Parent's Weekend


Name: Noreen Daly
Age: 20
Year: Junior
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

Last Thursday night, Front Royal Cinemas was packed with not only Christendom students, but also people from town, excited to be viewing four films produced by Christendom Alumni Mike Powell and Colin Mason, for the first ever “Filmed in Front Royal” a small group of films that were filmed, right here in our very own Front Royal— some even at Christendom!

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.

“I really liked that one,” Sophomore Lisa Hoonhout said, “I am an action-comedy sort of person, so that one was my favorite!”

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

On Friday, the second annual United Nations Pro-Life Lobbying Fundraiser was held in St. Killian’s Café. The event raises money to send students to the UN to learn about and even to participate in the resolutions and documents passed.

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).

Parents Weekend

Saturday was filled with many fun events to keep parents, students, and siblings happy with a day of recreation and community.

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.

Dr. Rice proudly showed the original path that lead down to the river and, once at the bottom, engaged the parents in conversation concerning many of the other aspects of Christendom's history.

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

Saturday night, the Commons was filled with swingin' action, as parents and siblings of students enjoyed a good old Christendom dance! The Swing and Contra Dance Clubs provided instruction to the visitors.

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

Sunday afternoon, students and faculty swarmed onto Campion Field as the students took on the faculty for the revival of the Faculty-Staff vs. Students Football Game. The game started out in favor of the faculty as they quickly scored the first touchdown, then the second.

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!

Nails were bitten and encouraging cheers were heard as both teams tried their hardest. Finally, the students scored a touchdown to win the game. Though the students won, they were really impressed with how hard it was to beat the faculty.

“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.

See more photos at Christendom's Picasa Web Album!

God's Grace Brings Us to Confession

Fr. Daniel Gee gave his third lecture in his series on Confession in the Chapel Crypt on Tuesday. Fr. Gee’s focus for this session was talking about what the penitents should be doing before and during 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

There are many clubs on campus, but out of all of them, the Film Club is one that gets the whole campus involved. Though all the students may not participate in the making of the films, they all benefit from the entertainment produced.

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.

Brian says that the group is “still in its infancy stage” and really just focusing on growing slowly and producing more projects that will attract people to join, as well as increasing the professionalism of the club.

“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

Throughout the world soccer is known as "the world’s sport," and this year in particular the world’s love of soccer has invaded Christendom soccer. Enter Tommy Salmon, Anthony Readings, Peter McNeely, and Paul Nangurai, 4 of the 23 members of this year’s men’s soccer team, all with significant foreign ties.

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.

“Well done boys,” in a thick British accent, is the common phrase from our English friend, Freshman Anthony Readings. Coupled with Tommy’s Irish brogue, the dialogue between these two is entertainment in itself! Anthony has brought great skill and fancy footwork to the men’s team, in addition to a knack for putting the ball in the net.

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!

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After a spiritual and fun-filled week spent in three amazing Italian cities, all of us 38 Christendom students are ready to spend the next two months here in Rome, under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Fuerte, and our resident coordinator, Beth Doherty.

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.

Siena, the home of the beloved St. Catherine, marked the end of our pilgrimage. Everyone gathered at the Campo, Siena's central square, on Friday night to attend the annual footrace. Students raced under the moonlight: it was close, but James Hannon took first for the guys and Liz Newcombe pulled through for the ladies. Good work guys!

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.

What this means is that the student is to select a topic in his major and try and put a new angle on it, or give an explanation of it in a way that's never been done before. A student can choose to write the thesis in either the fall or spring semester of his senior year. And although the thesis is something that has our seniors pretty stressed out at times, the fact that they have been writing papers here at Christendom throughout their past three years gives them the confidence to do well on the thesis.

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.

I hope this helps and thanks for asking.
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La Notte Italiana


Name: Peter Ciskanik
Age: 21
Year: Junior
From: New Castle, DE
Major: History
Hobbies? Way too many to count! I do like swing dancing a lot, watching movies, running, attempting to learn Italian, and playing paintball—to name a few.
What's your favorite class? Prof. Ryan Callaghan's World War II class! I love WWII history and he was so engaging and really made you feel like you were there.
Do you play any sports? Intramural soccer.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
Nope. I couldn't act if my life depended on it. I do play the snare drum in a fife and drum corp.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
I would have to say the strong Catholic community. No where else would we be able to live and work with so many people who all hold the same values as we do.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I transfered in last year from Thomas Aquinas College, which didn't fit my learning style very well. Christendom seemed much more engaging and still had the strong, well-rounded liberal education I wanted. On top of that, it is very Catholic—an aspect that is so important to me.

Plans after graduation? I'm hoping to go on to grad school and get an MBA or teach history.


Dr. Divietri on Marriage: Just a Roll of the Dice?


