From: New Haven, CT
Major: Political Science
Hobbies? I like taking pictures, sketching, boating, thrift shopping, doing hair and nails, praying, listening to talk radio, discussing politics, watching scary movies (no chick flicks), working out, making jewelry, laughing, interior decorating, contemplating the Good, selling Avon, going off the rope swing, and hanging out with my best friend Jacquelyn Brogley.
What's your favorite class? Effects of the Communist Revolution with Prof. Adam Schwartz. It is the most interesting class I have ever taken at Christendom. Swartz does such an amazing job at capturing history. I like to call my 8:30 class “Story time with Swartz.” I would not miss that class for anything. But I also like the rest of my Political Science classes with Dr. Way and Dr. Bersnak: it is definitely the most entertaining department.
Do you play any sports? Yes, I am very involved in intramural sports including wiffleball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Intramurals are awesome, they are basically a chance for groups of friends to goof-off, while creating some healthy competition. No one usually takes them seriously, so athletically challenged people get a chance to play as well. Also they make for a great study break since they take place during week nights.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? Yes indeed! Being of Irish decent, I am very into Irish music, dancing, and singing—it is what I have been raised with. My family has had award winning dancers and musicians. I myself play the fiddle and the tin whistle. There is nothing better than joining a music session with a group of friends at pubs, feis, comhaltus, or any Irish gathering. Of course singing Irish tunes around a campfire makes for some wholesome good times.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The best thing about Christendom is being surrounded by people who all have the same end as you. Where I grew up, I felt like my family and I were the only truly Catholic conservative, family-oriented, pro-life, anti-gay-marriage, limited-government, etc. people in the area. So Christendom was truly a breath of fresh air. I wish I could bring my family here too. In addition to that, the people that go here are the salt of the earth—you are not going to find a better group of people anywhere. They are all here because they want to be here. The friends I have made here are my family and Christendom will always feel like my second home.
Why did you choose Christendom? Well to tell you the truth, I feel like Christendom College chose me. I knew I was going to go here since I was a sophomore in high school, even though I had no relatives or anyone who had ever gone to the school. I had been going to so-called Catholic schools my entire life and I desperately wanted to escape the politically correct policies and amoralism that have seemed to have taken over the hearts and minds of all those surrounding me. Basically I wanted to get back to reality. And the deal was pretty much sealed when Fr. Groeschel (a family friend) wrote my letter of recommendation, and here I am. I know this is where God wants me to be and I am working hard to get the best out of it because Christendom has so much to offer for those who are searching for the Truth.
Plans after graduation? Ha! I think it would be easier to say what I don’t plan on doing after graduation! But seriously I have a lot of plans floating around my head. One thing is for sure: I want to use the powers of intellect that God has given me to create my own wealth rather than receive it from someone else in one form or another, which has become a norm in society. In today’s economy, people are going to have to start getting creative and start taking individual responsibility for their own lives while we still have the freedom to do so. To say the least, I am attracted to the self employed entrepreneur field. But coming from a family of lawyers, law school may be on the horizon.
Filmed in Front Royal
The night was kicked off with a brief, comic film, depicting the trials of getting a family out the door on time. Following that The Living Daylights was shown, which was a brief spoof of the ridiculousness of Soap Operas. Cube Root, filmed at Christendom last year, was shown next.
Finally, the feature film of the night, Immortal was shown. The thought provoking film was the highlight of the evening.
Students really loved the chance to see not only films that were produced right here around Christendom, but also films that classmates were in, and they look forward to the next production of Mirandum Pictures!
Sophomore PJ Freeman listens to Alumni Colin Mason explain his vision for the film Immortal.
Sweet Music for the Pro-Life Movement
Killian’s was turned into a mini-fun-loving-UN. Flags from numerous nations hung from the ceiling and the walls, multicultural foods were made available, and some people took an extra step in making their attire foreign.
For the parents, faculty, and students of legal age there was a selection of beers from around the world available for tasting.
Many of Christendom's student-musicians made an appearance and put on a stellar show. One performer, Senior Meghan Rubin loved the setup organized by Senior Tyler Ament: "He does an awesome job. He really makes it professional which is what it’s all about. This event shows that we can go into the world and combat the evils,” she said.
“I think that it was quite well done,” Literature Professor Dr. Robert Rice said. “The ambiance, as well as the musical selection, was very nice; I applaud their efforts. It’s a good witness to the college and shows the parents and prospective students what can be done and what they should aspire to do as Christendom students.”
The Killackey Brothers, Sophomore Brian and Junior John, played Irish jigs and reels.
Junior Kerri Sciscilo plays her guitar while Seniors Shelagh Bolger and Meghan Rubin sing (Shelagh's brother, Tommy, was in town for Parents Weeknd and accompanied them on the drums).
