Mardi Gras & More


Your Assistant Admissions Counselors


Names: Emiko Funai / Rebecca Deucher
Ages: 20 / 20
Years: Junior / Sophomore
From: Seattle, WA / Southern Pines, NC
Major: Philosophy / Undecided
Hobbies: Becca: Working in the Admissions Office (they pay us to say that) and we share a natural love of horses and hosting social events. No, really. Oh, and Emi likes dancing and traveling and I like politics, skiing, and playing the piano.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Emi: I'm so indecisive—it always changes. Currently Philosophy Professor Dr. John Cuddeback's Medieval Philosophy class. It's done more in a seminar format, which is a nice change from lectures. / Becca: Of the many great classes, I'd have to say Ethics with Dr. Cuddeback and History 201 with Dr. Adam Schwartz.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Emi: Student Activities Council, work in the Admissions Office, School Ambassador, intramural volleyball, and the Reaccreditation Leadership Team. / Becca: Student Activities Council, work in the Admissions Office, School Ambassador, Students for Life
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Emi: Despite being a more socially inclined student, the classes are my favorite thing about Christendom. My family converted when I was in high school, so coming here has been a crash course in Catholicism from every angle of academics. / Becca: I find it hard to choose one thing about the school I like most because everything together makes the school what it is: the social life and the academics. Both help form you mentally and spiritually—helping you become a good Catholic.
Why did you choose Christendom? Emi: I didn't want an education only to get a job and Christendom blends the liberal arts with Catholicism so the education we receive is well rounded and grounded in the Truth. / Becca: Because it's a solid Catholic education. As I'm considering majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, I need the assurance that what I am being taught is the Truth.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? Emi: I thought I would be spoon-fed Catholicism, but what I've come to know is that even though I am given so many opportunities to grow in my faith, it's up to me to take advantage of them. / Becca: How much it has shown and impressed upon me that being Catholic is a way of life.
What are your plans after graduation? Emi: Have a party, then get a job in the field of law or event planning. / Becca: Something fun and far away from midterms and finals.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Emi & Becca: We don't want to give spoilers for our phone conversations!


Talking Politics

Last Wednesday in St. Kilian's Café, the Political Science Department hosted a round table discussion featuring conservative writer and activist Deal Hudson and faculty members Dr. William Luckey and Prof. Bracy Bersnak. Hudson spoke on prudence in politics, and in taking action and voting. Prof. Bersnak then discussed the use of the terms "liberty" and "freedom" in the document put forth by the bishops on the new HHS mandate. Dr. Luckey also commented on the document, urging the audience to read it for themselves. The event was a great opportunity for Christendom students to hear from great minds on these timely topics.

Hudson addresses students during the event.

Mardi Gras Dance

This past Saturday, the St. Lawrence Commons was decked out in gold, purple, and green as Christendom students gathered for the annual Mardi Gras Dance. This year, “Fools for No One”—comprised of seniors Richie Lancaster, Rob Fetsko, Ted Cantu, and Andrew Ciscanik—played live music which students had fun dancing to.

"It was great to see all the different varieties of costumes people came up with," Freshman Bernadette Sartor said. “I wouldn’t have thought Mardi Gras would be such a fun and colorful event!”

The Dance was a great chance for students to have fun at one more dance before Lent began.

Students loved the music played by "Fools for No One."

It was a merry masquerade.

Senior Liz Crnkovich and Sophomore Matt Speer glide across the floor.

JJunior Mike Bobrowski demonstrated that you can never have too much color on Mardi Gras.

A Weekend of Silence

This past weekend, 20 Christendom students participated in a silent Ignatian-style retreat at the San Damiano Retreat Center in preparation for the season of Lent. The retreat was led by Fr. Gonzago, who gave many talks throughout the weekend on different spiritual subjects.

"The silence of the retreat really brought home the fact that we were devoting a weekend to God," said Junior Steven Wood. "For three days, our total focus was on Jesus, leaving aside even our relationships with our close friends. It was especially odd for some of us who were close to each other; for me, it was probably the first time in my life that I was around my sister without either of us saying a word for two days straight."

Each talk was followed by a special 15 minute period of meditation, for he focused largely on teaching the group how to meditate so that the students would be able to leave the retreat with more confidence in their prayer life. In addition, the students went to Mass and went on Rosary walks outdoors every day.

Praying the rosary.

Spring 2012 Silent Retreat participants with Fr. Gonzaga.

Seniors and Faculty Dine

On Monday night, seniors enjoyed a special evening with the faculty of Christendom at the annual Senior-Faculty Dinner. Chef Dennis Paranzino prepared an amazing feast that had everyone applauding at the end of the meal. Professors and students alike enjoyed dining with each other. Over their four years at Christendom, seniors discover mentors and even friends in the faculty.

After dinner, History Professor Chris Shannon delivered a lecture on Brent Bozell, Jr., the conservative activist and Catholic writer.


Benvenuti a Roma!

This Friday, all of the Rome Program Juniors converged on the Eternal City excited to start this new adventure. Some of us came directly from home in the United States and others from various parts of Europe. There are great opportunities to explore other European destinations before and after the Rome semester.

Fifteen of us spent about a week in the middle of rural county Galway, Ireland. Ireland turned out to be even more stunning than in pictures. It has to be the most naturally beautiful land on Earth! We stayed with Junior Tommy Salmon’s family and in a quaint thatched-roof cottage next door to them. The week was filled with small excursions around that area, with each new turn of the road holding a new breath-taking sight to behold. The beach was just a walk down the road and the local small Irish towns were full of generous welcoming community life. We visited Kylemore Abbey with its lakeside walkways and mossy-green mountains. We climbed the Diamond Mountain in Connemara National Park and encountered a bird’s eye view of the entire peninsula that we were staying on. Needless to say, the Ireland trip was an experience that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.

