The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® is to identify, educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors of the day in accord with their state in life. By infusing family life, communities, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teaching, the leaders trained by this Institute will do much to infuse a Culture of Life into contemporary society and will "aid humanity in not falling."

"How rare it is to find a valiant woman! It is perhaps necessarily so, since Scripture says that they are more precious than pearls and diamonds. Let us however work to train a few." -St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779 -1865)

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Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® Past Participant,
Orchard Lake Michigan

"Perhaps you have had a moment in your life where you knew that your life would never be the same. That was my experience when I completed the first course in Catholic Women's Leadership. At the time that I registered for the course, I absolutely had no idea why I was enrolling it in or how I would utilize it in my future. All I knew for sure was that I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to register for this course. Using Mary, our mother, as my role model, I said 'yes'.

What I said 'yes' to was a profound experience that transformed my entire womanhood! What God has entrusted to me as being a female is such an awesome responsibility; I trust that I will learn how to better accomplish this by this program. Dr. Monica Miller was so passionate and knowledgeable, it was contagious, and I knew that I would never be the same again. I truly felt the presence of God everywhere on campus. It was inspiring and nurturing to be surrounded by all these amazing men and women who were so filled with God's love. Though I do not know where I am being lead, I do know that now is the time, and I just can't wait to be back on campus again!"


Carmen Schattner,
Student in the Catholic Women's Leadership Program at the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®

The Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women and Holy Apostles College and Seminary

...have partnered to present a dynamic Catholic Women's Leadership Studies Program. The first of its kind, this program provides women with the opportunity to acquire certification in Catholic Women's Leadership Studies. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to "aid humanity in not falling."

There are six Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies (CWLS) 3-credit courses offered through Holy Apostles.  These six courses are at the 500 level and available to both undergraduate and graduate students.  

  • PAS 551 Toward a Catholic Understanding of Women
  • PAS 553 Catholic Social Doctrine & Today’s Catholic Woman Leader
  • PAS 555 Learning from the Past:  Words & Wisdom of Holy Women
  • PAS 557 Prayer & Spirituality of the Church
  • PAS 559 The New Evangelization
  • PAS 561 Fundamentals of Catholic Servant Leadership

This program provides several opportunities:

  • A student’s goal can be to earn the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women (BLI) Certification by taking the five out of six CWLS courses through Holy Apostles either for credit or for audit (no credit). PAS 551 is a required course. The student would apply to Holy Apostles as a Personal Interest student, selecting the Continuing Education tab from the Admissions page. If the student has a previously earned Bachelor’s degree, they would select Personal Interest Graduate.  If the student has a high school diploma, they would select Personal Interest Undergraduate.   
  • A student’s goal can be to earn an Undergraduate degree from Holy Apostles.  The CWLS courses would go towards their Theology electives.  The student would apply to Holy Apostles, selecting the Undergraduate Admissions tab. If approved by Holy Apostles, a student may transfer up to 30 credits towards their AA degree, and up to 60 credits towards their BA degree from another accredited institution. Taking PAS 551 and 4 other of the CWLS courses would also earn the student the BLI Certification.
  • A student’s goal can be to earn a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, concentrating in CWLS from Holy Apostles. The student would apply to Holy Apostles, selecting the Graduate Admissions tab. The Master of Arts degree requires a total of 12 courses (36 credits),six of the courses would be the CWLS courses.  If approved by Holy Apostles, a student can transfer up to 2 courses (6 credits) from another accredited institution to go toward their degree.  The student would earn the BLI  certification upon completion of the degree.
  • A student’s goal can be to earn a Graduate Certificate from Holy Apostles in CWLS. Graduate students who don’t want to study towards an MA can study towards a Graduate Certificate in CWLS instead. The student would apply to Holy Apostles as a Personal Interest Graduate student, selecting the Continuing Education tab. The Graduate Certificate at Holy Apostles requires a total of 5 courses.  Students would all take PAS 551 and then select four other courses from the remaining 5 CWLS courses which would also earn the student the BLI Certification.    

Each Opportunity above includes the following:

All courses are fully online through the Holy Apostles’ Learning Management System.  Holy Apostles is a Cardinal Newman Society College that is renowned for its fidelity and academic excellence.   It is fully accredited through the State of Connecticut and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accrediting board. It is also accredited by ATS (Association of Theological Schools).

