A Shield of Roses


Name: Joseph McGlynn
Age: 21
From: Frederick, MD
Piano/organ, reading, hiking.
Who's your favorite professor or class?
It's hard to pick a favorite. Two of the best were History 202 with Dr. Adam Schwartz and English 202 with Prof. Sharon Hickson. Both teachers brought a dynamic approach to their subjects and encouraged debate and discussion.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I am the treasurer of the Student Activities Council and a member of the Christendom College Republicans group. I also help out with various college events.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I would have to say the community life and the people. People here come together as a community to pray and help each other out in ways that aren't found at other schools.
Why did you choose Christendom? My three older siblings attended Christendom and I grew up hearing their stories of life at Christendom. I enjoyed what I heard and after visiting I was impressed by the community life here.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The willingness of the professors to really aid their students and to do everything they can to help you succeed.
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to work in defense of the unborn for a few years and then attend medical school to pursue a career as a family physician.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Don't be afraid to take classes with a teacher who is known to be hard. I have found these teachers are some of the best and help you improve your academic work.


Blessing of St. Dominic's

Before Thanksgiving break, students and faculty from the Christendom community gathered for the blessing of the new house dorm, St. Dominic Hall. Assistant Chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox presided over the blessing of the house and went from room to room blessing it, as the residents followed behind him.

St. Dominic Hall: the school is excited to have another house dorm on Christendom's campus, and looks forward to next semester when St. Ann's will be the next addition to the house dorms.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday before break, students gathered in the basement of the John Paul the Great Student Center to hang out, relax, and watch the classic film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The event was put on by SAC, who also provided tasty treats for the film, cleverly including an assortment of “Wonka” candy.

Junior Laura McGrath, a member of SAC, really enjoyed the event.

“We weren't sure initially how many people were going to come, because it is sort of a random movie, but it ended up going really well," McGrath said. "A lot of people showed up, and they had a great time. It was a lot of fun!”

The event was a great chance for the students to relax after a week of academics, and to hang out before Thanksgiving break began.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was nominated for the Best Music Oscar in 1972.

Mega Shield Protests Planned Parenthood

Christendom College’s pro-life student group, Shield of Roses, held its largest pro-life prayer protest of the semester in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic located on 16th Street in Washington, D.C., this past Saturday, November 19.

“Saturdays are big days for the abortion industry,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden who traveled with the group for “Mega-Shield.” “I am always so proud of our students who travel the hour and a half every Saturday to prayerfully protest this crime against humanity, and especially pleased to see so many, over 25% of our on-campus student body, take part in the Shield of Roses ‘Mega-Shield’ each semester.”

The group traveled to D.C. following the 7:30 a.m. Mass, and proceeded to pray four rosaries and sing a number of Marian and religious hymns while the clinic’s “pro-choice” escorts looked on.


Video: Mega Shield - Fall 2011

Dancing at Casino Royale

On Saturday night, November 19, the SAC held its first-ever Fall Dance. The theme was Casino Royale Night, and there were several poker games going on all through the night in keeping with this theme. Many students also dressed up in casino-appropriate attire for the occasion.

Halfway through the night, a group of four gentlemen, made up of Seniors Joe Long and Denton Coyne, Sophomore Connor Coyne, and Freshman Peter Romanchuk, performed an extremely entertaining and comical juggling act, which was a huge hit.

“I really enjoyed myself at the Fall Dance, and I think everyone would agree that it was a big success,” Freshman Micah Davis said. “The juggling act was amazing, and I didn’t stop dancing all night!”

The dance floor was hoppin' all night.

Until the jugglers hopped on stage.

They put on a great performance.

Sophomores Maribeth Kelly and Michael Heffernan enjoy a dance.

Seniors Catherine Marra (yay..she made The Chronicler) and John McGovern swing around the dance floor.

The Feast of Christ the King

Christendom celebrated its patronal Feast Day of Christ the King with a beautiful Mass, Eucharistic Procession, and community brunch on Sunday, November 20.

The Mass was celebrated by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty, and he led the entire Christendom community in dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. Fr. Planty then led a Eucharistic Procession around the main campus. The whole Christendom community was invited to a special brunch prepared for them immediately following in the St. Lawrence Commons.

