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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.
2004 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
here for the NEW Print
Edition - for spouses at home to read
Kopeck '90 wants to know how many Weight watcher points
covered glazed donut is worth?
Lombardi '03 was interviewed by a reporter while she was in
DC counterprotesting the March for Women's Lives
& Tatiana Cameron filmed "I Thirst - The Crucifixion
Story" as they wrapped up their longest (six month) and
longest (Maine, Orlando, Seattle & San Diego) tour to
footage is gorgeous and clips will be posted on our website
within a few days! www.CameronProductions.org
The program is in editing and is scheduled to be available
by the end of May!
Weber ('03) made an appearance at the Spring Formal (May
1, 2004) chained to the elusive Wallflower (formally
the property of one Matthew Cuddeback, or so the tale
goes). After being mobbed by onlookers, and then assuring
a few over-eager students that the chains were well attached
to both him and the plexiglass encased Wallflower,
Dane managed to get in a couple dances with his date, as well
as with a few real women. He complained about the Wallflower
being "like a ball and chain" on their first date,
but that isn't entirely her fault. She did remain by his side
the entire time, and together they made a discreet exit around
12:30am. Dane was very closed-mouth about the whole affair,
and somehow returned to formal without his date in order to
drive four ladies back to campus. This major appearance of
the Wallflower has renewed interest across campus.
Dane was surprised at the number of students who asked, "What
is that picture and why are you chained to it?"
Dane Weber and Tom McGraw are interested in compiling
a history of the Wallflower. If you have any stories
about the Wallflower, please e-mail them to email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially
of interest are dates the Wallflower was in your possession
and how you gained possession. Escapades involving the Wallflower
would also be appreciated. A (mostly) complete list of Wallflower
owners is one of the goals of the history.
Easter to everyone from the McIntyre family, aka, Vivian
Cabler's '90 family! Getting a family picture is always
a challenge, especially in the middle of an Easter egg hunt.
Pictured below from left to right are Jerry, Mary-Clare, Joseph,
Vivian, and Anna-Marie McIntyre.
Anthony Stephens, CPM, will profess final vows to the
Fathers of Mercy on May 30 followed by his diaconate ordination
on May 31.
Paul Jansen visited Alphonse Pinto and Niall O'Donnell
in Rome... another grand time (see left). They were able to
bask in the glory of Niall's newly discovered roof top! Great
views and great times...
Grumblatt reports that his oldest son, Albert, received
his first Holy Communion on May 2. Later that same day Albert
was running from the police, but that's a bit of a story in
Klassen '02 and Alex Doylend '04 are preparing for their
big day, the 4th of June, when they will be married in Ottawa,
Canada. So, if anyone knows of any available jobs in the Annandale
area (near Lighthouse Underwriters Company and the Graduate
School) then they would be grateful. They need to find a company
that's willing to hire a Canadian citizen, eh?. . .
Fisher, son of alumni Ben & Theresa (Ford) Fisher,
came home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on April 3--119
days after his extremely premature birth. He is doing wonderfully
in his new enviornment, amusing his parents with his personality
and puzzling the cat with his mere presence. So far since
his homecoming he has gained 2 pounds and grown 2 inches.
Special thanks to all Christendomites for their prayers during
Anne-Marie Jensen (of Bill Murray fame): "Well,
for the past two semesters I have been taking nursing pre-requisites:
sciences, psy etc. . . It's all good, not Christendom by any
means but it's good. I have been excepted to nursing school
in PA where I will be living with Heather Tansey's
family come August. Over the weekend I ran into Rick Moranes
(Honey I shrunk the Kids), sorry no picture. You might
not recognize me these days, I went to go get an innocent
hair cut and a little highlight here and there and walked
out Barney meets Mick Jagger. Never fully engross yourself
in a magazine when someone is doing drastic things to you
hair. I looked up and wanted to ask the 80's rock star that
I saw in the mirror if I could get a picture with him . .
. needless to say, I will be living with a paper bag over
my head for the next 4 months. I convinced myself the whole
way home that I wouldn't cry because it was only hair. That
worked until I walked into the house and saw my mother's reaction
. . . the flood gates where opened."
