Dorm Wars


Name: Andrew Grimes
Age: 22 years since my birth.
Chestertown, MD
Guitar, Basketball, Soccer, and eating.
Who's your favorite professor or class?
Philosophy Professor Mike Brown. His classes are amazing and he always has a good shirt tie combo.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I enjoy helping with dances and other Student Activities Council events.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The good old Catholic air, makes it easy to breathe. As well as great people all around.
Why did you choose Christendom?
Because I wanted to come to know the Truth, and Christendom does a great job of helping to discover it in a Catholic way.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
How such a small school can do so much good for the world.
What are your plans after graduation?
Further my schooling, possibly in the field of architecture.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Take full advantage of daily Mass, as well as how available the priests are to talk to you whenever you need guidance.


Dorm Wars Bake-Off

The Dorm Wars challenges came to an exciting twist with the campus-wide Bake-Off. On Wednesday, March 21, teams displayed their creative, homemade cakes at lunch. Chef Dennis Paranzino and the Admissions Office Ladies (Liz Twaddle, Eve Owen, and Katie Gutschke) judged the cakes based on taste and Christendom spirit.

“I think the cake that Pat McKenna and I baked really had a character that came to life,” says Senior Matt Worley. “The Dorm Wars bake-off was really a great chance to strut our clandestine culinary stuff.”

Team NEMO won the bake-off with their delicious German chocolate cake. Everyone had a ton of fun making and decorating their cakes, and the competition was thus a huge success overall.

A gingerbread rendition of Christ the King Chapel.

An edible crusader.

Our campus is beautiful... and delicious.

The liberal arts never looked so tasty.

The winning cake.

Mr. Christendom

The first ever annual Mr. Christendom competition took place in the Commons on Friday, March 23, as part of the campus-wide Dorm Wars events. Each team selected a male whom they believed best represents Christendom College. Sophomores Connor Coyne and Katie Shannon hosted the competition, and Student Activities Director Caitlin Bowers and English Professor Sharon Hickson presided as the judges.

The gentlemen were escorted to the stage and introduced, and then each one revealed a hidden talent to the audience and judges. Talents ranged from singing, imitations, to miming the numbers, to boxing, to gymnastics, to ballet. The young men then had to display their Christendom spirit, which they did in various ways. Finally, each contestant was asked a random question on stage, and the three that had the best answers were asked one final round of questions. Junior Eric Maschue of team E.W.O.K.S. came out victorious in the end.

“I felt honored that I was chosen to represent my team in the Mr. Christendom competition, and I had a blast doing it,” says Freshman Lief Pilegaard. “I think it is awesome that Dorm Wars is giving our school so much good-spirited fun and excitement.”

Freshman Andre Moreau shows off his puppeteering skills.

2012 Mr. Christendom, Eric Maschue, waves to his adoring fans. Runners-up Freshmen Peter Foeckler and Lief Pilegaard join him on stage.

Pub Night A Cappella

A special Dorm Wars Pub Night was held in St. Kilian’s Café on Saturday evening, March 24. Aside from the usual Pub Night good cheer, food, and company, the three video winners from the QEP Dorm Wars video competition were shown to all, and the A Cappella choir competition was conducted. Team Triple L’s won the video competition, while teams Little Rascals and #Swag came in second and third place. Caitlin Bowers, Fr. Planty, and Mr. Mochel then presided as judges over the A Cappella singing competition, where the Triple L’s again took first place with their creative medley of songs.

“I’m always amazed by the many talented singers here at Christendom,” says Junior Colleen Harmon. “With amazing teamwork, the A Cappella event achieved a perfect harmony, and I was proud to be a part of it.”

Watching student creativity and humor in the QEP Promo Videos.

All of the choirs put on a great show singing creative medley songs.

Singing with soul.

