Christendom College

College President O’Donnell Honored for Bolstering Catholic Education in America

November 17, 2016

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Dr. Timothy O’Donnell with award presenter Fr. Bjorn Lundberg.

Christendom College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell recently received multiple honors for his work in Catholic higher education. Angelus Academy awarded him the St. John Bosco Award for Catholic Education and the Irish Education 100 named him one of the top 100 educators in the United States. Both awards further bolster Christendom’s reputation as the gold standard in Catholic liberal arts education in the U.S., led by a president committed to the restoration of Christ in today’s culture.

“Tonight, Angelus Academy offers a special tribute to Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, for his commitment to Catholic higher education and his contribution to the urgent task of forming young Catholic men and women to witness the truth of Catholic teaching courageously in such a dark and turbulent time. The St. John Bosco Award recognizes Dr. O’Donnell’s selfless service to the teaching mission of the Church,” said Vivian Zini, principal of Angelus Academy.

Angelus Academy, a private school located in the Diocese of Arlington, presents its St. John Bosco Award annually to a person who has selflessly served the mission of Catholic education and led others in the spirit of St. John Bosco. This year, O’Donnell was selected as that figure, thanks to his contributions to the task of forming the future generation of Catholic leaders in the United States and beyond.

Dr. O'Donnell with alumni and staff of Christendom College.

Dr. O’Donnell with alumni and staff of Christendom College.

The award was presented to O’Donnell by Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, a Christendom alumnus and the current chaplain of St. John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, Va. In addition to Fr. Lundberg’s praise of O’Donnell for helping to form him at Christendom, Angelus Academy also presented O’Donnell with testimonies from Christendom alumni, faculty, and staff, including one from Anne Carroll, founder of Seton School and the wife of Christendom’s founder, Dr. Warren Carroll.

“Warren never tired of praising Dr. O’Donnell, and he was right to do so. Thank you, Tim, for making Warren’s dream a reality,” said Carroll.

The award came in addition to O’Donnell’s selection as one of the leading figures in American education by the Irish Education 100. A nationally recognized brand, the Irish Education 100 celebrates the achievements of Irish success in education every year, especially at the college level. With his selection, O’Donnell joins other recognized college and university presidents in the honor, including Rev. William Leahy, president of Boston College, and Rev. Joseph McShane, president of Fordham University.

O’Donnell has been president of Christendom College since 1992, where he also teaches courses in history and theology. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family, after being appointed to the position by Pope Saint John Paul II. During his time as president of Christendom, O’Donnell has helped to usher in an era of incredible growth and success, with new buildings, record enrollments, a junior semester in Rome program, a summer experience in Ireland, and more.

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