35th Celebrations Begin
From: Cochecton, New York
Major: Political Science
Hobbies: Playing soccer and softball, singing, writing, and taking pictures. (Photography is my de-stressor.)
What is your favorite class? If I had to choose a favorite class so far, it would have to be English 101 with Dr. Thomas Stanford. He’s very enthusiastic about literature and has helped me look at pieces, such as Homer’s famous epic. The Iliad, on a deeper level.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I really enjoy the intramurals offered, as well as being able to perform at pub-night. I also work for The Chronicler as a photographer and am looking forward to attending a mission trip this spring.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I would have to say the supportive and friendly environment. Just knowing that both the professors and students here are all willing to help each other both academically and spiritually is very comforting.
Why did you choose Christendom? Ultimately, the reason had more to do with the faithful Catholic atmosphere than anything else. The education offered here is fantastic, but, more importantly. We all support one another in our spiritual lives, not to mention that opportunities, such as attending mission trips, are offered to everyone.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? All of the different types of people that are here.
What are your plans after graduation? I would love to become involved with non-profit organizations.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Keep an open mind from day one and seize every opportunity that may come your way. Become involved with any part of campus you may be interested in!
These words resounded throughout the nation on September 11, 2012, as our country took time to remember the anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks, and Christendom College was no exception.
A crowd gathered behind the Regina Coeli building to attend a prayerful commemoration of this fateful day led by Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty. Members of the Christendom College choir started off the ceremony by giving a powerful rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Students and faculty alike then watched as Father blessed the flag, which was then raised to half-mast by sophomores and Eagle Scouts Stephen Treacy and Philip Gilbert.
Father led the crowd in a prayer for our country which was written by Bishop John Carroll, the first Roman Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States. The memorial ended with the whole crowd proudly singing the national anthem.
Fr. Planty blesses the flag.
President O’Donnell and participants say the Pledge of Allegiance.
The flag is raised to half-mast in honor of the victims.
Rev. Wojciech Giertych, the Theologian of the Papal Household, addressed the students and faculty last Friday. Part of the college's 35th Anniversary Academic Convocation Weekend, Rev. Giertych, who spoke on the Polish historian Feliks Koneczy, received an honorary doctorate—his first ever—during a special ceremony in front of the entire college community.
As the Theologian of the Papal Household, Rev. Giertych serves as a private theological consultant to the Pope. He has the task of providing the Holy Father with advice on theological issues, and checking all papal texts to ensure that ideas are conveyed with clarity, as well as serving as a sounding board for the Pope's theological ideas. Since the Middle Ages, the post has been held by Dominicans.
“Since [Koneczy] disagreed with the Marxist claim that the class struggle is the motor of history and instead saw the role of morality in history, he was condemned to oblivion in the communist period,” Giertych said.
Read this fascinating lecture here or listen to it at Christendom on iTunes U.
Fr. Giertych celebrated Mass for the College on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the College's relic of the True Cross was on display for veneration.
Rev. Giertych receives the honorary doctorate from College President Timothy O'Donnell.
Rev. Giertych chats with students following his talk.
Following the address, students and faculty enjoyed a festive reception in Piazza San Lorenzo.
Fireworks lit up the sky during the festive reception.
"It's really encouraging to see so much enthusiasm among the students, especially the freshmen," remarked senior Chris Roberts, president of Shield. "If this keeps up, we are really hopeful that this year will be a success."
Last week, by the grace of God, one young woman decided to keep her baby.
Students kneel as they pray the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary.
“The entire celebratory weekend was a fantastic way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our college!” said Sophomore Mark Turner.
As the night progressed, swing dancing quickly turned into a night of the Virginia Reel and cotton eye joe. It was another night of great dancing, food, and company, to celebrate an important milestone in the history of Christendom College.
Sophomore Steven Treacy swings it up with partner Gabi Muskett.
Freshman Madeleine Deighan enjoys a dance with Junior Andrew Clark.
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Classical music filled Kilian’s Café Wednesday evening as students were treated to this year’s first Music Appreciation Night. The new event consisted of a couple hours devoted to allowing students to spend time in quiet relaxation and study while listening to different classical pieces and learning about the composers who wrote them. Theology Professor Raymund O’Herron hosted the evening and began by introducing the featured piece, Russian Easter Overture, and giving some history about the composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
“It was a refreshing and effective way to re-group and organize my thoughts,” said Sophomore Peter Duecher.
