Discerment Weekend


Name: Steven Wood
Auburn, California
Reading, conversing with friends, singing, camping, hiking
What is your favorite class or professor?
All of the classes at Christendom are awesome--it is staggering to see how much I've learned from the great teachers here. That said, the two that stand out most are Dr. O'Donnell's classes. I took his History of the Ancient & Biblical World my freshman year, and his confidence and dynamic teaching inspired me and my friends to be great students. Last spring, his Ascetical & Mystical Theology made holiness exciting and attainable. Every student knows Dr. O'Donnell as college president, and it is even more enriching to have him as teacher!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I am a member of the Legion of Mary, a group that focuses on evangelization and the spiritual works of mercy. I am also a tenor in the school's choir, and a member of Students for Life. As a tutor in the college's writing center, I get to talk with students about their ideas and give writing advice.
Why did you choose Christendom?
In high school, I had the opportunity to visit Christendom; even though I was here for less than 24 hours, I knew that Christendom was the school for me. The college community is incredible, and you meet people who are really striving to be saints--genuine, funny, down-to-earth, and the best friends you will ever have.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
I was most surprised at how much there is to do! Bring a seatbelt when you come, and be prepared for an incredible four years!
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to teach. After learning so much at Christendom, it would be a shame not to pass it on.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
No matter what school you choose (and I hope that it's Christendom), put your whole self into life at college. You will make more friends, learn more, grow closer to God, and have more fun than you thought possible!


Shield of Roses

On Saturday, February 16, twenty-five Christendom students were joined by staff and visitors in prayerful protest against abortion at Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. The group, which garnered its largest attendance last year at the Fall Mega-Shield, travels into Washington every Saturday. The sidewalk-counselors reported that nine women decided to keep their babies.

"It was a very humbling experience," sidewalk-counselor and freshman Gabriella Federico said. "I realized how wonderful it is to be an instrument of God's grace."

Shield of Roses will hold its Mega Shield event this semester on March 16..

Sidewalk-counselor and freshman Gabriella Federico chats with one of the abortuary's escorts - Phil.

Due to construction taking place nearby, there was a question of safety, so students prayed across the street.

First Annual Career Fair

On Thursday, February 21, Christendom College hosted its first annual Career fair. Nineteen employers and companies were represented at booths set up in the crypt of Christ the King Chapel. Classes were cancelled that afternoon in order to motivate students to attend the event. Students from other colleges in the area were invited to the event as well. Overall, 219 students and alumni attended the event, which was a number that exceeded the expectations of Director of Career Development Mike Mochel.

At the event, students saw a great variety of career possibilities, and got a sense of what they may be interested in. It was also a chance to give résumés and get one’s name out into the field of employers.

“The participating organizations had high praise for the students who visited their booths,” said Mr. Mochel. “The students were praised by the organizations as being ‘well-prepared and engaged,’ and that they were ‘very impressed with the students and their questions.’”

The event was a success, and Christendom looks forward to offering this valuable resource to its students each year.

Students learn more about CUA's school of business.

Students learn about the work of the Virginia Employment Commission.

Students learn about the opportunities offered by Royal Broadcasting.

Students learn about Generation Life.

Chatting with the Marines.

Senior Dan Mitchell chats with a representative of Wells Fargo Bank.

Students learn about life as a FOCUS missionary.

College Alumnus Frank Nicely ('86) explains the joys of working at St. William of York School, where he serves as principal.

Devil Talk

Is it possible to tell the difference between someone who’s possessed and one merely suffering from psychological issues? Christendom students, faculty and staff found out Thursday night when they packed St. Kilian’s Café to hear Dr. Seguda Acosta give a talk entitled, “Diabolical or Psychological: The Differentiation of Psychological Diseases from Diabolical Disorders.”

Dr. Acosta's lecture was based off of a book that she had written by the same name. Using her sparkling wit and a wealth of anecdotes from her own personal and clinical experience as a psychologist, Dr. Acosta gave the audience a detailed and fascinating explanation of how to discern whether one is suffering from demonic possession or simply a disorder such as schizophrenia. The talk was extremely thought-provoking and everyone came away with a clearer understanding of the issue.

You can listen to this fascinating lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.


Pizza with the Padres

This past weekend, Christendom College hosted its annual discernment weekend. Religious representatives from 26 different orders showed up last Friday evening in preparation for the events on Saturday. However, before the busy schedule of Saturday began, there was “Men’s Discernment Night” in the Crusader Gymnasium. This event was a rather informal gathering open for all the priests, monks, and male residents of the college to socialize, talk, and ask questions in a laid back and comfortable setting. The night started with snacks and pizza, followed by dodge-ball, and ending with basketball. Students and religious alike gathered for a night of camaraderie, sports, and fun, while giving the male students a chance to ask any questions that they may have had pertaining to the religious life.

Students chat with visiting priests.

Dodgeball: Dominican-style.

Girl's Night Out

On Friday night the girls of Christendom College were invited to join all of the sisters visiting for discernment weekend for a “Girls Night Out” in Kilian’s. Female students were able to speak with sisters of many different orders regarding discernment and the possibilities of keeping an open heart to God's calling. Religious sisters of all ages and backgrounds came to enjoy the convocation night; enjoying good food, games, music, and tons of laughter. Not only were attendees privileged enough to hear the wisdom and stories of the sisters, but they were also able to see the fun side of the sisters, while playing a trivia game and singing for karaoke. Everyone who went to the girls night out had an amazing time and were thankful for the time spent with the wonderful sisters.

Maggie Ostrowski learns about religious life from a mother superior.

Rebecca Ortega, Amy Marter, Annie Adams, and Clare Rose pose for a shot with a sister.

Bernadette Sartor and Katie Brizek sing a humorous parody to “I Want You Back” about when your crush wants to be a priest.

Presentations and Chats

On Saturday, Mass was offered at 7:30am (in the Extraordinary Form) and again at 11:30am by various priests from the orders represented at Discernment Weekend. The morning and afternoon were filled with opportunities to visit with the religious at the various information tables set up in the St. Lawrence Commons. From 1–4 p.m., a series of one-hour break-out-session talks were held on the topics of dating, priesthood, religious life, and missionary work. Christendom alumnus Ben McMahon ('04) and his wife, Anna, gave the talk on dating and discernment; Fr. John Lugemwa, OSB, gave a talk about life in a monastery, and Fr. Brian Bashista of the Diocese of Arlington gave a lecture on discerning the call to diocesan priesthood.

Sr. Colleen Claire of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco gives a talk on “Discerning the Women’s Religious Vocation.”

A sister from the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin Matara inspires the Christendom girls with her vocation story.

Sr. Mary Loretta of the Sisters of Life gives advice about discerning a religious vocation.

A freshman spends some time with a sister from the Daughters of Charity.

A Cappella Competition

On Saturday night, the Dorm Wars A Cappella Competition took place in St. Kilian’s Café. Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty, college registrar, Walter Janaro and visiting religious Sr. Colleen Claire along with Fr. Brian Bashista judged the event. The Café filled up quickly as students packed in to hear impressive a cappella pieces sung by representatives from all eight Dorm Wars teams. The teams picked and came up with original arrangements for their songs beforehand. Performances ranged from themed medleys to popular contemporary songs.

“There were so many talented teams,” said Junior Lauren Enk. “I loved watching all the different performances—lots of variety, and lots of fun.”

Although all the teams gave amazing performances, the Ins ‘N Outs took first place followed by Team Ellect. Third place was awarded to the Three to One Lions.

The audience eagerly awaits the start of the competition.

Sophomores Maggie Kesckes, Veronica Stanton, Alexis Whitiak and senior Gloria Klosterman lead their team in the song “Titanium.”

Freshmen Maribel Lopez leads the Ins N’ Outs in a first-place performance.

Freshmen Kayla Newcomb, Katie Ellis, Suzie Curran, Cecilia Flagg, Elisabeth Roberts, and Junior Mike Arnold give an impressive rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble.”

An amazing medley performed by second-place finisher, Team Elllect: Katie Lademan, Jess and Ali Schimtz, Maggie Ostrowski, Daniel McDowell, Douglas Watson, Nick Blank, Bobby Crnkovich, Stephen Hyland, Erin Moore, Peter Deucher, and John Jackson.

Team Three to One Lions: Sadie Bratt, Connor Knox, Alicia Stanton, Anna Rogers, Eric Maschue, Mary Bratt, Colleen Harmon, Melissa Lucas, and Michaela Sanborn.

Seniors Mark Hepler and Peter Spiering team up with Sophomores Philip Gilbert, P Chuck, and Peter Foeckler to sing “The Misty Mountains.”

