Parents' Weekend


Name: Max Hess
Year: Sophomore
From: Allentown, PA
Major: Undeclared
Hobbies? P
laying piano, contra club, video games, taking pictures.
What's your favorite class? My favorite class is Theology 201: The Old Testament with Prof. Jenislawski. He really knows how to present the class material in a way which sparks the students' interest, and, on top of that, he has a really fun personality.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? I enjoy playing some of the intramural sports such as wiffleball and volleyball, and I also enjoy the occasional round of golf.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? My favorite thing about Christendom College is the thoroughly Catholic community and how it manifests itself not only in the student body but in the faculty members as well.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom College because I attended the "Experience Christendom" Summer Program and knew that Christendom would best help me grow into a strong, well-rounded Catholic.
What do you plan to do after graduation? While I don't have a set plan after graduation, I'm interested in the film industry.


Talent Fills the Stage at UN Fundraiser

On Friday, Christendom College hosted its annual UN Fundraiser Night in St. Kilian’s Café, where over 30 students performed and shared their musical talents with parents, faculty, and peers.

The event raised money for Christendom students' third year of participation in the Edmund Burke Fellowship. The Edmund Burke Fellowship is organized by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, which is a non-governmental organization that gives a pro-life and pro-family influence to international public policy at the United Nations.

Senior Tyler Lowe was the primary organizer for the event, with the help of senior Noreen Daly.

“I really appreciated the Christendom community’s support of the pro-life cause,” Lowe said. “Thanks to those who attended, performed, or helped, we were able to raise part of the funds that will enable Christendom students to act as pro-life lobbyists at the United Nations in the spring.”

The night proved to be an immense success, for the excellent entertainment and company was complemented by the spectacular decorations and delicious food.

“It was a really fun evening, and everyone had a blast," Sophomore performer Alexis Thornton said. "We especially enjoyed Professor Wunsch’s rendition of ‘Five Hundred Miles,’ and we can’t wait to participate again next year.”

Freshmen Theresa Francis and Dominique Peters enjoy some of the delicious fare.

Sophomore Matt Camp along with Juniors Christopher Tipton and Chris Foeckler played music from The Lord of the Rings.

Senior Karl Haislmaier and Sophomores Sarah Halbur and Taylor Anderson—The Hayden Trio—played music for a couple Irish songs sung by Junior Meghan Kelly.

With Sophomore Max Hess on the piano, fellow Sophomores Alex Thornton and Nicole Koopman sang "What is the Feeling" from Wicked

Senior Rocco Levitas belts an Italian ballad with Freshman Matthew Harris on piano and Freshman Connor Knox on guitar.

Senior Kerri Sciscilo's guitar accompanied the voices of Seniors Margaret Antunes and Mary Kate Vander Woude for a few country tunes.

Seniors Rory O'Donnell and James Hannon with Sophomore Dominic Ginski brought the oldies back, playing Under the Boardwalk and I Can See Clearly Now.

Seniors Troy Spring and James Hannon bring a little bit of Texas-style country to Virginia.

Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch shows that, besides his vast knowledge of St. Thomas and all things philosophical, he can play some pretty nice tunes on the guitar as well.

Parent's Weekend Dance

On Saturday night, Christendom parents and students arrived at the St. Lawrence Commons for a very special Parents' Weekend Dance. Juniors Dominic Vieira and Brianna Miller led everyone in swing dance and taught several classic swing dance moves such as “the pretzel” as well as dancing for the crowd, showing off their superb talent.

The dancing styles switched throughout the night, as Sophomore Rachel Kujawa taught several contra-style line dances.

“I liked how the families were able to participate in the dancing and how the students were the ones who taught us what to do,” said Freshman Hannah Ethridge. “I know my whole family had a great time. I especially loved dancing with the little kids.”

Freshmen Bernadette Donahue and Jason Sparks enjoy a dance.

Juniors Brianna Miller and Dominic Vieira show parents and siblings some sweet swing moves.

Everyone got into the energy and excitement of contra-style dancing.

Junior Rocco Levitas swings with Sophomore Theresa Jalsevac.

Freshman Hannah Ethridge teaches a sibling some new swing moves.

Open House

Christendom held its first “open house” of the semester on Sunday afternoon, from 1 until 5 p.m., where boys could spend time in the girls’ dorms, and vice versa. Up until now, rumors have been surfacing about the apparent mess of the boys’ rooms, and the seeming "uncreativity" of the girls’ rooms. During open house, however, the girls found the guys’ rooms smelling and looking fresh, and the boys similarly discovered that the girls could get creative with their living space too.

“It was so much fun to see how the guys spend their down time in their dorms,” says freshman Theresa Francis. “They were all a lot of fun, very hospitable, and surprisingly, they all had considerably clean rooms!”

Throughout the year, Christendom College has a policy that prohibits intervisitation, but on a number of occasions each semester, the residence halls are opened for everyone to visit.

Sophomore Tommy Salmon plays the guitar for guests in St. Benedict Hall.

Prince Henry the Navigator

On Monday afternoon, Historian and Founder of Christendom College, Dr. Warren Carroll, delivered a lecture entitled Prince Henry the Navigator and Other Portuguese Explorations. Carroll described the lives of Prince Henry and Ferdinand Magellan and the many adventures they encountered on the sea.

"Henry was uncle to Queen Isabel of Spain, the greatest woman ruler in history, who opened up a new world for Christendom," Carroll said. "Dark-eyed and dark-haired like his father, Henry was a dreamer, convinced that God was calling him to reveal new worlds. And He was."

You can download the talk at Christendom on iTunes U.
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Frank Hanna and the Oldest Copy of the Gospel

On Monday night, author and entrepreneur Frank Hanna delivered a talk to the students and faculty of Christendom College entitled Defending the Faith, Defending the Word of God.

In his talk, Hanna related how he established the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, which sought to acquire for the Vatican sections 14 and 15 of the Bodmer Papyrus from the Martin Bodmer Foundation. The Bodmer Papyrus is a set of papyri which were discovered in 1952 at Pabau, Egypt. Dating back to A.D. 175, the papyri contain the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke—and the oldest copy of the Lord's Prayer—in the world.

The Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust was able to purchase the papyri and, in January 2007, Hanna presented the papyri to Pope Benedict XVI. They were transported from Switzerland to the Vatican with a high level of security that Hanna compared to "a James Bond movie." They shut down the airports in Switzerland and Rome while police escorted the package to the plane with machine guns. Once in Rome, it was transported to the Vatican Library by an armed motorcade with a helicopter overhead, Hanna said.

The papyri are kept in the Vatican Library today and are available for scholarly review.

"The talk was really interesting," Junior Blaise Buckner said. "He was an engaging speaker and it was nice to hear from someone in the business world who is a great example of what it means to be a Catholic layman."

Read more about this talk
here. You can download the talk at Christendom on iTunes U.
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Students discuss the Bodmer Papyrus further with Hanna at a reception following his talk.


Gli Studenti della Lingua Italiana

It's been quite an exhausting week for us "students of the Italian language," as we've been doing a lot of Italian studying, and started regular classes this week. Last week began with a brief orientation session, and a rather exciting scavenger hunt through Rome.

Each team of four to five people had a list of things in Rome, which they were required to photograph, with as many people from their team as they could. Yours truly was the photographer, and had quite an enjoyable time photographing her teammates with rather amusing things from Rome.

That evening we all hung out on Beth's terrace and played a rather rousing game of Mafia; I was so close to winning! I was the last person killed, and Catherine Marra was an excellent narrator, cleverly spinning amusing stories about each person's supposed "death" (mine having a lead in beginning "fans of the Chronicler will sorely miss her...") It was great fun, and a nice chance to relax before a week of Italian.

On Tuesday (Sept. 21), we started our intensive Italian class...Intensive is definitely the right word for the class! But we are certainly learning a lot, and it is really great to learn so much in the beginning! I'm hoping it will pay off and will be rattling off Italian in no time (yes, maybe I am being a little over-ambitious). Happy

Wednesday, as we passed through St. Peter's Square on our way back to the Residenza Candia for lunch, we decided to stay for the Papal audience! It was amazing to be so close to such an amazing example of the Faith, and so inspiring to see so much love for il Papa in one place.

That evening, we went out to a French restaurant near Piazza Navona for dinner, which was lovely, and uniquely ethnic. At the dinner, we also had the pleasure of celebrating the engagement of two students in our group: Jane Kokes and Jon Duerbeck.

Thursday after class, a small handful of girls accompanied Resident Coordinator Beth Doherty and Italian Professor Mary Nolan to the feast and procession for St. Padre Pio, which was really neat to experience. Afterwards, Beth showed us girls a really neat Gelato place where they make Gelato milkshakes! They were amazingly delicious.

