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From the President College President Timothy O’Donnell delivered this eulogy for Warren Carroll after the funeral Mass on July 26, 2011. Hearken, my people, to my teachings; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will reveal the secrets of past ages. What we have heard and known, and what our fathers have told us, we will not hide from their children, to the coming generation we will declare the praises of the Lord and His might and the wonders He has wrought. For He has set up a precept in Jacob and established a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to make known to their children. That to the coming generation, children yet unborn, should know that they should rise and tell their children to put their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but to keep his commandments. – Psalm 77 The words of the Psalmist certainly may be applied to our beloved Warren Carroll. All of us here have precious memories of Warren. He was a husband, a friend, a warrior, a founder, an historian, a teacher, and an author. As a founder, a teacher, and an author, he was also, in the full sense of the word, a father to the thousands of graduates, students, and those who read his books. His love for our Lord, His Blessed Mother, and the Church affected everything he did after his conversion. The Faith–our Catholic Faith– was the deepest thing in him. God, in His Providence, chose him to found Christendom College, and he responded to that call, just like Ransom in C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, which he loved so dearly. Despite the difficulties, the challenges, the woundings, he continued to move forward, one step after another, with a dogged determination which comes with the charism of being a Founder. Warren had the gift of always seeing things in a radiant light, extolling and embracing the heroic in history and in ordinary life, in the struggle of good against evil, light against darkness, truth against falsehood, the knight battling the dragon. Some thought this rather naïve–antiquated–rejecting such categories, preferring the shadowlands of uncertainty and the false comfort of a timid agnosticism so characteristic of our modern era. But Warren was a true visionary, and he would have none of this. This vision he passed on to his students in his courses on Western Christian Civilization, History of Ireland, the French Revolution, Commie Rev, Hispanic Peoples, and others. His five-word cannonade at the beginning of every class is known by every one of his students: “TRUTH EXISTS…THE INCARNATION HAPPENED!” His was a Catholic vision of history. It was not just a viewpoint – Catholicism is the prism of truth, revealing God’s providential action in time. Through his work at Triumph Magazine, the Christian Common-
Timothy T. O’Donnell, STD, KGCHS
wealth Institute, and Christendom, he manifested his deep love for the res catholica – the Catholic thing. Alumni still speak of and recall his lectures, such as Pelayo at Covadonga crying out against all odds, “Our hope is in Christ. This little mountain will be the salvation of Spain!” And other heroes of Christendom – Constantine, Athanasius, Leo the Great, Godfrey of Bouillon, Isabel the Catholic Queen, Don Juan of Austria, Philip II, Red Hugh, Jean Valette–always in his classes revealing how one man can make a difference. It doesn’t matter how little you have, even if all you have is just five loaves and two fishes–give it to Him and let the miracle happen. That’s what Warren did. His teaching will live on in the minds and hearts of his students and those he reached by his books, which are solid, scholarly, orthodox, and balanced. It is hard to exaggerate the affection of his students in the early years of the College. Cathy and I will always treasure his visits to our home, when he would spend the night – and the morning. You see, Warren was not like other men–he seemed to wake up and become fully alive at 2:00 in the morning! After a dinner, wine, and a good conversation, around 2:00 am he would say things like, “Did I ever tell you the story of Bonnie Charlie and the Catholic Island of Barra?” – and he would go on straight till 4:00 am. We were also blessed to have traveled with him several times to Rome, to Ireland (which he loved), and to the Holy Land. I share with you one memory of a night in Assisi – when Warren smoked his first cigarette sitting on the hill overlooking the Basilica of St. Francis, bathed in the light of a full moon. He spoke quietly that night with a still purpose about the work God had given him to do in establishing Christendom College. Throughout my time at Christendom he was always so supportive. He was always there with a word of encouragement as a father, a mentor, and a very dear friend. How can we forget his love of festivity? On St. Patrick’s Day, his impassioned reading of the Easter Proclamation. I will never forget returning home with him after a Catholic Rendezvous, hearing him belt out to an amazed John Heisler in the back seat of our car all four verses of “O’Donnell Abu.” Can we forget him singing “Roddy McCorley” with his fist clenched in the air – “True to the last – True to the last!” For Warren, “truth is a fixed star….” Warren was a man who loved greatly. He loved the good and the true. It is not an accident that he converted to the Catholic Faith in 1968 – the year of revolution, chaos, disorder, betrayal. He came in and stood in the breach during those difficult days. Many at that time were leaving the Church. It was the year of Humanae Vitae. Many were saying, “This saying is hard. Who can bear it!” And so they walked with Him no more. Our Blessed Lord, with a broken heart, turned to His own and said, “Do you wish to leave also?” Warren Carroll responded to the grace given him and made a conscious decision to stand with and for Peter, and to cry out with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of everlasting life and we have come to believe and to know that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Like other converts, he brought a freshness, a zeal, and an enthusiasm for the Faith. He understood loyalty. He understood fidelity. I will see EULOGY page 12
An End of An Era
College FounderWarren Carroll Laid to Rest on Christendom Campus Warren H. Carroll, Founding and First President of Christendom College and Chairman of its history department for its first twenty-five years, died on July 17, 2011. Aged 79, he received last rites prior to his death in his home. A native of Maine, Carroll was a summa cum laude history graduate of Bates College, achieved an MA and PhD in history from Columbia University, and attended law school at the University of Colorado from 1962-64. Between 1955 and 1961 he served two years with the US Army Signal Corps, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and worked as an assistant command historian for the Second Air Force, Strategic Air Command. In 1967-70 he was a member of the California State Senate staff, and in 1970-72 worked as a staff member for the US Congress. A convert to Catholicism, Carroll saw what was wrong in modern education a long time before he saw what was right about Christianity. He maintained that the people teaching in the university did not care whether truth existed or not, and it didn’t matter to them. But to him, it mattered a great deal. In 1968, precisely when “everyone” was leaving, Carroll converted to the Catholic Church under the influence of his wife, Anne.
In 1973, he joined the staff of Triumph, a monthly Catholic journal of opinion founded by L. Brent Bozell. When Triumph and its summer program came to an end, Carroll determined to perpetuate its vision by founding a college. In September, 1977, Christendom College opened its doors in Triangle, VA, from which it has since moved to its permanent location in Front Royal. Carroll founded Christendom as a co-educational liberal arts undergraduate college in response to the Second Vatican Council’s call for the formation of lay apostles. He served as the College’s president from its opening until 1985 and then as the Chairman of its history Department until his retirement in 2002. Before his retirement, Carroll was one of the few teachers that every student had in common. For most, the memories of hearing Carroll’s interpretation and telling of history during History of Western Civilization I and II are unforgettable. There were the heroes: Constantine, Pelayo, Isabel of Spain, Athanasius, Don Juan of Austria, Our Lady of Fatima, Philip II, and Charlemagne; and the villains: Thomas Cranmer, Luther, Cecil, Lenin, Rasputin, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Queen Elizabeth I, Pope Alexander VI, Arius, Theodora, and Justinian.
Warren H. Carroll: March 24, 1932 - July 17, 2011. May he rest in peace. Amen. His explanations of the historic D-Day invasions; the complications of Watergate and the Vietnam War; the Battle of Lepanto; the Crusades; the Inquisition; Henry II kneeling for three days in the snow before Gregory VII; the story of Charles the Fat and Charles the Bald; the missionary work of Matteo Ricci; the great theological battle over “homoousios vs homoiousios;” and the Robber Council of Ephesus could never be surpassed. And then there were the memorable phrases: “History can be summed up in five words: Truth exists. The Incarnation happened,” “You can never bribe a pope,” and “One man can make a difference.” During his teaching days, Carroll had also taught Classical History, History of Ireland, History of Britain, American History, History of Hispanic Peoples, Causes and Effects of the French Revolution, Causes and Effects of the Communist Revolution, and History and Theology of Pope John Paul II.