Ladies dropped rose petals along the path of the procession.

Fr. Planty leads the Eucharistic Procession.

The choir sang hymns during the procession.

Mascot Contest

In an effort to increase school spirit, Sophomore Patrick McKenna has taken the initiative this semester to teach the student body new cheers for sporting events, and has now undertaken finding a student to become Christendom College’s first official school mascot. This mascot will be present at all sporting and other Christendom events in a full Crusader suit of armor costume to stir up the crowd and increase school spirit and pride.

“The contesters put forth Herculean efforts,” McKenna said. “I am excited about the new and improved cheering section, and I hope that the new mascot will be able to rouse the crowd and get them pumped about sporting events here at Christendom.”

McKenna, along with College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty, served as judges at the mascot tryouts, which took place on Wednesday, November 16. Three brave young men gave it their all, and it will soon be determined whether Sophomore Sean Ryan, Sophomore Connor Coyne, or Freshman John Federline will become Christendom’s official Crusader mascot.

Sophomore Connor Coyne tries to rally the troops.

Aristotle vs.Economists

Author and Economist Dr. Andrew M. Yuengert delivered a lecture entitled Prudence and Economic Models of Choice at Christendom College on November 30. Yuengert explained that there are things in the Aristotelian account of human behavior that cannot be captured in the formulaic approach of economists.

"[For economists], the assumption is that the more complex the model, the closer to reality I will get," Yuengert said. "It may be that complexity is converging to something, but it doesn't have to be reality. This may be obvious to anyone who is not an economist, but it is not to economists."

Quoting Aristotle, Yuengert said, "It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits."

Human behavior and decisions cannot be fully measured by mathematical formula. A choice is too complex to be modeled qualitatively, he said.

"If this is true then, economics cannot even hope to be comprehensive."

This lecture was hosted by Christendom College's Cincinnatus League, a student organization that seeks to foster discussion of conservative political philosophy on Christendom's campus. You can download this fascinating lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.



Arrivederci, Roma

So here is the moment I have been dreading all semester . . . the semester is over and I am writing my last Rome Report

We spent the last few weeks running around with last minute sightseeing and souvenir shopping. We had a lovely visit from Christendom alumna Catherine Briggs (whose brother Philip is here with us). We took our finals and I loved the refresher on everything we have learned this semester. It’s pretty amazing how everything can come together with such unity at the end of a class. Also, we took care of all of our “one last time” moments. One last gelato, one last trip to our favorite church, one last gift to buy, one last walk on to St. Peter’s at night . . . the list could go on and on. I think back to the beginning of the semester and I can hardly believe how long ago that was.

Our last day in Rome was a true blessing. We enjoyed a final meal together as a group (fittingly on Thanksgiving Day) and then went to the Noronhas for karaoke and goodbyes. Later in the evening, I went with a group for our final gelato and stroll around St. Peter’s, where we sang songs, waltzed, took lots of pictures, and shared what we were thankful for from this semester. It was the perfect last evening!

The lessons learned this semester have been absolutely incredible. I have come to such a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Faith. Living in the heart of the Church makes you recognize how universal the Church is. I have loved how tangible the early Church has become to me through the various churches and other ancient sites. I have visited so many churches in Rome, but I have hardly made a dent in the over 900 churches in this city!

This semester has been a time of pilgrimage and growth in several different ways. Living in a different country with an unfamiliar language is a constant journey. It’s incredible how God can strip you of everything you know and make you realize how He is the only stable thing in your life. That lesson in itself is such a gift. After all, when you rely on God for everything, you can always be confident that He will be faithful!

Living in a different culture has made me appreciate America so much more. All cultures have their own strengths and weaknesses—and there are definitely several things about the Italian culture that I will miss greatly—but there are aspects of American culture that I am excited to return to (such as the English language, fast food, free restrooms, and my car).

I have absolutely and positively loved the opportunity to get to know my friends and classmates so much better this semester. We have had the time of our lives traveling all over Europe together. The connection we have built with each other over these few short months is a bond that will undoubtedly last the rest of our lives.

