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Grapevine Online will be uploaded, depending on the amount
of information sent to the editor, every month. It will have
a couple of sections (when information is available), namely,
Class Notes (your basic information on alumni babies,
weddings, jobs, etc.), Calendar of Events, and Links
to various recent stories about Christendom College and/or
the Alumni of Christendom.
2004 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
here for the NEW
Print Edition - for spouses at home to read
Berry (03) has now joined the Christendom crew in
Rome, studying Social Communications at the Pontifical University
of the Holy Cross. Classes havent started yet so hes
focusing on learning his Italian and hanging out with the
wonderful women of Rome (and Niall & Alphonse).
Last weekend Niall and James chilled with friends on the Tiber
Wake '95 recently successfully defended her thesis for
an MA in philosophy from
Franciscan University of Steubenville. The title was "Natural
Law and 'The Law of Peoples': Defending Human Rights and Cultural
Diversity in a Global Era."
special message comes from Kathy Moriarty Williams '91:
:Greetings to all our beloved Christendom Alumni! We apologize
for not staying in closer contact over the years and pray
that you will forgive us. To catch you up briefly
October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,
Shawn and Kathy (Moriarty) Williams, will be celebrating their
fourth wedding anniversary! Time has come and gone so quickly.
After living in Virginia for over 11 years, Kathy moved home
to Ohio in 1998 and met Shawn at Mass only a few days after
her return! A true love story it is from beginning to end
and an explicit example of Gods most loving providence!
Now, 4 years later, Shawn and Kathy are the proud and loving
parents of two beautiful and quite charming sons, Peter Augustine
who is 3 and Stephen Ignatius who just turned 1 on September
17th. After not keeping in contact for so long, we could go
on and on about what we are up to these days, but we do not
want to dominate all the space in this issue of the Grapevine.
Soooooo, stay tuned for other news to follow in upcoming months!
However, if you would like to write and say hello, please
contact us at email@example.com.
Wed love to hear from you! Until then, may God continue
to bless each one of you in the forthcoming days!"
(Asam '00) and Stephen Monette celebrated Christopher
Stephen's First Birthday on September 10. Christopher is growing
up by leaps and bounds and is always a joy (see pic on right).
If anybody is moving or visiting the Hampton Roads area, email
Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They'd love to see you.
Mirus (97) is a visiting assistant professor this
semester at Hunter College of the City University of New York,
teaching classes on the history of philosophy and on science
and culture. He will remain at Hunter part time in the spring.
Kingsepp '98 is no longer at Catholic Distance University.
He is now the Youth Coordinator for St. Veronica's parish
in Herndon, Virginia.
Echeverría (class of '90) has gone from education
to agriculture. She is now the proud owner of Monteazul -Bluemountain,
for those who did not have Mrs. Barone's Spanish class-, a
coffeplantation located in the high mountains of Costa Rica.
The place is awesome, and it's great to take care of the coffeplants
as well as deal with the country folk. Great for hiking. She
invites all Christendomites to come visit and bring their
hiking boots. Her email: email@example.com
Miller married Kaylie Minick '04 on August 21 in Pennsylvania.
Malo Ciskanik '89 checks in with the Grapevine Online:
Our son, Thomas, just started 7th grade at Seton in Manassas.
He has alumna, Miss Julie Abernethy '04, as his Grammar
teacher, Mrs. Carroll for World Culture, Mr. Peter Scheetz
'81 as his Math teacher, and has several children of
alumni in his class as well: Michael Arnold (Meg
Judge and Dan Arnold), Maggie Horiuchi (Anne Hambleton
Horiuchi), Dominique Peters (Scott and Michelle Oubre),
Colin Gossin (Dan and Laura Smith), Joseph Rohan (Mike
and Claire Gazzollo). Thomas is also in Latin I with his
cousin, Catherine Ciskanik (John and Maggie O'Reilly),
11th grade, who just started at Seton this fall. We live in
Manassas (for 4 years now) in the Signal Hill Subdivision
with many other Catholic families including the Rohans, The
Coys(currently have 2 girls at Christendom), Wittman's, Meyer's
and Hadro's (all have at least 1 alumnus). Fr. Jerome Fasano
says we should rename our subdivision Vatican Hill! A few
years ago, we had 5 kids from our subdivision enrolled at
Christendom. That ought to be a record!
Moira Stanton '04: "Ive been in Ecuador (surprise)
since August 26th, working at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador,
Una Familia de Familias... translation for those who did not
have Madame Barone: The Working Boys Center, A Family of Families.
