Parents Weekend


Name: Brian McCrum
Age: 19
Centreville, VA
...maybe English Language & Literature
Hobbies? Basketball, magic, piano, guitar, listening to music, weight-lifting, reading, film and editing.
Who's your favorite professor?
Prof. Raymund O'Herron—he's the best!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Basketball—I'm obligated to because of my height... Happy it's actually my favorite sport [editor's note: he's 6' 7' or 6' 8" - either case, he's tall].
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The athletics and campus life.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom because I wanted to go to a Catholic College and have the opportunity to play on the basketball team.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How many events the Student Activities Council puts on.
Plans after graduation? I'm interested in going into film or kinesiology.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come visit before you judge the College. My whole perspective of Christendom changed when I visited.


All-American Pub Night Concert

On Friday night, Parents' Weekend kicked-off with the Senior class' All-American Pub Night Concert, which raised funds for the Senior Class Gift. A very reasonable admission price included a fun night of musical talents, pizza, snacks, and drinks. Fine beers were also available for purchase for those 21 and older. Several student singers, musicians, and bands performed for the large crowd of students, parents, and family members.

“I’m glad that our first big senior fundraiser was such a great success,” says Senior Celia Gossin. “It was also nice to have my family there for Parents' Weekend, and we all had a great time at the concert.”

Freshman Noah De La Cruz started off the evening with his impressive bagpipe talents.

Freshman Gabrielle Cintorino followed, singing and playing the guitar for an enthusiastic crowd—including her own family, who came for the weekend.

Senior Matt Marchand entertained everyone with his piano and singing talents.

Once again, the Stanton sisters, Junior Alicia and Freshman Veronica, put on a great show with their beautiful voices.

Upon students’ request, Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch performed for the occasion as well.

The band of Senior guys, “Fools for No One,” composed of Richie Lancaster, Dan Beller, Rob Fetsko, and Ted Cantu, finished off a great night, and they were accompanied for a few songs by Senior Meghan Kelly.

The Coyne Clan enjoyed the night.

The Beller family enjoyed seeing Dan perform in his band.

Parents Weekend Dance

On Saturday night, parents, children, and students got together in the St. Lawrence Commons for a fun Parents' Weekend Dance. Seniors Dominic Vieira and Brianna Miller started off the night by teaching everyone several swing dance moves. Students enjoyed dancing with their families for hours into the evening. Everyone even broke out into the Virginia Reel for part of the night.

“I love how the dances here at Christendom are always so fun and wholesome,” says Freshman Rocina Daez. “I know that my entire family—including my younger brothers—had a wonderful time!”

Parents and siblings watch Dominic and Brianna as they demonstrate some swing dance moves.

Sophomore Hanna Ethridge dances with her sister.

Sophomore Rebecca D. swings with her brother.

The Daez family had a blast at the dance.

Dancing the Virginia Reel.

Mr. and Mrs. Riccardi show of their swing moves on the dance floor.

King’s Dominion

The much-anticipated King’s Dominion trip took place this past Sunday, September 25. Almost 30 students, led by Student Activities Council (SAC) Director Caitlin Bowers, took advantage of the beautiful day to have an extremely fun and stress-free day at King’s Dominion amusement park.

After an early Mass and breakfast, students anxiously piled into vans and drove the short distance of two hours to the park. There were only good things to say about the day, as the weather was nice, there were little or no lines for all rides, and students got to spend seven care-free hours riding roller-coasters and rides.

“The trip was awesome because there were barely any lines for the rides,” says Sophomore Ben Scrivener. “Add that to the good weather and good company, and it was a blast!”

At the end of the day, everyone left the park completely satisfied with their fun day and recalling their favorite rides and the best parts of their day, anxiously looking forward to going back to King’s Dominion again next year.

Students fly up and over on "The Berserker".

Sophomores Bridget Vander Woude and Morgan Kavanagh get ready to take off on the "Shockwave," a standing coaster.

Flying away on the "Rebel Yell."

Kings Dominion 2011.

Reminiscing World Youth Day

Monday night, in the Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop of the St. John the Evangelist Library, a group of students and faculty gathered to hear about the experiences of four Christendom students who participated in World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. Sophomores Gabriela Barajas and James Ciskanik led the discussion, talking about the amazing experiences they had at World Youth Day, and sharing different stories. Senior Lisa Holdsworth and Freshman Peter Deucher also participated in the discussion, talking about their viewpoints.

While they discussed their experiences, students munched on snacks and asked questions. They presenters agreed that part of the journey was learning that the hardships are what make World Youth Day what it is—it wouldn't be the same experience without them.

WYD 2011 participants: Freshman Peter Deucher, Senior Lisa Holdsworth, along with Sophomores Gabriela Barajas and James Ciskanik.


At Home in Rome

After the frenzy of travel during our pilgrimage in Assisi and Siena, we finally returned to Rome on Saturday, September 17, to settle into our rooms for the semester. My roommates, Rachel Milani and Johanna Troendle, and I quickly unpacked and then—in fine Italian tradition—went grocery shopping (food is extremely important!). We made a scrumptious meal with our groceries, and had several others stop by our room to sample our meal. All three of us enjoy cooking, so needless to say, we are going to have a very fulfilling semester food-wise.

We celebrated Mass at the tomb of Saint Peter on Monday morning. What a way to begin our Rome experience! Words cannot describe how incredible it is to be in the heart of the Church.

On Monday afternoon, we went on a scavenger hunt throughout Rome. My contrada or room (the Pantera) allied with the Bruccho (caterpillar) contrada—Nicholas Blank, Philip Briggs, and John McWhirter. We went on a mad scramble around Rome to learn how to use the bus and metro systems. We had a couple of wrong turns, but a ton of fun! "Team Fowl Play" which combined the Civetta (Owl) contrada and of the Oca (Goose) contrada—Lucy Salazar, Cate Thomas, Rachel Kujawa, Matthew Camp, Max Hess, and Daniel Traina—won the hunt and were rewarded with dinner with Ms. Ott and Elizabeth Walsh the following Monday.

In the evening, we cooked a fine meal for our scavenger hunt allies (and the Lupa contrada—John Schofield, Christopher Roberts, and Neil Baldwin) and enjoyed great food with great company. In Rome, we have a few hours in the evening where inter-visitation is allowed (under proper guidelines) so that we can enjoy meals together. I suspect that the main purpose behind this allowance is so that the boys do not starve to death this semester.

Tuesday was our first day of classes! I was so excited. We had three hours of Italian in the morning with the lovely Professoressa Benzaia. I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn the language of my family, as my Dad is from Italy. I have had a couple of opportunities to use the Italian from class with my family and other Romans. There is nothing more exciting than understanding and using a couple of simple words after just learning them in class.

The week was fairly easy-going, with our afternoons free after learning Italian every morning. On Friday evening, the Lupa contrada invited our room over for dinner. Despite my earlier comment on the boys starving, we were delightfully surprised by the classy dinner supplied by the gentlemen! The evening meals have been an excellent opportunity to discover and appreciate the hidden cooking talents possessed by several people here.

On Saturday, we traveled to Santa Marinella for an incredible day of fun and relaxation at the beach! We went swimming in the Tyrrhenian Sea, built sand castles, found some seashells, ate lunch, and took hundreds of pictures. That night, 28 of the 37 of us piled into the room of the Leocorndo (unicorn) contrada—Elise Nodar, Bridget Lademan, and Kathleen Deighan—to watch Tangled. The situation was quite comical, and thoroughly enjoyable!

On Sunday, Elise Nodar, Bridget Lademan, and I went to Mass at the top of the Spanish Steps at Trinita dei Monti. Oddly enough, the Mass was in French. I enjoyed the irony of going to Mass in Rome at the top of the Spanish Steps to celebrate Mass in French. Happy Only in Europe! After Mass, we went to the Trevi Fountain for pictures and—of course—gelato!

Sunday night featured our first potluck dinner! Each room provided delicious food and we ate and talked to our hearts’ content on the top of the terrace for dinner.

With the first full week of our Rome experience over, I can still hardly believe that I am here…walking through St. Peter’s Square every day, casually sighting monuments that are as old as 6,000 years old, traveling the roads familiar to many great saints, and living in Rome—the heart of the Church! We have several more exciting events coming up, and I cannot wait to experience each and every one of them.

God is so great!

Enjoying the Sunday night pot-luck.

On tour in Rome: walking down Ponte Sant'Angelo.

Checking lists on the scavenger hunt.

Deciphering the Roman bus and metro system is quite a challenge.

Discovering Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona.

Waiting for the train to Santa Marinella.

Fun in the sand at Santa Marinella.

