Graduate Certificate in Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies

Program Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies, in partnership with the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women, provides learners with the abilities and skills necessary to become active leaders and mentors in accord with their state in life.  This concentration would be an excellent fit for women who wish to:

    • Become leaders and mentors in your current career, state in life,  at the parish or diocesan level, in service to all of humanity.
    • Conduct effective retreats and programs designed for women.
    • Pursue a career or volunteer work in one of the many Pro Life organizations.
    • Be more effective in infusing family life, communities, institutions, organizations, and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teaching, from a uniquely feminine perspective.

This fully online, 15 credit certificate program will enable you to:

      • Identify and utilize the practical skills necessary to be leaders who meet the challenges of contemporary culture and society.
      • Coordinate programs for the formation of women, both young and old alike.
      • Collaborate with various ministry and/or educational leaders in a parish or school.
      • Serve as leaders within the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women.

All students seeking the Holy Apostles Graduate Certificate in Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies are required to complete PAS 551 and then select four (4) courses from the remaining five (5) for a total of 15 credits. Please find the certificate plan HERE.

    • PAS 551  Toward a Catholic Understanding of Woman (3 credits) – Dr. Monica Miller
    • PAS 553   Catholic Social Doctrine and Today’s Catholic Woman Leader (3 credits) – Fr. Joshua Genig
    • PAS 555 Learning from the Past: Words and Wisdom of Holy Women (3 credits) – Fr. Joshua Genig
    • PAS 557· Prayer and Spirituality of the Church (3 credits) – TBD
    • PAS 559· The New Evangelization (3 credits) – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
    • PAS 561· The Fundamentals of Catholic Servant (Virtue) Leadership (3 credits) – Fr. Joshua Genig

Please note that registrants in any of the above six courses must also enroll as members of the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women and will receive all rights and benefits of membership appertaining thereunto. In addition to the networking opportunities provided by the BLI, students who complete five CWLS courses offered at Holy Apostles will receive an independent Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies from the BLI. The mandatory course pack fee for this added value is $500 per course, even if the student is not interested in completing the Graduate Certificate or MAPS degree programs through Holy Apostles.   Please see for more information.

Membership in the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women includes the following benefits during the duration of each semester a course is being taken:

  • Women of Grace Exclusive Membership for the duration of the program per their request
  • Complimentary Registration at all Benedicta Leadership Enrichment Seminars for the duration of the program per their request
  • Complimentary Registration at Women of Grace Webinars and Online Studies per their request
  • Invitation to Women of Grace VIP Events
  • Becoming a part of a Sacred Sisterhood where we encourage and pray for each other to live out God’s calling in our lives


Fr. Joshua Genig  serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Benedicta Leadership Institute Studies, as well as Chair of the newly established Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies concentration in Women’s Leadership Studies

Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), The University of St. Andrews, UK(2012)
Ed.S. Cand. (High.Ed. Admin & Lead), Eastern Michigan University, MI (2017-present)
M.Div.(Pastoral& Systematic Theology), Concordia Theological Seminary,IN (2006)
B.A.(Religious Studies), Concordia University, MI (2003)

Viva Vox:Rediscovering the Sacramentality of the Word Through the Annunciationto Mary(Minneapolis: Fortress AcademicPress, 2015).

Can You Hear Me Now? Another Look at Lutheranism and the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary(Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary Hopes and Visions Series, 2010).

Fusion: Resurrections(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2007).

Refereed Journal Articles:

“A Forgotten Word and a Forgotten Woman: A Lutheran Attempt at Regaining the Sacramentality of Scripture by Way of the Annunciation to Mary” in Marian Studies61:2010, “Mary in Scripture Since Vatican II,” 52-72.

Book Reviews:

Book review of Many Are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood by Scott Hahn –submitted for publication in Concordia Theological Quarterly(forthcoming).

Book review of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright in Concordia Theological Quarterly74:1-2 (2010), 171-173.

North American Patristics Society –2013-present
Board Member, Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary –2010-present
Mariological Society of America –2010-present
American Academy of Religion–2009-present
Fellow, Center for Pastoral Theologians (Formerly: Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology)–2008-present
Colloquium Viatorum –2008-present
St. Mary’s College, The University of St. Andrews, UK –2007-2012
St. John’s College, The University of Durham, UK –2006-2007

Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph. D. has been teaching theology at the university-level since 1986. She obtained a Ph.D. in Theology in 1991 from Marquette University studying under the great theologian Fr. Donald Keefe, S. J.  She has taught at Marquette University, St. Francis University in Joliet, IL, Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, Saint Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, MI, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and currently is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Madonna University in Livonia, MI.

She is the author of Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, The Authority of Women in the Catholic ChurchThe Theology of the Passion of the ChristAbandoned- The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, and editor of  I Was a Stranger-Reflections on the Unborn Lost to Abortion.  She has several published articles that have appeared in First ThingsCrisis MagazineFidelity MagazineThe New Oxford Review, Bellarmine Review and the National Catholic Register.

Dr. Miller is the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., LISW-S., BCD., FAAPC.—Dr. Popcak serves Holy Apostles College & Seminary as the Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies Program. He is the founder/director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Through the Institute, he directs a group pastoral tele-counseling practice that provides over 12,000 hours/year of ongoing psychotherapy to Catholic individuals, couples, and families around the world. The author of over 20 popular books and programs, Dr. Popcak is an expert in the practical applications of Pope St. John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body. He is also the host of More2Life Radio, a call-in, Theology of the Body-Based advice program heard on over 300 terrestrial stations affiliated with the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and SiriusXM Channel 130. In addition to his work with Holy Apostles College, he serves on the adjunct faculty for the psychology and graduate theology programs at Franciscan University and the doctoral faculty for the studies in human behavior program at Capella University.

Licensed Independent Social Work-Supervisor—Ohio
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work—American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.
Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
2016 Richard M. Hogan Award for Social Sciences—Couple to Couple League
Featured Speaker—2015 World Meeting of Families—Pontifical Council for the Family.

Ph.D in Human Services/Counseling—Capella University
Master of Social Work—University of Pittsburgh
BA Psychology—Franciscan University
BA Theology—Franciscan University

Holy Cross Family Ministries—Advisory Board
Catholic Psychotherapy Association—Education Committee & Nominating Committee

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund, M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D.

Online Adjunct Professor of Theology, Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund earned her B.A. in Philosophy at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia and her M.A. in Religious Studies at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.

After many years of teaching, Marianne returned to graduate school, earning her Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Marriage and Family) at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. After graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Dallas and a summer immersed in further coursework in Russia, she decided to go to Rome.

Her Doctorate in Theology (Spirituality) is from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. She has taught at the University of Dallas, delivered scholarly papers at conferences across the nation, and has published several articles in Philosophy and Theology.

Presently, Dr. Siegmund is a member of the online faculty at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Dr. Siegmund enjoys travel, especially for the sake of furthering one’s knowledge, reading, baseball, and ornithology.