One of the first things we did as a group upon arrival in Rome was go to St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. There is nothing like the moment that you walk into St. Peter’s Square and get struck by the size and magnificence of it. Then, once you have somewhat recovered from that , the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica smacks you even harder with its splendor. The ceilings seem to be halfway to heaven and from the front it is difficult to see the back. Though I have been to Rome once before, it seems that each time I have gone to St. Peter’s the effect is powerful. Additionally, it is such a gift to watch my friends’ faces as they are awestruck by the grandeur for the first time.

We are starting out the semester with a weeklong pilgrimage to Assisi and Siena to set the tone and get in the proper spiritual frame of mind for the upcoming months. On Sunday morning, we set off with an early start to the medieval town of Assisi to the north of Rome. This city has been the home to many holy men and women including St. Francis and St. Clare. On the first day in Assisi, we had guided tours of St. Francis’ parents’ home, Santa Chiara (St. Clare’s Church), and San Rufino (the church in which both St. Clare and St. Francis were baptized), and had mass in San Damiano (one of the first churches that St. Francis rebuilt). It was amazing to see all these important places in the lives of Clare and Francis and to physically trace their stories.

The next day we had early morning mass in the Basilica of St. Francis at St. Francis’ tomb! I had the honor of lectoring for this Mass. This was particularly special for me considering that I chose St. Francis as my confirmation patron saint. After Mass, we enjoyed a tour of the three churches that make up the basilica, which took us through the many different styles of art in the basilica and the theology behind the designs. We had opportunities to climb the mountain on which Assisi rests and enjoy an amazing view of Umbria from the medieval fortress at the top.

Today we had a tour of the 8th largest church in the world, Santa Maria degli Angeli, that contains the chapel in which Francis and his followers prayed in daily and the spot where Francis died. Later in the day, some of us hiked up to St. Francis’ hermitage on top of a nearby mountain and found one of the most peaceful places to be experienced.

Tomorrow we leave for Siena where St. Catherine lived, and continue our pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints as we begin the Lenten season.

Brendan Krebs enjoys a view of Ireland.

On tour in Assisi.

Enjoying the view from the fortress atop Assisi.

A Message from Fr. Benedict Groeschel


Crusader Basketball Finishes On a High Note

On February 18, the Lady Crusaders capped off a tough season with two big wins in the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference Tournament to claim the Tournament Championship at Christendom College. The men’s team placed third in their tournament hosted at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The women’s basketball team defeated Appalachian Bible College during the first round of the tournament and then won the final game, defeating the Davis Falcons, who the Lady Crusaders had lost to twice during the regular season.

“We had lost to Davis by three points each time,” Lady Crusader Coach Mike Brown said. “This third time was the charm. I am so proud of the team. We saved our best game, and especially our best defensive effort, for the last game of the season and it paid off.”

The Lady Crusaders won the tournament championship by a score of 60-43. Sophomore Mary Barbale was named tournament MVP. The win gave the team consecutive winning seasons for the first time in college history, going 11-10.

The men’s team also faced Davis College in the first round of the tournament. The Crusaders played an amazing first half leading the Falcons by four at halftime. In the second half, the Falcon’s hot shooting and pressure defense proved to be too much and the Crusaders fell.

In the third place game, the Crusaders played the host Mid-Atlantic Christian Mustangs and played the game of their lives. The Crusaders stayed in control the entire game despite having lost to the Mustangs by 19 one week ago.

Senior Dominic O’Donnell had the game of his life as he finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Brian Fox, despite having just two points at halftime, finished with 16, and sophomore reserve Christian Kopeck added an important 10 points. Pat Stein, Tim Vander Woude, and Jon Fioramonti added stellar play for the Crusaders as they knocked-off the home team by a score of 56-46 to claim the third place trophy.

This definitely was the sweetest win of the season. I am so happy for the three seniors who get to finish their career with a win.

Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.

Q. I am trying my best to get my application in by your deadline of March 1, but the people I have asked to write my letters of recommendation may not be able to get them to you on time. If I miss the deadline, what happens? What can I do to avoid being put on the waiting list?

A. If you miss the March 1 application deadline, it is not the end of the world, but it could cause you some problems. Here’s why.

We have already accepted a whole bunch of people for the fall. These were people who applied for the Early Action Deadline of December 1, or people who have been sending in complete applications over the past two months. Many of these accepted students have sent in their deposits for the fall, and although some of them will ask for a refund and decide to choose another school, the majority will stay with us and become members of our Class of 2016. We are only hoping to bring in around 110-115 students this fall, and so far, we have close to 100 signed up.

What does all of this mean to you? It means that if you get everything in by March 1, you will definitely receive our admissions committee’s decision on or before April 1. If you wish to accept our acceptance, then you will need to send in your non-refundable deposit by May 1. But, if you miss the March 1 deadline and your application is not sent to the admissions committee with the rest of the many applications, then you may not get an answer from us until sometime in late April or early May. And depending on how many applicants have chosen to send in their deposits, we may end up with a waiting list for the fall, and sadly, yes, you may end up on it.

But let’s not think that way. Let’s be positive and have happy thoughts. If you think that your letters of recommendation are going to be the thing that hinders your application from being complete, maybe you can email/call/text/harass/skype/fax/visit the person and ask them to kindly hurry up because your life, I mean, your application is on the line.

T-minus 6 days……..
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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