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State Champion to Strive for Greatness at Christendom

Whether it’s on the pitch, field, or in the classroom, Vincent Duhig gives everything he has in all activities. As a student at Gregory the Great Academy, Duhig worked hard to find success in all of his endeavors, no matter how mundane or how grand. That spirit of “hard things are worth doing” has powered him his whole life, and has carried over into the all-important search for college as well. That search for a place where he would not…

Sen. Rick Santorum, Scott Hahn & Others Speak on Marriage & Family at Christendom Conference

Christendom College welcomed prominent speakers and hundreds of attendees for a one-day conference titled “Restoring the Divine Plan for Marriage & The Family” on its Front Royal, Virginia, campus on July 8. The one-day conference was well-received by the attendees, who learned, laughed, and cried during talks from Senator Rick Santorum, Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Mary Beth Bonacci, and Mary Stanford. Author, historian, and theologian Dr. Timothy O’Donnell began the conference with a talk titled…

Alumnus Tapped as Director of Philanthropy at FOCUS

The world of high education is a mess – particularly when it comes to the practice of religion. In a recent study this past spring, it was revealed that college freshmen are less religious than ever.  The number of college students with no religious affiliation has tripled in the last 30 years, from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016, according to data from the CIRP Freshman Survey. Over the same period, the number who attended religious services dropped from…

82nd Alumni Priest Ordained

Deacon Jonathon Fehrenbacher ’09 was ordained a priest by Raymond Cardinal Burke for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Pontiff on Thursday, July 6, in Florence, Italy. Canon Fehrenbacher, as priests of this particular order are called, is the 82nd alumnus ordained to the priesthood since the college’s founding in 1977 – 40 years ago this September. Canon Fehrenbacher, who was a star basketball player for the Crusaders as an undergraduate, has been assisting alumnus and Pastor Canon Michael…

Captain Thomas Francis – A True Catholic Hero

Captain Thomas A. Francis, a vibrant Catholic, devoted father, and friend of Christendom College, passed away earlier this week on the 4th of July. Francis sent eight of his nine of his children to Christendom and saw many of his sixty-three grandchildren eventually attend the college as well. He passed at the age of 88, leaving behind an incredible legacy and a tremendous example of fatherhood and Catholicism. “His faith was foremost in his life, bringing Padre Pio's message of…

Chinese Convert Deepens Faith at Christendom

When Bryan Zhu came to America from China four years ago, he arrived with a specific purpose in mind: study, prepare, and be accepted to an American college. Many Chinese students move in with an American family during high school with the same purpose in mind, so there was nothing “new” in Zhu’s plan. Or so he thought. Just last week, Zhu was a participant in the Experience Christendom Summer Program, an event that deepened Zhu’s Catholic faith — a…

Family Sends Ten of Their Children to Christendom

There’s a correlation between being Catholic and having a large family. People have often seen the large 15-passenger vans of Catholic families in their local communities, shuttling the many children to school, Church, and elsewhere. Due to the size of these families, however, it can often be difficult to send them all to college because of the financial constraints. And yet, the Hepler family of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, has sent ten of their children to Christendom College, with their son, Thomas,…

Scholarship Price Match Program Helps Irish Dancer Come to Christendom

When it comes to Irish dancing, Basia (pronounced "Basha") Syski does it all. She has been Irish dancing for the past eleven years, and competes at the championship level. When she’s not dancing herself, she’s teaching others how to, through the Leap of Faith Irish Dance Camp, a camp she founded and has directed for the past three years. As a student at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Maryland, she has been equally invested in her coursework. Basia is…

Catholic Culture Inspires Alumni to the Priesthood

It is often said, “There is no vocation shortage, but rather, a shortage in those who respond to God’s call.”  At Christendom College, there is no shortage of those who respond to His call.  Approaching its 40th anniversary in September of this year, Christendom College has seen 80 alumni ordained to the priesthood and 50 ladies accept God’s call to the religious life.  This summer, two more alumni will be receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders, bringing the total number…

Bagpiper to Seek Truth at Christendom

The sound of bagpipes is unmistakable. Whether in movies, TV shows, or around an Irish Pub, the distinctly European blare of the bagpipes causes a festive vibe on any occasion. Competitive bagpiper and incoming freshman Jacob Altmanshofer certainly agrees, and he is eager to bring his talents to the myriad of events at Christendom College this coming fall, while also seeking to answer life’s biggest questions through what he believes is the best collegiate education in the nation. Altmanshofer first…

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