Holy Apostles College and Seminary

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    Cromwell, CT and Online

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    Cromwell, CT and Online

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    Cromwell, CT and Online

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    Cromwell, CT and Online

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    Cromwell, CT and Online

260

Undergrads

98%

Catholic Faculty

90%

Catholic Students

Overview

Holy Apostles offers a faithfully Catholic, 100-percent online education program as well as an on-campus program for commuter students at its Cromwell, Connecticut, campus.

The campus houses both a college and a seminary, offering lay men and women the opportunity receive a well-rounded liberal arts education with emphasis in the areas of philosophy and authentic Catholic theology, together with seminarians and religious sisters—all of them studying, dining, and praying together daily.

The seminary was founded in 1956 by the Very Rev. Eusebe Menard, O.F.M., and entrusted to the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles to provide a college-level education program and formation for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Today it serves a large number of dioceses from the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Canada, and Vietnam, as well as several small religious orders.

In 1972 Holy Apostles expanded to offer undergraduate degrees for lay men and women, both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, and it also awards graduate degrees and certificates both on campus and completely online. Enrollment continues to grow, with an increase in applications over the past several years.

“The lay students appreciate praying with seminarians, studying with seminarians and having lunch with them, but it is also hugely beneficial for the seminarians as well. Students at Holy Apostles share the lived experience of communion,” said Father Douglas Mosey, C.S.B., the president-rector.

Holy Apostles prides itself on its orthodoxy and is committed to cultivating Catholic leaders for evangelization. “There will be plenty of opportunity for our students to defend the faith and be on the front lines of secular culture when they graduate,” said Father Mosey.

Holy Apostles is a commuter campus, although the College is considering expanding residence halls for future students. The College has convents on campus for several religious sisters from Vietnam who are pursuing undergraduate degrees.

Holy Apostles is an independent institution, and its seminary is not controlled by any single diocese. The ex officio chairman and chancellor is the Bishop of Norwich, and the board of directors includes the Archbishop of Hartford, the Bishop of Bridgeport, up to five members of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, lay representatives, and the president-rector.

All presidents of Holy Apostles have been priests. Father Mosey retired from as president-rector of Holy Apostles in the summer of 2019, and Father Peter Kucar, M.S.A., S.T.D., is serving as interim president-rector.

With the net price of tuition and board at only $9,870, Holy Apostles is much more affordable than the average liberal arts college in the U.S.  Financial aid is available for students as needed, including federal loans.

Academics

At Holy Apostles, students can study on campus or take up to 100 percent of their classes online.

The college curriculum emphasizes the Catholic liberal arts tradition, excellence in teaching and learning, philosophy, and theology.

Undergraduates can earn an associate’s degree in liberal arts and theology, or they can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, theology, sacred art, English in the humanities, or history in the social sciences.

Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts degree in pastoral studies, philosophy, or theology.  Students can also earn graduate certificates in all the College’s concentration areas.

The 60-credit core includes six Catholic theology courses, which include Catechism, Theology of the Body, Synoptic Gospels, Scripture, Moral Theology, and Liturgy. There also are six philosophy courses, including Philosophy of God. Other required courses include several in the traditional liberal arts disciplines, especially in literature and history.

Some of the courses are taught in an interdisciplinary manner, such as the team-taught course on the development of the social sciences. Interdisciplinary electives include religion and law, Catholic approaches to counseling, and bioethics.

Faculty members teaching philosophy and theology make a profession of faith and promise obedience to the bishop and the Magisterium. Theology professors must have the mandatum to teach. All members of the college and seminary faculties are approved by the bishop on the recommendation of the rector.

Holy Apostles offers an Online Writing Lab to assist both on-campus and online students with specific questions regarding research and composition. The lab is staffed by professionals who are equipped to work with students who have learning disabilities and students who encounter English as a Second Language.

Holy Apostles has attracted a wide range of students, from traditional recent high school graduates to students who have spent long periods away from academic study.

The Bioethics Center was founded in 1982 to articulate authentic Catholic teaching with respect to bioethical issues, from technological reproduction to end-of-life decisions. The Center offers information to students, scholars, and the general public online, linking to bioethics resources within the Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, various bioethics organizations, universities, publications, journals, medical associations, and more, providing a broad-based and solid Catholic foundation for research and study.

