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2003 edition of The
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for the NEW Print Edition - for spouses at home to read)
May issue of The Grapevine Online: [U.S. Marine John
O'Brien ('99-??) is still in Iraq. His wife Maria (Gaetano)
O'Brien ('02) is still pregnant, due in June. The suspense
continues: will John be home for the birth of his first child?
Tune in next month for the season finale...] The Saga ended
on Monday, June 9, at 1:54 p.m. when John David O'Brien
was born to Maria and John O'Brien after 12 hours of labor,
at BirthCare maternity center in Alexandria, Va. He weighed
7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. By nothing short of a miracle,
his father was allowed home from Iraq on emergency leave for
two weeks and was present for the birth. Thank you to everyone
who prayed for this intention! John is now back in Iraq and
Maria and John David are doing well. Although thoughts of
calling the little one JD have entered their minds, they say
that his name will be John.
(Bailey-'02) and Tim Halisky '02 had a baby - little girl,
Juliette Marie, 9 lbs, 1 oz, born June 12th. Mother and daughter
are doing great.
Goodman '03 and Catherine Garrett '03 are planning
on getting married on August 2, 2003.
Bodoh, son of Greg ('94) and Michelle ('93), recently
welcomed a new little sister to the family (see photo on
the right). Renée Therese was born on June 22nd,
the Feast of Corpus Christi. Renée's patron is Saint
Rene Goupil, the first of the North American Martyrs. She
weighed in at 9 pounds and is as sweet as can be!
and Heather McGraw and their five children are currently
homeless, having sold their home of nearly seven years to
a very nice Christendom donor. "This is a time for growth
in our Faith," says Tom. "Yes." says Heather.
They do have some land nearby, and a tent, and so at least
until about Mid-November, they should not be in any danger.
If you wish to contact them just send letters to Tom and Heather
c/o General Delivery, Front Royal, VA.
Callaghan '02 and Katherine Mirus '02 were wed on Saturday,
June 28th, in the Chapel of Christ the King on Christendom's
Haggerty '92-'93 and Susan Lee '99 are engaged to be married.
Lee '96 married Guy Bauer
on May 24, 2003, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Cheshire,
CT. Attendants in the wedding included many CC alumni: Marcia
Lee ('94-'95), Susan Lee '99, and Robyn Lee '01. Maryan
(Lee) VanderWoude, wife of Dan VanderWoude '92, sang
at the wedding. Nancy and Guy honeymooned in the Outer Banks
in NC and are now residing happily ever after in Front Royal:
22 Colonial Drive, Front Royal, VA, 22630.
(Chesanek) Johnson and family are living and working in
Mississippi. She remains the only alumna in the entire state,
and Mississippi still remains the only state from which no
student has come to Christendom! She has been working on that
problem, but most of her friends do not have children old
enough to come. Keep this work in your prayers! Her son William
made his First Holy Communion this year. Marguerite is 11,
William is 8, Olivia is 5, and Benjamin is 2. They are all
happy, healthy, fun little kids - true blessings in every
sense of the word. She hase received permission to begin an
atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Level I, ages
3-6) at their Cathedral this fall, and she could not be more
excited! Please remember their work in your prayers.
June 7th, Tim Coffey and Leah Stephens were married
in Angelus, Kansas. Over thrity Christendom Alumni traveled
from all over the country to share the day with them. Tim
and Leah are now living in Des Moines, Iowa.
Young '01 sends his greetings from Bamberg Germany! He
had the good fortune of not only being selected for a prestigious
legal internship with the US Army (which isn't even't his
branch -- Go Air Force!) but also of swinging an assignment
in Germany! Work is going well. If anyone wants postcards
from anywhere in Germany or in Switzerland, Austria, Poland,
Czech, or Hungary (still working on getting their visas for
Moscow) where hewill be traveling after the internship finishes
at the end of July -- send your mailing address to email@example.com.
He hopes everyone (all 1200 alumni) is doing well and looks
forward to seeing all of them in October at Homecoming 2003.
and Joe Pride are expecting their second baby in early
Anderson ('03) has started work as a legal assistant at
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where she is happy
to be combining her interests in the law and religious liberty.