Warren Carroll’s funeral Mass was at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA. Recent graduates of Seton School, the school founded by Carroll’s widow, Anne, were his pallbearers at the Mass.
His love of teaching history naturally spilled over into writing history: 1917: Red Banners White Mantle, Isabel of Spain, Our Lady of Guadalupe, The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution, The Last Crusade, and The Guillotine and the Cross. see CARROLL page 9
Christendom’s Graduate School Professors Earn Highest Degrees Two Christendom Graduate School professors, Sebastian Carnazzo and Jeremy Sienkiewciz, recently received their doctoral degrees, and a third, Joseph Arias, just received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree.
versity of Notre Dame.
dergraduate theology department and the Graduate School, since 2006.
Sienkiewicz began teaching for Christendom during last year’s Summer Program, After earning the MA, Professor Arias when he taught New Testament. This past switched tracks to earning the Church’s spring he taught Christology and he is the ecclesiastical degrees in the sacred sciences. Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo’s professor for the online He enrolled in the Faculty of the Immacudoctorate is in Biblical Studversion of that course. His late Conception at the Dominican House of ies from the Catholic Uni“day job” is teaching world Studies in Washington, DC, where he earned versity of America. Before history and Latin at John the STB (Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology) attending CUA, Carnazzo Paul the Great High School in 2009. In the last two years, he has met earned his Master of Arts in Dumfries, VA. He, too, the requirements for the STL (Licentiate in in Theological Studies deis a very dynamic professor Sacred Theology) including further coursegree from the Christendom who keeps his students en- work and the writing of a thesis, a portion of Graduate School. He started gaged in class. “No one falls which was published in the summer issue of teaching at Christendom asleep or even gets distract- the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. A while still a graduate stued while he is lecturing,” further requirement of the licentiate degree dent at CUA, and continues says one student. “Nor is (which is a “license” to teach in any Catholic to teach at Christendom’s Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo. it just academic – you can seminary) is the lectio coram, a talk delivered Summer Program when he is available. His tell he really wants us to believe and to love to the faculty on a topic announced only one full-time job is teaching Scripture courses Christ and to be saved.” day earlier. Professor Arias waxed eloquently and Biblical languages at Our Lady of Guafor forty-five minutes on the doctrine of “no dalupe Seminary in Denton, NE, a seminary Sienkiewicz’s doctoral thesis is titled The Eu- salvation outside the Church” and was then of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. charist and Salvation in the Thought of Saint questioned by his professors for another forThomas Aquinas. It argues ty-five minutes. Dr. Carnazzo’s dissertation, Seeing Blood that ultimately for Aquinas, and Water: A Narrative-critical Study of John one’s salvation rests on being Professor Arias has taught 19:34, assessed the history of that passage’s incorporated into the Mystiseveral courses at the Graduinterpretation, its literary structure, and the cal Body of Christ, which is ate School, including Introtheological significance of the images of the Church. duction to Theology, Moral blood and water pouring from Jesus’ side on Theology, Holy Spirit and the cross. During his graduate studies, Ecclesiology, and Sexual/ Sienkiewicz was a Project biomedical Ethics. He is Carnazzo is a popular professor because Specialist for the US Conthe professor for the online of his engaging teaching style, his breadth ference of Catholic Bishops versions of the first three of and depth of Scriptural knowledge, and his where he worked on ensuring these. For the undergraducommitment to the faith and to his stu- the quality and orthodoxy ate program, he has taught Professor Joseph Arias. dents. His goal is to help his students to of catechetical materials for both semesters of Catholic form a closer relationship with Jesus Christ use in Catholic schools. He also oversaw the Doctrine, both Old and New Testament, through study of the Sacred Scriptures and founding of the Bishop Helmsing Institute Moral Theology, and Bioethics. Students love biblical languages. Even after they graduate, for adult faith formation in the Diocese of his comprehensive knowledge, attention to several graduate students Kansas City – St. Joseph. theological detail, and willingness to answer have been known to requestions in class even if it means getting off turn to take another course Professor Joseph Arias is also the topic. He is reputed to have an answer taught by Carnazzo. an alumnus of the Chris- for any question put to him, no matter how tendom Graduate School, obscure, or at least to return the following Dr. Jeremy Sienkiewicz having earned his MA in class period with an answer that he has reis also an alumnus of the Theological Studies degree searched. Catholic University of in 2003. Shortly after gradAmerica, where he received uating, Arias began work- This fall, Arias begins the last segment of his his PhD in systematic theing at the Graduate School’s scholarly journey: he begins coursework at ology at the same ceremony St. Paul Library, where he the Catholic University of America to comas Carnazzo. He, too, had helps students and faculty plete the STD or Doctorate of Sacred Theolpreviously earned an MA alike find the resources they ogy in the field of moral theology. With only in theology from the same need for their research. He one more year of classes required, and allowschool after earning his BA has been teaching at Chris- ing one year for the dissertation, he hopes to in theology from the Uni- Dr. Jeremy Sienkiewicz. tendom, for both the un- complete this degree in 2013.
College’s 35th Academic Year Has “Shaky” Start with Earthquake Christendom’s first day of classes on August 23 was interrupted by a mid-afternoon earthquake. Although everyone was safe and no buildings were affected by the unusual East coast earthquake, it made the beginning of the year for the Class of 2015 an historic one. The last time Virginia saw an earthquake of this same scale and magnitude (5.8-6.0) was in 1897. Amidst a number of changes in personnel, the Class of 2015 was warmly welcomed to campus during Orientation Weekend (August 19-21). This year, there are 111 freshmen in the Class of 2015, with 17 transfer students joining them, making a total of 128 new students and a total student body of 407. “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 them all much better over the next four years.” Over the summer months, the College experienced a number of changes in personnel.
Michael Schmitt and Beth Fettes moved on from the Admissions Office where now Eve Owen, Liz Twaddle, and Katie Gutschke join the ranks as Associate Director of Admissions, Admissions Counselor, and Admissions Counselor, respectively. In the Student Life Office, Caitlin Bowers now serves as Director of Student Activities and Rome Program Preparations, taking over from Marie Antunes, who now works for the Diocese of Burlington, VT. Amanda Graf is the new Director of Residence Life, as Tambi Spitz moves into her new position as Associate Philanthropy Officer in the Advancement Office. James Hannon takes on a newly created position of Residence Director and is now living on campus to be more available for the students. Elizabeth Walsh is joining the Rome Program team, replacing Beth Doherty who is working for the Diocese of Burlington, VT. Mike Mochel joins the Student Life Office team in the newly created position of Director of Career Development. In Operations, Josh Petersen joins Vice President of Operations and Planning, Mike Foeckler, as the Special Services Manager, replacing Tom Heaston who is now teaching in Nebraska. President O’Donnell’s former assistant, Melanie Baker, is now working with
the Institute of Catholic Culture, as Olivia Ruhl fills her shoes. Fr. Joseph Fox, OP, joins Fr. Planty in the chaplaincy as Assistant Chaplain and Professor Marcello Lippiello joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Classical and Early Christian Studies. On August 28, Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde celebrated the opening Mass of the Holy Spirit which officially launched the academic year. After the homily, Bishop Loverde witnessed the entire faculty take the Oath of Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium. Christendom College is one of a few Catholic colleges whose entire faculty voluntarily takes this oath. Following Mass, during a special convocation, President O’Donnell addressed the students. “My dear students, you are our hope. You are Christ’s hope. You are the hope of the Church,” said O’Donnell. “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 a new beginning. Choose to be part of the new springtime.” The College is excited for this year’s line up in the Major Speakers Program. 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.”
Members of the Class of 2015.
