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and Becky (Walz) Irving are proud to announce the birth
of Bernadette Marie. She is joined by her two sisters, Julia,
age 7, Georgine, age 2 1/2 and her two brothers, Joseph, age
5 1/2 and Thomas age 4. She was born April 11, 2003.
('92) and Maryan Vander Woude had their second son, Robert
Thomas Joseph Vander Woude, on Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
Firstborn, John Paul, gives him lots of "lovin'."
Robert's baptism is on Saturday, May 10th. (Alumni Godparents
are Nancy Lee ('96) --Soon to be Mrs. Nancy Bauer-- and
Fr. Thomas Vander Woude ('88)!)
David O'Reilly, son of Frank and Angelique (Syversen) O'Reilly
(both class of '83), was born Holy Saturday, April 19th. He
joins his five brothers and five sisters (whose maternal instincts
quickly overcame any discomfort of being outnumbered). Additionally,
the oldest of the gang, Clare, who turned eighteen May 7th,
will be attending Christendom this Fall.
25 years of education, Neill Mollard '97 is finally
done. On May 17th, he will graduate from Creighton University
with his doctorate in medicine (becoming the first Christendom
Graduate to do so). One goes in (J.P. Jansen), one comes out!
Next year, he'll stay in Omaha for an intern year in Family
Practice at the University of Nebraska. Following that, he
will head back home to California, where he'll finish up a
residency in Anesthesiology at the Univ. of Calif. at Davis.
Saguto ('98) will be ordained to the diaconate for the
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on June 7 in Lincoln, NE
by Bishop Bruskewitz.
(Kelly) Sternfels got married November 30, 2002 to Felix
J. Sternfels (University of Dallas graduate) during a Solemn
High Latin Mass at St. Mary's Church in Washington, DC. They
are now living in Donaldsonville, LA. and are expecting their
first baby on September 2, 2003.
and Clare (Curley) Cole had a new baby, Miriam Rose, on
April 23rd. Born at 10:56pm, Miriam was 7 lbs 3 oz. Everyone
is fine and healthy.
(Asam) Monette and her husband Stephen are expecting a
baby boy in September as well!
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
Cross Academy (co-founded by Christendom alumnus Dan Miller)
is looking for Christendom graduates to "test-drive"
a teaching career in a truly Catholic environment. The six-year-old
junior-senior high school is looking to fill temporary part-time
positions from mid-May through the end of the school year
(mid-June). Duties may include tutoring, conducting review
classes, proctoring tests, monitoring study periods and generally
assisting teachers. If you are considering a career in teaching
dont pass up this unique opportunity to test the waters.
This may lead to a permanent position. Interested? Send email
to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.holycrossacademy.com
for more info.
Janaro ('85) has just published a new book, THE CREATED
PERSON AND THE MYSTERY OF GOD (Bloomington, IN: 1stBooks,
2003), 256 pp. Subtitled "The Significance of Religion
in Human Life," the book addresses important issues in
the philosophy of religion and Catholic apologetics. It presents
and analyzes classical and contemporary arguments for the
existence of God, the mystery of creation, the necessity for
human happiness of a vital relationship with God, and the
corresponding violence of secularist culture against the human
person. The book also explores the foundations of Catholic
apologetics by presenting the glorious, compelling, and inescapable
claim of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the Divine answer to
man's search for meaning and purpose in life. Right now you
can order the book at 15% off the retail price by ordering
directly from the publisher's website ($11.50 + shipping).
Order from http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/14624.
John Janaro is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department
of Theology at Christendom College.
Tom Longua, FSSP, ('92) will be ordained to the priesthood
on June 7th in Lincoln, Nebraska at 9:00 AM by Bishop Bruskewitz
in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ (3300 Sheridan Blvd).
Reception and first belssings follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Seminary in Denton, NE. He says that you all ("ya'll"
if you still live in VA) are invited! His first Mass will
be the next day at 10:00 at St. Francis Chapel (1145 South
Street) in Lincoln. Brunch follows. He asks for your prayers
at this time.
here are May's Alumni Happy Birthdays........
