Christendom College

December 20, 2002

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Construction Continues on New Library

Petrine Construction, under the ownership of Christendom alumnus Frank O’Reilly (‘83), continues construction on the new 39,000 sq. ft. St. John the Evangelist Library. The library, to be completed in the fall of this year, is nestled in the woods behind the St. Lawrence Commons and overlooks the Shenandoah River.

College Announces New Board Members

At the annual fall meeting of Christendom's Board of Directors, three long-time Board members announced their retirement, while five new members were elected. Leaving the Board of Directors are Christopher N. Cuddeback, Thomas I. Baldwin, and Philip T. Crotty. Joining the Board are Claire Huang, Richard Esposito, David Vicinanzo, Marjorie Teetor, and Robert Crnkovich. Claire L. Huang is the Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for American Express Financial Advisors. Prior to joining AEFA, Huang was the Worldwide Head of…

Christendom Going to Rome in the Spring

Christendom's Study Abroad Program will be taking place during Christendom College's Spring Break in 2003: March 20-30. The group, under the guidance of Dr. & Mrs. Timothy O’Donnell, will travel to Rome, Assisi, and Siena, ITALY. The cost for this trip will be $1650.00 (Christendom students/faculty/staff) or $1750.00 (all others). Register by December 31, 2002. From Washington, DC, the group will travel directly to Rome where they will stay at the Domus Mariae, Christendom College's Rome campus. While in Rome,…

Christendom Makes Consecration to Hearts of Jesus and Mary

On November 24, the Feast of Christ the King, the Christendom College community together renewed their annual Act of Consecration to the Heart of Jesus; made a solemn Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Feast of Christ the King is the College's patronal feast day, and according to College President Timothy T. O'Donnell, "we make this dedication and consecration each year on our feast day to show…

Joseph Pearce Presents Lecture on Roy Campbell and the Spanish Civil War

Mr. Joseph Pearce presented "Defending the West: Roy Campbell and the British Catholic Response to the Spanish Civil War" at 4pm on Friday, November 22, in Christendom's Chapel Crypt. Mr. Joseph Pearce is the author of a dozen books, including "Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc," "Tolkien: Man and Myth," "Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile," and many more. He is the author of numerous columns and articles on topics related to Catholic culture. He is the editor of the…

Clash of Orthodoxies Discussed at Christendom

“It is a common supposition among many of our cultural elites that a constitutional ‘wall of separation’ between church and state precludes religious believers from bringing their beliefs to bear on public matters. This is because secular liberals typically assume that their own positions on morally charged issues of public policy are the fruit of pure reason, while those of their morally conservative opponents reflect an irrational religious faith,” began Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton…

Christendom in Rome Program Finds Students Immersed in Art and Culture

For thirty Christendom College juniors, fall semester 2002 will probably be the one semester they will recall the most when people ask them about their time spent at Christendom. Being the first Christendom students to take part in the newly initiated Semester in Rome Program, they will have the first of many stories and adventures about their time studying in the Eternal City. Throughout the week, the students spend each morning, from 8:15 a.m. to noon, in class. They are…

Christendom Players Perform Fiddler on the Roof

The Christendom Players, under the direction of student Mike Powell, presented four superb performances of the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” on November 7-10. “Fiddler on the Roof” takes place in Anatevka, a small turn-of-the-century peasant Jewish village in Czarist Russia. The story revolves around the poor milkman/philosopher Tevye (played by Bill Powell, the brother of the director) and his wife Golde (senior Laura Henderson), who scheme to marry off their five daughters according to the family’s “traditions.” When his…

The Answer to the Crisis in Catholic Higher Education

The cultural revolution which swept across the United States in the late 1960s struck a devastating blow to Catholic higher education. The damage became evident with the Land O’Lakes statement in 1967, in which Catholic universities formally broke their ties with the teaching Church and repudiated their duty of obedience to her. There followed a wholesale loss of Catholic identity in these institutions. Not only were crucifixes stripped from classrooms, but the foundations of Western civilization were stripped from the…

Bishop Loverde Assigns New Chaplain

On June 26, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde appointed Reverend Robert L. Ruskamp as Chaplain of Christendom College. Ruskamp replaces College Chaplain Rev. David Rahn who unfortunately, just prior to his arrival at Christendom in June 2001, contracted a serious illness which caused him to withdraw from his position as Chaplain. Fr. Ruskamp was born and raised in Nebraska, the third of fourteen children. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in PA and was accepted into…

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