"Nicholas Nickleby"


Name: Veronica Stanton
Jenkintown, PA
Undeclared—possibly History
Playing the violin and singing.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Dr. Mark Clark's Latin class and history with Dr. Brendan McGuire are definitely my favorites. Their enthusiasm for their subjects makes it easier for the students to enjoy what they're learning.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
Intramurals and I have performed at Pub Nights with my sister.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? All the wholesome friendships I have developed this past year, because they have brought me closer to God.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because of the quality of education offered here and the unique atmosphere that you can't find anywhere else.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The incredible amount of students who are talented in many different ways, especially the in the fine arts.
What are your plans after graduation? Sainthood.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Take advantage of the many opportunities that Christendom offers, especially the mission trips during spring break.


Appreciation Week

This past week, Christendom College celebrated Appreciation Week in order to recognize and show gratitude toward all those individuals both in front of and behind the scenes who give so much to the school.

“I think it is wonderful that Christendom dedicates a special week to recognize and thank all the hard-working people who make our college run so smoothly,” Freshman Maggie Schuberg said. “I am especially grateful to our Chaplains, who are always there for the students in the sacraments or to just talk.”

On Monday, recognition was given to the Chaplains, Fr. Planty and Fr. Fox, for all they do for Christendom, and students signed spiritual bouquets as a gift for their beloved priests. On Tuesday, appreciation was given to kitchen staff for their hard work this year, and Chef Dennis and his co-workers were given new aprons. All faculty and staff were recognized on Wednesday and Thursday with great applause. The Cavalier crew was shown abundant gratitude on Friday, and each person was given a gift card as a token of this appreciation.

Saying thanks to Cavalier Cleaning Services.

Recognizing the fine work of Chef Dennis and his crew.

Nicholas Nickleby

The Christendom College Players performed Nicholas Nickleby on April 20-22. An adaption of the beloved novel by Charles Dickens, the play featured a talented cast that entertained audiences with a complex plot filled with colorful characters.

Dr. Patrick Keats, a professor of literature and experienced producer of plays at Christendom College, directed the production, his thirty-second at Christendom. Keats was ably assisted by a production team that included alumna Mary Harrington, Christendom seniors Brianna Miller and Erin Clark, junior Kelly Lawyer, and sophomore Sean LaRochelle.

Senior Matthew Camp, who played the sadistic Wackford Squeers, said that performing in Nickleby was a wonderful experience.

“Not only did I get to work alongside some fabulous, motivated, upbeat actors but everyone, from cast to directors to stage crew to the hair and makeup, really worked together to provide a positive, and all around delightful performance,” Camp said. “I was truly glad to be a part of it."

Andrew Clark, a sophomore who played Newman Noggs had an amazing time as well.

“It was a tremendous experience,” Clark said. “It’s always great working with people who are very dedicated, patient, and willing to go the extra mile to make the play amazing.”

Every year the Christendom Players produce two plays: one in the fall and one in the spring. And because Christendom does not have a drama department, students from across all disciplines are welcome to audition for the performances, making Christendom's liberal arts experience rich in the fine arts as well.

Freshman Peter Foeckler as Nicholas Nickleby captured the good spirit and compassion of the story’s hero well. Foeckler was supported by a very talented cast that recreated Dickens’ trademark hilarious comic scenes.

Matthew Harris and Kathleen Deighan brought the stage to life with their performances of Mr. and Mrs. Crummles, the leaders of the larger than life theatre troupe that Nicholas joins for a short time.

Sophomore Sean Ryan and freshman Joseph Bond kept audiences laughing with their hilarious performance of Charles and Ned Cheeryble, the kind and jovial brothers who help Nicholas in overcoming the evil designs of his uncle Ralph.

Nicholas saves Madeline from an unwanted marriage.

The Squeers capture Smike.


Kissing Lepers

On Monday evening, Sr. Clare Hunter, F.S.E., delivered a talk entitled “Kissing Lepers.” Part of this year's Student Life Formation Series the talk examined how we are to love the wounded in our lives.

In her talk, she explained when trying to lead others to the truth, especially on life issues, we need more than just arguments. There needs to be a delicacy and an understanding that many of the people that we encounter carry deep wounds.

Sr. Hunter, a Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, is Director of the Arlington Diocese's Respect Life Office.

Academics at Christendom

The Admissions Office hosted a Family Visit Day and Open House last week. Students and parents were able to sit-in on classes, tour the campus, and hear presentations from College President Timothy O'Donnell and other faculty and staff.

One of the presentations at the event was given by Dr. Brendan McGuire, who addressed Christendom's rich academic tradition. You can watch his energetic and informative talk below:


The Last Things

This past week in Rome was called "Culture Week." It is during this week that all the state-owned museums and historical sites are open free of charge.

We were given extra days free of tours and obligations so that we could take full advantage of the many art collections and galleries that Rome has in store. This opportunity came at the perfect time too, now that we have developed an educated taste for art, famous artists, and artistic time periods through our Art & Architecture course and our tours.

As we feel the end of our time in Rome drawing nearer, all of us have been making lists of the things around the city that we want to make sure we see or do before we leave. We have been using our free days to walk around Rome and to do things that we could only do here.

We could be found trying to fulfill our lists all over the city dong things like having gelato from our favorite gelateria, enjoying delicious chocolate-filled pastries, climbing to the top of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain, or sitting on the Spanish Steps. These excursions have always turned out to be adventures. This city is full of fascinating churches, monuments, and quaint areas that we stumbled upon only by accident while pursuing items on our lists.

Additionally, we used our last free weekend to visit destinations that we must see before we leave. A group of us chose to spend the weekend in the vibrant city of Barcelona where we tried the freshly squeezed tropical juices, and other local cuisine.

The highlight of the trip to Barcelona was definitely the Basilica there that is still being built that is called “La Sagrada Familia” or “The Holy Family.” This amazing piece of architecture is and will be when completed, a masterpiece. Gaudi, the architect, was a devout Catholic and a mathematical genius and he poured his life into designing the plans for this Basilica using revolutionary architectural methods, and spiritual devotion. There was not an aspect in the building that was not carefully planned out and intended with theological meaning. It was truly a great way to spend the last free weekend taking a once in a lifetime opportunity, and experiencing a whole new culture.