Summer Internships for Tomorrow's Leaders

At Christendom, one of the many awesome opportunities that are available for students are summer internships. Christendom offers internships through various organizations, including ones located in and around the D.C. area. The students who participate get the chance to get real-life practical experience in various fields, and to use the tools that Christendom has helped them develop. Many of the internships that students are able to participate in come from the Political Science department, specifically, Dr. Bernard Way's Politics Practicum. Seniors Paul Nangurai, Andrea Smith, Grace Bellow, and Andrew Ciscanik all participated in internships this summer, which they acquired through the practicum. They all agreed that the practicum provides an invaluable experience:

Paul Nangurai, a Political Science Major, had the opportunity to intern with Catholic Families Human Rights Institute in Washington D.C., commonly known as "C-Fam." C-Fam promotes human and family rights at the international level, and they deal with the UN, the EU, etc. Paul's work was a really great opportunity to learn.

In his own words: "My work involved researching and networking with African countries, and so my position was Africa Research and Networking, General Office Assistant. I was responsible for creating a proļ¬le of Africa which focused on social issues like abortion,sex rights, and maternal health care, identifying key players and programs on both sides of the issues. I had worked with C-Fam before, in Spring 2009 with the Edmund Burke Fellowship to the UN, so I already knew what to expect. It was an internship that revealed a lot on what is going on in Africa and the different strategies we can employ to counter vices."

Andrea Smith, also a Political Science major, worked in the 7th VA congressional district office for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Andie learned a lot about the work, and was glad to have her Christendom education to use as a tool.

In her own words: "I answered the phones, which in a congressional office, is an important job. Often times, when people call in with a complaint, they aren't looking for answers, they just want someone to hear them out - I spent many hours with a phone glued to my ear while a guy from NY complained about not being able to get a hold of Chuck Schumer! I learned that people really don't like politicians; more importantly, though, I learned that there are really good people working to try to fix this country. In the Congressman's offices, there are signs on every desk reminding us that if we aren't doing our duty to the Constitution, why are we even bothering to do anything. The critical thinking and reasoning skills I learned here helped me to not only get the internship, but it helped me in performing my duties as an intern—in this area especially."

Andrew Ciskanik spent his summer working for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, more specifically, the Collegiate Network, who provide support to conservative student run publications all over the country, promoting unbiased and professional journalism skills.

In his own words: "I probably wouldn't have taken an internship at all last summer if not for Dr. Way's Politics Practica class. The class offers academic credit for taking a summer internship over the summer or during a semester at school. I wanted to get practical experience working with some of the many interests of mine, specifically design work, and hopefully get a head start in that field as a career in the future. The Collegiate Network did not disappoint. They had me work on several design projects. I put together an updated version of their intern/fellows resource guide, a new pamphlet for ISI, created a resource page for the CN's fuseBox website, and even got to design the CN ads used in the student publications. They also took me along to D.C. for their annual "start the presses" event. This internship was a huge opportunity for me, giving me insight working in the professional field of journalism, as well as a chance for me to develop my own designing skills. This internship offered many opportunities for networking with people who share the same passion for their career."
Grace Bellow had an amazing experience working in the office of Congressman Jim Renacci, the U.S. Representative for the 16th Congressional District of Ohio, helping constituents, researching, event planning and assisting with correspondence. Grace was grateful for the chance to really be doing something.

In her own words: "Professor Way helped me research different internships so I could gain substantial work experience and wouldn't be simply fetching coffee. I enjoyed every minute of my internship! I learned how the U.S. House of Representatives functioned, how legislative battles are fought, and about the relationship between a Congressman and his district. I also gained the satisfaction of working for a great, conservative, pro-life Congressman alongside his wonderful staff."

These are just a few of the internships Christendom students can benefit from, particularly in the Political Science department. Christendom students are greatly benefitting from the chance to take their liberal arts education and putting it to great use, working out in the world to restore all things in Christ. Tommorrow's leaders. Here today.


Lady Crusaders Volleyball: 9-2 for This Season!

With just over a month gone by in the fall semester, the women’s volleyball team holds an impressive record of 9-2 with two weeks of play left in the season. Just last season the team had its first winning season ever and they have come back to prove it wasn’t a fluke!

Despite losing three starters, the team has regrouped to have an impressive season to this point. Adding two freshmen starters, Gabi Muskett and Clare Duda, the team has had impressive win after impressive win.

Beginning the season with 2 wins over Division III opponents, Keystone College and Notre Dame of Maryland College, the Lady Crusaders sprinted out of the gates. The team has been led in digs by Gabi and Anna Harris and in the assist category Clare Duda has been stellar during the season.

Clare who played volleyball at Seton High School in Manassas, Virginia, has added a calm, confident, and competitive edge to the team—setting perfect ball after perfect ball to the Lady Crusader hitters. Mary Barbale and Bridget Vander Woude lead the team in kills, while junior Theresa Jalsevac has recorded the most blocks for the team.

This past Thursday the team went up against Division III Notre Dame of Maryland College whom they had defeated earlier in the season. This match proved to be different as the teams traded games with Christendom winning the 1st and 3rd sets and the Gators winning the 2nd and 4th sets. The Lady Crusaders showed their resolve and determination throughout the 5th set. Each team traded points and runs, but in the end the Lady Crusaders pulled out the win in a 15-12 final set—much to the excitement of the Crazies on hand!

On Friday, the team hosted Division III Hood College. The Hood Blazers came out with an impressive 25-18 first match victory, but the game also proved to the Lady Crusaders that not only could they play with the Blazers they would have a chance to pull off an upset. The 2nd set saw the Lady Crusaders lead for part of the set before yielding the game to the Blazers by a score of 20-25. Throughout the first 2 games the Lady Crusaders hung strong despite the size advantage of the Blazers. The Lady Crusaders dug and dove, blocked and bumped clawing their way back into match, but just couldn’t overcome the Blazers.

Breakthrough occurred in the 3rd set. Led by the passing of Anna Harris and Gabi Muskett and the spiking of Bridget Vander Woude the team would battle back and forth, playing the best volleyball of their season and quite possibly in Christendom’s history. Despite the front line of Hood, which featured two 6-foot Blazer hitters, the Lady Crusaders picked up points off of blocks and solid team play. By a final score of 25-23 the Lady Crusaders pulled off the victory and forced a 4th set in the match.

The fourth set as an individual set was the best set of volleyball that any volleyball team has played at Crusader Gymnasium—definitely in the last 5 years. Multiple diving digs and spot-accurate spikes fueled the Lady Crusaders and—with each point—one could feel the game swinging in the favor of the Crusaders!

The Blazers of Hood almost looked shell-shocked as they grew tired and balls dropped in front of them. The teams went back and forth to a 25-25 stalemate with a race to the winning 2 points in a row. In the end, size would trump the day as the Blazers would sneak out 2 more points and pull off the victory 27-25 and a 3-1 match victory over the Lady Crusaders.

The match serves to illustrate what the women’s volleyball program at Christendom has achieved, pushing a solid Division III school to the brink of a 5th set, which—if it had occurred—one could only imagine that the home court and emotional force would have carried the day for the Lady Crusaders.

The Lady Crusaders are off until Saturday when they travel to Winston Salem, NC to take on Piedmont Bible College. The team will also host Washington Bible College on the Saturday of Homecoming October 8 at 1pm in Crusader Gymnasium. Check out the women’s schedule for the next couple of weeks and come out and cheer the Lady Crusaders on—you won’t be disappointed!

Mary Barbale prepares to pound the ball, adding a point to the Crusaders score.

The other teams duck when they see Bridget Vander Woude set up to spike.

Anna Harris sends the ball to Tricia Lademan.

Q. I see you have an Early Action Deadline. Do I need to wait until December 1 to apply, or can I apply earlier than that? Also, when will I hear back from you about the Admissions Committee’s decision?

A. We do have an Early Action Deadline of December 1, and what that means is that if someone gets all their application materials into our office on or before that date, we guarantee them an answer from our Admissions Committee on or before December 15. That’s what the whole Early Action business is about.

But, we have already been receiving lots of applications for the fall semester, and, we have already sent out acceptance letters to some of our applicants. If someone applies during the month of October, there is a very good chance that they will receive an answer from us during October. We sometimes hold off on making a decision, but normally, as soon as an application is complete (SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, essays/application, and transcripts), we send them off to the Committee for review. At that point, once someone gets the acceptance letter from us, they do not need to respond or send in any money until February 1, so there is still plenty of time to think about whether Christendom is the place for you.

Let me know if I can be of any further help with this 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.

Meet Christendom College


Name: Jessie Williams
Memphis, TN
Theology - I hope!
Going to concerts and shopping.
Who's your favorite professor and what's your favorite class?
Theology with Prof. Raymund O'Herron.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Intramural volleyball.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The family atmosphere.
Why did you choose Christendom?
It's Catholic academics and it's not too far from home.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? The faculty and staff really do care about your well being and want to see you succeed.
Plans after graduation? Start my own business.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Don't knock Christendom off your college list because of its size. Give it a chance.


