Thrills and Chills from the Stage


Name: Bernadette Donahue
Midlothian, Texas
Singing, music, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family or friends.
What's your favorite class/professor?
This is a hard one! I definitely love Prof. Brendan McGuire's history class, but I also greatly enjoy Dr. Patrick Keats' literature class. I love reading the books and then discussing them with Dr. Keats. He is a very incredible teacher.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I try to make it to Shield of Roses every week. I don't play on a sports team, but I am playing in the Powder Puff game this Sunday. I've really been enjoying the practices.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The strong faith that is being lived out here, by the professors, students, and staff. I believe that our Catholic Faith is the most important aspect of our lives. Being surrounded by the Faith helps me grow closer to God.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom because of the solid truths that are being taught in the classroom. I never have to worry that what I am being taught is untrue.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom?
The food is pretty good.
Plans after graduation? Go back home to Texas, and serve God in whatever field He is calling me.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Bring rain boots and warm clothes. It get's cold here!


On Sacred Architecture

College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty gave a wonderful talk to a group of students, faculty, staff, and a few local parishioners on Tuesday night, November 9, in the basement of the library. Entitled “The Law of the Church and the Design and Building of Churches: Canon Law and Sacred Architecture,” his presentation was both spiritually and intellectually enlightening. The talk was actually a summary of his doctoral dissertation, which investigates the rules governing sacred architecture according to Canon Law. Canon Law governs the principles and norms of both the liturgy and sacred art.

“It is only fitting to have appropriate architecture in our churches, for the most important event takes place there—the Mass. I think most students at Christendom are aware of the need to have an appropriate church building, but I doubt many could explain why,” says Junior Fran Dewey. “Father Planty gave excellent historical and liturgical reasons for what sacred architecture really is. Even though Christendom is not exactly training any architects, we should definitely still be able to give an informed defense of authentic sacred architecture.”

All enjoyed discussing the topic further at the reception following the talk.
Fr. Planty explained how essentially, there are two fundamental principles of sacred architecture: the liturgical function and its symbolic representation. While the styles of Catholic churches have changed, the fundamental forms of churches have not. Churches should be different from secular buildings in their function and structure, for the church building symbolizes Christ and His Church.

Due to the praise he received for his presentation, Fr. Planty is considering making a larger presentation of this topic in the future.

Volleyball Season in Crusader Gymnasium

For many Christendom students, Monday and Thursday nights are dedicated to intramural volleyball. One of the most popular intramural sports at Christendom, volleyball always draws a crowd.

“Intramural volleyball is so much fun and allows everyone to participate, even if you’re not on a sports team normally,” Sophomore Anna Harris says. “It’s a great, non-competitive environment where you can meet new people and really enjoy yourself.”

Intramural volleyball is available for Christendom athletes to partake in as well as those who do not play sports at the varsity level. Many students who do not wish to play volleyball come to watch the games and cheer on their friends.

“That’s what is so terrific about it—volleyball is something everyone enjoys,” Harris says.

Senior Karl Haislmaier taps the ball over the net for a point.

Freshman Michael Arnold spikes the ball over Sophomore Charles Rollino.

An Appointment with Death

The Christendom College Players filled the Skyline High School Auditorium with mystery, thrills, and laughter with their performance of Agatha Christie's Appointment With Death on November 12-14.

Appointment With Death, tells the story of Drs. Theodore Gerard and Sarah King, who while holidaying in Jerusalem, encounter the strange Boynton family. The family head, Mrs. Boynton, is a sadistic and tyrannical mother who attracts the strong dislike of many people around her—including her family. When she is found dead, Gerard and King work to solve the case.

Directed by Christendom English Professor Dr. Patrick Keats and Alumnus Peter Smith, the play successfully captured the intrigue and excitement for which Christie’s plays are so well known.

“This play, though less famous, appealed to Peter and myself because of the complexity of the characters, the masterful study of evil and its portrayal of how that evil can take over a family,” Keats said. “The play is so much more than just a ‘whodunit’ murder mystery.”

Keats worked tirelessly behind the scenes, from organizing the set construction to coaching actors. His hard work coupled with a colorful and delightful cast showcased Christendom’s dramatic talent.

“It's difficult to recall a group of actors that has been more hard-working, enthusiastic, or easier to work with,” Keats said.

Every year the Christendom Players produce two plays: one in the fall and one in the spring, both produced and directed by Keats. And because Christendom does not have a drama department, students from across all disciplines are welcome to audition for the performances, making Christendom's liberal arts experience rich in the fine arts as well.

Lily Keats, wife of Dr. Keats, Maribeth Kelly and Freshman Maeve Gallagher did a marvelous job with the costumes, carefully capturing a sense of the period (1937) and making sure that each character had a distinct look and style.

Sophomore Alexis Thornton and the other makeup & hair artists did their homework carefully, getting across the 1930's style and keeping the characters unique and distinctive.

A shining light on the stage was Sophomore Nicole Koopman who played the strong and caring Dr. Sarah King. Her chemistry with her fellow players was strong across the board and she played an excellent foil to the conniving Mrs. Boynton.

Sophomores Sarah Belk and John Schofield oversaw the set design and construction. They and their teams worked very hard, in their portrayals of both a Jerusalem hotel and the ancient city of Petra.

Senior Margaret McShurley played the creepy Mrs. Boynton. Her portrayal of the deranged woman sent chills through the audience as she manipulated and psychologically terrorized her family members.

Steve Curtain gave a memorable performance as Dr. Theodore Gerard and Freshman Savanna Buckner captured the flightiness and fear of the psychologically disturbed Ginevra Boynton.

Surges of comedic energy hit the stage whenever Sophomore Philip Briggs and Freshman Joe Duca were on.

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"Experience Christendom" Summer Program Reunited 2

Forty-six high school students from across the nation came to visit Christendom during the second of the College's Experience Christendom High School Summer Program Reunion Visit Weekends.

During the weekend, students participated in classes, visited with current students, heard from the Admissions Director and Visit Program Coordinator Eve Owen, and saw Christendom's talent shine at the Fall Play, Appointment with Death. They were also able to reconnect with some of their counselors and enjoy special activities set up just for them, including a dance.

This weekend is the last of this semester's Visit Weekends, but there are plenty more lined up for next semester. Go
here to check out the schedule and plan your visit or here to discover how amazing it would be to "Experience Christendom" this summer.

Reunited: Visitors Evelyn Hildebrand, Kate Van de Loo, Sarah Jamieson, and Marissa Feiring.

Camp Counselor and Junior Tommy Salmon swings with Kayla Friel.

Visitors enjoyed dancing Contra-style dances once again.

And, of course, the Virginia Reel, as well.

"Experience Christendom" Summer Program Trailer

You should "Experience Christendom" too! Start planning your summer today!


Feeling at Home in Germany

hile we all have thoughts of home dancing through our heads, what better way to increase homesickness than to go to a place like home?

This past free weekend, which was quite anticipated, found many "Romers" traveling to various European countries. There were travelers to Greece, Barcelona, Vienna, Paris, and Germany, among other places. I myself enjoyed a lovely trip to Germany, with fellow classmates Eryn Landry and Sarah Golden.

I must sheepishly admit, that I will be singing the praises of Germany mostly, but hey, the Rome Program provides the opportunity, right?

It is lovely when one has relatives and friends in European countries and are able to come and visit them, while seeing another country. Friday morning, the three of us girls flew into Germany, Karlsruhe, to be exact. As soon as we exited the airport, we were welcomed by beautiful sight of trees! As silly as that sounds, when one spends so long in the very urban city of Rome, the sight of trees and grass is more than welcome.

Germany is SO beautiful! It is filled with the quintessential rolling hills, big forests, green trees, and old German houses. I would be lying if I said it didn't remind me of Christendom, and our beautiful Shenandoah Valley. What's more, if the scenery doesn't make one miss home, the company sure does!