Swingin' on a Sunday

Ice cream and dancing…can it get any better than that? On Sunday night another Swing n’ Sundaes took place in the Sr. Lawrence Commons. Junior James Ciskanik and Freshman Catherine McFadden took charge while teaching the attendees the new dances of the night. More people continued to join the swinging as the night went on. Swing n’ Sundaes is not only beneficial for working on one’s dance moves, but it is a perfect way to take a study break and end the weekend on a high note.

Swing instructors Nicholas Blank and Catherine McFadden enjoy a dance.

The Importance of Giving

This past Sunday evening, the Senior Philanthropy Board hosted its second event in a series designed to educate the senior class in the importance of alumni giving. Held at Rappahannock Wine Cellar just outside Front Royal, the event featured presentations by students and alumni members of the Board of Directors of Christendom College, Mr. Rob Scrivener and his wife, Anne Marie, and Mr. Steve O’Keefe and his wife, Paula. The alumni explained why it is important for alumni to donate back to the school, and they gave their own personal reasons why they give to the school. Both couples said that the love they have for the college and the importance of the education that Christendom offers inspires them to donate to the school. Throughout the course of the evening, all enjoyed a delicious spread of refreshments and variety of wines from the winery.

The Scriveners explain the reasons why they give to the college.

Seniors Dean Dewey and Colleen Harmon give a presentation about what the seniors and soon to be alumni can do with regard to alumni giving.

Alumnus and Board Member Steve O'Keefe gives his testimony.

Works of Mercy

Many Christendom students take time out of their busy schedules each week to participate in volunteer and service work. The college’s many different types of Works of Mercy provide students of every interest and talent a chance to serve the less fortunate in their community.

Those wanting to get involved in the pro-life movement can pray outside an abortion clinic every Saturday morning with the group Shield of Roses, join the Students for Life club on campus, or volunteer at the Front Royal crisis pregnancy center.

Many other avenues of service are open to students looking to serve. The Meals on Wheels charity brings food to those confined to their homes. There are weekly trips to the Food Pantry, where students provide food for the hungry in the community. Another group makes visits to the elderly in the local nursing home every Sunday afternoon. Additionally, students participate in blood drives, volunteer tutoring, and of course the yearly spring break mission trips that serve the poor in countries such as Guatemala and Peru.

There is usually no obligation to commit to a particular service work for the whole school year, but many students eventually find one that they enjoy and stick with it. This was the case for Joe Walsh, a sophomore and now the Director of Works of Mercy at Christendom.

“I got involved because of the outreach of Christina Kelly, the Director of the Nursing Home, in my second semester of Freshman year,” he says. “The Nursing Home is my favorite group.”

While the spirit of service thrives at Christendom, work is constantly being done to improve and expand the Works of Mercy.

“Our plan this semester is to simply raise student awareness about the 8 groups that exist right now," Walsh explains. "But we also want to re-start the 'Hangout with the Homeless' group this semester where students will go into DC to talk with and provide food and other supplies to the homeless. We plan on having our first event for that group in mid-March.”

Through all these charitable works, Christendom students are able to use their talents to serve others and find another way to truly "restore all things in Christ."


Siena & Goodbye to Our Papa

Ciao! What a week it has been!

After leaving Assisi on Wednesday, we took a bus to Siena which is the hometown of St. Catherine of Siena. The following day, we attended Mass at the Sanctuary of Saint Catherine, (St. Catherine’s house) where we were able to pray in front of the crucifix from which St. Catherine received the stigmata. After a truly authentic Italian lunch which consisted of pizza, we were given an amazing tour of the town which included the Basilica of San Domenico (where one can find the incorrupt head and finger of Saint Catherine); Il Duomo, otherwise known as Siena’s Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Assumption; and Il Campo, the town square where the famous Palio, (the horse race amongst the different districts of Siena) takes place. Apparently, before Siena sends their horse to race, they bring the horse into the Basilica of San Domenico to receive a blessing. Interestingly enough, the horse from Siena always comes back as the winner!

One of the highlights for most of us on the trip was our visit to the Basilica of San Francesco, where one can see over 200 hosts, which have been miraculously preserved since 1730. In 1730, burglars ransacked the Basilica, taking with them over 300 consecrated hosts. When this was discovered, the people of the town searched for the hosts, finding them three days later in the poor box of a neighboring church. To this day, these hosts are still fresh and can be venerated by the faithful. We were blessed to be able to attend Mass there and then have some time of Eucharistic adoration. Adoring the Eucharistic miracle was really an indescribable experience, and it gave us all a deeper appreciation of the Eucharist.

Discovering Siena was neat! We stumbled across the hill where Saint Catherine saw the vision of Christ when she was a little girl, which was pretty cool. We found an amazing gelato place, which we definitely took advantage of and discovered the wonders of kebabs.
smile) We marveled at the architecture of the Duomo and climbed to the top, seeing the beautiful skyline of Siena. Another neat experience was touring a stained glass shop, where we learned of the different steps involved in making stained glass windows. There is so much work and detail which goes into the work—it truly is an art!

On Saturday we returned to Rome, where we were able to finally settle into our home! After some intense grocery shopping, some of us went to Saint Peter’s that night and were blessed with the veil of Saint Veronica. Sunday we had the opportunity to attend Pope Benedict’s last Sunday Angelus, which was absolutely incredible! Monday started our week of intensive Italian classes, but before we began our studies we had a private Mass at the tomb of Saint Peter, celebrated by our chaplain, Fr. Bergida.

Wednesday morning we were blessed with the opportunity to attend the last papal audience of Pope Benedict and receive his blessing. Seeing Pope Benedict for the last time was truly bitter-sweet. Although we are all saddened by the Holy Father’s resignation, we are truly blessed to have been able to see him, and are so grateful for his service to the Church for these past eight years.

So, how has it been settling into Rome? For some of us, it has been a bit harder than others, especially when we try putting fabric softener as a laundry detergent and buying cabbage instead of lettuce.
smile) Besides that, it honestly has been amazing! There is so much to see and experience in this beautiful city—it is amazing!!!

Viva il papa!

Il Duomo of Siena.

At the top of the Duomo.

Exploring Sienna.

Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square.

All smiles after seeing the pope.

Sun breaks through the clouds on what was predicted to be a rainy day.

Waiting for the pope.

Pope Benedict XVI drives by and waves to the students.

Christendom in Rome!

Check out our Rome students on CBS (0:40):


Sweet Victory for the Crusaders

About five minutes into the game, sophomore Crusader Larry Urgo touched the ball for the first time. With lightening speed, he broke free and cruised through the American University defense to score the first try of the game and set the tone for a stunning 54-5 manhandling of American University.

It was the Crusaders first game of the year and, playing in front of an energized home crowd, they crushed American University for the second year in a row.

"The consistent pressure of the offense was the key to the win," seasoned veteran and flanker Dean Dewey said after the game. "We almost never gave them possession. The speed, ball control, and better team cohesion was the critical advantage that we had."

The superior speed and ball control was on full display Saturday afternoon as seven different Crusaders scored, including Seniors Dean Dewey and Rob Hambleton, Junior Conor Knox, Sophomore Larry Urgo and Freshmen Pat Audino, Sean Salmon, and Rob McKay.

Shortly after Urgo's early score, Rob Hambleton and Sophomore Bobby Crnkovich helped the Crusaders expand the lead to 14-0, after adding two successful conversions. American University would strike back to close the lead to 14-5 but that would be the closest they would get. The Crusaders would dominate the remainder of the game, scoring 39 unanswered points.

Urgo echoed the the remarks of Dewey when asked what the greatest strength of Christendom Rugby was:

"Our speed, our offense, and the unity of our forward pack and back line led to our victory. The key difference between this year and last year is, that we have an awesome coach who really pushes us in practice, as well as a great batch of freshmen like Audino and McKay," he said.

Christendom looks to build off its successful start this Friday night as they take to the field under the lights against Hamden Sydney College.

Sean Salmon (of Ireland) goes down field for the try.

Make way for Bobby Crnkovich!

Pat Audino flies past the opposition. Audino is one of this year's Thomas S. Vander Woude Athlete-Scholar Scholarship recipients. His high school team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union state championship last year.

Dean Dewey charges down field.

Ben Scrivener reaches high to claim the ball for the Crusaders.


Q. Since you seem to know a lot about many things, do you know who the next Pope is going to be? Just kidding. I did want to know, though, a little more about what makes your various academic departments distinct from other colleges. Is there some way you can explain this to me?