If you are ever at Dupont Circle, stop by and see her.
Reninger (class of 1992)
is now singing up a storm with her barbershop quartet, the
Melody Angels. The quartet has been together a little over
a year, and just passed their audition (so they can sing in
public now - yeah!) They are all members of the Vienna-Falls
Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, and will be competing
with the chorus in mid-July at the Harmony Classic Contest
(for small and mid-size choruses) in Greenville, SC.
Coffey '03 will be teaching at a Catholic school in Kansas
City come fall.
Kish '03 is currently suffering from withdrawals from
singing karaoke at the Texas Spirit Saloon in Front Royal
and she is teaching a pre-kindergarden class for a summer
program at a small Catholic school in Houston. Sometime this
month she will head up to Milwaukee, WI for an interview for
a teaching position. Begining in the Fall, she hopes to be
teaching full time...somewhere....any ideas?
Sr. Mary Immaculate of the Eternal Father - Bernadette
Almeter '98 - will be making her solemn profession and
veiling on Sunday, July 20th, with the Discalced Carmelite
Nuns of Buffalo (NY).
Scanlon '03, who you'll read about a little later on,
is in need of a decent, non-gas guzzling car. Not too expensive,
not too cheap: $3000-$5000. Let him know by emailing him at
seminarian Bjorn "Bernardo" Lundberg: "Mexico
is great: particularly Queretaro, the historical center of
the country so to speak. So far, so good: no Montezuma's revenge.
For the Feast of Corpus Christi, we joined a one hour outdoor
Mass, followed by a 2.5 hour procession through the streets
of the city with five benediction stations. Outstanding! Last
weekend we visited the Sierra Gorda mission churches, particularly
the first five built by Bl. Junipero Serra. The mountain ranges
and views are amazing! Hope you all can come and visit before
August 2nd. Adios!"
and Nancy (Popik) Briggs and family are happily expecting
child #9 around Christmas. (This has nothing to do with the
Beatles, by the way. . . .) Also, they are happily/sadly sending
off #1 Monica when she flies the coop for Christendom this
fall. Yes, those of you who remember babysitting her when
she was little are in fact getting old like the rest of us.
And yes, living a mile away at the College does constitute
"flying the coop".
and Sarah Antonio are living happily in Lafayette, IN
with their son Christopher. Sarah spends her days chasing
after the 11 month old monster and praying that she can survive
after the next one is born in October. Andrew is enjoying
his new job with WesternSouthern financial group and he loves
being a daddy. They are currently buying a home to shelter
their rapidly growing family and all prayers in that direction
those that are interested Theodore Schwalm is putting
together videos and DVDs of the Ordination (both to the deaconate
in '02 and the priesthood in '03) and First Mass of Fr.
Thomas Longua, FSSP (Christendom class of '92). Information
is available on my web site at http://www.traditionalmass.net/traditionalmass.nsf/VideoPreOrder?OpenForm.
The '03 Ordination Mass also has the ordination to the deaconate
of the Rev. Mr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP (class of '98).
Weber '03 is working in the admissions office of Christendom
College, although he won't be full-time until August. He is
also going to start taking summer classes from IPS in July.
He will be a full-time student at IPS (Institute for the Psychological
Sciences [www.ipsciences.edu]) this August as well. He hopes
to pursue a doctorate in counseling psychology, which he should
be able to achieve in five years (2 for M.S., 2 more years
of coursework for the Psy.D., and a fifth year of 300 hours
of supervised clinical work and a doctoral dissertation).
IPS is a fairly new and totally Catholic institute. Currently,
he is rooming with Pat Scanlon '03 and Michael Baron '03
in the apartments formally called Guardian Angel Academy.
Mike is working at Seton Home School and Pat is installing
(Knopf, '97 -'00) and Jeremiah Tutwiler are very happy
to announce the birth of their first child, Aidan James, born
May 7th (a full month early!) He weighed 5lbs. 8oz. and was
19-1/4" long. Andy and Heather (Tutwiler) Hibl
are his Godparents and Heather wants to steal him from Jennifer!!
