Coronavirus/covid-19 Updates

Prayer Requests

During this time the Family of Holy Apostles is praying for you and your loved ones. We want to offer you the opportunity to send us your specific prayer intentions. If you have any specific prayer requests please send them to us using this email address prayers@holyapostles.edu.  All prayer requests will be prayed for by the Holy Apostles Family during our daily Masses and Eucharistic Adoration.  God bless you and Mary, Queen of Apostles, watch over and protect us.   

HACS Community Updates

Update: Wed., March 18

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

We are moving forward with all our programs. If requested, our staff will reach out to you. All are invited to pray daily the following prayer issued by Pope Francis for these times.

United in the Lord Jesus,
Fr Peter Kucer

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Wed., March 11: Beginning Monday, March 16th, on-campus classes will shift to web-based or to other non-class roomed based modes of teaching.

Lastest Update Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:05pm.

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, 

In response to the Coronavirus, the Connecticut Governor, Governor Lamont, declared a civil preparedness and public health emergency. Currently, the risk to our campus appears low. At the same time, we want to take steps to minimize risk. Heeding the request of the CDC (Center for Disease Control), we will implement a few measures for greater social distancing that will reduce the risk of infection. Beginning Monday, March 16th, on-campus classes will shift to web-based or to other non-class roomed based modes of teaching. 

In addition, until further notice, scheduled conferences and school outings have also been canceled. The library and the gym will be closed for at least two weeks. We respectfully ask faculty, staff, and students to cancel and/or suspend nonessential travel. For resident students who choose to remain on campus, we will continue to keep St. Peter’s dining room open, will continue to celebrate Masses, and maintain our liturgical schedule. If these scheduled events are deemed also risky, we will update you as soon as possible as this very fluid reality continues to unfold. Please note, that for now the scheduled Masses and liturgical celebrations are no longer open to the general public.

For those who are sick or may experience flu-like symptoms entailing a cough, shortness of breath and possibly a fever please notify Alicia Fleck, Fr Peter Kucer, and Fr. Martin Rooney as soon as you can. If you experience these symptoms, we respectfully ask that you refrain from attending the current community gatherings including Masses and meals. We will make sure that you are properly nourished both physically and spiritually, but in order to be of service to you we will need to know if you are sick. The same criteria apply to us as well.  

Finally, it has been brought to our attention of reports harassment, stereotyping, and bullying directed at people perceived to be of Asian descent. We are blessed that no such harassment has been reported on our campus and prayerfully hope this continues. We affirm our gratitude, love, and respect for every one of our seminarians, sisters, priests, faculty, staff, commuter students, resident students, on-line students, and volunteers.

United in the Lord Jesus, 

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

President Rector

Tuesday, March 10: Holy Apostles is currently monitoring the public health situation related to novel strain of coronavirus.

Last Updated Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Holy Apostles College and Seminary is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our campus community. 

We want to emphasize that at this point Holy Apostles College & Seminary does not have any reason to think COVID-19 is on our campus. 

The Holy Apostles is continuing to work closely with public health officials to keep up to date on the situation and to implement appropriate policies. 

All students should check their Holy Apostles College and Seminary email account regularly for any announcements and instructions.

COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions

Who should Commuter Students contact if they have not heard from their professor/instructor?

Commuter Students – You should hear from your professor with instructions regarding your course. If you do not hear from your professor please contact Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu

Is the Campus Open to the Public?

Campus Access – The Campus is ONLY open to resident students. This includes but is not limited to the Dining Hall, Chapel, and Library.

Is the Commencement Ceremony/Graduation Postponed?

 

Updated Tuesday, March 31st

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

After careful consideration and after hearing from you, our students, we have decided to postpone graduation to a later date not canceling it altogether or live-streaming it. We understand how important this time is for you, our graduates.

Unfortunately, we are not sure when this will be, as things are ever-changing due to the Coronavirus. As things become more clear we will communicate with our graduates the information we have. We thank those of you who wrote to us with your concerns about graduation. Your comments and concerns allowed us to better discern about graduation.
Please be assured of our prayers for you and your families.

United in the Lord Jesus,

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

Is the Gratitude Gala Postponed?

The Gratitude Gala – The HACS Gratitude Gala scheduled for April 24th has been postponed. Please watch for information on a future date. 

Are Online Students' Schedules Affected?

Online Students – Your courses will take place as scheduled.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact Jennie Murphy at jmurphy@holyapostles.edu

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