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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Second Careers for Catholic Zealots
published 16 January 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

EFORE I get into the main topic I want to give you a chance to laugh. As you know, if you have been following my blog, I left Connecticut to get out of the cold. But in California, where most people never even put on the heat if they even have it, it is very cold this winter. So here is my “witness”: “you know it’s too cold when the physical plant manager at the Church says he doesn’t have to clean the toilets because no one wants to sit on the cold toilet seats! They rush home instead!”

And here’s the last one-liner from my perusal of various good advice to me from mentors of the past:
“In conflict come into poverty of spirit vs. reaching for your arsenal so that your words will be light, not a dagger of hate.”

On the main topic: here in California I am doing my usual Distance Learning M.A. Classes for Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Many of our students have this basic background:
After university they went into a career in the world to support themselves and/or family members. Then, in mid-life, they started wishing they could not only volunteer in Church teaching but actually one day work as Catholic teachers. For this reason such students are working on their M.A. in philosophy, theology or both. Some of them have gradually racked up 4 graduate degrees throughout the years.

Maybe you would like to check out our program for now, later, or for your friends, taught by all magisterial professors, by googling Holy Apostles College and Seminary and clicking on Distance Learning.