An eager audience filled the Chapel Crypt on Thursday night to listen to Theology Professor Dr. Patrick Divietri in the first part of a series of talks on marriage being hosted by the Theology Department. Divietri explained that the key to a good marital relationship is sharing values, which both the male and female find important and living them out. He also emphasized the importance of understanding in relationships. The final point he made to all the males present was that a lot of men at Christendom are afraid to “pull the trigger.” Once they find a woman who shares the same values as they do, he encouraged them to get to know her and to make the first move towards a relationship.

Students really enjoyed Dr. Divietri’s talk, and found him both insightful and amusing. Sophomore Jane Kokes summed up the feeling of the students when she said, “I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Divietri’s talk and I hope to be among the lucky few who get into one of his classes."

Download this talk is available at Christendom on iTunes U.

Pub Night Hosts Lecture and Music


Pub Night began on Friday evening with a talk entitled "The Godly Use of the Internet" by Theology Prof. Eric Jenislawski. His primary focus was how the internet can be a powerful scholarly tool and great for spreading information, especially with the use of blogging.

Jenislawski was followed by Senior and Women's Head R.A. Emily Jeroma who spoke about using the internet to become politically informed. Jeroma, who worked for a politician over this past summer, went into depth on gaining knowledge of election candidates by finding unbiased news online as well as looking deeply at the candidates own web page.

Prof. Jenislawski wrapped up by taking a few questions and then Marie Miller took the stage. She thrilled the crowd with a mixture of cover songs as well as an original composition.

You can listen to Marie too: launch the music player on her website!

After Marie's solo performance, Marie's sister joined her on the guitar, as well as Junior Margaret McShurley and Sophomore Anna McShurley on violins. The foursome call themselves The Sisters.

La Notte Italiana


On Saturday night the commons was filled with students, eager to enjoy a great Italian meal, organized and cooked by Christendom’s own, Senior Catie Carducci. Helped by both her sisters and student volunteers, she planned and prepared the delicious meal, which had everyone stuffed to the brim with authentic Italian food.

Following dinner, students hurried off to prepare for the ever-amazing dance in Piazza San Lorenzo (the square in front of the St. Lawrence Commons)! This year’s dance was planned and organized by Senior Katie Urban and Junior Lauren Oligny. They were also in charge of the decorations for the inside of the Commons during dinner.

“It looked really beautiful,” Freshman Olivia Aventi said of the evening's décor.

Though students had been glancing warily at the cloudy sky all day, the rain held off and it was the perfect temperature for a night of dancing! Once again, all the students had a wonderful time and are already looking forward to next years Italian Night!
Freshmen Elise Nodar and Sara Federico enjoy the pasta all'amatriciana.

Sophomore Dominic Vieira sings along with Dean Martin as he dances with Senior Denise McWhirter.

Sophomores Brian Pelletier and Jacqueline Kenney bring the piazza to life with their swinging.

Freshman Peter Hill gives Freshman Colleen Harmon a dip as they swing to Frank Sinatra.

Exaltation of the Cross

On Monday, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a procession was held after a special sung vespers. College Chaplains Fr. William and Fr. Gee led the vespers which were held in the chapel, and then led a brief procession with a relic of the Holy Cross. This feast is very important to the college, for it was on this day 32 years ago that Christendom College first opened its doors. The vespers and procession were a beautiful way for both students and faculty alike to remember this beautiful feast and the glory of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.


God's Grace Brings Us to Confession

On Tuesday, Fr. Daniel Gee gave the second of his four talks on the Sacrament of Confession. The topic this week was preparation before making a confession and the examination of conscience.

Fr. Gee began by reminding attendees that, “All that matters—in terms of this confession—is what has happened since the last confession: we only care about that time period.”

Gee compared sinning with straying from the path of holiness. When we are most righteous and in unity with God we remain perfectly on that path. Sin pulls us off, and only through confession can we move closer back to God.

“With every subsequent confession,” said Fr. Gee, “You should be a little closer [to God].”

In order to make a proper examination of conscience, he gave two things to reflect on: (1) where am I in relation to God and when was my last confession? (2) as we begin to think about confession, we must think about our sins as sharply as possible and we must see them for what they really are. Fr. Gee explained that we must recognize that are sins are inexcusable: we had every opportunity to avoid them and God gave us all the graces necessary to do so.

“God doesn’t have to forgive my sins,” Fr. Gee explained. “But, there is no reason to be afraid because it is His grace that is motivating me to go to confession in the first place.”

Download this talk at Christendom on iTunes U.


Interview with a Theologian

The Chronicler Online caught up with Theology Prof. Eric Jenislawski to get the inside scoop on his teaching experience at Christendom.

Chronicler Online: How long have you been teaching at Christendom, and what was the first class you ever taught?

Prof. Eric Jenislawski: This is my seventh year at Christendom, and my fourth as a full-time employee. I began as an adjunct in 2002. The first class I taught at Christendom was Introduction to the Old Testament. I have taught that class every year since, and it remains one of my favorites.

CO: As we know, you went to school at Yale (and also the Catholic University of America). Why did you decide to go from such a prestigious university to such a small college?

EJ: That is a hard question to answer in just a few sentences, but it boils down to serious scholarship. I found Christendom attractive because of its community of scholars — both faculty and students — who are serious about studying the Catholic tradition. Understanding the living spirit of Catholicism requires an environment like Christendom, where experts who share common convictions about doctrine and the Magisterium work together with bright students in a faith-filled environment – one that is enthusiastically supported by the administration. That's a rare combination of elements: a clear sense of mission, a faculty that is enthusiastically orthodox, and a campus culture where the practice of the faith is a joy rather than a burden. Christendom is blessed to possess that combination of virtues. Prestige is nice, but fidelity is incomparable.

CO: Why do you like teaching at Christendom?

EJ: In addition to the reasons above, I'll share some "selfish" motivations. The students here are wonderful to teach. They have a genuine dedication to their studies, and our small campus size lets me often work one-on-one with them. My wife still marvels at how well Christendom professors know their students: how no one is anonymous. Another benefit of being part of a relatively small faculty is the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses. Modern theology is very fragmented. The Christendom curriculum, especially the core, encourages a well-rounded, interdisciplinary learning that gives me balance and perspective as a young theologian.

CO: As a teacher, what is your favorite thing to see happen in your classes?

EJ: It depends on the class. In the Scripture classes, without a doubt, it's seeing students' eyes light up when a commentary on Scripture opens depths they've never seen before. To pass down some of the treasures of our Catholic patrimony, making them come alive in the present age, is something I find very rewarding as a teacher.

CO: What initially drew you to teaching theology? Have you always wanted to teach?

EJ: As for the first question, the ultimate answer would be God. But how was I drawn? For as long as I can remember, I've always had a strong desire to know; but the desire to teach came much later, in college. It sprung from a realization that although we live in one of the wealthiest and most technologically advanced civilizations the world has ever known, people are perishing for lack of knowledge of God. Knowledge of the Faith, even amongst Catholics, is in such disrepair in some places today that I felt I should do something about it.

CO: What piece of advice would you give to students here at Christendom?

EJ: Join the Chester-Belloc Debate Society. It's the perfect complement to the Christendom classroom experience.


Freshmen Orientation Ends with Upper-Under

Initiation for the freshmen men of the college took place on Campion Field in the annual Upper-Under Football Game on Sunday.

The event first appeared years ago and has resulted in the upperclassmen (meaning all those who are not new students) destroying the freshmen class—with an exception of one year in the mid to late 80's. It is that hope of being the "next freshman class" that wins the Upper-Under Game that spurs the eager youngsters onto Campion field, only to have their humility increased a hundred-fold.

The game was enjoyed by all who participated in it, and definitely not least of all by the freshmen fan contingent, who came out donned in black to support their young team against the old gladiators of the college. The upperclassmen took hold of the game early on and would never look back, scoring 8 touchdowns to win with a final score of 55-0. The freshmen did have some hints of possible success with plays by the likes of Rob Hambleton, Tim Beer and Peter Hill.

Despite efforts to lessen the thrashing by making the field narrower, the upperclassmen would not be phased; they were led by Seniors Cyrus Artz, Matt Hadro, and their gun-slinging quarterback, Jason Greene, who never saw a pass he didn't like!

The event was a huge success, drawing out most of the study body to either play or cheer on their team, besides which there were no major injuries sustained other than a bit of lost pride! Now both teams set aside this game to concentrate on the main athletic event of Homecoming Weekend: the East-West football game.

Freshman Rob Hambleton dives for the ball.

Senior Ryan Doughty looks to charge up the field.

Freshman Tommy Salmon tries to evade Senior David Long.

See more photos at Christendom's Picasa Web Album!

Coming September 24!


Q. I am one of five children, and as of now, am the only one of my siblings who is still a practicing Catholic. We all came from the same good Catholic family who went to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, said the Rosary sometimes, and went to Catholic grade schools, high schools, and colleges. But it was during college, Catholic college, that my siblings began their journey away from the Church. I now have four children, with the first one close to college age. I have been doing my best to raise them as good Catholics and I don’t want them to end up like my siblings – as apostates. But the problem is this: When I mention Christendom College to my eldest daughter, she says she doesn’t want to go there because, as she says, the kids “are a bunch of homeschooled nerds and a lot of the girls dress like something out of Little House on the Prairie.” What do you say about this?