Professional Development

Saturday night, in the basement of St. John’s Library, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society hosted a “Professional Development Night.” The evening featured talks from several different professionals, including Christendom's Career Development Director Mr. Mochel, followed by talks from various professionals as well as several alumni, including Paul Jalsevac, Tyler Lowe, and Becket Adams. They spoke on such topics as internships after college, how to use your time at school wisely, and how to use your Christendom education to help advance respective careers.

Becket Adams ('08) Business Editor at The Blaze addresses students.

Swing Dance Competition

On Sunday night, the sounds of big band music filled the St. Lawrence commons as students gathered to participate in the swing dance competition, organized by the College’s Swing Dance instructors, Seniors Dominic Vieira and Jessica Inzeo. The event had two different categories of competition: the open division, in which students could compete without pre-choreographing a routine, and the showcase division, in which students competed with choreographed routines.

Juniors Neil Baldwin and Bridget Lademan won both the Judges Choice award and the Audience Choice award for the Open Division, and in the Showcase Division, Seniors Dominic Vieira and Jessica Inzeo won the Judges Choice, while Sophomore Andrew Clark and Senior Caroline Deucher won the Audience Choice Award.

The event was a great way for students to come and view Christendom talent, as well as to get a chance to dance themselves!

Couples show off their moves during the Open Division.

Audience Choice Award winners, Sophomore Andrew Clark and Senior Caroline Deucher.

Junior Daniel Traina swings his partner during the Open Division.


Another Day in the Life of an American in Rome

This week we enjoyed a special presentation by Ashley Noronha, the wife of our Rome Program Directo, John Noronha. The presentation was on Communications. It was full of practical tools and methods of properly and effectively communicating one’s message to others. These lessons were really pertinent to this semester in lieu of our Apologetics course. Effectively communicating our faith has been on all of our minds lately as we have begun our individual Apologetics presentations. These presentations give us a chance to get our feet wet in evangelization of others.

Also this week, we had a tour of the Historic Center of Rome. This tour included the Church of St. Augustine where the saint’s mother and patron saint of mothers, St. Monica, was buried. The tour also included a tour of the Aventine Hill, one of the seven major hills of Rome. On the Aventine Hill, we enjoyed a unique view through the keyhole of the gate to the Maltese embassy. Through the keyhole one could see the country of Malta (the embassy grounds), the city of Rome, Italy, and Vatican City.

We were privileged to attend a private wine tasting event at a local restaurant. We learned the proper way to taste wine in order to appreciate the aromas, and taste nuances of each wine. In the process, we were cultured in the types of wine, which area of Italy produces the best of each type, and what cheeses are best paired with each kind.

This past weekend was a free weekend, wich means that we had no class on Friday, which gave us an extra head start on traveling to any destination. A group of us traveled to the coastal town of Sorrento, and the island of Capri. It was amazing to dip in the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean, and enjoy the natural beauty of both areas. We rented mopeds (a common means of transportation for natives) and rode all around the island of Capri, stopping to soak in stunning vistas and secluded lagoons.

On tour in Piazza Navona.

Italian Wine 101.

Enjoying the vistas of Sorrento.

On Capri.

A view of Capri.

Hitting the books back in Rome.

Get to Know: Dr. Douglas Flippen

Chronicler Reporter Liz Sartor caught up with Philosophy Professor Dr. Douglas Flippen to find out more about this much-loved professor who has been teaching at Christendom for almost 23 years.

Liz: How long have you been teaching at Christendom?

Dr. Flippen: I came to Christendom in the Fall of 1989 and have been teaching here since then. I happened to be programming computers in Minneapolis-St. Paul for a consulting company (who had loaned me out to the Higher Education Assistance Foundation - a company that guaranteed student loans) when a teaching position in philosophy opened up at Christendom.

I would never have learned of the position if two different persons had not informed me of the opening.

The chairman of the philosophy department here was Ed Macierowski. He and I had been at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies and the University of Toronto together in the early 1970's. He sent me a letter suggesting I apply and suggesting that my time would be better spent teaching than programming computers.

