Student Profile

Lawrence Urgo

Year: Junior
From: North Carolina
Major: Political Science
Hobbies: I definitely like to stay active, so all sports are good. I also love to play Irish music.
What extra curricular activities do you participate in? Like I said, I love sports and now that I can't play rugby, intramurals are about as good as they get. Also the confraternity of St. Don Bosco is a great group! A lot of great guys are part of the con fraternity, and it is great for the formation of young men.

What's your favorite thing about Christendom? The people hands down! The people definitely make the school and it is extremely unique that I as a college student have the ability to be fully surrounded by friends who share so strongly in the faith. Because of this, the friendships are much deeper then anywhere else. It is something very special, and often I think people including myself take for granted the people that we are here with.

Why did you choose Christendom? Honestly, Christendom was the last place I ever wanted to go. I played hockey very competitively growing up, I left home when I was 14 and moved up to Canada to play and continue that dream. I then got a very serious head injury that ended my ability to ever play hockey again. It was after that that I heard about Christendom from my mom, and I fought her tooth and nail on the idea. I finally said I would try it for a semester, and I have loved it ever since!

What surprised you the most about Christendom? Definitely how much my faith has grown. Leaving home at such a young age to play hockey, especially during some of my not formative years, I didn't realize how far I had fallen in my faith. Christendom has definitely helped me fix that.

Any parting words of advice for prospective students? Give it a chance, most everyone I have ever talked to has the same story. I thought the school would have a bunch of nerds and I was forced to go. Coming here you will find the best group of friends you ever could. The reason I didn't want to come is the same reason I love it so much, the people!

Student Life


Tocqueville,China and the West

Last Wednesday afternoon, students and faculty of Christendom College attended a talk in Kilian’s Café given by Professor Emmet Kennedy. The lecture, which was sponsored by the Christendom History Department, was entitled “Tocqueville, China and the West.” Everyone enjoyed refreshments while listening to Professor Kennedy’s fascinating talk. Professor Kennedy started with an anecdote and some background on the thought of Tocqueville on democracy. He then went on to examine modern-day China in light of this thought and talk about how Tocqueville would view China’s government today. The event was thought-provoking and prompted questions and comments from the audience at the end.

Professor Kennedy makes a point about Tocqueville's thought.

Students listen attentively to Professor Kennedy's insights.


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.


Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent the Chaplaincy of Christendom College leads the community in Stations of the Cross, a popular devotion which follows the suffering of Christ from the moment He is condemned to die to His being laid in the tomb after His death. The Stations of the Cross on campus are always well-attended by students and faculty alike, all seeking to grow in devotion together. Reflecting on Christ's sacrifice for His people during Lent provides the students with an opportunity to meditatively reflect on their Lord during this penitential liturgical season.

The chapel was full of students and faculty meditating on Christ's Passion together.


Open-Mic and Barbeque!

On Saturday evening students gathered behind the campus's office building, Regina Coeli, to take advantage of the Spring weather with a special Open-Mic Pub Night and Barbeque. Burgers and hot dogs were served hot off the grill, and students indulged in a variety of fun snacks while socializing for the first half of the evening. Later on the singing started, and Christendom's musically talented community did not disappoint; students shared songs of their own composition or performed impressive renditions of well-known favorites for their peers. It was an enjoyable evening, and in the tradition of every Pub Night, succeeded in providing everyone with rest, laughter, and a chance to spend time appreciating old friends and making new ones.

Freshmen Rosie McNeely and Mary Wynn Wilson try their hand at bean bag toss.

Students pause conversation to pose for a picture.

Junior John Federline serves Sophomore Sarah Furth a burger off the grill.

Senior Kelsey Ingold's performances are always a hit.

Freshmen Paul Flagg and Thomas Hepler impress their friends with their performance.


On theJoy of Being a Woman

On Sunday afternoon, the young women of Christendom College gathered in the lobby of Campion Dorm to hear a talk given by Sr. Mary Michael of the Nashville Dominicans entitled “The Joy of Being the Woman: Meditations on the Feminine Gift in the Gospels.” Sister gave a thought-provoking reflection on how women have the power to use their particular feminine gifts to set the world on fire for Christ. She focused on four specific aspects of woman and how to guard against the devil's twisting of them for his own ends. Her talk was greatly enjoyed by all.

Sr. Mary Michael gets some smiles from the girls with her humorous insights.

Students listen attentively to Sister's reflections.

Sr. Mary Michael's points on the feminine genius struck home with her listeners.



Two Composers Discuss Their Works fr. planty

As part of the ongoing Beato Fra Angelico series, a talk was held on Sunday evening on"Two Composers Discuss Their Works: Mark Nowakowski and Kurt Poterack." The Beato Fra Angelico series is a number of events held on campus throughout the semester to encourage students' interest in the fine arts. Faculty and students gathered in the basement of the St. John the Evangelist library to listen to original music composed by two of Christendom's music faculty, choir director Dr. Kurt Poterack and music professor Mark Nowakowski. Everyone enjoyed hearing the two composers' beautiful pieces of music, as well as the critiques and comments they made about each others' musical works.


