Christendom College

Christendom College Elated over Election of Cardinal Ratzinger as New Pope

April 19, 2005

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, while Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, served as the Chairman of the Honorary Dinner Committee for Christendom College’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner, held on September 14, 2002, at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

In a December 4, 2001, letter to Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell, President of Christendom College, then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “I am well aware of the distinguished record of Christendom College over these past twenty-five years, and of the outstanding contribution which it has made to Catholic life in the United States of America. For this reason, I am particularly honoured by your kind invitation and am happy to accept your invitation [to serve as Chairman of the Honorary Dinner Committee], and in so doing to associate myself with such a fine Catholic institution of higher learning….I offer my best wishes for a successful 25th Anniversary celebration and my prayers that Christendom College will enjoy many more years of service in the education and formation of young people.”

Christendom College is very excited about the future of the Church with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in the Chair of Peter.