Music and Poetry


Name: Colleen Harrington
Pearl City, IL
Drawing, walks, piano, spending time with all the unique people here, learning philosophy, making people smile, and hanging out with my best friend and sister, Mary.
What's your favorite class?
Though there are so many, I'd have to say Philosophy with Dr. Cuddeback. The material is so rich, but at the same time not too difficult to understand. I leave each class with a very thrilled feeling and a desire to take in more. He presents everything in such a profound way.
Do you play any sports?
I enjoy playing baseball with my brothers and the rest of my family back home. On fall break, my little godson, Timmy, insisted on teaching me how to throw the football correctly—it was a riot.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? I play the piano and was privileged to be a part of Piano Night and St. Cecilia's Night.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? What impresses me is the many opportunities to grow and mature as a person. We have the luxury of daily Mass and confession, holy priests to keep us in line, wonderful people to be around, devoted teachers, dances, and so much more.
Why did you choose Christendom? Christendom was my top choice for many reasons—most importantly seeing what it did for my friends and even my mother. Christendom is helping me to become more balanced. The primary focus here is on spiritual growth. Without that internal peace it would be difficult to enjoy the good things around us.
Plans after graduation? Right now I am not sure, but I hope it will become more clear in the next couple years.



Friday night laughter filled the basement of the John Paul the Great Student Center, as students sat back and enjoyed the Pixar film Up. The movie, which was a huge hit this summer, was filled with great, light comedy and had an amazing soundtrack. The SAC (Student Activities Council) made agreat choice in the film, providing a great way for students to unwind. Even students who had already seen the film enjoyed it.

“It's good! I saw it this summer with my sister and I even enjoyed it even more the second time,” Sophomore Rob Fetsko said.

St. Cecilia's Night

Last Saturday the SAC hosted St. Cecilia’s Night in the St. Lawrence Commons. The annual talent-show style production showcases some of the many accomplished musicians who attend Christendom. The night included such performances as a string trio by the Haislmaier brothers (Junior Karl and Freshman Paul) and Sophomore Melanie Bright, and an eloquent piano piece played by Stephen Tomlinson.

For two hours, students, professors, and parents were fed body and soul by the musical banquet that was St. Cecilia’s.

“I’m always astounded by how much of Christendom’s hidden talent emerges during these music nights," Sophomore Catherine Marra said. “It is truly invigorating, refreshing, and rejuvenating to be able to more fully appreciate the musical prowess of my classmates."

Sophomore Clare Behe sang "Be Thou My Vision."

Sophomore Eryn Landry performed "On My Own" from Les Miserables.

Scottish folk tunes were performed by Sophomores Sairey Miller, Mary Pondo, and Daniel Beller.

Senior Cyrus Artz was accompanied by Senior Matt Lancaster for a piece by Handel.

Klosterman siblings, Freshman Gloria and Junior David, sang a duet in Italian and English.

Freshman Max Hess played piano to accompany a number of vocal performances.

Fine beverages and snacks where served at intermission.

The Uniqueness of Music in Western Civilization

Sunday night the Beato Fra Angelico Series hosted a talk presented by Dr. Kurt Poterack on the “Uniqueness of Music in Western Civilization”. He spoke on the four main characteristics of music in Western civilization: the control of the composer, the exact notational system, Augenmusik (which he described as sight music), and finally the harmonies used. The audience learned much and appreciated the opportunity to discover more about the origins of Western music.

Prose & Poetry

Monday night the upper balcony of the library was filled with eager listeners, excited to hear readings of poetry and prose, including some original pieces by faculty and students.

Some original works were read by Associate Librarian Mr. Stephen Pilon, Seniors Daniel Harrison and Gregory Gassman, Juniors Peter O’Dwyer and James Wynn, Sophomores P.J. Freeman and Seth Riggio, along with joint presentations by Senior Paul Wilson and Freshman John Schoffield. There were also presentations by Library Assistant Mickey Krebs, Literature Professor Dr. Robert Rice, Library Director Andrew Armstrong, and Freshman Hannah Graves.

Mrs. Krebs was very impressed by the students talent. Sophomore Seth Riggio agreed, exclaiming, “We should do this every month!”

The evening was followed with an assortment of refreshments in a side room of the library.