Meet Christendom College

This past weekend Christendom College hosted its top donors at the 2nd Annual President's Council Visit Weekend, one of the Advancement Office's "Meet Christendom College" events. The weekend gave donors the opportunity to sit in on classes, meet students, take a cruise down the Shenandoah River, enjoy musical performances by students, and much more.

Christendom College is the only fully accredited Catholic college in the U.S. that does not accept federal funding in any form, including federal tuition loans and grants. That's one reason we can remain totally Catholic, without compromise. Our donors make this possible. We were so glad to have this opportunity to meet and thank them for all the sacrifices that they have made in their support of the College.

During musical performances on Friday night, students performed the first movement of Vivaldi's "Winter."

Senior Stephen Tomlinson plays the piano for donors during Friday's performances.

History Professor Dr. Chris Shannon offered an exclusive lecture.

Donors enjoyed hearing from a student panel.

Eric and Barbara Mansfield enjoy a cruise on the Shenandoah.

The Fifth Annual Awards Dinner was held at Rappahannock Cellars.

Long-time donors Eugene and Cathy Wurster were among some of the donors who were honored.

Grand Opening: Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop

Everyone on campus is buzzing with excitement about the new Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop in the basement of the library. After lots of planning and preparation, the shop opened up on Thursday evening.

At the Grand Opening, College Chaplian Fr. Donald Planty blessed both the coffee shop and the very large crowd that came to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Professor Jenislawski assisted with the cutting of the ribbon and also helped make sure everything ran smoothly for the busy first night.

The coffee shop is the product of the combined efforts of Juniors David Townsend and Nick Blank, along with much help from student volunteers. Townsend and Blank wanted to create a space for students where they could study and relax in a warm setting, and enjoy delicious coffee products at a very reasonable price. Aiding their efforts, Sophomore Savannah Buckner donated a couch and decorations to the shop, and a team of student volunteers has come together to run the shop at all times.

“We are very excited about the opening of Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop,” says Townsend. "Nick Blank and I had the intention of making a fun, chill environment for everyone to hang out, and we have had great success so far.”

Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop will be open to all every Monday-Thursday, 8-11am and 8-11:30pm, Friday, 8-11am, and Sunday, 8-11pm.

David Townsend and Tim McPhee celebrate the grand opening with a little bubbly—sparkling cider.

The coffee shop is an instant new favorite.

Karaoke Café

Saturday night, St. Kilian's Café was filled with amusement and laughter as students enjoyed a relaxing Karaoke Night. The evening, coordinated by the Student Activities Council, was complete with juggling, tasty snacks, and great company.

The highlight of the event was trying one's voice out with the mic on stage! Students laughed as they all sang along to some favorite tunes sung by classmates. Fr. Planty and Fr. Fox even sang an
a cappella duet! The night was a great chance to relax and enjoy some entertaining down time with classmates and friends.

Frs. Planty and Fox sing a duet.

Seniors had fun at Karaoke Night.

Senior Joe Long leads the fellas in a song.

The New Roman Missal

Theologian Msgr. Andrew R. Wadsworth delivered a talk, entitled The Making of the Missal, to the students and faculty on Monday. Msgr. Wadsworth, the Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), examined the role of the Commission in producing the new translation of the missal of the Roman Rite.

At ICEL, Msgr. Wadsworth has worked to prepare the English translations of Latin liturgical books and texts in accord with the directives of the Holy See.

"A frequent observation made in relation to the new translation is that it is more formal," Msgr. Wadsworth said. He clarified that the formal language was used to reflect the quality and the characteristics of the original Latin text. It also avoided the regional differences, which are found in the English language when it is used colloquially.

"The difference that we have in our language, when we use it in an everyday way, does not exist to the same level when we move everything up a notch," he said. "When we move everything to a more formal register of the use of English, then we have a language that is common across regional and national boundaries."

Wadsworth read an example of the original Latin text from the missal and then two versions of a translation—one from the current missal and one from the new missal.

"I would suggest that if we were to characterize those two different approaches, the current translation is a bit flat," he said. "The ideas are there, but they've sort of been squashed. In the new translation, they are re-inflated. They have something of the natural balance that is evident in the Latin. The phrases balance each other perfectly, the ideas are well presented, and you get a greater sense of what the prayer is about."

Read more about this timely and informative lecture
here or download it at Christendom on iTunes U.

This lecture was part of Christendom College's Major Speakers Program. An important aspect of the academic life at the College, the program seeks to offer the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.



A Week of Pilgrimage

A week-long pilgrimage in Assisi and Siena certainly set the tone of "pilgrimage" for this semester!

We woke up early on Sunday to leave for Assisi. Upon arriving a few hours later, I was awe-inspired by the natural beauty there. One student remarked that it was no wonder such holy people came from Assisi, because who can deny God while surrounded by such beauty. I completely agree!

Over the next few days, we went to Mass at San Damiano (the church St. Francis rebuilt), Santa Maria degli Angeli (where St. Francis died…and we received a plenary indulgence for attending Mass there), the Tomb of St. Francis, and the Basilica of Santa Chiara (which includes her tomb and some of her relics). We toured all the churches, in addition to other parts of Assisi, like the houses where St. Francis and St. Claire grew up, the stable in which St. Francis was born, and the hermitage of St. Francis. The view on the hike up to and from the hermitage was quite fantastic!

We arrived in Siena on Wednesday. Siena is a charming city and I loved it! We stayed at a hotel next door to the house St. Catherine lived. She is my confirmation saint, so experiencing her town was quite a blessing!

We celebrated Mass at the chapel by St. Catherine’s house on Thursday and then went on a tour of Siena. The tour included a visit to San Domenico, which holds the head and a finger of St. Catherine. We learned a lot about the Sienese culture and ended our tour at the Duomo, which had the most amazing art and architecture! After the tour, we were able to climb to the top of the Duomo for an incredible view of Siena!

While in Siena, we learned about the 17 contradas (districts) that Siena is divided into. Each contrada has its own church, museum, banner, motto, allies, enemies, etc. They are all extremely competitive and this competition comes to a climax during two horse races (the Palio) in the summer. Our group is very vibrant, so our directors decided to split our various rooms into contradas. My room (Rachel Milani, Johanna Troendle, and myself) are the Pantera (Panthers) and our motto is “My energy pulls down every obstacle.” We are the coolest contrada ever and are definitely taking on the friendly rivalry tradition practiced by the Sienese!

On Friday, we celebrated Mass at the Basilica of San Francesco, where, by the way, there was a Eucharistic miracle. The miracle dates back to 1730 when 223 hosts were stolen after being consecrated. They were found a few days later in the offering box of another church. The hosts were not consumed and surprisingly never disintegrated. They remain to this day in the Basilica. We celebrated Mass in the side chapel in the Basilica in front of the hosts. Then, after Mass, we received a beautiful blessing of walking up to the hosts—I could have touched them—individually and then praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a group. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we were also told to check out the chapel down the street which had the incorrupt body of St. Salvina. So, needless to say, Friday was a decent way to end the pilgrimage before leaving on Saturday morning!

May I just say that I love being Catholic? I just spent the past week roaming the streets and buildings of great and holy people. There is nothing more inspiring than the realization that you are standing before the physical remains of a holy saint, like St. Francis, St. Claire, or St. Catherine. The really crazy thing is that the physical and the material are nothing compared to the example they have given us by their lives. However, the physical manifestations of their lives make them so real to me and I firmly believe this is something every Catholic should have the opportunity to experience! God is so great!

A view of Umbria from the hike to St. Francis' hermitage.

On tour in Assisi: Rome Program Director John Noronha, who will appear on EWTN, speaks to students outside the basilica of St. Clare.

Bridget Lademan admires a fountain in Assisi.

The Duomo of Siena.

On tour inside the Duomo.

Rachel Milani and Lisa Hill enjoy the view from the Duomo.

Touring the streets of Siena.

A rainbow arcs across the Siena skyline.

Getting to Know the Financial Aid Office

Of the many aspects of Christendom, one that is often overlooked, yet supremely important, is the Financial Aid Office. For many prospective students and their families, applying for financial aid and dealing with money matters at all the various colleges and universities can seem very confusing and frustrating at times. And normally, it is very hard to reach anyone in the financial aid office and build a relationship with that individual. Not so at Christendom. Christendom's Financial Aid Office prides itself on personalized attention and promptness in replying to queries or questions. Ms. Alisa Polk and Ms. Bonnie Williams are the masterminds behind the work done in the Financial Aid and Billing Office, and this week Ms. Polk gave The Chronicler some insights into what goes on.

Ms. Polk has been working in the Financial Aid Office since 1991, and has really enjoyed seeing the students reap the benefits of the work that she and Ms. Williams do. She summed up their jobs neatly by saying: “Essentially, we help as many families as we can within the financial aid guidelines.”