Last gelato.

Climbing the Scala Sancta—the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on during his Passion. The stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena.

Theresa Jalsevac admires La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

A view from Castel S'Angelo.

David Townsend in Piazza del Popolo.

Junior Semester in Rome, Spring 2012.

Hiking in the Shenandoah Valley

What many students take full advantage of, but others are unaware of, is the fact that there are many incredible hiking trails not only on campus but very nearby.

Shenandoah National Park, just a short driving distance from Christendom, offers over 500 miles of trails, including about 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. These trails either lead deep into the wilderness, to a beautiful overlook, or to a waterfall.

Skyline Drive is probably the most popular destination for hiking among Christendom students in the Shenandoah National Park due to its close proximity to campus and peaceful trails that are not too arduous and perfect for picnicking.

While Old Rag is the most challenging trail in the park, many Christendom students would also argue that it is the most fun and rewarding, with its beautiful scenery and views in any season, and its astonishing slopes and cliffs.

“My favorite hike around school is one called ‘Buzzard’s Rock’ in George Washington National Park,” says Senior Catherine Marra, who has recently frequented several of the trails in the area. “The hike is not too strenuous, but there are gorgeous views on the top of the mountain ridge.”

Christendom students never sit around campus with nothing to do on a beautiful day. At any time of the year, they can take a short drive to one of the picturesque hiking trails and enjoy the stunning scenery that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.

Find out more about the trails near Christendom at this webpage.

Junior Nick Blank waves from the top of a massive rock formation.

One of the many beautiful springtime views of the Shenandoah Valley.

Sophomores Madeleine Murphy and Hanna Ethridge enjoy a view from he summit with Junior Nick Blank.

One of Skyline's hidden waterfalls.

Juniors Emi Funai and Mary Bratt enjoy a view from Buzzard's Rock with senior Catherine Marra.


Crusader Baseball Team Wins ESBL Championship

This past Saturday, before the rain pounded the valley, the Christendom baseball team took to the field at Bing Crosby Stadium against Valley Forge Christian College. Standing at 5-4 and 3-1 in the Eastern States Baseball League (ESBL), the Crusaders were hoping to notch their first ever winning season and grab a championship in the process.

Senior Patrick Stein took to the mound for the first of the doubleheader. The Crusaders, playing without starting catcher Nicholas Blank (who was sidelined due to having his appendix removal), took an early 1-0 lead. Pat Stein would take care of the rest, pitching a complete game which included nine strikeouts and allowing just one walk and four hits. Offensively, the Crusaders continued their turn-around at the plate this year as they repeatedly put the ball in play forcing the Patriots of Valley Forge to make tough plays. The result was a 3-0 victory for the Crusaders in the first game.

Freshman Thomas Maurer took to the mound for the Crusaders in the second game, which proved to be a very different game from the first in terms of style, but not result!

The teams traded hits and runs back and forth throughout the game, 4-4, then 5-4, then 6-4; back and forth they went. The defense, as it has all year, proved as reliable as the bats of the Crusaders as they played tough defense, gobbling up ground balls and chasing down fly balls. It seemed as though the teams would go back and forth until the rain would end the game as the dark clouds rolled into the valley.

But in the sixth inning, sophomore Joe Marra would get on base and after two stolen bases ended up on third base. Staying there only for a short time, he raced home to score on a passed ball. As Joe touched home plate, the excitement became tangible as the Crusaders could sense a first ever championship almost within their grasp. Following Joe Marra, Dan Arnold also scored to give the Crusaders a two-run lead going into the final inning.

What followed was almost a perfect ending for the Crusaders, as Pat Stein despite pitching the entire first game came back on the mound to close out the second game and help clinch the championship.

“I had to beg coach to let me go out there, but it is one of those things that I wanted so bad," Stein said. "To be in that situation after four years and to be able to help deliver a championship means so much.”

Coach Mercandetti did let Stein take the ball and three batters later the Crusaders had clinched their first winning season in over five years and their first ever ESBL Championship. The win capped off a memorable season by a group of guys who did the little things and did them well.

Coach Mercandetti commenting on the game noted:

“These 2 wins just like the others before them were a complete team effort. Everyone played a part and fulfilled their role so well and I couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and team first mentality.”

Congratulations to the 2012 Eastern States Baseball League Champions, your Christendom Crusaders!

Mike Arnold sends one flying.

Christopher Tipton slides in safe to home.

Joe Marra steals third base.

Pat Stein strikes out down the final bat.

Sweet victory.

Q. There are a lot of good colleges out there, from what I can tell, and sometimes it is very difficult to tell the differences between them. I mean, I want to go to a college that is in line with the Church and does not have any heretical or anti-Catholic groups on campus, but other than that, I am unsure of what I want. Is there some easy way to figure out which college I should go to?

A. The age-old question. And there is no easy answer.

You are on the right track in that you have at least figured out one “must-have” and one “can’t have” item for your future college. Your future college “must have” fidelity to the Magisterium and “can’t have” any of these crazy groups. Again, good start, but there is still much work to be done.

You need to figure out more of these “must haves” and “can’t haves” in order to create your short list of colleges to look at. You can do this in a number of ways. Think about all the things that you might want in college: certain location, certain price, certain majors, certain extra-curriculars, certain regulations, certain opportunities, etc. Then, figure out which wants are “must-haves” versus “wants.” Then go ahead and make a list of things you don’t want in a college: certain groups, certain policies, certain types of students/teachers, certain location, certain price, certain size, etc. Then, again, figure out which ones are “can’t haves” and which ones are just preferences that won’t make or break a deal.

So, once you have your Musts and your Cants, come up with your “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” list too.

How do you even begin this type of process? Well, ask some friends, family, priests, and others, then look at the websites of these schools. Read the “About” section and mission statements. See what they are all about and determine if these schools have the same goal in mind as you do. Look over all the aspects of the website to see what kind of “feel” you get for the place.