Sophomore P. J. Freeman reads an original prose piece.

Giving Blood

The gym was filled with generous Christendom students striving to be like Christ and literally give of themselves—donating blood for the Red Cross blood drive. Students came not only to give blood, but to be supportive of those doing so. Sophomore Emily Hurt, though not giving blood herself, was there to support her roommate by escorting her and making sure she got enough snacks afterwards.

“I want to make sure nothing happens to her!” Emily said.

There was a great turnout with a steady flow of students, which made this semester's blood drive very successful. This is just one of the many ways Christendom students seek to reach out to our local community.

A Red Cross volunteer reviews information with Sophomore Leah Merrill before drawing blood.


Royal Cinemas

The Royal Cinemas Theater in Front Royal has been a source of entertainment for Christendom movie-goers for over 15 years. The theater’s location downtown on Main Street makes it easily accessible to students. The theater is able to avoid long lines and show first-run movies, making it the perfect place to hangout and catch the latest flick.

“The screen is huge and the sound is great. If I’m going to watch a movie, that would be the first place on my list,” Senior Seth Elmenhurst said.

The Theater has hosted special events for the college in the past and has also been the premier location for films by Mirandum Pictures, a production company started by Christendom Alumni.

On the theater’s website, movie times are available for viewing as well as information on parties, gift cards, and even how to get there.

Sophomores Grace Bellow and Phil O'Neill pose for a photo in front of Royal Cinemas.


The 10th Anniversary of Crusader Gymnasium

The fall of 1998 saw the opening of the Crusader Gymnasium here on the campus of Christendom, so I thought it would be fitting to offer a few thoughts and memories of the past 10 years.

The enrollment, now hovering at 400, has nearly doubled since the gymnasium opened its doors and with it the activities in the gym have also drastically increased. From only having 5 club sports to the present of 9 intercollegiate varsity sports with hope to add 2 more in the next few years: women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s rugby are all being newly added to the Christendom Athletic experience. As enrollment increases so has the intramural program at the college, from having a few tournaments throughout the year to now having 5 regular intramural seasons, all of which occur within the walls of the gym. When all is said and done, at the end of a given year over half of the student body will have played either an intramural sport or a varsity sport here at Christendom.

The varsity sports have enjoyed their fair share of great memories and players throughout the short 10-year history of the gymnasium. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have scored victories over Division III opponents such as Wilson College, Mary Washington University, Franciscan University, and Shenandoah University. Many men have broken into the 1,000 point club in the past 10 years while playing basketball in this gym.

So hopefully this gives you a glimpse of what can happen in 10 years and what we have been able to experience here at Christendom in this great facility. We look forward to another 10 years of great games and lasting memories here inside Crusader Gymnasium!

Celebrating 10 years: St. Louis the Crusader Memorial Gymnasium.


Final Days in the Eternal City

Time has flown by for the students here, and with the last week of classes already upon us, we are reminded that all good things must come to an end.

Faced with the thought of leaving Rome in a week, I cannot help but think about all the things that I will miss and may not have appreciated fully. I am living in Rome and, if that is not enough, I am learning about my Catholic faith in one of the most holy cities in the world.

Yesterday, while walking back from class, an American tourist asked me for directions. She inquired about my stay in Rome and she was in awe when I told her that we study right next to the Vatican. After talking to that woman, I realized how special and lucky we are to have this opportunity. Living and studying among all the history and sacredness of Rome—with our close friends, no less—has been an enormous blessing that God has willed for each one of us.

With the time remaining, Ive made plans to make a Seven Church Pilgrimage, go to a ballet, and eat as much gelato as possible. Though everyone has their own final plans and "to-do" list, it seems one would take an eternity to see everything in the Eternal City. Therefore, to make the most of our remaining time in Rome, I think it might be fruitful to just simply sit in St. Peter’s Square, any piazza, or even a friendly street and relish the atmosphere.

After being in Rome for three months, I have grown used to the many people, places, sounds, and smells, which at first were very foreign and overwhelming. I have grown patient with the many tourists blocking the sidewalks and the noisy European siren from the Italian ambulances. I will miss the blue color of St. Peter’s dome and how at nighttime Vatican City manages to be very quiet and still. There are many characteristics my classmates and I will miss about Rome, but right now we are getting ready for finals and preparing for not being home this Thanksgiving.