At the 2012 commencement exercises, Fr. Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review will be honored along with the founder of the Sisters of Life, Mother Agnes Donovan.
Successful Summer Institute Addresses Hot Bioethical Topics Christendom held a one-day conference on Catholic bioethics on July 9. The conference drew close to 300 attendees who enjoyed presentations on the full range of life issues – from reproductive health to embryonic stem cell research. Cardinal Arinze, a long time defender of the family and outspoken opponent of contraception, abortion, and euthanasia, launched the conference. Examining the anthropological foundation for Catholic bioethics, he said that fundamental human rights are inviolable
Francis Cardinal Arinze delivered the conference’s opening talk and was the main celebrant at Mass. because they are given by God and are inherent in the human person. The Cardinal said that of these human rights, the right to life deserves special attention. “If a person is killed, of what use are all the other rights to him or her?” he asked. “Some people say, ‘I am personally opposed to abortion, but I will not impose my view on others.’ It is like saying, ‘Some people want to shoot all of you in the Senate and the House of Representatives, but I won’t impose my views on them. It’s pro-choice for them.’” Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Arinze called abortion an “unspeakable crime.” “This is Divine law, it is not a tennis club regulation,” he said. “Is it not highly illogical for some people to talk of some whales, and the chimpanzees, and trees as ‘endangered species’ which must be preserved – and if you torture a dog in some countries you will be brought to court for your cruelty to animals – while the killing of unborn babies is labeled ‘pro-choice’ instead of what it is: murder? Call a spade a spade.” Author and speaker Janet Smith then addressed the topic of contraception. Using the
philosophy of personalism found in Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Smith explained the damaging effects of contraception on the marital relationship. “To have marital relations with a person and to not be open to having a child with that person would be to deny the reality that sexual intercourse leads to lifetime relationships,” she said. “This is meant to be something that you rejoice in, not as something you see as a punishment for having marital relations.” Smith explained that if the possibility of parenthood is excluded from marital relations, the character of the relationship between the partners automatically changes. It changes away from the unification in love and in the direction of mutual or rather bilateral enjoyment.
Morlino said, “and somebody has got to get in there with the physicians and know the whole story.” The Bishop explained that before any discus-
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk gave a remarkable multi-media presentation on embryonic stem cell research.
Following Smith’s talk, all gathered in Christ the King Chapel for a Votive Mass for the Family, celebrated by Cardinal Arinze. After Mass, Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD, of the National Catholic Bioethics Center addressed the issue of embryonic stem cell research. He explained that when a stem cell is taken from an embryo, the embryo is destroyed. “Human life is under attack at the earliest stages of its existence,” he said.
Dr. Janet Smith delivered a talk on contraception, in light of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Fr. Pacholczyk explained that not only is the practice immoral, it is also fruitless. Countless treatments have been developed with the use of adult stem cells, while no treatments have come from embryonic stem cells. Hollywood hype, scientific curiosity, and lucrative research patents are what keep the destruction of embryos for stem cells funded and active, he said. He pointed out the irony of a 1940 United States law that protects not only the bald eagle, but the bald eagle’s egg.
Medical doctor Lorna Cvetkovich discussed challenges facing Catholics who practice medicine.
“If we can see that destroying a bald eagle’s egg is just as bad as destroying a bald eagle, why can’t we see the same thing when it comes to human life?” he asked. Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI, followed Fr. Pacholczyk with a presentation on the natural law and end of life discussions. “Every case of a terminally ill or close-tonatural-death person is unique,” Bishop
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI, spoke on end-of-life decisions and the moral law.
sions begin about what to do with a person who is terminally ill or near natural death, one must get all the facts, not only from the physician, but also from the local priest. Then, once all the facts are known, an assessment can be made. Bringing the conference to a close, Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich of the Tepeyac Family Center discussed the challenges today facing Catholics who practice medicine. “In our society, 80% of women have been on birth control pills. If you are over 35 and have one child there is a 50-60% chance that you’ve been sterilized, and the rate of IVF pregnancies just goes up and up every single year,” Cvetkovich said. “We have a lot to contend with.” She explained that Catholic medical professionals do not only need to worry about the reproductive health issues, but good business and research practices. A challenge for the medical profession is to understand and recognize when ideology has trumped our scientific ideal. “A lot of data and research has shown that abortion does increase the risk of breast cancer,” she said. “Why is there this cover up? In the past we could trust that people had the intent to do good research.” Concluding Cvetkovich said that she fears for the future of Catholic medicine. “We will have the choice to either practice antiHippocratic, pro-choice type medicine and keep our jobs or practice Hippocratic, Catholic, pro-life medicine and lose our jobs.” College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, who emceed the event, was pleased with the conference and thought it was a great success. “This conference gathered some of the great minds and leaders in today’s cultural war,” O’Donnell said. “Christendom is renowned for being faithful to the teaching authority of the Church, so attendees knew they would receive clear and solid answers to some very complicated issues. And they did.” The talks from this conference, including an insightful Q&A session that followed the talks, are available through National Media Services (nationalmediaservices.com or 540.635.4181).
College Launches New Dynamic Website Christendom College’s Admissions and Marketing team recently launched a newly redesigned website, full of dynamic content, user-friendly features, and many new pictures and videos.
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Niall O’Donnell, served as the chief design engineer, while Director of Admissions and Marketing, Tom McFadden, oversaw the August 1 launch. “Our former site was created in 2001, and it served us well,” says McFadden, “but so much on the internet has changed in these past ten years. We wanted to create a site that would better aid our constituents with their understanding of Christendom College. Thanks to Niall, we now have it.” Some new features include sections for prospective students, visitors, current students,
and alumni. Everyone may now more easily navigate the information that is most pertinent to them, rather than get bogged down in some part of the website that is not of interest. Additionally, the home page features the latest news and upcoming events, and has easy links to the College’s various popular social media sites.
Warren Carroll Began Library Collections From even before the actual founding of Christendom, College founder Dr. Warren H. Carroll was aware of the indispensable nature of a library for any academic endeavor of the caliber he was intending. As a result, founding faculty member Ray O’Herron joined Carroll in searching regional book stores for affordable books before the College’s founding, while Carroll encouraged the other founding members to contribute books from their own collections.
professional and experienced librarians from the very beginning of the College. Therefore, the final building and dedication of the St. John the Evangelist Library in 2004 was a fitting tribute to the founder’s unwavering commitment to providing his students with the best library resources the College could give them.
This legacy of self-giving continues even today, as many faculty have generously given materials from their own collections, in addition to giving their time, expertise, and financial resources to assure that the library is equipped with the best resources that Carroll’s courage and vision started back in 1977. Carroll’s legacy is still clearly evident in the hundreds of books in the current collection with his distinctive printed “Ex Libris” identifying them as having belonged to “Warren H. Carroll.” Carroll’s books formed the very core and foundation of what is now an over 100,000 volume collection, finely tuned to serve the needs of the College’s rigorous traditional liberal arts curriculum. The seriousness of Carroll’s commitment to libraries is further evidenced by his insistence that the library be well-staffed by accredited
An old picture of alumnus, Frank O’Reilly, ‘83, reading in the old O’Reilly Memorial Library, named after Frank’s deceased father, Sean, who was one of Christendom’s founding Board members. O’Reilly is now CEO of Petrine Construction and was responsible for constructing most of the buildings on campus, including the St. John the Evangelist Library, named for Sean O’Reilly’s patron Saint.
