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 [email protected].  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: Tue., March 24 – Urbi et Orbi Blessing and Plenary Indulgence

Urbi et Orbi Blessing and Plenary Indulgence:

Pope Francis will participate in a prayer service in front of St. Peter’s Basilica this Friday, March 27, 6 p.m. Rome time (1 p.m. eastern and 10 a.m. pacific) before offering a special Urbi et Orbi blessing, with the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence

Watch the prayer service: Vatican YouTube channel (English; other languages are available).
Decree for the plenary indulgence
Text of the Holy Father’s prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick

Community Update: Tue., March 24

Dear Students,

I pray that you are all well.

In these difficult times, it is possible that your studies could be impacted if you contract COVID-19, or are responsible for the care of someone who has contracted it. Please contact me if this happens so that we can work together to find a solution that enables you to to continue, and eventually complete, your academic work.

I am here to help you. If you call my office number (860-632-3022) and leave a message, the message will be forwarded to my cell phone. You can also contact me by email, at [email protected] I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Stay safe!


Dr. Cynthia Toolin-WIslon
Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology
Academic Dean

Update: Sunday, March 22

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary,

We are invited to pray with our Holy Father Pope Francis two times this this week. and the vatican website will be broadcasting the following.

First, this Wednesday at 7 A.M. our time.
Second, this Friday, at 1 P.M. our time.

If you wish to read Pope Francis’s message please go to the site or click on the following:

For information from Pope Francis on an indulgence, on the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the pandemic, for a decree on Holy Week and Easter Observance click on:

United in the Lord Jesus,

Fr Peter

Update: Fri., March 20 – Commencement Exercises (Graduation)

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary:

After careful discernment which included taking into account how nearby colleges and schools are approaching commencement exercises, we have come to the decision that commencement will not take place in May. We are working on a web-based alternative plan and will update you as soon as the details are in place. Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate through these unusual times.

United in the Lord Jesus,

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

Update: Thurs., March 19 – Solemnity of St. Joseph

Dear Family of Holy Apostles College and Seminary,

    Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has encouraged all to be spiritually united at 9 PM this Thursday, March 19 by praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Please see below for his words.

United in the Lord Jesus,

Fr Peter

 ~ Pope Francis ~

Every family, every member of the faithful, every religious community: All of us spiritually united tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 pm in praying the Rosary, the Luminous Mysteries.  Mary — Mother of God, and Health of the Sick, to whom we direct the Rosary, under the loving gaze of St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family, and our families — brings us to the luminous and transfigured Face of Christ and his Heart. And we ask that he especially protect our families, in particular the sick and those who care for them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service. … In life, in work, in family, in joy and sorrow, he always sought and loved the Lord, making himself deserving of the praise the Scriptures give him: a just and wise man. Call on him always, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great saint.[1]

[1] “Pope Calls for 9 PM Rosary for Protection of our Families,” aletia.org

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.

Recent Posts

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 [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected]