Bull Rides & Coasters


Name: Allie Crafton
Annandale, VA
I love to dance, perform in theatrical productions, run, and spend my free time with my girls on the top floor of Campion Hall.
What's your favorite class/professor?
My favorite class this semester would have to be Dr. Thomas Standford's English 101 class. No matter how many times I have studied Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, class discussions with Professor Stanford always results in new insight into the text and a deeper understanding of the purpose of literature.
Do you play any sports? I do not play any sports at Christendom. However, I would love to join a cross country or lacrosse team if one is started in the future.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? Though I am not involved in either drama or music this fall, I am definitely going to try out for the spring musical next semester!
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Even though Christendom's classes are challenging, the academics offered here are truly centered on the goal of making every student a well rounded individual. This is my favorite part about Christendom College, for it is the education I receive now that will determine how I can restore all things in Christ later in life.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom because not only did I want to be well educated in truths of the Faith, but I also wanted to be surrounded by a community of people whose true friendship would strengthen and support this endeavor.
Plans after graduation?
Still unsure about what is to follow after Christendom. I am considering applying to dental school and may specialize in orthodontics.


Life on Tap

On Thursday night, Juniors and Seniors arrived at St. Kilian’s Café to participate in a seminar led by Keith Robinson, a ten-year veteran of Silicon Valley.

Enjoying the first in this year's "Life on Tap" Series, students learned the fundamentals of resume building, career searching, and the ability to decide on a job relevant to a student’s skills.

“He gave us insights into the process of determining which employment might fit your skills and interests well, which is largely hidden to those in the collegiate life,” Senior Matt Rensch said. “The practical advice concerning how to construct the best resume, namely the one that focuses the potential employer’s attention to the most pertinent information on the resume, was extremely helpful.”

Students can attend the next seminar on Friday, November 5, where Mr. Robinson will continue discussing the best way to obtain a job after college.

Mr. Robinson worked as an executive coach assisting senior technology executives in their career exploration strategies and career search tactics.

Texas Western Night Brings
out the Country in Christendom

The Student Activities Council hosted the much-anticipated annual Texas Western Night behind the Student Center on Saturday night, where students had a great time hanging out with their friends and enjoying the music and activities.

Perhaps the most exciting attraction of the evening was getting a turn riding the mechanical bull, as students fought to stay on longer than their buddies and break new records. Freshman James Ciskanik was able to stay on the bull the longest, with a record 80 seconds!

Entertainment for the night was provided by student country band Nick Freeman and the Texas Heat, with Senior Troy Spring as lead singer and guitarist, Seniors Rory O’Donnell on guitar, James Hannon on bass, and Nick Freeman on violin, and Freshman Jake Morgan on drums. Christendom students danced the night away under the stars, swing dancing to favorite country songs.

Delicious chicken legs were grilled, and many other refreshments were served.

“Texas Western Night was a great twist in that there was more than just dancing,” Junior Katie Francis said. “The bull riding, the corn hole game, live band, and good home grilling added to the country feel of the night.”

Grill Masters Sophomore John McGovern and Junior Paddy Norton served up the tasty chicken legs.

Sophomore Sarah Baron tries to tame the bull.

Freshmen Matthew Marcolini poses for a photo with Mechanical Bull Champion James Ciskanik.

Freshmen Anna Harris and Sophomore David Townsend enjoy a game of cornhole.

Sophomore Dominic Ginski shows of his rodeo skills.

Excitement Soars at King’s Dominion

This past Sunday, a group of about 40 Christendom students took advantage of the opportunity for an extremely fun and stress-free day at King’s Dominion theme park. The students loaded the vans bright and early after Mass, driving the short distance of less than two hours to the park, listening to music and anxiously awaiting their arrival.

As it turned out, nobody was disappointed in the slightest, for the roller-coasters were insanely thrilling and all the rides were a blast to ride.

“My favorite ride by far was the Intimidator,” says freshman Christian Kopeck. “It was such a rush to ride one of the top 10 fastest roller-coasters in the country!”

It was also the most ideal day to go to the park, for the lines—if any—were short, and the weather was beautiful. By the end of the day, everybody left feeling fully satisfied, and people are already looking forward to taking advantage of this fun Christendom trip again next year!

Freshmen Sarah Peterson and Theresa Francis get ready to go shooting out of The Volcano.

Hangin' out in Snoopyland.

High School visitor Claire Schmidt and Freshman Dominique Peters flex to show us that they can handle The Intimidator.

Freshmen Sean LaRochelle and John Fioramonti go flying on The Volcano.

Kings Dominion 2010.

The Devil's Advocate

On Sunday night, the Chester Belloc Debate Society hosted its annual and highly anticipated “Devil’s Advocate Debate” in which students and faculty either upheld or argued against the proposition: “Contraception is wrong.”

The event, open to everyone, was attended by many students wishing to hear arguments on both sides of the issue. All attendees were reminded that at the end of the debate, they should vote based on who argued the best, not according to which side they felt was morally right.

“I appreciate the fact that the format of the debate made it easy to participate in,” said Freshman Savanna Buckner, who gave a speech in defense of the proposition. “I have been to all the debates so far and they are one of my favorite things at Christendom College because they are intellectually stimulating and often very amusing.”

Despite the honorable attempt to sustain the proposition by the “Pro” side, the “Con” debaters won the overall argument.

Junior Mary Becher made some great points.

Even Theology Professor Eric Jenislawski got involved in the debate.

Crusader Visit Weekend Great Success

Christendom College’s Admissions Office held its first-ever Crusader Visit Weekend for high school juniors and seniors. The weekend drew close to 20 students from around the country – all of whom had a very enjoyable time.

On Friday night, the students and their student ambassadors went to College President O’Donnell’s home for a barn dance and Irish sing-a-long. Dr. O’Donnell led the group in an Irish sing-a-long which was then followed by a night of dancing. Students learned how to swing dance, do the Virginia Reel, and even waltz. Afterwards, they returned to campus where they had a bonfire, cooked s’mores, and said the Rosary.

On Saturday, after attending some admissions-related talks by Admissions Director Tom McFadden, they played a game of dodgeball in the gym. Later that night, visitor joined in the fun of Texas Western Night (see above).

“The next
Crusader Visit Weekend is October 29-31 and is just about full,” says Visit Coordinator and Admissions Counselor Eve Owen. “If any high school juniors or seniors are interested in visiting at that time, they need to sign up by Monday, October 18 at the very latest. We’d love to have you visit and experience Christendom’s unique way of life.”

College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell and his son, Kieran, along with Senior Ben Ranieri led everyone in an Irish song.

Students and visitors danced the night away.

Blessed Cardinal Newman and Liberalism

On Wednesday, students crowded into St. Thomas Aquinas Hall to hear a lecture by Dr. Joshua Hochschild entitled
The Problem of "Liberalism": Lessons from John Henry Newman. The talk was hosted by Christendom College's Cincinnatus League, an organization that seeks to foster discussion of conservative political philosophy on Christendom's campus.

Dr. Hochschild, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mount St. Mary's University, discussed the rich tradition of Newman's thinking. Hochschild explained that some have accused Newman of being progressive or liberal, but that is not the case.

"Today Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman is very close to being declared a doctor of the Church," Hochschild said, "and he described himself as a life-long critic of liberalism."

"The lecture was timely, in light of Cardinal Newman's recent beatification," Senior Tyler Lowe said. "I really liked the way he emphasized Newman's thought—that even though we can't use discursive reasoning to argue the faith, we can still say there is a relationship between faith and reason and that they are complimentary. I think there's a message there for all the relativists in modern universities."

You can download the talk at Christendom on iTunes U.
iTunes U

The lecture was funded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which held a book raffle at the end of the lecture. Above Theology Professor Eric Jenislawski prepares to give the books away to two lucky students.

Hochschild lingered after the talk to answer any questions that students had.


Tours, Travel, and the Trevi Fountain

It seems like the Christendom students are getting into the swing of things here in Rome. It's a little crazy how familiar some things are becoming. Just everyday little things like walking down the street to the grocery store, or walking to class through the Vatican, or using the bus or metro. They are now things that are not only daily occurrences, but are beginning to become normal. I think that is why it's so great that we have tours so often; they bring us back to the reason we are here. The tours remind us that while we are doing normal, daily tasks, we are still doing them in a place that is seeped in history.
Every time we go somewhere, like Constantine's Arch or the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps or even walking through St. Peters—those places you only dream of going—I'm reminded how surreal it is that I am actually here. I mean, tomorrow we are going to a Papal Audience! So much of what is really relevant to me as a person and what makes up what I believe is weaved into Rome.

This past week, we've seen things, as I've said, like Constantine's Arch, and (one of my personal favorites) the Trevi Fountain. We've done a lot of walking on the "Path of the Pilgrims" and seen many influential pieces of art in the Capitoline Museum. It's so easy to take what we are doing for granted; to snap away with your camera at these amazing, unbelievable things, then just move on.

I think perhaps that is one of the reasons it is so nice to do something that tunes you back in to the beauty of simplicity, for example: just staring out at the sea.

This past weekend was a "free weekend" (essentially, we don't have class on Friday) and so a few of us went to the beach—the Tyrrhenian Sea to be exact. I have always loved going to the beach. I think it is one of those simple pleasures in life. There is nothing that puts you in your proper place more than being one, small, person staring out at what seems like an endless, motion-filled body of water.

There is something rather philosophical about it, I think (aha! I knew I had a little philosopher in me somewhere!). It reminds us of how small we are in the grand scheme of things, and how the little things that bother us are even smaller than that. And at the same time, like a grain of sand, we are one of a million, while to God, we are one in a million; invaluable; priceless.

Pretty cool what a trip to the beach can tell you, huh?

Ciao for now.

Taking notes in Piazza del Popolo.

Jessica Ward, Robin Curran, Theresa King, Katie Scheetz, Katie Coyne and Leah Merrill stop and smile in front of Trevi Fountain.

The Tyrannian Sea.

The Roman skyline from the rooftop of the Capitoline Museum.

Sairey Miller and Melanie Bright smile on the roof of the Capitoline Museum.

Passing by St. Peter's on a fall evening.


The Holy Rood Club

One of the most unique and spiritually rewarding clubs at Christendom College, the Holy Rood Club, is a group of girls who dedicate their time to keeping the chapel nice and clean. A group of 18 girls volunteer every week to keep the chapel looking perfect, with two or three girls cleaning every afternoon, besides Sunday.

“The Holy Rood Club is a great way to help out behind the scenes and get involved in the spiritual life on campus,” says Junior Frances Allington.

The girls pick up the pews, sweep, vacuum, and clean the windows Monday through Friday, and a larger group of girls do a more thorough, deep cleaning on Saturdays, cleaning the altar and sacristy and dusting, in addition to the regular duties.

“In cleaning the chapel, we are not just cleaning for the school’s sake, but we are doing it for our Lord in that we are cleaning His house,” says junior Kathleen Deighan, who heads the club. “You get a real sense of accomplishment out of helping in this way, and it is also very enjoyable and stress-relieving, and just an overall rewarding activity.”

Six members of the Holy Rood Club pose for a photo after lunch on Tuesday: (l-r) Freshman Elizabeth Francis, Sophomores Amy Fuchsluger, Taylor Anderson, Colleen Harmon, Elise Nodar, and Freshman Klarissa Blank.


Crusaders Soccer: Best Record in College History

With just a week and a half left in the fall sports season, the Christendom teams look to finish up the seasons on a winning note. With the women’s volleyball team standing with a record of 9-5, the men’s soccer team at 11-4 and the women’s soccer at 4-5 with only a couple games left, the season will no doubt be a resounding success.

The women’s volleyball team defeated Trinity University last night in 3 games and completed a road trip sweep over the weekend when they defeated Penn State Abington, Trinity University, and Valley Forge Christian College all in 3 games each, not losing a game during the 2 day trip. The victory last night sealed a winning season for the Lady Crusaders which is the first winning season in recent memory, if not in the team’s short history.

The team has played exceptionally well as a team and—despite adding many new faces at the beginning of the season—has grown together as a team under the leadership of first year coach and philosophy professor Mike Brown. The team will finish off the season with an 11am game against Washington Bible College this Saturday for the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference Championship and will play next week as well.

