From: San Francisco, CA
Hobbies: I enjoy watching sports with my friends
What is your favorite class or professor? My favorite teachers are Fr. Donald Planty for Theology and Dr. Micahel Kelly for History.
What extra curricular activities do you participate in? I play on the soccer and rugby teams, and I participate in all of the intramural sports, including wiffleball, soccer, and volleyball, and my teams have been the champions of all of them this year!
What's your favorite thing about Christendom? My favorite thing about Christendom is the size of the school. I enjoy having a smaller community that I can bond with. I also love playing on our school soccer and rugby teams.
Why did you choose Christendom? I do not know what truly drew me to this college, but after visiting during a summer camp, I put my life in the hands of God and through His grace here I am.
What surprised you the most about Christendom? The thing that surprised me the most about Christendom is how active the student body is and how the majority of the students participate in extracurricular activities.
Plans after graduation? I plan on entering the Navy.
Any parting words of advice for prospective students? To all prospective students: I can’t wait to meet you!
40 Hours of Adoration
From Wednesday evening to Friday evening Christendom College observed its annual Lenten tradition of 40 Hours of Perpetual Adoration, during which individuals and groups of students signed up to watch with Jesus throughout the day and night. Father Planty gave a short inspirational homily during Exposition reminding students of the importance of coming to spend time before the Lord, manifest in the Eucharist, and encouraging them to stop in regularly throughout the rest of the week. This annual devotion always helps students return to a spirit of prayer in the midst of their obligations and helps them live in light of the liturgical season as they go throughout the day.
Fr. Planty reminds students of the importance of Adoration in the Lenten season.
On Friday night, students gathered in Crusader Gymnasium for a night of fun and games. Game Night, hosted by SAC, gave everyone a chance to take a break from the hectic school pace and enjoy some time to relax and have fun. There was something for everyone at Game Night.
Students enjoyed playing pickup games of volleyball and football. Tables were set up on the second floor of the gym for those who wanted to play board games and eat the delicious snacks provided. There was also a rousing game of corn-hole. Overall, the evening was a great, laidback event that provided fun for all.
Students relax and enjoy Game Night.
A rousing round of Apples to Apples!
Sophomores and freshmen have fun over a board game.
Coffee House 2014
Christendom's annual talent show known as Coffee House took place on Saturday evening in the Commons. Coffee House is an opportunity for any and all students to show off their special gifts and entertain their peers, especially through humorous songs and skits.
There were plenty of hilarious acts, as well as musical numbers and an amazing show of juggling. The performers kept their audience laughing and smiling all night long. Whether it was ventriloquism, singing original songs, acting in skits, or riding a unicycle, Christendom's student body certainly proved its talent and sense of humor at this year's Coffee House.
Melody Wood, Maggie Ostrowski, Marissa Fiering and Stephen Hyland in "Grannies."
Performing feats of juggling.
The Blank brothers kept everyone laughing with their performance of "Who's on First."
Jordan Mann, Katy Shannon, and Gabrielle Muskett in "Animal Hospital."
Junior Andre Moreau impresses the crowd with his ventriloquism skills.
A performance of "Les Miz in 5 Minutes" brought down the house.
Walking Around DC
Last Sunday the Student Activities Council hosted a trip into Washington D.C., dropping off students at Union Station and letting them tour the city, check out museums, and casually explore the historic city. The day started with seven o'clock Mass in town, and then students were allowed to explore on their own, given bag lunches, maps, contact numbers, and a place to meet at the end of the day. And though bad weather made any outdoor excursions difficult, students still had fun popping in and out of musuems, shopping, and walking around the nation's capital.
"Being able to come up into Washington DC for a day trip is really awesome," freshman Ashton Forbeck shared. "It is something I would definitely do again, I had a great time!"
The college's unique location in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley gives students the opportunity to have all the historical and entertainment options in Washington D.C. an hour down the road, while still being able to grow and study in a more quiet and naturally beautiful environment.
Students set out from Union Station with grins on their faces.
Taking a moment to pose like Robert A. Taft while on the way to the National Mall.
Having fun while walking to the Capitol Building.
Freshmen waiting for the metro at Smithsonian Station.
Crusader Sports Center
Senior Sports reporter Johnny Foeckler caught up with fellow senior student-athletes Christan Kopeck, Jon Fioramonti and Tim Vander Woude to get some of their thoughts over the past four years at Christendom.