As the music played over the stereo, some students sat quietly and listened, while others used this as a time to get some studying or reading done. Mr. O’Herron put on two more pieces after Rimsky-Korsavok, and preceded each one by giving some background. Everyone enjoyed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Edvard Grieg, and the night ended on an elegant note with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
The college plans to host at least two more Music Appreciation Nights during the fall semester, each hosted by a different professor.
To catch you up a little… the Rome semester begins a little later than school normally does, so students took advantage of the extra time by beginning their European experience by country-hopping. Leaving at the end of August, I traveled with two friends to Ireland, England, France, and Belgium enjoying each of the different cultures – from Belgian waffles to Mass at Notre Dame to watching the Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theater. We also met up under the Eiffel Tower with other students traveling beforehand and were able to swap stories. Besides being able to experience different countries, we realized one of the biggest benefits of traveling before the semester is the ability to beat jet-lag. The minute we arrived in Residence Candia (the hotel we’ll call home for the next three months) the coordinators and alumni Elizabeth Walsh and Gabe Schuberg gave us a quick introduction to the program and then we were off to Assisi and Siena for a week long pilgrimage.
There’s something about being in Rome that makes everything okay.
Chillin' at Kilkenny Castle, Ireland.
Traveling to the Rock of Cashel in Ireland.
On tour in Assisi.
Group shot at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Dining with Fr. Bergida.
The glorious facade of the Duomo in Siena.
On tour in Siena.
On the scavenger hunt in Rome at Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona.
An Unparalleled Catholic Identity
“Catholicism is the air we breathe.”
This well-known motto of Christendom College describes how a joyful Catholic spirit permeates every aspect of campus life in a strong yet natural way.
Christendom’s Catholic identity presents itself in academics too. All the courses taught on campus are imbued with a Catholic perspective.
“Learning from a Catholic viewpoint has made me realize how all of the classes, pertaining in some way or another to Christianity, are intrinsically connected to each other,” explains freshman Elisabeth Willson.
“Last year, I was able to participate in the 'Help the Homeless' Program with Prof. Brown and it was a life-changing experience bringing the love of Christ outside of Christendom by serving others," says Junior Maribeth Kelly. "It is a blessing to have so many professors who are so dedicated to these ministries.”
Sophomore Leif Pilegaard sees the natural incorporation of the Faith into everyday activities as a unique aspect of Christendom that bolsters his own character.
Find out more here.
Epic: Upper vs. Under
In the end though the speed, strength, athleticism, and execution of the Upper’s squad could not be matched and this game will go into the books as another blowout in a long series of lopsided Upper vs. Under games.
Andrew Clark falls backward for the touchdown pass.
Sophomore Larry Urgo flies down field.
Freshman Nick Murphy takes the ball up field.
Freshman Nate Harrington looks for his open man.
Q. I was wondering about the financial aid statement on your website which says that some student loans can be deferred for lay apostolic work and missionary work. Can the same amount of debt be paid off for missionary workers as for those entering the priesthood/religious life? What kinds of missionary or apostolic work and how many years of it can qualify someone for debt forgiveness, and how much debt can missionaries expect to be paid off?
A. Here's the deal.
If a student gets loans from Christendom, and then they decide to pursue a vocation and enter a house of formation or seminary (for an order that takes a vow of poverty), then they do not need to pay back their loans, and no interest accrues during that time. If they end up saying final vows or getting ordained, the debt is completely forgiven and erased. If they end up coming out and choosing to not join a religious order that takes a vow of poverty, then they have to start paying back the loan.
If someone ends up deciding to do some type of apostolic/missionary work after graduation, they can take up to four years of not paying anything back toward their loans, and during this time, no interest accrues either. This applies to people who go to graduate school as well. People can pay money back during these four years, and any money they pay back will have not accrued any interest. So, after four years of paying the loan down, whatever amount is left will be the amount that interest is computed on.
Only those entering religious life or priesthood who take a vow of poverty can be forgiven of their debt. Someone can work for a Catholic apostolate, such as Christendom or a Catholic school or parish or pro-life group, or they can actually do missionary work overseas or in the US. Basically, the group has to be recognized as a Catholic apostolate by the Catholic Church.
And finally, anyone interested in knowing if they are eligible for loans and grants from Christendom is welcome to fill in our Financial Aid Estimator. You can do so anytime between now and December 1.
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