S. Herter 5/1
J. Blackmer 5/1
Johnangelo A. Leggio 5/2
Miss Susan M. Hayles 5/3
Caroline Colclough 5/4
Rachel Collard 5/5
Stanley S. Swetz 5/6
Maria M. Berger 5/6
Rosemary D. Reninger 5/7
Adam T. Irving 5/7
Mr. Patrick G. Barry 5/7
Mrs. Agnes M. Penny 5/8
Anthony Norris 5/8
Mr. Ted J. King 5/8
Mr. Michael Curell 5/9
Mr. John F. Echaniz 5/9
Joseph P. Mitchell 5/9
Mary E. Hoffman 5/11
Heidi Zweifach 5/11
Thomas Santschi 5/12
Carolyn M. Kuhn 5/12
Miss Mary T. McFadden 5/12
Ann M. Verrocchio 5/13
Thomas E. Brock 5/14
Mr. Peter Belleville 5/14
John D. Delmare 5/15
Susan E. Francis 5/15
Mrs. Ashlea Kopeck 5/17
Mary Jean Mallory 5/17
Mary B. Dovel 5/17
Mrs. Laura M. Clark 5/18
Miss Crista M. Palladino 5/18
Neill Mollard 5/18
Ryan M. Jones 5/18
Paul Hofbauer 5/18
Charles J. Bak 5/19
Denise J. Woltering 5/19
Cybele P. Harris 5/19
Mrs. Victoria D. Cervantes 5/19
Mr. Christopher S. Bukowski 5/19
Mrs. Sarah Gasper 5/21
Kevin Roche 5/21
Stephen F. McGraw 5/21
Michael Lucas 5/21
David B. Farinholt 5/22
Danielle Rohlena 5/23
Raymond Kelly 5/23
Mrs. Angela M. Huelskamp 5/23
Thomas A. Balint 5/24
Mr. James P. Rice 5/24
Mr. Jonathan A. McDonald 5/24
Trevor M. Sullivan 5/24
Margaret Kocienski 5/26
Joseph G. DeFauw 5/26
Mr. John S. Williams 5/27
Miss Andrea M. Nolan 5/27
Jacinta I. Black 5/27
Theresa M. Davies 5/27
Elisabeth Hernandez 5/28
George J. McFadden 5/28
John G. Birch 5/28
Therese Spaight 5/29
Mr. Paul Krueger 5/29
John T. Curran 5/30
Mr. William J. Doran 5/30
10-11, 2003: Homecoming
Releases and Campus News: http://www.christendom.edu/news/releases.shtml
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Clark, Class of 1987, Makes News
to Graduate Largest Class in History
71 undergraduates receiving B.A. degrees on May 17 include:
Matthew Akers, Stephen Akhurst, Danielle Anderson, Megan Anderson,
Fadi Auro, Michael Baron, Molly Becker, Jaime Berger, Michael
Blum, Dominic Bodoh, Mary Boever, Gregory Burns, Elizabeth
Butina, Elena Cardenas, Matthew Coffey, Sr. Maria Corona,
PCI, Amy Donahue, Kelly Drew, Susan Erwin, Theresa Fer, Daniel
Fier, Theresa Ford, Fred Fraser, Meghan Gallante, Catherine
Garrett, Donald Goodman, Anna Hatke, Laura Henderson, Clinton
Hepler, Paul Jalsevac, Joelle Jansen, Claire Jensen, Elizabeth
Kish, Ann Kugel, Jan Kuznia, Christopher Lane, Lucia Leggio,
Sr. Maria Licea, PCI, Alyssa Lombardi, James Maldonado Berry,
Anne Martin, Kathleen McGlynn, Brendan McGuire, Daniel McGuire,
Michael McGuirk, Colleen McMahon, Amber Meza, Candice Meza,
Anne Monette, Sean Murphy, Andrea Nolan, Niall O'Donnell,
Kerri Polce, Caroline Pollock, Rebecca Price, Suzanne Quinson,
Bethany Sargis, Patrick Scanlon, John Paul Schafer, Michael
Schmitt, Gregory Settducati, Justin Smith, Melanie Smith,
Leah Stephens, Mary Storck, Emily Syski, Heather Tansey, Alexandria
Thornbrugh, Christianne Van Sant, Katherine Wathen, Dane Weber,
Sarah Webster, and Nicholas Wingate.
