Christendom College

Alumni Now Make Up 20% of Seminarians in Diocese of Arlington

September 27, 2017

Virginia’s Diocese of Arlington has given graciously to Christendom since its founding 40 years ago, and Christendom has given graciously back in return. The college already has fourteen alumni serving as priests in the Diocese with that number set to increase, thanks to 20% of the diocese’s current class of seminarians proudly calling Christendom their alma mater.

Top, from left to right: Nicholas Blank, Philip Briggs, Andrew Clark, Jonathon Fioramonti, Joe Flaherty Bottom, from left to right: John Paul Heisler, Peter McShurley, Rev. Christopher Tipton, Joe Townsend

Nine college alumni are currently studying for the priesthood in the Diocese, including first-year seminarians Andrew Clark (’14) and Joe Flaherty (’11). Clark joins alumni John Paul Heisler and Rev. Mr. Christopher Tipton, currently a deacon, at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, while Flaherty joins Nicholas Blank, Philip Briggs and Jonathon Fioramonti at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. The remaining two, Peter McShurley and Joe Townsend, are currently studying in Rome at the North American College.

The new seminarians in this year’s class help raise the total number of alumni religious vocations to 169, which includes eighty-two priests, fifty-three sisters, seven brothers, one permanent deacon, and twenty-four men currently in seminary.

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