Ms. Polk pointed out that over seventy percent of the students at Christendom receive some sort of aid every year. On an average day, they see around ten students for various reasons, while in the beginning and end of the semesters, they see over fifty percent of the student body. Since Christendom does not take federal funding, they offer different types of financial aid, including: Need-based Assistance, which take the form of loans and grants based on the students calculated need; Merit Assistance, which is based on the student's academic performance both at Christendom and their SAT/ACT scores; and finally Family Plan Discounts, which offer benefits for students with other siblings at the school.

Outside of those opportunities, students can apply for a student employment "work-study” job on a competitive basis, which can earn more money for school and gain valuable experience in various fields. There are also opportunities for other scholarships, including the Presidential Scholarships, athletic scholarships, and ones based on academic departments. Another unique aspect of the Financial Aid Office that provides assistance for students is the “Debt Forgiveness Plan” for students who become Priests or enter the religious life and who take a vow of poverty.

Ms. Polk commented that a great part of her job is having opportunities to work with the families of students, and having connections with them, even though she may have never met them. She finds that the most rewarding part of her job however, is “seeing students be able to come to Christendom, and watch how they are able to change, grow, and mature over four years."

"It is rewarding because I know that in some small way I have helped them be here," she says. "It is very exciting to see then what they go out and do after their time at Christendom.”

Click here to find out more about Christendom's Financial Aid.


Last Second Heroics vs. Gallaudet

On Wednesday, the men’s soccer team battled Division III Gallaudet University at Skyline field in Front Royal.

Just a year ago the Crusaders had dismantled the Bison to a score of 5-0 on the Bison’s home field. What a difference a year can make! The first half saw the Crusaders come out slow but consistently win possession and link up with many passing sequences, halfbacks Joseph Stephens and Tommy Salmon regularly found the Foeckler boys (Peter and Johnny) along with Johnny Ciskanik roaming free around the field. Despite multiple scoring opportunities the team couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. That all changed when Tommy Salmon found Johnny Ciskanik inside the corner of the goalie box and Johnny blasted a shot past the goalie for a 1-0 Christendom lead. Once again the brick wall of the Crusaders defense stood strong in the first half. As the whistle blew at halftime the score stood at 1-0, with 45 minutes of soccer left, or so everyone thought!

The second half made up for the first's lack of goals. Throughout the game Gallaudet forward Jean-Pierre Kanashiro wreaked havoc against the Crusaders with his never-ending runs and fancy footwork. Early in the second half, he danced past the Crusaders halfbacks and let loose on a high placed shot that found its way just over Christendom goalie Dan Mitchell’s fingers in the back of the net. With that goal, the momentum switched and the Bison went on the offensive culminating in a free kick shot, which Juan-Pierre would bend around the wall and sneak inside the near post for a game leading goal.

Coupled with frustration and energy the Crusaders would battle back but were unable to score the equalizer. Sean LaRochelle found an opening inside the goalie box but pushed it wide as did Johnny Foeckler. The final 10 minutes of the game saw an all out attack by the Crusaders desperate to score the tying goal yet again. Time and time again it looked to be about to happen, but would never come true. Finally, with 36 seconds left in regulation Johnny Ciskanik unleashed a rocket of a shot from 25 yards out that froze the goalie and found the upper ninety. To this point as I write this column this shot by Johnny Ciskanik might be one of the most powerful shots I have ever seen from distance. Thirty-six seconds later the whistle blew, but it would not be the final one!

The game went into overtime featuring two ten-minute golden goal session where the first goal to score wins. This being just the fifth game in the Crusaders season it already is the third game to go into overtime. In sports, few sensations are better than coming from behind to win a game, especially one as long and as grueling as a soccer match.

The Gallaudet Bison played well throughout the first overtime as the game moved to the second overtime—with missed opportunities for both teams—fatigue set in.

With a quicker step and a determined spirit the Crusaders continued to push and attack until the Bison cracked and Johnnies would connect as Ciskanik would head a ball to Foeckler who fired the shot past the Gallaudet goalkeeper to the jubilation of the Crusader team and the Crazies who had stayed until the end.

Hall of Fame Coach
Vince Lombardi says it best: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

The Crusaders move to 5-0-1 with their next match at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, on Saturday at 3pm.

Chris Foeckler charges through the defense toward the goal.

Peter Foeckler takes a shot.

Johnny Ciskanik heads the ball toward the goal.

Tommy Salmon takes the ball down field.

Goalie Dan Mitchell sends the ball into Bison territory..

Johnny Ciskanik fires the game-tying shot before the end of the second half.

To see more pics from this game, click here.

Q. I am very interested in getting involved in a lot of activities when I go away to college. I see from your weekly Chronicler that the students have a lot of fun things to do to keep them active, but do they have any opportunities to do any charitable works of mercy or the like? I am very involved in my parish and want to continue to do all I can to help out those less fortunate than me, even while I am at college.

A. I am so glad that you asked this question! The short answer is, yes, our students have a number of opportunities to perform both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Students can take part in a variety of activities, such as:

  • Participating in Spring Break and Summer Mission Programs
  • Delivering Food to the Needy with Meals on Wheels
  • Helping the Less Fortunate with Housing Needs by Working with Habitat for Humanity
  • Assisting Women in Need at a Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Serving the Poor at the Local Parish' Soup Kitchen
  • Visiting the Elderly at the Local Nursing Home
  • Feeding and Clothing the Poor and Homeless in Washington, DC
  • Organizing Red Cross Blood Drives on Campus
  • Participating in Prayerful Pro-Life Gatherings
  • Praying for Living and Deceased Benefactors
  • Working with the Legion of Mary to Help Evangelize Local Residents
  • Taking Part in Eucharistic Adoration and Daily Rosary
  • Teaching CCD to Children at the Parish

All of these opportunities, and more, are meant to help enflesh what the students are learning in their classes so that they might be better Catholics who are able to enter today’s world as leaders in the effort to restore all things in Christ. Here is a page on our website which may give you more information about this whole subject.

Thanks for asking and God bless,

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.

And We Call It Bella Notte...


Name: Gabe Schuberg
Age: 21
Ventura, CA
English Language and Literature
Hobbies? Surfing, spearfishing, and volleyball.
Who's your favorite professor?
Dr. Thomas Stanford. I love his humor and energy in the classroom.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am part of the Rugby team. I love the teamwork that goes into the game and the discipline that it brings to my schedule. I am also the president of the Student Activities Council (SAC).
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the events—that's what inspired me to get involved with the SAC. The events really bring the student body together and make this community feel like a family.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose it for the academics and knew it was a place where I could grow as a Catholic.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? Not much. I guess I knew what I was getting into. My sister went here and I attended the Experience Christendom Summer Program.
Plans after graduation? Join the California Professional Firefighters.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Get involved. Take advantage of everything that Christendom has to offer—inside and outside the classroom.


Piano Night

Friday evening, the St. Lawrence Commons was elegantly decorated as students participated in Piano Night. The evening, which featured performances from multiple students from varied classes, was extremely enjoyable, and quite impressive. Students played pieces ranging from classical, including Bach, Chopin, and Beethoven, to ragtime, and even some original compositions. Several new faces were seen tickling the ivories that night.

"Just because you study the liberal arts, doesn't mean you leave behind the fine arts," said Senior Liz Sartor. "In fact the fine arts are enriched by—and integrally tied to—the liberal arts."

The event was another example of the incredible talent which Christendom is home to.

Freshman Melanie Hofbauer, who has played at Carnegie Hall this summer, left the audience stunned by her incredible skill.

Sophomore Jordan Mann shows off his impressive piano skills as he plays a classical piece.

La Notte Italiana

The much-anticipated annual Italian Night took place on Saturday evening. Chef Dennis prepared a delicious Italian feast for the occasion, including various pasta dishes. As always, the Italian bread table and the cannolis were big hits. The dance was held outside the St. Lawrence Commons under the stars and twinkling lights.

“Italian night is my favorite dance,” Sophomore Marisa DePalma said. “The food and the venue make it unique, and the weather and atmosphere were especially wonderful this year.”

Many students wore black and red for the occasion, dancing the night away for as long as they were able.

The Commons was decked-out in the green, white, and red of the Italian flag.

Students agree that it's one of the best meals of the year.

Students served up flavored Italian sodas.

Mangia, mangia, mangia!

Chef Dennis Paranzino's cannolis. Sorry, your computer screen is not edible.

Freshmen Melanie Hofbauer and Gabrielle Muskett sample an assortment of antipasto.

Freshman Joseph Walsh swings his partner across the dance floor.

Couples dance around the fountain and under the stars in Piazza San Lorenzo.

Senior Eryn Landry swings with Freshman Marius Mello.

Ten Years After 9/11

Sunday afternoon, on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, those who walked or drove past Christ the King Chapel were greeted by a collection of American flags, to commemorate those who lost their lives ten years ago. Sophomore Savannah Buckner, aided by volunteers, organized the set-up of the display.

The project, called, “9/11, Never Forget” (sponsored by the
Young America's Foundation) had not only the flag display, but also a table set up, with a poster showing various images from the 9/11 events, as well as pins and wristbands for those who wanted to show their support.