Holy Apostles has a working agreement with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in Philadelphia allowing a student, while earning credits toward a Masters in Theology at Holy Apostles, to also earn a certificate in bioethics from the NCBC.

In the fall of 2012, Holy Apostles added Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to its offerings and allows anyone with an interest in the material to register into them for free via its MOOC registration site.

Spiritual

Holy Apostles has daily Mass at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles chapel. The 7:00 a.m. Mass is attended by the seminarians, sisters, lay students and members of the faculty and staff. The 10 a.m. Sunday Mass is open to all.

The Sacrament of Confession is available before Mass and two afternoons a week. There is a daily Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as 24-hour adoration beginning every Thursday evening through Sunday morning.

Students also have the option of participating in Mass and other spiritual activities, including perpetual adoration, at nearby St. John Church in Cromwell. The parish is staffed by Coventual Franciscan Friars.

Residential

Holy Apostles entices students with a modest but picturesque and peaceful campus. It is also historic; the oldest building was erected in 1751. The campus is wooded, and students and visitors enjoy a guided trail tour known as the Tree Walk.

Residential facilities for lay students are not available on campus. Some students taking on-campus classes share local apartments, but most commute from their homes. To help students with local housing, the admissions director works with local realtors and homeowners. The college has developed a database of “host families” from local parishes.

Health services are available at Middlesex Hospital and Connecticut Valley Hospital, each located five minutes away in Middletown.

Cromwell is a town of 13,500 people that is 15 minutes from the state capital of Hartford and about 30 minutes from New Haven. The quiet town also is safe, with a crime rate only about 40 percent of the national crime index.

Hartford, a long-time center of the insurance industry, has a population of 125,000. It has a number of attractions, including the Mark Twain House and the Hartford Civic Center, which hosts cultural and sports events.

Cromwell can be reached by the north-south Interstate 91. Amtrak serves Hartford, and the city’s Bradley International Airport provides non-stop service to several major cities.

Activities

Holy Apostles doesn’t offer a large number of student activities, but it continues to build student life and find ways to join students in fellowship and evangelization activities.

“The social life is very different here than most traditional colleges,” said Fr. Mosey. “The social life here is adoration, study, and pro-life work.”

The student-run Holy Apostles Life League, which coordinates pro-life activities, is quite active. Its activities include a prayer vigil on Saturday mornings at one of the abortion clinics in Hartford during the academic year, followed by the Mass of Mercy in the seminary chapel. In addition, a Holy Hour for Life and Mercy is held at the chapel every Saturday and includes the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Life League also coordinates the annual bus trip for students, faculty, and staff in January to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and there is a tomb on campus marking the grave of an unborn victim of abortion where a flame continually burns.

The majority of undergraduate students at the Cromwell campus are involved in campus liturgical life and spiritual activities. Social events are often informal and student-initiated, and include cookouts, going to movies, playing several sports, as well as several off-campus activities. With the ability to study and worship alongside seminarians and consecrated religious, lay undergraduates readily substitute expanded social activities and residential facilities for the college’s commitment to fidelity and evangelization.

Bottom Line

Holy Apostles has expanded its lay enrollment since the 1970s. The college’s small size and heavy emphasis on philosophy and authentic Catholic theology attract students who seek a quiet, prayerful atmosphere to prepare for evangelization, graduate study, and careers.

With its on-campus and online courses open to all students, Holy Apostles creates a unique interaction among students preparing to serve God in every way. As explained by Fr. Mosey, “Lay graduates often express their gratitude for studying side by side with seminarians and consecrated men and women, as together we form the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Mystical Body of Christ.”

Recognized for fidelity, excellence, and affordability, Holy Apostles is an option well worth considering for anyone who won’t miss the trappings of the typical American college.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

Holy Apostles is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE); the Connecticut Office of Higher Education (CTOHE); and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

In its 2020 Best Online BA Humanities Programs, the Online Schools Report (OSR) ranked Holy Apostles College & Seminary as the #1 Best Online Humanities BA Degree among Catholic institutions, and as #7 among all of the other private and secular institutions nationwide.

