Welcome, Cardinal Arinze!
From: Mazama, Washington
Hobbies: 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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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: http://www.christendom.edu/academics/sequence.php
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