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Christendom celebrated the achievements of eleven students on August 5, awarding Master of Arts in theological studies degrees to this year’s Graduate School of Theology graduating class. Two graduates were also awarded Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diplomas, and 26 Master Catechists from the college’s home Diocese of Arlington received their advanced-level catechetical certification.

Fr. Nathanael Mudd of the Fathers of Mercy celebrated this year’s Baccalaureate Mass. Fr. Mudd, who is the brother of one of the graduates, encouraged those present to go out into the world and fulfill the mission of Christendom to “restore all things in Christ” during his homily.

Graduate James Foeckler delivered this year’s Graduate School commencement address.

Graduate James Foeckler delivered this year’s Graduate School commencement address.

Following the conferral of degrees, graduate James Foeckler delivered this year’s Graduate School commencement address, inspiring his fellow graduates to evangelize in the world. Foeckler, who also earned his bachelor’s degree from Christendom, was the youngest member of this year’s graduating class and will next be going into a Ph.D. program at the Catholic University of America this fall.

The eleven Masters of Arts degrees were conferred on Foeckler, John Carter, Inshal Chenet, John R. Crennan, Katherine Evans, Ronald Lanclos, Thomas Lashley, Christopher Melnick, Anna Mudd, Dorothy Razulis, Isabella Reilly, John Sekel, Lance Walsh, and Tammy Zanovello. Melnick and Lashley also received Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diplomas during the ceremony.

This year also marked the first time that diocesan Master Catechists were included in the Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

This year also marked the first time that diocesan Master Catechists were included in the Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

This year also marked the first time that diocesan Master Catechists were included in the Graduate School commencement ceremonies, following the first graduating class of Christendom-trained Master Catechists last year. Coming from parishes across the college’s home Diocese of Arlington, these 26 students completed a two-year period of advanced-level catechetical formation with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each received their advanced-level catechetical certification during the commencement ceremonies, with several already planning on continuing their studies with the Graduate School in pursuit of MA degrees.

26 students completed a two-year period of advanced-level catechetical formation with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with each receiving their advanced-level catechetical certification during the commencement ceremonies.

26 students completed a two-year period of advanced-level catechetical formation with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with each receiving their advanced-level catechetical certification during the commencement ceremonies.

The Diocese of Arlington has been a generous partner in this endeavor, helping to subsidize tuition costs for the participating catechists. This is in addition to the many Directors of Religious Education across the diocese who are now pursuing their MA degrees at Christendom through a generous diocesan scholarship program.

To learn more about Christendom’s faithful, flexible, and affordable Graduate School offerings, please visit graduate.christendom.edu.

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