A. My bet is on Angelo Cardinal Scola of Milan, Italy, but what do I know. If I were picking, I'd maybe try and pick one of the many Cardinals who have been here to visit our campus: Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, Cardinal George Pell, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Cardinal Raymond Burke, or Cardinal Francis Stafford. But, I'm still sticking with Cardinal Scola of Milan.

So the answer to your real question is that our academic departments are different from others for a variety of reasons. First, the caliber of our professors is just amazing. They come to Christendom because they want to be teachers first, not book writers or traveling speakers. Many colleges hire great names in the academic world, but these people quite often end up focusing on their own careers and doing what they can to gain notoriety through writing book after book after book. And sometimes, this means that they spend less time focusing on teaching, and their students. Christendom professors are hired to be teachers and to care about their students, both, in and out of the classroom. So this is one of the big differences.

Secondly, the requirements necessary in order to gain a degree in our various academic departments is quite unique. Many colleges require very little theology, or philosophy or history if you want to major in political science, and if you want to major in classics, normally, people do not have to take very much political science or history or math. At Christendom, everyone takes a solid core curriculum before splintering off into their academic major and focusing on one subject area. Our political science majors all have taken 6 philosophy classes, 6 theology classes, 4 history classes, 4 language, 4 English classes, one math, one science, and two core political science courses. In fact, all of our departments require these same subjects. So, as a result, our historians are well-versed in other subjects, as are our theologians and philosophers, etc.

Third, our departments teach all of their subject matter with a Catholic worldview, whenever possible. We do not keep theology or the Faith solely in theology class, but rather, we bring it into discussion in all of the subject areas, when appropriate. As a result of this style of teaching, it is very important that all the professors in all of the disciplines be practicing, committed, faithful Roman Catholics - which they are - otherwise, they would not be able to teach their subject matter from a Catholic perspective.

Fourth, all of our departments focus on writing. Why is this important to mention? Well, the ability to write well - clearly, succinctly, and convincingly - is the sign of a well-educated person. In all walks of life, writing is key: Synthesizing a bunch of ideas and putting into a one-page report; collecting ideas and inputs and then creating a proposal for a new way of doing something; or researching your competitive market and coming up with a new plan that you can "sell" to your employer to aid the company get ahead, etc. At Christendom, we do not simply write papers in English class, but in all of our classes. We write and we write a lot.

Fifth, each department emphasizes the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas when possible (especially in theology, philosophy, and political science) and, quite often, history plays a vital role in many of our classes (history, theology, philosophy, political science, in particular).

On a final recommendation, why not take a look at some of our very short videos about each of the academic departments. The professors do a great job of explaining why you might want to study in their department.

English Language & Literature
Political Science & Economics
Classical & Early Christian Studies

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Dorm Wars & Assisi


Name: Emily Norton
Greenville, SC
Reading, Creative writing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
What is your favorite class or professor?
I would have to say History 101 with Dr. McGuire. He has an enthusiasm for teaching that I have not encountered anywhere else.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I am a student ambassador and I love helping out with intramurals. I also attend Swing n’ Sundaes.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
I appreciate the school’s dedication to academic rigor. Not only does Christendom emphasize education for education’s sake, but also as a means of preparing students to flourish in their future endeavors. The spiritual life on campus is similarly a witness to this mission. I have never felt more in tune with my faith. I love the accessibility of daily mass and the sacraments. It is a huge blessing to have that on campus.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would love to become a writer. I am hoping to finish my novel and find an agent after college (if not sooner smile). Teaching is also another interest of mine for the future.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Come to the summer program. If you have any questions about how life is on campus or how the curriculum works the Christendom Experience Program can really help you get a feel for the school.


St. Valentine's Dinner

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Dinner, on Thursday, February 14, was a delicious and classy affair at the Christendom. In celebration of this special day, the tables in St. Lawrence Commons were decked out in pink tablecloths and garnished with chocolates and sprigs of flowers.

Students were treated to a pasta and steak meal, topped off with a variety of Valentine’s themed desserts. The chocolate fondue and strawberries proved to be an especially big hit.

During the meal, music from classics such as Frank Sinatra added to the elegant ambiance. Everyone lingered over the great food, enjoying pleasant conversation and the fun atmosphere created by the decorations and music. It was certainly a Valentine’s evening to remember.

Sophomores Susie Adams and Kim Day chat over their Valentine’s dinner.

Students enjoy each other’s company and the delicious food.

Sophomores Sarah Jamieson, Margaux Killackey and Julie Wells enjoy dinner with chaplain Fr. Mark Byrne.

Students enjoy pasta, steak, and good conversation.

At the Cross Her Station Keeping

This past Friday evening, the Christendom Chaplaincy began its weekly Lenten Stations of the Cross. Led by College Chaplain Father Planty, students, faculty, and staff gathered to pray the stations in Christ the King Chapel. Over a hundred people showed up to commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as preparations are made for His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. This event is another example of what the College has to offer to the community with regard to the spiritual life and formation of its members, and is a great way for everyone to truly enter into the Lenten spirit of penance and prayer.

Stations of the Cross in Christ the King Chapel

Fr. Planty pauses to pray at the Third Station.

Dorm Wars: Battle of the Brains

Last Thursday and Friday nights, the Student Life Office hosted the second annual Dorm Wars Genius Bowl. Teams gathered on Thursday in Kilian’s Café and the Student Center for the first round of the competition. The teams were divided up into three brackets, and the two teams with the highest points from each bracket advanced to the next round, held on Friday night in St. Lawrence Commons. The numerous sets of questions were put together by Student Life’s James Hannon, and covered numerous categories ranging from history, religion, literature, to math, biology, chemistry, and sports. Covering all these areas and more, the Genius Bowl tested the students’ general knowledge, as it brought together the brightest minds on campus. It came down to the wire in the championship round, with “The Elllect” winning by a mere one question over “The Ins ‘n’ Outs.” This event was yet another great way for the campus to come together, and bond as a community, as students joined to put the limits of their knowledge to the test.

John Federline from “The Elllect” answers a question from the Dorm Wars Genius Bowl.

“The Jacks and Jills” battle the “Ins 'n' Outs” in a round of the Genius Bowl.

“Super Margarets and the Frantastic Floor” vs. “The Lower-Level Legion.”

“The Elllect” were this year's Dorm Wars Genius Bowl Champions. (L-R) John Federline, Thomas Ferrara, Dan McDowell, Dean Dewey, Peter Deucher, and Sean Shanahan.

Dorm Wars: Video Competition

Last week students were challenged to make a swash-buckling College promo video that "highlighted the daily life and lofty goals of an undergraduate pirate at Christendom." Part of this year's pirate-themed Dorm Wars competition, the "Elllect" won the competition, with "The Children of Hannon" coming in second and "Super Margarets and the Frantastic Four" coming in third.

Check out the first place winner's video:

A Gospel Choir & Soul Food

On this past Sunday, College Chaplain Fr. Planty led one of his “Faith-filled Fun Field Trips.” This time, Fr. Planty led a group of students to a Gospel Choir Mass at Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Washington D.C. Students were treated to a Mass accompanied by well-performed Gospel hymns, which was followed by a small reception exclusively for the visitors. The reception was a chance for the students to meet the priests and deacon who were stationed at the church, and to learn a little more background about the cultural aspects and background of Gospel Choir Masses. The pastor of the parish, Monsignor Charles Pope, met with the students after the Mass to socialize, and answer any questions that the students may have had.

After the small reception, Fr. Planty led the students to a late lunch at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in downtown D.C. before the students made the drive back to Campus.

“This event was great for the students,” said Fr. Planty. “It gave them the chance to get off of campus, and experience the diverse culture of the universal Catholic faith. That is the point of these field trips – to let the students see different aspects of the faith. I think that those who attended this Mass really learned a lot about different aspects of the Liturgy, making this trip highly successful.”

Sophomores Joe Walsh and Maggie Ostrowski talk to Msgr. Pope, the pastor at Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Church.

Students and College Chaplain Fr. Planty talk to the assistant to Msgr. Pope.

Attendees of the field trip gather outside of Holy Comforter Church.

Everyone enjoyed the famous 'Half-smoked” specials.

Some Students gathered with Chaplain Father Planty outside Ben's Chili Bowl, off of U Street.

A Lively Debate

With gavel in hand, Chairman Brendan Vieira began the Chester Belloc Debate Sunday night with a prayer and an explanation of the society’s rules. The resolution up for debate: “Jews and Christians worship the same God.” The topic turned out to be a very intriguing debate, with a large crowd turning up to both participate and observe. An even amount of speakers for both pro and con, allowed the debate to hold strong and continue into the late hours of the night. Often the serious atmosphere was lightened with jokes and innocent taunting, keeping the debate upbeat. In the end, the pro side prevailed, 33 to12, but the conversation sparked by such a controversial resolution was the greatest benefit of the night.

