Christendom will welcome benefactors, board members, and alumni to campus for its Christmas at Christendom Campaign Victory Celebration on December 7 and 8. The event will commemorate the successful completion of the college’s $40 million campaign, while also honoring select board members and alumni for their incredible service and generosity to the college.
Christendom declared victory on its $40 million “A Call to Greatness: The Campaign for Christendom College” earlier this fall, exceeding its targeted goal by $5 million. This weekend’s event marks the first occasion for the college’s board and benefactors to congregate on campus at the same time to celebrate the momentous occasion and serves as a capstone to the college’s campaign announcement event in 2016.
On Friday, December 7, visitors will be treated to two special Principles lectures. The first, delivered by history professor Dr. Brendan McGuire, will discuss the historical context for the Incarnation — a fitting topic during the Advent season. The second will feature Fr. Paul Scalia, who is returning to campus after being awarded the college’s St. Thomas More Medal at commencement this past May. Fr. Scalia’s talk is titled “Sacred Architecture and the Meaning of Community,” and both talks will be available online after the event.
Later in the evening, the college’s staff, faculty, board of directors, benefactors, and alumni will gather for a special cocktail hour, where bells for the new Chapel of Christ the King will also be blessed. A special celebration dinner will be held afterwards, where remarks will be delivered by college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and special awards will be given out to board members and benefactors who were instrumental in the success of the campaign, including former chairman Mrs. Donna Bethell. She will be awarded the college’s Pope Saint Gregory the Great Stewardship Award for 30 years of faithful service on the board of directors and for exemplary leadership during the campaign.
Christendom is deeply grateful to each and every one of the benefactors who gave during the campaign, whose generosity ensures that Christendom will continue to thrive as a force of faith and a catalyst for change for years to come.