to Christendom's Alumni E-Zine. If you have information that
you would like to share with your fellow alumni, send it to
Tom McFadden at email@example.com.
Grapevine Online will be uploaded, depending on the amount
of information sent to the editor, every month. It will have
a couple of sections (when information is available), namely,
Class Notes (your basic information on alumni babies,
weddings, jobs, etc.), Calendar of Events, and Links
to various recent stories about Christendom College and/or
the Alumni of Christendom.
2003 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
here for the NEW Print
Edition - for spouses at home to read
and Kathy (Nelson) Herter just added #3 to their family.
Mary was the smallest yet at 7lbs. 11oz with blonde hair and
blue eyes betraying her Teutonic lineage. Mary Katharine Philomena
Herter was born on October 12th and baptized into the Church
this past Sunday. John Halisky and Leah Slinger (to-be-Halisky)
stood in as Godparents.
McFadden '90-'92 and wife Jessica welcomed Charles Gilbert
McFadden at 9:58 PM on 12/04/03. He weighed 9 lb. 5 oz. and
21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing excellent.
and Raeanna Williams gave birth to Rose Kateri Williams.
Joey, Grace, Michael, and Lilian are the pround older siblings.
Cameron '93 and wife Tatiana celebrated their fourth wedding
anniversary on December 4. They were at Christendom College,
where Tatiana was performing a concert, "Emmanuel: The
Story of Christmas." The Camerons are in the middle of
a long Advent roadtour, up and down the East coast, giving
their free performances at various churches and schools. Upcoming
shows include 12/5 at St. Mark's in Vienna, VA, 12/6 at St.
Timothy's in Chantilly, 12/7 All Saints, 12/10 George Mason
University, 12/12 St. Louis Church in Alexandria, 12/14 St.
Elizabeth in Colonial Beach.
and Julie (Asam '00) Monette are delighted to announce
the birth of their son, Christopher Stephen Monette. He made
his appearance into the world at Langley Air Force Base on
September 10, 2003 at 1 am, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces,
and measuring a long 21.5 inches. He has since then gained
a bit of weight and is getting longer faster than they can
believe, being 23 inches last time he was measured. Christopher
Stephen has entranced them with beautiful smiles and coos.
So far, according to the wishes of his
parents, he is aspiring to become a saint, and also to study
philosophy, avidly play soccer and basketball, and to attend
Christendom College if he isn't called to the priesthood by
that point. Not aware of any of his supposed aspirations,
Christopher is currently sleeping contently while his mother
types. He is the most handsome little baby his parents have
ever seen..... and of course they could not be biased!
drop a note to Stephen and Julie to stay in touch or
if you are coming through town. They are currently stationed
at Norfolk Naval Station and living in Hampton, Virginia.
They can best be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone 757-896-0589. Thank you to everyone who prayed
for them with the passing away of their first baby and while
they were expecting Christopher Stephen.
(Cleveland) Lyons '99 and husband Joe had their first
baby on October 18. Sebastian Luke was 7 lb. 8 oz. and 20
in. long. Everyone is doing well. Pic is on the right.
(Gaetano) O'Brien '02 and Katie (Bailey) Halisky '01 have
started an online message board for Catholic women, wives
and mothers. To join, please click HERE
and apply to join. When you apply, please mention your name
and your Christendom year of graduation or Christendom connection.
Christendom alumni moms in Northern Va. meet every Wednesday
for Mass and then coffe. If you're able to join us, email
Maria at. Here is a
picture from today's meeting: That's Andrea Albanese (Steubenville
grad but she is still loved; works in diocesan
Family Life office) with Christopher; Maria Gaetano O'Brien
('02) with Jack, Katie Bailey Halisky ('01) with Juliette;
Emily Dateno Costello with Chloe; and Gretchen Cugno (graphic
artist for the Catholic HERALD) with little Vincent.
Kirchner '01 is moving for the first time out of the Commonwealth
of Virginia to another non-state: the District of Columbia.
(yeehah!!) She'll be living by herself in an apartment in
NW right off the red line at Van Ness/UDC. If anyone would
like/needs to stay somewhere after a long night of partying
Downtown, they should please give her a call (703.371.6050)
and sleep on the floor instead of driving home (or back to
school). (She'll even make some coffee in the morning) She
also got a new job in October doing some more technical editing
and contract management for another contractor, Network Designs,
Inc., for the Federal Aviation Administration.
(Leininger) Fikac and husband Darren want to show off
their children: Rachel is 8, Emily 6, Irena 4, and James is
10 mos. (pic on the left). They are still in awe (Though they've
been informed their awe and joy in these precious creatures
will be replaced by "Oh Boy!" in the teen years).
So they're enjoying them now! They send a big Texas hello
to all their Christendom friends.
Kelsey of Pumpkinhead storytelling notoriety sent in a
very cryptic message this month, possibly having some special
Christmas meaning: "I just ate Broccoli." There
you have it, then.
fall 2002 a friend took Cathy Malo up in his Piper
Cub and they flew over Old Rag and Christendom. They are amazingly
nonshaky, considering the state of nerves she was in as the
pilot tilted the plane way too much for safety (or so this
person who doesn't trust the physics
of flight thought!) so she could take the pics (to the left).
