Christendom College

The Catholic Commencement Controversy

The Catholic Commencement Controversy

Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Warren Carroll founded Christendom as a response to the dramatic loss of fidelity to Catholic teaching in Catholic higher education during the cultural revolution which swept across America in the 1960s. Christendom was created to be different, to bring hope by “restoring all things in Christ.” And, wow, is it different! To see that, you don’t have to look any further than our commencement.

Just look at our honored guests. Our commencement speaker this year was St. Louis University Professor Dr. James Hitchcock. His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien was was the main celebrant and homilist for our Baccalaureate Mass, and was bestowed with an honorary doctorate.

But, these ceremonies are only symbols of our fidelity to our mission. The real testament to the impact of a Christendom education is the graduates themselves.

Graduates like Becca Francis, who will bring Christ to other college students as a FOCUS missionary. Or Catherine McFadden, who will bring hope to the sick once she completes a competitive accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing this coming year.

Jeremy Minick will help build small businesses with his own website and online marketing company. Kayla Newcomb will apply her marketing talents in the business office of a large medical center. And Jacob Hiserman will pursue graduate studies in History.

You see, what’s so extraordinary is that our joyful graduates are not just a sort of antidote or alternative to those whom other Catholic colleges have failed. Our graduates are the healing remedy!

Christendom is about transforming young people into deeply-educated, vibrant, and passionate leaders who will go out into all walks of life to bring Christ to those all they meet. These graduates will spend their lives bringing hope and healing to those who are hurting and have lost their faith.

It is these graduates who will restore what other Catholic colleges have lost. And, it is the exemplary lives of these graduates that explain why Christendom has become the gold standard for Catholic liberal arts education today.

But, I think in your heart you know this already because it is your generosity that made it possible to form these young hearts and minds.

That is why I am once again turning to you to help us form more young leaders. Your support is essential so that we can maintain our freedom to teach the truth by rejecting ALL forms of federal funding – and the strings that come with them.

With under 30 days left in our fiscal year, we need to raise over $200,000 to meet our goal.

Will you send a generous gift in the next 30 days so that Christendom College is well positioned to form another class of young leaders this Fall?

I want you to know that you were here in our hearts and our prayers as we celebrated these young lives. On behalf of these graduates and their families, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your sacrifices and steadfast support. Thank you and God bless.

Sincerely in the Heart of Christ,

Dr. Timothy ODonnell
Timothy T. O'Donnell, STD, KGCHS
President, Christendom College

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