Christendom College's 2012 Summer Programs Announced

November 23, 2011

Each summer, Christendom holds a number of very exciting and informative programs for everyone from high school to graduate school. This coming summer of 2012 will be no different.

The College's Admissions Office runs the ever-popular "Experience Christendom" Summer Program for students who will be entering either their junior or senior year of high school next fall.

These one-week programs give the students - who come from all across the US - a chance to see what life is really like at Christendom, and they help the prospective students learn more about the unique nature of Christendom College's thoroughly Catholic liberal arts program.

Students take classes in Theology, Philosophy, English, and History, as well as do a wide variety of extra-curricular activies - everything from canoeing, to hiking, to dancing, to playing sports.

Four sessions will be held (dates can be found here), and the cost to attend a session is now only $400 (last summer it cost $500), and those interested in getting an even reduced rate may request financial assistance prior to registering. Online registrations will be accepted beginning December 1, 2011, and all sessions are expected to fill quickly, attracting about 40 students to each session.

According to Director of Admissions Tom McFadden, many who end up attending one of the summer programs never wanted to even step foot on campus, yet, after their week-long experience, those same students didn't want to leave.

"Every summer it's the same old thing. Parents or grandparents think it a good idea to send Johnny to our program. Johnny cries the blues about having to attend some 'stupid,' or 'ultra-Catholic,' or 'boring' summer camp. Johnny arrives on campus and for the first day or two sulks and tries not to have fun. By day two or three, Johnny is totally into what we are doing, taking part in all of the activities, learning a lot, and having the time of his life. Day seven, Johnny cries the blues about having to leave and go back home. It's always the same, and I love it," says McFadden. "Don't believe me? Just read the testimonies from the students themselves!"

Dr. Mark Clark, one of Christendom's renowned Classics professors, will be organizing a Latin Immersion Program for all high school aged students. This program, which should help students with their abilities to speak and write Latin, rather than simply translate Latin, will run from Sunday to Saturday, July 22-28, and will only cost $750 - down from $895 last summer. Dr. Clark, who himself has the ability to converse in Latin, will be the main professor for this intense, active Latin immersion program.

In addition to four hours daily of intensive immersion in active Latin which will emphasize oral comprehension as well as speaking and writing - in order to learn how to think in Latin - participants will enjoy more typical summer camp activities (hiking, swimming, boating) in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Male and female campers reside in separate dormitories under the supervision of Prefects, who can themselves speak Latin. For more information, go here or send an email to summerlatin@christendom.edu.

Christendom's Graduate School will, once again, hold its 6-week residential graduate program from June 25 - August 4 on the College's Front Royal, Va., campus.

During the summer program, a full cycle of courses is offered, along with several elective courses. Special guest professors often supplement the Christendom faculty for the Summer Program. The beautiful riverside campus with its full range of recreational possibilities provides a perfect milieu for the study, prayer, and good times that make up Christian academic community life.

Residence halls are all conveniently located within three minutes walking distance of the classrooms, chapel, and dining hall. Laundry facilities are available in each dormitory and meals are served three times a day in the St. Lawrence Commons.

Holy Mass is celebrated daily in the Chapel of Christ the King at the heart of the campus. Morning and Evening Prayer and the Rosary are prayed daily in community, and the Sacrament of Penance is made available on a regular basis.

For more information about this enriching program, please go here.

And lastly, the Vita Consecrata Institue(VCI), co-sponsored by the Institute on Religious Life, will be held once again in conjunction with the Graduate School Summer Program. The VCI is an intense summer program of theological studies and spiritual renewal for religious, priests, seminarians, and other consecrated persons. The VCI focuses on the theology of the consecrated life as reflected in the mission and life of the Church. The institute is structured in such a way as to assure religious men and women the full living of their consecrated life in a context of prayer, silence, study, and community. Students may earn graduate credit towards the degree of Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Christendom College, or they may attend for personal renewal, auditing courses and participating in the liturgical life of a community enriched by the religious of various congregations.

More information about these programs will be available as their time draws closer. For general inquiries about the high school programs, please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@christendom.edu), and for inquiries into the Graduate School or VCI summer programs, please contact the Grad School (ndgs@christendom.edu).