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Discipleship Stage


Candidates for the Seminary program who have not completed all of the academic prerequisites will be enrolled in the Discipleship Stage, Pre-Theology Program. A seminarian may complete his Discipleship Stage, Pre-Theology, as part of the B.A. program if he has not completed his undergraduate degree. This program prepares the student for admission to First Theology of the Configuration Stage.

The courses listed in the First Year and Second Year tabs comprise 60 semester hours of the Pre-Theology Program.

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“The end for which God has instituted the priesthood has been to appoint on earth public persons to watch over the honor of his divine majesty, and to procure the salvation of souls.”

– St. Alphonsus Liguori –

Life On Campus

Seminarians will:

  • Live in Christian Community
  • Participate in a full time on-campus academic program
  • Receive Spiritual Direction
  • Join in communal prayer, formation, and recreational activities

Discipleship Stage Coursework

First Year of Studies

First Semester Second Semester
ENG 115 Writing and Composition LLT 300 Liturgy
PAS 161 Catechism I PAS 162 Catechism II
PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy
PHS 421 Philosophy of Nature PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology
PHS 121 Logic PHS 451 Natural Theology

Second Year of Studies

First Semester Second Semester
PHE 450 Ethics
ENG 300 Great Christian Literature I
PHH 401 History of Modern Philosophy
Philosophy Elective
PHS 490 Metaphysics    
PHE 425 Fundamental Bioethics        
PHS 414 Epistemology
PHH 404 Contemporary Philosophy
SAS 101 Sacred Scripture
PHS 492 Philosophy of God


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Holy Apostles College and Seminary campus, 33 Prospect Hill Road, Cromwell, CT 06416

Will I be assigned a Spiritual Director?

Yes, you will be provided with a spiritual director to assist you with the discernment process and answer any discernment questions you may have.

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