I'm teaching 9 art classes a week, to boys and girls in grades
1-6, and I'm teaching in the girls program. 3 times a week
the girls have one hour of English and then two hours of learning
practical things like baking, cooking, reading, computers,
sales techniques, sewing, crocheting, etc., and crafts. My
English students are super cute, but pretty slow for the most
part... after two weeks with them, I still cant get them to
remember things like Good Morning, afternoon, evening, and
basic words like hello and goodbye. God Bless, and please
remember me in your prayers. Congratulations to all the newlyweds,
and to Marc Perrington for getting a job. If anyone would
like to e-mail, its Moiraecuadora@hotmail.com.
Mary Grace was born on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:08pm to Greg
and Anna Wright Polley. She weighed in at 7lb 6oz and
20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well!
Fittin Wiener '90 reports that she and her family recently
moved to New York, so they have left the Midwest to return
to the East Coast. Her husband Chris has a new Job as Director
of Manufacturing at Baltic Lumber and Molding in Danbury Connecticut.
They have three children Rachel (10), Andrew (9) and Kateri
( 6). They also continue to own and operate Vienna Woodworks,
a furniture manufacturing company.
is a picture of a number of Christendom alumni who are now
Cole '04 and Patrick Storey '02 brought a group of students
from Holy Family Academy in Manassas, VA, to Vocations Day
at Christendom on September 27.
Issigonis (97/98) has once again rejoined the ranks of
the poor scholar, now studying Control of Infectious Diseases
at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London,
England. He'll be busy for at least a year pursuing his Masters,
so anyone with any inklings of popping in for tea and crumpets
can make reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org
. As a side note, his already great summer was topped off
with a two week Olympic venture, including international coverage
for his starring role as
Fraser '03 has decided to settle down. Based on the fact
that his good friend Mark Schwedt '02 actually asked
his girlfriend Emily Syski '03 to marry him, he himself
went over to the dark side and asked a young woman for her
hand in marriage. Not fully knowing all that we know about
Freddie the man-child, she agreed to his proposal. Nicole
Paparella, is her name and of course, she is Italian, as is
the Fraser custom.
issigonis (97-98) is finishing up the interior design
program in November dans l'ile du montreal and is planning
to be very successful and busy fairly quick so if you have
any job offers you should get the propositions in soon! you
can reach her at email@example.com
out the Issigonis family news tree, Kimon Issigonis (03-04),
that Greek-Irish God of Love, spent the summer in the Alps
with such notorious alumni as Julie Abernethy and IML at the
American School in Switzerland.
International Man of Leisure sent in the picture on the
above left. What it is, nobody knows. But he did stop by on
his travels to say hello so he reeived a number of Christendom
and Mary (Boever) Blum (both '03) were married this summer
on June 19th, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in
Lincoln, Nebraska. They are living in Lincoln right now and
enjoying the good life of the Midwest and Bishop Bruskwwitz.
They are also very excited and blessed to be expecting their
first child in early April.
Marschner ('01) is still in Iraq. He humbly asks you to
pray for his brother, alumnus Mike Marschner, and sister-in-law,
Maggie (Kocienski), who are faced with a fallopian
first pregnancy which, if it doesn't reverse itself, will
be their first and last baby.
Bodner Duhig (81-82): After a year of doing
foster care, my husband and I realized that adoption through
our county Family Services agency was not going to happen,
so we contacted Associated Catholic Charities in Baltimore.
ACC arranges domestic adoptions as well as international adoptions
from several countries. After our mandatory orientation session,
we realized that we were interested in adopting a sibling
group from the Philippines. The major factors (apart from
our age and our strong belief, as expressed by the Holy Father,
that the best thing a family can give to their children is
another sibling) were: that because of a very high poverty
rate in the Philippines, and a culture which does not promote
contraception, there are many orphaned sibling groups; the
Catholic culture of the country; and our being told that this
was one country where we would make a difference: if we decided
not to adopt a child(ren) from the Philippines, that child
might very well never be adopted (as compared with say, Korea,
where there are many couples vying to adopt the infants available).
Last November, we were asked if we would consider a sibling
group of 5 children. We gulped, looked at each other, and
agreed to do so. Sadly, those children to date have not been
processed for international adoption. In March, an ACC social
worker visited a new (Protestant) orphanage in Metro Manila
and found a sibling group of seven children: would we consider
these bright, artistic and well-behaved children? For six
months, we told everyone about our plans, as we considered
the material changes we would have to make to accomodate a
quadrupling of our family size, as well as the educational,
spiritual and emotional approaches we would plan. Then, about
three weeks ago, just as the childrens and our files
were about to meet at the Philippine national governments
offices for an official match, we were told that inconsistencies
in the childrens birth certificates would delay the
possibility of their international adoption for one to two
years. Last Saturday, Steven and I returned to ACCs
office to review the notebooks of waiting children, to see
if God wanted us to adopt other children. We were taken with
one sibling group of three from Luzon province (two girls
and a boy who are all cheerful, loving and studious), but
also with a 14-year-old boy who was previously featured in
an ACC newsletter and who has spent his entire life in St.