The weekend was rather pleasantly uneventful, with people exploring here and there, catching up on sleep, or hitting the beach to relax and recharge for our first week of academics!


Grace Bellow, Mary Kate Coyne, and Catherine Marra practice their Italian on the balcony that overlooks St. Peter's outside their classroom.

James Morgan, Michael Davis, Lisa Hoonhout, and Melanie Bright are ready to enjoy some French cuisine.

Newly engaged: Jon Duerbeck and Jane Kokes.

Vincent D'Agostino, Mark La Fave, and Jessica Ward find a barista on their scavenger hunt.

History 101 and the Roots of the West

History 101: The Ancient and Biblical World is described by many students as one of the most interesting classes to take at Christendom. This course introduces students to the study of history from a Catholic perspective, examining the Jewish, Greek, and Roman contributions to the creation of the West. The class traces the history of the Old Testament, the rise and decline of classical Greece, the building of the Macedonian, Hellenistic, and Roman Empires, the wars of the Maccabees, the age of Herod, and the Incarnation. Students read substantial portions of the Old Testament, Warren Carroll’s The Founding of Christendom, Plutarch’s Lives, selected works of Cicero, The Everlasting Man, and The City of God.

“I love the seminars," Maggie Horiuchi says. "They keep the class exciting, especially at the end of the day when things start to become slow. They really pick up the pace for me!”

“I never thought about the Bible being an integral part of our history until this year,” says Adry Albizures. “Mr. McGuire truly makes me see the reality of the Old Testament.”

Catching up with Professor Brendan McGuire, we asked him to share his opinions on the course:

The Chronicler: Why is History 101: The Ancient and Biblical World a vital aspect of the Core Curriculum at Christendom College?
Professor Brendan McGuire: History 101 is vital for several reasons: firstly, from a humanistic point of view, no one can really call himself educated who is not familiar with the great civilizations of the ancient world, especially Greece and Rome. Secondly, the foundation of every Christian's faith is the life of the genuine historical figure of Jesus Christ; therefore, the education of every Christian adult ought to provide the historical context that allows one to understand Christ and his significance more fully. This is what History 101 seeks to do, by immersing students in the various milieux of ancient Israel, Greece, the Hellenistic world, and of course Rome. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia make cameo appearances as well, insofar as they relate to the central narrative of Mediterranean history.

C: How is History 101 related to the other core curriculum classes?
McG: History, in general, provides the context in which other studies may be pursued more effectively. The student who thinks he can really make sense of Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, or Virgil, without historical context, is sadly deceived (the same goes for Boethius, Chaucer, Machiavelli, Milton, etc.). Thus, students will find that their studies throughout the core curriculum, especially in literature, philosophy, and theology, are greatly enhanced by the content of History 101 and the rest of the history core (which covers Western Civilization down to the present day).

C: How would you describe to prospective students the way your class is conducted?
McG: For prospective students, I would say that History 101 involves a balanced mixture of lecture classes and seminar discussions. Both Dr. Timothy O'Donnell and I deliver lectures on various subjects (the Christian vision of history, the battle of Aegispotami, Hellenistic culture, Hannibal's rise and fall, etc.) while also conducting seminars in which the students discuss and debate various questions, usually derived from the reading of primary texts (Biblical texts, Plutarch, Cicero, etc.).

C: What is your favorite period in history to teach?
McG: Ah, my favorite period? This is a tough question. I would have to say that my favorite periods to teach are the late Roman Republic (146-27 BC), Byzantine history from Justin I's time to the death of Heraclius (AD 518-641), and the era of medieval crusading (roughly dated from 1095 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, although there were later crusades strictly speaking.).


Crusaders Soccer: Best Record in College History

Last night, the Christendom men’s soccer team used a well-rounded team performance to dominate the Bison of Gallaudet defeating them by a final score of 5-1. The game, which was played at Gallaudet’s beautiful turf soccer field under the lights, was a great setting for the game.

The Crusaders were coming off a tough loss to Valley Forge and it didn’t take long for the team to get back in the scoring column as Nick Blank recorded the first goal with a left-footed shot. Gallaudet proceeded to battle back and had a couple of shot opportunities but were shut down by the Crusader defense and goalkeepers Tim Vander Woude and Peter Hill.

The Crusaders, once acclimated to the field, began to dominate possession stringing pass after pass to one another eventually leading to lots of scoring opportunities throughout the game. The 2nd goal came on a self goal as a Gallaudet defender went to clear a crossing ball which ricocheted into the Gallaudet goal. The score at halftime stood at 2-0.

With the 2nd half, play began to open up and the Crusaders fired shot upon shot on Bison goalkeeper finishing with 22 shots on goal for the game. Nick Blank got his 2nd goal of the game on a cross from Paul Nangurai which Sean LaRochelle played to Nick for a one-time left-footed beauty that found the side-bar of the goal, then bounced into the goal.

As the game went on, the Christendom team started to dominate especially with their ability to bring in fresh players off the bench who continued the Crusader onslaught. Blaise Buckner, Paul Nangurai, and Sean LaRochelle played with lots of energy and sparked even better play from the Crusaders.

The defense, which has played well the whole season, continued to play well and got solid performances from Sam McMahon and Mike Bugin, as the steady Tim Beer directed things as usual. The only black mark of the night came on a through ball which caught the Crusader defense off balance and the Gallaudet forward took advantage and shot the ball just over the hands of goalie Tim Vander Woude for the Bison’s only goal of the game.

Paul Nangurai created many chances for shots on goal in the 2nd half due to his quickness and playmaking ability and finally netted one to make the score 4-0. Anthony Readings joined the scoring brigade as he capped off the night scoring the 5th goal with 15 minutes to go in the game.

Overall the game was a great team effort which saw ball possession from everyone on the field from the defense starting the attacks, to the superb passing of Nick Blank and Peter McNeely allowing the talented offense to make attacking runs. The team sends out a big "Thank You" to the fans that made the trip out to the game to support the Crusaders!

The win moves the Crusaders to 9-3 with 5 games left; a record that could possibly be the best any Christendom soccer team has had in the college’s history. The team travels to Lancaster Bible to play the Chargers on Saturday and is off until Wednesday.

Sam McMahon defends Crusader territory.

Nick Blank takes the ball up the field.

Anthony Readings prepares to maneuver through enemy lines.

Q. If I want to transfer to Christendom, how do I go about doing it? I know that Christendom has a very solid and involved core curriculum, so I was wondering what kinds of courses might transfer? Thanks!

A. Each semester, we have around 10-20 students join us who have previously attended other colleges or universities. But also, we have lots of students who have taken some college courses at community colleges who are interested in having their credits transfer. We refer to the first set of students as transfer students, and the second set as students with transfer credits. Many home-schooled students who take a class here or there at a community college fall into the second category. I will do my best to try and explain how this all works.

As you mentioned in your question, Christendom does, indeed, have a very solid core curriculum and as a result, most of the time, classes taken at another college (unless it is very similar to Christendom) will not transfer as part of our core curriculum, but, rather, as electives. But, classes in math, science, or a language will normally transfer to Christendom and fulfill our requirements for those subjects. But if someone has taken classes in English, history, philosophy or the like, our academic affairs department will have to read over the course description, talk with the student, and review the type of subject matter taught in order to evaluate whether those courses would transfer as core requirements or elective classes.

If all of this doesn’t make that much sense to you, it may have something to do with the fact that we deal with each transfer student individually, and as a result, we do not have a blanket statement about transfer credits or students. If you are interested in transferring from another college or university, you would fill in the application as normal, marking that you are a transfer student. You would submit your letters of recommendation, your SAT or ACT scores, and your college transcripts. As a transfer student, you are able to receive all the same scholarships or financial aid offers that you would have received if you were applying as a freshman.

Once you have been accepted to Christendom, our academic department will review your transcripts to determine if/how they will transfer.

This webpage on our site may be helpful to you.

I hope this helps you out in your understanding of how transferring to Christendom works and I look forward to answering any further questions you may have.

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.

The Cardinal and Italy Come to Christendom


Name: Angelica Cintorino
Long Island, NY
Major: Undeclared
My hobbies are: listening to and playing music (flute), reading, cooking/baking, and spending time with family and friends.
What's your favorite class? Even though I thoroughly enjoy all my classes and love the professors, I especially love History of Western Civilization (History 101) with College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell. During his classes, he makes history come alive. He is very engaging and is always so excited to share his knowledge and love of history with his students.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? Not yet, but I am hoping to at some point in the future.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? One of the many reasons why I love Christendom is that I am able to receive a solid, Catholic education with many opportunities to grow deeper in the faith. Another favorite thing about Christendom is that the people here are all so friendly and special. We're all like one big family...everyone looks out for and cares for the other person. Just being with the people who share the same values—talking with them, having fun together—is simply incredible!
Why did you choose Christendom?
I fell in love with Christendom after visiting the college last year. Christendom is the college where I felt God was leading me, and I do not have a single regret about coming here!
What do you plan to do after graduation? Wow! Well, as of right now, I do not have any plans after graduation. As the semester continues I'll be thinking more about the future and start planning accordingly. Happy


Games and More at Pub Night

Students filled a festively decorated St. Kilian’s Café on Friday night for a cozy evening of board and card games, where candy corn and other fall favorites were available to snack on.