If you like what you see initially, then maybe formulate some questions and see if any have been answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site. If not, then contact an admissions office representative and ask them as many questions as you want. If it seems to still be meeting your needs, then the next step would be to schedule a visit to the college. You can get a real sense of a place by walking around campus and meeting the students and faculty, staying in the residence halls, and even seeing how the students spend their leisure time. All very important to the “college search” process, I think.

If, after visiting, you’ve narrowed your search down to three or four colleges, maybe then ask the admissions representatives why they think that people choose their school over the others. I know that I am personally very knowledgeable about the differences between Christendom and many other faithful Catholic colleges and universities. Although most admissions counselors (and Directors) are generally biased toward the place where they work, most are doing their best to help students understand what their particular college offers and how it might differ from others. That is, they are simply trying to give you as much information as they can so that you can make a fully informed decision. Some, though, unfortunately, act like used car salesmen and do or say just about anything to get you to come to their school. You will not find that kind of attitude in the Admissions Office at Christendom, I promise.

And finally, you must pray about it. Going to this or that college will change your life forever, either for good or for bad. Many Catholics leave the faith during their college years; some “survive college” and keep the faith; others grow and mature in their faith. Much of this depends on where you go to school, who you hang out with, and what you are studying. Is it more important for you to be in a place that offers a particular degree in a not-so-Catholic environment, or are you more concerned with being in a Catholic environment with maybe a limited number of degrees? Do you want to get out of college debt-free with the having paid the least amount out of pocket, even if it means sacrificing a Catholic education, or are you willing to accumulate some debt and pay some money out of pocket to get the education you want?

These are questions only you and your family can answer. And they are very hard questions, for sure.

So, in short:
  • Figure out what you are looking for in a college education;
  • Ask your trusted friends, priests, and relatives their opinions;
  • Look up the colleges/universities on the internet and give a thorough review of their mission, programs, and overall purpose;
  • Ask questions of the Admissions Office;
  • Visit your short list of schools; and
  • Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance to make the right decision!
Good luck and let me know if I can be of any further help!
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.

Spring is Here!


Name: Mark Turner
Age: 19
Fredericksburg, VA
Major: Undeclared, but possibly History
Running, intramurals, drama, singing (with gusto but not always with grace).
Who's your favorite professor or class?
This is such a hard decision! Dr. Brendan McGuire is my favorite professor. He brings a very dynamic approach to history, a subject that I really enjoy. Dr. McGuire is both an amazing teacher and example for students.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Intramurals, drama, Students for Life, volunteer at St. Kilian's Café, and help at SAC events. All these activities help me balance academics with social and volunteer work.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The dynamic Catholic atmosphere, academics and student body. The whole college, especially the Student Activities Committee, is committed to a Catholic environment.
Why did you choose Christendom? I was originally reticent about coming, but once I was here and let myself take full advantage of what Christendom has to offer, I became very happy that I chose to come.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? I was surprised that such a small school could offer such a dynamic college experience founded in forming the whole student .
What are your plans after graduation? I am currently looking into Physical Therapy. I am taking pre-req. classes every summer to make getting my PT degree possible after graduation.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Come and visit the campus and allow yourself to leave any preconceived opinions behind until you actually experience the college. Pray about your college decision, it is such an important step in your life.


Movie Night with Walter, Dr. Cuddeback and Fr. Planty


Friday night a group of students gathered in St. Kilian’s café to watch a movie with three of our movie buffs: Registrar Walter Janaro, Philosophy Professor Dr. John Cuddeback, and Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty. They watched the Italian movie, Tree of the Wooden Clogs, and afterward the three led lively discussions about the movie. It was a great chance for the students to enjoy some relaxing conversation before the excitement of the weekend.

L'albero degli zoccoli or Tree of the Wooden Clogs won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978.

Spring Formal

Saturday night, students dressed their finest and arrived looking classy at the Bowling Green Country Club for Christendom’s annual “Spring Formal.” The event was a wonderful time, and the students loved the great music, provided by Vinyl Tracks. SAC did a great job organizing everything, and even provided the students with a fun photo-shoot option! The students all had an amazing time, and looks forward to next year’s formal!

Vinyl Tracks put on a great show that kept the students dancing all night.

Sophomore Savanna Buckner and Senior Rob Fetsko share a dance.

Sophomore Mary Fowler swings with Freshman Peter Deucher.

Senior Dominic Vieira always had a good time on the dance floor.

Freshman Jessica Schmitz dances with Sophomore Conor O'Donnell.

Junior Phillip Briggs gives his sister, Freshman Lucy, a dip on the dance floor.

Presenting Rayanne Gonzales

Sunday night a large group gathered in the St. Lawrence Commons to hear acclaimed soprano Rayanne Gonzales perform for the community. She was joined by pianist Patrick O'Donnell and performed a concert entitled "Music for a Spring Evening."

"She is extremely entertaining, and we were all extremely lucky to hear her perform specifically for our community," Senior Liz Sartor said.

Gonzales, with her award winning voice, sang a broad selection of musical pieces for the audience, from genres of classical, to opera, to broadway. This event was part of the The Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program, which offers students an opportunity to experience directly the beauty of God in the aesthetic fruits of Western Civilization through live performances and on-campus events.

Rayanne Gonzales possesses "a big, accurate voice that she uses sensibly but fearlessly" (Washington Post).

Psychology vs. Scholasticism

This past Sunday evening, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society gathered in the Chester-Belloc room of Regina Coeli Hall to have their last debate of the semester, with the resolution, “Psychology serves evangelization better than scholasticism.” The con side ended up with the upper hand of the evening, and won with 21 con votes to 7 pro with 3 abstentions.

The debate was lively and well attended, and our own assistant chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox came to speak too.

Art Club Exhibition


On Monday evening, April 16, the Christendom Art Club displayed their original works of art for the Christendom community at the Art Happening in St. John the Evangelist Library. Renowned artist and Club Directer Mr. Henry Wingate gave a talk on “beginning as an artist.” He described his work in the art field and gave advice and encouragement concerning how to get started as a young artist.

