Potatoes and Pasta


Name: Dean Dewey
Thornwood, NY
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

Two groups of students went on missionary trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic for their spring break. The group in the Dominican Republic built outhouses for four villages. The group in Honduras worked in banana fields and aided an orphanage in instructing children in English and leading recreational activities.

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
students at last Monday. His talk, entitled “To Hell and Back: Catholicism, Liberal Arts, and Business Ethics,” explained how the wisdom and ethics of the Catholic intellectual tradition has the ability to shape the future of business for the better.

“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.

Wearin' o' the Green

It finally arrived - the day our President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell had been waiting for for so long - St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Lawrence Commons was a sea of green on Wednesday evening (March 17th) as students gathered for an Irish themed dinner, featuring salmon, beef braised in Guinness, and some amazing scones.

After dinner, everyone gathered back inside the Commons to enjoy the great lineup of performances. The night was kicked off with the blessing from “St. Patrick,” and moved onto music from “The Clansmen," a musical group comprised of Mrs. Sofia Cuddeback, Sophomore Brian Killackey, Juniors Nick Freeman, Rory O’Donnell, and Ben Raneri, and Senior Zach Miller, accompanied by Dr. O'Donnell on guitar.

The evening moved on to a large assortment of Celtic dancing and music. The audience had a great time at the festivities, and is happy that Christendom is able to celebrate the different cultures of its students in such a high-spirited way.

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!

On Friday, March 19, la festa di San Giuseppe was joyously celebrated by Christendom students and faculty. The festivities began with Solemn Vespers, followed by a procession of the statue of St. Joseph to St. Lawrence Commons. After a beautiful prayer to St. Joseph, Chaplain Fr. Daniel Gee gave the traditional blessing of the bread. Students enjoyed a large Italian meal prepared by Christendom students, under the leadership of Senior and enthusiastic Italian, Katie Carducci, and Assistant Director of Admissions Michael Schmittino.

“The dinner was delicious!” said freshman Max Hess. “It is a great day for us to increase our devotion to St. Joseph, and to honor him for his dedication to the Holy Family, which we celebrate with prayer, song, and amazing food, in true Italian tradition.”

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

Friday night, Kilian’s Café was packed to the brim as students from all classes came to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph to the fullest - with good company and music.

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.
There were also performances by Nick Freeman and the Texas Heat, as well as an unexpected performance by Seniors J.P. Minnick and Brian Gallagher at the end of the evening.

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

Monday night, about fifty students and faculty members filled the Chapel Crypt to hear the last talk of the series on Pope John Paul II. Prof. Mary Stanford spoke on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, or as she pointed out, better termed Anthropology of Man.

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.

heresa King was particularly excited to hear the talk, because as she mentioned, “It really relates to my exegesis for my theology class [Introduction to the New Testament, with Professor Jenislawski].”

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.
It is hard to believe that this time last year, a semester in Rome was just a hopeful dream for many of us. Now it is a reality.

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.
Although we were all fully aware that the bones of Peter were directly under the main altar, actually seeing them was a very moving experience. I unexpectedly found myself very near tears and it took an extra effort to finally leave the room and return to the surface. On our way up, we passed by many deceased Popes’ tombs, including Pius XII and John Paul II.

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.

Although we were not able to join the Christendom campus in celebrating the traditional festivities of St. Patrick's Day, Mr. and Mrs. Fuerte and Beth Doherty took the time to make sure the venerated saint of Ireland was properly honored—even in Rome. The Rome students found the usual weekly dinner transformed into a green feast, even the dessert. We also had a little dance afterwards, which was the icing on the cake to an enjoyable evening.

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.

Until then…

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.

CO: How did the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration begin at Christendom College?
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.

The St. Patrick’s Day events on campus reflect the true meaning of the day, which is affirming Catholic culture wherever it is found, whether it is by the Italians on the feast of St. Joseph, or by the Bavarian German culture at Oktoberfest. The Irish culture is something that should be appreciated, and it is a day on which St. Patrick should be truly honored and celebrated. The music, dancing, and poetry of the Irish race and the affect that the Gospel has had on Irish culture and history should be—and is—celebrated here at Christendom College.

CO: Has the celebration evolved from its original beginnings?
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.
I have written about the Nine Years War, a period in which the Northern clans rose up against Queen Elizabeth, who was trying to establish Protestantism within Ireland, though at that time the country was close to 98% Catholic. Heroic clansman, primarily the O'Donnells, McGuires, and O’Neills rose up with other clans and fought against overwhelming odds, a national movement which was significant in establishing the Catholic identity of a people who rebelled against Protestantism. Though they lost the war, the Catholic faith remained, though it faced persecutions, religious discrimination, and legislation, which outlawed the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments.

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?
O'Donnell: I have read Patrick’s Confessions and prayers many times, and what emerges from them is a man of incredible faith and great humility. Once you really connect with the real Patrick, you discover a man who fell in love with God, and who was never bitter or angry at God, though he experienced great hardship and trial. He gave himself completely to God and spent his whole life ministering to the people who had treated him horribly and had enslaved him, and brought them back the gift of liberty and the truth faith—it reveals such a generosity of spirit. I am attracted to him as an ideal apostle and missionary. During his life time, against impossible odds, he took what was essentially a pagan nation and transformed it into a Christian nation within two generations. I find him a great historical figure and a very inspiring saint. One of the reasons he is celebrated here at Christendom is in hopes that our students will pick up that spirit and want to emulate him in the desire to be a missionary, and to go out into the world to “Restore all things in Christ.”


Let the Games Begin: Crusader Rugby

Rugby season was officially launched on Saturday with an awesome victory over George Mason University's B Team. The Crusaders thrilled the crowd with a convincing 31-19 victory.

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.

Senior Dave Long ran one in uncontested, and Rob Hambleton had a diving try along the sidelines.

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.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges: “As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You'll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it's important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine.”


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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