Underage students were able to request a large variety of non-alcoholic beverages provided by Christendom’s Student Activity Council.

“The hot apple cider was delicious. It made my night,” Senior Scott Lozyniak said.

Music played throughout the evening and students of all ages had a fantastic time.

Freshmen Conor Knox, Elizabeth Altomari, Anna Van Hecke, and Paddy Salmon enjoy a game of Apples to Apples.

Senior Scott Lozyniak enjoys his cider and a conversation with Senior Margaret Antunes.

The Big Night

On Saturday, one of the biggest highlights of every year—Italian Night—did not disappoint!

Students filed into the St. Lawrence Commons for a delicious Italian dinner, complete with dessert and Italian soda bars prepared by Chef Dennis Paranzino, Associate Director of Admissions Mike Schmittino, and several students.

The Commons was festively decorated for the occasion, as was the courtyard (Piazza San Lorenzo), where the dance took place. Twinkling lights surrounded the dance floor and the walkways leading up to the Commons, and the overall setting of the dance could hardly have been more perfect.

“The beautiful weather made a great dancing atmosphere and the moon hit our eye like a big pizza pie,” freshman Elizabeth Francis said.

Students danced to a fun mixture of songs for hours, stopping only to grab a snack or chat with their friends. Everybody dressed up for the occasion, and many young ladies even dressed in blacks and reds for this special night. The dinner and dance took everyone’s minds off of schoolwork for a while and it certainly provided everyone with a good taste of
la dolce vita—the sweet life!

The decorations really set the mood for a night of Italian-style fun.

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! The food was fantastic.

Sophomores Colleen Harmon and Emi Funai served up the Italian sodas.

The W.I.B. - Women In Black: Freshmen Mary Barbale, Maeve Gallagher, Elizabeth Altomari, and Bridget Vander Woude.

Sophomore Christina Kelly dances with her cousin and fellow sophomore, Tommy Salmon.

Freshmen Andrew Hepler and Melanie Clark swing across the dance floor in Piazza San Lorenzo.

President's Council Visit Weekend

Francis Cardinal Arinze, author George Weigel, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum joined members of Christendom's elite group of top benefactors—the President's Council— and members of the Board of Directors and Advisors for Christendom College’s Annual President’s Council Visit Weekend held September 17-19.

During the special weekend, guests were able to soak in the atmosphere of the College by attending classes, taking tours of the campus, and enjoying a pontoon boat ride on the beautiful Shenandoah River among other events.

Students, faculty, and guests attended two Masses offered on Saturday and Sunday by Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Read more about this event here. See more pictures here.

College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty chats with Cardinal Arinze and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

Admissions Director Tom McFadden asked for the Cardinal's thoughts on Christendom College’s newly adopted marketing slogan, “Breathe Catholic.” His Eminence said very definitively, “It encapsulates Christendom’s charism.”

Students on kayaks wave to guests on Saturday's boat ride on the Shenandoah.

Sunday with the Cardinal

On Sunday, Christendom College was honored to host Cardinal Arinze, who celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass. Inspiring the student body during his homily, he told the congregation, “Everything in your closet belongs to the poor; you are just locking it away.”

He said that material possessions are good, but have to be used in a way that benefits those who live in poverty. He placed specific emphasis on the fact that material goods are fleeting, and that, in this life, every Catholic should be doing as much a possible to help those in need.

Following Sunday Mass, a brunch was held, which Cardinal Arinze attended and greeted Christendom students and faculty.

“It was very inspiring for me to see Cardinal Arinze, who works alongside the Pope, at our college for the weekend," freshman Theresa Francis said. "I felt very privileged to eat meals with him in the Commons and go to Mass and hear his homily.”

You can download the Cardinal's homilies at Christendom on iTunes U.

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Senior Matt Rensch presents the Cardinal with a spiritual bouquet from the students in thanksgiving for his extraordinary support of the college.

Students gather around the Cardinal for a photo after brunch.

Examining Muhammad

Tuesday night, students and faculty came to the library to attend a lecture given by Classical and Early Christian Studies Professor Andrew Hayes entitled “Muhammad and the Christological Heresies.” Prof. Hayes spoke on the life of Muhammad and the different theories regarding Muhammad and Islam in general. He drew upon many scholarly theories and discussed the merits and flaws within each theory in attempt to “raise the bar in Catholic discussions regarding Muhammad.”

“The lecture gave me a better insight into why the Qur’an criticizes Christianity the way it does,” Senior Ben Allen said.

Professor Hayes also covered different Western scholarly approaches toward Muhammad and the difficulties Christians and Muslims encounter when discussing their respective faiths in relation to one another.

As Mr. Hayes said, “We don’t have to accept Muhammad or Islamic scripture, but we should acknowledge what they have correct.”

You can download this talk at Christendom on iTunes U.

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Assisi, Sienna, Gelato, and Everything in Between!

What a week and a half it's been for the Rome students!

Though the Rome students arrived in
bella Roma rather exhausted, myself included, we've managed to cram quite a bit into the last week and half. As soon as we arrived at the Residenza Candia, frazzled and tired from overnight flights from various stateside locations, it seemed as though we were departing again. But what a joy to be arriving in a place as beautiful, peaceful, and spiritual as Assisi! Even the ride there was simply gorgeous. All of us on the bus couldn't help but stare out the window as we passed, quite possibly, the most beautiful scenery we'd ever been blessed to see.

We arrived in Assisi and promptly had a tour of the city. While being shown around the city, we were lucky enough to see a parade of several cities, in traditional medieval garb, marching to an archery contest—complete with crossbows! We all stood in excitement as they all processed by, playing drums, trumpets, and preparing for the contest.

I must say, Assisi has got to be the photographer's dream city—the most beautiful city I'd ever seen. The most beautiful thing, for me, was to visit the Church of San Domiano. It is truly so incredible to be able to sit and just be in Christ's presence, in the same place He spoke to St. Francis who so greatly influenced the Church! The students were also blessed to be able to visit several other churches in Assisi (including The Basilica of San Rufino, which contained the baptismal font of Sts. Francis and Clare, the Basilica of St. Francis, and the Church of St. Clare).

We also visited the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, which contains the death-place of St. Francis, as well as a Chapel he helped build, and spent much of his time in. The students were so excited to be able receive a special Plenary Indulgence at this Basilica and hear Mass in front of the tomb of St. Francis.

Soon came the time for us to head to Siena. On the way we stopped in Montepulciano, and toured a wine cellar, which was followed by a wine tasting. We learned about a few different sorts of wines, and how they are made, etc. The second day in Sienna we heard Mass in the Church at the Benincasa house, the house where St. Catherine of Siena lived, and spent much of her time. We later received a tour of Siena, and were grateful to be able pray before the head of St. Catherine.

During our trips to Assisi and Siena, the students were lucky enough to have Fr. John Walsh travel with us, to say Mass, hear confessions, receive advice from, and give talks before dinner. His talks were amazing, inspiring, and even in the past few days have been sorely missed by many.

After seeing a Eucharistic miracle in the Basilica of San Francesco, on our last evening in Siena, we all gathered in the Piazza del Campo to sing Robin Curran happy birthday on the eve of her birthday.

It was such a blessing to be able to walk in the cities where three incredibly inspiring people (Francis, Clare, and Catherine) walked, prayed, and grew closer to God. As we settle into our daily lives here in Rome, I only pray that we make it our mission in life to strive to follow their example, and be men and women of God, to the best of our ability. Then will we truly benefit from this unforgettable experience, and truly make the most of what surely is one of the most important time of our lives.

St. Francis, St. Clare, and St. Catherine,
ora pro nobis!

Students enjoyed many breath-taking views including the one above: Assisi in the morning.

The medieval parade.

The parade pasted right by the Church of St. Clare.

Liz Sartor and Grace Bellow snap a photo by the lower entrance of the Basilica of St. Francis.

Joe Long put on a juggling show in one of the piazzas in Assisi.

Students hiked up to the hermitage where St. Francis spent many retreats.

The Duomo in Siena.

Jacqueline Kenney, Brian Pelletier, and Andrea Smith enjoy some gelato on a lovely Italian evening.