The Online School Report used six data points to determine the best humanities degrees: three focused on the quality of the school, and three focused on the quality of the individual program. Holy Apostles is proud to be their #1 online Catholic College and we are dedicated to delivering a great humanities degree online that allows students to study at a faithful Catholic College and graduate with minimal or no debt.

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is also proud to be #5 overall among Intelligent.com’s top 25 Best Online Master’s in Christian Counseling.

Great Value Colleges ranked Holy Apostles College & Seminary as its #1 Catholic College and #5 overall among the 50 Most Affordable Master’s in Philosophy.

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

The administration, the faculty, and library staff at Holy Apostles are dedicated to providing all of the students at Holy Apostles with the fullness of truth that will protect them from serious error and spiritual harm.  All of our on campus academic and social policies are constantly vigilant and pro-active to help protect all of our students from blasphemous, dissident and heretical material, especially in our library and in all of our course syllabi.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

Our faculty are carefully hired for their academic expertise and their demonstrated fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Regular faculty meetings encourage the integration of the Catholic faith throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas. In addition, faculty evaluations are submitted and reviewed at the end of each semester.

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

All of the academic programs at Holy Apostles have a single mission: to cultivate Catholic Leaders for holiness and evangelization in every vocation and in every profession. Everything we do is solely inspired by our mission.

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

The academic programs at Holy Apostles prepare our students for the renewal of human culture in the light of Christ by focusing primarily on the Humanities, namely, the Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Theology, English, History, the Sacred Arts. As more and more colleges and universities have neglected or even closed down these critically important academic programs, more and more faithful and concerned families and students are seeking and enrolling in the Newman Guide Colleges, like Holy Apostles.

What is the median SAT and ACT of your most recently admitted class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students) 

SAT: 1200

ACT:

What is the median H.S. GPA of your most recently admitted class?

3.6

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

It is our goal that a philosophically-based, faithful Catholic liberal arts program will prepare our students for life, for advanced graduate studies, and for evangelization in every vocation and in every profession.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

98%

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

Our faculty members are constantly informed of this responsibility at every faculty meeting. Our mission statement informs all that we do at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, especially what is taught by our faculty.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Roger Duncan: Ph.D. in Philosophy-Yale; senior professor of Philosophy for many years; writes extensively for Communion & Liberation.

Angelyn Arden: Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology-University of New Hampshire; numerous publications, book reviews, professional lectures on the psychology-philosophy-literature interface; Professor of Humanities.

Sebastian Mahfood, Ph.D. in English – Saint Louis University; nationally recognized leader in the fields of educational technology and online learning; Director of the Catholic Distance Learning Network

Patrick Madrid, M.A. in Theology – Pontifical College Josephinum; Director of the Catholic Apologetics Academy and the Envoy Institute; Host of three EWTN television series: “Pope Fiction,” “Search and Rescue,” and “Where Is That in the Bible?”; and a nationally recognized leader in Apologetics.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Yes

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

SAS 101 Sacred Scripture- Dr. Joan Gilbert (On Campus) and Fr. Randy Soto (Online)
PAS 161 Catechism I – Dr. Lisa Gulino ( On Campus) and Prof. Steven Schultz (online)
PAS 162 Catechism II – Dr. Lisa Gulino (On Campus) and Prof. Steven Schultz (online)
MTH 300 Moral Theology – Dr. Joan Gilbert (On Campus) and Prof. Jacob Torbeck (online)
MTH 425 Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson (On Campus and Online)
SAS 451 Synoptic Gospels – Dr. Andrew Blaski (on campus) and Fr. Randy Soto (online)

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

The undergraduate program is a philosophically-based Catholic liberal arts degree designed to prepare the students for graduate studies and life. Many of our undergraduate students go on to study graduate theology. Catholic philosophy provides the necessary prerequisites to study theology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  All theology courses at Holy Apostles are faithful to the Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

Scripture, Catechism I, Catechism II, Moral Theology, Theology of the Body, Synoptic Gospels

