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  • Holy Spirit College and Ave Maria University Announce Transfer Partnership
    Holy Spirit College and Ave Maria University are pleased to announce an undergraduate transfer agreement between the two institutions.  Under this agreement, students who complete the Core Curriculum at Holy Spirit College may transfer those credits to Ave Maria University, fully satisfying the Core Curriculum requirements at AMU.  This provides students with the option of remaining at Holy Spirit College to earn a BPhil (Bachelor of Philosophy) degree with optional concentrations including: Catholic Classical Education, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, or transferring to Ave Maria to pursue their choice of 34 majors and 27 minors. Ave Maria University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Roger Nutt said, “We are excited to partner with Holy Spirit College to enhance the educational opportunities for their students.  This pathway will allow students to complete their degrees in one of our many programs at Ave Maria as seamlessly as possible.” Holy Spirit College Provost Dr. Eric Wearne said: “We are grateful for this partnership with Ave Maria University. This agreement will afford Holy Spirit College students an opportunity to begin their college studies here in Atlanta, and then go on to complete one of the many majors offered by AMU.  The shared Catholic identity between the two schools makes this an excellent fit for the institutions and an excellent opportunity for students.”   Holy Spirit College’s undergraduate studies page may be found at Ave Maria University’s undergraduate majors page may be found at Contact: Read More »
  • Holy Spirit College Named to National Catholic Register’s 2018 Catholic Identity College Guide
    The latest edition of the National Catholic Register’s Catholic Identity College Guide includes Holy Spirit College as one of only 38 “faithfully Catholic colleges and universities” in the United States. Colleges respond to questions addressing issues critical to Catholic Identity: 1. Does the president make the public “Profession of Faith” and take the “Oath of Fidelity”? 2. Is the majority of the board of trustees Catholic? 3. Is the majority of the faculty Catholic? 4. Do you publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the mandatum? 5. Did all Catholic theology professors take the “Oath of Fidelity”? 6. Do you provide daily Mass and posted times (at least weekly) for individual confession? 7. Do you exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, cloning or advocates of the redefinition of marriage as commencement speakers and/or recipients of honorary degrees? 8. Do you exclude sponsoring campus groups and clubs that are not in line with Catholic teaching? 9. Do you prohibit coed dorms? 10. Do your student health services prohibit referrals to abortion businesses? Responses of “Yes” to the above questions reflect “essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope St. John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (Out of the Heart of the Church), its 2000 ‘Application to the United States,’ canon law and other relevant Church documents.” Dr. Eric Wearne, Provost of the College said: “We are honored by this acknowledgement. Our identity as an authentic Catholic institution is fundamental to our mission and to every program that we offer.”   Holy Spirit College offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Theology and Philosophy from its Atlanta campus together with individual courses that can be taken for credit or audit. Undergraduate concentrations offered include both Business and Education. Admissions applications are accepted on a rolling basis    Holy Spirit College’s page may be found at The entire print version of the 2018 Catholic Identity College Guide may be found at: Contact:   Read More »
  • Holy Spirit College Adds New Undergraduate Admission Test Alternative
    Holy Spirit College Adds New Undergraduate Admission Test Alternative Holy Spirit College is pleased to announce that the undergraduate program will now accept Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores for admissions.  As the College grows and prepares to begin accepting undergraduate students again for the fall of 2019, students will now have another way to showcase their academic achievement on their applications.  Students take the CLT on a computer or tablet, and receive same-day results.  “We think the CLT is a great reflection of the curriculum students will encounter at Holy Spirit College.  We want our students to be able to engage with complex ideas at a deep level.  With authors like G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Flannery O’Connor as the basis for test materials, the CLT will give prospective Holy Spirit College students a great way to showcase their knowledge with such ideas even before they arrive on campus,” says Provost Eric Wearne.  The CLT was created in 2015, as its founders sought a way for students from a variety of schooling and homeschooling backgrounds to present their academic skills and abilities to colleges. According to Classic Learning Initiatives, the CLT’s parent company, the CLT “invites students to wrestle with works of the greatest minds in history across literary and mathematical content.” As the only Catholic college based in Georgia, Holy Spirit College believes that adding the CLT is one more way to find “dedicated, curious learners willing to engage great ideas and texts from the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.” To learn more about the CLT, please visit here. Read More »