Philosophy 101 and the Pursuit of Wisdom

In the core at Christendom College, Philosophy 101 is an introduction to philosophical thought through the study of Ancient Western philosophy. The class includes an overview of pre-Socratic thought, with a particular emphasis on the thought of Plato and Aristotle. Students study such works as Plato’s Republic, Plato’s Five Dialogues, and Traditional Logic: The Art of Reasoning According to the Doctrine of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The class focuses on Aristotelian logic especially, and the goal of the class is to not only make the students love wisdom, but to make them pursue wisdom as well. The class incorporates seminar-style discussion to make the students truly think, and in this way, students learn to listen and take notes while also helping control the class.

“I love Dr. Cuddeback’s class because he increases our wonder by asking questions that show us the tip of the iceberg of philosophy,” freshman Klarissa Blank says.

Conor Knox enjoys the class as well.

“Philosophy makes even the smallest things seem interesting,” Knox says.

There is no doubt that Philosophy 101 seems to be one of the most thought-provoking and fun classes of the core curriculum at Christendom!

To learn more about Philosophy 101, The Chronicler asked Dr. John Cuddeback, a few questions about the class:

The Chronicler: What do you enjoy about teaching Philosophy 101?
Dr. John Cuddeback: Every year I experience wonder anew at what the Greeks have seen about the world. It is an honor and a great joy for me to play a part in opening to students these profound insights. I especially enjoy experiencing wonder together with the freshmen.

C: How is the subject of Philosophy vital to a Liberal Arts education?
JC: Inasmuch as philosophy is the science, or sciences, of wisdom it is the natural end of the liberal arts. In philosophy the student experiences in a unique way how all speculative studies come together for the sake of insight into the highest realities. Philosophy also has the privilege of being the handmaid of theology, the more ultimate end of liberal education.

C: What is your favorite topic to teach in Philosophy?
JC: Among the core courses I enjoy human nature and ethics most of all. Here, students especially find that the insights of philosophy can make a dramatic difference in their self-understanding, and in how they live life. At the elective level, I find examining St. Thomas’ understanding of the common good—his vision of the family, the state, and the order of the universe—the most rewarding.

C: How do you feel Philosophy relates to one's life?
JC: How can I answer this? Philosophy, as the pursuit of wisdom—a pursuit that finds its fulfillment in supernatural wisdom, is at the heart of the truly human life. This does not mean that to be fully human one must engage in the study of philosophy in the classroom. But it is my conviction that the study of philosophy in the classroom can play a significant role in encouraging and preparing students to seek and discover the wonderful truths of reality, truths that reveal and lead us to God, Whose vision we hope to share forever in heaven. May He grant that it be so.


Lady Crusaders Thrill With Comeback Against Gallaudet


Often you can tell the true character and heart of a team by how many times they battle back in the 2nd half of a game.

The Lady Crusaders did it again with their 2nd come-from-behind win of the season against a physical Gallaudet University team yesterday at Skyline Complex in Front Royal.

The team, down 1-2 at halftime due to some unlucky goals scored on keeper Molly Morey, rallied in the 2nd half to beat Gallaudet 3-2 in an energetic win against another Division III opponent.

The first half saw good soccer played by both sides, but Gallaudet striking twice to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Energized by Coach Nelson, the team showed their true heart and strength as they battled back in the 2nd half.

The game saw the Snyder sisters (Jane and Rachel) each scoring a goal—Jane’s coming off of a beautiful crossing ball. Defense added a shut-down 2nd half performance behind goalkeeper Molly Morey. The midfielders led by Theresa Lamirande and Morgan Kavanagh kept the attack on with their outside runs which led to many crossing opportunities against the Gallaudet Bison.

Team captain Cecilia O’Reilly scored the game winning goal off a penalty kick late in the game. From there the steady defense and mid-field took over to hold on for the win. The game improved their record to 3-4. The consecutive wins have come at a great time for the team who has battled through adversity and injury and now with added energy and confidence will take their winning ways against Valley Forge Christian College on Saturday at 2pm at Sherando Field.

We will see all you Christendom Crazies there!

Freshman Karen Hambleton maneuvers past her opponent.

Sophomore Cecilia O'Reilly charges up the field.

Freshman Morgan Kavanagh looks to sink one in the net.

Q. What do people do with their degrees from Christendom?

A. Christendom grads are employed in just about every field possible. We have alumni who have degrees in philosophy who are financial analysts and teachers. We have alumni with history degrees who are marketing professionals and officers in the military. Theology majors are now electrical engineers and computer software programmers. We have alumni who are doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, accountants, managers, nurses, educators, salesmen, graphic artists, editors, entrepreneurs, project managers, tradesmen, builders, carpenters, priests, religious, music teachers, art directors, drama teachers, missionaries, real estate agents, insurance salesmen, architects, dentists, college professors, Montessori teachers, computer scientists, and everything in between.

The liberal arts education that Christendom offers is good and useful in and of itself, but it also makes our graduates very employable. Our graduates are easily able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and they have all the most sought-after skills, as evidenced by the following information:

  • Liberal arts students advance more quickly to middle and senior management positions than their colleagues who pursued other fields of study . . . these graduates become employees that are ready to learn (AT&T Management Study).
  • The liberal arts are more effective in teaching communication skills, general knowledge and information, an understanding of people, an appreciation of ethical concerns, an ability to organize and prioritize, and vital leadership skills (Fortune 500 study).
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    Business leaders value liberal arts grads for their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, strong writing and speaking skills, self-discipline, exposure to diverse ideas, and global perspective (Hobart & William Smith Colleges study).
  • Strong communications skills are the single most important attribute a candidate can have – and also the one most lacking among job applicants (Poll of hiring managers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
  • A broad liberal arts education is preferred for future CEOs – blending knowledge of history, culture, philosophy, and economic policy, with international experience and problem-solving skills (The Wall Street Journal).
  • Employers focus on finding graduates with the right skills rather than the right major, as a new employee with the right skills can easily learn the specifics of an industry. Employers desire transferable skills, skills employees take with them to any job, such as written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing workplace – and these are characteristic of a liberal arts education (Survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers).

Just this past week, Newsweek had an interesting article about the so-called "useless degrees." It's definitely worth a read.

I hope this helps you with your understanding of the importance and value of a liberal arts education!

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.

Pianos & Little Flags


Name: Brian Nysewander
Age: 21
Pebble Beach, California
Political Science
Swimming and hiking.
What's your favorite class?
Any class taught by Dr. Bernard Way. He is passionate and very engaging.
Do you play any sports?
Pretty much all the intramural sports.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
I performed in the Mystery Dinner Theater last year.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The people.
Why did you choose Christendom?
Because of the outstanding liberal arts education and Catholic atmosphere.
What do you plan to do after graduation? I'm thinking about going to grad school.


Talent Shines Bright at Piano Night

On Friday night, the St. Lawrence Commons was transformed into a concert hall as fourteen Christendom students performed piano pieces for their peers and several faculty members, during the annual Piano Night.

Students are used to constantly hearing the two pianos in the St. Lawrence Commons being played, but Piano Night gave the most gifted pianists an opportunity to formally show off their aptitude for music.

The night was filled with a mix of classical, modern, and original compositions, played by some of the school’s best musicians.

“I have been going to Piano Night for three years and I am always blown away by the amount of talent showcased,” Junior Kelsey McCrum said.

After the standing ovation given to the performers at the end of the night, everyone seemed to agree that Christendom attracts the highest calibre of talent. Despite being a liberal arts college, the fine arts are an integral part of the campus culture and are highly encouraged.

John McWhirter played Bach's Italian Concerto (First Movement).

Sophomores Emi Funai and Sadie Bratt played Grieg's Anitra's Dance.

Sophomore Colleen Harrington played a rendition of Kenny Chesney's country music hit "You Had Me From Hello."

Honoring the Fallen

On Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Freshman Savanna Buckner, with the help of the Young America's Foundation, organized a 9/11: Never Forget Project event. Buckner, along with several other students, put 2,977 flags on display in front of Christ the King Chapel to represent those who died during the terrorist attacks. Students also organized a silent Holy Hour from 3-4pm for the victims and the protection of our country.

Event organizer Freshman Savanna Buckner of Stafford, Va., stands with the flags.

Each year Young America's Foundation helps students across the country properly remember the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks through their 9/11: Never Forget Project.

It was a great reminder not only to those on campus, but also to every car that passed by.

A special extraordinary form Mass was offered as well. It was the First Mass of Christendom Alumnus Fr. Michael Stein, a priest of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

World Trade Center

On Saturday night, a group of students gathered for a 9/11 Memorial Movie Night on the big screen projector in St. Kilian’s Café. Students watched World Trade Center, starring Nicholas Cage, which truly allowed them to grasp just how real the terrible events of 9/11 were.

