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
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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.