"These 2,977 flags stand in memory of those victims of the 9/ll terrorist attacks. We will never forget."

Upper vs. Under

It was a glorious day for football this past Sunday and the upperclassmen took on the freshmen in the annual Upper-Under Flag Football Game. While the freshmen were defeated, they put up one of the best fights ever seen.

The freshmen held the Upper team to under 50 points and that is actually an accomplishment—last year the freshmen were defeated 76-0.

"I am really impressed with the way the Under team played on Sunday," Under Coach and Residence Director James Hannon said. "The first thing that jumped out at me was the great job the offensive linemen did. I don't think they let up more than two sacks, if that. I honestly cannot remember ever hearing about such an effective performance by the Under team."

Minus a few missed tackles, the game could have been closer. The Under offense even got in to the red zone twice, which is an accomplishment. This was one of the better Under team performances.

Senior Joe Long grabs a hold of the lightening bolt, Freshman Joshua Cristi.

QB Senior Peter McNeely picks up the first down.

Under fans cheer on their team.

Upper fans show their support.

Joe Long finds the hole in the defense.

Senior Pat Stein can't shake Freshman Joseph Herman.

Freshman Micah Davis rips the flag off a diving Senior Joe Stephens.

Senior Paddy Norton tries to escape the Under.

The Under Team put forth a valiant effort.

Upper: victorious again.

Using Freedom Wisely

Mrs. Sharon Hickson, a professor of Literature, is renowned around campus for her wonderful talks that she frequently gives to students. On Sunday evening, she gave her first talk of the year to women from all classes. Her talk on women’s formation and using one’s time and freedom wisely was received warmly from a very large audience of Christendom ladies in the Campion lobby. Students piled in to get lots of good advice from Mrs. Hickson, and to join in solidarity with each other for a girls’ dinner. Pizza, salad, cookies, and drinks were served for all in attendance.

“I really enjoyed Mrs. Hickson’s talk,” Freshman Melody Wood said. “Her insights were so valuable. It was a great way for all of us girls to come together, have a fun time, and learn a lot!”

Founder's Day

On Wednesday, the college celebrated Founders' Day. The 11:30 Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of the college's founder, Dr. Warren Carroll. Then at 4:45 students, faculty, and staff gathered for the blessing of a new roadside crucifix. They then processed the gravesite of Dr. Carroll, where there was a special blessing and hymns sung. All, including Dr. Carroll's wife, Anne, were able to pay their respects and pray for the repose of his soul. The day concluded with a 6pm Rosary in honor of Dr. Carroll’s commitment to Our Lady of Fatima, the patroness of the College.

Fr. Planty blesses the new crucifix.

Processing to the gravesite.

Mrs. Carroll looks on as Fr. Planty incenses the grave of Dr. Carroll.

See more pictures from the event here.

Founder's Day 2011 Video


Ciao From Bella Roma!

How to sum up the past few days in a word...? Breathtaking!

OOur various groups arrived Friday morning at Residence Candia—our living quarters for the next few months. Some had come from several days of traveling, while others came straight from the States. All of us were exhausted, but that didn’t stop the excited chatter from the entire group in the courtyard about our summers and pre-Rome travels. It was wonderful to see everyone again and mingle with the group!

After some time to check in and chat, Elizabeth Walsh, our residence coordinator, formally introduced us to the directors of the program Mr. John Noronha and Ms. Katie Ott. Both are extremely nice and I am very excited to get to know them this semester!

After a brief introduction, we officially began the semester with gelato, the Italian perfection of ice cream. The weather is hot in Rome right now, so the gelato was a cool welcome on our walk to St. Peter’s Square.

Before going to Mass, we met in front of the obelisk in the middle of St. Peter’s Square. Mr. Noronha told us the history behind the obelisk. The Egyptians built it originally in approx. 2,500 B.C. as a victory symbol and the Romans transferred it to Rome when they conquered because they thought it was fascinating. However, it was theoretically in Egypt during the Israelite captivity, which is pretty cool! Then, tradition holds that St. Peter’s blood was spilled upon the obelisk upon his martyrdom at a Roman circus close to the site. Hence, the obelisk has been called a Silent Witness, as it has witnessed the persecution of God’s people for thousands of years! Now, it stands proudly in the middle of the Square, a victory symbol of the Church.

Mass at St. Peter’s was indescribable! The overwhelming recognition of being in the center of our Church physically made the fact that we were celebrating the real and spiritual center of our faith that much more incredible!

After a beautiful Mass (which was a mixture of Italian and Latin . . . I think it is so amazing that we can go anywhere in the world and pray the exact same prayers with people of entirely different cultures!), we walked to an adorable Italian restaurant for dinner. There, we met Mrs. Noronha, who is definitely one of the sweetest people ever and then took our seats for our five-course, five-star meal. Our coordinators definitely know how to welcome us to Italy!

Again, on Saturday night, they treated us to another incredible meal at another restaurant close to St. Peter’s. There is an Italian method to eating, where you do not rush through the meal, rather you relax and enjoy one course at a time. Hence, our dinners thus far have taken 2-3 hours to complete. I love this tradition, especially as the best conversations occur during meals.

A few days into the semester, I am already overwhelmed by the majesty of the Eternal City and the excitement of being with some incredible people for the next few months!

We are now enjoying a week-long pilgrimage in Assisi and Siena, but more on that next week!

God Bless and ciao for now!

Enjoying life in Rome... a cup of gelato in St. Peter's Square.

Dining Italian-style with Assistant Director Ms. Katie Ott (top right).

Enjoying a walk down the bridge of angels.

Getting to Know Fr. Joseph Fox

This week, Chronicler Reporter Madeleine Murphy caught up with our new Assistant Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Fox, to ask him a few questions.

Madeleine: Where did you go to college?
Fr. Fox: I began my college education in 1965-1967 at Providence College in Providence, R.I., where I was in formation with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, preparing for entrance into the novitiate. I entered the novitiate in July, 1967 and on completion of the year of novitiate continued my college education finishing with a B.A. in Philosophy at St. Stephen's College in Dover, Mass. in 1970. I then went to our Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. I completed the bachelor and licentiate degrees in sacred theology in 1973 and 1975 respectively. Later I studied at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I earned a licentiate degree in canon law in 1980. Finally, I studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy (aka the Angelicum) completing my doctorate in canon law in 1985.

M: Where were you stationed before you came to Front Royal?
FF: I was ordained a priest in May, 1974 and continued my advanced studies in theology in Washington DC. My first post after that was as a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish also in Washington DC. In 1977 I started working at the diocesan tribunal of the Diocese of Youngstown, OH and left there when I began my studies in Rome in August, 1981. I remained in Rome working in a number of positions as a professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas for 21 years, as an administrator for the Dominican Priory at the Angelicum for three years, and two years at the seminary residence attached to the Angelicum, called the Convitto San Tommaso. I also worked at the Vatican. For six years I was a staff official of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and for five years served as the Bureau Chief of the Personnel Office. I also served as the Director of Pastoral Formation at the Pontifical North American College and as one of the associate spiritual directors of the seminarians for three years. You will notice that I was 22 years in Rome and usually had more than one full time job at a time! I returned to the United States in late June, 2003 and at the request of Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit at that time, I worked on processing cases of clergy sexual abuse for both the Archdiocese of Detroit and for several other dioceses throughout the USA. I also taught at the Archdiocesan seminary and assisted the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington DC. I was then sent in 2007 to Washington DC to work as the first Vice President for Advancement at our Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies and as Professor of Canon Law. While continuing these duties, I was elected superior of our other priory in Washington DC, St. Dominic Priory. My term as Prior finished on May 16 this year.

M: How did you come to be at Christendom College?
FF: In a letter to my Provincial of May 17, 2011, Dr. O’Donnell requested that a Dominican priest be assigned to Christendom College to serve as assistant chaplain with a possibility of teaching a course in theology. I was asked by my Provincial to look into this request in late June. Then my Provincial told me in a telephone conversation on July 28 that he wanted me to come to Christendom College—however, I did not receive his instructions until August 11—resolving how to provide for my standing duties as a full professor at our Pontifical Faculty. Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of the College, two young men came to gather my belongings and transport them to Christendom on Tuesday, August 16. Thus began my service here at Christendom!

M: What about Christendom attracts you the most?
FF: Quite simply what I find most attractive about Christendom is the community of students, faculty and staff, who visibly, tangibly witness to an enthusiastic living of the Catholic Faith.

M: What duties do you have as Assistant Chaplain this year?
FF: I am here to assist Fr. Donald Planty in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Chaplain’s Office in providing a full liturgical life for the Christendom College community. That includes celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and offering spiritual direction. It also includes being present to the students in particular, assuring them of my support and interest in their lives.

