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.