Ritas orphanage. When we asked the social worker about
him, she acknowledged having met him several times over the
years, and observing him gradually losing hope, as he sees
younger boys being adopted, but never him. What impressed
us about Nover was that he is described as very devout, often
leading the recitation of the Rosary, as well as serving as
an altar boy, and his strong interest in computer engineering.
Sadly, both the dictates of prudence (it would not be wise
to adopt unrelated teenaged boys and girls who have not grown
up together) and the rules of the Philippines Intercountry
Adoption Board prohibit the simultaneous adoption of the sibling
group and of Nover: so I wonder if there is a second alumni
family who might take either Nover or the sibling group? If
there is more than one generous family, there is an abundance
of waiting orphans in the Philippines, so there will be no
need to fight over the children! Also, of course, there is
that family of seven children who may be available in a year
or two (unless the Blessed Mother manages to fix those typos!),
and at that time, we will not be able to adopt them. Again,
given that there are few people crazy enough to consider adopting
larger sibling groups, I thought of the Christendom alumni.
Not because I think that the Christendom universe features
an abnormally high concentration of crazies (well, ok, maybe
I do, but only in a good way!), but because virtually all
of the alumni have shown that they have the moral courage
to undertake what our Faith encourages, even when the world
says that such an undertaking would be crazy.
I would be happy to talk to anyone who might be interested
in any of the children I have mentioned, or about what little
I know of the vagaries of adoption from the Philippines, if
he e-mails me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose O'Brien was born at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2004, after
a quick labor two weeks ahead of expectations. She joins her
brother Jack and parents John '04 and Maria Gaetano '03
in Front Royal, VA. She weighed in at 5 lbs., 15 oz. and was
17 inches long.
Scheetz '04 and Jamie Dresch '04 bought a house
in Front Royal. Stop by when you are in town. It might be
a little messy due to the recent move, though.
Higby '90 bought a house in Front Royal, too, although
it was a couple of months ago so it should be all nice and
clean by now.
McFadden married Sara Runge on Friday, September
10 in Upstate New York. Alumni Chris, Tom, George, and
Mike McFadden were in the wedding as were Mary McFadden
Brand, John Sleeves Williams, Gwen Adams, Katie Runge Schmiedicke,
Lucia Leggio, and Jessica Runge Hickey. They are
now living happily ever after in Falls Church, VA.
and Terrie (Heim) Walz (both '95) recently welcomed a
new daughter into the world, Helena Marie, on September 17,
2004, at 4:15 AM. Labor and delivery went very smoothly. Helena
weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz., and measured 20 inches. Her
two brothers, Damien (4) and Nicholas (almost 2) are very
happy about having a girl around the house, even if it means
a little less attention is paid to them and more to their
beautiful little sister. Terrie and baby are both doing very
Santschi '90 said he was coming to Homecoming and then
didn't show up. Bad form James, very bad form.
7-9, 2005: Homecoming Weekend
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2004 Draws Over 250 Alumni from Near and Far
it had been changed from the usual Columbus Day Weekend date,
Homecoming still brought together over 250 alumni from ear
and far. Alumni traveled to campus from as far away as Oregon
(Sean Murphy and Rene Oberlin Mason) and Arizona (Cathy
Burch), and from as close as across the street (Colleen
Class of 1994 held their own Ten Year Class Reunion at
the Rivendell Club down the road from Christendom. They had
a luncheon where 10-12 alumni plus their spouses and little
ones enjoyed looking back on their time at Christendom so
many years ago. They watched old coffee house videos as well.
Class of 1999 made a little noise by being well represented
at the Alumni Reception. Five years out made them a little
nostalgic and weepy eyed over the fact that they are no longer
spending their days and nights at Camp Christendom.
of 1983 had a 28% representation with Nancy Popik Briggs
and Brenda Davis O'Reilly.
to the Alumni Reception, which was catered by Chef Ron Steckman,
the Alumni beat the students in the annual (alnmost cancelled)
Alumni vs Students Basketball Game. It was a close one, with
the alumni winning out by about 8-10 points.
Sunday, following a late evening of fine food, drink, and
comaraderie, the West beat the East for the first time
in 8 years. It went to triple overtime. West quarterback,
Patrick Quest, did an outstanding job of leading his team
injury: John O'Herron messed up his knee. Looked painful but
he is all cured now.
a list of who came to Homecoming. Next year's Homecoming is
back on Columbus Day Weekend so make plans now: October
Dr. Christopher Blum
Mary Rose Lombard
Mary Theresa Mead
Dr. Timothy O'Donnell
Fr. Joseph Portzer
Mary Veronica Price
Mary Alice Rice
your mouse over each picture for identification or commentary.