Laughter and Suspense
From: Lawrenceburg, IN
Major: Most likely History.
Hobbies? Photography, camping, hiking.
What's your favorite class? Prof. McGuire's History class. He is really passionate about teaching and truly cares about his students.
Do you play any sports? I play rugby here at Christendom. It's more of a brotherhood than a team sport.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? I'm on the stage crew for Hello, Dolly!—I ended up doing it because I find it hard to say "no" to pretty girls.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Most of the classes and the friends I've made—they'll last a lifetime.
Why did you choose Christendom? I visited and enjoyed talking with Mr. McGuire and the students.
What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to teach high school history and raise a family.
Mystery Dinner Theater
“We want to put in a substantial deck overlooking the Shenandoah River beyond the St. John the Evangelist Library,” Senior Class President Jobie Norton said. “Not only will this deck provide a beautiful view, but it will serve as the pivotal point of a nature trail that will circumnavigate the campus, providing a much-needed jogging and biking trail.”
In the play, Jimbo Star, a U.N. representative from Texas, was murdered, and it was the audience's job to figure out whodunnit. Junior Liz Newcombe, who helped with makeup and backstage crew, said, "It's really funny, and everybody worked so hard. There's a lot of talent there."
Check out the pics below.
Senior Jobie Norton and Sophomore Catherine Marra played the comical news casters.
The Detective, played by Junior James Hannon, caught the killer every night.
The scheming mobster Salvatore Ricci, played by Senior Kyle Kelly was the killer on Saturday night.
Discovering Jimbo's body... Death by plunger is a horrible way to go.
The Detective interrogates the English Ambassador, played by Frances Allington.
The Arab Ambassador, played by Sophomore Tim Ginski, was hilarious and far too goofy to commit a crime.
The short and polemic Army Captain, played by Senior Meghan Rubin, caused quite a ruckus: "We're going to WAR!"
There is No Time
Roman Easter and Weekend in Florence
Buona Pasqua a tutti voi! Happy Easter to you all!
Thanks to the generosity of our hotel owner, Gianni, my classmates and I all received tickets to the entirety of Holy Week Masses celebrated by Pope Benedict. Thus, we were able to attend Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter's and Holy Thursday at St. John Lateran. In order for us to receive the full benefit of Easter Week, classes let out early on Wednesday afternoon.
For Good Friday, my classmates, Margaret Antunes and Rocky Levitas, and I, joined our Residence Assistant, Beth Doherty, for an independent trip to Assisi. We had heard about the famous Passion procession that took place there every year, and we were anxious to witness it for ourselves. Our expectations were soon realized, I have rarely seen anything so solemn before in my life.
The procession began around 9:00 that evening, and was led by men carrying crosses and crowned with thorns. A beautiful statue of Our Lady of Sorrows was taken out of one of the churches and carried during the procession, as well. As we walked down the hill of Assisi, all the city’s lights were put out; we could only see the flickering candles of the procession. I was struck by the silence of the crowd, broken only by recitation of the rosary and the divine praises. Margaret, Rocky, and I later agreed that the Assisi procession was one of the most amazing events we had experienced this semester.
The Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's was very long, but very beautiful. My classmates and I were delighted to celebrate the joy of Easter in the Eternal City.
Once our Easter festivities were over, the Fuertes packed us off for our last school trip of the semester, a weekend in Florence. We spent our first day touring the Monastery of San Marco, which contains some amazing frescos by the patron of artists, Beato Fra Angelico. It is said that Fra Angelico openly wept as he painted the scenes which depict the suffering of Christ. The Rome students were also able to wander in the famous Uffizi Gallery, which contains enough inspiring art pieces to render a viewer speechless.
As we drove back to Rome, it struck me how soon this wonderful semester is coming to an end. I still cannot believe that we now have less than two weeks before we leave the Eternal City and return home.
Lauren Kavanagh, Megan Walters, and Ania Zganiacz loved Florence's breathtaking Duomo (cathedral).
Una bella vista con gelato: Nothing beats a beautiful view with gelato.
Students marvel at the impressive bronze doors of the Duomo.
Student Organizations and Clubs
At Christendom College, students stay very busy year-round—inside and outside the classroom. There's a myriad of clubs and organizations that you can take advantage of, so your sure to find something that intersts you.
1) Student Ambassadors
These students are selected by the Admissions Office to represent the College to prospective students, College alumni, and donors, primarily by giving campus tours and hosting prospective students in their rooms.
Under the direction of Christendom College English Professor Dr. Patrick Keats, the Players put on a variety of plays and musicals – one in the fall and one in the spring. All students are invited to audition for the plays and others are encouraged to use their talents in helping with set design, make-up, costumes, and music.
3) Shield of Roses
Following 7:30am Mass on Saturday, students travel to Washington, DC, to pray in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. They normally return to the College in time for the mid-day meal. Once a semester, the Shield of Roses leaders organize a “Mega Shield” event where they try and encourage the entire student body to take part in the prayerful protest.
4) Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of the lay apostolate. Students in the Legion seek to take the light of faith they receive at Christendom to the wider world. They do so by accepting a routine of prayer and apostolic works— at least two hours a week— thus deepening their faith while bringing it to others. Works include door-to-door evangelization, comforting of the sick and dying in nursing homes, and visitation of inmates at a local prison.
The Debate Society exists to provide students with the opportunity to sharpen their intellectual wit and provide practice in extemporaneous speaking. The Debate Society meets numerous times throughout each semester and all members of the student body are invited to participate.