Jansen (right) has once again discovered that life would
not be complete without "working" at a surf camp
in Myrtle Beach this summer. As always, MP is doing his best
to become the ultimate liberal arts graduate, proving he can,
and will, do anything.
to be alumna Bunny Martell '04 wants to let alumni
know that she does calligraphy and would be willing to do
wedding invitations, etc. for a special CC alumni price. The
only thing to worry about is shipping. She will most likely
be living in KS for awhile. Questions can be sent to her e-mail
Pollock '03 will be in control of our safety! She was
just contacted through George G. Sharp to work for the Coast
Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. "The salary
and benefits are great," says she and come at a most
important time because she had been unemployed for a time
all the recent (air)brushes with fame, here's one for the
Authentic File: Eric Kingsepp ('98) celebrated Holy
Week and Easter in Jerusalem, hobnobbing with His Beatitude
Michael Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (see pic
to the left), and other colorful local figures. Aside from
basking in the peaceful warmth of a city full of Latins, Greeks,
Armenians, Coptics, Syriacs, Ethiopians, Jews, Muslims, and
a few largely atheist tourists, Eric is pleased to report
that his trip was largely uneventful, save several rather
large liturgical events. He also asks that you please pray
for the persecuted Church in the Holy Land; the local Christians
fear that in a few decades all the churches will become museums
unless things change for the better. In other news, there
is no other news. Eric continues in his jobs as Director of
Course Development at The Catholic Distance University, and
Front Royal ambassador to the Satellite of Love.
Abernethy '04 wants everyone to see what her home town,
Saskatoon, is all about.
Ascik '04 and Mike McGuirk '03 are engaged to be
married. And here's the story of how it happened: "It
was Liz's turn to stay over with my family as I had stayed
with hers for Christmas (another great story), and for a few
other events. She had no idea I had been secretly communicating
with her father via email to get his permission to propose
to her on Easter. I had bought the ring only three weeks before
Easter and kept it a secret from everybody (I even walked
through the mall once to make sure I didn't see any Christendomites
before going into the jeweler's) which was no small task.
I was bursting trying to be as sneaky as I was ... but it
paid off. Liz stayed over at my house with my sister after
the Easter Vigil, that way she could be with my family for
the traditional Easter breakfast and Easter egg hunt. The
Easter egg hunt of my family's tradition starts with an egg
on the table with a clue inside. Each clue brings you to the
next until you reach your Easter present - usually a pair
of socks, book, and candy (or something along those lines).
I told my father (who usually writes the clues) that I would
write Liz's to 'spare her his sense of humor.' So,
around 4:30am, I snuck around my house hiding her eggs which
I had filled with the riddles from the Hobbit. She, being
an English major at heart, I thought might appreciate the
literary reference - especially since the last riddle coincidentally
leads to the ring. And so, the last Easter egg was in my pocket.
Upon reading the last clue, 'what have I got in my pocket?'
I furnished a small, pink Easter egg with a message that said
'wrong pocket'and a small, rusty washer. I then produced out
of my left pocket an identical Easter egg with her engagement
ring inside. I presented it, watched her open it, got down
on my left knee, and asked 'will you marry me?' I then took
the ring, started to place it on her left-hand ring finger
and said, 'you didn't say yes'. She then moused a 'yes' and
I put the ring on her, receiving her arms around my neck in
that she couldn't eat until dinner ... maybe next year she
can partake of the full easter egg hunt AND breakfast."
Akhurst '03 and Betsy Hayles '04 are also engaged.
They too have an elaborate involved story that involves the
St. Greg's Boys, a crazy limousine ride, and the Spring Formal,
but they can tell you about it later. Oh yeah, Jill Menke
'04 and Pat VanderWoude '05 and probably many others
are engaged too.
Kacsir '02, in typical Christendom alumni fashion, is
now happily living on Happy Ridge Drive in Front Royal and
working for Seton Home Study School.
Mr. Gerard Saguto ('98) will be ordained to the priesthood
for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on May 22 in Lincoln,
NE by Bishop Bruskewitz. The first Solemn Mass will be May
23 at St. Joseph's Church in Paul, NE with Christendom Choir
veterans in the loft and Don Capisco in the sanctuary. A spare
prayer would go a long way...
('89) & Susan (Schneible) Hibl ('90) (above) recently
welcomed #9 Peter Dominic Hibl into their family. Their
other children are Amanda, Maria, Anthony, Bernadette, Mary-Claire,
Regina, Christina, and Theresa.
and Katy (Haas) Wallacavage
are expecting their first child on May 24th.
month's Grapevine issue brought alumni in Europe
together for an Easter dinner prepared by Christendom in
Rome Theology professor, Alphonse Pinto. Mary
(McFadden) Brand and husband Jonathan contacted Professor
Pinto after seeing his picture in the Grapevine before
their recent trip to Rome for the Easter Triduum. They were
delighted to be invited to dinner at Chef Pinto's, where
they enjoyed a sumptuous feast and lively conversation on
a rainy Roman evening along with Christendom alumnus seminarian
to Karla Kuykendall: Marianne Kerin and Kevin Kohlhaas
got hitched on May 1 and the highlight of the wedding was
the 'necktie dance' by one Stephen O'Keefe and Steve
Daly. Also, there was a rare appearance by Sean Finnegan.