In addition, the people I have met this semester have been such a blessing. Mr. and Mrs. Noronha have been an incredible witness to our faith and to living a virtuous life. Their wisdom and joy is obvious to all who meet them! Ms. Katie Ott and Elizabeth Walsh have been great role models for us, as well. They always have a listening heart and a kind word for us. Our professors this semester are fantastic and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every class! We have had the opportunity to meet several seminarians and priests this semester, as well, who have participated in our events and helped us grow spiritually! When I leave a place, I always miss the people the most. The love they have exemplified in everything they have done has been such a blessing and comfort. This fantastic group of wise and holy people will be missed most acutely!

As we wrapped up our final hours in Rome, and the realization that the semester is really over dawned on me, I took comfort in the fact that I have had a semester in Rome beyond any of my wildest hopes or dreams. This semester has been a blessing in so many ways and I am so excited to return and share everything I have learned to my friends and family.

I cannot even begin to express my complete gratitude to everyone who has been part of this life-changing experience. Anyone who ever has an opportunity to have this experience should take full advantage of it.

Our Faith is such a gift, one that is meant to be spread to the world, and this is such a fantastic way to learn how to share our message of Truth! I feel that words are so inadequate to describe what I am thinking right now. I can only pray that after receiving the witness of so many saints and martyrs in such a physical and tangible way, I can strive to imitate them and continue on my path to holiness.

Ciao to all and may you always let Christ work through you so you may come to love Him more!


Last cappuccino.

Last Gelato.

Students found time to volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity.

Swing dancing on the Spanish Steps.

Chilling in an ancient Roman amphitheater in Ostia Antica.

Students get dramatic in Ostia.

Striking poses: ancient Roman-style.

Christendom in Rome Fall 2011.

Christendom Students Studying in Rome Caught Singing on Streets
As Sara mentioned last week, members of the group were asked to sing at the 5pm Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, after which the group, took to the streets of Rome and began singing a variety of liturgical and Christmas-themed songs on the Bridge of Angels. While singing, Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com happened by and was blown away by what he saw and heard. Check out the video below:

Leadership Opportunities

Christendom College provides countless opportunities for leadership development by giving students the chance to become responsible Catholic adults through strengthening of character. Through its many organizations, clubs, teams, and committees, Christendom students are able to embrace leadership roles in many facets of their school community and thus go out from Christendom as leaders in today’s society and in tomorrow’s world.

One of the best ways to be a leader and influence peers in a positive light is by becoming a Student Life Office Resident Assistant. The RAs are always working to assist their fellow students and they act as role models to whom the students can look to for help and guidance.

RA's celebrate their dodgeball victory earlier this semester.
“Being an RA at Christendom gives the unique opportunity of being both a peer and a mentor,” says female head RA, Senior Emily Baldwin. “It makes you go out and meet people with whom you wouldn’t necessarily otherwise cross paths, and it forces you to learn to trust your judgment and handle difficult situations. You learn to work as part of a team as well, so communication is key. It’s not an easy job, but it’s a great position when you see that by rising to the challenge and calling yourself to a higher standard, you have influenced your friends and peers to do the same.”

“Being an RA is, for me, one of the greatest roles of leadership on this campus,” says Sophomore Hannah Ethridge, who is both an RA and an employee in the Student Life Office. “It has taught me important life skills and how to be a role model for others, and it makes me continue to strive to become a better person. Also, working in the Student Life Office has enabled me to get to know students better and to help them with whatever I can.”

The Students Activities Council and Government also plays a significant role in forming leaders out of Christendom students. SAC fosters leadership in the Christendom community by providing students the opportunity to plan various activities and events for the school.

SAC President Gabe Schuberg
"SAC is an incredible leadership opportunity, for it puts on almost all the events at Christendom throughout the year,” says SAC President, Senior Gabe Schuberg. “The students learn how to work together as a team and become good examples of giving back to the community without seeking any reward.”

“SAC is great because it provides healthy social venues for the Christendom community to grow as a whole,” says Sophomore class President, Ben Scrivener. “The students grow in responsibility from this opportunity, and have a lot of fun at the same time!”

Another way Christendom students foster leadership skills is through the Admissions Office Student Ambassador Program. Ambassadors host high school visitors in their dorm rooms and provide tours for them and their families, thereby helping them get a genuine feel for the college and representing it as it truly is.