A. First of all, I want you to know that your siblings will be in my prayers. You are definitely not alone in having siblings or family members who have left the Church due to a lousy Catholic college experience. Although you can’t always blame it on the Catholic college, the truth is, a Catholic college education is supposed to increase your knowledge and practice of the Faith, not diminish it, as it seemingly does in so many cases. And yet, people continue to send their kids to Catholic colleges to receive lousy a Catholic education, and they can’t figure out why their kids leave the Church.
You can read an interesting survey on this subject by going here.

Secondly, the fact that your daughter thinks that our students “are a bunch of homeschooled nerds and a lot of the girls dress like something out of Little House on the Prairie,” is a sentiment that I hear every now and again from prospective students. I categorically disagree with the statement and want to try and let you know how this “rumor” might get spread.

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As many are aware, Christendom College is a very orthodox Catholic college. In fact, in the newly released “Choosing a Catholic College” guide put out by the Cardinal Newman Society, it says, “"While some colleges in this Guide may match its [Christendom’s] Catholic commitment, it is unlikely that any exceeds it." By this, we mean that Catholicism affects everything that we do here, not just what goes on in Theology class or in the Chapel, but everything. Catholicism affects our recreational activities, how we dress, our dining habits, our living arrangements, our dance moves and styles, our use of entertainment media and technology, and our ability to have a good time partying like a Catholic. Catholicism is the air that we breathe, so to speak.

As a result, people hear this and think that our students walk around all day with sack cloths on and have their hands folded in prayer, with grim, depressed, repressed looks on their faces. Unfortunately, if this is what one thinks that “lived Catholicism” is, they are very much missing out. As Catholics, we have the absolute certainty that the Roman Catholic Church has the fullness of Truth and thereby is the surest means of salvation. As a result, truly practicing and believing Catholics should be the happiest people alive, because we know the Truth, we know how to get to Heaven…we “simply” need to do it.

The belief that some have that our students are homeschooled nerds, well, I’m not exactly sure what to say about that. Around 55% of our students come from a homeschooling background, and many of them are quite bright, and they are conscientious students who realize that many people are sacrificing a lot of time and money to give them one of the best Catholic liberal arts educations in the nation, so they spend their time wisely, studying when it’s time to study, but they definitely take advantage of the many other opportunities on campus that can help them to become well-balanced individuals.

Maybe the nerd thing comes in because these homeschoolers are a little (or a lot) less immersed into the secular culture than others. And is this a bad thing? These students understand that they are to be “in the world,” but not “of the world.” So they don’t know who just won “America’s Got Talent” last night, and maybe they can’t tell you the name of the last five Will Ferrell movies or know that 50 Cent’s music is worth less than a half a dollar. If that makes them nerds, well, I guess we have a bunch of them here and we are proud of it.

And the “Little House on the Prairie” bit, I think, comes from the fact that we do have dress codes on campus. Our students wear business/professional attire for classes, Mass, and lunch. And throughout all the other times, a modest dress code is enforced. If someone is turned off because we enforce modesty, there is not much I can say except that there is a big difference between what little Half Pint wore back on the Prairie and what Paris Hilton wears out in the Hills, and we try to encourage neither of these, but rather, a modest, conservative, non-fadish, feminine, traditional dress code. If someone is turned off because we ask our students to dress professionally at certain times, all I can say is that we are trying to prepare our students to go out into the professional world upon graduation. They might as well get a head start on everyone else.

In the end, only one question matters when choosing a college: Will this college help me get closer to my goal of attaining eternal salvation? If you look into what Christendom offers and believe that this place can possibly make you holier, and give you a broad rigorous academic education to enable you to achieve your goals and dreams, then maybe this place is for you. If you believe another college can help you get to Heaven easier and faster, then you should most certainly go there.

Sorry for such a long response but I hope this answer can help you in your discussions with your children about choosing a Catholic college.
Director of Admissions
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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.

Jammin' at St. Kilian's Café


Name: Katie McCloskey
Age: 19
Year: Junior
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Major: History
Hobbies? Reading, writing, running very short distances, watching films, drinking coffee, napping.
What's your favorite class? American Constitutional Law. The material is fascinating. I am learning a ton and Prof. Madan has a very engaging teaching style.
Do you play any sports? No, I am athletically challenged.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
My roommate and I have been known to belt out country music along with the radio into the early hours of the morning.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The strong friendships I’ve made and the unique way in which the academic, social, and spiritual aspects of life at the college all intersect and are grounded in the Faith. That, and the ice cream bar.
Why did you choose Christendom?
My two older brothers are alumni and I had wanted to come for as long as I can remember. I didn’t apply anywhere else.

Plans after graduation? Throw my cap in the air and then take the longest nap of my life.


