Student Profile

William Tomlinson

Age: 21
Year: Junior
From: Anderson, South Carolina
Major: History
Hobbies? Reading, farming, studying Medieval Spanish history, traveling, and playing sports.
Who's your favorite professor? Dr. Brendan McGuire
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am the co-founder and member of the Confraternity of Don Bosco. I played soccer freshman year, but severely injured my ankle. However, I'm hoping to play again senior year. And I am currently playing on an intramural volleyball team.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The academic program, and the integrated study of the liberal arts in particular. The  availability of the sacraments is also a unique aspect of Christendom.
Why did you choose Christendom? I did not choose Christendom. Actually, I did not even want to come here. However, after three years I'm very thankful that I'm here. (Thanks Mom!)
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? The amount of different opportunities to get involved with, despite the small size of the college.
Plans after graduation? Going to graduate school to study veterinary medicine.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? There is nothing that I can say here that you haven't already heard or hasn't been said. However, I will say that you should take advantage of the opportunities that are offered here. There are more opportunities here than you could possibly exhaust: for your spiritual growth, for solid and wholesome friendships, for leadership opportunities, and for totally engaging yourself in the liberal arts. These four years go by so fast. As a freshman, it will probably be hard to see the importance of these things, but if you give them due attention during your time here—and have a great time as well—you will get the most out of your time here at Christendom College.

Student Life

Happy Halloween!

On Thursday night, students gathered to celebrate Halloween Christendom-style with a Haunted House and Dance. The Halloween Dance is annually hosted by the freshman class, and, as always, they did a dancewonderful job putting everything together. The Haunted House successfully scared those who went through, and everyone thought the gory operating scene at the end was a fittingly disgusting finale. The dance was equally well-attended and enjoyed. Students arrived dressed in a variety of costumes and delighted in dancing to the sounds of a live band throughout the night.

“I thought the band was a really wonderful idea," sophomore Julie Rollino said. "They sounded great—the live music really helped make the evening exceptional.”

St. Lawrence Commons was decorated for the occasion with orange and purple lights, pumpkins, and spider webs, creating the perfect atmosphere.


Freshmen Brendan Williamson and Clare Fletcher share a dance.


Freshmen Nicole LaRochelle, Tammy Rivera, and Josh Huber represent Alice in Wonderland.


A gypsy and a ninja dance: sophomore Patrick Hilleary and freshman Jordan Eidle swing to the music.


The Duskwhales impressed everyone with their upbeat tunes.


Everyone joins in the Macarena.


The dancing, music, and company made the evening enjoyable for everyone.


Competition of Saints

Fr. Donald Planty, Head Chaplain and Theology professor, hosted a Saint Trivia Pub Night on the feast of All Saints’ on Friday evening in St. Kilian’s Café. Nine student groups competed in a series of rounds whereby Fr. Planty asked questions pertaining to such topics as patron saints and details about the lives of the saints. Although the questions were grueling, students truly showed their knowledge of the saints’ lives. Those students who did not participate directly enjoyed the competition and the refreshments provided by the Student Activities Council (SAC).

“I’m really glad that I participated in Padre’s Saint Trivia Night, and it was made even more exciting by the fact that my team was victorious,” freshman Bridget Handy said with a smile. “I loved the friendly Catholic competition, and I am very proud that our team knew our saints!”

Everyone had fun playing games and conversing with one another both before and after the trivia competition.

Nine teams competed to be trivia champions!

Head Chaplain, Fr. Planty, hosted the event and kept score!

The winning trivia team with Fr. Planty!

Freshmen girls enjoying Trivia Pub Night!

Students play a game of Catch Phrase after the trivia competition is over.

Mega Shield

Shield of Roses, Christendom College’s student-run pro-life group, held its Mega Shield event on Saturday morning. Over 150 students travelled to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., to prayerfully protest abortion.

Shield of Roses travels to Planned Parenthood every Saturday morning during the academic year, but it organizes Mega Shield once a semester in an effort to get as many students, faculty, and staff members as possible to participate and be a witness for the pro-life movement.

The Christendom community truly made its presence known this past Saturday, on the feast of All Souls, and joined together across the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic to pray all the mysteries of the Rosary for an end to abortion. In addition, trained sidewalk counselors were present to talk to the women who came to the clinic and try to help them change their minds.

“I was very happy with the turnout of students and faculty at Mega Shield this year, and I felt it was very well organized,” said sophomore Dom Borchers, the transportation coordinator for Shield of Roses. “It was good to see how we approached it this year, and I felt that the focus was really on the women themselves and how we could help them. In addition, I felt as if we attracted more attention by standing across the street, rather than directly in front of the clinic, for more people could see us this way and we seemed to have made more of an impact than in the past.”

Students stand in prayerful protest across the street from Planned Parenthood.

Students prayed the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary together.

Everyone kneeled for the Sorrowful mysteries.

Christendom students are true witnesses for the pro-life cause.