High School Summer Programs Have Students Breathing Catholic Air Christendom’s Admissions Office organized two different summer programs for high school students over the summer—all of which were a resounding success. The Col-
Emily, Mary, and Shannon were the bowling queens during Session 4 of the ECSP. lege held four sessions of its ever-popular “Experience Christendom” Summer Program (ECSP) and one session of the Latin Immersion Program, attracting over 180 students to its campus and giving them an opportunity to experience the unique educational opportunities offered by Christendom. “I’ve never been in a program that challenged and nourished mind, body, and spirit so completely,” says Junior Elizabeth Raabe from Texas. “The intellectual stimulation of the classes by passionate and exciting professors, the physical challenge of dancing and canoeing and hiking, and the spiritual cultivation of daily Mass and Benediction and the godliness of Christendom’s students, all made this week at Christendom College among the most life-changing and treasured of all the weeks of my life.” The students spent their mornings taking classes in philosophy, history, and English literature, and then they took a Theology class with College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell after lunch. The “Experience Christendom” Summer Program brought together 158 high school juniors
Professor Mark Wunsch delighted his class with an introduction to philosophy during the ECSP.
and seniors from across the nation, many of whom were unsure whether they would enjoy their time on Christendom’s campus. “I didn’t fully realize how much I loved Christendom until I was telling my mom about it when I got home,” says Senior Ali Sentmanat from Texas. “I read the stuff on the internet before coming and expected Experience Christendom Summer Program to be at least a little cool. Not to sound unoriginal, but the ECSP IS AWESOME!!! The classes were all connected, and were intensely fascinating, because the teachers are FABULOUS! The counselors/staff were ever helpful, answered any questions, and were amazing examples of devoted Catholics for all of us campers. I truly enjoyed every minute of it! It gave me a hope for everything good, true, and beautiful and a reason for not just living, but ‘breathing’ Catholic.” After attending classes, Mass, lunch, and Benediction, the campers participated in a variety of organized group activities, such as an Irish barn dance at College President O’Donnell’s home, a steak dinner at Admissions Director McFadden’s home, a night of ice cream and bowling, an evening at Philosophy Professor Cuddeback’s barn learning to contra-dance, performing during the always eventful talent show, and enjoying Italian night with a outdoor swing dance. The students really enjoyed the camaraderie and the truly Catholic atmosphere of the campus. “From the moment I really began looking at Christendom I was impressed by all of the things they are trying to offer for their students, namely, a great curriculum taught by outstanding faculty in a truly Catholic environment so that young people can be formed in their faith and live a Catholic life,” says Hannah Korman of Minnesota. “The whole campus, from its buildings and religious art on nearly every wall to the friendly manner in which everyone greets you throughout the day, was definitely Catholic through and through. The fact that Mass, confession, and adoration, as well as traveling prayers, speaking to other people with kind openness, and respecting authority are accepted as an important part of daily routine was truly eye-opening and refreshing to see. And then there were the counselors. I don’t think I have ever met eight young adults so enthused about their faith and their education
as those people were that week. The students at Christendom really showed me that I can be myself and don’t have to be afraid of what people out in the world think.” Approximately 25 students from across the nation attended the one-week Latin Immersion Program. Students were taught by today’s leaders in Latin immersion: Christendom College Classics Professor Dr. Mark Clark and Latin Immersion Instructor for 15 years Jim Dobreff from Sweden. The students took classes in Latin each morning, and then, following lunch, had a class in a variety of other subjects, including English literature, astronomy, philosophy, Theology, and Irish history. “There’s a lot of interest out there and what we’re doing here at Christendom with Latin
Canoeing on the glorious Shenandoah River is always a favorite activity of the “campers.” is totally unique,” said Professor Mark Clark. “Go anywhere in the world to learn a language and it will be taught by total immersion. There is no doubt that our students went away with a new understanding of Latin and a new-found desire to write, speak, and read it at working speeds.” “The experience has touched my heart and soul in ways more profound than all other previous religious experiences,” says Latin participant Abigail Reimel from North Carolina. “I discovered that, like the frog in the increasingly warmer water, I had become more comfortable with cultural norms and had slowly been losing sight of the purity, innocence, and depth of Catholicism. But while staying on Christendom’s campus, surrounded by other Catholics–all of us ‘breathing in’ the same faith–I was introduced to what a truly Catholic life should be like. Everything we did, from bowling to canoeing, Latin to astronomy, and of course, dancing, was touched by and performed in the light of the one true Church.
Dancing and Christendom go hand-in-hand. Now, instead of looking through glasses dirtied by secularism, I’m living life seeing through lenses wiped clean through the perfection of Christ and His Church.” “These students will have a huge head start in Latin, if they come to Christendom—and quite a few of them do,” Clark said. “This taste of Christendom’s strong Classics program, fun social life, and vibrant spirituality is quite attractive to today’s Catholic youth.” Many of the students who took part in the se programs received financial assistance, enabling them to receive a discount on the already well-priced $500 week-long program. This financial assistance was provided by a number of Christendom’s very committed and loyal donors, particularly by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Murphy. With their donation, the Murphys, along with many others, were able to affect the lives of so many of today’s young Catholics who are interested in immersing themselves in Christendom’s Catholic culture with the hopes of changing the “Culture of Death” to the “Culture of Life.” To donate to the Summer Programs Financial Assistance Fund, please use the enclosed envelope and write “Summer Programs” in the memo section. Four one-week “Experience Christendom” Summer Programs will be held next summer, as will one one-week Latin Immersion Program. More information may be found on Christendom’s website.
Carroll is also known for his major work, the multi-volume History of Christendom. Five volumes have been published to date; together they present a narrative account of European and Catholic history from antiquity through the year 1815. The series is noteworthy for its frank Catholic understanding of crucial historical events, from the Crusades to the French Revolution. Carroll received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Christendom College in 1999. Additionally, he was awarded the College’s Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country, and was the inaugural recipient of Christendom’s “Queen Isabel Catholic Vision of History Award,” both in 2007. Carroll leaves behind his wife, Anne (foundress of Seton School in Manassas, VA), and his adopted children and grandchildren – the 2640 alumni of Christendom College, which includes over 300 alumna-to-alumnus marriages (with 100’s of children), 63 priests, and 43 religious sisters and brothers. On July 26, a funeral Mass was offered for Dr. Carroll at All Saints Parish in Manassas, VA. Over 1,500 family, friends, and alumni of Christendom College and Seton School attended the funeral Mass, celebrated by All Saints Pastor Fr. Robert C. Cilinski. Fourteen priests joined in concelebrating the Mass, including alumni priests Fr. Carroll Oubre, Fr. Tom Vander Woude, Fr. Steve McGraw, Fr. John Heisler, Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, and Fr. Joe Kenna. Alumnus Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo assisted at the Mass. “Death no longer has the last word, God does,” Rev. Cilinski said during his homily. “When Dr. Carroll met Christ through his wife Anne—and one year into their marriage had his conversion—he made his ‘yes’ and he could not contain this good news.”
Participants of all the programs went hiking on Skyline Drive.
“Warren Carroll was a man on a mission of hope,” Rev. Cilinski said. “He became a vehicle for Christ, and Christ was born to oth-
continued from page 3 ers in the sharing of the good news through Christendom College, Seton School, and volumes of books and articles written and published.” After the Mass, College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell delivered Carroll’s eulogy (see page 2 for the entire text). Following the funeral ceremonies, a crowd of over 500 gathered at Christendom’s Front Royal campus for the Rite of Christian Burial. College founding faculty members Mr. Raymund O’Herron, Dr. William Marshner, Dr. Kristin Burns, and Dr. Jeff Mirus were all present, as was founding Chairman of the Christendom Educational Corporation, Dr. Onalee McGraw and her husband, Bill. Mrs. Anne O’Reilly, widow of founding faculty and board member, Dr. Sean O’Reilly, was also present for the ceremony. A procession led Carroll’s body to the burial site behind Regina Coeli Hall, which overlooks a beautiful view of the Shenandoah River. Carroll’s widow, Anne, with family and friends followed in the procession along with a Christendom alumnus bagpiper, David Romanchuk, who played “The Minstral Boy,” a traditional Irish song. Following the rite of burial, O’Donnell sang “Bonnie Charlie,” another traditional song much loved by Carroll and his wife. O’Donnell then presented Anne with a flag bearing the seal of Christendom College. Following the burial, all were invited to attend a lovely reception in the St. Lawrence Commons, catered by Christendom College’s own Chef Dennis Paranzino and his dedicated staff. The homily and eulogy from the funeral Mass, as well a video of the burial, can be downloaded at Christendom on iTunes U, christendom.edu/itunesu. High resolution pictures from both the funeral and the burial are available on Christendom’s website, and may be downloaded free of charge.