The Lady Crusaders soccer team has battled back to stand at a respectable 4-5 record, despite losing numerous key players from last year’s team. The team, which has added plenty of new faces to the starting lineup—including an almost brand new defense—has continued to grow and mature as a team. Coach Matt Nelson continues to demand excellence and the women continue to give their best day in and day out. The team, which has been led in scoring by Jane Snyder, Morgan Kavanagh, and Ceciilia O’Reilly, looks to finish the season strong with a home game today against Patrick Henry College followed by games against Mary Baldwin and Lord Fairfax Community College next week.

The fall season has been the most exciting in the area of men’s soccer, with a team that went 9-6 last year and returned all but 1 starter, much has been expected and the team has responded.

Currently, the team stands at a historic 11-4 record with just 2 games left in the season. The high point of the season was this past Monday’s victory over USCAA rival Southern Virginia University. An NAIA Division II team which has a strong soccer tradition and one which Christendom has never won against, let alone scored a goal. Just 10 years ago, the Crusaders lost an embarrassing 0-7 game to the Southern Virginia Knights, but after Monday’s game, victory never tasted sweeter!

The teams had met 2 weeks earlier which, after a well-matched physical game and saw numerous injuries, the Knights came out on top 1-0. The Crusaders wouldn’t let that happen again. With a revamped midfield and defense, which included the additions of Jonathan Fiormanti in the midfield and Rob Hambleton on defense, the Crusaders held Southern Virginia without a shot for multiple long periods of time throughout the game. Tim Beer guided the steady defense until the offense would prove the “golden goal.” The teams proved to be so equal that overtime was necessary and 8 minutes into the game Tommy Salmon found Johnny Ciskanik who crushed a shot right above the keeper for a “first goal wins” victory and celebration for the Crusaders.

The win should bump Christendom higher in the national USCAA standings which determine who qualifies for the national tournament in Burlington, VT. Not only was the victory a sweet win versus a tough Southern Virginia opponent but it was the first time a Christendom soccer team had reached 10 wins in a season. The team now stands at 11-4 on the brink of finishing an historic and memorable season. The Crusaders have a few days off before they look to finish the season strong against Gallaudet University on Monday and Potomac State of West Virginia on Wednesday.

The upcoming games will be the last ones for our seniors: Jane Snyder, Mary Kate Vander Woude, Amanda Dean, Sarah Massett, Bernadette Horiuchi, Margaret Antunes, Mary Hill, Bridget Lademan, and Sam McMahon. Come out and cheer them in their last games.

Coach Mike Brown rallies the Lady Crusaders to another victory.

Morgan Kavanagh takes the ball down field.

Tommy Salmon looks for Johnny Ciskanik for the winning goal.

Peter McNeely's intensity fires up the field in every game.

Blaise Buckner breaks through the Southern Virginia defense.

Q. Can you tell me about the types of Masses offered at Christendom? Do you have different types of Masses for people to go to, like traditional Masses or Masses with “praise and worship” or with guitars?

A. We do offer different types of Masses at Christendom, but I believe most people would generally categorize them as being celebrated in a traditional manner. We have 15 Masses offered in our chapel each week (when school is in session) – two or three a day, except for Sunday when there is only one. The majority of the Masses are the Novus Ordo (regular English) Mass, although we do have the Novus Ordo in Latin, as well as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (the old Tridentine Mass) throughout the week as well. The complete schedule can be found here.

No matter which Mass you attend in our Chapel of Christ the King, you will definitely experience a very traditional setting: lots of beautiful stained glass windows, marble altar, lots of dark wood, tabernacle in the middle of the high altar, statues, etc. The types of music that you might hear would be considered traditional as well. Songs like, “Jesus My Lord, My God, My All,” “Soul of My Savior,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” “Salve Regina,” etc. are frequently sung, and a couple of times a week, the schola chants various parts of the Mass. Normally, the only instrument that is played is the pipe organ, although we have had a number of Masses recently where violins and cellos have been involved.

On Sunday, we have a very beautiful 10am Mass which is accompanied by our accomplished choir and the Schola Gregoriana. There is a lot of incense and solemnity during this Mass and it is the highpoint of our week here.

Also, during all the Masses, we hear the bells rung during the Epiclesis and Consecration and the altar boys wear surpluses and cassocks and use patens during Communion.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of our liturgical life on campus and if you have not yet watched our little “Breathe Catholic” video about the spiritual life, I recommend you do so.

Thanks for asking and God bless!
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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.