Christendom College

Alumni Seek to Strengthen Domestic Church with Day of Reflection and Discussion

June 30, 2015

alumni-day-1Christendom College will host the first annual “Alumni Day of Reflection and Discussion” on July 10. Focusing on the topic of “Living the Call to Missionary Discipleship: The Domestic Church in the Modern World,” alumni and their families will gather on campus for a series of discussions, presentations, and meditations to help them understand the role of the domestic Church and how they can live their vocation to it more fully.

“Christendom graduates have been gifted a rich treasury of intellectual and spiritual tools. Even so, the challenges of family life in a rapidly changing world are many, even for the well-formed,” says event co-organizer Mark Rohlena, an alumnus of the Class of 2000 and the director of domestic social development for the USCCB.

“This event will allow alumni to gather together to strengthen our response to the culture by strengthening our own understanding of the role of the domestic church in the world and to gain practical insight into how we might live this vocation more fully,” says Rohlena.

Beginning with opportunities for confessions and Mass, attendees will hear meditations throughout the day from alumnus Fr. Thomas Vander Woude and former Christendom chaplain Fr. John Riley, which will lead, at points, into presentations by various speakers, including college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.

Facilitated discussions will follow each meditation, giving attendees the chance to discover practical applications to the topics discussed, such as the formation of children, cultivating a life of prayer, and restoring an authentic community.

The event is the first of its kind for alumni of the college, offering them the opportunity to come together at their alma mater to solve today’s biggest problems — a practice assistant director of alumni relations Vince Criste hopes to continue into the future.

“This event is alumni initiated and alumni driven,” says Criste.  “I am happy to join with fellow alumni to make this event a meaningful experience and to lay the ground work for future alumni events.”

The event is free of charge, while breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be offered to attendees at a low cost. For alumni with families, babysitting will also be provided, with a suggested goodwill offering of $15.00 per child, and $60.00 maximum for a family.

To register for the event or to find out more information, please visit christendom.edu/alumni.

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