Qualified instructors from seminaries and universities will be utilized for course instruction [e.g. Dr. Gregory Popcak, Dr. Monica Miller and others!].

Students enrolled will have access to the Holy Apostles’ library and all of its online theological databases.

All accepted candidates into this program are enrolled in the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women as well as fully accepted students into Holy Apostles.  As such, candidates will receive all rights and benefits of membership to the BLI appertaining thereunto. Students must pay Holy Apostles the current tuition and registration fees for each course.  The student must also pay an additional $500 per course which goes to BLI and offers the following benefits:

  • Women of Grace Exclusive Membership for the duration of the program per their request
  • Ongoing Networking opportunities provided by the BLI to all enrolled students.
  • Students who complete all six CWLS courses offered at Holy Apostles will receive an independent Certification in Catholic Women's Leadership Studies from the BLI.
  • 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

Registration for the Fall 2018 Semester runs from July 16th, 2018 through August 24, 2018! Please consider joining us for a class. 

Speak with the Admissions team at Holy Apostles for further details.  Admissions@holyapostles.edu, 860-632-3066.

Students who fulfill requirements for admission into Holy Apostles may enroll in the following CWLS courses offered during the Fall 2018 Semester, which starts on August 27th.

PAS 553 “Catholic Social Doctrine and Today’s Catholic Woman Leader”

This course will investigate the underlying principles of Catholic social teaching, and their basis in Scripture and Tradition in concert with the Natural Law. A particular emphasis will be given to Rerum Novarum and Centesimus Annus. The course will also explore Catholic social teaching in light of 21st century social challenges and ideologies, and their impact on the today's Catholic woman leader.

PAS 557 "Prayer and Spirituality of the Church"

This course will explore the nature of prayer and spirituality in the Roman Catholic Church. Specific attention will be given to the origin of prayer and the develop of spirituality (and spiritual disciplines), along with the implementation of the aforementioned in ministerial contexts today.

Course Instructor: Father Joshua Genig

Financial aid is available through Holy Apostles.

Financial Aid is available for students who pursue the AA, BA, MA or Graduate Certificate at Holy Apostles. Please contact the Holy Apostles Financial Aid Office at finaid@holyapostles.edu / 860-632-3020

The Jothi Scholarship is available through Holy Apostles.

Through a generous donation, students may apply for the Jothi Scholarship (Jothi means “light”). Students interested in this Scholarship must be pursing one of the following:  (1) MA in Pastoral Studies, concentrating in CWLS, (2) Graduate Certificate in CWLS through Holy Apostles, with the BLI certification.  The Scholarship would be awarded in the amounts of $250 or $500 per CWLS course.  Annual scholarship funding is limited.  Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@holyapostles.edu or  860-632-3066 for further details. 


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Holy Apostles

The mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.

In addition to a formal education, Holy Apostles has five specific goals in mind to encourage the full spiritual, emotional and psychological development of each of its students.

  • To maintain excellence in teaching/learning, research/discovery, and service/engagement through the Liberal Arts, Philosophy and Theology.
  • To guide students to integrate their search for truth with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Fount of Truth.
  • To animate the entire college and seminary experience with a recognizable, distinctive, unambiguously Catholic spirit.
  • To assist students to formulate a coherent worldview based on faith and reason.
  • To instill in students a devotion to liturgy, prayer and service as well as excellence in academics.

“Holy Apostles College and Seminary is honored and excited by this unique partnership with the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women. More specifically, the Seminary is humbled by the task entrusted to us, as we seek to help academically in the formation of faithful daughters of Christ’s holy Church. Please consider joining us!”

Father Joshua D. Genig
Associate Professor of Church History and Benedicta Leadership Institute Studies

Chair of the Women’s Leadership Studies Concentration (MAPS Program)


Adora Ibrahim resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband of 20 years and their three children.  She is an entrepreneur and founder of Lighthouse Real Estate Group and is actively involved in the life of the Church, community, and non profits that are close to her heart.

She is Mission Advancement Coordinator for the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute® located at Holy Apostles College Seminary. She is humbled to be a part of this great mission “for such a time as this” and looks forward to walking on this journey of faith with you, her sisters in Christ.

Adora Ibrahim
Mission Advancement Coordinator
Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®