“Mr. Wingate and the Christendom students are very talented artists, and during the presentation, it was very interesting to learn about the different techniques artists use to see the parts and the whole of a work,” says Freshman Kelsey Gordon. “It is amazing how shading and other techniques add so much realism to their works of art.”

Original artwork by students was exhibited for other students and faculty and staff to admire, and refreshments were served.

Classics Professor Marcello Lippiello admired the work of the students.

Sophomore Maeve Gallagher and Senior Jessica Ward were impressed with the work of their peers.

The fine art talent at Christendom never ceases to amaze.

Henry Wingate addresses students.


Buona Pasqua!

So much has happened in these past two weeks! It has been a common agreement within the group that Holy Week in Rome has to be the absolute best way to celebrate Holy Week!

On Spy Wednesday, we participated in the traditional Seven Church Pilgrimage with the North American College. This is a walking pilgrimage on which you visit the 7 major basilicas taking you all around the city of Rome. The major basilicas that we visited were as follows: Basilica of St. Mary Major, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, St. John Lateran, St. Sebastian, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and, of course, St. Peter's Basilica. The pilgrimage took about 12 hours and was an estimated 14 miles. The effect of this pilgrimage was spiritually preparatory for the Holy Triduum by way of the penitential endurance that was required to complete it.

It is difficult to get tickets to the Triduum liturgies with the Pope. As Holy Week progressed we all hoped and prayed that we could get them, and we were blessed with them! What an opportunity it was to spend those three days with the Pope! Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper was in St. John Lateran, the basilica in which sits the chair of papal authority. Then, on Good Friday we attended the Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion in St. Peter’s Basilica and participated in the Stations of the Cross led by the Pope at the Coliseum. Despite the regality that surrounds any Papal event, the Pope’s humble example showed us how to solemnly treat the Triduum.

The most exciting was the Easter Vigil Mass with the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica. We got in line early in the day so that we could get good seats. We spent the afternoon meeting other Catholics around us from all over the world and prayed with them. The varieties of people in the congregations at Papal Masses truly remind you of the universality of the Church!

The Easter Vigil started out as all do with the complete darkness out of which came only the Pope’s voice leading the blessing of the Paschal fire. Then, it was so impressive to see the flame get passed from candle to candle until the entire basilica was a sea of small flickering lights. The highest point of exhilaration had to have been at the Gloria. We had all been waiting all Lent to sing it, and we heard the Pope’s voice sing, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” and immediately all the lights that we had never seen turned on and illuminated the whole Church as the choir sang and the trumpets blared making it more beautiful than we had ever seen it before. We could really feel the sense of the triumph of Christ over sin and death in the air!

The next morning we celebrated Easter with a feast of a potluck brunch, played guitar, and relaxed into the late afternoon out on the terrace overlooking the city.

We have continued to celebrate the octave of Easter in different ways, everyone enjoying what they gave up for Lent. The Noronhas even had us over for an Easter party (traditionally called Pasquetta).

This past weekend we took a day trip to the town of Orvieto. Orvieto is home to a Eucharistic miracle where a priest who was having doubts about the true presence was celebrating Mass in 1263 and at the consecration, the host bled onto the corporal. We were able to see this corporal in the town’s main cathedral, the Duomo (you will notice most towns’ big churches are called this). After enjoying a hearty Italian lunch and trying Orvieto’s famous white wine, we took in beautiful views and saw a crucifix that spoke to St. Thomas Aquinas.

At the Duomo in Orvieto.

On tour with Prof. Noronha.

After Easter Vigil Mass.

Relaxing after an Easter brunch.

D.C. In the Spring
By Liz Sartor

One of the great things about being at Christendom is the fact that we are close, yet not too close, to our nation's capital: Washington D.C. The city is filled with history, museums, and other great cultural opportunities. This past weekend, I and some friends went to Washington DC. to enjoy the afternoon there.

One of the things we had the chance to see while in the city was the parade for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It had several different floats, marching bands, and performances by a variety of people. The city police showed of their stunts on motorcycles—it was quite impressive. Washington DC has tons of cherry trees that bloom in late March/early April, and create quite the beautiful sight, particularly in the beautiful area of the "Tidal Basin," which is just a short walk from the Washington monument.

Another great place in DC to walk around is the World War II monument. They have pillars commemorating each of the States surrounding a large fountain. It truly is an inspiring sight, particularly the "field of 4,000 stars" which commemorates the lives of the over 400,000 men and women who died. The monument is also a great vantage point for the Lincoln Memorial

Another pleasant place to stroll is the Constitutions Garden Pond. It is rather large, and in nice weather, is quite the hot spot for ducks and geese. It also provides a lovely view of the Washington Monument.

Aside from the pleasant places to walk, there are also plenty of smaller monuments and memorials to various historical people to see, such as the John Paul Jones monument, the statue of Baron Von Steuben, and the statue of Andrew Jackson.

There are also plenty of museums and even Churches in Washington DC to visit. St. Matthew's Cathedral is very beautiful, and provides students who have been to Rome with some nostalgia, as it very much seems reminiscent of many of the Churches in Rome. The Art Museum with both it's wings, the Air and Space Museum, and the various History museums in the National Mall are also all fun and educational places to go.

There really is something in DC for everyone. Every time you go there, you can do something different—exploring the many historical sites, the gardens and art museums, churches, and activities, even just being able to walk around in our nation's capital. It's always a great experience.

The World War II monument.

Junior Luke Tillotson shows his home state pride.

Andrew Jackson.

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

DC Police show-off their motorcycle skills.


Crusader Baseball Hits Their Stride!

It is a fact of life that if you work hard and dedicate yourself to improving usually it happens although it may take time. The 2012 Crusader baseball team is proof of this principle. Despite losing four starters off last year’s team, including the entire starting outfield, the team has found strength in each other—a strength that has led the team to its best season in at least 5 years.

Led by senior captain Patrick Stein the men’s baseball team has dedicated themselves to practice and hard work this season, especially during the preseason. The team got off to a great start by splitting their first two matches with Baptist Bible College during their home opener. However, the manner in which they played these first two games of the season set a tone for the rest of the season. The Crusaders scored 14 runs combined in the two games which easily crushed the run average for the last few years. This was only the beginning.

The team then traveled to Media, Pa., to play an Eastern States match against Williamson Free School of Trade. To say the Mechanics have dominated the match-up over the years would be an understatement. Christendom hadn’t beat Williamson in at least 5 years.

Years of bottled up offense and energy came unleashed in the first inning as the Crusaders jumped all over the Mechanics for 7 runs. With the early lead in addition to a completely stunned home team the Crusaders held strong on defense behind a complete game from Pat Stein. Stein would only give up 1 run until the Mechanics scored 5 runs in the 5th inning to cut the score to 8-6 in favor of the Crusaders. But the resilient bats of the Crusaders has proved the strength of this year’s team and they would add 3 more runs on the board and hold on for an 11-7 victory. Pat Stein only gave up two earned runs while leading the team to a monumental win. In the second game, the Mechanics edged out the Crusaders in a close one: 4-6.

Unfortunately Mother Nature who had given the team so many beautiful days stepped in and forced 4 games to be cancelled including a home match against Philadelphia Biblical University and a trip to Tennessee to play Johnson University. The team then hosted Penn State Mont Alto who proved to be too much and won both games. However, on a cloudy Easter Wednesday day and arriving just 5 minutes prior to the start of the game due to traffic, the Crusaders would completely flip-flop history and claim a 12-9 victory over Penn State Mont Alto.

This past Saturday, Christendom hosted Williamson at Bing Crosby Stadium hoping to win 2 games and claim the lead in the Eastern States conference. Despite Spring Formal that evening many eager and enthusiastic students showed up, some in formal attire to cheer their Crusaders to victory.

The two games that followed put an emphatic explanation point on the season to this point. The Crusades came out determined and dedicated to do whatever was necessary to win. What followed was an almost complete annihilation of the Mechanics by the Crusaders. Whether it was Matt Speer tracking down what seemed to be every fly ball hit in the outfield, or Nick Blank poking a full count curveball to opposite field or the steady and confident play of co-captains Dan Mitchell and Pat Stein, each teammate did his part to secure two great wins.

Pat Stein again went the distance in the first game finishing with 11 strikeouts and only allowing four earned runs. Stein had a career day at the plate as well as he would go 7 for 9 with 5 runs and 4 RBI’s. The victory was a complete team effort all around as Christendom would finish with 27 hits in the 2 games.

One stat from the first game of the doubleheader stands out as a perfect depiction of the hard work and team attitude, which dominates this group of young men: every Crusader player who batted had at least one hit. Proof yet again that with determination and teamwork success is just around the corner!

The Crusaders host Valley Forge Christian College this Saturday at 12 noon in the beautiful Bing Crosby Stadium.

Junior Nick Blank lets one fly for another strike-out.

Sophomore Mike Arnold sprints to first.

Sophomore Sean Ryan rounds third base.

Junior Dan Mitchell gets ready to send the ball flying.

The Crusaders solid play at bat is matched by solid play on field.

Junior Mike Bobrowski looks to make the play. (Photo Credit: Joe Stein)

Junior Charlie Rollino slides head-first into home to score for the Crusaders. (Photo Credit: Joe Stein)

Charlie emerges from the dust. (Photo Credit: Joe Stein)

Your 2012 Crusaders.

Q. Can you tell me about the food at Christendom? I don’t want to sound too shallow, but I like to eat, and if the food is not all that good, well, I may fade away. That would not be a good thing.

A. People have asked me this before, but I will gladly answer it again for you.

I wouldn’t say you were shallow for wondering about the food situation at Christendom. If you went so far as to say that you pick this or that college BECAUSE of the food, well, then, maybe…

Christendom’s food service is generally considered to be very good. We survey the students about it on a regular basis, and we look for comments and suggestions all the time on ways we can improve. And when we get the feedback, we make the changes, if at all possible.

Our kitchen staff, with Chef Dennis Paranzino at the helm, do the best that they can to have diverse food offerings at each meal service which are delicious and filling. Of course, you are going to get some students that will disagree with this statement, but in general, I believe this to be truthful.

Meals are served at one specific time each day and all those interested in eating are expected to show up to the dining area at that time and eat with everyone else. For breakfast you could expect to find the kitchen serving things like bacon and eggs, egg sandwiches, egg burritos, pancakes, home fries, bagels, waffles, omelettes, french toast, sausages, eggs benedict, and the like. There are also a bunch of cereals from which to choose. For lunch, you normally get a choice of two or three different items. One or two are served hot (and most days we have a burger bar available), and we always have the “Sandwich Deli Bar.” Every day you can go through the “Sandwich Bar” line and have a freshly made deli sandwich for lunch. Also, during lunch (and dinner), there is a fresh salad bar and a choice of delicious homemade soups and a variety of fruits. And a very popular item is the “Ice Cream Bar,” available after every lunch. And for dinner, the meals that are served are generally comfort foods, or foods that “Mom” would make.

For students who have special dietary needs, the kitchen staff is available to figure out how they can best serve them. We are able to meet the needs of our students with celiac disease, dairy allergies, and the like. Also, for students who need to be off the meal plan for serious reasons, the College has a number of “house” dormitories where students have access to a full kitchen and can provide their own meals.

Our Executive Chef, Dennis Paranzino, is awesome and is very willing to work with students to help them with their food selections and eating habits. I ask a lot of students what they think of the food, and unless they are extremely picky eaters, they tend to say it’s pretty good. In fact, all of the class presidents and other members of the Student Activities Council meet with the Chef a couple of times throughout each semester to let him know feedback about the food and there is a comment box available all the time.

For more information about dining services, please refer to
the dining services website.
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.

Christendom's Got Talent


Name: Katie Francis
Falls Church, VA
Irish dancing, traveling, hanging out with friends, backyard sports.
Who's your favorite professor or class? This is such a hard decision! There are so many amazing classes. Two of my favorites in my four years have been Prof. Sharon Hickson and Dr. John Cuddeback, both of them make you love whatever you are studying, and you can easily see that they are invested in their students.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I've participated in intramural sports including the annual Powder-Puff game. itunes I am also an RA, which involves a lot of extra-curricular activity regarding events.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the atmosphere of the school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the formation of the students and it encourages us to take as much as we can away from our experience here. Also, the sacraments are so readily available, which is something you definitely can't find at many colleges.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because I wanted a strong Catholic education to support me in anything I choose to pursue.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? How much I would grow and learn. I knew the education and experience here was valuable, but I never could have imagined the blessings I've received in my time here.
What are your plans after graduation? The possibilities are endless. itunes
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Take advantage of every opportunity, you won't regret it!


Dance Wars

A male and female from each Dorm Wars team participated in a swing dancing and waltz competition on Wednesday, March 28, in the Commons. After dancing as a group in both swing and waltz, the judges chose the best three couples from the groups and they performed their own routines.

“There was some stiff competition, but it was a lot of fun to participate,” says Senior Rob Fetsko. “I am really glad this competition was incorporated into the Dorm Wars events.”

From these couples the winners were chosen. Freshmen Gabrielle Cintorino and Andre Moreau of team "#Swag" won the waltz competition, while Junior Nick Blank and Senior Brianna Miller of team "Triple L's" won the swing dancing competition.

Junior John McFadden and Senior Caroline Deucher show off their waltzing skills.

Swing dance winners Junior Nick Blank and Senior Brianna Miller.

Genius Bowl

Four representatives from participating Dorm Wars teams competed in a trivia scholars’ bowl event called the “Genius Bowl” on Thursday night, March 29. Teams had to provide the correct answer at top speed to trivia questions ranging from literature to sports to history. Team "Triple L's" came out victorious in the end.

“The Genius Bowl was a true test of my knowledge of the world,” says Sophomore Conor O’Donnell. “Even though our team was not the most knowledgeable, the competition was fierce and we had fun with it.”

The "Off-Beats" put their genius to the test.

Olympics Come to Campus

As the final test of athletic ability, the Dorm Wars held an outdoor Olympic Games on Saturday, March 31. Students were given the opportunity to compete in such events as shot-put, the 100 meter dash, the wheelbarrow race, and a cross country race around campus.

“The Olympics was an exciting and physically competitive event,” says Sophomore Sean LaRochelle. “I really enjoyed interacting with my team with competing with the other students.”

The many events took place all afternoon, keeping the fun going for hours and allowing for fresh recruits for the different competitions.

Senior Paul Nangurai competes in the shot-put contest.

Flying across field in the wheelbarrow race.

Mega-Shield in the Spring

Early Saturday morning, the student group Shield of Roses went to 7:30 a.m. Mass and then drove to Washington D.C. to pray in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill. Shield leader, Senior Christopher Tipton, organized the event. Members of the Christendom choir who attended sang choral pieces in between each of the four mysteries of the Rosary. Dr. and Mrs. O’Donnell were also present, praying with the other 56 members of the College community who attended, for an end to abortion. This Mega-Shield marked the last “Shield of Roses” for this year’s “Forty Days for Life” campaign.

Mega-Shield leader, Senior Christopher Tipton, organized the event. Above, he and Senior Christine Nussio led the group in prayer.

Christendom College students are active in pro-life work year round, enthusiastically participating in (and sometimes leading) the March for Life, as well as taking part in sidewalk counseling and volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center.

Crusader Rugby Ends Season on a Winning Note

The Crusader rugby team played its last game of the season this past Saturday, March 31, defeating Lord Fairfax Community College on its home Middletown, Va., field by a score of 25-10.

Tries were scored by four different Crusaders—Larry Urgo, Matthew Worley, Paddy Norton, and Gabe Schuberg.

The team ends their winning season with 5 victories, 2 losses. This is their third winning season in as many years.

Earlier in the season, the Crusaders beat two local rivals: The Catholic University of America and American University.

Crusader Rugby 2012

Christendom's Got Talent: Coffee House 2012

Saturday night, the St. Lawrence Commons was packed full with students as they all gathered to either watch or participate in this year’s “Coffee House,” hosted by Juniors Eric Maschue and Theresa Lamirande.

There were many great performances, including a group of students, organized by Senior Chris Foeckler, who put on the Monty Python Skit, “The Worlds Funniest Joke,” and “The Argument.”

Sophomore Faith Leopold entertained the audience with her original and very clever song, “Lump of Love.” Junior Peter Spiering had the audience in stitches with his comedy routine, as did Sophomore Katie Shannon with her video, “Things Christendom Kids Don’t Say.”

Senior Eryn Landry and Co. impressed the audience with their Christendom rendition of “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Cousins Erin Clark and Terri Hibl performed an impressive and original, “Swift Medley.”

However, probably the most loved act that night, which received a standing ovation was by Seniors Kelsey McCrum, Becky Matthews, and Laura Beth Osterhague, called, “Three Girls Meet at a Barre.” The girls performed an impressive choreographed dance routine.

The event was a great time for all!

Freshmen Noah de la Cruz and Sandy Bobrowski perform "Tears in Heaven."

Junior Emi Funai and Senior Lizzie Crnkovich perform an intense variation on "Chop Sticks."

Kelsey McCrum, Becky Matthews, and Laura Beth Osterhague's act featured ballet, tap, and hip-hop dancing.

"Tradition!" ... Christendom-style.

"The Funniest Joke in the World" had people dying with laughter.

Juniors Eric Machue, Theresa Lamirande, Peter Hill are joined by Senior Kirk Slocum and alumnus Hugh Bratt as they play a song which featured one guitar being used as percussion, rhythm, bass, lead, and harmony.

Dorm Wars Comes to a Close

The first-annual campus-wide Dorm Wars came to an end on Sunday afternoon, April 1, with closing ceremonies and a cookout. Caitlin Bowers and James Hannon announced the overall winning teams of Dorm Wars and distributed awards. The "Triple L's" came in first place with an overall 895 points, while the "Beached Whales" came in a close second place with 860 points, and the "Offbeats" finished in third place with 662 points.

