Registration Info Letter

November 5, 2020

Dear New Online Students,

Welcome to Holy Apostles College & Seminary!!  We look forward to working with you over the next few years.  Even though we continue to maneuver through this Pandemic with all of its unknowns, our current students will tell you that we have not dropped a beat in our service to each of them.  We are thrilled that you are now a part of this family!

The upcoming Spring 2021 semester is right around the corner.  Courses and registration forms will be up on our website by the beginning of November. This is the procedure you will follow 8 weeks prior to every semester that you study with us in order to find the upcoming semester’s registration information.  Therefore, save these instructions for the future.  Please note that each syllabus includes your reading materials that you will need to purchase. Once you have registered for your course(s), it is best to purchase the materials early so that they arrive before classes begin.  This has been especially true during this Pandemic when shipping has slowed down from what we’re used to.  Homework is often assigned during the first week of class!

To view the Spring course registration forms and syllabi, please log onto our website:  You will see a burgundy bar at the top; click on CURRENT STUDENTS.   From there, scroll down and click on “Registration Information” found under the “Online” portion of the “Registration” area.

Students may begin registering for the Spring semester starting on Monday, November 23.  The Spring semester begins on Monday, January 11, 2021, and ends on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Please note that for this Registration Period, registering early will be particularly important.

The offices at Holy Apostles will be closed for Christmas break from December 24th and return back on January 4th.  This date of January 4th is also the date when the Online Orientation for New Students begins.  Therefore, it is very important that you register before December 23rd to be processed in a timely fashion and be enrolled in your Online Orientation on time. 

To Register for your courses on or after November 23rd, please see the below instructions pertaining to either the Undergraduate or Graduate program you are pursuing:

All New UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (including Personal Interest Undergraduate)

  • You must register through your Adviser.  Your adviser is Ms. Cathy Surface. Please use her Online Booking Calendar ( to set up an advisement appointment and registration.  You may also call her at 860-632-3036.
  • When registering, be prepared to discuss payment. All tuition payment is due upon registration unless you’re receiving Federal/Government/Military Aid.

All New GRADUATE STUDENTS (including Personal Interest Graduate) will be able to register in several ways:

  • You may email your scanned registration form to [email protected]
  • You may phone Ms. Pon Olmer at 860-632-3067 or me, Mrs. Jennifer Arel, at 860-632-3070.
  • You may mail your registration form along with a check to the address listed on the form.
  • If you want to contact your adviser, Prof. Steven Schultz, with questions about your program, you may email him at [email protected]
  • Please note that new Graduate students must begin with the first co-requisite course unless you have been told otherwise. All tuition payments are due upon registration unless you’re receiving Federal/Government/Military Aid.

After you’ve registered, all new students should be aware of the following:

Once you contact us for registering, I will proceed to create a Holy Apostles email account for you.  This email account is the only email your professors and all staff will use to contact you.  It is imperative that you log into this new account on a regular basis.

  • You will receive an email from me with instructions to help you log into this new email account and to complete your Populi activation process.  Populi is our Learning Management System through which all of your online courses will be taught.
  • Within that email, you will also receive instructions on purchasing books and starting your Online Orientation for New Students.


  • All of our Online courses are taught on our Populi Learning Management System. Populi is able to run on the following up-to-date browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.  You will also need a reliable, high speed internet connection.  Please be sure these requirements are in place before the semester begins.  To review the other Online Learning and Technology Requirements, please visit the website here:
  • We offer two waves of the Populi Online Orientation course.  For those who register prior to January 4th, you will be placed into the first wave of the course which begins on January 4th.  This is optimal since it allows you to complete the Orientation prior to the start of your classes.
  • However, if registering before January 4th is not possible, then a second wave of the Orientation course is offered starting on January 11th, the same day as the start of your classes.
  • PLEASE NOTE that each wave of this Orientation is accessible for only2 weeks.  It is a Pass/Fail course and will show up on your Transcript.  Even if you have taken online courses before at a different institution and feel this course will be redundant, it contains academic policies and procedures for Holy Apostles so you must complete it.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.


  • If you are a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen, and planning to use Federal Aid, VA Benefits, or are an Active Military, you must contact our Financial Aid Office before the deadline on Friday, December 4th.  Please email [email protected]or call Mrs. Debra Johnston at 860-632-3020.
  • You may pay for your courses using a major debit/credit card or mailing us a paper check along with the registration form.
  • You can avoid our Late Registration fee if you register before January 2nd. However, registering after December 23rd will delay your ability to start in the first wave of the Orientation so it is advisable to register prior to December 23rd.