In addition, an old student of mine from the University of St. Thomas in Houston called to tell me of the opening. I applied and got the job.

One odd thing was that the job description called for both a Thomist and someone who could teach a course in John Paul II. I knew very little about the pope and needed time to read what he had written. Providentially God made the time available at work by putting me in charge of testing a system. That demanded I sit around for hours at a time. So I read JPII.

Liz: What classes do you teach?

Dr. Flippen: Everything other than upper level courses designed specifically by other teachers.

Liz: What is your favorite class to teach and why?

Dr. Flippen: I am often asked that and do not know what to reply. I enjoy teaching everything. Every course has something appealing about it. Of course, the more students respond positively to the material, the more enjoyable it is to teach the course.

Liz: Why do you think students should study Philosophy, especially why here?

Dr. Flippen: Besides having a religious outlook, every person has and lives by a set of general assumptions about the nature of reality and why we should act one way rather than another. Philosophy is just the activity of becoming clear about the big questions of life that everyone must respond to. It is better to have a clearly understood and coherent view of reality, of human nature and of the goal of human life than a vague and incoherent one.

It is especially important at Christendom because we need Catholic intellectuals to help evangelize the world. A set of philosophical assumptions or positions, well thought out or otherwise, is always at the base of one's intellectual life.

Liz: What is your favorite thing about Christendom and why?

Dr. Flippen: Life here is very balanced. The purpose of the college is obviously primarily intellectual. At the same time, provisions are made for the religious, social and sporting aspects or dimensions of life. You just do not find such a degree of balance in many colleges and universities.

Liz: If you could say one thing to prospective students, what would it be?

Dr. Flippen: Come and see if this is where God wants you to be for part of your life.

What is your favorite memory from teaching at Christendom?

Dr. Flippen: I don't think I have one. Just about every day and every year is enjoyable. I live pretty much in the present.


Crusaders Make National All-Academic Team

Six Christendom College basketball athletes were nominated for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National All-Academic Team, which requires a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. In addition, three student-athletes are ranked in the top 15 of points per game scorers.

Seniors Emily Baldwin, Jane Kokes, and Brian Fox, along with Sophomores Klarissa Blank, Christian Kopeck, and Jon Fioramonti made the All Academic Team.

These students exemplified the goal of the Christendom athletic experience, that of enabling true student-athletes—individuals who strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court. These men and women give us a great example of what is possible in showing that the pursuit of excellence can be applied both in academics and athletics and we are proud to call them Crusaders.

Sophomores Mary Barbale and Morgan Kavanagh finished in the top 15 of points per game scorers. Barbale finished in the top 20 in assists and rebounds, as well. Freshman Joe Walsh was also ranked in the top 15 of points per game scorers.

In case you didn't know, the Crusader athletic program offers varsity-level soccer (for men and women), basketball (for men and women), baseball (for men), rugby (for men), and volleyball (for women). The program also boasts a popular intramural program, in which over 40% of the student body regularly participates.

The USCAA is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level. The USCAA focuses specifically on smaller institutions of higher learning and their student athletes. For more information, visit

All Academic Team Player Jane Kokes takes a shot from the free-throw line.

All Academic Team Player Jon Fioramonti drives to the hoop.

Q. Can you tell me a little bit more about your core curriculum? I hear it is pretty extensive and that everyone has to take all the same classes. Do students get to choose any of their classes? When do you pick your major?

A. Our core curriculum is our pride and joy. In fact, it’s one of the most distinctive aspects about us, and I am happy that you want to know more about it!

All students who attend Christendom study much of the same subject matter for the first two and a half years. Currently, all students take 84 credit hours of carefully selected classes:

  • 6 classes (18 credits) of Theology
  • 6 classes (18 credits) of Philosophy
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of English Language & Literature
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of History
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of Foreign Language (Latin, Greek, or French)
  • 2 classes (6 credits) of Political Science
  • 1 class (3 or 4 credits) of Math
  • 1 class (3 credits) of Science
At the end of your sophomore year, you are able to select one of our six majors (History, Theology, Philosophy, Classics, English Language & Literature, or Political Science). Additionally, you can minor or double major in any of these same subjects, and can minor also in Math, Economics, and Liturgical Music.

Once a student has completed the core curriculum, they can then focus more on their major and take classes in their area of study.

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.

Celebrating the Saints


Name: Jessica Inzeo
Age: 20
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.


The Abbé Sicard

Historian Dr. Emmet Kennedy delivered a lecture entitled “The Survival of a Non-Juror: the Abbé Sicard and the Founding of the National Institute of Deaf-Mutes during the Reign of Terror” to the students and faculty of Christendom College on March 12. The lecture was part of the college’s Faith & Reason Lecture Series.

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.


Taking a Look at Autism

A special library event educating students and faculty on autism took place on Tuesday evening, March 13. Christendom alumna, Krystle Curley, an in-home autism specialist for the Matthews Center, gave a presentation on autism and how it affects both those diagnosed with it and those around them.

“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.

St. Patrick's Day

On Saturday night, the St. Lawrence Commons was transformed into a sea of green as students, faculty, and their families all showed up for the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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.

Visit from the Papal Nuncio

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Papal Nuncio to the United States, visited Christendom College on March 18. His first visit to the campus of a Catholic college, the archbishop celebrated Mass for the students and faculty and then joined them for brunch.
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.


Dorm Wars Begin!

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.

There are 13 teams competing, each consisting of a section of girls’ dorms paired with a section of guys’ dorms. These teams will spend the next few weeks competing in events ranging from bake-offs, to athletic events, to singing and swing-dancing events.

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.

La Festa di San Giuseppe

On Monday, the feast day of St. Joseph was joyously celebrated by Christendom students, faculty, and their families. The evening began with Solemn Vespers, followed by a procession of the statue of St. Joseph into the St. Lawrence Commons and a blessing of the bread by Assistant Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Fox.

“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.


Golden Opportunities

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.

Dr. O’Donnell, who studied for many years in Rome, gave us a phenomenal tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, bringing the rich architectural and artistic history of the basilica alive with thorough explanations of every chapel and statue. As James Munson, one of the other students here in Rome put it, “Surrounded by the tombs of popes, we traveled back in time and walked in the footsteps of our Church, our faith.” On that day, the principle relics of St. Peter’s basilica were on display and we received a special blessing with the relic of the lance with which St. Longinus stabbed Christ in the heart.

Our chaplain, Fr. Planty also lived in Rome as a student, and arranged many special privileges for us, and showed us his favorite cafés and restaurants. He brought us to Chiesa Nuova that was built by St. Philip Neri and took us on a tour of the rooms in which the saint lived. Father also gave us a tour of the Gesu, the headquarters for the Jesuits, and celebrated Mass for us in the room where St. Ignatius of Loyola died.

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.

We were so blessed to obtain front row seats to one of Pope Benedict’s Wednesday audiences. When Christendom College was announced to the Pope, we all cheered, “Amamus te! (“We love you” in Latin) and “Viva il Papa!” (“Long Live the Pope” in Italian) proudly waving our Christendom banners. Pope Benedict XVI looked right at us, waved, and smiled.

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 weather has been a huge blessing and the team has really dedicated themselves to getting out on the field and hitting and the cage," says Head Coach John Mercandetti, Sr. "Hopefully, it will pay off.”

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.

This past Saturday the baseball team traveled to Williamson Free School in Media, PA. The Mechanics have historically owned the Crusaders having beaten us each time in the last five years. However, with the bats ablaze, the Crusaders jumped on the Mechanics early and surprised them by taking a commanding lead in the first game. A lead the Crusaders would not give up!

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 Rugby team has also started off on a solid note anxious to defend their winning season last year.

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.

The Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing is Niall O’Donnell. He is responsible for maintaining our website, editing this weekly Chronicler online magazine, taking photos of all of our events and activities (although we have a number of students who take pictures for this publication – Thanks Maddy and Liz), writing stories for publication in news media outlets and in-house publications, and creating all of our various movies, videos, DVDs, commercials, brochures and other such things. Niall, the eldest son of Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, earned his BA in English Language and Literature from Christendom in 2003 and holds his Licentiate in Communications from the Santa Croce in Rome. He has been working in my office since 2006.

The Associate Director of Admissions is Eve Owen, who has worked in my office for a number of years, first as a student caller, then as an Admissions Counselor, and, now, as Associate Director. Eve is responsible for traveling around the country, visiting high schools, homeschool groups, parishes, and other groups of people who might be interested in hearing about Christendom. She represents us at various conferences, college fairs, and other events. She organizes all of our Family Visit Days/Open House Events, and works with high school guidance counselors and youth ministers to help students determine if Christendom is a for them. Eve, originally from Oregon, graduated with a BA in History from Christendom in 2010, after having served as the Student Body President. Sadly, she will be leaving my office this spring to pursue bigger and better things (i.e. marriageitunes). We wish her, and her husband-to-be, Paul, all the best.

Katie Gutschke, from New Jersey, is an Admissions Counselor who has been working in my office since last summer. Although working full-time, she is also completing her degree in History and should graduate in spring 2013. She is responsible for processing all of the many applications to our undergraduate program and she will be running our summer programs for high school students this year. As a former summer program participant, Katie will do a tremendous job of making sure that the Experience Christendom Summer Programs go off without a hitch and give the participants the best experience they can have.

Liz Twaddle is an Admissions Counselor who graduated with a BA in History in 2011. She is responsible for answering the phones, responding to emails, sending out informational packets, giving campus tours, and arranging campus visits for prospective high school students. Originally from California, Liz is excited to begin her second year in the office and looks forward to speaking with you in the future!

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.

Emi Funai (junior) and Rebecca Deucher (sophomore) are responsible for making follow-up calls to students who have requested information. They work a couple of nights a week throughout the academic year as part of their on-campus employment. Additionally, all of our many Student Ambassadors and Tour Leaders who have volunteered their time to help show visiting students what life at Christendom is like are indispensable and I am very grateful for their help.

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.
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.

Discernment Weekend


Name: Brian Fox
Altoona, WI
Philosophy with Minor in Theology
Sports, especially basketball, pool, cards
Who's your favorite professor or class?
Philosophy Professor Mike Brown. He is so fun and engaging in class.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I love sports and really any form of competition. I have played on the Crusader basketball team for four consecutive seasons. I also participated in the pool tournament. (see below)
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The people and the great formation that I have received with and from my friends—students and faculty alike.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I am the fifth one in my family to come to Christendom. I have always had an interest in philosophy and wanted to play basketball as a Crusader.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The great friendships.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am getting married on September 22, 2012 to Kaitlyn Morgan and pursuing a career in IT and business.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Be a strong and faithful friend.


Vespers with Our Bishop

“The call to the priesthood and consecrated life is not about you, it’s about God and others,” Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde told the students of Christendom College during the college’s annual Discernment Weekend. “Stop and consider to what you are being called. How can one not say ‘yes’ humbly, gratefully, confidently, and generously?” he asked.

Bishop Loverde delivered the homily during vespers on Friday, which launched the weekend. He urged students to pray for generosity, courage, and “a bit of daring” as they discerned their vocations.

“The call reveals how much God loves you–to choose you to be His instrument of grace and salvation to the people He so loves,” Bishop Loverde said. “ The response that gives honor and glory to God can be made only with a generous heart.”