“I thought that the closing ceremonies were a perfect ending to an amazing first-ever Dorm Wars competition,” says Sophomore Matt Speer. “I especially had fun playing corn hole and grilling hot dogs for everybody at the cookout.”

Overall, the Dorm Wars events spanning the past two weeks were a huge success, and Christendom's campus cannot wait for next years’ events already.

Campus Champions: "The Triple L's"

Sophomore Matt Speer and Junior Dan Mitchell man the grill.

Enjoying a game of corn-toss on a lovely spring day.

Debating Man's End

Sunday night the Chester-Belloc Debate Society had the second to last debate of the semester, and debated the famous Scotist versus Thomist resolution, “Man’s end is to love God.” The pro side won, with 14 votes pro to con’s 11, and 12 abstentions.

Even Professors Mark Clark and Eric Jenislawski got involved in the debate.

Attorney General Exhorts Students to Get Involved

Virginia's Attorney General, Kenneth Cuccinelli II, spoke to the Christendom College community on the topic of "Living the Catholic Faith in Politics and Government" on April 2.

Before a crowd of about 400 college students, faculty, staff, and guests, Cuccinelli, who plans on running for the Governorship of Virginia next year, encouraged all present to be active in the political process and to be Catholic leaders in all areas, but particularly in the areas of science, media, and politics.

"Every single thing that government does to expand its power, comes directly at the expense of your liberty," he said. "It's not enough to be a faithful Catholic and learn the tenets and precept of our faith. We have to be actively Catholic—engaging and leading the world around us."

A key opponent to the HHS mandate, Cuccinelli said that the Obama administration has delayed many regulatory decisions until after the November elections, but in the case of this mandate, he thinks they made a fatal mistake.

"There is an easy way—well a simple way—to get out from underneath that mandate, and that's get a new president," he said. "We need to elect people that will follow and uphold the Constitution."

Many students lingered after the talk to meet the Attorney General and discuss the topic further.

Click here to read more about this lecture or download it at Christendom on iTunes U.



Florence and More

This week we took a trip to the beautiful city of Florence, Italy! The Duomo, the big cathedral of Florence, is renowned for having the second largest dome in the world. We were able to take the climb up to the top of the dome and take in a view of the whole city from above.

While in Florence, we took a tour of the famous Uffizi museum, home to hundreds of works from famous artists. Among these artists were Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio. By way of the layout of the museum, we were able to trace the development and trends in art in all of history. Florence is also home to the famed statue by Michelangelo, the David, which many of us went to see.

Florence is also well known for its high quality handmade leather goods, and fine neckties. All of us spent time walking through the outdoor market shopping for these items. Some of us walked home with leather jackets that will last half a decade, some of us carried out silk scarves and jewelry, and some of us left with piles of beautiful neckties.

When we returned to Rome, many of us attended the Palm Sunday Papal Mass. St. Peter’s Square was transformed for this special occasion. The area around the large obelisk in the middle of the square was decorated with palms and trees creating an oasis that seemed to drop us right in the New Testament scene in Jerusalem. The Palm Sunday Mass was a great doorway to this year’s Holy Week in Rome.

Early this week we had a fantastic tour of the Vatican Museums in which Prof. Liz Lev demonstrated the lineage of art that can be traced from the ancients through centuries of artwork affecting other artists and inspiring their works in a great Providential chain of time. She also brought every aspect of the paintings out in order for us to understand the true context and full beauty of the art.

After the morning of artwork, we spent the afternoon in fellowship, fun, and games. Thomas More College hosted us on their Rome campus and challenged us to a soccer match. Although at halftime the two teams were tied, and both teams were working hard, I am happy to say that the game concluded in a Crusader victory!

Palm Sunday with Pope Benedict XVI.

On tour with Prof. Liz Lev.

Crusader soccer victory in Rome.

Van Runs

One frequently asked question of incoming Christendom College freshmen is: “If I ever need to get into town, is there a way for me to do so if I do not have a car?” What many prospective (as well as current) students are unaware of, however, is the fact that FREE van runs into town occur on a daily basis in order to accommodate students’ needs.

Every weekday afternoon, a student driver stops by the guys’ and girls’ dorms to pick up any students who need to go into town for any reason. Ran out of shampoo? Need to run by the bank? Out of dorm snacks? No problem. You can easily jump in a fifteen-passenger van and tell the driver where it is you need to go. The driver takes everyone’s needs into consideration and thereby decides on a route for that day. Popular van run stops include Target, Wal-Mart, and Martin’s grocery store.

"The town run is a great service for the students,” says Senior Jeremy Vierling. “It gives those who live on campus and don't necessarily have cars the opportunity to get into town for a little bit and get food and living necessities. We do these runs every day during the week, and I am glad to be able to help out by driving for my fellow students."

Students thus need not be hindered by their lack of a car (or gas money to fuel their car), for they can take advantage of Christendom van runs any day they would like!

One of the van's many stops.


Indoor Soccer Finishes in Style

Despite Crusader gymnasium being built primarily for basketball and volleyball, all those connected with Christendom realize the multi-use functionality that it possesses. Whether it be the viewing of the Super Bowl on the wall or packed full of people for graduation or a spring transformation into an indoor batting cage. But of all its uses, one of its most popular adjustments is for the intramural indoor soccer season every spring semester.

If one needs proof all one has to do is to visit the gym on Monday or Thursday evenings and sometime even Wednesday evenings. No other sport to date has seen the excitement and passion that dominated this past indoor season. Teams practicing, jerseys synced, yes, all for an indoor intramural game where just one side of the “field” is out of bounds and everything else goes, except full power shots inside the three point line of course!

