This summer, Christendom College will be hosting a variety of programs for high school and graduate students, as well as for priests and religious. The college plans to hold four one-week “Experience Christendom” Summer Programs, one one-week Latin Immersion Program, two one-week basketball camps, one six-week Graduate School Residential Program, and two two-week Vita Consecrata Institute Programs.
The four one-week “Experience Christendom” Summer Programs will be held for rising high school juniors and seniors from June 16-23, June 24-July 1, July 7-14, and July 15-22. Each of these four sessions is being offered at a new low price of $400.
“These programs are life-changing and loads of fun,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden. “And I am extremely excited to be able to offer them at such a low price. If I could get every teen in America to ‘experience Christendom,’ I would. Not a year goes by without hearing about the positive impact that Christendom has on these students—you have to go to our website a read the testimonies for yourself.”
Participants in this year’s Latin Immersion Program, directed by Christendom Classics Professor Dr. Mark Clark, will spend many hours a day immersed in speaking Latin as a living language. The evenings will be filled with recreational and social activities to give participants a feel for what life would be like being a student at Christendom College. The one-week program will be held July 22-28 and will cost $750.
The Graduate School’s six-week summer session begins June 25 and ends with graduation on August 4. Christendom offers a Graduate Summer Program for those students who wish to pursue graduate Theological studies during the summer. Both the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree and the Apostolic Catechetical Diploma may be earned at the Summer Program, over the course of at least four summers. It is a residential program, held at the main Front Royal campus, enabling people from all over the United States and abroad to attend the Graduate School. This program is popular with students who are not able to move to the Northern Virginia area for the regular (fall/spring) graduate program, and with teachers and others who have summers off. The Graduate School now offers courses online as well, making the road to a certificate or degree even more convenient.
The Vita Consecrata Institute (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. Students penetrate the mystery of the consecrated life by investigating magisterial documents (especially those of Vatican II and Pope John Paul II), by examining the rich historic tradition of the Catholic Church, and by prayerfully reflecting on this wondrous gift. 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. The first session begins July 2 and concludes on July 13 while the second session begins July 16 and ends on July 27.
Rounding out the summer activities will be Athletic Director Chris Vander Woude’s popular basketball camps for high school aged students. There will be one camp for boys and one for girls in early July.