It was a touching story about two police officers who were trapped in the rubble of the disaster, and the faith both they and their families had to have in order to get through this catastrophe. The night was organized primarily by Student Activities Council member Daniel Mitchell, who later commented that “the night proved to be a great way to remember those Americans who died nine years ago today.”

Drinks and a plethora of snacks were served, and it certainly appeared that all in attendance were in some way touched by the movie and its inspirational message.

Freshmen Adriana Albizures and Elizabeth Altomari enjoyed the film.

Wiffleball Heats Up Crusader Gymnasium

The Intramural Sports year has officially kicked off with the exciting and unique team sport of wiffleball! This game is a more laid-back form of baseball, in which players use a plastic bat and “wiffle” ball in the Crusader Gymnasium. This year, there are eighteen teams, each consisting of five players. These teams switch around, playing different teams constantly.

On Thursday, the teams assembled for the third time this semester to try to hit home runs and get their players around the bases.

"This is my first experience with intramurals, and I am having a ton of fun with wiffleball," Freshman Joe Marra said.

The teams are already anticipating their next games this week, hoping that they will come out the Wiffleball World Series Champions!

Senior Jack Anderson gets ready to send the ball "out of the park."

Senior Dinner

The Senior Class enjoyed a special meal with the Faculty on Monday Night. Delightful fare was provided by the college's Chef Dennis Paranzino and his staff. As dessert was served students and faculty enjoyed a lecture by Classical and Early Christian Studies Professor Dr. Edward Strickland, entitled St. Nilus: Pastoral Care? The special and everyday encounters with the faculty are all part of what makes Christendom's education a personal experience.

Classical and Early Christian Studies Professor Dr. Mark Clark dines with Karl Haislmaier, Ben Allen, Joe Ruhl, David Klosterman, and Maggie McGann.

Fr. Planty Continues Series of Spiritual Talks

On Tuesday evening, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty spoke to students about the importance of mental prayer during the second talk in his Chaplain's Tuesday Series. He discussed the relationship between faithful Catholic Christians and their prayer life.

“Fr. Planty really convinced me of the value of mental prayer," Junior Fran Dewey said. "In his discussion, he drew upon the importance of the saints, who serve as examples for us. I really liked that.”

Walking students through the steps to prepare for prayer, he gave out helpful guidelines in order for students to experience the most thoughtful mental prayer possible. He also introduced the “Lectio Divina” or Divine Lesson. Fr. Planty plans to continue the discussion on the Lectio Divina next week where he will further delve into the most effective ways to have a meaningful prayer life.

Freshman Year Trailer

hristendom Junior Brian Pelletier took his video camera everywhere with him during his Freshman year. He put this little mock "trailer" together using some of the footage that he collected. Enjoy!


Coming September 23rd!


Theology 101: The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine

During the course of the school year, freshmen deepen their faith as they learn the basics of Catholicism and explore what it truly means to be a Catholic in the core course Theology 101: The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine. This course presents the mysteries of the Faith, the liturgy, and the sacraments, as well as scriptural studies. Freshmen have the oportunity to be taught by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty or by Founding Faculty Member Prof. Raymund O'Herron.

“Prof. O’Herron is so knowledgeable about everything he teaches," Freshman Rebecca Ellefson says. "His class is captivating and has taught me that Faith and reason don’t have to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, but can work together. He’s very patient and realizes that everyone comes from different stages in their Faith journey.”

The Chronicler caught up with Prof. O’Herron to get his take on the importance of Theology in the core curriculum.

The Chronicler: Why is it important that Theology is included in Christendom’s Core Curriculum?
Prof. Raymund O'Herron: Theology is the subject matter most directly concerned with God and with His message of salvation, and it is a human reflection on the content of God’s revelation. Here at Christendom, we begin with a catechesis on the fundamentals of Catholic doctrine courses, which is an essential first step to the study of theology.
C: What is your favorite unit or topic to teach in Theology 101?
RO: I find the attributes of God and Creation to be the most enjoyable for me and also the most enlightening for the students.

C: What are some of the challenges you have encountered teaching Theology to freshmen who are not well versed in Catholic Doctrine?
RO: I expect that many students aren’t well prepared. The purpose of this course is to remedy that situation. I have found year after year that the students in this course are very docile to the Truth, so it has not been difficult to teach that.

C: What advice would you give to prospective students who feel a Catholic Theology class would be too challenging or unnecessary?
RO: The course is geared to the level of understanding appropriate to a student’s age. So a student could expect that the material would be presented in such a way that he could understand. It is a serious mistake to think that one could dispose of the study of the content of the Catholic faith since it is the most important subject matter that a student will ever deal with; even more so than his other courses.


Lady Crusaders Volleyball Gets 2nd Win of the Season

On Tuesday evening, the Christendom women’s volleyball team swept Washington Bible in 3 games with a solid team effort to put their record at 2-1 for the year. The volleyball team starting line-up features 5 out of 6 players that were not on the team last year. The played in front of a very excited group of Christendom Crazies who gave the team great support and vocal cheering, even using the “storied” vuvuzelas (made famous during the World Cup) to booster the team’s energy on the court.

The match saw Christendom race out to an early lead in the first game, going up 12-6 before Washington Bible would cut it to just 2 points. Timely passing from Sophomores Anna Harris and Lisa Hill along with solid front-line play from Freshmen Mary Barbale and Bridget Vander Woude, Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude, and Sophomore Theresa Jalsevac helped the Lady Crusaders pull away to a 25-18 final win.

The 2nd game started off much closer as Washington Bible took a lead at 10-8 only to see the Christendom team re-group and battle back. Setters Senior Sarah Massett and Lisa Hill provided quality sets throughout the match which often resulted in a crushing spike by Mary, Mary Kate, or Bridget. In the 2nd game Bridget and Lisa’s powerful service game gave Christendom the edge and they went on to win 25-22.

In the final game the Lady Crusaders proved to be too consistent for the Washington Bible Cougars and the Christendom women’s team finished the sweep of the 3 games. The win moves the Lady Crusaders to 2-1 and undefeated when playing at home. The home crowd's support has really created a home-court advantage that we only hope continues throughout the year. The Lady Crusader's victory over Washington Bible gives them the lead in the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference. The team is off until Friday when they travel to play at Division III Hood College.

Mary Kate Vander Woude gives Washington Bible one of her spikes.

Lisa Hill sends the ball over the net.

No fans are crazier than the Christendom Crazies.

Theresa Jalsevac adds one to the Lady Crusaders' score.

Q. Since Christendom does not accept Federal Funds, does it offer any scholarships, grants, or loans?

A. You are right in saying that Christendom does not accept any sort of Federal funding but this does NOT mean that we do not offer any financial aid to our students. What this means is that the money that we offer to our students in the form of loans, grants, or academic scholarship, comes from us, due to the generosity of our many donors, rather than from the government and the tax payers. While we accept no direct federal aid, nor participate in indirect programs of federal aid such as the Student Guaranteed Loan, we maintain a robust financial assistance program that matches and mirrors support received through federal aid programs.

We have a strong commitment to providing a comprehensive Financial Aid Program for our students. We offer financial assistance through our need-based aid and merit-based academic scholarships. Need-based aid consists of loans and grants while merit-based scholarships are granted automatically upon acceptance, and are based on your SAT or ACT score. All students are also able to apply for on-campus student employment, regardless of their financial situation. We currently have approximately 150 on-campus jobs for our students.

Financing a college education can be a huge challenge and fiscal undertaking. Our Financial Aid Office is ready to work with you as you consider your college education financing options. Please, do not hesitate to contact us. Ms. Alisa Polk is the Financial Aid Officer in charge of the office and she has been working in that office since I was a freshman at Christendom back in 1986! I always tell everyone, if she doesn’t know the answer to your financial aid question, there is no answer. Happy You will always talk to a person when you call our Financial Aid Office and will not have to jump through a lot of hoops as you might with government/Federal funding. Our process is simple and your answer comes in easy to understand language.

Christendom’s financial aid is given to help defray all or some part of the cost of tuition. Outside loan programs are available as well to help Christendom students defray the cost of room and board, fees, books, and living expenses not covered by our Financial Aid Program.

Students wishing to request need-based financial aid from the College need to fill out the College’s unique Financial Aid Application Form (found HERE) and not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. However, if you are completing a FAFSA for other colleges, much of the FAFSA information is easily transferable to Christendom’s Financial Aid Application form. Remember, Ms. Polk in the Financial Aid Office can assist you with any questions you might have about our Financial Aid Application ([email protected]).

If you want to get a jump on things, you are more than welcome to fill in the one-page Financial Aid Estimator and send it in. You can get a quick response and get a good idea of how much you may qualify for at this early date, rather than finding out next March. I highly encourage you to fill it out and send it in real soon.

I hope that helps and thanks for asking,
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.