The audience listens attentively as Dr. Poterack analyzes Professor Nowakowski's piece.

Professor Nowakowski explains his most recently composed work.




The End of the Games

The campus-wide series of friendly and competitive events, Dorm Wars, came to a close this past Sunday evening with an awards ceremony in the St. Lawrence Commons. The four teams who overall had the greatest number of points from all the Dorm Wars events this semester were announced, and representatives of the teams were called on stage as Miss Caitlin Bowers, Director of Student Activities, presented the winning trophies. “The Ostracized” came in first place overall, “Iron Rango” came in second place, “Sean of the Dead” came in third place, and “The Beauties and the Beasts” received honorable mention. In addition, a slide show with pictures from all the events was displayed for all students to relive the many glorious moments of the 2014 3rd annual Dorm Wars.

“It was great to see so many people come out to the closing ceremonies,” says junior Steven Hyland. “Overall, I believe that Dorm Wars was a great success this year, with lots of fun events that allowed us to make new friends and build up the Christendom community.”

Caitlin Bowers presents the winning trophy to senior Jordan Mann of "The Ostracized"

Members of the second-place team, "Iron Rango"

Representatives from the winning teams take their rightful places on stage!


Chester-Belloc Debate

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society gathered again on Sunday evening to debate the proposition, “First-person shooter games contribute to the culture of death.” The night was full of passionate speeches by students both for and against this statement, and special focus was given to addressing the game Call of Duty. As usual, refreshments were provided for those who attended. In a close finish, the pro side won the night by one vote.

Arguing against first-person shooter games

Sophomore Sean Shanahan argues for the con side.

Senior Aislinn Gibson makes a point.

Junior Margaux Killackey presents her speech in favor of the pro side.





Mardi Gras Party

The Student Activities Council hosted a pub night on Tuesday for students to celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, by eating lots of food and enjoying sweets and other pleasures that many people sacrifice for Lent. Kilian’s Café was decorated with lots of Mardi Gras beads, masks, and streamers that were brought to the event from Christendom students from Mobile, AL. In addition, students made and served real gumbo for the occasion, and there was real Louisiana King Cake and Moon Pies! The pub night served as a great study break, for many students are in the middle of midterms this week, and also as a great way for friends to have a fun evening together before many separate for Spring Break next week.

Freshmen and sophomore students enjoy their homemade gumbo.

Sophomore Melissa Lucas provided Moon Pies and beads for everyone from Mobile, AL!

Everyone enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and good company.

Enjoying the snacks and Mardi Gras beads!



Rome Report

with Philip Gilbert

Where the Saints Lived


In order to best prepare for living in the heart of the Church, our Rome Program began with a week-long pilgrimage to the medieval cities of Assisi and Siena.

When we arrived in Assisi, we were greeted with cobblestone streets and stone buildings as picturesque as they surely were hundreds of years ago.

After checking into our hotel at the top of the hill, some of us climbed up to the old Assisi castle, Rocca Maggiore, and sat there taking in the beautiful scenery. From the very top of the hill where we sat upon the half-crumbled castle walls, we could see the quaint town of Assisi below us: the domes and bell towers of the various churches sticking up above the red clay roof tops of all the shops and houses.

The town was a concentrated dash of stone architecture in the middle of the wooded mountainside behind it and the green fields and olive orchards stretched out in the valley below it. As we sat there watching the sunset and talking about how awesome and unbelievable it was that we were in Italy, we could hear bells echoing up from the valley and from the towers in Assisi. It seemed like the most peaceful place on earth.

During our three days in Assisi, we were given tours of the major churches and the places that were important in the lives of Saints Clare and Francis. It was amazing to see the cross that spoke to Francis, the cave where he lived, and the infirmary where he died, as well as the places where Saint Clare was raised, cut her hair, and where she died.

When we went to Siena to continue our pilgrimage, we found that our hotel was immediately adjacent to the Santuario di Santa Caterina (the house where Saint Catherine grew up) and a two-minute walk from the church that has her head. Later that week, our chaplain Fr. Dan McCaughan celebrated Mass at the Basilica di San Domenico, and then there was a period of adoration in front of the consecrated hosts that have remained miraculously incorrupt since 1730.

Our Assisi and Siena experience is one that will remain with us forever. Some may look at the experience merely as an excuse to travel and see this and that, and reports such as mine may read like a guidebook, but our week of travel was much more. Accompanied by Fr. Dan, who is currently studying here in Rome, we enjoyed a tailor-made series of deeply captivating talks on pilgrimage and prayer to give a deeper meaning to our time. Fr. Dan’s talks drove home to us how the saints truly are present not only through prayer, but especially in their relics and in the places where they walked and prayed when they lived on earth. We came to realize the mind-blowing significance of our spending time in the town where St. Francis and St. Clare lived the entirety of their holy lives, and that we were walking on the same roads and paths where they surely once trod. His talks didn't give meaning to just our week of pilgrimage, but set the mood for the whole of our time in Rome, where—just to get to class—we walk past the obelisk at which Saint Peter was likely looking at when he was martyred.