“Dr. Carroll loved heroism like no other man. He imparted this love of the heroes throughout history on all of us fortunate enough to take his classes, read his books, and listen to his passion. One discourse on the 1st Marine Division, Constantine, or St. Francis Xavier was often all it took to inspire us to make our own mark on history. Anyone associated with Christendom College will undoubtedly forever owe this man a debt of gratitude, as the fruits of his efforts impacted our formation at such an inspiring institution. Dr. Carroll was calling us to be heroic, and his own life of toil for the Church and Catholic education was certainly nothing less. Thank you Dr. Carroll.”–Nick Murphy ‘90 “To Dr. Carroll, I owe much more than a Catholic liberal arts education and knowledge of history. I owe him my Catholic world-view, lifelong friendships, missionary work, and now my vocation as a wife and mother. He was one of the most converted converts I’ve known. His love for Our Lady and her Rosary, the Church, and personal example of humility remain impressed upon my memory.”–Mary Claire Almeter Hayes ‘97 “It is with a thankful heart for the life of Dr. Warren H. Carroll, founder of Christendom College, that I join my prayers with those of his family and of the Christendom community. Dr. Carroll’s love of the Faith, remarkable grasp of history and grounded educational vision has left a wonderful legacy not only for Christendom College, but for the wider Church community. As Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington where Christendom is located, I know well the commitment to the Faith and appreciation of the liberal arts with which Christendom alumni are endowed. As Dr. Carroll enters eternal life, it is my prayer that he be welcomed with the words which we each long to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:11).”–Bishop Paul Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, VA “Dr. Carroll was right....One man can change the world. I would not have met my wife nor have the 9 beautiful children we have been blessed with had it not been for Dr. Carroll founding Christendom College. My wife’s brother and sisters would also not have met their spouses and had many children. The Belleville children and grandkids moved to the Manassas area in Northern Virginia. Dr. and Mrs. Belleville closed up shop in MA and moved to be closer to their grandchildren and established Holy Family Academy in the Manassas area so they could educate their grandchildren in the faith, the faith that Dr. and Mrs. Carroll also share. Many families have benefited from Holy Family Academy and the school Mrs. Carroll established, Seton School. Many Catholic children have learned their faith by attending these schools. May God Bless Dr. Carroll Our Lord’s good and faithful servant.”–Tom and Sue Belleville Kosten ‘88 & ‘89
Mrs. Anne Carroll and family enter All Saints Church with Dr. Warren Carroll’s coffin.
(left) Alumna Mary Ann Hester Gaffney ‘93 made Dr. C ists. The Incarnation happened.” (right) Dr. Carroll’s grav location overlooking the Shenandoah River. More than 1500 people attended Dr. Carroll’s funeral Mass, held on July 26, 2011.
When I stopped by Ames Funeral Home a few days after D me two boxes of thank you cards. I asked how many were i said, “You’d better have some more.” He left the room and cards and will need to pick up more.
But what are 225+ cards faced with the immense outpouri fered since Dr. Carroll’s death? There were hundreds who a thank personally. And there are many more I don’t even kn
So, I’m taking this opportunity, through Instaurare, to say t Foeckler, and all those at Christendom who arranged the b sible for Dr. Carroll’s body to await the Resurrection on th
The beautiful music was provided by members of the Seton School choir and alumni.
Thanks to everyone in the wider Christendom community My heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude for this trib to all the alumni. You are his legacy. No man could ask for
Please keep us in your prayers. Praised be Jesus Christ, now
“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they Chrysostom.
Many priests concelebrated the Mass, including 6 Christendom College alumni.
At the conclusion of the Mass, Christendom President Dr. O’Donnell delivered the eulogy.
(left) The College’s main administrative building, Regina Coeli displays the College’s mournful state. (right) The pall bearers pr
“Thank you, Dr. Carroll, for all that so many have as a result of Christendom College. For my part, thank you for the strengthening of my faith through the exceptional curriculum, for the Rome program which continues to influence my life, and for my eighteen nieces and nephews who are in existence because their parents met at Christendom. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May he rest in peace.”–Ann Schneible ‘04
Family and friends gathered on Christendom’s campus to take part in Dr. Carroll’s burial ceremonies.
Carroll’s pall, embroidered at the bottom with “Truth Exve is behind the College’s Regina Coeli Hall, in a beautiful
Dr. Carroll’s funeral to pick up some papers, Mr. Ames gave in each box. He said 25. Then he thought for a minute and came back with seven more boxes. I have used up the 225
Alumnus Dave Romanchuk played the bagpipes during the procession to Dr. Carroll’s grave.
ing of support, love, prayers and Masses that have been ofattended the wake, funeral, and burial that I’m not able to now about who have offered prayers.
thank you. Thank you Dr. O’Donnell, Father Planty, Mike burial service and reception. Thank you for making it poshe campus of his beloved Christendom.
y for surrounding him with your admiration and your love. bute that you have paid my husband. A special thank you r a finer one.
w and forever.–Anne W. Carroll
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gave a moving tribute to Carroll by singing one of Carroll’s most beloved Irish songs, “Bonnie Charlie.”
y were before. They are now wherever we are.” – St. John
i Hall, where Dr. Carroll spent so much of his time on campus, repared to carry Dr. Carroll to his final resting place.
O’Donnell gave Mrs. Carroll a Christendom College flag following the song.
Alumnus Kieran DuFrain (who named his son Warren after Dr. Carroll) sits by Dr. Carroll’s grave and plays some favorite Irish songs.