At 2:00 pm everyone was invited to follow Dr. Robert Rice as he gave a tour of the trails through Christendom's woods. Rice explained that it was he who, years ago, first blazed the paths. Early on, students were recruited to traverse the woods with the professor on Saturday mornings so that there could be a nice trail system.
He reminded the group that, not so long ago, the majority of the Christendom property was densely forested land. Before it was cleared for the construction of Crusader Gymnasium, the land behind where St. Edmund Campion Hall now exists was "the largest field of briars and wild roses I have ever seen,” said Rice.
Also available that day were canoe rides and a picnic.
In the evening, parents were able to meet and chat with the Faculty and Staff at a special reception held in St. Kilian's Café. Parent's enjoyed meeting their son or daughter's educators, invluding College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell.
The weekend was a wonderful chance to get a real feel for the culture of the college. For the siblings, this weekend may have been the event that decided in their minds what college they will attend.
Dr. Rice points out the location of the dam, one of Christendom's best fishing spots.
Freshman Colleen Harmon enjoys the picnic with her family.
History Professor Dr. Chris Shannon explains Dr. Carroll's vision of history.
Professor Sharon Hickson explains the joys of studying literature.
Families Take the Dance Floor
Erin Rose Deighan, the 8-year-old sibling of Senior Mikaela and Freshman Kathleen Deighan, had lots of fun swinging around with her sisters on the dance floor. “I love dancing, it’s a lot of fun” she said.
It was great to see parents dancing with their kids, or even siblings dancing together. Christendom sometimes seems like one big happy family—especially on Parents Weekend!
Sophomore Grace Bellow dances with her father.
Senior Mikaela twirls her little sister, Erin Rose.
Faculty-Staff vs. Students Football
After the end of the first half, the faculty had scored two touchdowns and held their own against the students, for a score of 14-0. After half time though, the students pulled together and scored two touchdowns to tie the score. It was tense as the game went into overtime!
“Fr. Gee was insane,” Sophmore Peter McNeely said.
The faculty is already excited for the next game, where they plan to once again attempt to beat the ever-athletic students!
Since only sophomores, juniors, and seniors made up the Student’s team, the Faculty-Staff had the majority of the freshman class rooting for them, due to coaxing from Fr. Gee, and a desire for vengeance for last week's defeat in the Upper-Under Game.
Senior Ryan Doughty scored the winning touchdown.
The Faculty-Staff team has challenged the students to a rematch.
Students are ready for the next game.
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God's Grace Brings Us to Confession
One of the first things he mentioned was that most people forget to make a resolution before making their confession.
“Resolution, this is the last thing you do before your step into the box,” said Fr. Gee. “We should resolve to make ourselves such that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit take pleasure in us.”
Good resolution is figuring out what actually caused us to commit the sin in the first place. He made it clear that we must make firm resolutions.
“The devil is very clever; the resolution may only hold for a little while,” Gee explained. “We need the grace of confession to be able to really live out our resolutions. One resolution we always need to make is the resolution to pray better...
“Our confession helps to define who we are. It begins to redefine us as our sins and our souls are cleansed.”
Download this talk at Christendom on iTunes U.
The Film Club
Chris Foeckler and Caroline Deucher are co-presidents, and operate the club together. While theirs are the only official positions, the club is a “project to project” club. Essentially, when a project comes up, cast, members, etc., are chosen by the group.
Brian Pelletier is the current official camera man. The Film Club has been in existence since 2005, and its first film was The Perils of Being an Author, which is a story of an author whose characters come alive and berate him about his book.
Chris and Brian say that this movie was actually an indirect inspiration for their first full length film they are working on: Night in the Library (which is also a spin-off of Night in the Museum). None of the members have attempted a project of this magnitude before, so they are all incredibly excited about the whole experience of putting down the groundwork for actually making a movie.
“We are trying to create a group for people who want to get some experience with film, especially those who are interested in going into film as a future,” Sophomore Chris Foeckler says. “We are hoping to gradually turn into a club that more systematically, professionally, and corporately approaches film making, while still retaining the sense of fun.”
Chris and Brian summed it up by saying, “Film is an extremely powerful medium. If a picture speaks a thousand words, and you have 35 frames a second, thirty five thousand words a second—how much does that turn out to be in a movie? It’s extremely powerful. Our goal is to produce a project that can help the film club to grow, and provide a great opportunity for people who want to get a good Catholic education, and also want to get experience in filming, without selling their soul to Hollywood. We want to be something else Christendom can say it does to help develop students and their talents, and really encounter the Faith and the Truth.”.
Watch the trailer to the Film Club's Night in the Library.
