Mardi Gras & More
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!
Hudson addresses students during the event.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.