Senior John Schofield attempts to persuade the crowd.

Professor Jenislawski lightens up the atmosphere with some laughs.

The debate brought together a large group of intrigued professors, students, and alumni.

Sophomore Margaux Killackey makes very valuable points toward the resolution.

Residence Hall Floor Activities

When looking at all the benefits that Christendom College has to offer, it is easy to recognize the prestigious academics and the rich spiritual opportunities. But a subject that can easily be over looked is how great Christendom’s dorm life and camaraderie is for students. Unlike other colleges, the set up of Christendom dorms allow for activities to constantly be taking place—on and off campus — from floor to floor — bringing students together socially.

While some activities are directed toward girl’s or guy’s dorms only, others are meant to get anyone interested to attend the event and just have a good time. Activities have included attending an Orioles night game, apple picking at a nearby orchard, and even ice-skating in Manassas. The RA’s for both girl’s and guy’s side have done a great job organizing the events and making them super affordable for students. The floor activities are a way for students to take a break from their work and release stress by enjoying themselves with friends.

“It's great to not only be an RA to such a great floor, but be able to plan activities that entire dorms can participate in," says Junior Hannah Ethridge. "Everyone gets to know one another a bit better."

The girls of basement Campion recently had a “Fondue Night”, where they created delicious treats while making Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly.

“Last Sunday we were all able to take the cards we had made and deliver them to a nearby Nursing Home," says Freshman Micah Miller. "It was a great experience for all of us to share in.”

Luckily, these offered “floor activities” go on all year round, giving Christendom students plenty of opportunities to have fun experiencing new things and continuing to get to know each other. No wonder there is such a sense of “Dorm Pride” on Christendom College’s Campus!

Students enjoy a night at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Making Valentines for the elderly.

Apple picking in the fall.

Ice skating in the winter.


Getting to Know Rome & Exploring Assisi

Ciao! Greetings from Siena!

Last Friday started our adventure in Rome when we all met at Residence Candia, the place that we will be calling home for the next two months. After settling in, we all set out to explore the great city of Rome. Most of us immediately went to see Saint Peter’s—just being there for the first time was beyond amazing. Standing in Saint Peter’s square where so much history has taken place throughout the centuries—from the crucifixion of Saint Peter, to the persecution of the early Christians, to the vacancy of the papacy in Avignon, to Pope Pius XII and World War II, to the present—was absolutely mind blowing. Everything about St. Peter’s just left us in awe—seeing the Pieta, the side altars, praying to Saint Peter and touching the foot of his statue (worn down by the countless pilgrims over the centuries). At five we attended Mass in the Vatican at the Chair of St. Peter.

The college then treated us to a delicious dinner of pizza, where it was great to catch up with everyone and hear of everyone’s traveling stories, and then we went for gelato which was absolutely delicious!

On Saturday most of the day was spent discovering the riches of the city. A group of us attended 7 am Mass at a side chapel in Saint Peter’s which was celebrated in German. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring-Elizabeth Walsh and Gabe Schuberg gave us a very informative tour of our neighborhood, showing us all the staple places (such as the 24 hour bakery!). Most of us saw Castle S. Angelo and the Bridge of the Angels. Others went on a hike to the hill where we could see the skyline of Rome. The day ended with our first full course Italian dinner, which was simply wonderful!

Sunday started our“pilgrimage week” where we are spending three days in Assisi and then three more in Siena, following in the footsteps of Sts. Francis and Clare and St. Catherine of Siena. Assisi is an absolutely beautiful, medieval town, which is still pretty much identical to how it would have been in the days of St. Francis. One of the most beautiful parts of the town was that one could feel the spirit of Saint Francis alive in the streets and could experience the aura of peace which accompanies it.

Touring Assisi was amazing! Our tour guide was incredible, and he made the history of the town come alive. We saw the house of Pietro Bernadone, now converted into a church, and the cell where Saint Francis was imprisoned by his dad. We then toured the main cathedral in Francis’ day, the Cathedral of San Rufino, which rests on ruins which date back to Constantine. (The square outside of the cathedral is where Francis renounced his inheritance, and the cathedral is where Saint Clare received the olive branch on the Palm Sunday that she decided to follow Francis). Santa Chiara was next, which is the church where the body of Saint Clare can be venerated, and where the cross of San Damiano which spoke to Saint Francis can be venerated. We then walked to San Damiano and was given a tour by Brother Eunan. There we saw where Saint Clare died (San Damiano became the first monastery of the Poor Clares).

On Monday morning a group of us climbed up to a fortress which overlooks the city to watch the sunrise. We journeyed to the Basilica di San Francesco where we attended Mass at the Tomb of Saint Francis. One of the brothers gave us a phenomenal tour of the three levels of the Basilica. Apparently, there are three levels of the Basilica-the top was built for the glory of God, the main level in honor of Saint Francis, and the third, the crypt, was a later addition because of the great desire of the people to venerate the saint’s tomb.

Tuesday morning we walked to Santa Maria degli Angeli which houses the Porziuncula, the small chapel which Saint Clare made her vows. It is said that Christ appeared to Saint Francis there and offered him a gift, to which Francis replied that he wished for those who enter through the doors of the Porziuncula to receive the remission of their sins. In the afternoon we walked up to the hermitage of Saint Francis, which was absolutely incredible! We were able to walk down into the hermitage and explore the grounds surrounding it. Personally, that was one of my favorite parts of the trip! It was so serene and peaceful there!

Of course, we had plenty of time to explore the city! We climbed up several fortresses, walked down random streets, discovered that Assisi’s short cuts entail lots of steps, pet donkeys, and drank lots of espresso, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.

So, what were the highlights of Assisi? The general consensus seems to be the hermitage of Saint Francis, attending adoration at a side chapel in Santa Chiara, experiencing the peace of the city, watching the sunrise at the fortress and seeing the locks of hair of Saint Clare which are kept at Santa Chiara.

It’s been a great week so far!

Until next time, Pax et Bonum! smile

Sitting on the Janiculum hill, Rome Residence Coordinator Gabe Schuberg gives students insights in life in Rome.

On tour in Assisi

Exploring medieval ruins in Assisi.

Enjoying the glories of Italian coffee.

New discoveries - on tour in Assisi.

Marybeth enjoys a view of La Rocca.

Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Taking in the view from a window of their hotel, La Rocca, named after the famous medieval fortress that stands at the top of Assisi.

Basilica di S. Francesco in the evening.

Exploring the medieval streets of Assisi.

Junior Semester in Rome Spring 2013


Sweet Victory for the Crusaders

With the seconds ticking down Senior Mark Helper stepped to the line with a chance to ice the game and secure his best game in a Christendom uniform. And with the bank open late Wednesday night, Helper did exactly that, sinking two clutch free throws before hitting a transition lay up with two secounds to go to cap the thrilling 65-56 win against Patrick Henry college.

The stage for last night's game could not have been bigger. Besides being the last game for the seniors, it was the third place game for the conference tournament and it was Christendom's chance to avenge a previous home loss to Patrick Henry. The game certainly lived up to the hype. The crowd was one of the largest and loudest in recent history and it was a back and forth battle in the first half before the Crusaders would build what appeared to be a insurmountable 19 point second half lead. Essential to building the lead was the dominant defense played on the individual and team level. Coach Vander Woude used a variety of defenses—ranging from the box-and-one to the triangle-and-two to a full court man-to-man. Defensive experts Mark Helper and Tim Beer also relentlessly pursued Patrick Henry's leading scorer James Nelson, #15, while Sophomore Micah Davis secured the paint and Jeremy Mincik played superb help defense.

However Patrick Henry would come storming back, going on a 10-0 run mid-way through the second half to close the lead to nine with under ten minutes to play. Coach Vander Woude used several timeouts in an attempt to stem the bleeding as the Crusaders desperately tried to wait out the clock. Yet, when Patrick Henry closed to within four, it was a trio of seniors: Tim Beer, Tim McPhee and Mark Helper who delivered the clutch plays necessary to gain the victory. Tim Beer and Tim McPhee both hit critical late three's from the top of the key, McPhee also taking advantage of the bank, while Helper finished with the final four points. McPhee led all scorers with 15 points, also adding 5 rebounds and 2 charges, as Mark Helper finished with a career high 10 points, on 4-4 shooting, while Micah Davis and Freshman Jake Wagner and Jeremy Mincik would chip in key baskets down the stretch.

The game was a grande finale for Christendom Men's Basketball. For the second year in the row the Crusaders would capture third place in the conference tournament.

