bishop_5004“The community which forms Christendom College will have new and  grace-filled opportunities to advance—as did the Lord Jesus—in wisdom, age, and favor before God and man,” Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde told the students and faculty of Christendom College during his homily at a Mass offered on August 28. The Mass, along with a convocation, officially launched the thirty-fifth academic year for the college.

“During this academic year, by your manner of life and, when appropriate, by your words, invite others to come to Jesus.  Learn within this community of faith how to evangelize with a Christ-like enthusiasm,” the bishop urged students. “Reach out to not only those here on campus, but to our brothers and sisters in need. Take part in initiatives of Christ-like charity, so that you will be equipped to be a witness to Christ and for Christ the rest of your earthly life.”

After the homily, Bishop Loverde witnessed the entire faculty take the Oath of Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church).  Christendom College is one of a few Catholic colleges whose entire faculty voluntarily takes this oath.

Following Mass, the bishop joined the entire student body along with members of the faculty and staff for brunch in the St. Lawrence Commons. College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell then addressed the students.

“In your studies you have received an enlightenment. You have received a knowledge. You know the truth, so there needs now to be humble service,” O’Donnell said. “My dear students, you are our hope.  You are Christ’s hope.  You are the hope of the Church. We’re banking so much on you rising to this challenge. Don’t spend this semester sitting back on the sidelines. Be a leader. Be a witness to hope. Our world is starving for hope and you have faith, hope, and charity. Choose today to make new beginning. Choose to be part of the new springtime.”

odonnell_5093This year, the College welcomes 113 freshmen and 15 transfer students, making a total of 128 new students and a total student body of 407. The freshmen come from 28 different states and Belgium, and hold an average SAT score of 1832.

“We are so happy to have so many enthusiastic freshmen joining the college family this fall,” says Director of Admissions Tom McFadden. “They are truly some of the brightest and best Catholic students in America today, and I am glad that they have chosen to entrust their education and formation to us. We take this obligation very seriously and can’t wait to get to know all them much better over the next four years.”

The entire community is excited for another high-caliber line-up in the college’s Major Speakers Program. This year, the students will hear public lectures by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Msgr. Andrew R. Wadsworth of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College, and Fr. Tad Pacholczyk of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

“Christendom works very hard to broaden the worldview of its students, and to make sure that they are aware of their mission to go out into the world to restore all things in Christ,” says McFadden. “As a result, we do our best to bring in world-class speakers, intellectuals, and change-makers, and give our students the opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders through all of our many exciting programs.”

At the 2012 commencement exercises Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review will be honored along with the founder of the Sisters of Life, Mother Agnes Donovan.

In addition, throughout the year, the Admissions Office will be welcoming friends and visitors to campus through a number of planned Family Visit Days, with the first to be held on October 10, Columbus Day.  Please contact the Admissions Office for more information, 800-877-5456 or admissions@christendom.edu.

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