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Graduate School Alumnus Authors New Top Selling Novel

The Ghosts of Westthorpe Academy, written by Graduate School alumnus Joseph Lewis ’95, is an engaging and fun-to-read mystery/suspense/thriller centered around a small, private all-boys Catholic high school (Westthorpe Academy) located on the Philadelphia Mainline. George Owen “Joe” Pryce is a newly arrived freshman at the school.  He and his fellow first-year classmates quickly become acquainted with the stories of how the mansion, known as Moreau Hall (named after Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Hoy Cross, the order…

Noted Author Dr. Ryan Anderson to Teach Class at Christendom This Spring

Christendom College will welcome bestselling author and nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Ryan Anderson to the college this coming spring, as he will teach a course titled “The Crisis of Modernity” to students. Anderson, who is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, recently spoke at Christendom on his latest work, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement, a bestselling book that discusses one of the 21st century’s most hot-button issues. Anderson will likely delve into that topic…

Strongholds Initiative Fosters Deeper Community on Campus

Christendom was founded to be not only an academic community, but also a community where students could thrive in a supportive environment and be known to others on campus – both faculty and students alike. The college fosters this community through a great number of campus-wide events, from dining together during lunch, to engaging with each other at academic events, to praying with each other at daily Mass. This fall, the college’s Student Life Office began a new initiative to help continue to build…

American Philosopher Jude Dougherty Dedicates Latest to Christendom President

American philosopher Jude P. Dougherty’s new book, Interpretations, presents a number of essays on “reading the present in light of the past” in its pages, as well as a special dedication to college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. Dougherty, the dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, points to O’Donnell as a great figure in the landscape of higher education and sees him as deserving of honor for his impact on it. Dougherty is among the…

Legion of Mary Helps Campus and Surrounding Community Thrive

Growing in holiness: doing so is crucial, and yet many young people decide otherwise during their college years, ultimately falling away from the faith. And yet, one person can make a difference in this regard, through their efforts to help and evangelize those in their local community. Junior Rachael Butek has taken this mission upon herself at Christendom as the president of the college’s Legion of Mary, helping Christendom students — and the surrounding Front Royal community — thrive in the process. The Legion of Mary is one of the college’s…

A Miraculous Journey: From Near-Death to Athlete of the Year

Mary Margaret Heisler’s story is no ordinary one. It is full of tragedy, heroism, dedication, prayer, and miracles. This is her amazing story. Since childhood, Heisler had a love for athletics, particularly basketball. Her older siblings and parents were athletic, and from her earliest recollections, she loved playing sports. On her 11th birthday, she received a new bike from her parents and a helmet from her older brother, John Paul. Just over a week later, on the eve of the Solemnity…

College Celebrates Victory on $40 Million Campaign

Benefactors, alumni, and the board of directors gathered on Christendom’s campus on December 7 for a special occasion: to celebrate the successful completion of the college’s $40 million Campaign for Christendom. Select board members were also honored for their service to the college at the celebration, with college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell calling the moment a great milestone for Christendom. [caption id="attachment_29039" align="aligncenter" width="750"] O'Donnell with the cornerstone for the new Christ the King Chapel, blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.[/caption]…

Christendom Experience Helps Seniors Stand Out as Marine Corps Applicants

Many college students interested in joining the U.S. Marines Corps jump into an ROTC program at college, giving themselves the necessary training and prep work to excel in the Marines later. And yet, while Christendom College does not have its own ROTC program, students at the college are still excelling in the application process and impressing recruiters due to the college’s rigorous education and challenging athletic program and the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. This year, four Christendom seniors are…

Student Named Volunteer of the Year by Diocese of Arlington

Christendom College senior Henry Love was named one of the Diocese of Arlington’s “Volunteers of the Year” at a special awards ceremony held in Herndon, Virginia, on December 11. Love, who is student body vice president, joined other award winners at the annual Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner, which honors the best youth and campus ministry workers each year. Love has aided the campus community since the beginning of his college career and is recognized as one of the…

Alumnus on Marcus Grodi’s “The Journey Home” Credits Christendom with Lived Christianity Experience

Alumnus Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo was featured on Marcus Grodi’s acclaimed “The Journey Home” on December 11, 2018, where he discussed his journey to back to Catholicism, his call to the priesthood, and the founding of his great apostolic work, the Institute of Catholic Culture. [caption id="attachment_28951" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo on EWTN's "The Journey Home."[/caption] Fr. Hezekias, who graduated from Christendom in 2004, took a winding road back to the Catholic faith after he left it as a young…