Philosophical Conference of Interest

Perhaps this is helpful:

The Long Island Philosophical Society conference organizer Glenn Statile (of St. John’s University) does a great job putting it together.

I would recommend the conference to any HACS faculty and students in the NY metro area (and beyond) who might have something to present in the future. The conferences are usually in April. It is a nice conference that is usually well-attended, and it could be good for promoting the school as well.

Check it out here:

Good morning, friends,

Please join me in welcoming to our faculty, Dr. Gregory Popcak, who will serve as the Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program starting on Monday, April 3, 2017.
Dr. Popcak is the kind of person who may not need an introduction, but for those of you unfamiliar with his work, you may learn more about him on a few representative sites:
Aside from his publications and his radio program, Dr. Popcak is the executive director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute.
Dr. Popcak’s letter of introduction to the community may be found at

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice-President of External Affairs and Governmental Compliance
Director of Assessment
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
33 Prospect Hill Road
Cromwell, CT 06416-2027
860-632-3085 (office)
“Without knowledge, even zeal is not good” (Proverbs 19: 2).
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matt. 6:27)

Announced on June 24, 2014

Beautiful Model Gives Up Flourishing Career To Become Nun

Olalla OliverosAt the top of her flourishing career, a beautiful Spanish model has given it all up to become a nun.

Olalla Oliveros, a beautiful and well known Spanish model who did advertisements, television commercials, and worked as an actress has given up her career and decided to become a nun. Last month, Oliveros entered the semi-cloistered Order of Saint Michael.

Announced on June 21, 2014

Fortnight for Freedom Begins Today

Fortnight for Freedom-Prayer

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.




Announced on June 14, 2014

Gates Foundation to stop funding abortion? Claim is disputed

bill-melinda-gatesMelinda Gates has announced that the Gates Foundation will no longer support abortion. But the president of Human Life International says that the announcement was an “outright deception.”

Nigerian Woman Writes to Melinda Gates: We Don’t Need Your Contraception


Announced on June 12, 2014

Gates Foundation Has Decided Not to Fund Abortion


It’s unexpected but accepted…Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, said the international family planning and anti-poverty group founded by them, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “has decided not to fund abortion.”



Announced on June 10, 2014

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Saving Our Youth Webinar

Addiction and Supporting Recovery

Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders Webinar Series.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT



Apologetics: I’m Not Really Sorry! (03.15.2014)

ESS Madrid Flyer



Check out the first of the extended webinars hosted by HACS featuring Patrick Madrid. You can find the registration and the flier here… God bless!





Renewing the West by Common Sense(03.11.2014)

Revewing the West AdCheck out this conference opportunity. Click the ad to enlarge!!

A Common Sense Understanding of Ethics
A Common Sense Understanding of Politics
A Common Sense Understanding of Philosophy, Science, and the Art A Common Sense Understanding of Religion and Theology


Cardinal Kasper’s on Divorce, Remarriage, and Communion (03.04.2014)

Cardinal Kasper

Here’s an excerpt…you’ll want to check out this transcript!

“Noting the large number of persons suffering from the effects of divorce, he said, “It is not enough to consider the problem only from the point of view and from the perspective of the Church as a sacramental institution.

We need a paradigm change and we must – as the good Samaritan did – consider the situation also from the perspective of those who are suffering and asking for help.”




Patrick Madrid-Search and Rescue (02.21.2014)

Madrid Search and Rescue

I would like to announce that Patrick Madrid will be offering a presentation at HACS on April 5th at 7:00 PM. This is a fundraiser by Regina Caeli Academy.

Interested? Contact Heather Voccola directly.







Walking With God (02.14.2014)

William Mill’s new book, Walking With God: Stories of Life and Faith (Rollinsford, NH: Orthodox Research Institute, 2014) is now available for purchase. Here’s a link to Amazon to purchase!!

