From: Bedford, New Hampshire
Major: Undeclared, but possibly a Political Science and History double major.
Hobbies: Any and every sport. Hiking. Reading. Creative Writing.
What is your favorite class or professor? It’s pretty much impossible to pick just one. Literature 101 with Professor Stanford was amazingly engaging and Philosophy 101 with Professor O’Herron was also a favorite class of mine because it is very challenging and thought provoking and it encourages one to really set aside time after class to delve into the subject material.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I play varsity baseball, every intramural sport the school offers and hopefully next year, basketball. I also participate in the Debate Society which is a fantastic way to exercise and develop one’s logical thought process and to advance one’s verbal presentation skills.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? My favorite thing about Christendom is the authentically Catholic life that you experience everywhere on campus. The communal, spiritual, and academic atmosphere is simply contagious, challenging each and every person to be better.
Why did you choose Christendom? My sister attended Christendom College back in the day and my family came to visit her one weekend. During those few days, I experienced just a bit of the Christendom experience; attending a dance and going to a bonfire. Everywhere I looked there were people on fire with life and their faith. I was hooked.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The campus is fairly small but it’s really surprising how easy it is to get to know everyone on campus on a first name basis. The upperclassmen are friendly and accessible in a way I have never experienced before. Getting to know each student personally is a fantastic opportunity.
What are your plans after graduation? Travel to anywhere God and the road might take me and eventually graduate or law school.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come and visit the college, whether on a visit weekend or through the summer program. Just being with people inflamed with life and the Faith is a powerfully contagious thing. Had I not visited, I never would have even considered Christendom as a viable option. I am very glad I did.
A delicious spread of snacks was provided for the students, and everyone sat back on the comfortable couches in the basement and listened as Walter started out the evening with a brief introduction on the background of the movie. Attendants became engrossed in the poignant story, and approval of Walter’s choice was unanimous. Students came away from the event not only entertained, but also more aware of the challenges that faced immigrants to this country in the early twentieth century.
"Avalon" was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music, and Best Writing.
Some students and the Admissions staff perform a combined skit and song.
Guitar hero: senior James Munson.
Peter Spiering gives the audience some big laughs with his stand-up routine.
Seniors Emi Funai, Peter Hill, and Theresa Lamirande perform the SNL skit “The One Upper.”
Sophomore Liz Slaten and Junior Lauren Enk in an opening act for the Girls RA skit.
Juniors Connor Knox and Michael Arnold sang a couple songs for the audience.
Senior Charlie Van Hecke gives the audience a little stand-up comedy show about life at Christendom.
Junior Katie Shannon, and Seniors Mary Bratt, Theresa Lamirande, and Sadie Bratt show their talent.
Senior Dan Mitchell and Freshman Cecilia Flagg perform a brief comedy act.
A group of students performed a medley of Disney songs.
Senior MC's, (L – R) Kirk Slocum, Dean Dewey, and Thomas Ferrara analyzed each performance with humorous reality-show-American-Idolish-commentary.
Freshman Jeremy Minick demonstrates his silly walk to Freshman John Hill in a skit.
Senior Jacob Akers pretends to be a singer on a reality talent show.
From Ex Corde Ecclesiae:
Members of this community will be offered opportunities to assimilate Catholic teaching and practice into their lives and will be encouraged to participate in the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist as the most perfect act of community worship.
Music Professor and Choir Director Dr. Kurt Poterack leads the schola in chants.
College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty blesses the palms.
Processing into the Christ the King Chapel.
“The dorms are always more lively when we have an open house event,” Alexis Witiak said.
The Christendom girls and their guests spent a relaxing few hours, taking a break from homework and other duties to share the afternoon. Laughter and chatter echoed through the halls of Campion, St. Catherine’s and Blessed Margaret’s as students hung out and chatted. From rounds of card games to jam sessions to Nerf gun battles, both the guys and the girls found fun and creative ways to enjoy each other’s company.
As a general rule, men and women are not allowed intervisitation between the single sex dormitories, except for a couple of set days per semester, and these are called Open Houses.
"Fuzzy blue pillow... We don't have these on our side of campus."
That's what we're all wondering here at Christendom. If the weather predictions are correct, it looks like Easter will bring some warm weather to us. In the meantime, on Monday, the college got dumped with 6-8 inches of snow! Last year at this time, our blossom trees were in full bloom. The unpredictable weather of the Shenandoah Valley keeps things exciting.
See the pics below:
Regina Coeli Hall
St. Benedict Hall
John Paul the Great Student Center
Fr. Mark Byrne
The Chronicler’s Emma Seidl sat down with Christendom’s newest chaplain, Fr. Mark Byrne, SOLT, to ask questions about his experience on campus and his insights on life.
Fr. Mark: What surprised me most about Christendom is that people are the same everywhere. Even here where the Catholic atmosphere is strong, people still have struggles. We are all humans and no matter where you find yourself there is a darkness and a light, a bad and a good.
E: Do you have any hobbies?
FM: I run every day and I also like to hike and fish. Lately, I have been using my Kindle to listen to stories while I paint.
E: What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
FM: My favorite thing about Christendom is the spiritual life, especially the liturgy, Mass and sacraments that are offered.
