In continuation of a long-standing tradition, the faculty, staff, and friends of Christendom College gathered at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA, to celebrate the Patronal Feast of Christendom’s Notre Dame Graduate School on March 25, 2001.

For the second consecutive year, His Excellency, Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, VA, honored Christendom’s Graduate School by attending the gala dinner celebration. “I’m delighted to be here with Christendom College and its Notre Dame Graduate School tonight to celebrate [its] Patronal Feast Day, the Annunciation of Our Lady. I am additionally pleased to see that Christendom College will be following the lead of the Holy Father by incorporating the Pope’s new apostolic letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the beginning of the new millennium), into the lives of the members of the Christendom College community,” he said.

Bishop Loverde was referring to the announcement by Christendom President Timothy O’Donnell, S.T.D., that the College has plans to distribute the Pope’s new apostolic letter to all of its faculty, staff, and students for their spiritual reflection during the summer months.

O’Donnell began the evening recounting the somewhat miraculous story of recovering car crash victim and Christendom College sophomore, Paul Jalsevac. Paul had been in a serious car accident at the beginning of March where he received many injuries, the most serious being that of a severed liver. O’Donnell continued to explain that “through the prayers of Paul’s family, friends, and fellow students at Christendom College, Paul was now on his way to recovery. The Christendom students spent a lot of time at Fairfax County Hospital, on their knees, praying the Rosary and just about every other prayer that they could remember. Paul is now back in Toronto with his family and, according to all reports, is on the road to recovery which should last about 18 months.” On a side note, due to the example of these Christendom students, and of course, by the grace of God, a number of conversions have taken place at Fairfax Hospital, including the return to the practice of the Faith by a nurse who had fallen away from Catholicism, and the baptism of a comatose teenaged girl who had also been involved in a car accident. For more information on Paul Jalsevac and his condition, log on to http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/paul/paul.html.

Special Guest Speaker for the evening, Dr. Robert Royal, President of The Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., delivered an inspiring talk on “The 20th Century Martyrs,” relating a number of the less familiar heroic stories of martyrdom that occurred throughout the last century in places such as Romania, India, and Mexico. He revealed that although many Jews were indeed slaughtered during the Holocaust, Catholics should always remember that they too were a target for the Nazis. Many Catholics, and Catholic priests in particular, were imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the Nazis during World War II, with Fr. Maximillian Kolbe and Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) being the most well-remembered Saints during that persecution.

The evening concluded with Fr. William Saunders, Dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School, and Dr. Timothy O’Donnell thanking Bishop Loverde for spending his second anniversary as Bishop of Arlington with the Christendom College community. O’Donnell presented His Excellency with a copy of his book, “The Heart of the Redeemer” as well as a Christendom College polo shirt.

The Notre Dame Graduate School (NDGS) is the result of a 1997 merger between the Notre Dame Institute and Christendom College. NDGS offers a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies with concentrations in Catechetics, Spirituality, Dogmatic Theology, and Sacred Scripture.

Registrations are currently being accepted for the Graduate School’s Summer Session, to be held at both the Front Royal, VA and Alexandria, VA campuses from June 25-August 3, 2001. This summer’s Msgr. Justin McClunn visiting professor in Thomistic Studies will be the Reverend Romanus Cessario, O.P. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office of Christendom College, 800-877-5456 or admissions@christendom.edu.

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