No matter how ready or not we are to go home, each one of us knows that living in Rome has been one of the most unbelievable experiences imaginable.

We were able to attend beatifications and canonizations in St. Peter's Square.

St. Peter's is so peaceful and still at night.

Revisiting some of our favorite spots.

Many nights the guys lead us in our favorite songs up on our rooftop-terrace.


Q. When’s the best time to take my SATs? Does it matter if I take them more than once? Does Christendom take the highest scores in each section and add them together? Any information you can give me would be quite helpful.

A. First of all, my recommendation is that students take the SAT or ACT as early as the end of their Sophomore year in high school, but definitely in their Junior year. The reason I say this is that many people do not do very well their first time taking these tests. Maybe they are scared or nervous, maybe they had a bad night sleep or were sick. In any case, it is important to take the test one time and get the jitters out of your system and also to determine how much work you are going to need to do to perform better the next time around.

The tests normally cost about $40. It is well worth the money to take the test three or four times, because, at least at Christendom, we take the best score in the Math section, the best in the Reading section, and the best in the Writing section to determine your SAT score. Unfortunately, for the ACT, we only take the best composite score that is recorded and do not do any type of mixing and matching.

Christendom College bases its academic merit scholarships on SAT or ACT scores, primarily. If a student gets above a 1920 on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT (and has at least a 3.0 GPA), automatically, they will receive a minimum scholarship of $2800 a semester off tuition for all four years. And depending on how high the score is, they will receive even more FREE money. So, unless money grows on trees wherever you’re from, I suggest investing the $120 – $160 to take the standardized tests 3 or 4 times, in the hopes that free money will be your reward.

Waiting until Senior year, as many do, may cause some problems because if you end up doing poorly on the tests, then you don’t have much time to do anything about it. But if you take the test in your Junior year, then at least you have the whole summer to brush up on whatever it is that is getting you down.

I hope this helps and study hard.
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Crusaders Triumph


Name: Nathan James Scott
Modesto, CA
History; Minor: Liturgical Music
Singing in the choir, martial arts, running, making movies, acting.
What's your favorite class?
Mr. O'Herron's Freshman Theology classes—the most important subject and the most meaningful to life here and hereafter. They are a great foundation for all the subjects and they really bring them all together.
Do you play any sports?
Yes, volleyball and racquetball.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
Yes, the Fall Play, Film Club, the Choir and Schola Gregoriana, and Schubertiade.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The integration of the Catholic Faith with every aspect of the college—academic, extra-curricular, work-study, friendships—and to be able to live the Faith fully with the rich spiritual life fostered by the sacraments and aided by the faculty and staff.
Why did you choose Christendom?
Because it is 100% loyal to the Magisterium and the Holy Father. It also offers the best liberal arts education with the best faculty I have ever been privileged to study under.
Plans after graduation?
I plan to go to Northeastern University in Boston for a dual degree in Accounting and Business Administration.


Boys, Marriage, & Everything in Between

On Friday night, women from all classes crammed St. Kilian’s Café and the John Paul II Student Center for Women’s Convocation 2009. The event began at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail/refreshment hour, during which the women meandered about and socialized.

Around 8pm, the discussions began, led by Associate Dean of Student Life Tambi Spitz, featuring comments from Literature Professor Sharon Hickson, Mathematics Professor Miriam Buyers, Sherry O’Donnell (wife of Chronicler Online editor, Niall O'Donnell), Jessica Wunsch (wife of Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch), and Student Activities Coordinator Marie Antunes. The topics of discussion the ladies pulled from were from questions the girls had written down in the beginning of the evening. The women talked about boys, marriage, and everything in between.

“I really liked what Mrs. O’Donnell and what Mrs. Wunsch were talking about. They were very simple, yet very open about married life,” said Junior Mary Harrington.

After the discussions, the girls chatted some more, and also were able to do some crafts, including jewelry making, painting ornaments, and making bulletin boards. All the girls enjoyed the opportunity just to hang out and relax, while hearing the great things the women had to say.

The discussion was both profound and humorous.

It was a full house which facilitated a lot of great dialogue.

Girls assemble padded photo boards.