M: What are your hobbies when you are not busy?
FF: My duties over the years, because I have had to fulfill multiple full-time jobs simultaneously have not left a lot of free time for hobbies! I enjoy time with people. I enjoy food—especially after my years in Italy. I enjoy movies and going to the cinema. I enjoy reading, especially history. I enjoy walking when I can find someone willing to keep me company!


Crusaders Pick Up Where They Left Off!

The men’s soccer team has started off to a 3-0 record this season picking up where they left off last season after a 13-4 season. Despite losing 8 players from last year’s team this year’s soccer team is poised and focused to continue the winning ways that have become a benchmark of Crusaders soccer!

After missing two out of the first three games due to rain, the team got a forfeit win against Davis College and then finally stepped onto the field for the first time this past Saturday at Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, PA.

The past few years have seen close game after close game between the two teams. Two years ago, the Crusaders battled from behind to win in a rainy game which set the tone for much of the season. This time the Crusaders would strike first as John Ciskanik scored the first goal of the season within the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Crusaders would dominate time of possession for the rest of the first half and barely miss on two other wonderful scoring opportunities before halftime. The second half saw the Lions of Bryn Athyn battle back and tie the game up and then take the lead half-way through the second half.

First-time goalie Dan Mitchell had six saves in the game but was unable to stop the two goals which were excellent shots by the Lion’s forwards. With the Crusaders down 2-1 and the momentum having turned decisively to the home team, the men dug deep to finish the game.

With a solid defense led by Tim Beer and Michael Bugin, the Crusaders would go on the offensive in the last 15 minutes of the match—wearing down the Lions with attacks and shots—but not showing any goals for their work. One shot from Ciskanik would hit the crossbar and another rocket was deflected by a tremendous save by the Bryn Athyn goalie.

Almost unfazed the Crusaders would continue to attack pounding the Lions with shot after shot as the clock slowly crawled to a finish. With just over 5 minutes left in the game, the Crusaders broke through and John Ciskanik would dart through the defense and fire a shot to the back of the net just past the hands of the Lion’s goalie. With the game knotted at two-a-piece the Crusaders finished the last five minutes of game amassing six shots on goal, but none proving to be the game winner.

In the eighth minute of overtime, Colin McKeague found Tommy Salmon at the top of the box and the fancy-footed Irishman placed a shot in the low corner that squeaked by the goalie for the game winner. Crusaders 3, Bryn Athyn 2.

The Crusaders followed up their opening win with a 8-1 throttling of in-state rival Patrick Henry College of Purcellville, VA. The game was the home opener for the Crusaders who came out with energy in the match and raced out to a 4-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game. The Crusaders amassed 24 shots for the game netting eight of them by the final whistle.

Perhaps the highlight was the penalty kick which Senior Chris Foeckler drew and fellow senior Mike Bugin would net—his first goal in his 4-year career at Christendom. Also, on the last play of the game Johnny Foeckler kicked a towering cross toward the goal which fullback Tim Beer headed into the back of the net for the final goal of the game.

John Ciskanik and Johnny Foeckler each scored twice for the Crusaders.

Johnny Ciskanik takes the ball down field.

Sophomore Tim Beer keeps the ball out of Crusader territory.

Q. I see from your website that students seem to be dressed up all the time. Is there a dress code of some sort, and if so, what does it entail? Thanks!

A. Although many colleges do not have a dress code for their students, we believe that dressing for the occasion is an important aspect of life, and as such, helps prepare our students to become leaders in society after graduation. There’s a famous saying that goes something like this: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” What that means, in short, is that, if you want to get ahead in life, don’t dress like everyone else, or you will not get noticed. If you dress up, even though you may not be required to do so, your boss may notice and you may get a promotion or raise or some other good thing. That’s the theory, anyway.

Christendom has always had a professional dress code for its students for classes, morning Mass, and lunch time because all of those activities are considered important and dressing up for them has a tendency to help students keep focused on the important work that they are doing. Other than that, students are allowed to wear regular clothes (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc), as long as they conform to the College’s modesty dress code. Although I am sure there are times that students wish they could simply roll out of bed, throw on some sweats, and go to class, generally, it seems that most of the students appreciate the “professional” or “dressed-up” feel of our campus during the school day.

Here are some excerpts from our current 2011-12 Student Handbook on the subject of Dress Code:

Dress Code
Properly dignified and modest attire at Christendom College is not only a trait of a Christian people; it is essential to College morale, to show respect for oneself and others. Since your primary vocation here is to be a student, it follows, then, that your attire, whether in class or relaxing, should equal the dignity of that pursuit.

Collegiate study is professional work; therefore, a Professional Dress Code is in force for all classes, Community Masses (i.e., Masses at 11:30 a.m. M-F and all Masses on Sundays), Sunday brunch and noon meals on class days. To help define “professional looking,” some guidelines are listed below.

Professional Dress
For Men:
The Professional Dress Code requires dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress socks, and dress shoes.
Here are some guidelines to clarify the above dress code:
  • All shirt tails must be tucked in.
  • Cargo-type pants or pants with back patch pockets are not considered “Professional Dress Code” appropriate.
  • Ties must be worn properly, i.e. not pulled away from the neck or shirt unbuttoned.
  • Dress socks must be worn.
  • Belts or suspenders are required.
For Sunday Mass and Brunch, as well as for other select events such as Major Speaker Dinners, men have the additional requirement of wearing either a suit or a sports jacket. This is called “Sunday Dress Code.”

For Women
The Professional Dress Code requires a business dress, or a dress skirt/dress pants and dress shirt (preferably button down with collar), and dress shoes.
Here are some guidelines to clarify the above dress code:
  • The neck of all dresses/blouses must not be lower than four fingers from the top of the sternum.
  • All skirts/dresses are to be no shorter than the crease of the back of the knee.
  • If a skirt/dress has a slit in the front or side, the slit shall not be more than one-two inches above the knee cap. If the slit is in the back, it shall be no higher than three-four inches, measured from the crease of the knee.
  • No form-fitting dresses, skirts, tops, shorts, or pants are allowed at any time.
  • A shirt should not be form-fitting or so tight that it clings to the body.
  • Shirts and blouses should be long enough so as not to bare the midriff.
  • The straps of a dress or shirt must be at least one inch wide at the top of the shoulder.
  • Specifically Related to Class Dress for All
  • Sweatshirts, hooded sweaters and similar garments are not permitted.
  • Athletic t-Shirts of any sort are not permitted.
  • Sleeveless, professional shirts are allowed, but tank tops are not allowed.
  • Acceptable pants are linen, wool, rayon, or cotton.
  • Cargo-type pants, pants with back patch pockets, Capri’s and stretch-style pants or similar are not considered “appropriate.”Stretch-style dress tights or similar are permitted so long as they are worn with an appropriate skirt/dress.
  • Flip-flops, Birkenstock, fishermen, and sporty style sandals, clogs, tennis shoes, canvas shoes, and similar are not appropriate. Only dress shoes are permitted.

Specifically Related to Sunday Dress for All
For Sunday Mass and Brunch, as well as for other select events such as Major Speaker Dinners, all students must wear “Sunday Dress Code” attire. Sunday Dress specifically requires that students wear the best possible of the above out of propriety and respect for events in which Sunday Dress is required. Students are further reminded that this attire includes a jacket or suit for men and a dress or dress skirt for women. Pants are not considered “Sunday Dress Code” appropriate for women.

Other Items
At all times, dress must be modest (i.e. not tight nor too loose, not low cut in back or front, not too short, no spaghetti straps, strapless,or halter tops, etc.) and respectful. All shorts must be long enough so that the wearer’s fingertips do not go past the bottom of the shorts. Women’s swimwear must be modest one-piece. Clothing must be worn over the swimsuit when walking to and from the river.

The specifications for dress code set out in this section are meant as guidelines and not as exhaustive rules.

I hope this answered your question! God bless!

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.

Freshman Musical Talent


Name: Maria Cintorino
Age: 19
From: Stony Brook, NY
Major: Undeclared
Hiking, canoeing, cooking, reading, writing, traveling, sports, and hanging out with friends.
Who's your favorite professor and what's your favorite class?
This semester my favorite classes are Old Testament with Prof. Eric Jenislawski and Ethics with Dr. John Cuddeback. The material for both classes is absolutely amazing and the professors present it in such an engaging way. They really challenge you to think.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am involved in The Rambler (our student journal), Outreach, and Shield of Roses. I hope to participate in one of the plays in the future.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The accessibility to the Sacraments, and the people here. The friendships formed here are absolutely incredible and special. I also love how everyone knows each other—that's one of the great advantages of being at a small college.
Why did you choose Christendom?
Because of their loyalty to the Magisterium, their solid Theology Department, and the Rome Program.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? Before coming here, I knew that Christendom had a reputation for being like a close family, but it is different to actually experience it.
Plans after graduation? Whatever God wants!
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Definitely come to Christendom and visit! Don't be afraid to talk with the students and ask questions.