What Sports have you played?
Tim, Jon: Basketball and Soccer
How did you balance playing sports and your other responsibilities?
Jon: Sports helped to put my other activities and responsibilities into perspective. While I didn't have as much time for everything else, sports forced me to manage my time well.
Christian: I've always found that I do better in school while playing sports because I am forced to get my work done ahead of time. It is sort of a built in time management tool. I was able to run the Meals on Wheels program at Christendom for the last 3 years while playing basketball.
What was the greatest game during your four years here?
Tim: Definitely my freshmen year when the soccer team defeated Southern Virginia 1-0 in a thrilling overtime victory. It was the last game of the season and we had never beaten them before.
Christian: My sophomore year we played Mid-Atlantic Christian in the basketball tournament and had just lost by 25 to them the week before. We had some guys missing with injuries but a bunch of guys stepped up and we pulled out a huge upset.
What was your favorite memory in general over the past 4 years?
Christian: It was definitely the road trips. Traveling with the team in the bus or vans and hanging out in the hotels was always a blast especially when Tim Beer was with us!
Jon: I would say the Southern Virginia Soccer game and all the bus rides with all the different guys over the years. Each bus ride has a story of its own!
What Advice would you give to incoming student-athletes?
Jon: Christendom is a great place to play college sports at a high level. Just enjoy every second of your sports career while you are here. Don't hold anything back, and give everything you have. At the same time make sure to put first things first, keep God at the top then studies and everything will work out.
Tim: I would just say that athletics at the college level are not a joke and require a great deal of work and commitment but it is so worth it in the end. After the commitment and work that you devote to any sport, you will enjoy the time you had with the teammates and the friendships that you formed which will never leave.
Christendom's Catholic Identity
Christendom College is uniquely distinct among other colleges in the country due to its complete commitment to centering every aspect of academic and student life on Jesus Christ and the truth found in the Catholic Church. It is concerned about the development of the whole person and the well-being of the students’ souls. Christendom helps its students grow intellectually and spiritually in their knowledge and love of God, and the college’s overarching goal is thus to help them attain eternal salvation in Heaven. Students do not simply study the Faith, but they live it.
“One thing I love about Christendom is how natural it is to be Catholic here,” says junior Peter Deucher. “Christendom helps students integrate the Faith into their everyday life and avoid making it something thought of only once a week. Especially after working with our chaplain and head sacristan, Fr. Planty, I have grown to appreciate how much the college does to instruct and encourage its students in daily living the Faith.”
Christendom College has the full approval of the Diocese of Arlington and of the Church in Rome, and every professor at the college is Catholic and makes an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium and a Profession of Faith each year in the presence of the Diocese of Arlington's Bishop, Paul Loverde. As a result, all classes are taught from with a Catholic worldview, and students are especially led to the truths of their Faith through their Theology and Philosophy classes.
“From a philosophy standpoint, it is good to have the Truth to hold as a standard because it is hard to form reason properly, and Christendom brings its students to the truths of natural reason and the fullness of truth about God,” says senior Matthew Speer. “It is easy to make error if you do not have the Truth to help form your intellect.”
Furthermore, Catholicism permeates every aspect of student life, for the college places great emphasis on the Sacraments and prayer, offering Daily Mass, Daily Adoration, Daily Confession, Daily Rosary, and Daily Evening and Morning Prayer. The rules and regulations governing student life, such as professional dress code and no intervisitation between the men and the women in the dormitories, serve to help students embrace the fullness of Catholic life. The opportunities to get involved in corporal and spiritual works of mercy on campus are abundant, and Catholicism is truly a way of life on campus, affecting everything from the core curriculum to social activities, student clubs, and the athletic department. For this reason, Christendom College achieves its mission of “restoring all things in Christ” by enabling its students to truly live out their faith and “breathe Catholic.”
“As Catholics we are called to let Christ permeate every corner of our lives, and it is certainly good to do this at Christendom,” says freshman David Massa. “Here, we allow our studies to be Christ-centered in that everything points to the fact that we live in a post-Resurrection world. Also, every major event here at Christendom, be it class or a dance, is begun and ended with prayer. Everything we do is begun in God's name because we are reliant on His grace and our actions are re-consecrated to Him and Our Lady and crowned with a 'Salve Regina.'”