Dodgeball & Gladiator

On Friday, the men of Christendom took part in a Convocation as well. Friday's events were kicked off with a talk on relationships and manliness by Coach Chris Vander Woude. Following the talk, everybody moved to the Crusader Gym for a competitive game of dodgeball. They ran, jumped and ducked as dodge-balls filled the air, threatening faces and unguarded limbs.

When the game had relieved players both of energy and strength the crowd relocated once more to the basement of the John Paul the Great Student Center. It was here that everybody sat down to watch Gladiator. Russell Crowe's performance thrilled all in this conclusion to the Men's Convocation. Each student left gladdened by the evening's events and inspired by the words of Coach Vander Woude.

Gladiator won the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Picture.

Maryland's Melodic Pop Siblings

Saturday night St. Kilian’s Café was the place to be as Judd and Maggie put on a great show. Students enjoyed the amazing entertainment while sipping on delicious coffee and hot chocolate, as well as beer and wine (for those of legal age).

Judd and Maggie, siblings of Senior Shelagh Bolger, graced Christendom with their musical presence again, and played several original songs as well as a few covers.

“I really like their music," Sophomore Mary Becher commented. "It has a great sound. My roommate bought one of their CD’s last year, but I like them best during live performances.”

It was a great, relaxing atmosphere, perfect for mingling and just hanging out on a Saturday night.

Listen to them on MySpace.

Their sister Shelagh, a current Christendom Senior, joined them for a couple songs.

Career Services in Action

Seniors and Juniors filled Kilian's Café Monday night, for Life on Tap with Mr. Keith Robinson. Robinson's talk focused primarily on various career and job hunting strategies. In addition to interview tactics, he covered the basics of building a good resume and how to focus it toward the particular career you wish to get into.

Via a method of lecture mixed with Q&A, the students were learned some great tips on making a good impression with a potential boss. Mr. Robinson is a big advocate of networking for the sake of finding and getting into a good position. He spoke at length about developing and maintaining good relations with contacts.

Christendom students are able to enter the workforce upon graduation and find rewarding positions in a myriad of fields, working for great companies, due in part to the information they gain from the many Career Development talks and events held on campus.

Connecting with Rome!

During dinner on Monday night students had the chance to say “hi” to their fellow students abroad in Rome!

Seniors Nathan Scott and Jozef Schutzman held a small "Skype" event in St. Lawrence Commons during dinner, and while students meandered in to eat, they were able to stop by the table and video chat with their friends in Rome. The smiling faces of Angela Sus, Liz Newcombe, Monica Clark, Olivia Bushey and a few others graced the projected screen on the wall of the Commons as excited passersby waved to the camera. Even Theology Professor Eric Jenislawski stopped by the table to give his greetings to our Rome students!

In no time, there was a small crowd around the table, smiling, talking and laughing, happy for the opportunity to see some familiar faces who are far away.

Juniors Lauren Oligny, Margaret Antunes, and Alison Firehammer say "buona sera" to their classmates.


The Rock

Only at Christendom do you encounter students so excited about…a rock. But this isn’t just any rock, this is THE Rock.

The Rock is one of Christendom’s traditions, so to speak. Essentially, it is a somewhat large boulder that sits on the edge of Campion field, visible as you drive in or out of the campus from girls’ side. Generally, after (or sometimes before if one is particularly ambitious) most sporting events, especially the East vs. West game, a small group of people will get together and paint the rock with the victor’s colors.

Most often painted at night during the cover of darkness, it is great fun to participate in this aspect of campus culture. Some students and faculty say that the Rock never used to be so big, it grew in size because of all the layers of paint on it! It is true, however, the layers are surprisingly thick, as one can see when looking closely. The Rock isn’t just painted for sporting events though, for example, last year, on St. Patrick's Day, the Rock was supporting a bright new layer of green!

As students will attest, the Rock is just one of those little things that makes Christendom the fun and tradition-filled place that it is.

Painted for the Faculty/Staff vs. Students game.

Often the score will be marked down: this year's East vs. West game.

The rock following the Sophomore/Seniors victory in this year's Powder Puff game.


Crusaders Trounce Sentinels

Last night the men’s and women’s basketball teams had their home opening games against Patrick Henry College. The first games played on the newly dedicated Thomas Vander Woude Court proved to be a great start to the season for both teams.