Music, Pizza, & Football


Name: Madeleine Murphy
From: Daphne, AL
I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, going to sporting events, and going to the beach—among other things.
What's your favorite class?
I always look forward to Prof. McGuire's History 101 class (History of Western Civilization I - Ancient and Biblical World). He presents the material in such a way that always keeps the class engaged and the seminars are always a lot of fun.
Do you play any sports?
Although I don't play any varsity sports, I plan on playing intramural volleyball and possibly others. Intramural sports are great for people who want the fun of sports without all the competition.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love how everyone is friendly with each other, and how the professors genuinely care about their students. I love how easy it is to form friendships, and how Catholicism permeates every aspect of the college.
Why did you choose Christendom?
In looking at colleges, I wanted a small Catholic college where the Faith was alive and vibrant, and where I knew I would be comfortable. The summer program also helped "seal the deal" for me.
What do you plan to do after graduation? My plans as far as a career are still unknown, but I know I would love to raise a family.


Movie Night with Gregory Peck

Students gathered in the lower level of the John Paul the Great Student Center on Friday night to enjoy the classic film The Scarlet and The Black. The movies currently being featured during Movie Night are from the Vatican's Best Films List.

“This was my first movie night and I really enjoyed it," Freshman Abby Matthews said. "The film shows courage in the face of adversity; something you don’t see as often in modern films.”

Students snacked on candy and popcorn as they watched the movie, based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican by J.P. Gallagher. The film focuses on the true story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty (Gregory Peck) and his trials as he attempts to save persecuted Jews during WWII. The film was a great start for Movie Night and set the tone for many more Friday nights filled with enjoyable films.

Peck gives an impeccable performance as Msgr. O'Flaherty. He played the role of a priest in the 1944 film The Keys of the Kingdom, as well.

When the show was over, students enjoyed discussing the film.

Pizza & Music

Saturday night’s pizza and open mic party brought in a huge crowd, as students fought for seats, and even standing room, in St. Kilian’s Café. Christendom students enjoyed chatting with their friends and getting to know new people over pizza, soft drinks, and yummy treats.

There was wonderful entertainment, as students showed off their incredible musical talents singing and playing instruments. Sophomores Theresa Lamirande and Alicia Stanton, and seniors Troy Spring, James Hannon, and Kerri Sciscilo graced the crowd with their beautiful voices and guitar playing.

“I love how Christendom provides us with nights like these to just enjoy a fun, relaxing evening with my friends,” Sophomore Natalie Lucas said.

Theresa Lamirande played some beautiful ballads.

Sophomore Charlie Van Hecke entertained with his stand-up comedy.

The band Fools for No One played many popular songs that everyone could sing along to.

Sophomore Olivia Aveni enjoys some coffee with Juniors Rocco Levitas and Paul Nangurai.

Alicia Stanton brought a lot of energy to the stage.

Upper vs. Under

Every fall here at Christendom, the annual Upper vs. Under Flag Football Game is held. This highly anticipated battle features the senior, junior, and sophomore classes versus the newly arrived freshmen. It is an opportune chance for the freshman to, not only come together as a class, but practice a little humility, lest they become too comfortable in their new surroundings.

To give them credit, the freshmen accepted the defeat nobly and fought hard despite the odds. They were spurred on by the cheering freshmen ladies who turned out in droves, and never ceased in their efforts to encourage their male classmates to stand tall and represent the class of 2014.

This year's game was no different than usual. Seniors Jack Anderson, Francis Aul, Troy Spring, and Bill Waller led the Upper team to a crushing victory over the hopeful youngsters. The Upper offense started rolling on the first drive of the game, and never looked back. In addition, their defense stifled the first year students, forcing four interceptions, and only allowing the underclassmen to cross the half-line once.

The last attempt by the Under team to break the shutout ended with a last second heave to the end-zone. The crowd caught its breath as a brief midair struggle for possession ensued, but senior Sam McMahon knocked the ball to the ground, preserving the shutout. The final whistle blew, a deafening roar erupted from the Upperclassmen on the sidelines, and as the dust settled, the score told the storyline all too well: Upper 58 - Under 0.

The best cheerleaders on campus.

Freshman Conor O'Donnell looks to sack quarterback Junior Peter McNeely.

Though they lost on the field, the Freshmen won in spirit.

Junior Paddy Norton flew up and down the field. He was just too fast for the Freshmen.

Freshman Jonathan Fioramonti tries to evade Junior Peter McNeely.

"Just where do you think you're going?" Senior Pat Stein puts the stop on Freshman Christian Kopeck.

Freshman quarterback Brian McCrum looks for a completion.

A Band of Brothers.

The victorious Upper team.

Check out more photos from Upper vs. Under at Christendom on Picasa.

Our Lady's Birthday

In celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christendom held Solemn Vespers on Wednesday evening in the chapel. The choir led the congregation in beautiful Latin hymns and psalms.

"The music really helped direct our attention to the solemnity of the occasion,” Junior Chris Foeckler said.

Vespers was followed by a little party in the chapel crypt, sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Students enjoyed socializing over coffee and eating delicious homemade cake in honor of the Blessed Mother’s birthday!
Seniors Richard Allington, Joseph Ruhl, and Jackie Brogley enjoy some of the homemade cake.

Associate Chaplain Fr. William discusses the liturgy of Vespers with Freshman Sean Connolly.


Coming September 23rd!


English 101: The Literature of Western Civilization

One of the highlights of the freshman core curriculum at Christendom College is The Literature of Western Civilization.

The first semester focuses on Classic Greek works. Students read The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, and Aeschylus’s trilogy, The Oresteia. During the second semester students read works from the Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance such as Cicero’s Dream of Scipio, Virgil’s Aeneid, Beowulf, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The Chronicler caught up with Dr. Patrick Keats to get his take on the freshman core.

The Chronicler: Why is it important that English is included in Christendom’s Core Curriculum?
Dr. Patrick Keats: By English, of course, we are really talking about two main aspects of the subject: Literature and Writing. Both of these are absolutely crucial to any good education and therefore must play a central role in the Christendom Core Curriculum. In English 101, the new students are exposed right away to the magnificent poetry, narratives, and dramas of the ancient Greeks. The literature, in a way that is both creative and concrete, illustrates the major themes studied in the other core courses. For example, Aristotle writes eloquently about the nature of friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics. Homer, meanwhile, dramatizes the subject by giving us the friendship of Achilles and Patroklos.

C: What is your favorite unit or book to teach in English 101?
PK: That’s a hard one. There’s Oedipus and the story of his crazy, mixed up family as well as his attempts to deal with fate. There’s also the story of Antigone, who stands up for the higher law of the gods in her battle against an unjust civil law. I would have to say, though, that The Odyssey is my favorite. You have to love Odysseus! He’s such a colorful, wily old campaigner. He’s the ultimate survivor, always finding some way to come out on top. He can give a great speech on any occasion; doesn’t mind disguising himself as a beggar; and can shed a tear when he sees the old dog that has been waiting for him all these years.

C: What do students seem to enjoy the most about English 101?
PK: First, students find it exciting that the same themes that excite us today—justice, the nature of love, God’s law vs. man’s law, friendship, leadership—were also the themes that the ancient Greeks argued and fought over. Secondly, it’s encouraging to see the many connections between the literature they read here and the material they are studying elsewhere in Ancient and Biblical World (History) or Philosophy. When they find out that Aristotle, who tutored Alexander the Great, impressed upon young Alexander the importance of reading Homer and learning from the examples (good and bad) of Achilles, that makes a strong impression.

C: Are there any works that you would teach if you had more time during the year?
PK: I would love to do more Dickens, especially the longer novels that we tend to avoid precisely because they are so long. David Copperfield, Dombey and Son, and Nicholas Nickleby are some that come to mind. Dickens himself had little formal education, but he was a master storyteller with an amazing capacity to portray unforgettable characters.


Crusader Soccer Starts Off 3-1!

The men’s soccer team has started the season off on fire winning three out of their first four games and doing it in deciding fashion. The team, which boasts a 27 man roster, including only two seniors, started the season off with a bang this past Friday in their decisive victory over local rival Lord Fairfax Community College with a 5-0 win.

The defense, led by Tim Beer and Jonathan Fioramonti, led a strong back-line which stood strong throughout the game and allowed the offense to concentrate on putting the ball in the back of the net. Anthony Readings netted twice and Joseph Stephens, Johnny Ciskanik and Paul Nangurai each pitched in a goal apiece.

The next day, the Crusaders looked for their 2nd victory and got it in a 3-1 win over Davis College from NY. The Crusaders took a commanding 3-0 lead into halftime and dominated in time of possession throughout the first half. The Davis team fought back in the 2nd half and got on the board. Christendom continued to fight throughout the game. Blaise Buckner scored 2 goals in the game, making them look effortless, and Johnny Ciskanik added one.