“Dr. Warren Carroll’s contributions to the Church and to the field of history were extraordinary, and he gave valuable assistance to The Cardinal Newman Society over the years. May God continue to bless your important work and your witness to all of Catholic higher education!” –Patrick Reilly, President, Cardinal Newman Society “As a 2007 graduate, I was among one of the first classes not to know Dr. Carroll as a professor, but I had the pleasure of driving him between his home and the College for several of his monthly lectures at Christendom. It was always such a pleasure to spend time with him. I remember in particular one conversation. I told him I was writing my thesis on a history of the pro-life movement, and I had read about the early involvement of the Triumph magazine, even before Roe v. Wade. I asked him about one of the early anti-abortion protests Triumph sponsored, one of the first in the nation, and he was so excited I knew about it. ‘I was there! I was there!’ he said, as he told me the story. I realized he was a man who knew both the importance of writing history, and of making history. May the Incarnate Christ, He Who Is Truth, embrace him now. Dr. Carroll, you will be dearly missed!–Andrew Bodoh ‘07 “I will always remember how Dr. Carroll brought history to life! He conveyed the characters and events to his students in such a vivid and exciting way. Perhaps more importantly, through his teaching of history, he made the future hopeful. His belief in the power of one person to make a difference is a lesson I try to teach to my children. I will always be grateful. God, rest his soul, and show him the fruits of his work.”–Mary Higby Patryn ‘92 “My parents met at Christendom College in the very early years of the school. So you can say that I owe my existence in part to Dr. Carroll and his apostolate. What an incredible man. Heaven has gained another flame for God. God bless you Dr. Carroll and pray for me as I implement what I learned at Christendom into my own life and therefore spread the Gospel.”–Catherine Briggs ‘11 “I never knew this man, but I owe him so much. He has changed my life through his establishment of Christendom College. He will be in my prayers always. Thank you, Dr. Carroll, for giving me the chance to become a truly Catholic adult.”–Colleen Anderson ‘14
EULOGY... never forget June 1, 1992, introducing him in a private audience to Blessed John Paul the Great as the founder of Christendom College. Warren fell to his knees, kissed the ring of the fisherman, and heard the Vicar of Christ say, “I thank you! Christendom is doing a great work for the Church.” We all could have died
Four of the original 26 Christendom students, Laura Spooner Guerrero, Bob Hambleton, Pete Scheetz, and Dan Foeckler, were at Dr. Carroll’s funeral and burial. right then and there for joy. That love for the Pope, not just his teaching office, but a special love for the person of the Holy Father, is something that he bequeathed to the College community and that continues to this day as a type of charism. Like Blessed John Paul, he loved young people, and they knew it. He knew that their youth was given to them, not for self indulgence, but for heroism. Answering the question, “Why did God want Christendom College to grow and flourish?” Dr. Carroll responded, “Because Christendom College is educating and preparing young men and women who will bring what our great and holy Pope John Paul II calls ‘the new springtime of the Church.’” He continued, “In the face of scandals and despair, believe in that springtime! It’s coming, and nothing can stop it! For proof, look at our history. Our graduates will be leading the new springtime.” And in 34 years, we have seen 63 priests, 43 religious brothers and sisters, and countless beautiful marriages raising families. I have said Warren was a man who loved greatly. But if ever the saying was true that “behind every great man there is a great woman,” that saying is true of Anne Carroll! I know, Anne, you like to defer on this, but St. Paul tells us very clearly in his letter to the Corinthians, “the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife,” and it didn’t take long, if you were married in July of 1967 and he came
continued from page 2 in on December 7, 1968–that’s very impressive! Forty-four years of witness to the beauty and permanence of married love, a witness so needed today–a witness to a marriage in Jesus Christ. It was beautiful to see your love, affection and the deep sensitivity you had for each other. Warren, I remember, especially in the early years, was always so attentive to you, and you, Anne, particularly towards the end, showed such love and attention to Warren. It was and will remain for all times a thing of beauty. I remember you sharing how on your anniversary you would go and try a different restaurant each year–some of them sounded rather strange and exotic to me, and your everyouthful desire to see together new things in God’s created world–planning your trips each year, whether to visit family and friends, or to travel to the distant Philipines, to Malta, or even to Easter Island, to name a few. Anne, you were always so sweet and so thoughtful. Thank you for your loving witness to Warren and to the beauty of Christian marriage.
My children, when you were little, we used sometimes to go for walks in our pine woods. In the open fields, you would run along by yourselves. But you used instinctively to give me your hands as we entered those woods, where it was darker, lonelier, and in the stillness our voices sounded loud and frightening. In this book I am again giving you my hands. I am leading you, not through cool pine woods, but up and up a narrow defile between bare and steep rocks from which in shadow things uncoil and slither away. It will be dark. But, in the end, if I have led you aright, you will make out three crosses…. I will have brought you to Golgotha –the place of skulls. This is the meaning of the journey. Before you understand, I may not be there, my hands may have slipped from yours. It will not matter. For when you understand what you see, you will no longer be children. You will know that life is pain, that each of us hangs always upon the cross of himself. And when you know that this is true of every man, woman and child on earth, you will be wise. Thank you–thank you, Warren, for your friendship, for your witness to the faith, your tender love for Anne. Thank you for your vision, your tenacity of purpose, your love of the good, and for all those whose lives you have touched and inspired through your teach-
I am not here today to say Warren had no faults. He would be the first one to say, please, please pray for me! And so we do, and so we will, and so we will continue to do. But how beautiful it was that Warren died on a Sunday–the Lord’s Day, the day of the Resurrection and the day of the Church–and that the date was July 17, the feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne, of whom Warren wrote so beautifully in his work The Guillotine and the Cross. I somehow would have to believe that when this pilgrim warrior entered eterni- Dr. Warren Carroll and Dr. Timothy O’Donnell –Best of friends. ty, that the eighteen women of that heavenly ing, your works, the founding of ChrisCarmel took a special interest in him. tendom College, and your staunch, unwavering loyalty to the Apostolic See and Although Warren died peacefully in his sleep the Person of the Holy Father. We make that day, there is no doubt that he had his suf- Blessed John Henry Newman’s prayer our fering and his Calvary. For a man who loved own: conversation to have that heavenly gift taken from him at the end was truly a cross indeed. May He support us all the day long, till the The last time I heard Warren lecture at Chris- shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, tendom, he spoke of Whittaker Chambers’ and the busy world is hushed, and the fever book Witness. At that time, I was deeply of life is over, and our work is done. Then in moved and sensed at the end that through His mercy, may He give us a safe lodging, and Chambers, he was speaking to me and in a a holy rest, and peace at least. very real sense to us all. He ended his lecture with this quote: Dearest Warren! Requiescat in Pace!
College Works Toward Reaccreditation with Career Development Program Christendom was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1987, and was reaccredited in 2002. Now, ten years later, the College has to once again prove to SACS that it is maintaining high standards and is working to improve what it offers.
Mike Mochel is Christendom’s new full-time Director of Career Development. This article is the first in a series intended to introduce friends and benefactors to the concepts and terms involved with this reaccreditation process and to keep them informed about what’s going on with the programs they represent. To begin with, as part of Christendom’s reaccreditation, the College’s leadership set out to create a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The plan is being developed by representatives from across the campus, including faculty, staff, and students. In Fall 2008, under the leadership of the QEP Leadership Team (QEP-LT) appointed by College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, the College began a two year consultation process, involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Board. As a result of their
deliberations, the QEP-LT presented several options for the direction of the QEP to President O’Donnell. In the Summer of 2010, after consultation with the College community, O’Donnell decided that the College’s QEP would be concerned with improvement to Career Preparation at Christendom College. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the QEP-LT developed the original proposal into a conceptual document entitled “Education for a Lifetime: Christendom’s Academic and Professional Integration Program,” or, in its shorter form, the “Education for a Lifetime Program,” or ELP. The emphasis of the ELP is on developing in students the knowledge and motivation to be active participants in their own vocational and career discernment. It emphasizes discernment which builds upon the liberal arts in light of the College mission but also ensures that students graduate with basic 21st century research, computer communication, and job search competencies in order to ensure students graduate from Christendom confident in their ability to transform their degree into meaningful and enjoyable careers. It is seen as a part of the Career Development initiative undertaken by the Student Life Office. A key first step in implementing the ELP has been the hiring of a full time Director of Career Development, Mr. Mike Mochel. His role is two-fold. On the one hand, he will be working with the QEP-LT and faculty to implement the plan, including Career Development classes and workshops which will become part of the College’s core curriculum. On the other, he will be working one-onone with students to help them establish career goals, develop marketing plans and resumes, and build the skills and toolkit necessary to go about finding a career in today’s environment. By way of introduction, Mochel comes to Christendom following successful careers in both the United States Air Force (he’s a retired Lieutenant Colonel) and the defense
industry. He has almost 30 years of experience in defense acquisition management including serving as the program manager for over $5 billion of Air Force programs. He has also led the design, development, and implementation of training courses in program management and leadership for senior government and industry acquisition professionals. Mochel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now the Missouri University for Science and Technology), a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and an Education Specialist degree in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. His office is in the Student Center on the hallway leading to St. Kilian’s Café, and he can be contacted at mmochel@ christendom.edu. In future issues of Instaurare, more information about this new program will be laid out, including information about the classes and workshops currently under construction, the goals for the program, and the activities one can expect to see and potentially be involved in as Christendom is visited by the officials involved in the reaccreditation process. For further information, please contact Dr. Greg Townsend, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alumni Artists Share the Light of Christ Through Beauty and Art Christendom alumni artists are using their formation in the Catholic liberal arts to guide them in their artistic endeavors. They are true artists who play an integral part in creating a culture of life in our society, for they—unlike many artists today—have a proper understanding of what is true, good, and beautiful.
of art by the great classical and spiritual writers.
that tells the story of a child in his mother’s womb.