Piano Night

On Saturday evening, Piano Night drew a crowd of over 100 students, who were excited to listen to their talented classmates perform a wide range of songs. Performances included senior Kelsey Ingold's "The First Noel," sophomore Joe Pelczar's 3 song melody, and a duet at the end by Max VanHecke and Matt Hambrick, who brought the crowd to their feet.

The fact that Christendom holds events like these, which draw such a high number of students, demonstrates how greatly valued the fine arts are here. There are frequent pub nights, as well as a St. Cecilia's Night and coffee houses, that give the students a chance to sing or perform a musical instrument.

"The piano is one of my favorite instruments to listen to and piano night has always been a great event," senior Veronica Halbur said. "I thought the pianists did a lovely job and the crowd obviously enjoyed listening as well. We had a great turn out of students and even faculty and staff as well. It was a relaxing and classy evening for everyone; a nice study break especially for the senior thesising. I was also very grateful to our musicians who not only performed, but helped organize a great event."

Senior Kelsey Ingold performs "The First Noel."

Sophomore Amy Marter peforms a beautiful piano piece.

The duet at the end was a fantastic finish to the evening.

Freshman Cameron Delafleur plays a peaceful piano piece.

Senior Veronica Halbur thanks everyone for attending the performance.

Flag Football Time

Sunday afternoon was full of excitement as students gathered on Campion field for the annual Powder Puff and East vs. West flag football games.

The powder puff game kicked-off the afternoon, as the Junior- Freshman ladies took on the Senior-Sophomore ladies. Juniors Pat McKenna and John David Speer coached the freshman/junior team, who were led by junior captains Brigid Coyne and Julie McMahon. Senior Conor Coyne coached the sophomore/senior team, along with sophomore Nick Jaroma. The game was a nail-biter, as the score was at 0-0 at halftime. But a few minutes into the second half, senior Morgan Kavanaugh raced down the field scoring the only touchdown of the game and making it a 7-0 victory for the Sophomore-Senior ladies.

The East vs. West game followed immediately afterwards. It was a hard fought game for both sides, but the East came through, winning 14-2. This was the third consecutive year that the East won. Touchdowns were made by freshman Peter Gaetano and sophomore Pat Audino. Freshman Andrew Ford played a huge role as quarterback for the West team, sending the football down the field multiple times throughout the game—but just could not get in the endzone.

Junior Julie McMahon prepares to send the ball flying.

Senior Morgan Kavanaugh flies down field leaving the oposition in the dust.

The Junior-Freshman Team 2013.

The victorious Senior-Sophomore Team.

Nate Harrington out maneuvers his opponenet.

Freshman Andrew Ford dives in an attempt to score a touchdown.

Pat Audio reaches for what could have been another touchdown for the East.

Junior John David Speer finds his open man.

Nate Harrington flies down field to catch the ball.

West Team 2013

The victorious East.

Go East!

History of Homeschooling

On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Dixie Lane delivered a lecture to students and faculty entitled "Homeschooling Since 1950: A Historical Perspective." In this fascinating lecture, Lane delved into the roots of the homeschooling movement and some of the key legal battles that ensured the parents' right to educate their child.

Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation,"Skipping School: Homeschooling and the United States, 1950-2010," examines nationwide trends in education, family, religion and politics by studying the exponential growth of an unpredictable educational movement. Lane lives in Front Royal with her husband, Christendom history professor Christopher J. Lane, and their two children.

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You can download this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.

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Rome Report

with Maria Bonvisutto

Free Weekends


It’s Free Weekend Season here in Rome!

An amazing aspect of our program is having the opportunity to travel independently to other countries on certain select weekends known as Free Weekends. We’re all given Friday off, so that we can make our way out of Rome and explore other parts of Italy and Europe. There are three of these special weekends, and the fall Romers have made excellent use of their first two.

The first Free Weekend took place in mid-October. All of my classmates going out of town were excited and maybe a little nervous to be striking out on their own in small groups, venturing far out of Rome for the first time to visit distant countries. On Friday, Candia quickly emptied out as bags were packed, goodbyes said, and students struck out for their destinations

A large group of Romers spent the weekend exploring the gorgeous island of Capri, and even camped overnight on its shores for most of their stay.  Another group traveled to Athens, where they enjoyed seeing the Acropolis, and the Areopagus, eating plenty of gyros, among other things. A couple of my classmates went to Venice for the weekend, and some others had a blast in the picturesque Italian town of Norcia, where they hiked and sampled wild boar—a local delicacy.

While some were out exploring everywhere from Paris to Athens, the rest of us stayed in Rome and still had a wonderful time exploring spots nearer to Rome, such as the beaches Nettuno and Santa Marinella, the medieval town of Roccasecca (St. Thomas Aquinas’ birthplace) and the spectacular waterfalls and hiking trails of Tivoli.  Everyone made it back to Candia in one piece, invigorated by their adventures and amazed by all they had seen.