Oh and by the way. A few of them played 'The 6 degrees of
the McCoys and Kerins' over that weekend. Can you get this
one . . . .How is Katie Bailey Halisky '02 related
to Raymond Hain '03? Pictures from this splendid
event are below.
speaking of Katie Bailey Halisky, she was seen on
Washington DC's Fox 5 10:00pm news broadcast on Sunday night,
April 25, saying "with God on our side, we don't need
the numbers" in reference to the amount of people at
the March for Women's Lives. Good on ya.
(Weinert) Mott '93 had her third child, Elizabeth Sharon,
weighing just over 8 lbs. on May 1, 2004 (her Anniversary!).
finish off the fairy tale of the McGraw family, after
being re-united in March, and moving into their castle on
Dan Vander Woude's birthday March 26th, (see photo
from last month's grapevine), Tom and Heather had their
sixth child on April 7th. Daniel William Marie McGraw. Most
of the McGraws call him Danny for short. Tom calls him q
(as in q-ball cause he has no hair) but Heather doesn't
like that, so don't tell her that this is being reported
in the Grapevine. All the McGraws are very grateful that
Danny arrived safely. From l to r: Theresa (holding Danny),
Timmy (made first Confession and Holy Communion on Easter
Wednesday, both with Fr. Steve McGraw, who is his
godfather), Annie Majella, Joey, Caeli (that's pronounced
Chay-ley for all you people who never took Pat Duffy). Yes
the order is girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy. And yes, we
planned it that way. Sorry you can't see Danny's face too
well in the photo. He was only about 3 days old when it
was taken by Kathleen Kelly Sternfels (Caeli's godmother)
on Holy Saturday. There. Is that long enough for you McFadden?
And now the McGraws will all live happily ever after.
and Catherin Raes would like to announce the birth of
their son Matthias Germain. This big (9 pounds & 6 ounces),
bouncing babe was born on November 5th, 2003. He came home
to his sister Olivia Rose, who is three, and his brother
James Donovan, who will be two in May. "Hey there old
friends, we'd love to get in touch, and we finally have
email! Our address is email@example.com,"
says them, eh?
Guettler '97 married Bill Zuberbueler on September 13,
2003 (see left). Bill is the sibling of Christendom alumni
Sr. Mary Anne, Fr. Tex, and Patrick. Coincidentally,
Patrick is married to Jennie's sister, Amy. It
looks like the Zuberbueler/Guettler dynasty is trying to give
the Cuddeback/Fedoryka connection a run for its money!
and Anne Marie Scrivener are pleased to welcome a ninth
player to the "Scrivener Sluggers": Joseph Aidan
joined the team at 1:20pm on April 2nd, weighing in at a healthy
9lbs 13 oz. Sibling teammates Emily, Nicholas, William, Lucy,
Luke, Charles, Jack and Olivia are eager to teach "Shoeless
Joe" the finer points of kitchen-floor base sliding,
bunting for bunk space, and stealing seconds.
Pearse Marschner ('01) is just about finished with his
self-imposed captivity by the waters of Babylon. The Coalition
Provisional Authority has but 60 days left before sovereignty
is transferred (mostly) to an Iraqi caretaker government (with
a hefty presence of US troops and the largest US embassy in
the world staying behind). Accordingly, he is beginning the
process of putting out feelers for something interesting to
do after a recuperative summer off. If anyone knows of interesting
job-openings or generous scholarships for graduate work in
Arabic/Arabic related fields, please write him at Raphael110@hotmail.com.
Happy Happy Birthdays.....
