Potatoes and Pasta
From: Thornwood, NY
Hobbies? Sports and playing guitar.
What's your favorite class? Freshman Theology with Fr. Gee. All of his classes are excellent and entertaining. He really makes everything clear and helps us to understand what he's teaching, through the use of real life examples rather than just a lecture on the material.
Do you play any sports? I play rugby. I love how it, is entirely about the team working together, which is a little different from other sports. It's a brutal sport, but the camaraderie and unity of the team is incredible.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the community. The fact that the college is small gives you the opportunity to build amazing friendships with so many people. It's like one big family here.
Why did you choose Christendom? I went to the summer program. At first I had no interest in attending, but then I was amazed at how incredible the people were and how the classes and student life were totally Catholic, unlike any other college.
What do you plan to do after graduation? No serious plans as of yet. I am considering going into finance.
Spring Break Missionaries
Check out the Honduras Mission's blog and read about how the students made a difference as well as Sophomore Elizabeth Twaddles's reflections on her trip.
Check out a video about the trip to Honduras:
Business and the Catholic intellectual Tradition
“The Catholic intellectual tradition is one of the greatest gifts anyone can give you,” business ethicist Paul Voss told
“Whether you’re Catholic or not, the Catholic intellectual tradition provides us with a framework for understanding the complexities of the world and helps us stand up to today’s chaos-filled environment,” he said.
Voss is the President of Ethikos, an ethics consulting group, and an Associate Professor at Georgia State University. A gifted public speaker and award-winning teacher, his clients include the FBI Labs, General Electric Energy, British Petroleum, the Home Depot, Visa, the Federal Railroad Administration, and many others.
Voss explained that the current recession is not, as some people are claiming, the result of increased greed. He said that the recession was the result of a culture, which lacked ethics and wisdom.
Read more about this talk here. Download it at Christendom on iTunes U.
Student enjoyed discussing the current business ethics crisis with Voss at reception held after his address.
The Boyle School of Irish Dance was lead by Sophomore Chris Foeckler.
A poetry reading was given by Freshman Thomas Daily.
Local children's Irish dancing troupe, The O'Kielty Dancers, delighted the audience.
Theology Professor Raymund O'Herron joined Dr. O'Donnell for a number of ballads.
History Professor Brendan McGuire gave rousing performance on the pipes.
The Francis Sisters: Liz and Katie.
Enjoy a video highlighting the night's events:
Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!
St. Joseph is known as the patron saint of workers, foster fathers, happy deaths, husbands, the universal Church, dedicated souls, and the unborn.
Fr. Gee leads everyone in prayer before the feasting begins.
Schmittino's famous Calabrese Bread as well as Special St. Joseph cream puffs pleased everyone's palate.
Italian students whipped up a rainbow of amazing antipastos—many of them family recipes.
Melody Fills the Air at Pub Night
The lineup on Friday was talented and well-varied with performances from Pub Night veterans, such as Freshman Eric Maschue, Sophomore Matt Marchand—who as usual wowed the audience with his musical ability—and vocal powerhouse Meghan Rubin.
The event, as usual was a great time to relax with friends and was a perfect way to end the feast—a wonderful respite in the middle of Lent.
Marie Miller and Senior Shelagh Bolger played a set.
The crowd loved Senior Anna Adams, Junior Catherine Briggs, and Freshman Dominic Ginski.
Nick Freeman and the Texas Heat played some country music favorites.
John Paul the Great on Love
After a bit of background on the topic, she emphasized man’s relationship to one another in terms of giving each other as a gift. The giver first reaches out to form a relationship, and the receiver’s reaction shows what can happen. The receiver can either accept the gift, and a good relationship is formed, or they can reject the gift in which case a wounding is often consequential.
The Christendom community was thrilled with this lecture series which enabled them to find out what makes John Paul the Great such an amazing Pope.
Sts. Peter and Paul…and Patrick
Now that we have been in Rome for over a month, we are getting used to a couple of things, namely, passing St. Peter’s every day, having priceless works of art and architecture in front of our eyes all the time, and walking on historical ground almost wherever we go.
As usual, these past few weeks have been busy with classes, tours, and trying not to overdose on gelato.
On March 12, the Christendom students were divided into three groups and led to view the very heart of St. Peter’s Basilica, the bones of the Fisherman himself. Our guide was a very lovely young woman from Hungary and she led us to a small, underground room where we were able to see the remains of St. Peter for ourselves.
Later on that week, not wishing to ignore the other major patron of Rome, we toured the amazing church of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Inside the giant building, long rays of light from the many windows shone on the tomb of St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. After we had all had prayed at the sacred spot, many of my classmates took the time to gaze at the amazing doors and giant statue of St. Paul on the outside of the church.
All through this semester, my classmates and I have been struck by the patience and cheerfulness of our Rome directors and Residence Assistant. Christendom is very blessed to have such people in charge—another big plus to the Rome Semester.
Now that lent is winding down, the Rome students look forward to Dr. O’Donnell’s annual visit [happening now] and the coming of Easter in the Eternal City.
