Christendom College will host a number of student affairs professionals from Catholic colleges across the United States from May 24-26, for the Cardinal Newman Society’s annual Student Affairs Conference. Featuring presentations and lectures from top college speakers, including Christendom’s own president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback, the conference will seek to build and strengthen relationships amongst the nation’s top Catholic colleges.
The Cardinal Newman Society has been organizing the conference for the past several years, bringing student life officials from Catholic colleges and universities noted in the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College together annually in an effort to connect them and facilitate discussions between them.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Student Affairs in the Year of Mercy,” and will feature talks on some of the most crucial topics surrounding student affairs at Catholic colleges today. Through these discussions, Q & A sessions, and more, the conference aims to engage senior student life officials in conversation and collaboration in order to further promote best practices that strengthen the Catholic identity of their institutions.
Christendom College will be hosting the conference for the first time this year, welcoming student affairs professionals to its Front Royal, Va., campus. When they arrive, they will be given tours of Christendom’s beautiful, Shenandoah Valley-based campus, catered meals, and spacious accommodations in the college’s St. Catherine of Siena residence hall.
Cuddeback, and former Christendom professor Dr. Jonathon Reyes, now the executive director for the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will both deliver talks to the attendees. Reyes will deliver the keynote address of the conference, titled “Practicing Mercy in Student Affairs,” with Cuddeback giving the meditation address, titled “Mercy and Friendship.”
The Cardinal Newman Society consistently gives high marks to Christendom College for its adherence to the Catholic Faith and its fidelity to the Magisterium, writing in the most recent edition of its College guide, “Today Christendom sets a standard for fidelity and traditional education against which other Catholic liberal arts colleges are measured.”