“The writers I studied articulated how important it is that we be able to place ourselves in the presence of what is beautiful, and that we partake in its making,” Hain says. “These are topics that formal art schools treat without any kind of clarity or objectivity, and so I consider my classical studies to be a great gift in my work as an artist.”
“Art and storytelling have been constants in my life,” Hatke says, “and most of the jobs I’ve been drawn to have included those things in some way. My liberal arts degree has given me flexibility. Even though I have had a life-long interest in art and comics, when I was starting out for college, I was not considering it a vocation. I think if I had devoted four years to a specific type of technical training instead of the broader liberal arts approach, it would have been more difficult to change directions.”
“Society needs artists, just as it needs scientists, technicians, workers, professional people, witnesses of the faith, teachers, fathers and mothers,” Blessed Hain uses a combination of clasPope John Paul wrote in his Letsical fine art and classical decorater to Artists. “Obedient to their tive techniques, including handinspiration in creating works painted ornamentation, gilding, both worthwhile and beautiful, plaster and painted wall finishes, they not only enrich the cultural fresco, murals in oil, and iconogheritage of each nation and of Alumna Mandy Hain. raphy in egg tempora. When she all humanity, but they also render an excep- is not painting in a church, she works from tional social service in favor of the common her home studio in Northern Virginia where good.” she offers classes and also does commission portraits and religious art. One of her works Christendom alumni working in the field of can be seen in the College’s St. Kilian’s Café art exemplify Pope John Paul’s vision of the – a painting of the patron saint hangs over artist. Alumna Mandy Hain says that she is the fireplace. able to create art that is both worthwhile and beautiful thanks to the guidance she received Like Hain, artist and alumnus Ben Hatke from her Christendom education. found his liberal arts education essential in his study and understanding of “I am able to pursue art with art. clarity and integrity,” she says. A philosophy major and literature “The foundation of reading the minor from the class of 2006, classics and learning good study Hain loved the literature that habits gave me the basic skills she studied on the nature of true that I needed when, in 2006 art. I took a year to seriously study art,” he says. “I participated in “We learned about art’s strict addrawing and painting courses herence to what is truthful, and Artist Ben Hatke. To learn in Florence, Italy, but I also put its mysterious connection with more about his work, visit myself through a sort of intense the Divine,” she says. “Apart www.househatke.com self-study course focusing on art from studies specifically on art, history and the Italian Masters. my studies in philosophy and theology were Studying history at Christendom helped me helpful on many different levels. For one to approach primary sources like Vasari’s thing, they taught me how to perceive reality Lives of the Artists.” well—or simply to see. As an artist, it is most important to be able to see with one’s eyes as A history major of the class of 2000, Hatke well as with one’s spirit.” has had great success in portraiture and stills, but has turned to his passion—the combinaHain also discovered that it is impossible to tion of art and storytelling—comics. Hatke is create art freely if one is constantly concerned currently working on the second installment and confused by the nature of art itself. At of his popular Zita the Spacegirl, which was Christendom, she was able to develop a clear published in February 2011. His work as an understanding of how to proceed as an artist illustrator can also be seen in the widely disby reading concise descriptions on the nature tributed Angel in the Waters, a children’s book
Hatke works from home and says that he tries to make it a beautiful, peaceful, and holy place. “But my greater workplace is the world and all those I come into contact with through my books and art,” he says. “It really reminds me of the call to be a light to others. That’s how I try to live Christendom’s motto, ‘To restore all things in Christ.’” Hain believes that her art can be a light to others as well. She quotes one of her favorite scripture passages from the book of Wisdom: “For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.” “To make things beautiful, or to make beautiful things, is to make Him known,” she says. “To reclaim things in His name by stamping them with His reflection, this allows Him to reveal Himself there, where we have brought beauty.” Hain and Hatke are only two amongst a large group of alumni who have taken their liberal arts degrees and used them in a non-related field of work. There are philosophy majors who are editors and attorneys; history majors who are CEOs and dentists; theology majors who are school principals and computer programmers; classics majors who are journalists and stone masons; political science majors who are fighter pilots and financial analysts; and English majors who are accountants and salesmen. In short, Christendom is helping to form tomorrow’s leaders on its campus today. More information about what Christendom graduates do may be found on Christendom’s newly designed website (www. christendom.edu).
College Awards Record Number of MA Degrees “In a today’s world, we live in an age of instant everything. We live in a world of now— a world of immediate satisfaction,” Audrey Kasenge told her fellow graduates during the Commencement Exercises of Christendom College’s Graduate School held on the
Revert to the Catholic Faith, Audrey Kasenge, delivered the commencement address on July 30. College’s Front Royal, VA, campus on July 30. Twenty-one students–a record number– received their Master of Arts in Theological Studies while three of them also received the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. “Instant messaging, fast food, movies on demand, Twitter, Facebook–and yet with all these means of immediate satisfaction to our desires, when you look around, it still seems like something is missing,” Kasenge said. “Technology can never satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart–the desire for intimate union with God.” Kasenge, born and raised in Kenya, earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia before attending the Graduate School. Concluding, Kasenge said, “We are Catholic.
Embrace it. Own it. Live it. Be proud of it. We belong to the one true Church founded by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a gift. What a blessing.” College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty offered the Baccalaureate Mass, which was followed by the Commencement Ceremonies. College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and Graduate School Dean Dr. Kristin Burns presided. “Each of these graduates has worked hard and persevered,” Burns said. “This is not only the largest class in the history of Christendom’s Graduate School, it is also one of the best.” The 21 Master of Arts degrees were conferred on Marie Antunes, Dale Avery, Diana Banister, Diane Beliveau, Robert Eastman, Charles Fraune, Daniel Giroux, Thomas Heaston, Audrey Kasenge, Dr. William Luckey, Sr. Kathryn Maney, John Mercandetti, Stephen Murphy, Hugh O’Donnell, Philip Olson, Sr. Cecilia Pham, Sr. Cecilia Rezac, Kimberly Rogers, Kenneth Scheiber, Dr. R. Thomas, and Edward Walsh. Charles Fraune, Daniel Giroux, and Audrey Kasenge also received the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. The new graduates come from many backgrounds and are going on to various ministries and further studies. Three are alumni of Christendom’s undergraduate program, 4 plan to continue their studies at the doctoral level, 3 are religious sisters, 1 is from Yale, 1 is from Africa, 2 already have PhDs in other subjects, and many teach religious education at their parishes.
Marie Antunes is an alumna of Christendom College’s undergraduate program and is now the Marriage, Family and Respect Life Manager with the Diocese of Vermont. Dale Avery was ordained a Deacon of the Arlington Diocese this year. He has been married for over 30 years and has served as a lecturer in economics at the University of Michigan and Lawrence Institute of Technology, as a consultant for the World Bank (in Tanzania) and the Asian Development Bank (in the Philippines), and as an economist and manager for a variety of US Government departments. He plans to use his degree to enrich his diaconate work. Diana Banister is a convert to the Church from Evangelical Protestantism. She is the Vice President and Partner of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, a political and media strategy firm that works on public policy issues and develops media strategies for organizations, corporations and candidates. Diane Beliveau worked for Dale Carnegie Training as an instructor and sales representative for several years where she taught human relations, communications, self-confidence, leadership, stress management, and public speaking. Charles Fraune is the first primarily-online student to graduate from Christendom’s MA program. He has been taking online classes over the past two years and attended the summer session in Front Royal this year to finish up. He is now teaching at a Catholic School in North Carolina. Tom Heaston served as Christendom College’s Special Services Manager since 2009, but has now moved back to his home state of Nebraska where he is teaching history at a Catholic high school and assisting with campus ministry. Audrey Kasenge was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in that field before resigning to be at home with her two children. Audrey teaches seventh grade CCD students, and she knows that her degree will develop her teaching abilities.
