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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
\u201cStudents enrolled at least part-time (six credits) per semester in undergraduate programs are eligible to apply for Federal
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.
\u201cIf you have questions regarding Finan- cial Aid, please contact Henry Miller, Financial Aid Director or call 860-632- 3020.\u201d
available. The college is accredited by its re- gional agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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-
goals\u2014all related to faith\u2014is: \u201cTo animate the entire college and seminary experience in a recognizable, distinctive, and unambiguous-
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
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
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
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