“Through Christendom’s Ambassador/tour leader program, I have gained a lot of confidence and experience working with people,” says Sophomore Rebecca Deucher. “The responsibility of hosting visitors (normally complete strangers) is really challenging but fun. It gives me an opportunity to give back to the college by sharing with others what I love about my school.”

Other leadership opportunities at Christendom include serving on the Presidential Advisory Committee, where a group of students regularly meet with President O’Donnell to discuss student issues and concerns, thus representing the student body as a whole and helping better the Christendom community. On-campus employment gives students leadership roles and work experience in a variety of different environments, including the Development, Student Life, and Admissions Offices, the kitchen, library, gym, and maintenance. Sports teams at Christendom foster leadership by providing opportunities for student athletes to become team leaders and captains and positively influence their team and bring about team unity and sportsmanship. The many extra-curricular clubs provided by the college also serve as venues for being leaders inside and outside the immediate Christendom community, with such clubs, activities, and societies as: Students for Life, Shield of Roses, Legion of Mary, Chester-Belloc Debate Society, the Christendom Players, the Swing Dance and Contra Clubs, Film Club, Holy Rood, and Outreach programs.


USCAA Awards Our Students

This week I am happy to announce that the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) awarded seven of our students the Fall 2011 USCAA All-Academic Award for excellence on and off the court/field. These students maintained above a 3.5 GPA and showed skill and leadership in their sports.

The students who received the award were senior soccer players Chris Foeckler, Michael Bugin, Frances Allington, Lindsey Mershon, along with junior soccer player Tim Beer, sophomore soccer player Klarissa Blank, and junior volleyball player Anna Harris.

These individuals stand as a great example of what is possible here at Christendom. Students can achieve excellence in the classroom in addition to playing an important role on their individual sports team. I would like to personally thank and congratulate these student athletes for their hard work, dedication and example—especially in the last few months.

Here at Christendom, we boasts one of the most unique sports programs in the nation featuring a high level of competition centered on the Faith. The sports are not seen as an end in themselves, but rather as a kind of formation. The athletics 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 College is a member of the Shenandoah-Chesapeake Conference and of the USCAA.

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. The association believes that all athletes and programs deserve the same national opportunities as larger institutions and works to provide those opportunities. Find out more at

All-Academic Award Winner Tim Beer finds the open man.

All-Academic Award Winner Frances Allington prepares to take a shot.

All-Academic Award Winner Anna Harris sets the ball.

Q. People I know have been telling me that I HAVE to attend one of your school’s "Experience Christendom" summer programs this year. They go on and on about how much fun they had, and how different the camp actually was compared with what they thought it was going to be like. Although I am still unsure about attending, I am interested in the application process and whether there is any financial aid given for people who have lots of kids in their families, like mine itunes -- Catherine M., NY

A. Make sure you send me your friends’ names and addresses so I can send them a check for helping with my advertising program itunes.

Our summer programs are definitely better than most people think they are going to be, and, in fact, most people think that the week they spend here on our campus during one of the “Experience Christendom” Summer Programs (ECSP) is the best week they’ve ever had. It is hard for me to believe how this can be true, but when so many participants keep saying it over and over again, well, who am I to be a doubting Thomas?

We are opening up the registration page today, in fact, December 1, and will begin registering any current high school juniors and sophomores for the 4 one-week programs. Additionally, we have LOWERED the price, yes, lowered the price, from $500 to only $400. Hard economic times call for new initiatives, and thanks to a number of Christendom’s very loyal donors who are helping to fund the program, we are able to offer it at this drastically reduced price. And if someone still is having problems coming up with the $400, they can ask for financial assistance and we will do what we can to help them come to one of the programs so that they can have one of the best weeks of their lives. So, just register, pay, and you are all set. No letters of recommendation or test scores or the like.

I could go into the program here, but I will simply direct you to our webpage about it. The dates, activities, classes, and all that other information is all there for your viewing pleasure. I will say, though, that some of the past program participants’ testimonies and little videos are definitely worth taking a look at. These are real people, saying real things about this program, not a bunch of my “marketing propaganda.” itunes

I hope, Catherine, that we can see you here with us next summer and I certainly appreciate the fact that you took the time to send in a question!

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