History of Ancient Philosophy, History of Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of God, Philosophical Anthropology, Logic, Metaphysics, Poetry, Drama, Research and Writing, Novels and Short Stories, Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, Psychology

Mathematics among the Liberal Arts, Science Course in either Physics, Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

Course in either Physics, Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology

Humanities in the Ancient World, Composition and Rhetoric, Chemistry-Lab, Spanish I & Spanish II, Latin I & Latin II, Greek I & Greek II, Logic, Sociology, Church History, American History, Humanities in the Early Christian World, Fine Arts, Ethics, History of Medieval Philosophy, Epistemology, Economics, Synoptic Gospels, Liturgical Theology, Letters of St. Paul, Political Science

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

Associate of Arts Degree – 60 Credits, 50% are Core Courses
Bachelor of Arts Degree – 120 Credits, 50% are Core Courses

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

The first required course for the undergraduate students is The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Beginning students study the first and second pillars (Creed and Sacraments) in their first semester and the third and fourth pillars (Moral Life and Prayer) in their second semester. The courses Synoptic Gospels, Letters of Paul, Bioethics, Theology of the Body, Moral Theology, and Apologetics are designed to meet the Institutions’ objectives that Catholic students become leaders for evangelization, with the expectation that they know the teachings of the Church, will find the continued strength they need to live them and will be prepared to promote and defend them.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

No – suggested but not required.

Number of majors:

6

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Associate of Arts Degree Majors: Liberal Arts and Theology
Bachelor of Arts Degree Majors: English in the Humanities, History in the Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Sacred Art and Theology

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Theology – 42%

Philosophy – 38%

English in the Humanities – 10%

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. Once a month a faculty member presents a lecture that usually addresses a theological question that is related to his or her specialized discipline.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research, and other academic activities? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. The faithfulness of faculty participation in the monthly Fides et Ratio Faculty Seminars based on the summer Fides et Ratio seminars sponsored by the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, DC.

All courses in the different disciplines are directed toward the mission of cultivating Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

Yes

On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

24/7

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

The priests who primarily minister to our students on campus belong to the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

Several of the campus ministers who are not priests are unordained members of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles.

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)

Yes

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

Some of the local students choose to attend Mass in their parishes while others choose to attend Mass on campus with the seminarians

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)

Yes, Mass is offered daily at 7 a.m. each morning.

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

More than 30 undergraduate students attend daily Mass. All students are welcome to attend Mass daily.

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

Yes, monthly

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Monday – Friday, 6:45 Morning Prayer, 7:00 AM Ordinary Form Mass (Ordinary Form in Latin on Thursday)

Thursday – Sunday Morning – Continuous Adoration

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)

Yes

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Monday-Saturday: 6:15 AM – 6:45 AM

Wednesday & Friday: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Or by appointment

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)

Yes

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Monday-Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Friday-Sunday 8:00-9:00 PM

Continuous Adoration from Thursday 8 PM – Sunday 9 AM

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Catholic Underground – 1 meeting per month

Charismatic Renewal – Sunday evening

Contemporary Praise & Worship – Monday evening

International Rosary – Wednesday afternoon

Confraternity of Mary – Thursday afternoon

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

While we do not have any formal programs to foster vocations, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are constantly being fostered because our undergraduate students study and pray side by side with priests, seminarians, and religious vocations on a daily basis.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

N/A

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Several of our lay students have entered religious life after graduating from Holy Apostles, and many others have later been ordained to the priesthood.

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification, or description (optional):

The nature of the campus built around a seminary formation program lends itself to a Catholic prayer life. Students are welcome to participate in daily Mass, daily Liturgy of the Hours, a daily Holy Hour, and common devotional prayers such as the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On Fridays during Lent the seminary community prays the Stations of the Cross. Some students choose to be part of Catholic Underground that meets on campus once a month. Literally and spiritually, Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel is at the center of campus life at Holy Apostles College & Seminary.

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

Holy Apostles College is an institution that serves lay commuter and online undergraduate students. Students who wish to attend classes on campus are responsible for providing their own living arrangements and transportation.

What percentage of students reside in housing offered by your institution?

All seminarians, priests, and religious vocations reside in on-campus housing.  No lay students reside in on-campus housing.

