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  FRANCIS CARDINAL ARINZE is a highly sought speaker and catechizer, being featured in programs and events that cover Pope St. John Paul the Great's encyclicals and apostolic letters, Vatican II, and many other topics. He is also the author of several books and has been frequent guest on Christendom’s campus. He has served on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
  PATRICK MADRID hosts the popular Patrick Madrid Show, broadcasted on the Immaculate Heart Radio Network and on the Internet. He has also hosted several EWTN television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That In the Bible?” Patrick is also a frequent guest and occasional guest-host on the “Catholic Answers Live” program. He has authored or edited 21 books on Catholic themes including, "Pope Fiction", "Search and Rescue," "Does the Bible Really Say That?" and "Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist." He edited and co-authored the multi-volume "Surprised by Truth" series. His total book sales, including foreign-language editions, are approximately 900,000 copies worldwide.
  SCOTT HAHN is the author (or editor) of over forty books, including best-selling titles like "Rome Sweet Home", "The Lamb's Supper," "First Comes Love," "Understanding Our Father," "Scripture Matter," "Understanding the Scripture," "Catholic Bible Dictionary," "Reasons to Believe," "Answering the New Atheism", "Ordinary Work Extraordinary Grace," and "Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does)." An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Hahn has delivered thousands of popular talks and academic lectures, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics related to Scripture, Theology and the Catholic faith.
  MARCUS GRODI serves as the Founder and President of The Coming Home Network International, a non-profit Catholic lay apostolate aimed at helping our separated brethren, both clergy and laity, come home to the Catholic Church. He also hosts "The Journey Home," a weekly live television program, and "Deep In Scripture," a weekly live radio program, both on EWTN. He is the author of "Thoughts for the Journey Home," the novel "How Firm a Foundation," and the editor/author of "Journeys Home." He has taught courses in Catechetics, Youth Ministry, Leadership, and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has written a regular article for "The Catholic Answer" magazine and other Catholic publications.
  TIMOTHY O'DONNELL is the president of Christendom College, where he also teaches courses in history and theology. He was the first layman to receive both his licentiate and doctoral degrees in Ascetical and Mystical Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has taught at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and he is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. Additionally, he is the author of "Heart of the Redeemer" and "Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War." He has filmed many programs for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) including "Glory of the Papacy" and "Rome's Hidden Churches."
  BRENDAN McGUIRE is professor of history at Christendom College. He specializes in the classical and medieval periods of history. He received his doctoral degree in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and in recent years has presented scholarly research on various historical topics at prestigious regional, national, and international conferences. He has taught both history and classical languages at the undergraduate level, and he currently teaches courses on the Ancient Biblical World, Early Modern Europe, Late Antique & Medieval Europe, and the Reconquista and Crusades.
  R.J. MATAVA is a professor of theology at Christendom's Graduate School of Theology. He began his studies at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. He earned his MA at the Dominican House of Studies and then his PhD from the University of St. Andrew in Fife, Scotland. Matava was the Liddon Fellow at Oxford's Keble College where he taught students and completed his doctoral thesis on the "Controversy de Auxiliis." the sixteenth-century dispute between Dominican and Jesuit theologians on the relationship between grace and free will. He has also enjoyed a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University. His research interests include: creation, providence and free will; practical reason; truth in St. Thomas; and the kingdom of God.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Master of Ceremonies: Marcus Grodi

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Timothy O’Donnell | Apologetics and the New Evangelization

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Scott Hahn | Consuming the Word: Encountering Christ in the New Testament

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mass | Francis Cardinal Arinze

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Boxed Lunch and Book Signings

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Patrick Madrid | Why Be Catholic?

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

RJ Matava | Conversion and Apologetics: Personal Vocation as a Key to the New Evangelization

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Break and Book Signings

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Brendan McGuire | Historical Scholarship in the Thought of John Henry Newman

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Marcus Grodi | Helping Them Home

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Q&A Panel
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Directions to our Front Royal campus

Christendom's address (for GPS purposes) is 134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630. From I-66: Take Exit 6. Follow 522 South through Front Royal. (Take a left at the traffic light by the Verizon Wireless Store, and another left at the next light. You will see a Wendy’s after the turn. The next light is 6th Street.) At 6th Street take a left. After approximately 2 miles, take a left onto Shenandoah Shores Road. After 1.5 miles, Christendom will be on the left.

Travel Information

By Plane: Christendom is less than one hour from Dulles International Airport. Airport pickup and return can be arranged with the College.

By Car: Christendom is convenient to I-81 and I-66. Follow the directions above.

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Lodging and Area Atractions

Mention you're visiting Christendom College when you make reservations at the hotels below and receive a discount. Visit Discover Front Royal for a complete list of lodging and area attractions.

Super 8 Motel
(10% discount)
Fairfield Inn & Suites
(10% discount)
Holiday Inn & Suites
(15% discount)
Hampton Inn
(15% discount)
Hot Tub Heaven Cabins
(5% discount - promo code: grad)
There are other hotels/motels in the area as well - some less expensive - such as The Quality Inn, Cool Harbor Hotel, and Budget Inn. Christendom College does not officially endorse any hotel, but makes these selections available as a courtesy to visitors.

Visitors can choose from a wide variety of facilities and activities: fine restaurants, historic Bed & Breakfasts, Civil War battlefields, countless hiking trails, numerous golf courses, and tours of Skyline Drive and Skyline Caverns. We strongly recommend a visit to the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce (on Main and Chester Streets, call 540-635-3185) which stocks hundreds of brochures on area attractions. Visit Discover Front Royal for more information.

PDF map of Front Royal

Registration is now CLOSED.

Access to audio recordings and video from the conference can be found on Christendom on iTunes U the week following the conference.

Have Any Questions?

Please contact Theresa Francis, Special Events Manager for Christendom College.