Walking with God is a collection of pastoral and practical reflections on twenty-five gospel lessons and is a good resource for the Lenten Season. Each chapter includes a Food for Thought section for small group discussion, spiritual journaling, or personal reflection. This book is a good resource for sermon preparation, Adult Bible Study, and for personal use.

Sacred Art and Sacred Music MOOC (02.12.2014)

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This course will examine the Church’s teachings on sacred art and music as an integral part of the Liturgy in the Latin Rite tradition. It will look at why the Church considers sacred art and music essential to the ultimate purpose of its liturgy: the worship of God, and by means of it, the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It will look at how the Church defines “sacred art” and “sacred music,” and how they can authentically be given expression today in service of the liturgy.




What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem? (02.04.2014)

Dominican Colloquia Here’s an opportunity to attend a great conference.

What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem? Dialogue between Philosophy and Theology in the 21st Century

July 16-20, 2014, Berkeley, California Registration is required.




New Academic Dean at HACS (01.19.2014)

Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSAPlease welcome Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, who has been named as the interim academic dean at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

Fr. Kucer completed his STD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in January, 2012, and worked in parish ministry before being appointed to the faculty at Holy Apostles in the fall of 2013. His interests include the relationship of Catholic doctrine to history, politics, economics and scientific reasoning and the relationship between Catholicism and Judaism from the standpoint of continuity and change.




Professor John Joy’s Book Available at Amazon (01.19.2014)

The Gospel Illustrated by Duccio

The Gospel Illustrated by Duccio: Sacred Images from the Maesta Altarpiece with Selections from the Holy Gospels is now available at Amazon. Holy Apostle’s adjunct professor, John Joy has published his book featuring Gospel stories side by side with full color images painted by one of the truly great medieval artists, Duccio di Buoninsegna. Check it out!!







Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage with the USCCB (01.11.2014)

USCCB AbortionOn January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Promotional and planning resources are available for leaders. Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence. Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 –  Sunday, January 26!

You can join by text message, email or downloadable apps!!



Top Third Online Bachelor’s Program (Posted on 01.08.2014)

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Just announced: the online bachelor program at HACS ranks in the top third of all colleges in the U.S. according to US Today. That’s quite an achievement and points to good things ahead. Check out the ranking and methodology.  Keep up the prayers and spread the word!!





Dr. Van Slyke Leads DL at HACS (Posted on 01.07.2014)

Dr. Van Slyke Profile Pic
At 12:01 AM EST on Monday, January 13, Dr. Daniel Van Slyke, S.T.L., Ph.D., ( will assume the position as head of the online learning programs, i.e., Associate Dean of Distance Learning.
Please welcome and congratulate Dr. Van Slyke on his new position as the online teaching and learning community moves ahead under his leadership. Dr. Van Slyke has served as Associate Director of Distance Learning for the past couple of years and knows the programs and its needs quite well. He will be a strong asset to HACS going forward.



The Story of St. Basil (Posted on 01.03.2014)

St. Basil



I know we’re a couple days past the Feast of St. Basil, but a friend passed this along to me. An Orthodox priest, Fr. Spiro Bobotas tells the story (there’s audio) and the significance of St. Basil. This Saint was (is) a man who knew the true meaning of wealth and the cost of calling one’s self Christian.





Mary’s Miraculous Lactation (Posted on 01.01.2014)

St. Bernard Lactation Detail

I’ve had this image of St. Bernard and the wording, “Monstra te esse Matrem” as my laptop wallpaper for some years now. It’s not a familiar image and may make some with modern hyper-sexual sensibilities cringe a little. But as we celebrate today’s feast of the Solemnity of Mary, I would be hard-pressed to think of a more fitting sign or image capable of making that reality apparent.

Here’s an open group FaceBook page (even I was surprised by that fact) on the Miracle that provides details to the story and offers various artistic depictions of the event. What a wonderful mother we have!





Aquinas & Evolutionary Creation (Posted on 01.01.2014)


Evolution & the Christian Faith are  ‘hot button’ topics at the water cooler and in the media. Here’s a blog entry from the BioLogos Forum for placing science and faith in dialogue. It’s a mult-entry series, the first featured here by the priest/scientist, Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P. Check it out and enjoy! Instructing the ignorant is a spiritual work of mercy.