With a full slate of 22 excited teams the season got underway early into the semester on January 26, with a projected length of about six-weeks the season was extended due to the many wishes of the participants. There were a wide variety of players and teams that participated during the season including the soccer crazed Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch who unfortunately suffered a season ending ankle injury, which prevented him from playing in the final weeks and tournament. After each team played close to 12 games apiece, the tournament began and, for many, it was all that counted, or maybe that was just for the McKeague twins…

With our own March Madness underway the teams began the trek to the championship and glory and fame, well at least a championship. The final four included, Team 6 made up of Lisa Hill, Michael Bugin, Chris Foeckler, Prof. Wunsch, and David Frank; Team 3 consisted of Arlen “Happy Twin” McKeague, Johnny Foeckler, Megan Speer, Matt Speer, John David Speer and Julie Mersch; Team 5 of Paul Sanare, Jared Petersen, Laura Beth, Mike Bobrowski, Jon Duerbeck, and John Schofield; and Team 8 consisting of Sean LaRochelle, Daniel Traina, Thomas Maurer, Faith Leopold, Pat Rose and Ginny Colgan.

Teams 8 and 6 moved onto the championship where the party started! Led by Nicholas Blank, Theresa Nelson, and Johnny Foeckler the championship game included a World Cup-like procession, the National Anthem and starting line-ups not to mention an entertaining play-by-play broadcast by Johnny Foeckler.

Team 6 who had added super-sub Melanie Clark in the place of injured Lisa Hill and playing without Professor Wunsch added strength and skill as they would get the lead with a beautiful one touch combination goal from seniors Mike Bugin and Chris Foeckler. Team 8 proved to be a worthy opponent as Sean LaRochelle and his “how did he do that” moves kept the game within reach in addition to the downright crazy saves made by Pat Rose.

Finally as the game wore on in the second half, the experienced Team 6 would put the nail in the coffin with their second goal. They went on to claim the championship, a first for all of them including seniors David Frank, Chris Foeckler, and Mike Bugin.

The game was followed by a pizza reception hosted by the Athletic Department for the players and fans. The result of the season was possibly the longest and most enjoyed intramural season in recent history with over 130 participants. Next on the intramural calendar is the ever-popular Dodgeball beginning immediately after Easter as well as 3-on-3 Basketball. However in an effort to continue to the success of indoor soccer the athletic department is searching for the next “big thing.”

Bowling anyone?

Q. I’ve met a couple of your alumni, and they seem like pretty decent people. They are definitely great Catholics, but I’ve sometimes wondered if all of them end up having to go to grad school and rack up more debt, due to the fact that a degree in the subjects you offer would not be of much use in today’s job market. Any thoughts?

A. Do I have any thoughts? Never ask an Admissions Director this itunes Our alumni do all kinds of things after graduation. The one thing that you can pretty much count on when earning a degree in one of our majors (history, theology, philosophy, political science, English, and classics) is that you will generally not work in that field after graduation (Check out our list of what our alumni do).

And going to grad school is something they may never be part of your life either. The majority of Christendom grads do not go on to grad school. Not that there is anything wrong with this, of course, but I am telling you this because you should certainly not assume that because someone has a degree in history or philosophy or theology that they need to do further schooling in order to get a good job.

When I was a Director of Religious Education back in the mid-90s, I was responsible for teaching the RCIA class, for those who were interested in becoming Catholic. It was a great experience, but one of the things that I came to realize is that there is a lot of bad information going around about the Catholic faith. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what we actually believe versus what people think we believe. For example, I can’t tell you how many times my students would tell me, “Tom, why do Catholics worship Mary?” Of course, as we all know, this is not true because we do not worship Mary, but rather, we venerate her and ask for her intercession with her Son on our behalf – Big difference! As soon as I would say that, they’d respond, “Ahhhh. I see. Tell me more.”

Why am I telling you this little fun fact? Well, right now, and for many years in the recent past, there has been a lot of bad information going around about the value and benefits of a liberal arts degree. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what liberal arts grads actually do versus what people think they do. And one of these big misunderstandings is that people think the following: Those poor liberal arts students, since they wasted their college years on studying the higher things and getting educated in a broad manner, now they have to go on and spend another 2-4 years actually getting a worthwhile education in a specialized field that will help them land a job. What a shame that they have to spend extra time and money to be competitive in the workforce

Of course, as we should all know, this is not true. Maybe it was at some point in time, but not now. How can I say this with such conviction? Because I know the majority of our approximately 1500 graduates, and yes, I know the majority of them personally (I have a strange ability to remember things and people), and I know what they do, and I know that most of them did not go to graduate school to do what they currently do. They went to Christendom, graduated, and then got on with their lives and worked hard to achieve the great things that they have achieved. We have alumni who are involved in just about every type of industry, with many of them now acting as leaders, managers, and directors in their workplaces, and again, the majority did not go to grad school.

And our grads are not the only ones with liberal arts degrees succeeding. There are a couple hundred liberal arts colleges in the US, and they all have their own little success stories to tell.

Now, back to the issue of grad school. If our students wish to go to grad school (law, medicine, PhD programs, MBA, etc), they are highly encouraged to do so, and for the most part, they do quite well on all the necessary entrance exams (MCATs, LSATs, GREs, etc), which enables them to gain acceptance to many schools of their choice. When they go grad school, they generally do quite well and graduate high in their classes. And we are happy for these alumni. We are happy that they chose to further their education. But it is important to make the distinction between having to go to grad school to land a job and choosing to go to one to further one’s education and possibly land a job.

Over our 34 years, about 15% of our grads have gone to graduate school (University of Virginia, William & Mary, The Angelicum, Oxford University, Notre Dame, University of Dallas, Catholic U, Harvard, etc), which, of course, means that 85% of our graduates have not. In fact, only about 9% of Americans over the age of 25 have a graduate degree, so apparently, it’s not just Christendom students who are choosing to enter the workplace following their undergrad education, but just about everyone else, too (although only about 30% of Americans over 25 have a college degree at all).

The usefulness of a liberal arts degree in finding a job in the workplace will be debated forever, most likely, and people are sometimes very stubborn in their willingness to change their minds on the subject. All I can ask is that you take a look at some actual facts, figures, and stats and make a decision on your own, without all the interference that sometimes accompanies this subject.

Read this little brochure. Especially the part that talks about the Truth about a Liberal Arts Degree:
And make sure you read more about this whole subject:

Thanks for asking about this and I hope that you are now a little more informed about the whole matter!
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.