Jammin' at St. Kilian's Café


Music streamed out of St. Kilian’s Café Friday night as the talents of several Christendom students took the stage at Pub Night. Junior Rory O’Donnell, Sophomore Gabe Schuberg, and Senior Stephen Ginski opened the night with some great oldies covers. They played outside on the front patio of the café.

The night continued inside the café with Christendom alumna, Marie Miller, who wowed the audience with her rich vocals. Marie was accompanied for several songs by Senior Shelagh Bolger, whose lovely voice meshed fantastically with Marie’s.

Following the girls, The Syndicate of Dapper Gentlemen—made up of Seniors J.P. Minnick and Brian Gallagher along with Alumnus Andrew Grimes—played their unique, foot tapping, finger drumming, original music.

“I love Pub Nights,” Sophomore Adele Smith said. “They’re a great creative venue for Christendom musicians to come out and express their artistic talents.”

The students look forward to next Friday, when they’ll again have the opportunity to relax and have a good time at the second Pub Night of the semester!

Rory and Gabe brought the summer to a close with a few Beach Boys songs.

Senior girls Therese Fetsko, Sarah Marchand, Karolyn Curran, and Katie Erwin get competitive while playing cards.

Check out Marie’s website!

Playing the violin, Senior Margaret McShurley joined Marie and Shelagh for a few songs.

J.P. describes their musical style as acoustic-rock with a reggae flare.

Shield of Roses

On Saturday morning a group of students woke up early for Mass and then headed into D.C. to prayerfully protest at the Planned Parenthood Abortuary. The student club Shield of Roses leads this group every Saturday morning. Some Saturdays are dedicated “Mega-Shield” days, which can attract over 100 students to protest at the abortuary.

Students say the four mysteries of the rosary and close with a hymn.

Enjoying the “Canoe Capital of Virginia”

Front Royal is titled the Canoe Capital of Virginia. On Saturday, a group of Christendom students decided to take advantage of this and spend a day on the water. A caravan of two full vans and cars drove to Front Royal Canoe Company. There they were suited up with life vests and paddles, and shuffled into buses that would relocate them at the riverside.

The adventure down about four miles of prime Shenandoah River was not without incident. The river and the participants made certain that no one should reach the end dry. One of the hazards of the trip was the treacherously high riverbed at various points produced by the recent dry weather. This barrier caused every rider to get out several times and push their canoe through parts of the river. Additionally, many participants took it upon themselves to overturn any and all canoes near at-hand.

Finally, all made it to the appointed landing site. With all the participants happy and tired from the days fun, the cars were reloaded and returned to Christendom in time for dinner before the days end.

Junior Joseph “The Captain” Townsend takes his gear and readies himself for the experience.

The students take their canoes out of the shallows before they begin their journey down the river.

Thrill-Seeker’s Delight

Excitement was in the air as students whooshed around on roller coasters last Sunday at King’s Dominion. Three vans full of students made the journey to central Virginia to the amusement park.

The group quickly stormed the park, and their excitement increased with every ride. Nothing could stop them in their relentless pursuit of excitement. The battle for thrills raged on. The exhilarating mix of man and machine was exactly the fill of adventure the students needed to end their weekend.

As the day wore on, the clear favorites were two of the fastest and loopiest rides in the park, The Dominator and The Volcano. However, the Drop Tower and Flight Of Fears rides came in close in third and fourth places. The day drew too a close almost too quickly with the approach of evening, and time ran out. Christendom’s crowd gathered near the entrance of the park at 6:00 p.m., returned to the vans, and headed for home.

Perhaps there was sleeping in some cars, but in Junior Joe Townsend’s van, the backseat became a lively chorus for the return trip.

Junior Jack Donohue embarks on The Dominator where speeds will reach 65 mph and he’ll experience the world’s largest vertical loop.

The group poses in front of King’s Dominion’s replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Girls’ Open House

Sunday afternoon found the girls’ dorms shining and squeaky clean, as the guys filed in and out of the rooms during girls’ open house . The ladies welcomed the guys into their dorms, some enticing them with food or music, and enjoyed a casual afternoon of chatting with the male students of Christendom.

Sophomore Brian Pelletier said, “I think it’s great that we’ll get two more of these than [we had] last semester. Our rooms are the best places to just chill out and chat.”

The girls look forward to the upcoming guys’ open house, when it will be their turn to explore the guys’ dorms.

Sophomore Jonathan Duerbeck plays guitar for his classmates, Jane Kokes and Mary Becher.

Senior Girls Sarah Marchand, Denise McWhirter, and Katie Erwin chat with Denise’s younger brothers, Freshman John and Sophomore David.

Confession Explained

On Tuesday night, College Chaplain Fr. Daniel Gee gave the first of a four-part series of talks concerning the Sacrament of Confession.

In Fr. Gee’s own words, “We have but one problem: sin.”

