L-R: Graduate School Dean Dr. Kris Burns, graduate Simone Rizkallah, Rev. Paul F. deLadurantaye.

“Whether in our families or in the classrooms of higher studies, we can no longer claim ignorance or shy away from standing for the truth,” Dean Spoor told his fellow graduates during the Commencement Exercises of Christendom College’s Graduate School of Theology held July 31. Thirteen students received their Master of Arts in Theological Studies; two also received the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma.

Spoor, a native of Park Hills, Ky., explained that he and his fellow graduates have a great deal of responsibility to faithfully and accurately teach the truths, which they have learned.

“Some of us will continue in our education—even ecclesiastical degrees—others will directly engage in catechetics and pass on the faith to those who need instruction. Whatever it is that we do we must remember—if nothing else—that we are students of the science of sacred things,” Spoor said.


Dean Spoor addresses his fellow graduates.

“Our task will be to continue what we started here and to counter the voices of dissidence with the Truth of the Faith,” Spoor concluded. “It is now expected of us, as Masters of the Divine Science.”

Professor of theology and Director of the Office of Sacred Liturgy and the Office of Catechetics for the Diocese of Arlington, Rev. Paul F. deLadurantaye, offered the Baccalaureate Mass.

The 13 Master of Arts degrees were conferred on Victor Alcantara, Carmen Briceño, John Gannon, Joseph Horan, Amy MacKinnon, Sr. Annuncia Thu Xuan Mai, Joseph Miller, Simone Rizkallah, Dean Spoor, Natalie Stilwell, Julie Thimons, David Wallace, and Benjamin Zumdahl. Victor Alcantara and Amy MacKinnon received the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma.

The Christendom Graduate School offers a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies with concentrations in Catechetics, Systematic Theology, Consecrated Life, and Moral Theology, as well as the Basic and Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. Students can take select courses online and those who are not interested in a master’s degree can earn certificates in dogmatic theology, moral theology, catechetics, consecrated life, and scriptural studies.

The Christendom Graduate School offers courses in the Fall and Spring at its Alexandria, Va., campus and offers a six-week residential program during the Summer on Christendom’s Front Royal, Va., campus.


Class of 2010 Christendom’s Graduate School of Theology

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