Follow HACS on Twitter (Posted on 12.30.2013)

HACSHoly Apostles now operates a Twitter account. Twitter is a unique part of  social media. Getting only 140 characters (other than links) to “tweet”, the user has to be concise and quick with their updates. This is great for the user reading other posts as well, as the Twitter Feed can be quickly browsed for interesting Tweets. It takes just a few minutes to set up an account and it saves valuable  time during the day to see what’s going on where, or who is saying what. Sign up today at The account to search for Holy Apostles College and Seminary is @holyapostlesedu.

Also, if you haven’t already, create a LinkedIn profile. Go to Connect to HACS!!



Newman Society & Common Core  (Posted on 12.29.2013)

Newman SocietyIn an interview on EWTN’s The World Over, Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly discussed the Common Core standards and reflected on the negative impact they could have on the Catholic identity of Catholic schools. Reilly encouraged schools to “pause and take a closer look” at the Common Core.




The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord (Posted on 12.24.2013)

DPS Christmas 2013

On behalf of the Dead Philosophers Society, may you have a blessed Feast of the Nativity. May God be with those who are marginalized, the poor of purse and spirit, the disenfranchised, the odd and peculiar, the lonely, the infirmed and those who struggle with hope this blessed Christmas season.

From the invitatory this morning: Today you will know the Lord is coming, and in the morning you will see His glory!



New DPS Website Contributor (Posted on 12.23.2013)

Shaun McAfee

Please welcome Shaun McAfee to the DPS Contributor staff. Shaun is a graduate student in the theology program, concentrating in Dogmatic Theology.

Shaun will be moderating the DPS Blog. Welcome him to the group!







University Faculty for Life Writing Contest (Posted 12.19.2013)


HACS and DPS would like to announce an opportunity for all students.

The University Faculty for Life will now accept submissions from college or university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award.



2014 Annual DPS Online Conference (Posted on 12.07.2013)

Stephen Barr


Dr. Stephen Barr, Ph.D.has agreed to present at the 2014 Spring DPS Online Conference.

The theme is “The Metaphysics of Physics and the Human Person” which will focus on the role of materialism and determinism in relation to the human person.

Stay tuned for more information!



HACS Bookstore is Open (Posted on 11.24.2013)

The Holy Apostles College and Seminary bookstore has been updated for the Spring Term and is now open for business. Please stop by the bookstore for all your class textbook and materials needs.

Thanks for using our bookstore.





Veterans Day Message (Posted on 11.12.2013)


On this Veterans Day, let us pause to give thanks for all those who served, those who continue to serve, and especially those who gave all so that we might enjoy our liberty and freedom – among whom include faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Pray also for our military chaplains who, in the example of Medal of Honor recipient Fr. Emil Kapaun, brave all the hazards of war and military service to bring the Word of God to our troops spread around the globe. God bless all those who defend our liberty and freedom.

May the peace and grace of Christ remain forever in our hearts!




Extended Speakers Series (Posted on 11.10.2013)


New Library Resources (Posted on 10.22.2013)

We received this email today from the Holy Apostles Library Director:
I am delighted to report the addition of both, The Philosopher’s Index and The Religion and Philosophy Collection, to our Online Databases and E-Book Collections.  These two databases have been made available to us through the very generous gifts of Dr. Eleonore Stump and Richard Birdsall, who pledged their personal honorariums from the Dead Philosopher’s Society Conference last April.  These new resources are extremely valuable additions to our digital collections and will open the doors for greater depth of scholarly research in these disciplines. I am very grateful for their kind and thoughtful donations.

Clare Adamo / Library Director

New DPS President (Posted on 10.15.2013)



Steve Bujno is the new Dead Philosophers Society president. He is a HACS graduate student presently working on his thesis. Please welcome Steve to his new position when you have a moment.