  • Holy Spirit College Welcomes New Provost and Vice-Provost
    Holy Spirit College Welcomes New Provost and Vice-Provost   Jun 6, 2018 Holy Spirit College President Gareth Genner announced today that Dr. Eric Wearne has been selected as Holy Spirit College’s new Provost, and Dr. Chris Gustafson as Vice Provost.  They will work to maintain, enhance, and grow the College’s academic programs. "We are very excited to have Eric and Chris join Holy Spirit College as we launch undergraduate and graduate programs that are innovative in their delivery while being firmly founded in the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Genner. Holy Spirit College is a Roman Catholic, coeducational college institutionally committed to providing an excellent education for all interested students. The program seeks dedicated, curious learners willing to engage great ideas and texts from the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition within a nurturing and loving community.  Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. Dr. Wearne comes to Holy Spirit College after seven years at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he was an Associate Professor of Education and taught courses on educational foundations, entrepreneurship, and assessment.  His work focuses on school choice and education policy and his work has been published by the Journal of School Choice, the CiRCE Institute, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. Prior to joining the GGC faculty, Dr. Wearne led the research and data analysis efforts of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) in Atlanta for several years, first as director of data analysis, and then as deputy director. At GOSA, Wearne managed the publication of the annual State Report Card, facilitated several Georgia-specific research projects, and played a major role in planning and conducting statewide audits of standardized testing practices in Georgia's public schools.  He also served as Governor Sonny Perdue’s representative to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which guides the development and reporting of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly known as “the Nation’s Report Card.” Before joining GOSA, Dr. Wearne served as a university supervisor for the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University, mentoring and evaluating student teachers in the Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb school systems. As a graduate student, he was named a Woodruff Fellow by Emory and a Dan Searle Fellow by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, and taught undergraduate courses in education policy and history. As a volunteer, Dr. Wearne has served as a board member of the Couple to Couple League, promoting natural family planning, and he helped gain the initial accreditation for St. John Bosco Academy, a hybrid homeschool in Cumming.  He began his career teaching English and debate at Duluth High School in Gwinnett County, and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University, a M.A. in English Education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in English from Florida State University.  He is a parishioner at St. Monica’s Catholic Church and resides in Suwanee with his wife Leigh Ann and their six children. Dr. Gustafson comes to Holy Spirit College from Beaufort, South Carolina where he served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton, South Carolina. There, he developed a dynamic Adult Education Program for parishioners comprised of numerous mini-courses on the Catholic Faith that met the needs of adults with busy lives. In addition to Parish Ministry, Dr. Gustafson has served in the non-profit world of pregnancy centers both as a consultant as well as the Executive Director of three pregnancy centers in Minnesota and in South Carolina. Gustafson has extensive experience in consulting and organizational administration.  He wrote a manual on pregnancy center management entitled Deneutralized in 2012. Dr. Gustafson has taught undergraduate courses in theology at Redeemer Pacific College in Vancouver, Canada as well as St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. He has led seminars on Parish Renewal in the Diocese of Green Bay as well as numerous seminars and workshops on the Spiritual Life, Divine Mercy and other topics. In 2013, he was asked by the Diocese of Green Bay to develop the morality portion of the diocesan catechetical program. Dr. Gustafson has an extensive experience base in the areas of Catholic Theology, the New Evangelization, adult education and non-profit management. has written numerous articles on faith and culture for Main Street Rock, a Catholic online news outlet based in Charleston, SC. Dr. Gustafson earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Theology in 1994 at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and his STD in Sacred Theology in 2005 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. Courses on Spiritual Theology are currently being offered at Holy Spirit College.  The College plans to grow its graduate programs in Theological Studies, Theology, and Religious Education, and to enroll a new class of undergraduate students for the B. Phil program in the fall of 2019.  For more information, please visit Holy Spirit College at, on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us at Read More »
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