On Tuesday, September 8, students, faculty and staff of Christendom College gathered for the dedication of the new, two-story Madonna Hall faculty office building. The ceremony marked the completion of the building after months of planning and construction, bringing a larger, more central location to campus for the faculty to socialize, meet with students, and further their own intellectual pursuits.
Processing from Christ the King Chapel, over one hundred and fifty members of Christendom’s community followed head chaplain Fr. Stephen McGraw from the front steps of Christ the King Chapel to the door of the new faculty office building for the blessing and dedication. The building is now home to nine new faculty offices, a lounge, and a deck overlooking the Shenandoah River.
“It is very fitting that this extension of Madonna Hall be blessed on Mary’s birthday,” said Dr. Greg Townsend, vice president of academic affairs. “The faculty are very appreciative of the continued support of the administration. The new space will make it much easier for faculty to meet with students one-on-one.”
After the blessing was complete, college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gave a word of thanks to all who had come for the occasion, extending particular gratitude towards Mike Foeckler, vice president of operations, who oversaw the construction of the new building. He also thanked Frank O’Reilly (’83) and Michael Hofbauer (’87) of Petrine Construction, whose company has helped build every new structure on the campus since the grounds were obtained by the college.
Faculty members will continue to operate and aid students in the existing Madonna Hall offices as well, located next to the new faculty office building.
The construction of the new Madonna Hall faculty office building comes in addition to other new building initiatives on campus, including the admissions office suite on the back of Regina Coeli Hall, the college’s main administrative building. Other initiates include the construction of a new women’s dormitory, while is expected to break ground in October.