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Hello Holy Apostles Alumni,

Let me introduce myself, my name is Karen Roche, the new Director of Alumni at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. I am honored to be in this position. I know that each one of you are very important in sharing God’s word and we look forward to providing you with a very interactive community of support.
Jacqueline Reiss is also here to assist with alumni operations. We are so blessed to have her share her expertise and knowledge with us. We are excited to share that we are in the process of updating our alumni website and social media platforms. Please forgive us if any errors occur. We would like to ask what you would like to see within our Alumni Association. Job Postings, Alumni Happenings, Events, etc…? Please feel free to contact us with your comments, suggestions, or concerns. Our goal is to build a dynamic community within our Alumni where we offer support to one another and have a lot of fun doing it.

Also, if you have not done so already, please join us on our social media pages at:

In Christ,

Karen Roche

Director of Alumni and Student Life

kroche@holyapostles.edu 860.632.3026

Jacqueline Reiss

Assistant to Alumni


Job Posting:


The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Defending the Dignity of the Human Person in Healthcare and the Life Sciences since 1972

Hiring: Editorial Position in Publications
The National Catholic Bioethics Center, located in Philadelphia, seeks to hire a full-time editor who will supervise production schedules, copy edit, proofread, typeset, and generally assist as needed. Candidate must have editing experience. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, desktop publishing skills, and knowledge of the Catholic moral tradition are desirable. The National Catholic Bioethics Center is a major publisher of scholarly titles in bioethics. Send resume to Edward J. Furton, Director of Publications, at efurton@ncbcenter.org with the subject line: “Job Application.”

New Book: Minor Setback or Major Disaster? The Rise and Demise of Minor Seminaries in the United States, 1958-1983

Fr. Bob Anello, MSA, a distinguished alumnus and a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, has written a new book,  Minor Setback or Major Disaster? The Rise and Demise of Minor Seminaries in the United States, 1958-1983. Published by En Route Books and Media, the book presents the history of minor seminaries from the concept’s inception following the sixteenth-century Council of Trent’s mandate for a new training method for the Catholic priesthood up to the present.

Fr. Steven Avella, Ph.D., observes, “This exhaustively researched book tells the fascinating story of a once-thriving system of priestly formation that had already began to fade just prior to Vatican II.” For a sense of the importance of this topic, please review the statistics from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) for seminary populations in 2017-2018.

For ordering information and additional details, including testimonials, please visit En Route Books and Media.

New Books From En Route Books and Media

Three new books are now available from En Route Books and Media.

In Diamonds in the Rough: Homilies and Reflections on the Mystery of Suffering, fourth year theologians and lay students at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Florida, reflect on the meaning and purpose of human suffering in the life of the Christian. In these homilies and reflections on key passages of St. John Paul II’s apostolic letter “The Mystery of Human Suffering” (Salvifici Doloris, 1984), co-suffering with Jesus Christ becomes the setting to contemplate Christ’s invitation to engage with him in co-redemption. The book is edited by Sr. Paula Jean Miller, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist who serves at the seminary.

Catholic Apologetics: Witnessing to and Defending the Faith, written by Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, teaches how to use basic logic, rational argumentation, and non-rational argumentation to further the Good News of Jesus Christ. Apologetic topics that are presented include God’s existence, the presence of evil, faith and science, Christ’s divinity and resurrection, sola scriptura, the Eucharist, the Papacy, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Communion of Saints, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

Fr. Kucer is also the author of Catholic Church History: Pre-Christian to Modern Times. The book presents how the Catholic Church developed in time, from her earliest days up to modern times. The reader will encounter the mystical presence of Christ in the Church as His body. The various aspects of the Church, such as prefigured, persecuted, mother, teacher, shepherd, and prophet, are laid out in this history.



Follow in the Footsteps of St. Paul

Fr. Peter Kucer invites you to join him on a pilgrimage to Greece from May 18 to May 28th, 2018. The itinerary includes Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Ephesus, and six other stops, and includes a 3-day cruise. Fr. Kucer will be the spiritual director on this unforgettable journey. Please see the pilgrimage flyer for more information.  