The bishop joined the students and the 38 visiting priests and religious for dinner following vespers. Bishop Loverde and College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty stop to take a photo with Senior Christopher Tipton, who just submitted his application for priestly formation in the Arlington Diocese, and Sarah Golden, who will be joining the Poor Clares in Richmond, Va. Since its founding in 1977, Christendom College has helped 69 men and 43 women discern their vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and has had 318 alumnus-to-alumna marriages.

Stations of the Cross

To help the Christendom community grow in the spirit of Lent, a special Stations of the Cross was led by visiting priest, Fr. Brian Bashista, the Vocations Director at the Diocese of Arlington, in Christ the King Chapel on Friday evening. The great majority of Christendom’s students, faculty and staff participated in this beautiful profession of faith, as well as many visiting religious on campus for Discernment Weekend at the college.

Stations of the Cross are said in the Chapel every Friday night in Lent that school is in session.

Discernment and Fun

After Stations of the Cross, students enjoyed some down time with the priests and religious at the “Discernment Nights” for men and women. The men enjoyed pizza and playing dodgeball with the visiting priests and brothers, while the women sang karaoke and played trivia with the sisters.

“I really loved seeing all the different religious orders visiting,” Senior Christine Nussio said. “It’s great seeing how the different orders’ charisms make present the richness of the Faith and witnessing the joy that comes from dedicating one’s life to God.”

Facing off with a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal.

The ladies and sisters enjoyed the trivia game.

Even some of the sisters got up to sing with the students.

Sr. Maria from the Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary enjoys hanging out with Freshmen Teresa Cory and Veronica Placzek.

Breakout Sessions

On Saturday, after opportunities for Mass and Confession, students took advantage of a number of “breakout sessions” on various topics by religious, priests, and married couples. Among the topics were “Dating and Discerning Marriage,” “Life in a Monastery,” “The Day in the Life of a Diocesan Priest,” and “The Life as a Woman Religious.”

College Board Member Bob Crnkovich and his wife, Liz, spoke on "Marriage and Family Life."

Sr. Mary Michael of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus spoke on "Discerning Women's Religious Vocations."

Fr. John-Luke of the Community of St. John spoke on "Life in a Monastery."

Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Arlington Fr. Brian Bashista spoke on "A Day in the Life of A Diocesan Priest."

Athletic Director Chris Vander Woude and his wife, Katy, spoke on "Dating and Discernment."

A collection of the talks given during the weekend can be downloaded at
Christendom on iTunes.


Performing for Padres and Singing for Sisters

In honor of the visiting religious present on Christendom’s campus for Discernment Weekend, a special Pub Night, called “Performing for Padres and Singing for Sisters,” was held in St. Kilian’s Café on Saturday night. Students had the opportunity to talk and visit more with all the visiting priests, nuns, and brothers, while enjoying live entertainment and music from the Jugglers, Kelsey Ingold, Gabrielle Cintorino, and Michael and Katy Arnold.

For many students, the night gave them the opportunity to say goodbye to the departing religious whom they had been with all weekend, and to ask them for parting advice. Other students had the chance to meet those religious whom they had not yet had a chance to talk to.

“I had a great time performing for all the priests and nuns,” says Freshman Katy Arnold. “It was the perfect culmination to a wonderful Discernment Weekend.”

Discernment weekend came to a close with Mass on Sunday..

The jugglers entertained the crowed...

...and went to new heights for the visiting religious.

Sophomore Kelsey Ingold once again impresses everyone with her vocal talent.

Freshman Gabby Cintorino sings for the sisters.

Sophomore Mike Arnold and his sister, Freshmen Katy, perform for the padres.

8-Ball Tournament

During the month of February, Christendom hosted its first (in a long time) annual 8-ball tournament. Starting with a field of 31 entrants, the tournament wound through two preliminary rounds, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the championship round. In the quarterfinals, Charlie Rollino defeated Peter Hill, David McWhirter eliminated Paul Nangurai, Brian Fox bested Johnny Foeckler, and Brian Killackey outlasted Nick Blank. In the semifinals, Charlie Rollino won over David McWhirter, and Brian Fox defeated Brian Killackey, thereby setting up Monday’s championship match between Charlie and Brian.

