College to Honor Two Pro-Life Leaders at Graduation

April 8, 2010

Christendom College will celebrate Commencement Weekend on May 14-16, 2010, and will honor Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, and Dr. Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus of The University of Notre Dame Law School and long-time pro-life advocate.

tomSince its first graduation ceremony in 1980, Christendom College has honored outstanding individuals who have rendered faithful service to our Church and nation, and whose lives can be emulated by the graduates and the college community. This year’s invitees are no different.

Since becoming president of Human Life International (HLI) in 2000, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer has traveled more than one million miles as a pro-life missionary and has visited fifty-seven countries. Located in Front Royal, Va., HLI is the world’s largest pro-life organization with affiliate offices and associates in eighty countries around the world. He will be awarded Christendom’s Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country.

“Fr. Thomas has been a true champion for the rights of the unborn,” College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell says. “With eloquence and passion he has given voice to the voiceless and consistently has cried out in the name of justice for the defense of these most precious of God’s creatures. Given the tremendous support by so many in our society for the culture of death, it will be a joy to honor a man who has courageously stood in opposition against this darkness in our world.”

riceDr. Charles E. Rice will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and will deliver the Commencement address on May 15. An advisor to Christendom College’s Board of Directors, he is a former law professor, Catholic apologist, and author of several books. He began teaching at the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1969, and in 2000 earned Professor Emeritus status.

O’Donnell says that it will be a joy to honor Rice as well. “Dr. Rice has served Christ, the Church, and Catholic higher education by sterling witness and scholarship in defense of natural law and the truths taught by our Holy Catholic Church,” O’Donnell says.

Senior Tim Lanahan, a philosophy major, is excited that Euteneuer and Rice will be speaking at his graduation. “Fr. Euteneuer represents everything that we as Catholics are called to be, especially in the area of apologetics,” Lanahan says. “He displays the truth of Catholicism even if it means being criticized to death. Dr. Rice portrays the Catholic man in the working environment and remains firm in Catholic doctrine despite all of the controversy he may encounter—especially in the juridical realm.”

Senior Bonnie Wunderlich, a political science and economics major, is looking forward to hearing both speakers as well. “Dr. Rice is a constitutional law expert and faithful to our Constitution, which is something we prize at Christendom.”

She has heard Fr. Euteneuer speak before and is certain his words will be inspiring. “He isn't afraid to speak the truth about abortion to the lazy or politically correct in our culture—which is something I really admire,” she says.

Wunderlich, an intern at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, is looking forward to life after graduation. “After four years of learning at Christendom, I definitely feel prepared to graduate and see what God has in store for me,” she says. “Whether it's continuing working for the pro-life movement, or exploring the political realm, I truly believe that the most important thing we can do once we graduate is go out and restore all things in Christ.”

Wunderlich is one of 92 graduates who will be awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees; two graduates will be awarded Associate of Arts degrees.

graduationO’Donnell remarks that Christendom’s Commencement Weekend is always a time of joy and sorrow. “We are sad to see so many of our wonderful students depart,” he says. “At the same time we have confidence and joy in knowing that, with the excellence of their Catholic liberal arts education, they will be able to have a profound impact in engaging and transforming our culture.”

The 92 bachelors degrees will be awarded to Anna Adams, Tyler Ament, Naomi Anderson, Cyrus Artz, Kristine Bennier, Charles Berninger, Teresa Boak, Shelagh Bolger, Olivia Bushey, Julia Callaghan, Catherine Carducci, Monica Clarke, Daniel Collins, Karolyn Curran, Jessica Dalimata, Maureen Dalley, Chris Dayton, Mikaela Deighan, Amanda Dennehy, Jennifer Dhanagom, Richard Doi, Ryan Doughty, Marya Doylend, Seth Elmenhurst, Katie Erwin, Therese Fetsko, Allison Firehammer, Alisha Fogarty, Elizabeth Francis, Brian Gallagher, Adam Gardner, Greggory Gassman, Steven Ginski, Nathaniel Gniewek, Jeannie Goeckner, Jason Greene, Matt Hadro, Daniel Harrison, Lisa Hudson, Mary Kate Hunt, Lindsay Hurd, Bernadette Jalsevac, Emily Jaroma, Laura Judge, Meghan Kavanagh, Kyle Kelley, Regina Knight, Jessica Kuznia, Tim Lanahan, Matt Lancaster, Gemma Larcina, David Long, Sarah Marchand, Peter McGuire, Dorothy Merrill, Lindsey Mersch, Lauren Merz, Zach Miller, JP Minick, Sarah Miranda, Ryan Mitchell, Jarred Mooney, Marie Muys, TJ Nacey, Alan Ng, Jobie Norton, Eve Owen, Aaron Pfauth, Mark Pilegaard, Meghan Rubin, Bridget Sayler, Rachel Scanlon, Krystle Schuetz, Jozef Schutzman, Katherine Scott, Nathan Scott, Nate Scrivener, Sarah Slagel, Lindsay Stuyt, Alyssa Tappe, Brad Thrasher, Dennis Toscano, Katie Urban, Tom Vicinanzo, George Walter, Elizabeth Whittaker, Rachel Williams, Joseph Wills, Paul Wilson, Bonnie Wunderlich, Joshua Zeringue, and Luke Zignego. The two associate degrees will be awarded to Lauren DuFrain and Jennifer O'Neil.


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