Please review the Tuition and Fees webpage to see our Withdrawal Refund Policy.  From that webpage, you will see that once a course starts, a full refund is not possible.  The refund policy is as follows:

Prior to the first day of classes (January 11th)==> 100% Refund
By the first Friday (January 15th) of classes==> 75% Refund
By the third Friday (January 29th) of classes==> 50%Refund
By the fifth Friday (February 12th) of classes==> 25%Refund
After the fifth Friday (February 13th and beyond) of classes==> 0% Refund

We look forward to hearing from you very soon!!

God’s Blessings,

Jennifer Arel
(860) 632-3070
Director of Online Learning
National Catholic Bioethics Center Liaison
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
33 Prospect Hill Rd.
Cromwell, CT 06416

August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter Now Available

The August 2020 Holy Apostles College & Seminary is now available.

Read about the Growth at Holy Apostles, Recent Publications, Alumni News, and more!

Growth at Holy Apostles

There is great news indeed – hot off the presses! – from Bob Mish, our Associate Director of Admissions at Holy Apostles:

“I am thrilled to report that compared to our Summer 2019 online learning student and course enrollment totals, the number of students enrolled in our Summer 2020 online courses has gone from 422 to 485, an increase of 15%. More importantly, compared to the Summer 2019, our online learning course enrollment total has gone from 634 to 821, a huge increase of 29%!”

Over the past 10 years, Bob Mish’s carefully documented yearly enrollment summaries provide even more astounding numbers and statistics:

  1. the total number of online students enrolled over the past 10 years has increased from 144 to 485 students, an increase of + 237 %; and
  2.  the number of online course enrollments over the same past 10 years has surged from 202 to 821 online course enrollments, an increase of +306%!

Numbers do not lie, and these great statistics are proof positive that online learning at Holy Apostles is growing by leaps and bounds and meeting the needs and the aspirations of hundreds of online undergraduate and graduate students who are serious about becoming “Leaders for Evangelization.”

These statistics are even more impressive when compared with so many other colleges and universities that are struggling with their own enrollment numbers.
On February 24, 2020, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a feature article titled, “At the Precipice: 6 in 10 Colleges Say They Missed Fall Enrollment Goals.” Their article further stated, “[a]bout two-thirds fell short of net-revenue targets.” Many colleges are hurting and on the verge of closing.

Holy Apostles’ Fall online student enrollment numbers, however, were up by +8%, and our Fall online course enrollment numbers were also up by 17%!

Holy Apostles is dedicated to providing our students with faithful, flexible, and exceptionally affordable online undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are second to none for their fidelity to the Magisterium as well as for their academic excellence. We are proud to be recommended by the Newman Guide.
Spread the Good News! There is still time to apply for the Fall of 2020!

Please contact the Admissions Office today at: [email protected]

A Message from the President-Rector’s Office

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

In light of the recent tragic violence across our nation, may we be united with Bishop Shelton Fabre, USCCB Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The link to Bishop Fabre’s recent YouTube video is below along with additional USCCB resources.

Combatting Racism:
United in the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Peter Kucer, M.S.A., President-Rector

Congratulations to Our Graduates

Congratulations to Our Graduates

Dear Students of Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

Congratulations to our Graduates!

I hope and pray that you, your families, and all those you know are well. We pray for all who are suffering from the coronavirus, especially those known to you.

As the spring semester has drawn to a close, we wish to congratulate you for persevering in your studies during these very challenging times. Your resilience in the face of difficulty is truly inspirational and reflects your desire to be formed into Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ, formed into messengers of the Good News.

To celebrate and honor our graduates, we invite you to attend a virtual Mass to honor all our graduates. This live-streamed Mass will be on Saturday, May 30th, 2020, at 12 noon EDT. We are still working on a new commencement date as many other colleges and universities are doing.

Thank you for being a part of the family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

United in the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Peter S. Kucer, M.S.A. S.T.D.

Holy Apostles College & Seminary Graduates


The Degree of Associate of Arts

Joseph Grupp
Maezy Haldeman
Mary Therese Hudson
Philip M. Hudson
Lily Monahan
Cecilia Anne Morris
Dennis Mamwacha Ombongi
Christian Isaiah Patin
Paul Michael Polocz
Olivia Schmidt
Steven Shopa