Christendom basketball team would like to send out a special thanks to all the fans who have faithfully came out this year and especially to the impressive display of enthusiasm last night. Come out again next year!

Here comes Jeremy Minick.

Tim McPhee looks for the open man.

Tim Beer takes it to the hole.

Q. I just found out about Christendom, and am excited about applying and possibly joining the incoming class of 2017. I am, though, a bit worried about how I am going to pay for all of it. It seems like I am going to need a lot of financial aid in order to make it happen. Can you tell me how I might be able to afford a Christendom education, please?

A. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. I certainly understand why it is so frequently asked and I think it is an important one to talk about. Christendom’s tuition, fees, and room/board costs have been set for the 2013-14 year as follows: Tuition = $22,050, Room and Board = $8280, and Fees = $670, Total = $31,000. Now before you begin to freak out, let’s compare some numbers.

The University of Notre Dame costs @$60,000, Villanova @$53,000, Fordham @$58,00, The University of Dallas @$45,00, and Benedictine College @$32,100. Christendom’s total cost of $31,000 is one of the lowest of any private, Catholic institutions of higher learning in the US today.

Additionally, Christendom (although we do not accept Federal loans, grants, subsidies, or aid of any kind) does offer its own well-funded financial aid fund from which students are given loans, grants, and academic scholarships. We have our own Financial Aid Form which mirrors the FAFSA form, and from the information provided, we give out loans and grants to students to help cover costs of tuition. The average financial aid package is around $15,000 a year.

Our academic scholarships are based on SAT or ACT scores, and if someone gets a 1920 (SAT) or 29 (ACT), they automatically receive 4-year scholarships of at least $24,000. People can re-take these tests as many times as they wish, and whatever the final score is the day the student arrives as a freshman, we go with for the scholarship amount.

Students are given the opportunity to work on campus, as well. If a student gets an on-campus job, they can expect to make close to $1000 a semester. They work in the library, kitchen, administrative offices, maintenance, chapel, and elsewhere.

Also, something we offer which I believe is unique is our sibling discount. If two siblings attend at the same time, the second sibling receives 25% off tuition. If there are three siblings attending at the same time, the 3rd one receives 50% off tuition.

And lastly, if someone who has received loans from Christendom chooses to join a religious order which takes a vow of poverty, Christendom erases the total amount of the loan.

So, hopefully you can see that although the initial “sticker price” of a Christendom education may seem a bit steep, we have many ways to lessen the costs. The Class of 2012 had an average indebtedness of "only" $25,875 after four years. Again, although this may seem like a lot of money, compared to national figures, it is a bit below the average for a private institution. According to The College Board's "
Trends in Student Aid 2012" report, the average student debt for 2009 graduates of four-year, private colleges was $29,900. And the Christendom students would have been given that loan of $25,875 interest and payment free for the entire four years they attended, as well as given one full grace year of not having to pay anything on the loan and the loan would not accrue interest during that grace year.

If you have further questions about affording a Christendom education, I refer you to our
financial aid page or recommend that you contact Ms. Alisa Polk in our Financial Aid Office ([email protected]).
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.

Dancin' It Up


Name: Andre Moreau
Olympia, Washington
Hiking, juggling, acting, dancing, and ventriloquism.
What is your favorite class or professor?
That is a hard call to make. I would have to say my favorite class is History with Dr. Adam Schwartz, but my favorite professor is Dr. Douglas Flippen for metaphysics.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I’m in the soccer intramural league, attend Swing 'n' Sundaes, and play pool and ping pong.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
My favorite part about Christendom is how there is such a strong community here and how we are all so closely knitted together by our faith and have very much the same ideals. It’s as if we are one large family coming to a better understanding of the Truth through faith and reason.
Why did you choose Christendom? I
decided to come to Christendom because of the people I saw come out of this school. There are other schools like Christendom, that provide a similar education, but nowhere did I see such holy and sincere people. I wanted to go to school to not just become a better person intellectually, but I wanted to be a person of good character as well. So when I saw noble and good people come from Christendom College, I knew it was the school for me.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
What surprised me the most was the calibre of the professors that are teaching my classes. It is amazing how such a small school can have professors that are nationally renown and some have even taught at world famous universities before they came here. (See the faculty roster here.)
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on going into graduate school and becoming an archeologist. After being an archeologist for a while, I hope to teach at a university and educate people about the discoveries of history that I found in the dirt, etc.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
My advice is that there are many incredibly fun things to do at Christendom. Some people get the idea that since it's not close to a large city it would be boring here on the weekends. That’s not the case, you just have to use your imagination. We have really amazing trails here; there are caves and little streams; you can canoe up on the river, or have story telling night around a campfire. The list is endless!


Swing & Waltz Competition

On Friday evening, the Dorm Wars Swing and Waltz competition took place in St. Lawrence Commons. Students from all nine teams gathered to watch their representative couples dance for the title of first place in waltzing and first place in swing dance.

The event started with the waltz competition. Couples all danced to the same song as philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback and College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty judged. Then three pairs were chosen as finalists. Although the competition was stiff and each duo wowed the audience with its grace, Sophomore Andre Moreau and Senior Rachel Kujawa ultimately nabbed first place.

Then the swing competition began, judged by several moderators including philosophy professor Dr. Douglas Flippen and also Associate Director of Admissions Zac Inman. The dancers all gave absolutely astounding and energetic performances. In the end, Seniors Peter Speiring and Theresa Lamirande grabbed first place. Junior James Ciskanik and Freshman Catherine McFadden ended the night by delighting the audience with a special choreographed performance.

The dancers’ technique and poise wowed the audience.

Sophomore Andre Moreau and Senior Rachel Kujawa wow the audience with their choreographed waltz.

Freshmen Kinsey Benz and Pete Ruhl gracefully waltz together.

The swing competitors show off some intense moves.

The crowd watches as Peter Spiering flips his partner, Theresa Lamirande.

Senior Mike Bobrowski and Freshman Julia Rollino’s amazing choreographed piece earned them second place in the swing competition.

Swing Competition Highlights

A Night at a Texan Saloon

This past Friday night, Christendom College paid tribute to the Nation’s western roots, with a Texas Western Pub Night, put on by Christendom’s Student Activities Council in St. Kilian’s Café. The night was filled with good, clean western fun, as students took part in games of Poker and Texas Hold ‘Em. There was also a costume competition, and a nerf-gun quick draw competition, the winners of which won prizes. The organizers of the event also provided some authentic western cuisine of flap-jacks and bacon, as they played some good country music in the background, creating a complete country and western aura. Outside the Café, students enjoyed more good conversation around a small bonfire. Right before the event ended, those who remained decided to break out their dancing skills, and wrap up the night with a little swing dancing.

Seniors John Schofield, Chris Roberts, Anthony Dhanagom and Sophomore Hal Kokes play a game of Poker.

Costume competition participants, Freshman Austin Leavitt and Senior Kirk Slocum.

Students enjoy a friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em.

Seniors Pat O’Reilly and D-Town in the quick-draw competition.

Senior Kirk Slocum gets taken down in the quick draw competition.

Swingin' Before Lent

The last Swing n’ Sundaes before Lent took place on Sunday night in the Commons. About 100 students showed up to dance, enjoy each other’s company, and of course, eat the ice cream that was provided. As always, students Catherine McFadden, James Ciskanik, Theresa Lamirande, and Nicholas Blank were available to instruct attendants in new steps and help them master whatever moves they’d been working on.

Students had a blast trying out some fancy new moves that James and Catherine taught them during the course of the evening. They also relaxed and did plenty of free-style swing dancing to great music.

Catherine McFadden and James Ciskanik teach some new swing moves to dancers.

Juniors Brendan Vieira and Morgan Robey swing together.

Seniors Katrina Shanley and John McFadden practice their moves.

Welcoming the Ladies

On Sunday, while some Christendom students ran around campus in an intense scavenger hunt for Dorm Wars, others decided to take a break and attend the Open House on the guy’s side of campus. The atmosphere of the dorms was quite calm, as people just enjoyed each other’s company and talents on a nice Sunday afternoon. Intense card games, as well as many music sessions made for a very entertaining time.

Freshman Mary Lancaster and Maria Klosterman let out a laugh while playing a card game.

Sophomore Daniel McDowell shows his skills on the guitar.

A room of St. Ben’s was turned into the “Disco Room” for Men’s Open House.