German is so clean, and beautiful, and the people are so very nice. And: they eat meat. One thing that I (and many other "Romers") have missed about America is the meat. Germans, however, have meat in abundance, which Sarah, Eryn, and I experienced with great pleasure.

The only problem with Germany is that it made us realize how much we missed home! Seeing familiar landscapes, eating familiar foods, seeing friendly faces. It makes one realize how long it has been since they've been home.

While we all are realizing how much we miss home, we know how amazing this experience is—we know how incredible this is, and that we are experiencing once in a lifetime opportunities.

I know it's perfectly normal to feel homesick and to be excited to come home, but at the same time, we should feel grateful that we live where we live. We are excited to return to Christendom, but we will be striving to experience this last week in Rome with renewed vigor and new eyes, so as not to take a second of this amazing experience for granted.

The Karlsruhe Palace.

Sarah Golden enjoys a view of southern Germany's rolling hills—similar to Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


Minoring in Mathematics

After covering the Liturgical Music minor last week, this week, The Chronicler will take a look at the Mathematics Minor. While one mathematics and one science course are required to graduate from Christendom College, many students take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their mathematical knowledge by minoring in Mathematics.

Eighteen credit hours are required to obtain a mathematics minor, and courses offered by Christendom include Introduction to Mathematical Thought, Euclidean Geometry, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, and III, Linear Algebra, and Probability and Statistics. General Physics classes can be used to complete the mathematics minor as well, and these classes are Introduction to Scientific Thought, Descriptive Astronomy, General Physics I and II, and Laboratory for General Physics I and II.

Dr. Greg Townsend, head of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, says that mathematics and physics have always been incorporated into the liberal arts curriculum, for these subjects are not only excellent preparation for the study of higher sciences, but they offer insight into reality.

“They have always been considered part of a preparation towards the study of the higher sciences, like Philosophy and Theology, because they introduce students to the practice of logical demonstration and the notions of causality, abstraction, and unity of the subject which the other higher sciences take up,” Townsend says.

“We are quite proud of what we do here and happy that the students take the courses,” he says. “We feel we offer them something unique in giving them a special, different perspective on the science and mathematical subjects that they take, where they wouldn’t be introduced anywhere else.”

More information may be found here.


First Victories for Crusader Basketball

The men’s and women’s basketball teams got their first wins of the season this past week. The men grabbed 2 wins in the Wagner Classic held at Washington Bible College and the women beat Johnson Bible College on Saturday.

The Lady Crusaders travelled south to Asheville, NC, on Friday night to compete against Warren Wilson College. The Lady Crusaders had a slow performance after the 7 hour drive but fought back hard to be just down 1 with a few seconds left. Bridget Vander Woude’s shot went in and out and Warren Wilson escaped with the victory. The Lady Crusaders were led by Mary Barbale’s 24 points and 11 rebounds, 19 of her points came in the 2nd half.

The next day the Lady Crusaders travelled to Knoxville, TN, to play Johnson Bible College. The Lady Crusaders who trailed by 15 points at 2 different times in the game would not give up. Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude would continue to rally her team emotionally and the team responded as the Crusaders came from behind to win by 5 in a dramatic first win of the season. The team was led in scoring by Morgan Kavanagh who poured in 32 points and Mary Barbale had another double-double with an impressive 21 point, 20 rebound performance and Bridget Vander Woude added 10 points for the Lady Crusaders who are back in action today at Penn State Mont Alto and will have their season home opener on Friday against Lord Fairfax Community College.

The men’s basketball team had a tough 3 games in 3 days participating in the Wagner Classic hosted by Washington Bible College. In fact, coupled with the classic and the 5 games in 7 days this coming week, the Crusaders will have 8 games in 10 days, a grueling feat for any team. The first game of the Wagner Classic featured the Crusaders vs. the home team Washington Bible Cougars. The game saw the athleticism and speed of the Cougars race out to an early lead which they held for the majority of the game. With 5 minutes to play in the game and the Crusaders down 20 they began a fierce comeback that would cut the lead to 5 with just over one minute to play. The Cougars responded by hitting their last 2 shots and pulled out a close one against the Crusaders.