During the talk, Fr. Gee focused on showing how the parts of confession can be likened to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Just as Christ, on Good Friday, collected all sin in preparation of bringing it to the Father, so too must we, before confession, prepare to give our sins to Christ.

“[Jesus's] nakedness is the first step in confession,” Fr. Gee explained. “If you hold anything back, then you are guarding that sin.”

Following Good Friday is Holy Saturday, the confession, the casting away of sin. Having confessed, the penitent awaits absolution.

“What He [the Holy Spirit] is going to do… is take our sins and cast them all into Hell,” said Fr. Gee. “You know what? Hell can have all the sins they want.”

With the end in sight, Fr. Gee decided to wrap up the talk with the final stage: absolution. At this point the confessor, having heard the complete confession of sins, decides to absolve, by the power of God, the penitent’s sins and gives him a just penance.

“You see what’s happening here? Resurrection: reunited with the Father. Absolution: reunited with the Father. That’s what He’s doing for us.”

Closing with a prayer, Fr. Gee dismissed his audience to contemplate the evening’s lesson. Download this talk at Christendom on iTunes U.

Prior to the talk students held a rosary procession from the grotto of Our Lady of Fatima to the Chapel, in honor of the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.

Students also enjoyed some sweet refreshments following the talk.


The Rope Swing

The student grabs ahold, springs into the air, and goes hurtling through the sky in a death-defying stunt of thrills and elation. Swinging high into the air, he then lets go of the rope and submits himself to the mercy of gravity. And she has none for him: he goes plummeting into the water with a splash delightful to behold.

This is the rope swing. It is an icon of the summer days here at Christendom.

The rope swing near Christendom’s dock has been quite the high caliber tool in a Christendom student’s arsenal of fun for at least a generation.

“Using the rope swing is one of the best things to do around campus,” said Freshman Zack Francis. “It’s one of the ways I can do something exciting with my friends.”

This adrenaline-fueled, pulse-pounding adventure is readily available at all times. Because it is never removed, the rope, like an old friend, awaits the spontaneous student in need of some excitement at a moments notice.

A simple rope from a simpler time is just waiting to provide some wholesome recreation.

The calm of the Shenandoah’s surface is about to be broken.

What a rush!


Crusader Soccer Season Kicks Off

Well, here we are two weeks into the soccer season and the women’s soccer team holds a record of 1-1; they beat Patrick Henry College in the opening game with a come-from-behind win of 2-1, and lost a close one on Wednesday to Lord Fairfax Community College, 3-4 in overtime.

The men’s soccer team has had two very impressive games. In their opening game, they beat Patrick Henry College 3-0 with all three goals being scored by foreign-born players: Sophomore Peter McNeely (Canada), Sophomore Paul Nangurai (Kenya) and Freshman Anthony Readings (England). Wednesday they played their second game against Division III Gallaudet University and the Crusaders posted another impressive win with the final score being 6-0. The men dominated the whole game, giving the onlookers glimpses of phenomenal soccer with great touch, passing, and teamwork, which usually ended in a goal or at least a good scoring opportunity.

The defense has picked up where it left off last year, having not allowed a goal in a record setting 4 ½ games. On the offensive end, the foreign-born players are making their mark on the team scoring 8 out of the team’s 9 goals so far in their 2 games. Both teams are in action Friday and Saturday: check out the website for their times and locations.

Junior Mary Hill weaves between defenders.

Katie Coyne moves up the field for a shot on the goal.

Senior Ryan Doughty leads the Crusaders up the field.

Coming September 24!


Q. I am interested in entering the medical field after college and wanted to know if this was possible if I went to Christendom?

A. Thanks for the question! Well, let me begin by saying that it is quite possible to go to medical school after earning your liberal arts degree from Christendom. In fact, according to a Harvard University report, if you want to be a doctor, it may be more beneficial to earn a liberal arts degree than a pre-med degree.

A Harvard University report indicates that potential physicians need not insulate themselves from the liberal arts, and in some cases may hurt their chances by doing so. The report showed that although grades and academic honors are important for admission to medical school, a student’s choice of major has no bearing. Dean Whitla, director of Harvard’s office of tests, says: “It would be regrettable if some of our students who plan to become doctors felt that they must turn away from their interest in the liberal arts for fear of being rejected at medical school without a premedical major. At Harvard Medical School, pre-med prepared students do better the first year, but by the third year they fall slightly behind students who majored in the liberal arts.

Although it may take a little extra work to get prepared for the MCATs and medical school, those who have chosen to do so from Christendom have no regrets.

John-Paul Jansen majored in history and graduated from Christendom College in 2000. He is now a physician at Kansas University Medical Center and believes the education he received at Christendom did more than just prepare him for medicine: but it helped him to become someone who understands more of life than simply what is in front of him. It helps him to achieve his goals every day, whether professional, social, or spiritual.