Argh, There Be Treasure on Campus

On Sunday afternoon, St. Lawrence Commons was the strategic center of this year’s Dorm War’s Treasure Hunt. The hunt began approximately at 2:00 in the afternoon, with each team receiving their first clue to solve. Designed by Student Life’s James Hannon, and Senior RA’s Dan Mitchell and Jacob Akers, the hunt revolved around a series of ten clues that each team had to solve in order to find the last goal, and thus complete the course. The event ended after the first three teams found the “treasure” thus scoring a number of points.

Clues led to such places as the Gym and Our Lady's Grotto. Some teams even had to row across the Shenandoah River in order to find one of their clues. The first team to reach the end was the “Ins ‘n’ Outs,” followed by the “Super Margarets and the Frantastic Floor” and finally the “Children of Hannon.” Taking almost five hours to complete, the event involved much mind-bending and running around the campus in an effort to be the first team to successfully reach the end. Though both mind and body were taxed, all participants agreed that the event was quite successful, as they look forward to the next event in the 2013 Dorm Wars competition.

“The Mainiacs” work on deciphering the first clue.

“The Children of Hannon” wrestle with a tricky hint.

Sophomore John Hill of “The Lower Level Legion” rushes back to redeem a clue.

Junior Joe Marra of “The Children of Hannon” dashes back to the Commons with the next clue.

Mardi Gras Fun

The Commons lit up Tuesday night as Christendom students celebrated Mardi Gras with a big party. Festive decorations and tables piled with king cake and other sweets greeted everyone as they walked in. Students had a chance to socialize, play cards, dance, and listen to live music.

"The Mardi Gras party was a great way to hang out and enjoy some good music and delicious food before Lent started," Sophomore Sarah Jamieson said. "The live music especially was a lot of fun to listen to.”

John Lamirande, father of Senior Theresa Lamirande, put in a guest appearance with his band. They kept things lively, playing many energetic songs and giving away free prizes in between numbers. Seniors Katie Shannon, Theresa Lamirande, and Eric Maschue also gave amazing performances that kept students cheering all night long.

The party was packed the whole evening.

John Lamirande and his band were a big hit, accordion and all.

Sophomore Rosie Herlihy dances with a mysterious Mardi Gras partygoer.

Seniors Eric Maschue and Theresa Lamirande wow the audience yet again with their musical skills.

Students took the chance to have a last dance before the beginning of Lent.

Marriage Bootcamp

On Tuesday evening, Prof. Mary Stanford made her third and final appearance in the Chaplaincy’s “Marriage Boot Camp” Spiritual Life Lecture Series. The subject of Prof. Stanford’s three talks was a discussion of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. In this particular talk, she first reflected on the importance of Chastity, and how man must first have control of his passions and desires in order to have control or possession of himself, and be able to freely give himself in the true sense of love. To be controlled by one’s passions and desires is to be the opposite of free; it is rather to be a slave, and therefore unable to give oneself in love.

“Man cannot be under the sway of his passions, and maintain a healthy relationship,” said Prof. Stanford. “If we are controlled by passion, then there is no freedom; we have become slaves to our desires, and become like the animal kingdom, which acts on instinct alone.”

Concluding, she examined how being driven by desire and selfishness—being a slave to the passions—is the direct reason why we have such problems as contraception and abortion in modern society, and how that in turn has affected the world that we now have today.

Prof. Stanford’s wit and insights kept the attention of the audience.

Campus Prayer Groups

As the Christendom campus knows, there are many opportunities for spiritual growth and formation available to the students. The chaplaincy offers Mass twice daily, confessions and adoration every day, as well as all-night adoration for each First Friday of the month. There are even further opportunities to grow in one’s spiritual life through several student-led prayer groups that have been organized on campus.

The first is the Oremus Prayer Group, led by Senior Sarah Halbur, and assisted by Sophomores Mike Kopp and Peter Deucher. Meeting every Wednesday night at 8:00 P.M. in Thomas Aquinas Hall participants play Praise and Worship music, followed by a Scripture reading and meditation, in the Lectio Divina style. After the meditation, there is time for open prayer, when people pray from the heart in thanksgiving, petition, or adoration. The Oremus Prayer Group also holds a once-a-monthly holy hour in Christ the King Chapel. This event is led by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty.

“It is a different way for students to intercede with each other, and join together as the Body of Christ,” Senior Sarah Halbur says. “It is a good opportunity as Catholics to understand the value of Scriptural meditation, for sometimes we forget about the importance of the Bible, and that it is in fact the Word of God. The prayer group also helps people to break out of the habit of written or memorized prayer, and it forces them to speak to God from the heart, and actually think about what they are saying.”

Another prayer group is led by Seniors Peter Spiering, Mark Hepler, and Eric Maschue. These three men say night prayer at midnight every Sunday through Thursday nights in the Chapel, and they invite all other men to join them. Sunday through Tuesday, Peter, Mark, and Eric say night prayer together, and whoever happens to be present is welcome to join. On Wednesday and Thursday nights however, all of the male side of campus is invited to go to the Chapel, say night prayer together, and end with the Salve Regina. Up to fifty men have shown up on these nights, to fill the chapel with prayer and hymns to God, before retiring for the night.

There is also another prayer group, headed by Heather Lawrence and the members of the Legion of Mary, which says the Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office. Each week day begins with Lauds at 7:00 A.M. in the Chapel Crypt, followed by 7:30 Mass. This group also leads Vespers at 6:30 P.M. in the Chapel, and ends the evening with Compline at 10:00 P.M.

These prayer groups—combined with what the chaplaincy has to offer, the daily rosary, and availability of the chapel—all gives the students ample opportunities to grow deeper and stronger in their prayer life and faith.

Senior Alicia Stanton, Freshman Suzy Curran, and Senior Sarah Halbur sing for the Oremus Prayer Group Holy Hour.

The men of Christendom say Night Prayer in Christ the King Chapel.


Sweet Victory for the Crusaders

Looking to avenge the previous week’s last minute loss at home to Patrick Henry College, the Crusaders took the floor Monday night looking for revenge. And revenge was theirs after a double overtime thriller featuring career nights from Senior Tim Beer and Junior Jon Fioramonti.

Tim Beer came out firing Monday night, knocking down a three on the game’s first possession to help grab an early Crusader lead. But Patrick Henry fought back, setting the tone for what was a back and forth battle. By halftime Patrick Henry was clinging to a six point lead. Yet in the second half Tim Beer, Jon Fioramonti and Freshman Jeremy Minick could not be contained. Minick led the way with 17 points and Sophomore Micah Davis secured the paint and displayed his three point prowess early in the first half with a buzzer beating three. The Crusaders team defense was perhaps at its best of the entire season, containing Patrick Henry to a mere 36% shooting night and only 16% from three point land. But it was the upperclassman Tim Beer, who finished with three points, and Jon Fioramonti, 11 points and 9 rebounds, who stole the show.

With less than 30 seconds to go and trailing by three it was the clutch three of Fioramonti that sent the game into overtime. As the seconds ran down Minick slashed through the lane in time to hit Fioramonti in the deep corner where he had enough time to bury the three. Then, in overtime, the Crusaders once again found themselves trailing with under 60 seconds to play. This time it was Tim Beer who would step up, draining a mid-range shot to force yet another extra period. In the second, and what would prove to be the last, overtime the Crusaders would not be denied as Jeremy Minick (6 points in 2OT) would help the Crusaders establish the lead that they did not give up. The final score: 58-50, a big win for us.

The Crusaders are back in action this Saturday for the home finale and Senior Appreciation against Davis College beginning at 1pm.

Senior Tim Beer takes it to the hole.

Junior Jon Fioramonti takes the open shot.

Senior Tim McPhee sinks a three.

Q. It seems like you are always talking about the summer program and now, just recently, I've gotten a couple of things in the mail about it, so now, you've got me interested.
smile Can you tell me why you think the programs are worth going to?

A. I am glad that you are paying attention to the mailings we send you. We do our best to make sure you are well aware of all that is happening at Christendom. smile

The Experience Christendom Summer Program is certainly worth attending, well, at least all of last year's 181 participants thought so. In fact, each year, EVERYONE likes what they experience, without exception. Of course, some like it more than others, and many end up coming to Christendom for their college years, but regardless, the experience of "breathing Catholic" on our campus for a week will be, without a doubt, one of the best weeks you will have all year long. I guarantee it.

The reason everyone likes it so much is because it blends together many aspects of life: academic, religious, moral, social, and athletic. We do a little of everything during the week, all within the framework of a Catholic culture so that when people leave, they really feel as though they have been immersed in a Catholic way of life, and they love it!

The classes the students take are pretty awesome. Philosophy, which most students have never taken and have no idea what to expect from it, Theology, History, and Literature. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable about their subjects and very personable, too.