The Lady Crusaders started the night off with a 36-25 win over the Sentinels. The women played with great energy and excitement throughout the game especially on the defensive side allowing just 8 points by Patrick Henry in the first half. Junior Mary Hill recorded her first double-double of her career with an impressive 18-rebound and 10-point effort, equally impressive is that 9 of her 18 rebounds came on the offensive end, which undoubtedly gave the Lady Crusaders an advantage. Overall, the team recorded 20 offensive rebounds which goes to show the toughness and heart that the women play with.

The men’s basketball team followed up the women’s performance with a 64-57 win over Patrick Henry. The game saw the Sentinels jump out of the gates early and take an early lead behind great shooting. The Crusaders battled back led by Junior Matt Rensch who scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the first half on a myriad of different moves. Freshmen Brendan Krebs and Tim McPhee got into the scoring action finishing with 9 and 11 respectively. But defense was the name of the game as the Crusaders put the clamps on Patrick Henry and their hot shooting in the 2nd half and held them to just 21 points in the second half. Matt Rensch led all scorers with his 24 and Brian Fox finished with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was a solid win for both teams—especially with all the emotions and excitement of the first home game.

The Crusaders are back in action at the Wagner Classic hosted by Washington Bible College Friday night, where they will actually play Patrick Henry again at 6pm. The Lady Crusaders host Valley Forge Military College Saturday at 2pm.

Mary Hill adds 2 more to the Crusader's score.

Matt Rensch rallies the Crusaders to victory.

See more of the Crusaders in action at
Christendom's Picasa Gallery!


Rainy Days of Rome

In Rome, the rain pours down fiercely and thunder echoes through the streets.

Lately, I have been wondering why they make cappuccino cups so small. Needless to say, this week brought its fair share of rain and cold weather and it made me long for a large cup that I could just sit inside a café and sip on.

Dr. and Mrs. O’Donnell arrived on Wednesday and greeted every single student with a warm hug and feeling of life from back at Christendom.
At St. Peter’s Square, everyone joined in a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, given by Dr. O’Donnell. The beauty of the Vatican still amazes me.

In these last few weeks of our time here in Rome, we are trying to take advantage of every opportunity and appreciate every Roman moment, even the rainy ones. On Thursday, we lucky young Catholics were given the Scavi Tour and told of the rich history involved with St. Peter’s Square itself. My feet, and so many others, walk across the Vatican Square every day, but knowing that it is the exact spot where St. Peter is buried brings such a different feeling that can easily be forgotten in all the hustle and bustle of the tourists. How refreshing it is to be reminded of the importance of all these holy places, which, so often, gets lost behind the camera lens.

Friday, the group hopped on a bus early in the morning destined for Orvieto, home of a Eucharistic miracle and some great cafés. The Duomo in Orvieto, built under the reign of Pope Nicholas IV, inside and outside stands as the definition of magnificent. Painted on the ceiling of the Duomo is a version of the last judgment that reminds everyone to "harden not their hearts." Outside on the streets of little Orvieto, we found that the cold rain had followed us from Rome! (Have you noticed the theme?) Making the best of a rainy day involves café hopping and cappuccino sipping for some—others prefer to shop for hats. When the rain will not go away in Italy, there is something for everyone!

The Duomo at Orvieto.

Denton Coyne enjoys the Umbrian countryside, which the town of Orvieto overlooks.

Nothing beats a cozy trattoria on a rainy day in Italy.


Q. Is Christendom a Great Books program?

A: Some people think we are but in fact we are not a Great Books Program. A Great Books Program, from what I can tell, is one which studies a certain limited number of primary texts in a Socratic or discussion type forum. No textbooks or secondary sources are used in a Great Books program and all students study the exact same subjects and receive one degree, a BA in Liberal Arts, without having choices of majors.

Christendom would be categorized as offering a classical liberal arts education. We rely heavily on many of the same primary texts read in a Great Books program, but we also use many secondary sources to gain deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Also, the vast majority of our classes are lecture format with students having the ability to ask questions and make comments during class. Although we do have a very strong core curriculum which lasts two and a half years, following the completion of the core, students are given the opportunity to delve deeper into one of six areas of study and major in Theology, Philosophy, English Language and Literature, Classics, Political Science, or History.