He is very healthy, happy and strong -- he has already figured
out how to rollover! For those who may be wondering, he is
named for St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, abbot and missionary to
England. P.S. -- Jen's new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
now, DEEP THOUGHTS by Claire Jensen '03, Paul "Koochie
Koo" Kucharski '01, and Pete Jensen '99: We wonder
how long it will be before Larissa Fedoryka (you all
remember her...she's been to Christendom, Steubenville, Ave
Maria, and back again) and Marc-Pierre Jansen '02,
Christendom's most popular Europhile Bohemians, end up meeting
in some obscure cheese shop in Lichtenstein or perhaps at
the base camp of K2?
Grapevine Online was recently blessed to have received
communication from the International Man of Leisure, Marc-Pierre
Jansen. Apparently, he is in Bavaria (as reported in the
last issue), drinking his recommended liter (he's still using
the metric system...he's from Canada) of beer each day. After,
his Germanic debut, he will wisk himself off ff to Switzerland
to attend TASIS (The American School in Switzerland) were
he will lead hiking excursions in the Alps and possibly even
do some glacier skiing. Yes, a Rileyesque life indeed!
"Nomad" Bissex '02 is slowly coming to grips
with the reality of having put over 5000 miles on her car
in the last month. She is also still trying to recover from
her recent visit to Steubenville . . . ! Otherwise she is
very much enjoying her summer, thinking about going to California
in August (not in her car), and looking forward to teaching
the dear little munchkins again in the fall. She welcomes
visitors to her new home in Manassas, especially visitors
who bear food of any sort.
finally, another update from the always interesting Pearse
Marschner '02: Pearse Marschner's days of sitting by the
pool are over. There is a lot of work to be done in Baghdad
and he is deeply grateful and profoundly humbled to be involved
in such a cause. The tears of gratitude being shed by women
who can finally know the truth about what happened to their
murdered husbands for whose return they have been chastely
waiting and praying for the last 15 years are worth every
US penny spent in coming over here. But don't be deceived.
Their deprivation and sufering has not been in vain. There
are spiritual virtues in this country, practiced by muslim
and Christian alike that would shame the most pious among
us. He asks for your prayers for the people of Iraq and for
the modern Crusaders who are fighting and dying that others
may live in peace.
here are July's Alumni Happy Birthdays........
A. Hickin 7/1
Regina M. Reninger 7/1
Marcia Gruessing 7/1
Philip J. O'Herron 7/1
Laura C. Henderson 7/1
Paul J. Jalsevac 7/2
Lorraine K. Overbeck 7/3
Paul A. Moriarty 7/4
Theresa Squire 7/5
Anthony Julio 7/6
Elizabeth Heisler 7/6
Marc-Pierre H. Jansen 7/6
Sr. Teresita Joy 7/7
Daniel P. Fier 7/7
Elizabeth S. Pilon 7/8
Andrew J. Fier 7/8
Kathryn E. Krieger 7/8
Christian S. Madore 7/8
Anne M. Francis 7/9
John A. Adams 7/9
Daniel S. Zwick 7/9
Claire M. Jensen 7/9
Clinton W. Hepler 7/9
Kathleen Jackson 7/10
Patrick J. Dean 7/10
Maire K. Duggan 7/11
Elizabeth A. Calanchini 7/11
Katherine A. Kharouf 7/11
Rita M. Curley 7/12
Michelle Peters 7/12
Peter A. Brown 7/12
Theresa A. Egan 7/13
Emily C. Price 7/13
Gabrielle Tuttle 7/14
Catherine Burch 7/15
Sean P. Garvey 7/15
Jonathan T. Carlson 7/15
Sean. Finnegan 7/16
Jennifer L. Flippen 7/16
Amy K. Wingate 7/17
Fr. Albert Heidecke 7/18
Walter Janaro 7/18
Mary Artis 7/18
Joseph H. Heisler 7/18
E. Heisler 7/18
Gyoparka M. Csizmazia 7/18
Thomas Zepeda 7/18
Amy V. Donahue 7/18
Mary Michael Fox 7/19
Niall O'Donnell 7/19
Rebecca M. O'Herron 7/19
Sr. Mary Joannes B. Caballes 7/20
Holly E. Carmichael 7/20
Marlena S. Larson 7/20
Aimee Bono 7/20
Beth. Bowes 7/20
Lisa R. Kirchner 7/20
Jeremy Cunney 7/21
Kathryn A. Price 7/21
Maria C. Romero 7/21
Clare Rohan 7/22
Carmen L. McCoy 7/22
Katherine B. McMahon 7/22