The best two-out-of-three championship match was hard fought between two very closely matched opponents. In the end, Brian won two games to none to claim the title. Our congratulations go out to Brian, a very worthy champion, and to all those who participated and made the event a resounding success.

Championship contenders Senior Brian Fox and Junior Charlie Rollino.

Henry Adams and American Higher Education

Author and Professor Dr. Susan Hanssen delivered a lecture entitled “Henry Adams on the Sanity or Suicide of America” to the students and faculty of Christendom College on Monday. The lecture examined the history of education in America and Henry Adam’s perception of it.

In her talk, Hanssen explained that there were three phases in the history of higher education in America: the religious liberal arts college, the multiversity, and then the restoration.

This lecture was part of Christendom's
Faith and Reason Lecture Series and you can more about this fascinating lecture here or listen to at Christendom on iTunes U.


Debating the Issues

Monday night, St. Kilian’s Café was overflowing with enthused students as they gathered to hear Dr. McGuire and Prof. Bersnak debate about the Republican Primary candidates. The event was hosted by Resident Assistants Peter Hill and David McWhirter. The professors had timed debates, and discussed the merits and demerits of each of the candidates, and took questions afterwards. The event was a great way for the students to increase their education on the candidates and get ready to participate in this year’s republican primaries.


Siena and Back to Home Sweet Rome

While I found peace and tranquility in the rustic medieval streets of Assisi, in Siena I found a medieval style, but bustled full of life. Our hotel was located perfectly to look out from the balconies in our rooms to see the rooftops of the city and the Cathedral of Siena.

We started our day on Thursday with Holy Mass in the Chapel in the house of St. Catherine of Siena’s family. Above the high altar in this chapel was the crucifix from which Jesus Christ appeared and gave St. Catherine the stigmata. As Father gave a homily about keeping one’s eyes on Heaven at all times, the architecture and painting on the ceiling that depicted a striking scene of Heaven, lifted everyone up to the same idea. This was the perfect focus as we were in the first days of the Lenten season. After Mass we were able to walk around St. Catherine’s house and see paintings depicting particularly sacred moments in her life and even see her room!

Later in the day, after a hearty meal sampling the cuisine local to that region, we had a tour of Siena that took us to the church, San Domenico, where we were able to see St. Catherine’s head, and also to the Cathedral of Siena called Il Duomo. Il Duomo means literally “The Dome” because it stands solidly above the entire city, and is dedicated to Mary of the Assumption. I could have spent a week in the Duomo discovering all of the artwork and adornment that covered the inside of the Church from top to bottom.

Friday, we were blessed to have Holy Mass at the chapel in the Church of St. Francis where there is a Eucharistic Miracle. In 1730, over 350 consecrated Eucharistic hosts were stolen from the Church and after two days of the whole town praying, the hosts were returned. To this day the sacred hosts have been miraculously untouched by the deterioration of almost 300 years!

It was bittersweet on Saturday, when we were excited to return to Rome, but sad to leave Siena. After our return to Rome, we were able to settle in to our rooms in Residence Candia and start testing out our cooking skills.

On Monday, we were able to have a private Mass at the tomb of St. Peter! The physical part of the Rock upon which Christ build the Catholic Church, the same body that attended the first Mass was twenty feet away from the spot where we were celebrating Mass. Additionally we were surrounded by tombs of two millennia of Popes who followed in his footsteps.

In the afternoon, we had a fun competition that forced us to work together as teams while getting acquainted with the Roman metro-bus systems during a citywide scavenger hunt. It took us past some of the monuments for which Rome is famous. The victors won a dinner cooked by Miss Katy Ott, the Associate Director of the Rome Program, and Miss Elizabeth Walsh, the Residence Coordinator.