The second Free Weekend rolled around the first week of November. It’s been very interesting seeing how my classmates manage to find great places to stay in other European countries. A couple different students visited foreign exchange students that they knew in other cities such as Marseilles, France and Heidelburg, Germany. One spent the weekend in Dublin, and another group visited Pompeii for a few days and stayed on a boat! And yes, they were able to ride and even help steer the boat during their time on it.

There’s still one more Free Weekend to go at the end of November, and we’re all eagerly anticipating it. It’s incredibly fun seeing where everyone goes and hearing my classmates’ amazing stories about their travels. Traveling on our own in these short spurts has given us so much confidence and many incredible cultural learning experiences that we couldn’t have gotten in a classroom.

"...I love Paris in the Fall..."

Exploring ancient ruins.

Motorinos: the ultimate Italian adventure.

Hopping around in Pompeii.

Contemplation in Athens.

Boating along the Italian coast.

Taking in the view: the Bay of Naples.


Crusader Sports Center

Crusaders Top the USCAA Rankings

This fall season marks a historical season for the Christendom Athletic program.  The men's soccer team completed its best season in Christendom history with an overall record of 11-2-1 and scored a record 78 goals.  Furthermore, the women's soccer team posted a 6-5-1 record after a remarkable comeback finishing off their season with a 6-game winning streak, and the women's volleyball team finished a strong 10-10 record.

To cap off this successful season, not only did several players excel in the USCAA' s statistical rankings, but also five Christendom Student Athletes were recognized on the national level for their outstanding performances in the USCAA throughout the season. Each of Christendom's fall sports teams was represented nationally by one of its key players.

For women's volleyball in the USCAA, senior Bridget Vander Woude was selected for the All-American 2nd Team.  Vander Woude was also ranked No. 1 in the USCAA for service aces per set.

For women's soccer, senior Morgan Kavanagh was given USCAA All-American Honorable mention, and she was also ranked No. 8 in the USCAA for goals scored.

For men's soccer, seniors Timmy Vander Woude, Jonathan Fioramonti, and Johnny Foeckler were all recognized for their performances on the field. Vander Woude made All-American 2nd Team, and was ranked No. 12 in save percentage, while Fioramonti and Foeckler both received All-American Honorable Mentions. Fioramonti played as the virtual backbone of the team throughout the season earning MVP in their opening season tournament hosted by Valley Forge Christian College, and Foeckler finished No. 18 in the USCAA for goals scored throughout the season.

"It's an honor to represent Christendom in such a unique way on the national stage," said Fioramonti. "It really is a testament to the team we had, and I see this as recognition of what we were able to accomplish as a team this year, as well as how much respect we garnered by the way we competed."

Each of these five seniors had phenomenal seasons and played key roles on their teams this year, contributing to the overall success of their respective teams.

"I think we've worked really hard to establish a competitive program over the last few years and I'm proud to help Christendom make a greater impact in the USCAA,” volleyball team captain Bridget Vander Woude said. “It's really exciting to see some of our hard work pay off."


Special Report

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley

Check out the little video below to hear students talk about our beautiful campus. Don't forget to schedule a visit so that you can discover how beautiful it is for yourself.


Tom McFaddenAsk the Director

Q. Front Royal looks like a quaint little town, but is there really anything to do around there?

A. Yes, you are right when you say that Front Royal is a quaint little town, but that does not mean that it's a sleepy little town. Front Royal has much to offer our students, if they choose to take advantage of it. We are in a prime location for many great activities, including:front royal

  • Canoeing on the Shenandoah River
  • Hiking on Skyline Drive or George Washington National Forest
  • Rock Climbing in the mountains
  • Wine Tasting at many local Vineyards
  • Cavern Exploring at Luray Caverns or Shenandoah Caverns
  • Horseback Riding at Royal Horseshoe Farm
  • Bike Riding along the many beautiful winding roads in the area
  • Fishing in the Shenandoah River and elsewhere
  • Golfing at one of the many area golf courses (Shenandoah Valley, Bowling Green, Blue Ridge Shadows)
  • Going on balloon or airplane rides across the Shenandoah Valley
  • Going to Washington, DC, to take in a show at the Kennedy Center, a play at the Lincoln Theatre, visit the Smithsonian museums or Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, or simply spend time walking on the Mall
  • Discovering more about the Civil War and the part that Front Royal and the Shenandoah Valley played in it
  • Walking around in Old Town Front Royal, taking in a movie, having a coffee, eating at one of the peaceful local restaurants, window shopping at the various flea and antique markets

And of course, when you are not doing any of these exciting things, the College itself puts on fun activities most weekends to give students an opportunity to unwind, relax, and have a good time. Here is a link to the Student Activities Calendar and here is a link to the page on our site that gives more detail about all of the recreational opportunities in the area.

And then there's all the studying, reading, testing, paper writing and all that other good stuff that takes up much of the students' time, but that's a whole other story. :) Believe me, you will never be bored!