Two New Books from Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer

Two books by Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA,  are now available for ordering from En Route Books and Media. God as Father and Priests as Fathers, Brothers, Bridegrooms, and Disciples presents a relational understanding of the priesthood in two parts: the mystery of the priesthood from the perspective of father, and from the viewpoint of bridegroom.  A Brief Historical Survey of Marian Devotion and Theology surveys the historical development by the Holy Spirit through the Church of Marian belief and devotion.

Fr. Kucer is Academic Dean of On-campus Learning and Assistant Professor of Theology at Holy Apostles, of which he is an alumnus.  He has also received degrees from Middlebury College, the Dominican House of Studies, and the Catholic University of America.

New Book: History of the Eucharist

En Route Books and Media announces the publication of History of the Eucharistic by Roger Skrenes. In his latest book, Mr. Skrenes  explores the Old Testament foundations of our Eucharistic celebration and how Christ is truly its fulfillment in every way.

Dr. Daniel Van Slyke, former academic dean of online learning at Holy Apostles, has written a foreword to the book, which is now available through En Route Books and Media.

Mr. Skrenes is also the author of The Jesus Code: In the Beginning was the Word (En Route Books and Media, 2016).

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein on WCAT Radio

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology at HACS, is a guest on Bob Olson’s show, “I Thought You’d Like to Know” on WCAT radio. In the interview, recorded on September 18, Dr. Goldstein discusses her life and faith as a writer and assistant professor of dogmatic theology at Holy Apostles. Her books include Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, The Thrill of the Chaste, and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints.

WCAT, a St. Louis-based Internet radio station, is a branch of En Route Books & Media and designed for the purpose of advancing the themes of its books and for promoting the mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Tune in for a variety of interesting programming choices.

Seven HACS Graduates to be Ordained Today

Please pray for seven graduates of Holy Apostles who will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood today, Saturday, July 1, at the Priestly Ordination Mass of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.  The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and live video may be viewed here. In total, 13 men will be ordained, constituting the largest ordination class in the U.S. for 2017.

Those who studied at Holy Apostles to be ordained today are:

Rev. Mr. Javier Bareño

Rev. Mr. Michal Dykalski

Rev. Mr. Yasid Salas

Rev. Mr. Marcin Kania

Rev. Mr. Henry Pinto

Rev. Mr. Sylwester Pierzak

Rev. Mr. Michal Rybiński

More information about the class and short biographies of the men can be found at the Diocese of Paterson website.


Commencement Photos May 2017

Teens for Kids

Faith Kowitz is the founder, along with her friend Ava Hogan, of Teens for Kids, a student-run organization that collects new and gently used toys and clothes and distributes them to children in need.

Faith and Ava are students at the Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, CT where they started the organization whose powerful mission is “Showing love towards the young parentless and sick.” Donations will reach children in family shelters, orphanages, and hospitals.

Faith and Ava invite your support through donations, time, and prayers. For more information about this new effort, and how you can help, please visit the Teens for Kids website.


A very warm welcome to our newest group of alumni!

Please note the following message from Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP on this momentous occasion – the graduation of members of the first Eritrean cohort.

Please join me in congratulating Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamariam, MCCJ, and the graduates of the first Eritrean cohort who received their degrees in a special graduation ceremony held in their nation’s capital of Asmara on January 30, 2017. 

The graduates are priests and religious sisters in the country of Eritrea, East Africa, who were able to remain in their ministries as pastors and teachers while completing their coursework 100% online. 

Also to be congratulated are the faculty and staff at Holy Apostles who worked with this group in spite of many difficulties with book delivery and Internet connectivity. Where there is great adversity, of course, there is also greater grace at work in those who open themselves to it. 

I’m proud of our community already, but moments where such good things come make me even prouder. I am happy that our community has received this spring its third Eritrean cohort, evidence of the ongoing relationship with our fellow Christians in East Africa and of Holy Apostles’ ongoing fulfillment of its mission to cultivate leaders the world over for the purpose of evangelization. 

Please find attached the graduation booklet prepared by one of the graduates to commemorate this occasion. 

Eritrean Cohort