Celebrating the Saints
From: Stephens City, VA
Major: Associate Degree
Hobbies: Dancing, writing,singing, hanging out with friends, listening to music
Who's your favorite professor or class? Any and every class with Literature Professor Sharon Hickson. She is so passionate and brilliant—one takes away so much from her class.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I have been a part of the Swing and Ballroom Dance Clubs and the Choir. Several times I have also helped backstage with the Christendom Players and I was thrilled to participate.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The great number of talented artists here—actresses, musicians, writers, dancers, jugglers, etc. Like anyone, I was very pleased to find so many people with the same interests as myself.
Why did you choose Christendom? Christendom is place where I can be certain that the Truth is taught and of all the Catholic colleges I looked into, Christendom had the most well-rounded curriculum.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The people.
What are your plans after graduation? I am planning to earn a B.F.A. in Dance at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Visit Christendom College during the school year, and see what it is really like.
Kennedy’s lecture examined the life of Roch-Ambroise Sicard, a priest who educated the deaf and mute during the Reign of Terror. Sicard avoided execution twice during the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. Kennedy examined whether Sicard was a “girouette,” that is, a turncoat who changed with every regime and tailored himself to meet the new requirements.
Read more about this lecture here or listend to it at Christendom on iTunes.
“I have heard a lot about autism in the news recently, but I have never known much about it,” says Sophomore Maeve Gallagher. “I went to the library event to find out more information, because it is so prevalent in today’s world, and I learned so much and have a newfound respect for those with autism. I encourage everyone to educate themselves on the subject.”
The 2010 film “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes, was shown, which told the incredible true story of a girl with autism who used her condition to her advantage to completely transform the U.S. humane livestock handling industry and give autism a voice. Following the film, Curley held a question-and-answer session, in which she cleared up any confusion or concerns.
The evening began with a tradition Irish dinner, including scones, corned beef and potatoes and carrots, cooked by Chef Dennis and his amazing staff. Following dinner, the festivities began. The “Clansmen” led by College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, led the community in several Irish songs to kick off the evening. Afterwards, the rest of the show began, which included Irish dancing, singing, and other Irish music. The “Senior Dance Team” performed a show-stopping piece, choreographed by Senior Katie Francis.
A great time was had by all, and the evening was a great way to relax and prepare for the exciting weekend.
College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty is joined by St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columcille as he opens the evening's festivities with St. Patrick's Lorica.
The Clansmen are joined by the Hibernian Guard for the singing of "The Pibroch."
Senior Joe Long on the bouzouki.
Dr. John Cuddeback sang "The Broom of the Cowdenknowes."
Freshman Rosemary Hedge, Sophomore Aislinn Gibson, Freshman Rebecca Willen, and Sophomore Monica Davis perform "The Blood of Cuchulainn."
Theology Professor Raymund O'Herron sang "Four Green Fields."
Local Irish dancing troupe "The O'Kielty Dancers" put on a great show.
The senior dancers brought the house down with their electrifying performance.
Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Viganò to be the nuncio to the United States in October of last year. His previous position was the secretary-general of the commission governing Vatican City.
"This morning, it is my particular joy, as a personal representative of his holiness Pope Benedict XVI, to celebrate holy Mass with you, my brothers and sisters of Christendom College," Archbishop Viganò said during his homily.
"As you make your spiritual journey towards Easter, take time to thank almighty God for the gift of the present moment—the gift of these days that you spend at Christendom College, where you have been given a unique chance to choose to live by the truth, by embracing the fullness of the light of the Faith," he said.
Read more about this event here. The Nuncio's homily can be heard at Christendom on iTunes.
The Archbishop chats with College President Timothy O'Donnell, his wife Cathy, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty , and students.
On Sunday night, Christendom College’s new Dorm Wars, a campus-wide Olympic-style series of competitions among dorms, started off with excitement in the St. Lawrence Commons.
On Sunday night, all teams processed into the Commons behind their team’s flag and team captain. The team captains presented their flags and explained their significance before a panel of judges. "The Incorruptibles" came out victorious due to their artistic and creative flag. A rousing speech competition followed, whereby one person from each team gave a speech to incite their team to victory, and Sophomore Brendan Vieira of "The Beached Whales" wowed the crowd with his speech and took first place.
“It was encouraging to see that everyone was taking these Dorm Wars seriously,” says Sophomore Ben Scrivener. “Every team’s flag had a purpose and meaning, and every speech had passion and substance. It’s a great thing to see the Christendom community come together for Dorm Wars and put both individual and team talent to the test. I think that Dorm Wars will be a great addition to campus life this semester, as well as for years to come.”
Brendan Vieira delivers his winning speech.
"The Incorruptibles" gather around their banner.
“It was really exciting to have the opportunity to come together on the feast of St. Joseph in a truly Italian way—over lots of food—and celebrate the saint we love so much,” says Junior Sara Federico, who organized the festivities. “Especially in a time where the family is being so attacked, I think it is really important to honor this great example of purity and fatherhood. Everyone had a great time and I feel blessed to have been a part of it.”