What our pilgrimage taught us is that our faith is real and tangible, and that sanctity is absolutely possible for each and every one of us. Seeing the same things that the saints once saw and walking where the saints once walked made us realize that the saints were just as human as we are, and that with God's grace we may be sanctified as they have been. So bearing that in mind, we returned to Rome, prepared to live just minutes from the heart of the universal Church where countless saints have lived and died.

Arriving in Assisi.

Enjoying the Assisi skyline at dusk.

Exploring the medieval streets of Assisi.

Adoration before the Eucharistic miracle of Siena.


Crusader Sports Center

Indoor Soccer Heats up the Gym in Winter

Indoor Soccer has always been one of the most popular intramural sports on campus and this season is no exception. With 21 teams and over 125 players participating, the gym has been the center of action on Monday and Thursday nights. Each team is allowed no more than two varsity soccer players, which has helped level the playing field court for participating teams. The season kicked off on January 27 and there have been a plethora of exciting games throughout the season so far, filled with ties, blowouts, upsets, and nail biting victories.

As Spring Break is less than two weeks away, however, the indoor soccer season is coming to an intense finale. All 21 teams battled it out in the gym, and after four solid weeks of action, the regular season has wrapped up and the tournament has begun. For every team in the tournament, a single loss means elimination and naturally a win solidifies a spot in the next round. The intensity level has risen now that the tournament has started, and it was very apparent when the tournament kicked off this past Monday night. With 8 games that night and 16 teams, only 8 teams advanced to the second round of the tournament that night. Not only was it intense for the players on the court, but those who showed up to watch the games were given quite a show.

Included in the favorites are the all-freshmen team #6 with Joey Kuplack, Derek Casey, Paul Maschue, Peter Marra, Mary Arnold and Mary Solitario. Melanie and Andrew Clark along with Jared Peterson and team #12 are the returning champions and look to run the table to back-to-back titles. Finally team #7 seems poised and confident to go the distance behind Peter Blank, Sean LaRochelle, Nicole LaRochelle, Rosie McNeely and Dominic Borchers. No-doubt the Foeckler team will have something to say about it along with Gabe Murphy, Matt Speer, Clare Duda and Bridget Vander Woude they look to wreak havoc on the court.

The initial round is almost complete with only five more games to be played before the quarter finals begin. There will be no rest for the weary as these teams go on to play next Thursday night in the hopes of staying in this tournament.

With everything heating up, these next few games will be very intense and entertaining before the perfectly timed Spring Break!



Special Report

Women's Residence Halls

The women’s residence halls at Christendom truly feel like home to students. Housing options at Christendom are a mix between traditional dorms and off-campus houses. Each house or dorm is named after a patron saint. Campion Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, is where many of the freshmen live and is notable for its sense of close community. Campion Hall hosts the beloved annual Christmas party for the entire campus to enjoy. Blessed Margaret’s serves as a small but cozy haven for upperclassmen. St. Catherine’s Hall, the largest and newest of the three women’s dorms, houses women from all different classes and its distinctive feature is that each room has its own sink and mirror. All three dorms have their own laundry rooms, as well as common areas on each floor where residents can gather to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Often, formational talks and floor activities are held in the common rooms as well, making them fun gathering points for the residence halls.


Christendom also offers three off-campus houses for students to live in named after St. Augustine, St. Anne, and St. Teresa. These houses, which are just across the road from campus, all not only have common rooms and separate bedrooms, but also fully equipped kitchens. These offer students a chance to cook their own meals, and even girls who live in the dorms can use the kitchens after securing permission. The house dorms serve as a good way for students to get the privacy and quiet they need without being too far away from the rest of the college community.

Christendom’s residence halls offer a small, comfortable and closely-linked community to the women on campus.

Tom McFaddenAsk the Director

Q. I was thinking about making a visit to Christendom and saw that you have Open House events on March 8 and April 7. Is it better to visit on those days or is it better to come at another time?

A. Our Open Houses on March 8 and April 7 are designed to give visitors a thorough overview of what we have to offer here at Christendom. Depending on which day they attend, prospective students and their families can hear from our President, Dr. Timothy O'Donnell (if he's in town and available), tour the campus, go to Mass, have lunch with the faculty, learn about financial aid/scholarships, find out what our alumni do, and hear about our rigorous core curriculum. You can find out more here.

I recommend the Open House for anyone, but I would also say that a regular, during the week visit to campus, where you can stay in the residence halls and hang out with the students more would be something to think about too. Sometimes it takes a couple of visits to get a good feel of a place, so it's good to think about making a visit sometime during junior year of high school and then again, once in senior year too. Maybe attend an Open House in junior year and a weekend visit in senior year. Oh yeah, and maybe come to the Experience Christendom Summer Program too.

Whatever works best for you. Hope to see you on campus soon!

God bless,