Additionally, most Great Books programs do not offer history as part of their curriculum because generally, in order to do an in-depth survey of history, textbooks are used. Here at Christendom, we rely heavily on College founder Dr. Warren Carroll’s History of Christendom series of books. Of course there are other differences, but these are the ones I think may be easiest understood. I hope that this clarifies a couple of the differences between a Great Books Program and what Christendom offers. Here is our core curriculum at a glance.
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All Hallow's Eve


Name: Molly Kathleen Morey
From: Issaquah, WA
Sports (especially softball and volleyball), spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, writing, and blaring country music in the car.
What's your favorite class? History with Dr. Schwartz. He really brings history to life as if we were living in that time period. And by getting the Catholic perspective, I learn what REALLY happened.
Do you play any sports?
I love anything that includes a ball: softball, volleyball, soccer and basketball, just to name a few. Whether it's a casual intramural game here on campus or a state tournament, I love the competition and camaraderie involved. It's a great outlet from academics as well.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? I helped with the "behind the scenes" during the Mystery Dinner Theater last spring and I plan to try out for a part in it this year.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The proximity to the Sacraments and the incredible, faith-filled students and friends that can't be found anywhere else in the world. They help me to live the Faith daily.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom for its tough academics and morally grounded Catholicism where I can learn to reason and write intelligently, where I can discover the facts of history and the teachings of the Church. Ultimately I wanted a place that would allow me to fully know and love God.
Plans after graduation? Right now I'm just enjoying college. Whatever God has planned for me, I'm sure it is awesome.


Medieval Fest

Last Wednesday, students celebrated Medieval Fest. This year's festival was hosted by Senior Nathan Scott. From early afternoon to evening, events took place ranging from a fencing demonstration to a morality play put on by the faculty. A special dinner was served in imitation of a medieval meal. Many students participated by dressing up in courtly attire. Following the dance, Medieval Fest came to a close at 10:00 and ended, in Christendom fashion, with the singing of the Salve Regina.

Fencing was part of the afternoon's activities.

Following dinner was a reenactment of famous battles from the Crusades: Christian and Islamic armies lined up on the field across from the St. Lawrence Commons and charged each other. Three battles took place and were well-received by the audience.

The morality play performed by the faculty was written by Senior Nathan Scott.

Associate Librarian Stephen Pilon wowed the audience with his juggling.

Anthony Dhanagom and Johanna Troendle dance through the Middle Ages.

Music Fills the Air at Kilian's

St. Kilian’s Café was packed Friday night as students gathered for Pub Night. The night was kicked off with interesting and educational talks by Political Science Professor Dr. William Luckey and Senior Chris Dayton. Following the talks, some Christendom talent took the stage, kicked off by a great performance from Senior Meghan Rubin, who was also accompanied by her brother and Senior Matt Lancaster for a couple of songs.

Following Meghan’s performances, newcomers to the stage, Freshmen Alicia Stanton and Eric Maschue showed off their skills. Eric played the guitar and accompanied Alicia with vocals on a few songs. He then did a few solo performances. Their performances were extremely well-received.

As Freshman Tommy Salmon put it, “They are really, really good.”

Next, Sophomore Matt Marchand showed off his piano and vocal skills, singing a few popular songs. Finally, the Long brothers, Dave and Joe, took the stage and Joe stunned the audience with his juggling act. The brothers closed the night out by performing several songs together. The evening was a great chance to sit back and relax after a hard week of studies!

Meghan played several original compositions.

The Long Brothers sang some classics from their Irish/Folk library.

Over 200 Strong Against Abortion

Christendom College's pro-life student group, Shield of Roses, held its biggest protest in over 30 years of existence. On October 31, over 200 students, faculty, staff, and visitors traveled to Washington, D.C., to peacefully demostrated their opposition to abortion at the Planned Parenthood clinic, located just north of the White House, on 16th Street.

The group protests at this same clinic each Saturday morning during the academic year, but normally only around 20-30 students make the trek into D.C. on a weekly basis. Once a semester, the group's leadership organizes what it calls a “Mega Shield” event and encourages as many of the members of the College community as possible to participate. Last year, Mega Shield events drew as many as 125 students, and prior years' record up to 150 participants!

Read more about this event here.

