Priestly Ordination for Tom Davis

Saint Ann Melkite Catholic parish in Danbury, Connecticut, welcomed one of their own as their new pastor on December 1stwhen Deacon Tom Davis was ordained to the holy priesthood by the Most Reverend Nicholas J. Samra, Eparchial Bishop of the Eparchy of Newton. Fr. Tom has served St. Ann as a deacon since 2004.

 

Fr. Tom has been closely associated with Holy Apostles College & Seminary since he began graduate studies here in 1992. He was awarded a Master of Arts in Moral Theology, Summa Cum Laude, from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, and has long taught in the Bioethics program, including courses in Bioethics and Law, Case Studies in Bioethics, and Medical Ethics. He is the chair of the faculty graduate committee for the bioethics concentration.

 

Saint Ann Melkite Church is a Byzantine Rite catholic community. It has been well known presence in Danbury since 1910. “The second 100 years of Saint Ann are off to a great start,” Fr. Tom says. “We are going to preach the Apostolic faith in season and out, in the Temple and in the streets. We are going to bring in the people to be partakers of Divine nature and share in the banquet of the Lord.”

 

Fr. Tom is married to his wife of 31 years, Joanne Fatse Davis. They have three children, Thomas Gregory, Julia, and Sophia. Fr. Tom credits his mother’s faith and prayers for his own vocation. She was a determined Irish-American mother of seven children who taught persistence and perseverance by her example of steadfast family loyalty. When she died in 2016 she left a letter addressed to her seven children reminding them that they had the good fortune to be baptized into the Apostolic faith, and they would be called to account for their stewardship of so great a gift.  “Mom taught us all to have a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and that opened a lot of doors for me to see the maternal and nurturing side of the church.”

 

When asked why he is so enraptured with the faith Fr. Tom was quick with reply: “Because I believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”  As to why he chose the priesthood he was similarly direct: “It is God who chooses. When He calls it’s a lot like falling in love, like when I met and fell in love with my wife. Once bitten, nothing was ever the same.” He describes the Christian faith as a fantastic drama in which dogma is the climax. “God became man so that we might be divinized and share in His life for eternity. That’s as awesome as anything gets.”  That’s why he recommends the advice of the great British apologist and writer G.K. Chesterton: “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

 

Fr. Tom has served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Connecticut for the last 28 years. Before that he served as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York and practiced law in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was born and raised. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1978 and the Quinnipiac University School Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review.  In 1988 he received his Master of Laws in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law.

 

Fr. Tom is the founder and president of the Liberty Institute for Faith & Ethics (L.I.F.E.) (liberty4life.org), a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the study of critical cultural, legal, and bioethical issues. “The Liberty Institute embraces the ethos of love and liberty at the heart of revelation and natural law,” says Fr. Tom. “It explores topics like religious liberty, freedom of conscience, medical and research ethics, the bio-technological revolution, the nature of the human person, the structure of society and the natural family and so much more.” That may sound like a mouthful, but Fr. Tom says it all boils down to basics. “Freedom is at the center of the Gospel message. We can choose love or we can refuse love. St. Paul says it best: ‘for freedom Christ has set us free.’” (Galatians 5:1) So it comes down to the choice. It’s like ancient Knight who waited centuries for Indiana Jones to reach his hidden lair in The Last Crusade and who cautioned ‘Choose, but choose wisely.’ It’s a timeless message with the timeless promise of eternal life. It will be the pleasure of my life to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the sacramental economy for the amazing community of Saint Ann.”

 

 

New BA in Liberal Arts – Spring 2020

CROMWELL, CT – Holy Apostles College and Seminary has expanded its online and on-campus offerings with a new undergraduate program – a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts.

 

The program will begin in Spring 2020 with courses being offered each fall, spring, and summer semester(online only).

 

The new program not only offers the flexibility of online learning but also the affordability and fidelity that is associated with an education from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, a Cardinal Newman Society Recommended Catholic College.

 

“The program focuses on the areas of Theology, Philosophy, History, English, Language, and a strong emphasis on Math and Science,” said Mrs. Taylor Riso, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Holy Apostles College and Seminary. “The program gives the students a well-rounded liberal arts education, making the students even more prepared to meet the demands in our society.”

 

Program features include:

 

100% Online or on-campus

Affordable tuition

Double-Major option

Fast-Track availability

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts will also be available as part of the Take Credit!™ Program for eligible high school and homeschooled students. The Take Credit!™ Program provides high school/homeschool students with the advantage of a head start on college in a flexible, affordable online format.

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts joins Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s other online degree offerings:

 

Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts & Theology

 

Bachelor of Arts: English in the Humanities, History in the Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, & Sacred Art

 

Master of Arts: Theology, Philosophy, & Pastoral Studies

 

Graduate Certificates: Catechetical Ministry, Christian Wisdom, & Youth & Young Adult Ministry

 

Post Master’s Certificates: Pastoral Studies, Philosophy & Theology

 

To find out more about Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s new Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts or other programs, visit holyapostles.edu/admissions or contact the Admissions Office at admission@holyapostles.edu.

 

Free Advent Mini-Course

Adjunct Prof. Cynthia Gniadek will be offering an Advent Prayer mini-course. The course is described as an Advent pray for any schedule. The course will teach you how to pray during Advent if you are too busy and have no clue where to start. 

To register, visit HERE.

 

Recent Publication from Dr. Marianne Siegmund

Dr. Marianne Siegmund, Director of the MAPS program for Holy Apostles College and Seminary, recently published an article entitled, “Pope John XXIII’s Mater et Magistra: The Encyclical and the Notion of the Common Good” in The Catholic Social Science Review Volume 24 (Fall 2019): p. 57-73.

 

In Pope Saint John XXIII’s Encyclical, Mater et Magistra (May 15, 1961), the Holy Father sought to apply the Church’s social doctrine to numerous situations of the times. Among them, was the issue of the common good. Dr. Siegmund’s paper first anchors the encyclical within the larger frame of world history at the time in which it was written, and then offers a brief overview of Mater et Magistra. In light of two specific themes in the encyclical, the individual person and socialization, a final remark highlights the notion of the common good.

 

 

Read Dr. Siegmund’s article HERE.

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