6) Schola Gregoriana
The Schola Gregoriana assists in the College community’s worship in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by chanting the traditional propers. This all-male group thus beautifies the weekly Sunday Mass, helping to elevate the hearts of the Faithful to interior participation in the Holy Sacrifice. The group also chants the propers for the high feasts celebrated during the school year as well as at the graduation Mass.
Men’s and women’s choir which sings for Sunday and feast day Masses on campus. The choir sings sacred polyphony by such noted masters as Palestrina, Victoria, and Josquin des Prez. Occasionally the group gives performances off campus.
8) The Rambler
The student journal dedicated to training the next generation of Catholic journalists and intellectuals to engage the world through the media. Rambler journalists gain invaluable experience reporting and writing about the news, arts and culture, and faith and reason from the perspective of their liberal arts education.
9) Holy Rood Guild
This group of women students cares for the vestments and altar linens used in the Chapel, and coordinates displays and decorations for religious celebrations.
10) The Film Club
The Film Club is a group of dedicated amateur filmmakers interested in producing films of high quality and good content while building up the Christendom community. The Film Club hosts a Film Fest at the end of every academic year. This event provides a forum for all student filmmakers to display their work.
Outreach is a club for those interested in performing some of the corporal works of mercy. Students volunteer at the local crisis pregnancy center and Habitat for Humanity, participate in a Meals on Wheels program, and help out at the local parish’s soup kitchen. On Sundays, students go to an area nursing home to visit with the elderly and sometimes put on small concerts for their enjoyment.
12) Shogi Club
The Shogi Club is made up of students who are interested in meeting on a weekly basis and playing this Japanese chess game.
13) Students for Life
Students for Life is different from the Shield of Roses pro-life group in that it focuses on more activism, particularly, political activism with regards to the sanctity of human life issues. They meet twice a month throughout the school year and normally focus on doing one big project a semester, for example, a literature drop prior to an election.
14) Contra-Dance Club
Students meet on Thursday evenings to enjoy each others company contra-dancing. Contra-dance is a type of English country dance, where someone “calls” out the various dances.
Students interested in improving their dance moves meet on Sunday nights to swing dance and to learn such dances as the foxtrot, the rumba, the waltz, and the tango. Students who are talented in these dances offer personalized instruction to those who are interested.
Even if you don't see something that really gets you excited, each year new clubs & organizations are formed by students with different interests. If you are interested in starting a new club, contact the Student Life Office: [email protected]
Crusaders Place 2nd in East Coast Rugby Tournament
The following comes to us from Rugby coach (and History Professor) Brendan McGuire. Photos by Sophomore Richie Lancaster:
Knowing the serious challenge that awaited them, the Crusaders were further sobered by the news that they would be traveling to Philly short-handed—three of the team’s best players, including the starting fly-half (who “quarterbacks” the play of the back line) had to be left behind, either due to illness or other commitments. This meant that several players would have to play out-of-position, with inexperienced players filling in starting spots and getting unprecedented playing time.
Christendom was left with little time to rest or recuperate and had to face a very seasoned team, from rugby powerhouse Kutztown University, after only a 90-minute break. Two-hundred-and-sixty-pound Junior Bill Waller shocked referees and spectators alike by playing out-of-position as a wing (usually a position for small, agile players), showing a level of speed and passing finesse that, combined with his size, made him one of the most intimidating players on the field. In the first half, Waller drew gasps with a spectacular pass that led to a “try,” giving Christendom an early 10-7 lead. Nevertheless, the Crusaders eventually wore down and succumbed to Kutztown 26-15, with the all-important fly-half Dave Long being sent off the field for visible bleeding, after the referee had been lobbied by Kutztown’s coaching staff.
The second-place finish in the tournament, however, was an amazing achievement for Christendom College’s young rugby program. Two shutout wins against teams from larger schools highlighted the weekend in which Christendom’s rugby team truly came of age. Their record now stands at 3-2 for the season, and with one game left Christendom College can sew up its first ever winning rugby season. Congrats to the guys!
Thomas Daily wrestles through the defense.
Ben Raneri breaks through the opposition.
Q: What are your dorms like?
A: That’s a good question, and one that is important to know about because if you come to Christendom, you will be spending a lot of time in them. In general, our dorm rooms are pretty big and they have drywall walls, rather than cement walls as some colleges have.
Blessed Margaret’s, St. Fran’s, and St. Joe’s are similar in design. Blessed Margaret’s has 8 rooms in it, with two girls in each room. Each room also has its own bathroom, and has a desk, a dresser, a closet, and a bed for each student. St. Fran’s has 11 rooms and St. Joe’s has 9 rooms. Since men apparently need less space, there are three men in each of these rooms, with the same furnishings as Blessed Margaret’s.
The houses across the street for the men hold 9 students each and St. Theresa’s houses 5 women, and of course, they have full kitchens in them, as well as all the normal furnishings. The Cardinal Newman Apartments are a little larger, with two rooms in each of them, a living room, and small kitchen, with a total of 12 men living in them.
Laundry machines are in most of the residences and every student gets a laundry card at the beginning of the semester which they then use anytime they want. Students may have small refrigerators, popcorn poppers, and plug-in hot pots for heating water. All coffee pots and irons must have automatic shut-off features. Microwaves are available in various common areas of the dorms for use by the students.
Here is a link to our campus map, which shows you the layout of campus and where the dorms are.
I hope this helps and if you want to see the dorms for yourself, I suggest that you schedule a visit in the near future.
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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.