The Monster Mash

Disney Villains, cartoon characters, and celebrities were just some of the faces that filled the St. Lawrence commons on Saturday night for the annual Halloween Dance. This year, the dance was put on by Freshman class president, Peter Hill, who did a great job organizing the fun event.

Not only did students enjoy dancing, in costume of course, but they also had the chance to participate in games which were held. Participants were divided by class, and the games included a donut-eating relay in which the competitors wore an eye-patch and could not use their hands. There was also a challenge to see who could get all the seeds out of a pumpkin first, and finally, a pumpkin carving contest.

To cap the night off there is always a costume contest, where those in costume can show-off their costumed-creativity. This year, the three finalists were the Disney Villains, The Three Hockey players, and the winners, cartoon characters Calvin and Hobbes. Students had a great time, and look forward to next year's dance!

Carving the pumpkin had an added challenge for some who dealt with all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Donuts on a string: a delicious competition.

Got milk?

The Disney Villains, some of the finalists.

Calvin and Hobbes win the costume contest.

Talent Fills the Room at Schubertiade

Sunday afternoon, the house of Christendom College President Dr. O’Donnell was bustling, as he hosted the year's first Schubertiade. There was much great talent to be seen, including the skills of the musical children of Dr. Clark, as well as performances by Dr. Clark himself, accompanied on the piano by Sophomore Stephen Tomlinson. Stephen also played a few songs on his own, amazing the audience with his piano skills. Dr. Clark’s choir sang Schubert’s Mass in G, directed by Dr. Poterack, and accompanied by a small orchestra made up of students from Christendom. Dr. O’Donnell also performed an Irish guitar ballad, the Killackey brothers played a couple of fiddle duets, and Karl and Paul Heislmaier and Melanie Bright performed a string trio piece. The afternoon was very pleasant, and the college is happy to be home to such amazing musical talent.

Sophomore Liz Sartor turns the page for Sophomore Stephen Tomlinson.

Sophomore Sairey Miller plays the harp.

Dr. Kurt Poterack conducts the small orchestra and choir.


Classical Clark

Dr. Mark Clark has been a professor at Christendom College for three years now. A professor in the Classics and Early Christian Studies department, he teaches core Latin and Greek classes and also one elective per semester. “Which is really fun,” said Clark.

Up until the 1900's, the Catholic Church had a tradition of teaching Latin as a living language for non-native speakers. They would teach Latin exactly the way that all modern language courses are taught: by immersion, teaching it the way it would have been with native speakers.

“Christendom was interested in that tradition, so that’s why I came here. So, in that line, I do a lot of speaking, a lot of plays, and a lot of acting in my classes,” Clark says.

“But, the thing I’m really excited about is the Schubertiade.” (See story above.)

“You get together and you get to play the things you’ve been working on in an informal setting. What’s so nice about it is that at a place like Christendom, where there is deep musical talent, it gives students a chance to do great music, of all kinds, within the context of a rigorous academic program. Here the O’Donnell’s, the Cuddeback’s, and I host it at private homes, which is really nice. It’s great having it in a small, family setting, and it’s the kind of culture we like to encourage,” explains Clark.

On the weekend, Dr. Clark also hosts Don Bosco basketball at the Christendom College Crusader Gymnasium for youth. "It’s not about losing or winning, it’s just about teaching basketball to the kids," he says.

“These are obviously my passions: music, sports, and Latin. I wish we had more golfers,” he joked. “The truth is, Christendom College is really the perfect place for someone of my interests because the students are interested in these things, and really open to learning, and they’re open to the best. I’m just really grateful for the opportunity to do this stuff.”

Dr. Clark leads a discussion in Latin.


Sneak-Peek: Crusader Basketball

With the men’s opening game on Saturday November 7, the basketball season will have officially begun at Christendom. Practices have been going on for weeks, and both teams will have their first games within the next week. The men will play Maryland Bible College and both teams will host Patrick Henry College on November 11 for the opening home games of the season.

This year shows promise for both teams despite the loss of key seniors from last year’s squads; the men lost Marion Miner and the women lost Abby Hill and Becca Harris. But with a new year comes new faces and new talent, and both the men and the women introduce new players to the team this year. The men’s team adds 6 freshmen and expects to get immediate production from Tim McPhee, Brendan Krebs, and Tim Beer. The team returns with shooting guard Matt Rensch and center Bryan Fox, both of whom are captains on this year’s team and hope to lead the Crusaders to a successful season.