And finally, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):

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. (

So, hopefully you can see that attending Christendom and earning a degree in liberal arts will not limit you in your career choice, but rather, opens it up to many different possibilities, with medicine being only one of them.

Thanks for asking!
Director of Admissions
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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.

Aloha, Christendom!


Name: Christopher Foeckler
Age: 19
Year: Sophomore
From: Manassas, VA
Major: Undecided
Hobbies? Many and varied. You may be surprised where you will find me doing something.
What's your favorite class? All the professors here really know their material and care about their students’ learning, but my favorite professors are Prof. Brendan McGuire with his dynamic and engaging lecture style; Prof. Mike Brown; Prof. Eric Jenislawski; and Dr. John Cuddeback. Yes, that is a list of almost all the professors I’ve taken.
Do you play any sports? I have played soccer since third grade and I play on Christendom’s soccer team. I really enjoy the friendly competition and the exercise.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
I am involved with the Christendom Players and I am the VP of the Christendom College Film Club—I’ve been acting for a number of years.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The dedication of the school’s faculty and staff to educating good Catholic men and women who can live the Faith in every circumstance.
Why did you choose Christendom?
My family has a long tradition here at Christendom; two of my uncles were here when the college first opened. For myself, I had always wanted to explore the Faith to its depths and Christendom seemed to offer me the very tools I needed.
Plans after graduation? Formally, I would like to do something that involves instructing people in the Faith, but I do not have any concrete plans.


Friday Night Social

Food and drink aplenty, music steadily playing in the background, pool tables, various games, and beautiful weather were all in store for those who attended the Friday Night Social. Hosted in Killian’s Café, the event promoted inter-class mingling and offered the chance to spend an evening doing something a little different, while still getting in a little group time with friends.

“I thought it was a blast, it was really fun,” said Sophomore Adele Smith. “It was really nice to hang out with my friends in such a great atmosphere after three months of separation.”

It was, no doubt, a good time for all who attended.

Many alumni of the “Experience Christendom” Summer Programs are happy to be back together.

It was Proffesor Plum with the candlestick...
Christendom’s own Registrar and friend of the undergraduates, Walter Janaro, could be seen that night chatting over a soda or playing a game of Clue.

Aloha, Christendom!

Saturday night, an array of colors swarmed outside the back of the Regina Coeli Hall for the annual Luau Dance. Students from every class gathered to dance their cares away after their first week of studies.

“I’m having a lot of fun! It’s great,” Freshman Colleen Harrington said during the dance.

Students not only were provided with a colorful selection of leis, but also got to munch on fresh fruit and Hawaiian themed kabobs grilled by members of the SAC.

During the dance, a hula-hooping contest was held: two freshman girls, Laura McGrath and Kathleen Deighan, proved to have quite the talent for it. Lauren walked away with the “golden coconut award” for her ability.

The Freshmen girls danced it up!
Following the hula-hooping, a limbo contest was held, in which Christendom students demonstrated their agility while creeping under a bamboo stick held by Junior Bernadette Horiuchi and SAC Director Miss Marie Antunes. Though the flexibility of all the participants was quite impressive, Senior Anna Adams walked away as the winner for the evening, having limboed under the stick held less than three feet off the ground!

The students really enjoyed this fun chance to relax Hawaiian-style and dance with classmates. Now the freshmen, having seen what Christendom dances are like, join the rest of the students in excited anticipation for the next one!

Sophomore Grace Bellow swings with Freshman Matthew Kelly.

Freshman Kathleen Deighan gives the grass skirt a try.

Junior Scott Lozyniak maneuvers under the limbo.

Freshman Laura McGrath shows off her hula skills.

Last year’s swing dance competition winner, Junior Matt Rensch, twirls Sophomore Katie Gutschke.

Chester-Belloc Debate Society
Questions the Death Penalty

Alumnus Kieran DuFrain question Sophomore Chris Foeckler's point.
“Would you have considered the execution of Jesus Christ to have been lawful,” Alumnus Kieran DuFrain questioned at Sunday night’s gathering of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society. DuFrain’s query was quickly followed by stomping from the listeners, a convention instituted by the society to show approval of a particular point. The resolution being argued was whether Catholics should support the death penalty in America. Because of the nature of the question, there were many strong opinions on both sides.

“These people [who have been convicted] are guilty of some kind of heinous crime,” said Nathan Gniewek, the debate society secretary. “If a man has killed five people, he has forfeited his natural rights.”

Throughout the duration of the debate the knowledgeable speakers used every bit of information in their arsenal to prove their points. Quotes ranged from those of popes, to G.K. Chesterton, to Scripture.

As the evening drew to a close, it came time for the final vote on the issue. Sophomore Seth Riggio reported the tally to be 50 pro, 12 con, and 5 abstaining.

