Christendom will commemorate its 40th anniversary on September 14, and will celebrate with an academic convocation this Saturday, September 9, where Fr. James Schall, SJ, Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP, and pro-life heroes Joan and Chris Bell will be honored for their heroic work.
Fr. James Schall, SJ, will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the event. A renowned teacher, writer, and philosopher, who was, most recently, a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University, Fr. Schall is the author of numerous acclaimed works over the past fifty years, including his acclaimed work Another Sort of Learning. Fr. Schall concelebrated the opening Mass on Christendom’s Front Royal campus on September 9, 1979, and has been a close friend of the college ever since.
Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP, will receive the college’s St. Catherine of Siena award at the event. The prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, an order she helped establish in 1997, Mother Assumpta is well known as a public champion of the Faith and the religious life, giving talks at colleges, conferences, and appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on EWTN.
The final awards of the evening will be given to Joan Andrews Bell and Christopher Bell, with the pro-life heroes receiving the college’s Pro Deo et Patria medal. Joan Andrews Bell was a pioneer in pro-life activism, blocking the doors of abortion clinics with Operation Rescue and spending many months in jail for her lifesaving witness. Her husband, Christopher, has been on the front lines of the pro-life movement for over 25 years, and is the president of Good Counsel Homes, which offers shelter, child care and vocational training to homeless pregnant women.
Along with this academic convocation, the college is hosting a multitude of other events throughout the year in honor of the 40th anniversary, including the 40th Anniversary Gala at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 2018, where Francis Cardinal Arinze will serve as Honorary Chairman and Senator and Mrs. Rick Santorum will act as Chairmen of the Dinner Committee.