Kateryna Cuddeback 7/23
Elizabeth M. Belleville 7/23
Andrew Antonio 7/23
Thomas Kosten 7/24
Michael Summers 7/24
April Ann T. Scatena 7/24
R. Longtin 7/25
Mary S. Wake 7/25
Patrick G. Haggerty 7/25
Mary V. Price 7/25
Anne-Mary F. Judge 7/26
Melany B. Brown 7/27
Margaret O'Donnell 7/28
Fr. Ben J. Cameron 7/28
Joseph M. Skube 7/29
Cary A. Carey 7/29
Alysha A. Cimprich 7/29
Angela M. Wolfram 7/30
Susan A. Orlowski 7/30
Sofia M. Olkiewicz 7/30
Miguel R. Flores 7/30
John M. Brown 7/31
Marianne Siegmund 7/31
10-11, 2003: Homecoming
14-21, 2003: Alumni
Pilgrimage to Rome
Releases and Campus News: http://www.christendom.edu/news/releases.shtml
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in the News:
Teaches with the Church? Georgetown Won´t Tell Parents
- Which Georgetown theology professors teach in communion
with the Church?
question is on parents´ minds after an incident at Georgetown´s
graduation this year. When a Vatican cardinal´s words
so offended a Georgetown theologian that she walked off the
stage in protest.
the next several months the Register will publish its ongoing
investigation of Catholic colleges and universities featured
in U.S. News and World Report´s college guide and ask
the question: Are parents allowed to know whether those who
teach theology even intend to teach in
communion with the Church? Or has the opposite happened -
is the canon law mandatum being used to protect dissenters?
in 1983, canon law required that a theologian teaching in
a Catholic university receive a mandatum from the local bishop,
showing his intention to teach with the Church. When it became
clear that Canon 812 was being overlooked by many dioceses,
Pope John Paul II in 1990 brought it to the front of the debate
again with the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges
and institutions, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the
it´s 2003, and some parents say the mandatum is being
used as a way to hide dissenting professors, not expose them.
his meeting with the U.S. cardinals last year, Pope John Paul
II said parents "must know that bishops and priests are
totally committed to the fullness of Catholic truth on matters
of sexual morality, a truth as essential to the renewal of
the priesthood and the episcopate as
it is to the renewal of marriage and family life."
say that many bishops and universities won´t tell them
whether or not theologians are committed to Church teaching.
nation´s oldest Catholic university, Georgetown is ranked
24th among national doctoral universities by U.S. News and
World Report´s America´s Best Colleges 2003.
to Chester Gillis, theology chair at Georgetown, Cardinal
Theodore McCarrick met with the 25 full-time theology department
members last spring and invited them to apply for the mandatum.
today, neither the administration, the archbishop nor theology
faculty members will say which have received mandatums.
a confidential matter," Gillis said.
Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church) "treats
it as a confidential matter between the ordinary and the individual
professor," he said.
situation at Georgetown University is, in this matter, representative
of the majority of Catholic colleges and bishops in the United
States. Most Catholic colleges and their bishops refuse to
tell who has a mandatum. They claim that the mandatum guidelines
require that it be a
private matter between the individual theologian and the bishop.
some bishops disagree.
Neb., Archbishop Elden Curtiss told the Register that all
35 theology faculty at both Creighton University and the College
of St. Mary in Omaha received the mandatum. He told them he
would publicly name those who refused.
Cardinal Francis George told the Register that "A mandatum
is a public reality, like getting a degree from a university.
It´s a fact that a bishop has given a particular faculty
member a mandatum that they are teaching in communion with
the Church. That is a public matter.
