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The Newman Guide
Overview

Ranney Hall, the oldest house in the small central Connecticut town of Cromwell, has been a focal point of service to the commu- nity for one and one-quarter centuries. In various forms, this building and subsequent additions have housed a medical facility, a Catholic seminary and then a Catholic college and seminary.

Holy Apostles Seminary began as a mi- nor seminary in 1957, founded by Father Eu- sebe Menard, O.F.M. It was originally oper- ated by the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, an order of priests also found- ed by Father Menard. An undergraduate col- lege was opened for lay students in 1972, and the seminary became a major seminary in 1978.Later, graduate, distance-learning and

non-degree graduate programs were added. Today, Holy Apostles College & Seminary is a unique, small-scale Catholic college with modest university components. It also is one

that is \ue000rmly rooted in the Church.

The seminary has long had strong his- toric ties with the Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, who still serves as chancellor of the expanded institution. And for more than two decades, he as well as the Archbishop of Hartford and the Bishop of Bridgeport have served on the board of trustees.

As one sta\ue002 member told us, \u201cThis ex-
pansion of the board gave the college and
seminary the bene\ue000t of episcopal oversight,
along with ecclesial and professional exper-
tise.\u201d
quick facts
Founded:197 2
Type of institution: Very small liberal
arts college
Setting:Subur ban
Undergraduate enrollment: 28 full-time and
13 part-time lay students (2008\u201309
academic year)
Total undergraduate cost: $9,360 (tuition only
for 2009\u201310)
Undergraduate majors:Fo u r
five key Points
1.\ue000\ue000Seminary enhances strong Catholic
identity.
2.\ue000\ue000Connecticut\u2019s three bishops sit on the
board of trustees.
3.\ue000\ue000A 90-credit, philosophy-based core
curriculum.
4.\ue000\ue000Lay students bene\ue000t from studying
alongside seminarians.
5.\ue000\ue000Very affordable, but no living on
campus.
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Cromwell, Connecticut
www.holyapostles.edu
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
152
The Newman Guide

Enrollment has been growing in recent years and reached 276 in the fall 2008 semes- ter, including 65 seminarians, 41 undergradu- ates and 170 graduate students. Twenty-three dioceses as well as six religious communities are represented.

But it was not until about six years ago,
according to Father Douglas Mosey, C.S.B.,
the president-rector, that new a\ue004ention was

directed to the undergraduate lay program. He said, \u201cWe realize the desire and need for truly Catholic colleges. We have right here in our immediate area a number of Catholic high schools, and we are recruiting there for students and families who want a faithful Catholic education.\u201d

The college remains a commuter school\u2014 there are no residence halls for lay students and no plans to build any. Father Mosey add- ed, \u201cThere also are a number of homeschool- ing families who might want their sons and daughters to receive higher learning and per- haps continue living at home.\u201d

The recruitment of undergraduate stu- dents is a critical element in the college\u2019s long- range plan.

The opportunity to study in a Catholic environment with seminarians is compelling to these students as is the strong core curricu- lum, which covers 90 credits or about three- fourths of the graduation requirement.

Also a\ue004ractive is its a\ue002ordability. Tuition

for the 2009\u201310 academic year was $9,360, less than a third of the average tuition for private institutions in Connecticut. Financial aid is available if needed, including federal loans.

According to the college\u2019s former direc- tor of student recruitment, \u201cHoly Apostles is the lowest-priced private college in New England, a fact that I think many parents and students would want to know because, at that cost, it is possible to graduate without incur- ring college-loan debt.\u201d

Yet another appealing aspect of Holy
Apostles is the opportunity to study at an

historic, picturesque and peaceful campus. Its oldest building was erected in 1751. There are so many trees that students and visitors enjoy a guided trail tour known as the Tree Walk. Many of these trees were planted by

representatives of the \ue000rm of the noted 19th-

century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who was a native of nearby Hart- ford.Students have the option to major in four

areas: philosophy, theology, English in the humanities and history in the social sciences. An associate of arts degree in theology also is

From the
Financial Aid Office

\u201cStudents enrolled at least part-time (six credits) per semester in undergraduate programs are eligible to apply for Federal

Pell Grants and Federal Sta\ue002ord Loans.
All students wishing to be considered
for Federal title IV Financial Aid must \ue000ll

out the Free Application for Federal Stu- dent Aid (FAFSA) and the Holy Apostles Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA is available online at the Federal Financial Aid Webpage. Students are urged to com- plete their FAFSA at least 60 days before the start of coursework.

\u201cWhen all forms and related documents
are in the student\u2019s \ue000le, the information
will be reviewed, and the student will
be noti\ue000ed of the decision via an award
le\ue004er. All \ue000nancial aid is based on need
with the exception of the Federal Unsub-
sidized Sta\ue002ord Loan and the Federal
PLUS/GradPLUS.

\u201cIf you have questions regarding Finan- cial Aid, please contact Henry Miller, Financial Aid Director or call 860-632- 3020.\u201d

Holy Apostles College & Seminary
153
The Newman Guide

available. The college is accredited by its re- gional agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Governance
In addition to the three Connecticut bish-
ops, the Holy Apostles board of trustees in-
cludes \ue000ve priests of the Missionaries of the

Holy Apostles and nine lay members. One of the lay members is Dr. Marie Hilliard, R.N., former executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference and currently director of

bioethics and pub- lic policy at The National Catholic Bioethics Center. The Missionaries of the Holy Apos- tles turned over the seminary and col- lege to the board of trustees in 1984.

Father Mosey, who holds a Ph.D., is the seventh pres- ident of the college and seminary. He is in his 14th year as president. He also serves as di-

rector of the permanent diaconate formation
program for the Diocese of Norwich.
All presidents of Holy Apostles have
been priests.Public Identity
Holy Apostles is commi\ue004ed to cultivating or-
dained, consecrated and lay Catholic leaders
for evangelization. One of the college\u2019s \ue000ve

goals\u2014all related to faith\u2014is: \u201cTo animate the entire college and seminary experience in a recognizable, distinctive, and unambiguous-

ly Catholic spirit.\u201d

All interviewees emphasized the col- lege\u2019s Catholic identity with enthusiasm. One philosophy professor, for example, said, \u201cI have taught in a number of colleges over the years, and Holy Apostles College by far has the best atmosphere for orthodox teaching, camaraderie and friendship. These are rein- forced with an integrated liberal arts educa- tion. It has the complete package.\u201d

And a full-time student told us, \u201cThe college has the strongest Catholic identity I\u2019ve ever seen. When you\u2019re hanging out with seminarians in class and on campus all day,

you can\u2019t get much more Catholic iden- tity than that.\u201d

One

senior administrator said that there is \u201ca constant

stream of visitors to the campus

during the academic year, including bishops, deacons and mem- bers of various re- ligious communi- ties. These invited guests come to address the study

body on a wide range of topics, including the
Catholic faith, moral issues and bioethics.\u201d

Among recent speakers are Father Bene- dict Groeschel, C.F.R., and Father Frank Pa- vone, national director of Priests for Life. The commencement speakers for 2008 and 2009, respectively, were Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly and Bishop Michael Cote of Norwich.

Bishop Cote, who is also chancellor of Holy Apostles, is very supportive of the in- stitution. He has said, \u201cIn every regard Holy

Apostles is a center of in\ue001uence for living in
the true Catholic spirit. The devotion to the

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