The program is managed by a group of current students called Counselors, and these Counselors are there to keep everyone on the right track, and to make sure everyone is having the time of their lives. They are great examples of the types of students who attend Christendom, so the participants get a chance to get to know them, and determine if this is the type of person they wish to become during their college years.

The events that we do are pretty great as well. We go bowling, dancing, hiking, and canoeing. We go to various faculty and staff members homes for events, including sing-a-longs, dinners, dances, and 'smores. We have a talent show, Italian dinner, sporting events, and lots more! Basically, everything that is fun, we do.

So, in short, for $400, you can't really get a much better week-long event, and you make some pretty good friends, too!
Read the testimonies and then register online. We have double the number of registrants right now over this time last year, and I am sure that we are going to end up with another long waiting list again this year, even with the 5 sessions. Don't delay, and if you need financial assistance, just ask. These programs are primarily for current high school juniors, but we will take current sophomores after March 1.
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.

Welcome, Cardinal Arinze!


Name: Madison Jennings
Mazama, Washington
Painting, photography, baking, and playing the ukulele and piano
What is your favorite class or professor?
I don't believe that I would be able to actually choose a favorite professor. Although I know that my favorite class currently is Philosophy 102: Philosophy of Human Nature with Dr. Snyder. This course has really explained many of the questions I've had throughout high school that were left unexplained.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I participate in the Choir, sidewalk counseling for Shield of Roses, and volunteer my time at the Pregnancy center here in Front Royal.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
My favorite thing about Christendom College would be the size of the school itself, the class size of 14:1 student, teacher ratio, and the courses offered. It is a quality education that Christendom offers all of her students.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom College for the quality of its education, religious integrity, and supportive community.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
What surprises me the most would be the diversity of talents, gifts, and backgrounds of each student. We have a rich, deep, and vibrant culture here at Christendom College.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on taking a course here called the Teaching Practicum which I'll use post-graduation in a parochial School. Although I have always had dreams of traveling and doing mission work in Africa, so maybe I could apply what I have learned here at Christendom College and evangelize to those who do not know Christ.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Read St. Augustine's Confessions and Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.


"The Island"

Friday night marked the semester’s first "Movie Night with Walter." College Registrar Walter Janaro hosts several of these nights throughout the year to introduce students to fascinating films. This week, he featured the Russian movie “The Island,” which tells the story of a holy yet eccentric monk living on an island and trying to heal from a mysterious past.

The movie intrigued sophomore Maggie Ostrowski.

“It was a deeply moving film with an interesting perspective on the effects of guilt, and, considering the abortion rates in Russian, it made a powerful pro-life statement,” she said.

Walter started off the evening with a brief introduction to the movie (called “Octpob” in Russian). Students then sat back and enjoyed the movie while snacking on delicious food and beverages provided by SAC. Viewing “The Island” turned out to be a thought-provoking experience. Quite a few students even stayed afterwards to discuss the movie with each other and Walter.

College Registrar Walter Janaro introduces the film.

Learning Philanthropy

Last Friday night, the Senior Class of 2013 held a “Philanthropy on Tap” event in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Library. Exclusively for seniors, the event was planned and organized by a group of seniors, and the College's Director of Development Paul Jalsevac, who wanted to inform the seniors of how important donations are to the College. The evening began with some refreshments and beverages before the talks were given.

History professor Dr. Brendan McGuire was the first to speak, emphasizing the role of the senior class in the new step to increase Alumni Donations. He spoke of the need of a place like Christendom in modern society, and how important a role it has in the formation of the future. Next, Jalsevac delivered an informative talk, making use of numerous slides and graphs to give the students a better idea of how important it is that Christendom receive donations. Lastly, senior Dean Dewey gave a short lecture on the ratio of Christendom Alumni giving as compared to that of other schools. Dewey challenged his fellow seniors to "step up" and give even the smallest amount back to the school that has given all of its students an invaluable education. After the talks were completed, the seniors enjoyed further refreshment, and talked with each other and the faculty that were present.

Dr. McGuire explains the importance of a place like Christendom in securing hope for the future.

Paul Jalsevac, Director of Developement, expalains the importance of alumni giving.

Senior Dean Dewey seeks to inspire his classmates.

Seniors chat with Dr. McGuire following the presentations

Senior Alumni Giving Board (L-R): Theresa Jalsevac, Robbie Hambleton, Sadie Bratt, David Townsend, Colleen Harmon, Emi Funai, Dean Dewey, and Jacob Akers.

Poetry by the Fireside

On Saturday in the Chester Belloc room of Regina Coeli Hall, students enjoyed a night dedicated to the reading of their favorite works of prose and poetry. Pieces, such as William Ernest Henley’s well-known “Invictus” were read and students brave enough to stand in front of the crowd, even recited some of their original poems.

“I loved the support that my fellow classmates gave me when I read one of my original poems. I would definitely encourage others to attend the next Poetry Night,” said Freshman Kayla Newcomb.

While poetry was read inside, s’more making was taking place outside. The casual atmosphere allowed for many volunteers. The literature ranged from deeply moving pieces to humorous and witty poetry, keeping the night lively and entertaining.
All attendants supported everyone who bravely recited a poem in front of the crowd.

What would Poetry Night be without some food and good company?

Sophomore Rocina Daez keeps things light hearted with some of her own humorous poetry.

Dorm Wars Begin!

Christendom College’s Second Annual Dorm Wars kicked off to a rousing start this past Sunday afternoon in the St. Lawrence Commons. The ceremony began outside the Commons, with a prayer by Associate Chaplain Fr. Mark Burns, and the singing of the National Anthem by Freshman Maribel Lopez. This was followed by the Running of the Torch by head RA’s, Seniors Dan Mitchell and Lisa Hill. After that, the students filed into the Commons for the presentation of the flags competition and the rousing speech competition.

The "3:1 Whaaat!" team, which consists of Top Floor St. Catherine Hall and Top Floor St. Francis Hall, won the flag competition. Next came the rousing speech competition, with speeches meant to inspire each team to persevere throughout the challenges of the Dorm Wars’ activities that are to take place over the next several weeks. The winner of the competition was Freshman Brad Torline, from the “Maniacs” team, which consists of Main Floor St. Benedict Hall and Main Floor St. Campion Hall. All in all, it was a very exciting and fun-filled event, as students from across campus came forth to show their Dorm Wars spirit, and support their team.

Team "Children of Hannon" proudly stand behind their banner.

Head RAs Dan Mitchell and Lisa Hill run the torch through the snowy weather.

Sophomore Mike Kopp relates the imagery of “The Elllect” flag, held by fellow sophomores Josh Van Hecke and Doug Watson.

Flag competition winners, the "3:1 Whaaat!" team, present their flag.

The “Ins ‘n’ Outs” team flag, held by sophomore Bernadette Sartor and freshmen Julie Rollino.

Freshmen Joe Morinello, Will Stamper, and Madeline Deighan exhibit “The Maniacs” team flag.

Junior Brendan Vieira livens up the commons with his invigorating speech.

Competition winner, Freshman Brad Torline presents a brilliant motivating speech.

Big Screen for the Big Game

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, winners of Super Bowl XLVII! It was a hard fought game that came down to the wire, but their resiliency showed once again. Many students gathered in the Crusader Gymnasium to watch this event occur, as it was projected on the wall of the basketball court. Once the game reached half-time, those who were present were lucky enough to enjoy a wide variety of food and beverages, including sub sandwiches, pizza bites, wings, and much more. Those who were less patient left the event at half time, figuring the game was in the bag, since Baltimore was up 28-6 over the San Francisco 49ers. However, those more dedicated braved even the 34-minute delay caused by a power outage at the Super Dome in New Orleans. Their wait was rewarded, as San Francisco almost pulled up the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. However, they fell three points short, and lost by a score of 34-31.

Sophomore Steven Hyland looks to take a few wings.

Ravens fan, Senior John McFadden, and others get their Super Bowl fare.

Students enjoy watching Super Bowl XLVII on the big screen.

Cardinal Arinze Comes to Christendom

This past week, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, visited Christendom College for several days, celebrating community Masses, dining with students, and delivering a talk to students and faculty as part of the College's Major Speakers program.

Over the weekend the College hosted the Ex Corde Ecclesiae Presidents Roundtable. The Roundtable, a private gathering of College presidents, examined the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic institutions of higher education, and featured Cardinal Arinze as a guest speaker. On Saturday, the participating presidents signed a pledge to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning Catholic higher education. Cardinal Arinze will personally present this pledge to Pope Benedict XVI.

On Monday, Cardinal Arinze addresses the students and faculty on "The Year of Faith and the Apostolate of the Laity." The talk was based upon his forthcoming book that examines the role of the laity in transforming the culture.