At the entrance to the Scavi.
Another great shot by John Killackey: St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Discovering the riches of the Roman Forum.
Dr. O'Donnell and our Great Tradition of St. Patrick's Day
Last Wednesday, The Chronicler Online had the opportunity to interview president Dr. Timothy O'Donnell about the traditional celebration of Saint Patrick's Day at Christendom College, and his zeal for the feast day as well as the history and culture of the Irish people.
O'Donnell: The Irish culture has always been celebrated here at Christendom. The people who worked for Triumph magazine and the Christian Commonwealth, out of which the college grew, had a habit and tradition of singing Irish songs all the time—particularly the Clancy Brothers' songs. The founders, including Dr. Carroll—an Irish Catholic historian—Dr. Marshner, and Mr. O'Herron, knew all things Irish and readily participated in this tradition and so it was natural that things carried over. In 1985, the college held its first ever St. Patrick's Day celebration on campus, and it was a wonderful day of music, song, and poetry. In 1986, my wife, Cathy, and I got involved and it has continued ever since. Over the years it has become one of the most beloved annual traditions on campus.
O'Donnell: The celebration of St. Patrick's Day today has maintained much of the tradition and structure from when it started. There has always been participation fromf the children, especially the three children dressed as St. Patrick, St. Bridget, and St. Columcille. The Irish dancing in particular, has been a huge addition to the celebration, with the performances of both children and Christendom students.
CO: What interests you about the history of Ireland, and how has it inspired you — especially to write your book about Irish history, Swords Around the Cross?
O'Donnell: I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and I remember reading a paperback book, "Red Hugh: The Fighting Prince of Donegal," in my grammar school library. It was the first time I had heard about Red Hugh O'Donnell, and it inspired me to read more about the history of Ireland. I learned that the Catholic faith is so formative in the history of the Irish people – it is really the history of a Catholic people who were often struggling, and discriminated against.
The defense of the Catholic faith, and absolute centrality of the faith that you find in the Irish culture, is almost as we say at Christendom, "the air they breathe." Even the expressions, for example, the way you would say "Good morning" in Ireland was "God and Mary be with you." The faith penetrated the culture to such a depth. Sadly, this is no longer the case, as there is now a brutal secularization of Ireland, a current crisis which is incredibly sad. But by looking back on the beauty of the Irish past, especially the deep love for the Mass and devotion to the Catholic faith, we can reclaim that cultural identity in the present and build for the future of Ireland.
CO: How is St. Patrick a model for Christendom Students?
Let the Games Begin: Crusader Rugby
After practicing all throughout the winter, and putting in hard training this spring, the boys showed up ready for any game, and proved themselves against a physically imposing D-1 University club.
In the opening minutes George Mason scored on the team, but the Crusaders quickly recovered the ball, and, through some rapid offloads, Patty Norton was able to break through their defense and run it in for an answering try. From that point until the half, there were tries back and forth for each team, and it appeared to be anyone’s game.
Coach McGuire kept the team fired up during half-time with a challenge to bury the opposition. The Crusaders came out in the second half with impressive scrumming from the forwards, and accurate passing from fly-half Joe Long. James Hannon scored on a breakthrough play, Ben Ranieri smashed through for another, and the boys closed out the game with the much deserved victory—one of the greatest victories in the long history of Christendom athletics.
The Rugby team is off until April 10th when they head to Philadelphia to compete in a weekend tournament.
Freshman Hugh Bratt forges through the GMU resistance.
You can't stop Junior James Hannon the Canon.
Ireland's Freshman Tommy Salmon leads the Crusaders down the field.
Q. I am thinking of going to grad school after I finish my undergraduate studies. What graduate programs do your students get accepted to, and what are some of the fields they study? Thanks!
A. That is an excellent question, and it shows you are thinking ahead for the future. The first thing I should mention is that Christendom College is fully accredited and therefore, students should have no worries about having graduate schools accepting a degree from Christendom. Secondly, the broad liberal arts education that our students receive prepares them for any course of studies at the graduate level. In fact, some graduate programs, like medicine, are actually looking for liberal arts grads.
In years past, students chose a college based on the availability of many specialized degree programs, believing that majoring in a specialized field would offer better career opportunities later on in life. But in recent years, studies have shown that it is more important for students to be broadly educated, rather than simply trained. These studies have found that, when one is too narrowly educated, it is more difficult to adapt successfully to today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business world.
Christendom graduates have continued their studies at such prestigious schools as Notre Dame Law School, Harvard, University of Virginia, Fordham, William and Mary, The Catholic University of America, The Angelicum, The University of Dallas, Ave Maria School of Law, Virginia Tech, Oxford University, and others. They have earned MBAs, PhDs, JDs, MAs, and MDs. They have earned graduate degrees in Architecture, English, History, Philosophy, Business, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Accounting, Electrical Engineering, Political Science, Nursing, Theology, Communications, Classics, and more.
The Christendom education prepares you for all of these fields of study and prepares you well. I invite you to find out more.
Thanks for asking and I hope this helps.
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