Holy Apostles College & Seminary – Seminary Journal


Dcn. James Keating at the 2018 Marten Lecture at Notre Dame University


Holy Apostles has assumed stewardship of Seminary Journal, a journal formerly published by the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association from 1995 to 2014. To maintain the library catalog, Holy Apostles has partnered with the NCEA to bring out the Winter 2013 edition in December, 2017, followed shortly thereafter by a combined 2014 edition. Holy Apostles will on its own publish a combined 2015, 2016 and 2017 edition. Then, beginning in 2018, the Journal will return to three issues per year.

To search the database of articles from 1995 to 2008, click here and drop a key word in the search field. For the full issues from 2009 to 2013, click on any of the icons below.

Spring 2009

Fall 2009

Winter 2009
Spring 2010
Fall 2010
Winter 2010
Spring 2011
Fall 2011
Winter 2011
Spring 2012
Fall 2012
Winter2012
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013

If you teach or study in a Catholic seminary in the United States or Canada, please consider sending an article to seminaryjournal@holyapostles.edu on one or more of the four dimensions of formation: intellectual, human, spiritual or pastoral. We are in the process of developing an editorial review board for the purpose of assisting with the surfacing of articles and a blind peer review process.

Editorial Review Board Members serve on the Board for a term of 3 years. Their main contribution is to invite essays for the journal and to contribute two essays over the course of his or her tenure. The Board member is to be available further, if assistance is needed, to judge the suitability of an essay submitted for publication, serving as peer reviewer. This work, unlike the solicitation of essays from peers, would be anonymously executed. For such generous service the Board member receives a free subscription to the journal.

Current Editorial Review Board Members:

  • Dcn. James Keating, Director of Theological Formation at the Institute of Priestly Formation

Article Guidelines for Seminary Journal
December 2017

Seminary Journal welcomes the submission of articles for publication. We are a blind, peer-reviewed journal with an 80% acceptance rate. About half the articles in each issue relate to the theme, with the other articles of general interest and related to seminary work. In particular, we are interested in articles on the four pillars of formation: human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual, and on assessment of student growth. Other topics are welcomed.

Print issues of Seminary Journal are sent to subscribing rectors, seminary libraries, formation directors, seminary faculty, vocation directors, field education coordinators, continuing education of clergy directors, religious houses of formation, ministry formation programs, and bishops. Digital issues of Seminary Journal are made freely available to everyone via this webpage. Institutional subscriptions are available at the rate of $75 per year via PayPal to smahfood@holyapostles.edu or a check made payable to the publishing house responsible for distribution: En Route Books and Media, 5705 Rhodes Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109.

We publish three issues a year, in Spring (June), Fall (September) and Winter (December). Themes for 2018 are as follows:

  • Spring 2018 – Humanae Vitae – 50 Years Later (submission due date extended through August 1, 2018; publication date October 1, 2018)
  • Fall 2018 – The Legacy of Vatican II and of Saint Paul VI (submission due date extended through September 1, 2018; publication date November 1, 2018)
  • Winter 2018 – Fides et Ratio – 20 Years Later (submission due date November 1, 2018; publication date February 1, 2019)

Suggestions for 2019 themes may be sent to seminaryjournal@holyapostles.edu. Please include with your suggested theme a short rationale as to why it would be timely.

Specifications are as follows:

  • Generally, 2,500-7,500 words (can be shorter or longer, and can be extended to 10,000 words with permission)
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style, APA format acceptable for scientific or psychological articles)
  • Use Microsoft Word format, 1.5 spaced lines, 1 inch margins
  • Place tables and charts in the Word document, and send them as separate files
  • Send by email as an attachment to seminaryjournal@holyapostles.edu 
  • Include a 1-2 sentence bio and a passport-style color photo or black and white photo of yourself as an attachment. The photo must be scanned or snapped at a high resolution with a plain background.
  • On a title page, include title of the article and your contact info: Name, job title, institution, mailing address, phone and email address.

We do not pay authors for writing an article for Seminary Journal, but we hope you will take pleasure in being published in a well-respected Catholic journal. We will mail you a complimentary copy when the issue is printed.

Book Review Guidelines for Seminary Journal

  • 500 – 1000 words
  • Microsoft Word document, 1.5 spaced lines
  • Include the book title, author, publisher, and year of publication at the top of the article
  • Include “Reviewed by (your name and job title)” after the book title and info
  • Include a 1-2 sentence bio of yourself at the end of the review.
  • Send by email to: seminaryjournal@holyapostles.edu

Ads for Seminary Journal

Seminary Journal welcomes ads from Catholic organizations to help fund its operations. Ads must be submitted copy-ready in .jpg or .pdf form to seminaryjournal@holyapostles.edu. Payment must be made via PayPal to the general editor at smahfood@holyapostles.edu. Prices below are per issue. Three issues will be published each year, so organizations that would like their ads to appear in more than one issue may indicate such at the time of payment.

  • 1/4 page = $25
  • 1/2 page = $50
  • full page = $100

General Editor

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, serves as Vice-President of External Affairs and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT.

Dr. Mahfood founded the Catholic Distance Learning Network of the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association in the fall of 2006 and trained over a hundred Catholic seminary and theological school faculty in online teaching and learning over the life of the Network.

In the spring of 2012, Dr. Mahfood began developing the lay formation programs at Holy Apostles following eleven years of service in the work of priestly formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

To promote the faculty and student community at Holy Apostles, Dr. Mahfood established En Route Books and Media in 2014 and WCAT Radio in 2016, the books and themes of which advance the work of the college.


X