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Ariel Acompanado Alonto
Andrew Peter Ashburn
Faye Marie Breen
Maria C. Breen
Noah John Brennan
Sr. Cherubimaris Kimberly Gimena Casino
Br. Daniel Robert Christensen
Derek Michael Cossio
Cameron Daly
Pedro Evangelista Domingo
Michael Anthony Duch
Bernadette Margaret Mary Fahnestock
Brendan James Gregory
Guadalupe Hermosillo Estrada
Mr. Omar Emmanuel Herrera Gonzalez
Kiera Mairead Kelley
Lisa Michele King
Catherine Kniaz
Tyler LaChance
Hayden LaCour
Scott Francis Miller
Jesus Rafael Muratalla Ornelas
Christopher Daniel Murphy
Sr. Gion Thi Nguyen
Sr. Lien Kim Thi Nguyen
Sr. Thao Thanh Nguyen
Thuan Thuy Hanh Nguyen
Thomas Pirog
Justin Lev George Pybus
Jacqueline M. Reiss
Claire Seaver Riberdy
Marie T. Ryan
Michael J. Serpiello
Owen Michael Shields
Steven M. Shopa
Perry Smith
Marissa Rose Standage
Michael Teoli
Janaya Janlin Trudel
Sr. Lien Vu

Undergraduate Certificate in Religious Education

Sr. Marie Meaghan Baldwin, P.V.M.I.
Sr. Rebecca Miriam Lasota, P.V.M.I
Sr. Alina Marie Nieser, P.V.M.I.

Certificate of Preparation for Ordination

Son Sy Vu

Post Master’s Certificate in Theology

Shelby Jacob Dockery

The Degree of Master of Divinity

Ha Manh Do
Dcn. Nestor Armando Martinez Barajas
Cong Van Nguyen
Br. Thuong Van Nguyen
Hung Sy Tran
Fr. Quan Tran
Dcn. Sinh Trinh

The Degree of Master of Arts

Godwin Delali Adadzie
Sr. Monica Arguello, SCTJM
Rev. Tri Hong Bach
Sr. Colleen Marie Bailey, SCTJM
Steven T. Barmore
Kristen Miye Beckman
Mariusz Beczek
Paul Christopher Benavidez
Steven Douglas Bierschbach
Ian Vincent Bothur
Deborah, J. Breakey
Kathleen L. Brouillette
Michael Joseph Byrne
Jeremy Chan Wei Han
Jonathan Corcoran
Br. Anthony Daum, O.S.B.
Thomas Jefferson Davis, MA
Patricia Deffendall
Samantha Nicole Delfin
Jacob Steven Doran
Stephen E. Doran
Eileen Therese Douglass
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP
Dr. Jessica J. Durbin
Joseph Phillip Evans
Rosellyn G. Giampietro
Christian R. Gonzalez
Amy Lynn Guardino
Nathaniel D. Guyear
Abba Mehreteab Estifanos Habteab
Georges M. Haddad
Jordan Andrew Haddad
Maria Immaculata Sri Handajani
Sr. Mary Rachel Hart, SCTJM
Marian Hartzell
Sr. Amanda Howard, SCTJM
Jennifer Anne Hurt
Robert M. Jobe
Joshua Logan Kattelman
Sr. Sara Hagos Kidane
Hiromi Konishi
Kyle Kopy
Christopher Steven Kuennen
Thomas James Lahay
Gregory J. LaPoint
Kiki Latimer
Rev. Ha Le
Rev. Nhat Dong Le
Rev. Thao Nguyen Le
Joshua Osgood Lehman
Christopher Donald Lippold
Jeremy Michael Long
Margaret Mary Malafronte
Janet Lee McLaughlin
Petros Meharenna
Abba Tekie Kidana Michael
Abba Yonas Michael
Rev. Michael Thomas Mitchell
Sr. Evelyn Montes de Oca, SCTJM
Habte Werieseb Negasi
Leah M. Nguyen
Rev. Peter Hien Van Nguyen
Rev. Thuan Quoc Nguyen
Tracy W. Nunley
Fernando A. Ortiz
Kevin Jon Ouellette
Franklin Caelestys Parmar
Sr. Maria Xuan Thi Pham
Thomas Pinto
Wojciech Pirog
Edward Posvar
Christopher Michael Reilly
Denelle Ryan
Michael S. Sanders, Jr.
Abba SemHaray Zeraslasie Semharay
Sr. Michaela Serpa
Edward Patrick Shelly
Rebecca Sheptock
James David Silk
Charles J. Spinelli
Brianna Marie St. Amour
Leo Benjamin Stouder
Jonathan Lee Stute
Steven D. Thompson
Rev. Thiem Manh Tran
Rev. Hai Van Tran, MSA
Megan Colette Trocquet (Vilardi)
Aman Hibtizghi Tsegay
Dr./Chief Imeine Anthony Ukhun
Re. Luan Van Vu
Dr. Raymond Marion Watkins
Ghirmai Weldeghebriel
Abba Berhe Rufael Weldemichael
Deanna Mae Williston
Sister Faith Marie Woolsey, FSE
Fr. Michael Mary Wright of the Trinity, M. Carm.
Mr. Nahom Paulos Zeremariam