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls? (Yes/No)

Yes

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?

100%

If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated?

N/A

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Never, there are no common areas for anyone who is not a resident

Are students of the opposite sex ever permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular “open house” events, once or twice a semester.) (Yes/No – if yes, when?)

No

If students of the opposite sex are visiting students’ bedrooms, does your institution require that doors are fully open and lights on? Please describe.

N/A

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

Alcohol is forbidden in all of our on-campus residences.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

N/A

How does your institution foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

Daily Mass, daily Liturgy of the Hours, a daily Holy Hour, common devotional prayers such as the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. During Lent, on Fridays, Stations of the Cross. The Catholic Underground meets on campus once a month.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

…foster spiritual development:

The nature of our campus lends itself to a Catholic prayer life. Students are welcome to participate in daily Mass, daily Liturgy of the Hours, a daily Holy Hour, common devotional prayers such as the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On Fridays during Lent the seminary community prays the Stations of the Cross. Some students choose to be part of Catholic Underground that meets on campus once a month. Literally and spiritually Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel centers the entire campus.

…engage in corporal works of mercy:

On Saturday mornings after Mass, students are invited to pray outside of an abortion clinic in Hartford.

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

Every year, on-campus students participate in a Dash for Life event sponsored by a local Pregnancy Care Center that assists pregnant women. The entire on-campus student body also travels annually to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The Holy Apostles Life League meets regularly to discuss pro-life activities.

…address issues of social concern:

Seminarians regularly participate in field education in the service of the Church.

…address particular academic interests:  

There are several online academic clubs that engage in philosophical and theological discussions.

The faithfulness of faculty participation in the monthly Fides et Ratio Faculty Seminars based on the summer Fides et Ratio seminars sponsored by the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, DC.

All courses in the different disciplines are directed toward the mission of cultivating Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.

…address particular cultural interests:

The population at Holy Apostles represents many nationalities, and thus cultural interests are regularly and publicly encouraged and practiced.

…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

N/A

…please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

N/A

If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)

N/A

What athletic teams are offered for men and women?

N/A

How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?

N/A

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)

Yes

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

All sanctioned clubs must be approved by the administration and are required to adhere to Catholic teaching.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes

How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

Yes

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement?

The mission of Holy Apostles College and Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated, and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

Yes

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

All speakers and honorees support the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

240 Undergraduate Students not including religious sisters or seminarians – (more online than on campus)

Male: 55% Female 45%
Catholic: 95% Other 5%
Number of States Represented: 50
Top States: California, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida
Students from Top States: 40%
Catholic HS N/A Homeschool: N/A
Private HS: N/A Public HS: N/A

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Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement?

The mission of Holy Apostles College and Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated, and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

Yes

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

All speakers and honorees support the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

A Message from the President

Dear Prospective Students:

Thank you for your interest in Holy Apostles College & Seminary.  Our mission is to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders.

Towards this end, we offer a philosophically based, Catholic, liberal arts undergraduate degree program to prepare our students to be Jesus’ missionary disciples of the “New Evangelization” called for by our recent popes. As Pope Francis recently stated, “Every Christian is called to be a missionary, sharing the Good News of salvation in Christ and making disciples for him.” This reflects the Universal Call to Holiness affirmed by the Second Vatican Council which all are called by grace to fulfill, laity and those in consecrated life.

Holy Apostles is one of the few Catholic Colleges in America where lay students, religious vocations and seminarians attend many of the same classes together, and grow spiritually and intellectually together. Faithful to the Magisterium, members of the faculty are approved by our Chancellor. Faculty publicly take an Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith.

We are committed to providing an affordable and distinctly personal Catholic education for men and women who desire to become leaders who think with the mind of Jesus and who love with His heart in the one Mystical Body, the Church.

I invite you to visit or call us to learn more about the exciting opportunities we offer at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. You are always welcome.

United in the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Peter S. Kucer, MSA, STD

President-Rector

Visit Campus

Get in touch with Holy Apostles College and Seminary to schedule your campus visit:

860-632-3048

33 Prospect Hill Road
Cromwell, CT 06416

holyapostles.edu

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