The Christendom community enjoyed a large and delicious Italian meal, complete with pasta, cannoli, Italian ice, and an assortment of breads.
Processing to the Commons.
Senior Ben Scrivener grabs some of the delicious bread.
It's been a very busy few weeks! We have started our classes, and we had a week of many guests of honor. President Dr. O’Donnell and Mrs. O’Donnell as well as Christendom’s chaplain, Fr. Planty, and Director of Student Activities & Rome Program Preparation Caitlin Bowers, visited bringing opportunities and Roman street knowledge.
Father Planty also arranged for us to meet the Secretary of State of the Holy See and we had an exclusive tour of the Papal Palace. We walked down the hallway just around the corner from the Pope’s apartment and met in the Pope’s library. Afterwards, we enjoyed a private nighttime view of St. Peter’s square and basilica, and the city of Rome.
We had the honor of having lunch with Cardinal Arinze, and we had the opportunity to ask him questions on contemporary theological matters. Before heading back to the States, we had the pleasure of an evening at Scholar’s Lounge soaking in the traditional Irish culture with Dr. and Mrs. O’Donnell.
The owner of our hotel, who has an affinity for Christendom College, threw us a big party where we were able to socialize and mingle with Swiss Guards. We talked to them and were able to get a glimpse of what it is like to serve the Pope in such proximity, and what their day-to-day life is like.
We continue to see mind-blowing physical pieces of history such as the excommunication document of Martin Luther or the letter that King Henry VIII sent to the Pope asking for his annulment. We walk in the ancient streets of the Roman Forum, and see the sand in the Coliseum that the blood of martyrs has sanctified, continuing our pilgrimage to walk in their footsteps and follow their example.
Hanging out in the Pope's gardens.
A special evening view of St. Peters.
Lunch with Cardinal Arinze.
At the Coliseum.
God shines his light on our students in St. Peter's.
Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic
Spring Sports Off to Hot Start!
The Christendom College baseball team took the field in their season home opener this past Tuesday against the Defenders of Baptist Bible on one of the many beautiful days that Virginia has been having.
The last few years the Crusaders have struggled to muster up runs with their offense, but in the first game on Tuesday that all changed. The Crusaders had three extra base hits in the first three innings and jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Defenders. Charlie Rollino and David McWhirter both doubled in the second inning to score runs. Senior Patrick Stein took the hill for the Crusaders and would go the distance for the team. Despite taking the early 3-1 lead the Crusaders gave up a couple of big scoring innings to the Defenders and lost the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 4-7.
In the second game, with Junior Nicholas Blank on the mound, again the Crusaders would jump out into an early lead and never look back as they defeated the Defenders 13-7.
Behind another solid pitching performance from Pat Stein and consistent hitting all around, the Crusaders earned their first victory over the Mechanincs by a final score of 11-7. In the second game, the Mechanics would get revenge as they would muster six runs against the Crusaders and hold Christendom to just four.
Currently the baseball team sits at 2-2 and the team’s best start in recent memory. The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday as they host Philadelphia Biblical for a doubleheader at Bing Crosby Stadium beginning at 12 noon.
The Crusader Ruggers defeated Division III Catholic University this past Saturday in a hard fought match. With a large contingent of fan support, the team put everything they had into a grueling match. The Crusaders made multiple goal-line stands, which in the end was the difference in the game. The win notches the teams second win of the season, the other being against American University.
The wins against both of these huge universities in comparison (CUA having over 7,000 total students, 3,633 undergraduates and American University with over 10,000 total students and 6,600 undergraduate) speaks volumes to how far the Rugby program has come in the last five years. Their dedication and hard work has definitely paid off in these last two monumental wins. The team looks to continue their winning ways as they head to Hampden Sydney this Saturday for a round robin tournament, which will include three matches.
Congratulations to both teams!
Senior Pat Stein pitched excellent games.
Junior Matt Naham sends the ball flying.
Freshman Bobby Crnkovich flies down the field for one of the biggest scores of the game.
Freshman Larry Urgo is unstoppable.
Q. I have found your office to be very accommodating, efficient, and in short, quite a joy to deal with. I have been in contact with numerous other colleges and universities and have received the proverbial “run-around” so many times. I just wanted to commend your office for seemingly always being on top of things. Can you tell me a little bit about who works for you and what they do? Keep up the good work!
A. Thanks for the compliment! We do our best to be as efficient as possible, although we certainly can improve, as we try to each year.
As you know, I am the Director of Admissions and Marketing. I have been in this position since 2004 and am responsible for all aspects of recruitment, advertising, public relations, marketing, and admissions, and as of last year, I am also responsible for alumni relations. I attended Christendom back in the early days of the College from 1986-1990, earning my BA in Theology, and then I earned my MA in Theological Studies from our Graduate School in 1998.
). We wish her, and her husband-to-be, Paul, all the best.
And beyond those who work day in and day out for my office, we have a number of other people who do a lot to make our efforts successful.
Well, that’s the whole gang. Again, I thank you for your kind words about our efficiency and I look forward to being of service to you in the future. Compliments and complaints are always welcome.
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