Devotion to the Sacred Heart

A Holy Hour in preparation for First Friday took place last Thursday evening. This special Holy Hour devoted to the Sacred Heart is held every month and is spent in meditation, song, and prayer. Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell customarily leads the students in the Rosary and offers a beautiful meditation for each Hail Mary.

“My first Holy Hour at Christendom was a really beautiful experience,” says Freshman Sarah Jamieson. “The Rosary was great, but my favorite part was listening to the choir.”

After the Holy Hour, the students continue to be with the Blessed Sacrament in silent Eucharistic Adoration for the duration of the night and into the next day until First Friday Mass.

Dr. O'Donnell and his wife, Cathy, pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

Assistant Chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox gave a brief meditation during the Holy Hour.

Movie Night a la Pixar

Friday night, students settled into the newly re-furnished basement of the John Paul the Great Student Center to enjoy some company and watch the lighthearted Disney/Pixar film, Ratatouille. The film tells the story of Remy, a young rat in the French countryside, who arrives in Paris and makes an unusual alliance with a restaurant's new garbage boy. Soon culinary and personal adventures begin despite the rat-hating world of humans.

The event, sponsored by SAC (the Student Activities Council), was a fun way to relax with friends after a week of classes.

Students unwind with Remy the Rat after a long week.

Freshman Showcase Talent at Pub Night

Students flocked to St. Kilian’s Café on Saturday night for the second Pub Night of the semester. Once again, the talent did not disappoint, as many student singers and musicians entertained everyone for the evening.

Sophomore Michael Arnold and his sister, Freshman Katy Arnold, were an amazing duet due to their combined guitar and vocal talents. Senior Matt Marchand, who was accompanied by Junior Jimmy Munson on the guitar, again had the crowd singing along to his fun songs. Finally, a talented trio of Freshmen emerged for the first time and put on a great show. Evan Casey, Daniel McDowell, and Gabby Cintorino performed such classic songs as “Sweet Home Alabama” and even one that Gabby wrote herself. As usual, SAC members served many snacks and drinks, as well as fine brews to students who are 21 and older.

“Christendom’s Pub Nights are the best,” says Senior Denton Coyne. “I love how relaxed they are, and everyone always has a really good time. They are always a highlight of my weekend.”

Students chat with the Arlington Diocese's Vocation Director Fr. Brian Bashista, who paid a visit to the College last weekend.

Marchand and Munson: a dynamic duo.

The Arnold siblings impress the crowd with their beautiful singing.

The freshmen trio closed the night with a great performance.

Down the River

What better way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon than to float down the Shenandoah River? After Mass this past weekend, a large group of students piled into school vans and set off to embark on a canoe trip down the river. After driving to the drop-off point near Skyline Drive, the students split up into pairs, vested themselves with life-jackets, and began the seven mile trip down river.

Some students used the opportunity to view the wildlife, while others took advantage of the chance to get to know the new faces at Christendom. Of course, most of the students took advantage of the warm weather to have some fun in the sun and get wet! The trip took about three hours, but was well worth the time spent on it! The students returned back to Christendom, tired and wet, but happy to have had such a great chance to enjoy God's creation!

Ready to hit the water.

Canoeing on the majestic Shenandoah.

Discovering Mental Prayer

On Tuesday night, a large group of students gathered in the Chapel Crypt to hear a talk on mental prayer by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty. Fr. Planty introduced the students to the concept, and explained what it is, why we should do mental prayer, and the benefits of it. The talk was the first of a series to be presented this semester.

Freshman First Impressions

Chronicler Reporter Liz Sartor grabbed the camera and sat a couple of freshmen down to find out their first impressions.

Crusader Profile

Virginia has been getting dumped with buckets of rain, resulting in the canceling of our first soccer games due to field conditions. We hope it dries up soon around here. Our Crusaders are eager to take the field. This week, we caught up with Sophomore John Fioramonti to get his take on Crusader Athletics.

What varsity and intramural sports do you play?
This will be my second year playing varsity soccer and basketball, and as far as intramurals go—it's whatever I have time for—as many as possible.

How long have you played sports?
Since the time I could walk, my dad and grandpa had me in the back yard swinging a bat or dribbling a soccer ball around. I started playing organized soccer when I was four years old, and have been a part of some team or another—either for city leagues or my schools—ever since!

Why do you play the sports you play?

Sports have always been a top priority for me as a person, and they have played a critical role in my life up to this point. I play soccer mainly because it is the greatest sport in the world. I've played it my whole life and my dad, who coached me a lot in my youth, really fostered in me a love for the beautiful game. Basketball is another sport that I have played since I was very young and also have great passion for.

What do you like about Christendom athletics?
Christendom athletics is amazing! The people are what make Christendom athletics so much fun to be a part of. So many of my friends play sports with me and there is a real sense of camaraderie among teammates that grows through playing on Christendom teams. And how can you not love Coach Vander Woude?

John takes the ball down the field during a game against Lord Fairfax last year.

Q. What timeline should I be looking at if I want to make sure I don't end up on Christendom's waiting list this year? Are there some special dates I should be putting on my calendar?

A. We had a small waiting list for this past fall, but most of those on the list were people who, for one reason or another, waited until almost the summer time to apply. That's certainly not the ideal situation!

For those applying for the Spring semester, it’s best to have your completed application into us by November 15 at the latest. Then, we normally can let you know whether we can accept you or not by mid-December to early January. At that point, you send in your $500 deposit and arrive on campus mid-January, ready to begin your academic career at Christendom! By the way, we do take first-time freshmen in the Spring, so if any of you are real eager to get on with life and come to college in January, you are welcome to apply for the Spring semester.

For those applying for the Fall semester, the schedule is as follows. You can apply now, if you want, and then, have your letters of recommendation, your SAT scores, and your transcripts sent in later. There is no need to wait to have it all submitted at the same time. You can apply online for free. If applying online, it is best to write and save your essays in Microsoft Word or some other type of format on your computer, and then copy and paste them into the space on our application. That way, if something bad happens to your computer while filling in the form or if it doesn’t go through, then you will not have lost your essays. If you apply now, there is a good chance that you will receive notification from the Admissions Committee sometime around mid-October or early November.

If you choose to wait a little to apply, that’s fine too. Our Early Action Deadline is December 1. What this means is that if you get all the parts of your application in to us on or before December 1, then we notify you of the Admissions Committee’s decision on or before December 15. At that point, you do not need to do anything about your acceptance, or make a decision as to whether you wish to attend Christendom, until February 1, when you will have to send in a $500 deposit if you wish to attend.

Financial Aid applications will be available on our website (remember, we do not take Federal funds–but we do offer loans, grants, scholarships, and work study jobs—therefore we use our own form, not the FAFSA) around February 1, and that is also the time that we set our tuition, room, board, and scholarship amounts for the next Fall semester. You can download the form at that time and send it in, but you must have filed your taxes in order to apply for financial aid. Right now, though, if someone is interested in seeing what they might get in loans and grants, they can fill in our one-page financial aid estimator, found
HERE, and send it in. You will get a response from our friendly Financial Aid Office within a couple of weeks.

If you do not apply by December 1, and instead, choose to apply leading up to the March 1 Regular Application Deadline, then, if accepted, you will be notified by April 1 and you will have until May 1 to make your $500 deposit. But sometimes, if someone submits a very good application, the applicant could hear back from the Admissions Committee prior to April 1, so it is still a good idea to apply as early as possible, and not wait for the March 1 deadline to roll around.

If someone wishes to re-take the SAT or ACT, even if they have applied, been accepted, and even sent in a deposit, they are welcome to do so. The reason someone may wish to do this is because if their scores reach a certain level (1920 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT), they automatically receive a Presidential Academic Scholarship, and we use the best score that a student has submitted prior to entrance into Christendom (not prior to acceptance or deposit).

And finally, you have up until May 1 to ask for your deposit back if you end up choosing a different college—not that we want that to happen—but we understand that sometimes there are other issues affecting students’ choices that require them to attend a different school, rather than their first-choice, Christendom.

I hope this helps and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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.

Aloha, Bishop Loverde!


Name: Patrick McKenna
Age: 19
From: Richmond, VA
Major: Undeclared
Dancing, cheering (at sports games), rugby, watching TV shows, baking.
Who's your favorite professor and what's your favorite class?
Literature with Dr. Cecilia Linton. I enjoy reading the selections we are given for class. Moreover, Dr. Linton is a sweet southern belle and it's great to listen to her in class. Happy
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Rugby, Christendom Crazies (cheering fans of the Crusades), Habitat for Humanity, and the Philosophy Club.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The size of the school gives it a family feel, giving you an opportunity to get to know others well and make great friends.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I wanted to get a deeply rooted understanding of the Faith.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How much of a good time you can have here if you have a positive attitude and get creative.
Plans after graduation? Continue my career with the Coast Guard and hopefully go to Officer Candidate School.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Join the Christendom Crazies.