The women’s team also adds new faces, including Freshman Sarah Barren and Junior Mary Kate Vander Woude, who did not play last year.

"The team has already shown great intensity and a willingness to work hard," commented Maria Morgan and Anna Mourachian, the women's coaches.

Mary Hill, the leading scorer of the returning players, hopes to have a solid semester before departing for Rome with many of the players from both teams. In fact, the next semester might look like a whole new team for both the Crusaders and Lady Crusaders, as over 6 players from both teams will be departing for their much-anticipated semester in Rome in the spring.

The Crusaders play at Maryland Bible at 7pm this Saturday November 7. The first home games are Wednesday November 11 against Patrick Henry and will be the first games to be played on the newly dedicated Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Basketball Court; the women begin at 5:30pm and the men start at 7:30pm. The schedules are available online and you can follow all the Crusaders results on Facebook and Twitter.

Matt Rensch flies up to the basket.


All Saints' Day and a Giant Pumpkin

Welcome back to Rome, everyone!

Time flies here, and with only a few short weeks left, everyone is trying their hardest to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. Midterms came and went quickly, leaving more time to see the sights in and around Rome.

This past weekend, some of us took advantage of a trip to Subiaco, where St. Benedict fled to live in a cave. Others, including myself, spent Saturday walking around the Vatican Gardens. Strolling around inside the Vatican walls was an experience like few others, producing the feelings of excitement and relaxation at the same time. During the week, tours are in order, and visiting St. Paul Outside the Walls definitely made the favorites list among our group. Friday held a visit to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus: walking through the narrow hallways where millions of martyrs are interred certainly is not an everyday experience. We were blessed to have mass said especially for us in a tiny chapel while we were down in the Catacombs. If the day couldn’t possibly be more exciting, a huge spider made an appearance during our tour, just in time for Halloween.

We were warned in advance that the streets of Rome are not an ideal place to go trick or treating. Instead, our hotel landlord threw us "A Super Big Halloween Party," starring the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen. On Sunday morning, we celebrated All Saints' Day. Huge slices of the pumpkin were delivered to the rooms of those who wanted to participate in our Pumpkin cooking competition. The competition was in the spirit of Iron Chefs of Rome, a tradition began by Rome Program participants in the past couple years. Entered in the contest were varieties of pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin soup. Yum!

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, Christendom College President Dr. O’Donnell will keep the tradition of the Rome Program and come visit us in the Eternal City.

St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Sitting on the official Papal bench in the Vatican gardens.

Waiting for Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Square.


Q. I get Christendom’s magazine, Instaurare, a couple of times a year and really like it. I was wondering, though, if there is some way I can sign my friends and family up to receive a copy. Is there a subscription rate? –J. Santschi, Manassas, VA.

A. Thanks for asking about Instaurare and I'm glad you like it. It’s pretty amazing that we have 18,000 issues printed four times a year (March, July, October, December) and that number keeps growing. When I became editor of it in 2000, we only printed around 7,000 copies each issue.

First of all, there is no subscription rate for Instaurare – it is free (but if you ever feel the need to slide a check into the envelope, we’d most certainly be grateful). Secondly, you are more than welcome, in fact, encouraged to sign up as many people as you would like to receive their own copy. If you would like to receive multiple copies to put in the back of your church, or give to neighbors, or hand out at school, or simply leave on a plane, we are happy to supply you with however many you need.

We currently send thousands of copies out to parishes around the country. Many priests ask us to send them 50 or 100 copies so they can put them in the back of their churches. For a long time, the rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York city took 100 copies of each issue and had them right in front of the visitor’s desk for all to see. Fr. Groeschel has taken extra copies to hand out to people he meets and members of the Roman Curia, such as Archbishop Raymond Burke (who says that he is a “faithful reader of the newsletter"), Cardinal Arinze, Cardinal Stafford, and others receive it and use it to keep up to date on what’s going on here at Christendom. Now, if we could only get them to read this Chronicler Online we’d really be in business!

So, if you want to sign someone up for an individual copy, you can go here. If you wish to get multiple copies (5, 10, 25, 50, 100), please email me at [email protected] and I will make sure we get you on the list.
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