachings of Holy Mother Church."

Wendy Behnke - Homeschooling Mother

"Mr. Pickard is an engaging and fun teacher and knows how to progress through the material. His class time is never wasted. My 12 year old daughter learned more Latin in 1 year than her older brother did in 3 years taking it with other teachers. Our experience with Bellarmine Studies has been a true joy! Who says that about Latin!"

Katie Zeunges - Homeschooling Mother of 6

"Our son had been struggling with high school Latin until we found Mr. Pickard and Bellarmine Studies. Providentially, we were introduced to Mr. Pickard, who is a parishioner at our parish, right when we were in need of more Latin help. He was so generous in starting an online class for us mid-year customized to fit our situation and schedule. We are thankful for this online high school Latin class in which Mr. Pickard patiently engages our son through class participation by practicing translations, proper pronunciations, and working through in-class exercises along with providing helpful explanations to build a solid foundation in college-preparatory Latin. As a homeschool mom, I also greatly appreciate Mr. Pickard's excellent organizational skills with frequent progress and grade reports and communication with the parent as well as his prompt email replies to questions. Our experience with Bellarmine Studies has been wonderful and a blessing."

James P. Doan, Esq.

"Mr. Pickard taught my daughters History, Latin, and Religion. They enjoyed his classes and his fun personality. I am impressed with his knowledge of Church History and his love of Catholic Tradition. I went on pilgrimage with Mr. Pickard to Germany and Italy, and have since developed a greater appreciation for the rich history and Traditions of the Catholic Faith, as understood by my ancestors throughout history. I have known Mr. Pickard to be a loyal son of the Church who really cares about preserving and passing on the torch of the One True Faith, in all its glory, without compromise."

Barb Ostrin


"In the fall of 2012, I heard about R.C.I.A. on Catholic Radio. Although living in Carlsbad at the time, I was encouraged to attend the R.C.I.A. Program at St. Mary in Escondido. Father Richard Perozich was the Pastor. Robert Pickard was the teacher. I came into the class thinking I might believe some of the Catholic teachings, I exited at the Easter Vigil believing it all. Robert with his faithfulness, kindness, and teaching skills helped bring me and at least 30 others, albeit at least four decades younger than me, to the truth and fullness of the Catholic Church that year. My many questions were answered during, before and after class, and continue to be answered to this day.


Robert is extremely knowledgeable about the history, tradition and beliefs of the Church connected to Christ. I will always be sorry that I missed his last class on the Early Church Fathers. That being said, maybe when I attend one of his Pilgrimages, I will finally hear it.


My son, who lives in Orange County, is hoping to attend an RCIA Class next year, and my young grandsons will be old enough for CCD before you know it. My prayer is that their teachers will be at least a little like Robert, and that they will be faithful Catholic Christians all the days of their lives."

Nick DiNapoli

“Our three children have had the privilege of experiencing Mr. Pickard as a teacher from 6th-8th grade.  As they moved on to high school, much of their success can be attributed to the foundational instruction they received from Mr. Pickard.  My wife and I believe that Mr. Pickard is one of the main reasons why our children have such a solid foundation in Religion, Latin and Church History.  


Now that they are in their college years and beyond, we are truly grateful to him for preparing them so well. Mr. Pickard is very knowledgeable, professional and works well his students.”

Kathy Wright

"Four of our five children were lucky to have Robert Pickard as a history, latin and religion teacher at Sierra Madre Academy/St. Joseph Academy. Our fifth child had Robert as a Latin teacher. Robert is clearly well educated and has a rich understanding, appreciation of, and loyalty to the teachings of Holy Mother Church, which he passes on to his students in a kind, thoughtful, and gentle manner. Without question Robert has made a positive contribution to the education of our children. Testament to that is that although it has been quite a few years since our four oldest have had Robert as a teacher, they often tells us he was one of their all-time favorites. That is perhaps the best endorsement of Robert’s teaching ability. We highly recommend Robert to any parent looking for a great teacher. "

Joseph Romero, 8th grade homeschooler

"I'd never been in a classroom before, but really adapted quickly to the live, school environment due to Mr. Pickard's excellent teaching methods.  I will be attending St. Michael's Preparatory School next year as a more confident student because of my Latin and History classes with Mr. Pickard.  I highly recommend Bellarmine Studies to homeschoolers seeking the Catholic approach to learning.  I am truly thankful to Mr. Pickard for being such a great teacher! "