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02/16/17

Introducing Holy Apostles’ first MOOC of 2017.

Unbroken: Physical Limits/Limitless Love, Part 1 of 3
This course is a pastoral & ecclesial examination of our Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry & ecclesiology in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples.

Envisioned Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of persons with impairments in light of the Gospel, rooted in the vision of the single flock following the Good Shepherd
  • Students will demonstrate an appreciation of what it takes to craft a long-term, sustainable, shared parish practice of ministry with, to and by persons with impairment(s)
  • Students will demonstrate a vision of the deep unity of the People of God as a witness and a service to the world

Those of you on Facebook may access the course via this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377357915660483/

Those of you not on Facebook may access the syllabus that contains all the links to the course content at Unbroken:Physical Limits/Limitless Love Syllabus (Click Here)

Please feel free to check out our other Massive Open Online Courses at http://www.holyapostles.edu/mooc

 

Alumni Spotlight

Holy Apostles College & Seminary wishes to regularly celebrate and commend our alumni who have taken up the call of evangelization. Today the Holy Apostles community celebrates Mr. Michael Brinda.

Holy Apostles College & Seminary alumnus and recipient of Doctor of Humane Letters, Michael Brinda ‘16, is actively applying the skills he learned at Holy Apostles as a graduate from the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies to further the mission of the Church. His current calling has led him to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, IL. At Mundelein, Mr. Brinda is busy forming seminarians from Dioceses throughout the United States through his course on Parish Management & Operations. Seminarians and attendees of this course are being formed and provided with the necessary tools to more fully live out the mission of the Church

Through his years of business experience and work within various ministries of the Catholic Church, Mr. Brinda saw a great need among those working in the daily management and operations of Church ministry. According to Mr. Brinda, “Parish management and operations (PMO) is perceived to be the place in the parish that is responsible for fixing the potholes in the parking lot, or the leak in the roof. While this is true, this is not all there is to PMO. For example, it is within the agency of PMO to ensure there are as many community outreach ministries as should reasonably exist in a parish, adjusted for parish size and various other demographic factors. If you want to know who is responsible for bringing Christ into the community in every way possible, those efforts should be coordinated and organized through high-energy, trained PMO-based personnel.” His course teaches the critical skills and best practices to create a work environment that is calmer and more efficient. These practices not only benefit those in administrative positions but the employees who work with them and the parishioners whom they serve.

Michael Brinda is the Founder of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers (www.newhorizons.com) and is based in Irvine, California. Mr. Brinda founded New Horizons in 1982, started franchising around the world in 1992, and sold New Horizons to a public company in 1994. Prior to founding New Horizons, he taught mainframe and mini-computer technology worldwide for Sperry Univac. He has expertise in technology training and education for corporations, government, and individuals, and is also experienced in franchising. Mr. Brinda was Ernst & Young 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year award winner. He is currently active in Kairos Prison Ministry, taught RCIA, and conducted Communion Services in prison, and previously worked full-time as a parish business manager in a large, multi-cultural parish. He is a speaker at Cursillo, Kairos, Legatus, and other organizations. Specialties: Building worldwide enterprise, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, franchising, sales systems, marketing, technology, and strategy. Married 41 years to his wife, Kathy, has three children and three grandchildren.

 

 

02/17

 

Pictured are the graduates of the first Eritrean cohort to receive their degrees from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. The Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamariam began search for a distance learning program for his people in 2014 and was placed in contact with Dr. Mahfood. In 2015, the Archbishop visited the Holy Apostles campus in Cromwell. In 2015, 21 priests and nuns, who were unable to leave their country, began their studies via the HACS online campus. Catholic Transcript wrote a nice article on the Archbishop’s visit and background into the Eritrean Church which Pope Francis declared a metropolitan church in January 2015.(http://www.catholictranscript.org/news/news/local-news/4157-new-east-african-archeparch-visits-to-thank-seminary.html

Below is the recent announcement among the HACS community and via our Social Media regarding the first round of graduates from Eritrea. 

Congratulations to Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamariam, MCCJ, and the graduates of the first Eritrean cohort who received their degrees from Holy Apostles 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.

 

 

 

Here are some photos of HACS that were emailed. Displaying the seminary in various seasons.

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