This past Tuesday the team took on Division II Washington Adventist University. The game was a hard fought game which saw WUA take an early lead when the defense broke down and the ball found the back of the net. The Crusaders battled back and began dominating time of possession; however they couldn’t find a way to get the ball past WUA’s goalkeeper despite a couple of great opportunities. In the end the men lost 0-3 despite playing hard through the whole game.

Often the best medicine for a loss is to get right back on the field and forget the previous game; that medicine proved to be what the Crusaders needed. On Wednesday, the Crusaders dismantled the Patrick Henry Sentinels and dominated on all sides with a commanding 9-1 victory in front of a home crowd. The crowd has been very supportive in the home games largely due to the Crusader Crazies led by Brendan Krebs, Tim McPhee, and Brian McCrum. Their chants have given the team lots of added energy on the field. The 9-1 victory is the most goals a Christendom men’s soccer team has scored in recent memory and possibly in the team’s history.

The Crusaders possessed the ball beautifully and had great combinations. All 26 players that dressed for the game saw action and did a great job in staying with the winning formula of ball possession and team play.
The Crusaders look to continue their winning ways as they travel to Williamson Free School in Media, PA for a Friday night battle before heading to Patrick Henry for a Saturday rematch.

Junior Paul Nangurai slips one past the goalie.

The Christendom Crazies bring spirit to the field.

Joseph Stephens scored 2 goals in a matter of 4 minutes against Patrick Henry.

Junior Johnny Ciskanik's intensity and confidence in front of the net makes him a formidable foe to any team that encounters The Crusaders.

Sophomore Anthony Readings of England brings amazing footwork and a fun European-style every time he's on the field.

Junior Peter McNeely looks to add another point to the Crusaders' score.

Off to a great start: Crusader Soccer 2010.

Q. I want to visit Christendom sometime this fall. When’s a good time to visit and how does it work?

A. We’d love to have you visit with us this fall. We have a couple of different times that we recommend students come to visit us, but if those times don’t fit your schedule, we can work out other times that meet your needs.

We have a number of, what we call, Visit Weekends. These weekends are selected because these are weekends that have a lot of student activities going on and a student could better experience the social life on our campus on one of these weekends.

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Students arrive either on Thursday night or Friday morning. They meet their Student Ambassador who will serve as their host for their visit. Visitors sit in on classes on Friday, attend Mass, eat lunch, meet with me, and get a tour of campus. Then, over the weekend, students do a bunch of various fun social events, depending on the weekend, and depart either Sunday or Monday.

We have two special Visit Weekends planned this semester, and we are calling them Crusader Weekends (our sports teams are called Crusaders). On these weekends, we will have some more formal activities scheduled so that all those visiting can spend more time, not just with our current students, but also with other visiting students. We will have various presentations (admissions and financial aid talk, Rome Program presentation, discussion about our curriculum, etc) on Saturday morning, as well as special events during the day on Saturday. We are even having some special events planned in the evening, like an Irish sing-a-long and barn dance at our President’s home one night, and hikes to Skyline Drive on the Sundays.

One of the additional aspects of these Crusader Weekends is that those who are applying for the full-tuition scholarship will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty panel on the Friday afternoon at 4pm.

If none of the planned weekends work for you, you are able to schedule a visit during the weekday pretty much anytime. We need about a week’s notice, but you could come on a Monday and leave on a Thursday, if that works better for you. While here, your meals are free and if flying, we provide your sheets, towels, and pillow, and we pick you up from Dulles Airport for free. If driving, you are asked to bring your own bedding and towels. All visitors sleep either in the Ambassador’s bed or on a comfortable inflatable air mattress.

If someone would rather arrive on a Thursday and leave on a Saturday, we can make that happen too. Admissions Counselor Eve Owen is the visit program coordinator and is more than happy to help you plan your visit to our campus. Please look to our visit page on our website for more information and I hope to see you this fall!

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.

Aloha, Christendom!


Name: Michael Arnold
From: Manassas, VA
Music, sports.
What's your favorite class?
I think Prof. McGuire's History 101 (History of Western Civilization I - Ancient and Biblical World) is my favorite so far. He is very energetic in the classroom and gives an interesting spin on the material. I also feel that he "gets" the students since he is younger.Do you play any sports? I play baseball and I like to run. Athletics are obviously fun and good for staying fit, but they are also useful for taking one's mind off schoolwork and other worries.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? I play the guitar and bass and have a great time jamming with and discovering the musical talents of the guys in the basement of St. Ben's.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I like the close community in which you get to know people so well and develop strong relationships. Having constant access tot he sacraments is also awesome.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I was really impressed with the teachers and students I met at the "Experience Christendom" Summer Program and the omnipresent Catholic attitude.
What do you plan to do after graduation? None, yet—other than raising a family.


Relaxing in the Pub

Pub Night at St. Kilian’s Café returned Friday night to the delight of both Christendom’s students and faculty.

Music played throughout the night while those of the appropriate age sipped beer. Underage students were able to request from a large variety of alcohol-free beverages provided by Christendom’s Student Activity Council (SAC). Students relaxed after their first week of classes and enjoyed themselves while catching up with friends and talking to teachers.

“I liked meeting all the new freshmen and seeing people I haven’t seen in a while," Sophomore Nate Collins said. "I also liked seeing the upperclassmen hanging out with the new students.”

Literature Professor Dr. Robert Rice chats with Sophomore Anthony Readings and Freshman Allee Crafton.

Seniors James Hannon and Denton Coyne get some Theology on Tap with College Chaplain Fr. Planty.

Hawaii Comes to Christendom

Students flocked behind the Regina Coeli Hall on Saturday night for the much-anticipated luau dance.

The yard was festively decorated for the occasion, with twinkling lights encircling the dance floor and Hawaiian decorations surrounding a full snack and slushy bar. Many freshmen students got their first chance to try swing dancing, and students of all grade levels twirled around the dance floor for hours to an assortment of fun songs. Leis and fun tropical outfits were donned, and a group of upperclassmen boys even showed their spirit in grass skirts.

Volleyball games, hula hoop, and limbo competitions accompanied the dancing. The luau was still packed at the close of the night, which certainly confirms that it was an amazing start to the academic year at Christendom.

Seniors James Hannon and Sam McMahon and Junior Peter McNeely show Senior Jack Anderson how to dance Hawaiian-style. “Since the Luau is my favorite activity at the start of the school year, I just had to go all out,” McMahon said.

Freshmen Theresa Francis and Elizabeth Altomari choose one of the slushy flavors: piña colada and strawberry.

The food was as colorful and varied as the decorations.

Freshman Neil Baldwin shows off his hula-hoop skills.

Senior Kathleen Deighan takes on the lowest level of the limbo.

Freshmen Ginny Colgan and Sean Kerin swing away.

Junior Thomas Connolly gives Senior Megan Rolla a twirl.

Freshmen Mary Barbale and Matthew Marcolini enjoy a dance.

Cruisin' the Shenandoah

On Sunday, thirty-eight students traveled to the Front Royal Canoe Company for an afternoon canoe trip. The students paired off, settled in their canoes and started rowing down the beautiful Shenandoah River for a seven-mile trek.

Everyone enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of the river and the surrounding mountains. The afternoon was also filled with pranks and laughter, as many students attempted to splash their friends or even flip over the canoes of the other Christendom students.

“The coolest part of the trip was tipping over the other canoes for about twenty minutes," Sophomore Nicholas Blank said. "At one point, we had six canoes engulfed. Everybody had fun, especially when they got in the water.”

Students floated down the river, singing a mixture of camp-fire and religious songs, soaking in the sun, and enjoying one of the many benefits of being a Christendom student in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

The majestic Shenandoah—right in our backyard.

Crusin' the Shenandoah 2010.


Coming September 23rd!


Our New Chaplain

The Chronicler caught up with our new Head Chaplain, Fr. Donald J. Planty, Jr., this week and asked him a few questions. Welcome to the Christendom Community Fr. Planty!

The Chronicler: Where did you go to college?
Fr. Donald Planty: I attended the College of William and Mary from 1984-1988, where I majored in Government and in French. I also spent my Junior year abroad, studying at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, which, like Christendom’s program in Rome, helps broaden one’s education with enriching cultural experiences. I learned not only about French literature and history, but also about wine, cheese, and art!

C: Where were you stationed before you came to Front Royal?
FP: I was at Holy Family Parish in Dale City for the past seven years; my first two years as Parochial Vicar and Director of Religious Education, and the last five years as Administrator/Pastor. Holy Family is large–12,000 parishioners!–ethnically diverse and very active suburban parish on the I-95 corridor, about twenty-five miles south of D.C. Over half the parishioners there are Hispanic, so I almost spoke more Spanish there than English.