This week, we are excited to jump into the one-week marathon of intensive Italian classes to immerse us in the language.

View from a hotel room in Siena.

On tour in Siena.

Group shot in front of the Duomo of Siena.

Why Study at Christendom College?

By History Professor Dr. Brendan McGuire

Christendom College offers the finest curriculum in liberal studies that is available to an undergraduate today. Young men and women who complete Christendom's rigorous academic programs go on to become leaders in a host of professional fields, and there is a reason for that: the kind of education that is offered here has become truly rare, and it sets our alumni apart from their peers.

Christendom College forms students through an intense program of undergraduate studies; whatever their major field may be, all students experience a rigorous core curriculum in which the humanistic subjects, such as history, languages, and literature, are complemented by studies in mathematics, science, philosophy, and Catholic theology. Speculative studies (natural philosophy, metaphysics) are complemented by practical ones (political science, Catholic social teaching, moral theology). The crown jewel of our core curriculum, Christendom's Rome program, allows members of the Junior class to experience first-hand cultural immersion while studying in the bustling heart of the Eternal City. Finally, our students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of majors and minors in liberal studies and the humanities.

In addition to the quality of its academic programs—which are second to none--Christendom College is proud of the fact that our students form deep and abiding friendships while they are here. Friendships forged through the common pursuit of wisdom and holiness are strengthened on the athletic field, on mission trips to the third world, in European travels, through pro-life work in our nation's nearby capital, in the drama and debate societies, and in a host of other ways. Indeed, Christendom offers young men and women a multitude of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opportunities. The friendships that they forge in the midst of those experiences last far beyond their time among the hallowed halls of the College.


Christendom Rugby Team Crushes American University

In its first-ever home game, the Christendom College rugby team defeated the American University Eagles by a score of 40-7 on February 25.

Playing on the former Warren County Middle School football field, in frigid windy weather, the Christendom Crusaders played one of their best games ever, bringing home a win against a very seasoned and tough team.

Tries were scored by Seniors Gabe Schuberg, Paddy Norton, Matthew Worley, and Junior John Schofield.

The Crusaders next game will be against Catholic University of America on March 17 in DC at noon.

Gabe Schuberg flies down the field.

Ben Scrivner catches the line-out throw.

Coach Briggs addresses the men at halftime.

Conor Knox charges forward. Watch the Ruggers give thanks to God after their game.


Q. I am interested in entering the medical field after college and wanted to know if this was possible if I went to Christendom?

A. Thanks for the question! Well, let me begin by saying that it is quite possible to go to medical school after earning your liberal arts degree from Christendom. In fact, according to a Harvard University report, if you want to be a doctor, it may be more beneficial to earn a liberal arts degree than a pre-med degree.

The report indicates that potential physicians need not insulate themselves from the liberal arts, and in some cases may hurt their chances by doing so. The report showed that although grades and academic honors are important for admission to medical school, a student’s choice of major has no bearing. Dean Whitla, director of Harvard’s office of tests, says:

It would be regrettable if some of our students who plan to become doctors felt that they must turn away from their interest in the liberal arts for fear of being rejected at medical school without a premedical major. At Harvard Medical School, pre-med prepared students do better the first year, but by the third year they fall slightly behind students who majored in the liberal arts.

Although it may take a little extra work to get prepared for the MCATs and medical school, those who have chosen to do so from Christendom have no regrets.

John-Paul Jansen majored in history and graduated from Christendom College in 2000. He is now a physician at Exempla Lutheran Hospital in Colorodo and believes the education he received at Christendom did more than just prepare him for medicine: but it helped him to become someone who understands more of life than simply what is in front of him. It helps him to achieve his goals every day, whether professional, social, or spiritual.

And finally, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):

As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You'll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it's important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine. (

So, hopefully you can see that attending Christendom and earning a degree in liberal arts will not limit you in your career choice, but rather, opens it up to many different possibilities, with medicine being only one of them.
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