Music and More at Pub Night

After the first week of classes, the Student Activities Council kicked-off the weekend with the first Pub Night of the semester in St. Kilian’s Café. It was a crowded house due to the advertised musical showcases, as well as all the new freshmen checking out their first of the highly popular pub nights.

Senior Matt Marchand got the night started with his singing and keyboard talents. Junior Alicia Stanton and her sister, Freshman Veronica Stanton, performed several musical duets. Finally, the popular band “Fools for No One,” composed of Seniors Richie Lancaster, Dan Beller, Rob Fetsko, and Ted Cantu, ended the night by playing many current crowd favorites. In between musical acts, students helped themselves to yummy snacks and drinks served by SAC members.

“My first pub night was wonderful!” says Freshman Melanie Hofbauer. “The student bands and singers were amazing, the atmosphere was great, and it was just a really fun way to end the school week.”

Big crowd, big fun at Pub Night.

Matt Marchand plays his keyboard as he sings one of his favorite songs.

The Stanton sisters put on a great show.

Richie Lancaster leads the boys in another song.

Aloha, Let's Dance

Saturday night the St. Lawrence Commons was decked out in festive colors, beach-themes, and lei's galore for the annual Luau Dance. Students excitedly donned any Hawaiian summer apparel and showed up Saturday night ready for some fun. The dance was packed with fun music, a hula-hooping contest, a piñata, and of course, the limbo.

SAC did an awesome job decorating the commons and providing refreshments for the occasion, complete with tasty kebabs and colorful fruit. The study body enjoyed the chance to take a break after their first week of studies for this academic year as they kicked back, relaxed and spent some time having some summer fun with their classmates.

Sophomore Andrew Clark whips Freshman Bernadette Sartor around the dance floor.

SAC member, Sophomore Becca Deucher sits back with a drink and some good company after some hard work in setting up for the dance.

Midori Funai, runner-up of the limbo competition, does an impressive backbend to sneak under the limbo stick.

Freshman Mark Turner enthusiastically hula hoops.

Sophomores Brendan Viera and Lauren Enk spin around the dance floor.

Launching the New Year

“The community which forms Christendom College will have new and grace-filled opportunities to advance—as did the Lord Jesus—in wisdom, age, and favor before God and man,” Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde told the students and faculty of Christendom College during his homily at a Mass offered on Sunday. The Mass, along with a convocation, officially launched the thirty-fifth academic year for the college.

“During this academic year, by your manner of life and, when appropriate, by your words, invite others to come to Jesus. Learn within this community of faith how to evangelize with a Christ-like enthusiasm,” the bishop urged students. “Reach out to not only those here on campus, but to our brothers and sisters in need. Take part in initiatives of Christ-like charity, so that you will be equipped to be a witness to Christ and for Christ the rest of your earthly life.”

After the homily, Bishop Loverde witnessed the entire faculty take the Oath of Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church). Christendom College is one of a few Catholic colleges whose entire faculty voluntarily takes this oath.

Following Mass, the bishop joined the entire student body along with members of the faculty and staff for brunch in the St. Lawrence Commons. College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell then addressed the students.

“In your studies you have received an enlightenment. You have received a knowledge. You know the truth, so there needs now to be humble service,” O'Donnell said. “My dear students, you are our hope. You are Christ’s hope. You are the hope of the Church. We’re banking so much on you rising to this challenge. Don’t spend this semester sitting back on the sidelines. Be a leader. Be a witness to hope. Our world is starving for hope and you have faith, hope, and charity. Choose today to make new beginning. Choose to be part of the new springtime.”

Read more about what to expect this year from Christendom

Dr. O'Donnell leads the faculty in the Oath of Fidelity during the opening Mass.

Bishop Loverde celebrates Mass in Christ the King Chapel.

Fr. Planty introduces SAC President Gabe Schuberg to Bishop Loverde.

Chester-Belloc Debate Society

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society held its first debate of the academic year in Regina Coeli on Sunday evening, August 28. The Debate Society, whose motto is “Preparing conservative Catholic intellectuals for the art of public debate,” is a truly unique organization at Christendom College. It strives to instruct students how to seek truth and defend it in everyday, practical life with intellectual precision and an air of charity. The debates are held every other week and are open to the entire campus.

The topic of the first debate was titled: “Is pornography protected by the First Amendment?” It proved to be a challenging and stimulating topic, for it had a huge turnout of students who came both to witness and to join in the debate. Senior Chris Foeckler is chairman of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society, and thus presided over the debate and kept the night running smoothly. Food and refreshments were served throughout the night by Chester-Belloc members.

“The debate was vigorous and spirited,” says Sophomore and Debate Society member Brendan Vieira. “The number of those attending was high, and participation was active and intelligent. The topic was a well-chosen and very pertinent subject in our present day situation. Here’s to more good debates this semester!”

In the resolution, the “pro” side of the debate was victorious, earning 20 votes. The “con” side had 15 votes, and there were 4 abstentions.

Senior Mary Becher drives her point home with convincing logic.

Summer Campus Enhancements

While students enjoyed their breaks at home this summer, many people at Christendom College were busy making campus enhancements for the students’ benefit this year and for future years. The Director of Operations, Mike Foeckler, was in charge of most of the major renovations and additions. The Student Life Office also was very instrumental in helping with projects on campus this summer.

Perhaps most exciting to students, the basement of the Student Center was almost completely recreated. Three separate student lounging and study centers were set up with many new couches, rugs, and tables. Study cubicles were also added, and the space is now just overall more accessible and practical for student use. In addition, Campion lobby was completely transformed and refurbished with new leather couches, love seats, single chairs, and coffee tables. Top floor of Campion was re-carpeted, and forty-seven dorm rooms were repaired and repainted.

Padre Pio, the priest’s residence and offices, were completely repaired and painted.

The kitchen was also transformed, thanks to the initiative of Chef Dennis, with new paint, creative signage, and lighting, giving it a totally different feel. The Student Life Office, supported by Operations and Maintenance, improved parking on campus with specially marked and lined lots for students, faculty and staff.

“I was very impressed with all the improvements to campus over the summer,” says Junior Tim Beer. “The kitchen especially looks fantastic!”

The dock was dedicated this summer, and many improvements were made to St. Brendan’s Landing to enhance the river experience for students. The area was cleared and landscaped and a fire pit and commemorative plaque were installed. In addition, a new outdoor shrine, which was donated by Christendom professor Dr. Rice, was installed near the main entry.

“I was so excited to come back after the summer and find so many enhancements to our campus!” says Sophomore Ginny Colgan. “Christendom is definitely trying to improve the student’s social and academic experience by providing a better atmosphere for it, and I think all the students really appreciate that. I know that I will particularly get a lot of use out of the new and improved Campion lobby!”

In addition, two houses across the street from campus were purchased over the summer. St. Dominic’s, located directly behind Padre Pio, has already been furnished and will house male occupants this semester. St. Anne’s, located directly across from the main entrance to the college, still needs repair work, but will hopefully be ready for students in the Spring 2012 semester.

Enjoying the new Basement of the Student Center.

Chef Dennis serves up delicious creations from the Deli/Salad Bar.

Students enjoy a study session on the new couches in Campion Lobby.

Fr. Planty blesses the dock at St. Brendan's landing.

Crusader Profile

We met up with Freshman Elizabeth Slaten this week to get her first impressions and take on Crusader Athletics.

What varsity and intramural sports do you play?
I play soccer and hope to play on the basketball team.

How long have you played sports?
I started playing sports in first grade and played though high school.

Why do you play the sports you play?

The main reason I play sports is because I enjoy physical activities. I enjoy teamwork and working with other people to win games. I am also very competitive and sports give me the opportunity to be competitive and still have fun.

What is your favorite sport and why?

Basketball is my favorite sport. For as long as I can remember, my dad had always been the coach for my basketball teams. Dad taught me everything I know about the game of basketball. Some of my favorite memories with my dad are on the basketball court.

Even though this is your first year, what do see to be special about Christendom athletics?
As a high school student, the thing that attracted me to play sports at Christendom was the way everything is centered around Christ. All of our practices begin and end with a prayer and the coaches and players really try to live good Christian lives. At Christendom, sports are important, but they have their place. I think that is what makes Christendom athletics special. The sports are there for students to play competitively, but they are not there to become the center of the student's lives.

Q. Can you give me a little summary of each of your various departments? Who are the teachers in each department and what are their educational backgrounds?

A. We have 6 main academic departments here at Christendom in which you may select a major: History, Philosophy, Theology, Political Science and Economics, Classical and Early Christian Studies, and English Language and Literature. We also have a Math and Natural Sciences, as well as a Music program in which students may minor.

We have a short summary of the various departments and the names and educational backgrounds of our full-time professors
available here and you may also watch some of the short departmental videos on our website under the individual department pages. These can give you a pretty good insight into what makes Christendom’s approach to the various academic disciplines a little different than other colleges.

Additionally, you may take a look at the
entire faculty line-up here.

I hope this helps! God bless!

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.