E: What is special about the spiritual life at Christendom?
FM: The integration of all the aspects of people’s lives on the campus. The spiritual life isn’t a separate area of life for the people on Christendom’s campus, but instead every part of life flows together.
Orvieto and Palm Sunday with Pope Francis
), and are realizing that there is still so much to do and see here in Rome and Italy.
Last Tuesday, after attending the installation Mass of Pope Francis, we toured the catacombs of St. Priscilla, which was originally St. Priscilla’s house. There we saw the earliest known image of the Madonna and Child and learned about the history and images which are part of the catacombs. A fun fact about the Catacombs of St. Priscilla is that it has three levels and over 400,000 bodies!!
Thursday after classes, a group of us went wine tasting where we learned how to tell what region the wine came from, how to properly smell, taste and swirl the wine. We sampled six different wines-three whites and three reds. It was really fun!
Once there, we visited the Duomo of Orvieto which was built to house the Eucharist Miracle of Bolsena-Orvieto. In 1263, a priest who was experiencing doubts concerning the Real Presence celebrated Mass at the church of St. Christina in Bolsena. As he was speaking the words of consecration, blood started to trickle down from the Host, onto his hands and the altar. The priest immediately went to the Pope, who was at Orvieto at the time, confessed his unbelief and related the account. After investigating the miracle, the pope had the linen cloth (in which one can still see spots of blood) and the Host moved to Orvieto, which, to this day, can still be venerated in the Duomo. At another side chapel one can see a depiction of the Last Judgment by Luca Signorelli, which was said to be the most impressive depiction of the Last Judgment before Michaelangelo painted his Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. After a nice lunch, we found some really fun wooden horses (one of them was bigger than life-size!) and set out to explore the city. We saw the first papal palace, discovered a playground where we played freeze tag, and admired the breathtaking scenery! One of the coolest experiences was discovering the church of San Dominico where we saw the crucifix which spoke to St. Thomas Aquinas. On the way back to the train station, we sampled some dried kiwi and apricots, which was absolutely delicious!
Have a beautiful Triduum and a blessed Easter!
Heading up to Monte Cassino.
The high altar of Monte Cassino.
Exploring the gardens of Monte Cassino.
Fun in Orvieto.
The outskirts of the medieval fortress town of Orvieto.
A view from Orvieto's fortress.
The gorgeous facade of Orvieto's Duomo.
Chillin' with Pinocchio.
The Duomo of Orvieto holds a Eucharistic miracle.
Bruschetta! Dining in Orvieto.
Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square.
Keeping a look out for the pope.
Ciao, Papa Francesco!
Watch the Rome Students submission for this year's Coffee House:
Crusaders Defeat the Patriots of George Mason University
"Coach definitely thought we would win as long as we kept our heads in the game and left it all out on the field," Sophomore Hal Kokes said.
And that is exactly what the Crusaders would do. For the third game in a row the Crusaders would score early, never trail and complete the day with another dominating 29-17 victory.
When asked what the key to the victory was, Kokes said, "When we had the ball we were able to pound them effectively with our forwards to allow the backs to run around the sides."
Freshman Pat Audino further praised the effective play of the backs.
"The multiphase play was the key to the win," Audino said. "We were able to wear their defense down and spread them out."
"We finally started to avoided the penalties that allowed George Mason to stay close," Sophomore Bobby Crnkovich said. "The key was our ability to stay low on the tackles and the solid rucking."
Close is all George Mason would ever get. The Crusaders held the lead and advanced their undefeated season one game further.
The bottom line is this. There is a lot of people coming and going between now and May 1, so my suggestion to you is to apply and get your application in by mid-April so that you can be ready for acceptance when we find out we have a couple of openings. The online application is free, and it's not all that involved either—just a couple of essays, some letters of recommendation, transcripts, and your standardized test scores, and you will be all set.
Bobby Crnkovich flies forward.
Crusader ruggers dominate the pitch.
Unstoppable Robbie Hambleton.
James Hannon breaks through the Patriot defense.
Q. I missed the March 1 application deadline, yet, I am still thinking I might want to attend this fall. HELP!
A. There's nothing to worry about. Well, I guess I shouldn't say "nothing," but there's still a good chance we can get you in this fall....if you hurry!
We are looking to bring in about 125 students this fall. Right now, we have about 100 people signed up, and we are awaiting about another 50 peoples' response. If all 50 of those accepted students end up saying, "Christendom is for me" and sending in their deposits, well, we are full and the waiting list will begin. But, most likely, about 50% of these 50 students (25) will say "YES" to Christendom and so, we will be at our 125 mark by May 1. Of course, some of those who have sent in their deposits already and claimed a spot in the Class of 2017 will have a change of heart and, sadly, will choose another college over Christendom and give up their spot to someone else.
For some current seniors, they may be all set on their college choice for the fall, and that's great for them. Others are still wondering what God wants for them, and to those I say, apply to Christendom so that you can have another option for college, and who knows, maybe it will be God's option for you. But, until you apply, you will never know for sure!
If I can be of any assistance to you as you go through the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, Sadie Bratt will be your Admissions Counselor and will walk you through every step of the process.
Director of Admissions
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.