Associate of Arts degrees will be conferred on Sarah Antonio,
Megan McNeely, and Lori Omann.
College Grad attending Ave Maria Law School Helps the winning
side in Scheidler v. Now case
Young [Christendom Class of 1997] may not yet be a practicing
lawyer, but the second year student at Ave Maria School of
Law has participated in a Supreme Court case and gained a
wealth of knowledge in the process.
28-year-old law student's journey to the High Court began
in early 2002. He volunteered to work with the Thomas More
Society, the Chicago firm founded to defend Joseph Scheidler
whose 17-year legal battle came to an end February 26 when
the Supreme Court cleared him of racketeering and extortion
heard about the case and was impressed with the firm's work,"
Young explained. "When I volunteered, I was put in touch
with Thomas Brejcha, the president and chief counsel for the
Thomas More Society, and he offered me a job."
acknowledges that he was in a privileged position when he
went to work for the Thomas More Society. Fresh out of his
first year of law school, his task was to research a particular
point of law that would appear in the petitioner's brief as
Footnote 12. Though Young's work amounted to a small part
of the entire document, he drew high praise from Brejcha.
made a point of asking him to participate in aspects of our
work in preparation of the major brief on the merits in the
Scheidler v. NOW appeal," Brejcha explained. "Chris
researcher and wrote about a critical, pivotal issue in the
case. Namely, whether and to what extent a series of special
verdicts, which included jury findings on legally flawed as
well as legally sufficient grounds, had to be reversed because
it could not be determined whether or to what extent some
or all of the jurors relied on the legally inadequate grounds.
fact that we won an outright reversal, without need of any
remand for new trial, reflects the value of Chris' contribution,"
all that went into the case, Young said he learned a great
deal about the process of bringing an appeal to the High Court,
including some common misconceptions.
think that a case is won or lost on the oral arguments,"
he said. "That's most often not the case. It's all about
how detailed and compelling your brief is. That's where you
make your legal arguments. The oral arguments are usually
only for the justices to clear up any lingering questions.
That was likely the case in this appeal; however, Scheidler's
team came to oral arguments extremely well prepared."
addition to the obvious benefits of being part of the Supreme
Court appeal, Young said he was delighted to interact with
respected scholars, which gave him additional insight into
was included on e-mail exchanges between Tom Brejcha and the
firm they were working with in Washington," he explained.
"All these very learned professors of law who had an
interest in this case would look at drafts of the brief and
offer their suggestions. It was very high level."
Young found that the practical, hands-on experience he gained
with the Thomas More Society complemented the classroom work
he's done at Ave Maria.
law school, the majority of classes you take are theoretical,"
he said. "This summer work experience allowed me to put
that theory into practice. How much more practical can you
get than working on an actual Supreme Court appeal?"
not surprising that Young's summer experience would help him
discern his legal career as he looks to graduation in 2004.
Currently an extern with Judge Henry Saad of the Michigan
Court of Appeals, Young said he would enjoy appellate work.
experience has certainly increased my interest in the appeals
court process," he said. "And no matter what kind
of attorney I become, I'm going to do pro-life work
it not as my primary work, on a pro bono basis on the side."
Young, "It was an honor to have even a small hand in
helping draft the winning legal brief that was submitted to
the United States Supreme Court."
above article is condensed from the full article which appeared
in the May 8, 2003 issue of The Wanderer and was written
by Patrick Novecosky.