Christendom College

Christendom College Library Receives Donation from Local Luminaries

September 3, 2014

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Leonard Liggio

Christendom College’s St. John the Evangelist Library recently received two generous book donations from notable intellectual leaders Leonard Liggio and Fr. James Schall, SJ.

Leonard Liggio gifted 1,967 cloth books and 1,817 paperbacks from his private library to the College. The books cover a wide range of subjects and will undoubtedly serve as valuable resources for the community in the years to come.  Christendom faculty and staff are thrilled with the donation and grateful for these exciting additions to the library’s shelves.

“They are indeed an excellent collection of scholarly works that no doubt will be an extraordinary help to the collections here at the St. John the Evangelist Library, as we strive to serve the rigorous, traditional liberal arts curriculum taught at Christendom College,” said Library Director Andrew Armstrong.

Dr. Bracy Bersnack, chairman of Christendom’s department of political science and economics, is also pleased with the gift.

“Professor Liggio has had a long and distinguished career promoting liberty in thought and deed,” he said. “His donation substantially enlarges our collection of books on political theory, economics, and history.”

Liggio is Executive Vice-President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and also a member of many national and international organizations devoted to the cause of liberty, including the Acton Institute, the Institute for Human Studies, and the Tocqueville Institute.

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Fr. James Schall lectures at Christendom in 2009.


Fr. James Schall, SJ, also made a wonderful contribution to St. John’s growing collection this year with 50 boxes of his own books. Fr. Schall belongs to the California Province of the Society of Jesus and  served for years as Professor of Political Philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 2012. He is a respected author on a wide range of topics from Natural Law to G.K. Chesterton.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the library houses more than 90,000 volumes specifically designed to support the curricula of the undergraduate and graduate programs, and faculty research. The library serves and supports the intellectual and spiritual formation of the students, faculty, administration, and staff, and aims to provide an uplifting atmosphere and excellent instructional, reference, collection services.

The support and generosity of individuals such as Liggio and Schall plays a vital role in enhancing the scope of Christendom’s literary resources.   In appreciation of Mr. Liggio’s and Fr. Schall’s generosity, the College will be holding a reception in their honor this fall.

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