Mr. Michael Blackmer 5/1
Mr. Matthew Herter 5/1
Mr. James Erwin 5/1
Mr. Johnangelo Leggio 5/2
Mr. Nicholas Kunkle 5/2
Miss Susan Hayles 5/3
Miss Heather Tansey 5/3
Mrs. Caroline Colclough 5/4
Mrs. Rachel Collard 5/5
Miss Maria Berger 5/6
Mr. Stanley Swetz 5/6
Miss Frances Haring 5/6
Mr. Adam Irving 5/7
Mr. Patrick Barry 5/7
Miss Rosemary Reninger 5/7
Mr. Anthony Norris 5/8
Mr. Ted King 5/8
Mrs. Agnes Penny 5/8
Mrs. Alexandria Hepler 5/8
Mr. Michael Curell 5/9
Mr. John Echaniz 5/9
Mr. Joseph Mitchell 5/9
Mrs. Heidi Zweifach 5/11
Miss Mary Hoffman 5/11
Mr. Thomas Santschi 5/12
Mrs. Mary Brand 5/12
Mrs. Ann Verrocchio 5/13
Miss Lucia Leggio 5/13
Thomas Brock 5/14
Mr. Peter Belleville 5/14
Mr. Christopher Foley 5/14
Mrs. Susan Francis 5/15
Mr. John Delmare 5/15
Mr. Nicholas Marmalejo 5/16
Mrs. Mary Jean Mallory 5/17
Mrs. Amy Zuberbueler 5/17
Mrs. Ashlea Kopeck 5/17
Mrs. Laura Clark 5/18
Mr. Neill Mollard 5/18
Paul Hofbauer 5/18
Mr. Ryan Jones 5/18
Miss Crista Palladino 5/18
Mr. Charles Bak 5/19
Cybele Harris 5/19
Mrs. Denise Woltering 5/19
Mrs. Victoria Cervantes 5/19
Mr. Christopher Bukowski 5/19
Mrs. Jeanette Warrington 5/20
Mr. Kevin Roche 5/21
Rev. Stephen McGraw 5/21
Mr. Michael Lucas 5/21
Mrs. Sarah Gasper 5/21
Mr. David Farinholt 5/22
Mr. Raymond Kelly 5/23
Mrs. Angela Huelskamp 5/23
Mrs. Danielle Rohlena 5/23
Mr. Thomas Balint 5/24
Mr. Jonathan McDonald 5/24
Mr. James Rice 5/24
Mr. Joseph DeFauw 5/26
Miss Emily Syski 5/26
Mrs. Margaret Marschner 5/26
Mrs. Jacinta Black 5/27
Mrs. Theresa Davies 5/27
Miss Andrea Nolan 5/27
Mr. John Williams 5/27
Mr. George McFadden 5/28
Mrs. Elisabeth Hernandez 5/28
Mr. John Birch 5/28
Sister Juana de la Cruz 5/28
Miss Miyuki Suekuni 5/28
Mrs. Therese Spaight 5/29
Mr. Paul Krueger 5/29
Rev. Attila Bartal 5/29
Mr. John Curran 5/30
Mr. William Doran 5/30
Mr. Tedmund Chan 5/30
Mr. Charles Hibl 5/31
24, 2004: Golf
Tournament at Bull Run Golf Club outside Manassas, VA.
17, 2004: Summer Institute
with Cardinal Arinze and Marcus Grodi
9, 2004: Homecoming Alumni Reception
16, 2004: Dedication of New Library
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Aimee G. Norris Dies of Cancer
Gesuina Norris, 42, of Front Royal, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004,
in Front Royal.
was born Jan. 7, 1962, in Eastchester, N.Y., the daughter
of Walter J. and Gesuina Miranda Seibert. She was a graduate
of Christendom College in Front Royal and grew up in Connecticut.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
married to Christendom alumnus Tony Norris.
with her husband, are her parents; three daughters, Virginia
Norris, Theresa Norris, and Rose Norris; a son, David Norris;
a brother, Joseph Seibert; a sister, Theresa Carifa; and her
paternal grandmother, Ruth Seibert.
of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John
the Baptist Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kevin Walsh officiating.
Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery.
will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Maddox Funeral
Home in Front Royal and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.
may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester
Their Christendom Degrees to Use
and Jessica Hickey (nee Runge) ('00) and Gwen Adams
('01) live in Lafayette, IN where Jessica Hickey has worked
as Director of Catechesis and Gwen Adams asDirector of Youth
Formation at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church. Niall Hickey
is currrently a candidate for the M. Litt. from the University
of Maynouth, Ireland. Now with pastor Fr. Timothy Alkire,
they are coordinating Project Darien, a parish sponsored 2005
study-abroad program in Ireland for high-school and college
a formation in wonder through a total immersion experience
in Catholic Culture, the program features classes in English,
Scripture, History, Art, Music, and Astronomy, as well as
recreational activities including hiking, sailing, and horseback-riding.
They will teach and chaperone, joined by Dr. William and Amy
Fahey of Christendom College and author Joseph Pearce and
wife Susannah of Ave Maria College.
Adams, "What I experienced at Christendom College, I
hope to give our students a taste of, a life where work and
leisure were transformed by the Faith. Modern youth are asleep,
and this kind of trip will wake them up to beauty, to truth,
and to God."
at Inch House Irish Studies Center on Inch Island, Co. Donegal,
Project Darien's dates are 14 July-9 August 2005. Cost is
$2,800. All interested students can contact Gwen Adams at