About Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Welcome to Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Holy Apostles College and Seminary, a private, not-for-profit college located in the charming and historic town of Cromwell, CT, offers a faithfully Catholic, 100% online and on-campus liberal arts degree program for undergraduate students, as well as 100% online graduate degree programs in Philosophy, Theology, and Pastoral Studies.
With its option to take all classes online and our exceptional affordability, we invite you to Live Your Mission at Holy Apostles College and Seminary!
Holy Apostles At A Glance
# of Undergraduate Students = 229
# of Graduate Students = 425
Small Class Size = 10:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
# of States = 50
# of Countries = 14
# of Continents = 5
Year founded = 1956
Located in Cromwell, Connecticut, just 20 minutes south of Hartford and 10 minutes north of Middletown. The campus includes 40 acres of beautiful land along the Connecticut River and is easily accessible by public transportation.
Holy Apostles College and Seminary is a Cardinal Newman Guide College.
Holy Apostles files an annual IRS Form 990, which is open to public review on the IRS Website.
We Stand Out!
Holy Apostles College and Seminary believes a faithful Catholic education should be accessible and affordable for everyone. This drives our mission to provide the finest Catholic undergraduate and graduate education in a way that is convenient and affordable. Only Holy Apostles College and Seminary offers all three in one!
- At only $375/credit hour, our tuition is ranked over 70% more affordable than the average Liberal Arts College in the Country.
- We believe that a debt-free education is a gift to our students and their families as well as to the Church and society at large.
- Most affordable Cardinal Newman Society Recommended College.*
- Holy Apostles College and Seminary and its faculty are faithful to the Magisterium.
- Daily Mass, the Sacrament of Confession, and Adoration are offered at our Cromwell campus. Online courses incorporate Lectio Divina, prayer, and sacred art and music to foster the spirituality of our online students.
- We are one of the few institutions where seminarians, consecrated and lay students from around the globe attend the same classes growing in appreciation of each other’s vocation and calling, nurturing the beauty and value of vocations among the laity – on an international basis.
- Our students have the flexibility to study 100% online, which allows them to study anywhere at any time to meet the demands of their busy schedules.
Mission & Values
Inspired and guided by the mission of the founder of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, Fr. Eusebe Menard O.F.M., Holy Apostles College and Seminary strives to promote, form and accompany youths and adults to the priesthood, and other ministries and apostolates within the Church as faithful witnesses of Christ.
In particular, the Holy Apostles’ mission seeks to inspire and inform seminarians and students how:
- To deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is Truth incarnate, and to integrate Him into every aspect of their lives.
- To understand, embrace, and live according to the clear teachings of the Church’s Magisterium regarding faith and morals.
- To form ordained, consecrated and lay missionary disciples by cultivating the spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral development of its seminarians and students to serve Christ’s Church.
- To deliver a Catholic educational experience by means of a recognizably distinctive and unambiguous Catholic intellectual tradition.
- To instill a sincere devotion to the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, personal prayer and heartfelt service to others in order to form and prepare seminarians and students as effective witnesses of Christ to the culture.
- To educate and challenge seminarians and students to formulate and communicate a coherent Christian worldview based on faith and reason and thus become effective evangelists, catechists and apologists for the Catholic faith.
- To strive to create and maintain excellence in teaching and learning, research and discovery, and service and engagement, through the Liberal Arts, Philosophy and Theology in accord with the clear Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church.
Holy Apostles adheres to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in the formation and education of our students. The Magisterium is the true teaching of Christ’s one Church on Earth and our various programs reflect our faithful adherence to these teachings, handed down to the Church since apostolic times. As a reflection of our commitment to the Magisterium, we are in submission to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church through, the Bishop of Norwich, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote.
The Eucharist is the center of seminary life for those on campus, which radiates into all the programs we offer, for both our commuter students and those studying through our distance learning programs.
As we are a college and seminary, Holy Apostles is one of the very few Catholic colleges in America where lay students and seminarians attend many of the same classes – both on-campus and online.
Student Activities & Clubs
The social life is very different here than most traditional colleges. The social life here is adoration, study, and pro-life work.
The student body has forged a strong sense of community and family as evidenced by their robust activities together. Most students participate in several sports daily at lunchtime. There are eat-outs at different restaurants; movie, pizza and game nights; hiking around CT. trails and beaches. Students all meet at Catholic Underground on campus each month. They participate in a choir program with the seminarians as well as a Latin schola.
A very large joint representation of the student body takes part in the March for Life in January. The student-run 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.
Our end of semester and end of year celebrations see a large number of participants from the students and their families for Mass, dinner and evening entertainment including talent shows. In sum, this is a unique and positive dimension of Holy Apostles College and Seminary: the experience of the praying, studying and working together of those called to priesthood, to the lay faithful and to consecrated life. In fact, we refer to ourselves as a mini ecclesia. The fact of relatively small classes and very solicitous teachers gives the opportunity for each student to be well known and to be addressed personally on their faith journey.
Established in the fall of 2006, the Dead Philosophers Society of Holy Apostles College and Seminary seeks to strengthen the community of online and on-campus students within the philosophy and theology programs. Membership is free of charge and is open to all undergraduates, graduates & friends.
Holy Apostles College and Seminary 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 the 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 Conventual Franciscan Friars.
- Dr. Roger Duncan (Philosophy & Phenomenology), PhD, Yale University, CT
- Dr. Hermann Frieboes (Bioethics & Biomedical Engineering), PhD, UC Irvine, CA
- Dr. John Hittinger (Political Philosophy), PhD, Catholic University of America, DC
- Rev. Peter Kucer, MSA (Historical Theology), STD, Catholic University of America
- Prof. Patrick Madrid (Apologetics & Theology) Pontifical College Josephinum, OH
- Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk (Bioethics), PhD, Yale University, CT
- Dr. Matthew Ramage (Sacred Scripture), PhD, Ave Maria University, FL
- Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund (Theology & Pastoral Studies), STD, Angelicum, Rome
Campus & Local Area
Holy Apostles College and Seminary entices students with its 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 can walk to the Connecticut River and enjoy the campus’ trail 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.
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 minimal violent crime and a very low crime rate that is about 40 percent lower than 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.