Cardinal Newman Society Chooses Christendom as a Top Catholic College

September 18, 2009

This week Christendom College once again appeared as a recommended college in the second edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a free online resource for parents and students seeking a faithful Catholic education.

This comprehensive Guide distinguishes 21 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States based on the strength of their Catholic identity.

"Christendom College is one of the foremost institutions carrying the banner in the renewal of Catholic higher education," said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. "Our Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College wouldn't be complete without it."

"It is an honor to be in this guide once again," Christendom College's Director of Admissions Tom McFadden said. "The guide is a list of the best schools in the nation—schools that teach the Truth. Catholic families will be able to discover what Christendom is all about and will hopefully be encouraged to visit and see just how vibrant and dynamic our campus life is."

The Guide features a complete profile on every college in which it examines academics, governance, spiritual life, student activities, and residence life.

"It would be difficult for Christendom to have a fuller Catholic identity. It does truly permeate the campus," the guide states. "You can see it, you can feel it on the campus. They are justifiably proud of presenting Catholicism as 'the air that we breathe.'"

New additions to this edition's profiles are a letter to families from each college president as well as information on financial aid packages.

"Our program seeks to bear witness to the whole truth about God, man and the created order. Here at Christendom the love of life, learning and Catholic festivity go hand-in-hand with the desire for God," College President Timothy O'Donnell says in his letter to families.

The online versions of the college profiles include additional campus pictures and videos, open house and other event details, as well as a form to request admissions or financial aid information directly from the college.

"We are doing this so that as many Catholic families as possible are able to learn about the quality academics and faithful campus life available at the recommended colleges," said Reilly.

"If last spring's Notre Dame scandal highlighted that there is still a long way to go to renew Catholic higher education, the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide are a prime example of how it is possible to have a quality academic program while remaining strongly Catholic," said Tom Mead, executive vice president of The Cardinal Newman Society and one of The Newman Guide's editors.

Christendom College has never found it a challenge to remain faithful. Speakers at their Commencement Ceremonies in recent years have included Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, and Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. At this year's Commencement, Christendom will honor Human Life International President Rev. Thomas Euteneuer.

The complete Christendom College profile is available at TheNewmanGuide.com.



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