Only Catholic College in Georgia Announces Exciting Relaunch Plans - Cardinal Newman Society

Only Catholic College in Georgia Announces Exciting Relaunch Plans

Courtesy of Holy Spirit College

Beginning in the fall of 2019, college-bound students will once again have a faithful Catholic option in Georgia, with the re-launch of Holy Spirit College’s undergraduate program. Families who have followed The Newman Guide, which recommends faithful Catholic colleges, may remember the Atlanta, Ga., college that launched in 2005 but later scaled back to focus on its graduate programs.

Holy Spirit College is located on the beautiful 30-plus acre campus of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta. The College embraces a strong Catholic identity, and Archbishop Wilton Gregory has granted all theology professors the mandatum, by which they pledge their fidelity to Church teaching.

Undergraduate students can now apply for the Bachelor of Philosophy program, with the option to choose one of five concentrations: Catholic classical education, business and entrepreneurship, philosophy, politics and economics; pre-law; or theology. The program is designed to provide a solid liberal arts education, which reports show is greatly valued by many employers, coupled with practical training. The College also offers various courses, certificates and degrees for adults, including a Master of Theological Studies Program.

Dr. Eric Wearne, the College’s new provost, says he joined Holy Spirit in part to be on a campus that encourages free expression of our faith, values the liberal arts, and makes Catholic education affordable. Students at Holy Spirit will have easy access to the sacraments, will be educated to become “creative people who can think clearly,” and will pay less than $10,000 for one year of undergraduate tuition, according to Wearne.

“In terms of culture, we are and always will be a relatively small, student-focused institution, so I can promise that [students] will be personally known, and they’ll be taken seriously, and their faith will be taken seriously,” he continued.

For the first year, the College plans to recruit 10-20 freshman and transfer undergraduates. The College has its own dedicated spaces on the grounds of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, including classrooms, a lounge, library, break room and offices. On-campus housing is not yet available, but there are apartment complexes just ten minutes from campus.

Students who join the College community will be able to play a significant role in shaping student life, while benefiting from being both close to downtown Atlanta and outdoor sites like the start of the Appalachian Trail. The College has built into its program formal dining opportunities, retreats and mission trips for students.

The College plans to apply for regional accreditation, but it already has an articulation agreement with Newman Guide-recommended Ave Maria University in Florida, allowing students to transfer their core curriculum coursework and finish their degrees.

Holy Spirit is led by President Gareth Genner, who is also president of Pontifex University, where Holy Spirit students have the option of taking online classes in sacred art and theology. Archbishop Gregory serves as rector of Holy Spirit, and Monsignor Edward Dillon, pastor of Holy Spirit parish, serves as chancellor.

Holy Spirit College is great news for the Catholic Church in Georgia and for families across the country. It promises to offer an authentic Catholic education that is academically rigorous and affordable. Students who join the College community will have a unique opportunity to help shape the College and receive personalized attention in planning for their futures.

KELLY SALOMON is director of education and advocacy for The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education.

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