The Foreign Element in Christendom Soccer
Born in New Jersey, Freshman Tommy Salmon moved to Ireland when he was eight years old and has lived there since. He has contributed greatly to the team not only on the field with his great touch denoted by his “green boots,” but also off the field by his fun-loving attitude.
Sophomore Paul Nangurai begins his second year at Christendom after coming here from Kenya where his tribe is from. Paul brings speed, fantastic energy, a great perspective and love of the game every time he steps onto a soccer field, not to mention the post goal-scoring celebration that is so well known in world arena of soccer.
The “old man” of the four foreigners was born and spent a good amount of time in Canada before moving to Nebraska. Sophomore Peter McNeely brings intensity every time he stets foot on the field, which is only contagious to the rest of the team. Peter leads the team in scoring so far this year.
Perhaps the best aspect about these four members of the team and, in fact, each member of the team, is their interaction with each other off the field; members of the team are solid friends off the field and rarely can be seen without a teammate by their side. Bus rides are not just a trip to a soccer game: they inevitably turn out to be their own fun-filled event with so many personalities blending together to share laughs before and after the game.
Hopefully, what has been started by Anthony, Paul, Tommy, and Peter will only continue in years to come with student-athletes from abroad coming to the Shenandoah Valley to learn and compete. The men’s team is currently 6-1 and plays Friday at Williamson Trade School near Philadelphia, Pa.
Peter McNeely, Paul Nangurai, Anthony Readings, and Tommy Salmon
Paul leads the Crusaders up the field.
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Assisi, Florence, and Siena!
Buongiorno from beautiful Roma!
As our pilgrimage began in Assisi, spectacular views overwhelmed us all as we walked up and down the rather steep streets. The next day at breakfast, we were served fresh bread and an amazing cappuccino. We made our way to the basilica of St. Francis, where we viewed stunning art and chapels dedicated to this amazing saint. As part of the tour we were informed on the many similarities that St. Francis and Our Lord share.
Within the next few days, we all boarded the bus to Florence. Firenze as the Italians say, is not full of small town charm, but rather the hustle and bustle of a big city. Take a map, hold tight to your purse and don’t run across the street, were all bits of advice, given on arrival. Despite the warning, Nick Freeman and Brian Nysewander still managed to get lost on the busy streets! During the day, the San Lorenzo market became the favorite hangout for the girls who love to shop and haggle prices. At night the Plaza de Republica, located right outside our hotel, was hopping with night life, complete with a live band and carousel. On the last day in Florence, most of the students attended mass at the Duomo. Following a delicious Italian lunch, we left on a bus for Siena.
Now, back in Rome things are settling down, and classes are starting up. We are all blessed to be here in the Eternal City. Mr. Fuerte posed the question to us, which St. Peter asked of Christ “Where are you going?” The answer is that we are here by God’s will as pilgrims, and it is up to each one of us to fully appreciate what we are given.
Ciao, until next week!
Nathan Scrivner says "hi" from his hotel room in Assisi.
Everyewhere you turn in Assisi there is a beautiful view.
Assisi, a city on a hill, overlooks the surrounding region of Umbria.
Program Director Tomas Fuerte told stories of St. Francis throughout the city.
The Siena Campo Race winners: James Hannon and Liz Newcombe.
Troy Spring enjoys his first time in St. Peter's Square.
Q: I've heard that students need to write a thesis before they graduate? What's that all about?
A: The senior thesis is the culmination of the student's four years of study in the liberal disciplines. The thesis is a scholarly paper (of 30-40 pages in length) of substance, demonstrating the student's ability to do significant research in his discipline, employing the senior's developed skills in the arts of discourse, especially mastery of the techniques of research, exposition, and argumentation. The student may be required to defend the thesis in an oral examination. These and all theses written by Christendom College seniors over the past thirty years can be found in Christendom's library.
Here are some examples of theses titles:
The Possible Theological Consequences of Non-Human Rational Beings Existing in the Material Universe, The Virtue of Prudence and Rearing Children, The History and Effects of Freemasonry in the American Revolution, Dynamics of Activism: A Study of Pro-Life Strategies, Amid the Shadows of the Imagination: An Examination of Dreams , The Aesthetics of Church Architecture, Red, White, and Blue: John Wayne as an Icon of Traditional American Culture and Ideals, The Fall of the Monarchy in Russia and the Roles of Lenin and Trotsky, Marriage: The Foundation of a Family, A Study of Physical Pain and its Benefit to Human Nature, The Right to Bear and Keep Arms as a Unique right to the Citizens of the United States of America, The Struggle for Catholicism in Early America, Psychological Repression: A Hindrance to Man's Ability to Obtain Virtue, and The Decline of the Patriarchal Structure of the Family.
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