Senior Nathan Scott makes 'em laugh.
Humor is a powerful tool of rhetoric: Senior Nathan Scott knows how to use it well.

Sophomore Seth Riggio reports the tally.
Sophomore Seth Riggio reports the tally.

Senior Brian Gallagher quotes Chesterton
Senior Brian Gallagher quoted Chesterton, quipping, “As Catholics, we are called to bring people to Christ: how better than with a noose?”


The Amazing and Beautiful Adventures
Surrounding Christendom

A lot of colleges boast a beautiful campus with lots to do, and many brag about their various outdoors activities. Well Christendom College is guilty of that too: pay our campus a visit and see for yourself. In fact, have the whole family pay us a visit in the Shenandoah Valley! There is so much to see and do: from fishing to horseback riding, canoeing to biking, hiking the famous Blue Ridge Mountains to taking a ride in a hot air balloon.

A new spot on Christendom’s website highlights many of the recreational activities that surround Christendom’s sylvan campus. Take a look and start planning your visit to Christendom today.

Check it out!



Crusader Soccer is Back!

Senior Alison Firehammer juggles the soccerball during practice.
That’s right. Both our men’s and women’s soccer teams are back and ready to defend their excellent seasons last year.

Our lady crusaders are excited about this fall season, after making school history last year in bringing home a second place trophy from the USCAA National Tournament. Despite losing some key seniors, the girls are determined to have a winning season once again. They have been working hard in preseason and, with the addition of some new faces, the ladies are looking forward to their first game.

The men’s team also seems to be more than ready for this season. Last year’s season was a very successful one for the boys, made evident in their winning record. However, with a record number of players at tryouts and the loss of no seniors from last year’s team, the men’s team seems to have the capability of having their best season yet! They have been working very hard the past few weeks with their preseason camp, daily practices, and morning runs. The boy’s team has made some exciting freshman additions to their roster and, with the returning players, it looks like the season will be one to follow!

First Game: this Saturday, Away at Patrick Henry, Ladies@1pm and Men@3pm. Cheer ‘em on!

Soccer practice on Campion Field.
Freshman Hugh Bratt kicks the ball to Freshman Tim Ciscanik.

Coach Vander Woude has high hopes for this year's team.
Sophmore Paul Nangurai (of Kenya) attempts to score against the goalie, Senior Matt Hadro.

Coming September 24!


Q. I was thinking of making some college visits and I was wondering if there were any specific times I should plan on visiting Christendom, or is anytime OK with you?

A. Visiting a college is an important step in determining if a particular college is a good fit for you. But it is not the first step. It is important to figure out what YOU are looking for in a college and then check out websites, call Admissions Directors and find out if a particular college has the things you need and doesn't have the things you don't want.

Then, if a college meets your criteria, arrange to visit. If it doesn't, then cross it off the list. So, if Christendom made it past step one, then step two is to make the actual visit.

The way you make a visit to Christendom is by looking at our visit page on our website and then reviewing all of the various Visit Weekends that are scheduled, then figure out which time would fit your schedule, and the fill in the Visit Request Form. That's it.

If you cannot visit during a weekend, you may visit during the week, pretty much anytime.

Also, we have special Senior and Junior Visit Days schedule each semester. These are great for people who are only able to get away from school for a short time but want to see as much as they can about Christendom.

Each visitor is assigned a student ambassador.
If you are planning on flying to our area, you fly into Dulles Airport (IAD) and we pick you up for free, and return you for free. While here, we feed you, put you up in our dorm rooms, send you to whatever events are going on, and there is no cost to you (normally). In fact, if you are flying, we even provide you with bedding, a pillow, and towels. We have inflatable mattresses that you sleep on, or sometimes your student ambassador takes the mattress and gives you his or her bed. You sit in on whatever classes you wish, although we normally suggest freshman classes, and you have a personal meeting with me, to ask me whatever questions you have about Christendom.

We believe that the students who visit Christendom truly get a feel for what life is like here at one of the most Catholic colleges in America, and they are able to see if Catholicism is truly "the air that we breathe," as we advertise. They are able to see if the students that attend Christendom are really as dedicated, knowledgeable, moral, happy, and educated as we say that they are. And most importantly, they are able to see if Christ is truly the King of our campus, as we proclaim.

And sometimes, after their visit, people find out that they want nothing to do with Christendom. They find that Christendom is not their cup of tea, or better, not the type of family that they wish to join. And that’s fine with us. We only want people coming to Christendom who fully understand what we are and why we do what we do. We only want people coming to Christendom who want to be formed by our educational experience and who want to embrace the culture of Christendom and become more in tune with our Catholic cultural heritage. And not everyone’s into this.

So, I hope this helps and I look forward to welcoming you to campus someday!
Director of Admissions
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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.