C: How did you come to be at Christendom College?
FP: It’s simple: I’m here because Bishop Loverde assigned me here! I have always welcomed the apostolates the Lord has given me through the Church as “God’s will be done”–and most of them have come as a surprise. Though I had mentioned, in the past, an interest in college pastoral ministry, I did not think such an assignment likely. So, I was pleasantly surprised when the Bishop told me I was going to Christendom. God’s will be done–and thanks be to God!

Fr. Planty surveys the landscape following this weekend's canoe trip.
C: What about Christendom attracts you the most?
FP: What I most like about Christendom is being part of, as I say, an “enthusiastically Catholic community.” It is a consolation to belong to a Catholic community in which the truth of the Lord that comes to us through His Church is willingly accepted. It is a blessing and an inspiration to see the goodness of so many people–especially young adults–pursuing holiness. It is a joy to experience the beauty of the sacred liturgy as celebrated here. It is great to be part of what is better described as one big, happy Catholic family. I am also enjoying living in the country for the first time in my life!

C: What duties do you have as chaplain this year?
FP: My duties are those of any priest, that is, the three munera or ministries of Christ: the prophetic ministry of the Word, the priestly ministry of the sacraments, and the shepherding ministry of charity. Concretely, in terms of formation in the faith, I will be preaching, teaching theology (Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine to Freshmen), and offering regular Tuesday night talks; I have also had many informal occasions to share the faith with students. In terms of sacramental ministry, I will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and hearing Confessions daily, and leading the community in other liturgies, devotions and prayers. I also must shepherd the College in charity, both by my example and by fostering charitable works. Of course, I will also be present to everyone informally, at meals, at social and sporting events, etc. All that essentially means that I am here to be Christ to all, and so to make myself available to all, meeting their spiritual needs.

Fr. Planty chats with Mark Hepler and
Thomas Daily at last week's Pub Night.
C: How does Christendom compare to other parishes you have been stationed at?
FP: Christendom is different because of both the demographics and the ministry. While the bishop gave me the “duty to oversee and serve the pastoral needs of the faculty and students”–that is, to serve the whole College community–most of my service will clearly be to students, a group of mostly white young adults. That’s a big change from Holy Family Parish, from which I just came, which is a large, ethnically- and age-diverse congregation. While I miss the variety of parishioners, I enjoy the youthful exhuberance of Christendom’s students. The work is also different: although the work of the priest is essentially the same everywhere–as in the duties described above–here I will not frequently celebrate baptisms, weddings, funerals, or have primary administrative responsibility.

C: What are your hobbies when you are not busy?
FP: In my free time I generally enjoy hiking, frisbee, classic novels and films, an eclectic variety of music, cooking, art, and travel. For example, in the past year I’ve hiked Buzzard Rock Overlook near Front Royal, cooked a classic Spanish dinner for friends, watched the BBC Brideshead Revisited series, seen an exhibit on Spanish sacred art at the National Gallery of Art, and traveled to France and Guatemala. Maybe I should also add that I went deer hunting in Colorado and sang with a local Mariachi band! I am definitely an extrovert, so I relax by sharing the company of other people. I look forward to sharing these and any new interests with the Christendom community!


Lady Crusaders Defeat Division III Wilson College

The women’s soccer team got their 2010 season off on the right foot yesterday as they showed great promise on both sides of the field and beat up on Wilson College despite playing much of the 2nd half with just 10 players. The team, which has 6 freshmen on it, was paced evenly between the newbies and the returning players and came out on top, 4-1.

Senior Mary Hill scored 2 goals in the game. One of the goals was the result of a great crossing ball from freshman Morgan Kavanagh which Mary Hill put in the back of the net. Morgan Kavanagh was a bright spot in the game with her beautiful left-footed crosses to go along with her crowd-pleasing flip-throw-ins! Morgan also scored on a free kick which she placed right over the wall and past the outstretch arms of the Wilson goalkeeper. Cecilia O’Reilly also got in the scoring column with a penalty kick. Returning starters Eileen Dziak and Theresa Lamirande also contributed with many attacking runs which put lots of pressure on Wilson’s defense.

The defense for the Lady Crusaders remained resilient throughout the game despite playing a man down for most of the 2nd half. Jane Snyder, who started in goal due to the unfortunate injury to Katie Rollino, provided an aggressive and determined last line of defense for Christendom. The team, which adjusted their defensive formation, looked as if they had been playing it for years together due in no small part to the great play of freshmen Theresa Francis, Helen Snyder, Karen Hambleton and newcomer sophomore Sadie Bratt.

The Lady Crusaders had glimpses of dominance against Wilson College which resulted in good passing and smart decisions. The game, despite being early in the season, was a great beginning for the team under 2nd year coach Matt Nelson. The Lady Crusaders look to continue their winning ways as they travel to Potomac State College in West Virginia on Saturday and are off until another home game next Wednesday vs Washington Adventist.

Freshman Morgan Kavanagh sends one to the goal.

Coach Nelson tells the girls that victory is in their reach.

Sophomore Cecilia O'Reilly adds one to the Crusaders score with a penalty kick.

Senior Jane Snyder defended the Crusader's goal well.

The speed and agility of Sophomore Eileen Dziak is one of the many weapons in the Lady Crusader's arsenal.

Q. I want to make sure I apply early enough so that I can avoid getting placed on a waiting list, and was wondering what timeline I should follow when applying. Thank you!

A. This year, we did end up with a small waiting list, but I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about that. Simply focus on getting everything together for your application and everything will be just fine, I think. As you are probably aware, Christendom has a little over 400 students this year, and our hope for next year is to have a little over 400 students. So, we are not growing, which means that sometimes there are more people interested in what we have to offer than we have room to handle. As long as applicants follow the timeline laid out below, there should be nothing to worry about.

First of all, even though we are just entering the month of September, we have actually been receiving applications daily for both the Spring 2011 and the Fall 2011 semesters. A bunch of eager beavers, I guess. Happy

For those applying for the Spring semester, it’s best to have your completed application into us by November 15 at the latest. Then, we normally can let you know whether we can accept you or not by mid-December. At that point, you send in your $500 deposit and arrive on campus January 16, ready to begin your academic career at Christendom! By the way, we do take first-time freshmen in the Spring, so if any of you are real eager to get on with life and come to college in January, you are welcome to apply for the Spring semester.

For those applying for the Fall 2011 semester, the schedule is as follows. You can apply now, if you want, and then, have your letters of recommendation, your SAT scores, and your transcripts sent in later. There is no need to wait to have it all submitted at the same time. You can apply online for free. If applying online, it is best to write and save your essays in Microsoft Word or some other type of format on your computer, and then copy and paste them into the space on our application. That way, if something bad happens to your computer while filling in the form or if it doesn’t go through, then you will not have lost your essays. If you apply now, there is a good chance that you will receive notification from the Admissions Committee sometime around mid-October or early November.

If you choose to wait a little to apply, that’s fine too. Our Early Action Deadline is December 1. What this means is that if you get all the parts of your application in to us on or before December 1, then we notify you of the Admissions Committee’s decision on or before December 15th. At that point, you do not need to do anything about your acceptance, or make a decision as to whether you wish to attend Christendom, until February 1st, when you will have to send in a $500 deposit if you wish to attend.

Financial Aid applications will be available on our website (remember, we do not take Federal funds—but we do offer loans, grants, scholarships, and work study jobs—therefore we use our own form, not the FAFSA) around February 1, and that is also the time that we set our tuition, room, board, and scholarship amounts for the next Fall semester. You can download the form at that time and send it in, but you must have filed in your 2010 taxes in order to apply for financial aid. Right now, though, if someone is interested in seeing what they might get in loans and grants, they can fill in our one-page financial aid estimator, found HERE, and send it in. You will get a response from our friendly Financial Aid Office within a couple of weeks.

If you do not apply by December 1, and instead, choose to apply leading up to the March 1 Regular Application Deadline, then, if accepted, you will be notified by April 1 and you will have until May 1 to make your $500 deposit. But sometimes, if someone submits a very good application, the applicant could hear back from the Admissions Committee prior to April 1, so it is still a good idea to apply as early as possible, and not wait for the March 1 deadline to roll around.

If someone wishes to re-take the SAT or ACT, even if they have applied, been accepted, and even sent in a deposit, they are welcome to do so. The reason someone may wish to do this is because if their scores reach a certain level (1920 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT), they automatically receive a Presidential Academic Scholarship, and we use the best score that a student has submitted prior to entrance into Christendom (not prior to acceptance or deposit).

And finally, you have up until May 1 to ask for your deposit back if you end up choosing a different college—not that we want that to happen—but we understand that sometimes there are other issues affecting students’ choices that require them to attend a different school, rather than their first-choice, Christendom.

So, that’s the timeline you were asking about. 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.