Whether to publicize it or not is a private matter."
a personal act," he added, "but personal acts are
sometimes public, like receiving a sacrament."
the U.S. bishops´ guidelines don´t explicitly
address the question of whether mandatums should be known
to the public or not, they are unequivocal about one thing:
Every Catholic theology professor has to have one.
Catholics who teach theological disciplines in a Catholic
university are required to have a mandatum," it continues.
812 uses similar language, without specifying Catholics: "It
is necessary that those who teach theological disciplines
in any institute of higher studies have a mandate from the
competent ecclesiastical authority."
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith´s 1990 instruction
"The Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian" explains
the reason for the mandatum when it says that one who has
become a Catholic theologian has "freely and knowingly
accepted to teach in the name of the Church" (No.
a Parent to Do?
how a parent or student might be able to determine whether
a theology faculty member had received the mandatum, Gillis
said it would be at the discretion of the individual professor.
on the other hand, said such knowledge would be very helpful
to them when choosing a college such as Georgetown.
aim is eternal life," said Pat Hain of Wilmington, Del.
"We want our children to be rooted in something solid
and in truth. I am very aware of the sad reality that at many
Catholic universities there is much teaching going on that
is not faithful to the magisterium. It´s a difficult
decision for any Catholic parent."
was considering Georgetown, the University of Notre Dame and
the minimum knowledge to help him make a judgment, Raymond
said he pored through the college course descriptions to try
to help determine which college would be "both challenging
the end, he and his parents settled on Christendom, a school
whose theology professors have all applied for mandatums.
said that whether their son attended a Catholic university
that wasn´t detrimental to his faith was "a great
recent Higher Education Research Institute study conducted
by the University of California-Los Angeles showed that Catholic
students´ moral views were weaker, rather than stronger,
after four years on Catholic college campuses.
fact that Christendom was upfront about its support of the
mandatum played an important role in their decision.
don´t know if the Catholic theology professors realize
the power that they have to bring unity to the Church - and
what a wonderful way to do this, through the mandatum,"
Knowledge of the mandatum, stated 2002 Georgetown theology
and philosophy graduate Stephen Feiler, would have been important
to him in his studies.
would have appreciated knowing which faculty members did and
did not have the mandatum, so that I could have chosen my
classes accordingly," he said. "The mandatum does
little good if there is no way to differentiate between professors
teaching - or not teaching - authentic Catholic
the name of ´academic freedom´ many professors
are highly suspicious of any Church involvement," said
Feiler, who works as a communications specialist with the
Knights of Columbus. "I believe that a small number of
faculty members, specifically Jesuits, have requested the
mandatum, but I have no way of knowing for certain."
Cardinal McCarrick nor Georgetown President John DeGioia commented
on how the mandatum is being implemented at Georgetown.
University´s position is that the mandatum is a personal
issue between theologians and the local ordinary," university
spokeswoman Gloria Lacap said.
McCarrick is working directly with the theologians on implementation,"
said Susan Gibbs, director of communications for the Archdiocese
of Washington. "He has not released anything publicly
but is moving forward on it."
suggested that if parents contacted the cardinal´s office
they would not be told who has received the mandatum.
wouldn´t be a list," Gibbs said. "It would
be more appropriate for them to check with the individual
or not a professor has been granted the mandatum appears to
make little difference on campus.
will not affect their employment at Georgetown," Jesuit
Father William McFadden, a theology professor, told the university
newspaper The Hoya. "We´re not even allowed to
ask if somebody´s Catholic or not."
and parents still hold out hope for schools like Georgetown.
President DeGioia´s leadership, Georgetown has made
significant strides in enhancing and celebrating its Catholic
identity," Feiler said. Still, others think the struggle
must be met with prayer.
who see this struggle have a great responsibility to continue
to pray," Hain said. "Prayer will unite the Catholic
universities that publicly support the Church. There is no
shame there. Once the Catholic universities begin to do this,
our Church will become stronger and more
Drake writes from St. Cloud, Minnesota.
with permission from the National Catholic Register.
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