Jansen '02, formerly the International Man of Leisure,
did in fact give up on work, as was suspected in the last
Grapevine. He is now lounging around his house in Martinsburg,
WV, and is looking forward to attending one or more of the
22+ alumni weddings to be held next summer. It's time to cash
in his frequent flyer miles.
McMahon (03) flew to Minnesota for Thanksgiving
to visit Dan Fier (03), brother of Andrew
Fier (01) who is married to Julie (Fox) Fier
(01), thus resulting in the picture of Colleen and
Julie on the right.
Farinholt and wife Rose are expecting their first baby
sometime next summer. Congrats!
(McDevitt) Butina '03 and husband Ben are expecting their
first child in June 2004.
Happy Happy Birthdays.....
Samuel Aronhime 12/1
Fr. Frank Fusare 12/3
Nicholas Murphy 12/2
Joseph Francis 12/2
Christopher McKenna 12/2
Steven Egan 12/2
Edmond Micucci 12/2
Vivian Bradshaw 12/2
Luke Rondinaro 12/4
Balazs Szappanyos 12/4
Joseph Sommers 12/5
Mary Pardington 12/5
Mary Beth Ellis 12/5
Christina Brown 12/5
Douglas Briggs 12/7
Antonio Ramos 12/7
Coby Linton 12/7
Melanie Adams 12/7
Meg Coleman 12/7
Kirk Kuykendall 12/8
Barbara Byers 12/9
Mark Streiff 12/10
Bridget McCardell 12/11
Katharine Herter 12/11
Peter Jensen 12/11
Mollie Garcia 12/12
Mark Mourachian 12/12
Lisa Rochefort 12/13
Regina Rohan 12/13
Marcia Lee 12/13
Anthony Stephens 12/13
Elizabeth Smith 12/13
Michael Foeckler 12/14
Juanita Flagg 12/14
Mary Klein 12/14
Linda Laudiero 12/15
John Verrier 12/16
Jerome Guld 12/16
Conrad Guettler 12/16
Christine Mott 12/16
Maria Fedoryka 12/16
Maria Nolasco 12/16
Eileen Suer 12/16
Corey Crouch 12/16
Maryann Sullivan 12/16
Martin Ederer 12/17
Pauline Gallagher 12/17
Anne Turner 12/17
John Warren 12/18
Erik Wassell 12/18
Anna Mourachian 12/18
Daniel Rathbun 12/19
Michelle Gil 12/19
Holly McShurley 12/20
Marina Zarate 12/20
John Clark 12/20
Matthew Kent 12/20
Kristina Hayles 12/20
Alyssa Hichborn 12/20
Nicholas Wingate 12/20
Bill McCoy 12/21
Celeste Allen 12/23
Katherine Fedoryka 12/23
Joseph Thomas 12/23
Patrick Beno 12/24
Agnes Ferguson 12/24
Norman Zapiain 12/25
Jacqueline Kleinschmidt 12/25
Paul O'Donnell 12/25
Mary Anne Zuberbueler 12/25
Donald Prudlo 12/25
Michael Wright 12/26
Margaret Radzik 12/27
Laura Gossin 12/27
John Schwenkler 12/27
Keith Kramer 12/28
Joseph McFadden 12/28
Robert LaLonde 12/29
David Wilton 12/29
James Maldonado Berry 12/29
Donald Goodman 12/29
Margaret Elliott 12/30
Richard Witter 12/30
Michael McFadden 12/30
Natia Meehan 12/31
Daniel Clark 12/31
Michael Charba 12/31
Matthew O'Herron 12/31
LinMarie Cameron 12/31
21, 2004: Alumni Network Career Mentoring Reception
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Grapevine Online Celebrates Second Anniversary
first Friday of each month is eagerly anticipated by the alumni
of Christendom College. On that day, the monthly alumni newsletter
is uploaded to Christendoms website. The Grapevine
Online, as it is called, is celebrating its second anniversary
of providing alumni news and information on a monthly basis.
in December of 2001, Christendoms College Relations
Officer, Tom McFadden 90, began writing and editing
the monthly online publication for his fellow alumni. Prior
to that time, the Grapevine was published sporadically
in a printed format.
alumni tend to be very interested in the lives of their fellow
alumni, says McFadden. Each month, the number
of hits that The Grapevine Online receives
confirms this. The first Friday of each month has become Christendoms
busiest for internet traffic on its website.
of Christendoms 1300+ alumni now reside in the greater
Washington, DC metropolitan area, and thus need not depend
as heavily on The Grapevine Online for information
about many fellow alumni. But for the alumni who live further
afield, the monthly newsletter is a treasure.
I feel that Christendom is getting so big, what with its 370+
students and 1300+ alumni. I think that when I was there we
had about 175 students and many less alumni, says Michael
Blackmer, a 1991 graduate who now lives in Columbus, OH. But
when I read the monthly Grapevine, I feel much closer
to my alma mater and realize that although Christendom is
growing, it is still the same old Christendom that I know
articles, pictures, or news for The Grapevine Online,
please contact Tom
page on its website is updated approximately once a week.
In fact, there were 50 news stories uploaded to the site in
2002, and approximately 52 stories in 2003. Many of the stories
that can be read on the site are eventually published in this
newsletter, Instaurare, while others are published in various
newspapers around the country, including The Wanderer,
The Arlington Catholic Herald, and The Washington
Times. Additionally, announcements about certain College
events, such as upcoming speakers, can be found on the news