The next day the Crusaders got their first win of the season against Patrick Henry College whom they defeated by close to a 30 point margin. In the final game of the classic the Crusaders were paired against Davis College who just a week prior had defeated the Crusaders by 25 in the season opener. This game was dramatically different as the Crusaders would set the tone by their tough defense and solid offense. Davis College would lead for the majority of the game until the Crusaders overtook the lead with just over 4 minutes to go. The teams would trade baskets but the stifling defense of the Crusaders would not allow Davis to get within striking distance. David Booz and Matthew Rensch would both hit a pair of key free throws down the stretch that would put the game out of the reach and the Crusaders would win by 5. The team was paced by Brian Fox’s 15 points, Matt Rensch’s 13 and Tim Vander Woude finished with 10 points.

The Crusaders opened up at home on Tuesday night against Division III Randolph College. Christendom shares some history with Randolph as this is just the 4th year that Randolph has had a men’s basketball team after switching from an all women’s school to a co-ed institution. Randolph and Christendom played in Randolph’s first game of their men’s history just 4 years ago. Yesterday’s game would see the Crusaders struggle against the speed and overall solid team play of the Randolph Wildcats. The defensive pressure of the Randolph team would cause many Christendom turnovers which were turned into points for the Wildcats. The Crusaders would battle the entire game to their credit but couldn’t find anything that would work against the fierce defense of Randolph as Randolph would win big.

The men’s team is back in action on Friday at Patrick Henry College.

Mary Kate Vander Woude scores on a fast break.

David Booz takes a shot.

Brendan Krebs flies around the hoop.

Brian Fox looks to add 2 more to the Crusaders' score.

Q: What is a typical day at Christendom like? How many hours are spent in class, study, prayer, and free time?

A. Great question! Well, first of all there is never really a typical day. Depending on which year you are in and what you are majoring in you will have classes at varying times. But, in general, here’s what I can lay out for you:

Monday through Friday: Mass is offered at 7:30 am. Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:30. Then classes begin at 8:30. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays classes are 50 minutes each. So, classes are from 8:30-9:20, 9:30-10:20, and then 10:30-11:20. Then everything stops and our community Mass is offered at 11:30am. (with confessions heard for a half hour prior to it and sometimes all the way up until Communion time around noon). Between the end of the 7:30 Mass and the beginning of the 11:30 Mass we have Eucharistic Adoration where students sign up to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in half hour increments. Following Mass is lunch which is served from 11:45-12:45. Then classes resume from 1-1:50, 2-2:50 and 3-3:50. Dinner is then served from 5:15-6:00 and then the Rosary is said in community in the Chapel at 6:00, at which time confessions are also heard from 6-6:30pm nightly. Then, there are a couple of classes offered at night, but normally they are upper division classes for Juniors and Seniors.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes are 1 hour and 15 mins long. Classes go from 8:30-9:45, 10-11:15, 1-2:15, 2:30-3:45, and 4-5:15. Other than that everything is as listed above.

A freshman at Christendom normally takes 6 classes, worth 18 credits, and generally spends 18 hours of his/her week in class. The rest of the time can be used to pray, play, study, work, build friendships, eat, or whatever. A typical freshman class schedule may be this:

8:30-9:20 Euclidean Geometry
9:30-10:20 Literature of Western Civilization
10:30-11:20 Elementary Latin
1:00-1:50 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine

8:30-9:45 Introduction to Philosophy
10:00-11:15 History of Western Civilization

I hope this helps!
Director of Admissions
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If anyone has questions about applying, visiting, scholarships, financial aid, campus life, rules and regulations, majors, core curriculum, transfer credits, or even about the food here at Christendom, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.