Read more about his talk here or listen to it here at Christendom on iTunes U.

The College's Major Speakers Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students 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.

Cardinal Arinze delivers his homily on Sunday.

College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty, Associate Chaplain Fr. Mark Byrne, and college alumnus Fr. Tony Stevens ('99) concelebrated with Cardinal Arinze.

In his talk, Cardinal Arinze explained that there are no spectators in the Church, and that everyone has a role to play.

Junior Becca Deucher greets the Cardinal following his talk.

Admissions Counselor Liz Beller and her sister Margaret Twaddle take a photo with the Cardinal.

Many students recieved a personal blessing from Cardinal Arinze.

Freshman Will Stamper chats with the Cardinal.


Campus Cafés

Any student at Christendom looking for a hot drink, a good study spot, or just a place to chat with friends immediately heads for one of the college’s two coffee shops, Sacred Grounds or St. Kilian’s Café. Both establishments are throughout the week and run by student volunteers.

St. Kilian’s, a classic institution at Christendom, has been around for quite a few years. The college established it as a spot where faculty and students could purchase coffee, tea, and a variety of other drinks and snacks. Attached to the Student Center, it is a cozy miniature pub complete with wood floor and ceilings, a bar area, and even a small stage for musical performances. St. Kilian’s often serves as the hub of social events on the weekends, but it’s also open throughout the week. The intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to study on a school evening or a fun spot to hang out with friends on the weekends.

Sacred Grounds is a new coffee shop located in the basement of the library. Seniors Nick Blank and David Townsend founded Sacred Grounds last year as a place where students could exchange ideas and simply enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere. Complete with comfy couches and plenty of newspapers for students to catch up on the latest headlines, this establishment is highly popular with Christendom students. Although Sacred Grounds isn’t open on the weekends, it does a hopping business on school nights. Students gather to study, enjoy delicious coffee, and socialize both inside the coffee shop and on its outdoor patio behind the library.

According to sophomore Mark Turner, who helps run Sacred Grounds, future plans for the library coffee shop include adding furniture for the outside patio and enhancing the space to make it even more inviting. Although Sacred Grounds offers many tasty drinks, there are several specials that students particularly love.

“Our one dollar coffee is the best bargain and taste on campus,” says Mark. “It is a really good way to perk up in the morning and late at night when you need a shot of caffeine.”

Student band performs at a St. Kilian's Café event.

Students realax at a weekend event in St. Kilian's. The portrait of St. Kilian above the fireplace was painted by alumna Mandy Hain ('06).


A Spiritual Retreat and a Final Victory for the Lady Crusaders

This past weekend was an exciting and busy couple of days for the student-athletes at Christendom. After a few years of hoping and planning the first ever men’s student-athlete retreat was held Friday evening. Players from the Rugby, Baseball, and Basketball teams participated in the retreat which was given by 1999 alumnus Fr. Anthony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy.

It is something that I have wanted to do for some time with the student-athletes. Fr. Tony was very excited to have the opportunity and we look forward to making this a seasonal event for both the men’s and women’s sports teams”

Leaving campus around 4pm Friday afternoon 43 men hopped on the bus and vans and headed to the San Damiano retreat center for the Diocese of Arlington located just 30 minutes away from the college. Fr. Tony was introduced by Chris Vander Woude as a fellow student-athlete while he attended Christendom and rumor has it that he is one of only two men to dive for a loose ball on the old blacktop basketball court, which is now the parking lot near the tennis courts.

Fr. Tony gave two short talks during the evening, the first which focused on excellence and taking what you learn in your respective sports and allowing it to enhance everything else you do. In his second talk, Fr. Tony gave a meditation on the difference from boys and men and the true calling to be a man after Christ. Included in the evening was Mass, dinner, confessions, the rosary, and a silent holy hour.

“I thought it was a great evening, an opportunity for the teams to get together and enjoy a night away from campus with plenty of options for spiritual and personal growth," senior Dan Mitchell said.

The evening finished up with benediction before everyone headed back to campus.

The following day the Lady Crusaders’ basketball team hosted Warren County rival Lord Fairfax Community College in their last basketball game of the semester. The women who had come off a tough game against Trinity University (DC) earlier in the week would ready for their last showdown in Crusader gymnasium.

Freshmen Sarah Slaten and Junior Sarah Peterson got their first starts of the season. Lord Fairfax jumped out to an early lead behind quick points from Briana Hudnall. After the last game jitters and nerves cooled down the Lady Crusaders began to assert themselves on both sides of the ball. Playing a tight and compact defense Lord Fairfax couldn’t connect on any shots from behind the 3 point arc going 0-11 for the game. With strong play from Julie McMahon and Clare Duda especially on the boards the Lady Crusaders controlled the tempo of the game.

Morgan Kavanagh playing in her last game before heading to Rome with teammates Bridget Vander Woude, Sara Peterson and fall semester players Hannah Ethridge and Klarissa Blank finished with a game high 20 points. The final score read Christendom 34, Lord Fairfax 26. The Lady Crusaders finish with a record of 4-7 which included 2 losses by under 4 points. We wish the juniors an exciting time in Rome and look forward to next season!

Morgan Kavanagh takes advantage of the fast-break.

Bridget Vander Woude sinks a three.

Cecilia Heisler adds two to the Crusaders score.

Q. I've seen your core curriculum and think it looks pretty good, but there are definitely some classes required which I am not very interested in taking. Is there some way to take most of the classes, but not all of them?

A. Well, the short answer is, no. All of our students take all of our core curriculum classes. And there is a good reason for this. But first, for those who are unfamiliar with our core, here it is. All students who attend Christendom study much of the same subject matter for the first two and a half years. Currently, all students take 86 credit hours of carefully selected classes:

  • 6 classes (18 credits) of Theology
  • 6 classes (18 credits) of Philosophy
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of English Language & Literature
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of History
  • 4 classes (12 credits) of Foreign Language (Latin, Greek, or French)
  • 2 classes (6 credits) of Political Science
  • 1 class (3 or 4 credits) of Math
  • 1 class (3 credits) of Science
  • 2 credits (a variety of classes and workshops) of the Career Development Program
At the end of your sophomore year, you are able to select one of our six majors (History, Theology, Philosophy, Classics, English Language & Literature, or Political Science). Additionally, you can minor or double major in any of these same subjects, and can minor also in Math, Economics, and Liturgical Music.

Although you may not particularly like all of the classes that you take, at first, everything we teach here will benefit you in some way down the road. And that's what is so awesome about our core curriculum!

Let me give you a real life example. I came to Christendom and majored in Theology. I enjoyed Theology and learned lots. I also had to take all the other classes in the core curriculum, and to be honest, some of them I was not really all that thrilled about taking (history and Literature classes, in particular).

After graduating, I became a restaurant manager. I did this for four years, and then started work as a Director of Religious Education at a parish. Over the next 5 years, among other things, I was responsible for teaching those interested in becoming Catholic and helping them learn more about the faith. I figured it was going to be a pretty easy task, teaching a bunch of people about the faith, particularly since I had a degree in Theology. At the end of the first year of doing this, I realized that I was missing something. I realized that many of my students were not very knowledgeable about history, and in particular, the history of Christianity. The next year, I started off the class with a history timeline, from Adam and Eve to John Paul II, and filled in the blanks over the course of an hour and a half. This really helped the non-Catholics get a good overview of Salvation history and see that the Catholic Church is, of course, the Church Christ founded. And if I hadn't taken 4 semesters of history, I would not have been able to teach my students (of whom 60+, over the course of 5 years, converted to the Faith).

In 1999, I became a Headmaster of a school in New Hampshire (
http://www.mountroyalacademy.com/), and ended up having to teach 7th and 8th grade for half the year, which included English grammar and literature. Boy, was I glad I had those four semester of English at Christendom! Also, in 2000, when I came to work at Christendom, one of my jobs was to be the editor of the College's magazine, Instaurare. Since then, I have been very involved in much of the writing and editing of the majority of all informational pieces that we publish about the College. In short, I am one of the main editors of everything that we put out. And all of this comes from a guy who had 5 semesters of English Language and Literature with a grade of C— or below!

What I am trying to say is that, even if you are not particularly thrilled to take this or that class in our core curriculum, and would rather spend all of your time taking classes that you like, you never really know how the exposure to these different academic areas is going to affect you. Although I majored in Theology (and later got my MA in it), I am so happy to be a well-rounded person, having studied and been exposed to many varied subjects over the course of my Christendom education.

For more information about it, I recommend you go here on our website:
Director of Admissions
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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.