The Christendom College Graduate School Class of 2011 - the largest one ever!
Dr. William Luckey is a Professor of Political Science and Economics at Christendom. His undergraduate degree is from St. John’s University, and his MA and PhD in Political Philosophy are
from Fordham University. Dr. Luckey has been busy academically and has also earned an MBA from Shenandoah University and an MA in Economics from George Mason University. Sr. Kathryn Maney is a member of the Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln and serves that diocese as Archivist. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. John Mercandetti is an alumnus of Christendom for both a BA and MA. He is continuing his academic pursuits at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, working toward a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while working at Seton Home Study in Front Royal. Bobby Murphy teaches religion at John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, VA. He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University and is married with his second child on the way. Hugh O’Donnell is another double alumnus of Christendom, having received his BA in English and Literature in 2004. He has been teaching at St. Monica’s Academy in California since 2005, where he just recently received the “Outsanding Teacher Award” from the Americanism Educational League. He plans to pursue doctoral studies in history. Andrew Olson earned a BA in linguistics from Yale before coming to Christendom and is now discerning a religious vocation and preparing for doctoral studies. Sr. Cecilia Trang Pham is a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross, a Vietnamese
religious order. She is a parish director of religious education in California and earned her MA by attending Christendom’s Summer Program and the Vita Consecrata Institute. Kimberly Rogers is the Director of the Northwest Pregnancy Center in NW Washington, DC. She came to Christendom with a BS in Mental Health and Human Services from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Ken Scheiber teaches at St. Mary’s-Ryken Catholic School in Maryland and plans to continue teaching there while pursuing further study in World Politics at the Catholic University of America. Dr. R. Thomas holds a doctoral degree in computer science and is happily married with three children. He is very active in apologetics and evangelizing non-Christians. Dan Giroux is a long-time catechist who now manages a Catholic book store in Cinncinnati. He started taking courses at then-NDI in 1989, and recently attended the Summer Program to finish his degree. Bob Eastman has an MS in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. As a convert from Protestantism, he feels especially called to help his former brothers to the Catholic Faith. Ed Walsh is a professional journalist in the defense field and former US Marine Officer. He is a graduate of St. Anselm College and a life-long student of Catholic philosophy.
“Some people have it in their personalities to desire to control their own future. In a way, I was raised this way; not in a “control freak” kind of attitude, but with the idea that one cannot just sit around waiting for something, but one had the responsibility to have a goal in mind in whatever one did, and work to carry out that goal. I planned to go to college and major in physics—God showed me in my first semester that the physicists did not have all the answers; the philosophers did. I planned a career in the Marine Corps—three years into it I got hurt, and was no longer able to serve. Back at college, my department chairman said that I would make a good professor. I never planned to teach at all. I took his advice, went to graduate school and loved it, and got a PhD in Political Philosophy. When Christendom was on shaky financial ground years ago, I decided to study accounting, just in case. I thought it would be boring. It was fascinating. I then got an MBA, and I discovered, among other things, that economics had changed for the better since I was an undergraduate, and I loved it. So, I pursued an MA in Economics. But my development was not finished, if it will ever be. As a Lay Dominican, I had been studying theology informally all my life. I had theology as an undergraduate, but, even though I was always a good Catholic, the theology I had was boring and way too cut and dried. I remember wondering how anyone could major in that. So, to make a long story short, I decided to go to Christendom’s graduate school and take one course—Patristics. The course was wonderful and I stayed for a whole degree in Systematic Theology. The courses are academically rigorous, and I should know; and they are very inspiring because they are taught by professors who actually believe the things they are teaching. My experience at the Grad School was another life changing experience, and I am so glad I did it. All this teaches a major lesson; yes, one should plan one’s life, but always keeping in mind that the Holy Spirit has His own plan for you. Always be open to it and follow His lead!”
Graduate Marie Antunes with her family.
Dr. William Luckey, Professor, Political Science and Economics, Christendom College, and 2011 graduate of Christendom’s Graduate School.
Christendom Ranked as One of the Nation’s Top-Ten Colleges Christendom College is ranked as one of the top-ten colleges in America in a new report by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Other schools to make the top ten list include Princeton University, University of Chicago, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Providence College, and Texas A&M. “As a college dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom through the liberal arts, it is an honor to be ranked in this report along with other such institutions of higher learning,” College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said. “It is a testament to the commendable work of our outstanding faculty, the excellence of our academic program, and the high caliber of our students. It reveals that a dedicated search for the Truth—discovered through faith and reason— cannot be replaced by a meandering through social trends and political correctness.” The report, entitled Ranking America’s Colleges, judged the schools on how well they provided “the classic ‘liberal education’ suited to a free citizen and a well-rounded adult.” The report hopes to inform consumers, educa-
tors, and donors to the best and worst trends in American education. In the assessment of the schools the report asked: “Are [students] being challenged to stretch their cognitive abilities in different fields, so they’ll be intellectually and professionally versatile adults? Are they learning the basics of core disciplines such as American history, democratic government, English literature, and the market economy? Are they engaging with a wide range of freely expressed opinions on key ethical and political issues they will face as individuals and as citizens? Are they living in safe and sober residences where academic work is encouraged, not inhibited?” The report also emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts education in today’s economy. Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it says that
The Grapevine Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Christendom College’s Admissions, Marketing, and Alumni Relations Office recently gave a face-lift to the College’s Alumni Relations Newsletter –The Grapevine.
took over the editorship of the publication and turned it into an online monthly newsletter, where it has been keeping alumni informed and entertained for a decade.
Now, the bi-monthly online publication has a new look, new content, and much more to offer its readers, who can find it in the Alumni section of the College’s new dynamic website.
Some of the newer features in the updated version of The Grapevine include legacy student profiles; alumni spotlights; links to old issues of The Christendom Report; an update from the Advancement Office; class notes and news; links to news stories concerning
“It is very hard to compete with today’s new-
est, latest, and greatest technological advances in communication, such as Facebook, Twitter, and the like,” says Alumni Relations Director Tom McFadden. “We need to have a place where alumni can come together, in one place, and keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings at the College. This newly redesigned Grapevine is just what we need at this time.” The Grapevine first started in the 1990s as a printed publication put out by the College’s Alumni Association. In 2001, the College
alumni, professors, or students from across the internet; alumni tributes to Dr. Warren Carroll; and a last word segment by Christendom registrar Walter Janaro ‘83. “I am excited to hear from our alumni to see how I may help them stay connected to their alma mater,” says McFadden. “We want to make sure that our alumni can connect with each other, stay in touch with the College, and learn more about how they can help aid the College in fulfilling its mission. The Grapevine should help with this.”
workers go through an average of eleven different jobs by the time they reach age forty-four. “Many workers must change careers, as industries decline or are transformed by technology and outsourcing,” the report says. “The cognitive flexibility and intellectual curiosity developed by a true liberal arts education is the central prerequisite for a full, productive, and satisfying life.” “Our alumni stand as proud witnesses to how a liberal arts education can lead to a full, productive, and satisfying life,” Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations Tom McFadden says. “The College has alumni leading in a myriad of career fields– law, medicine, politics, religious life, business, internet technology, journalism. Name a field and we’ve got a leader there who is a well-educated Catholic living the Faith.” The report described Christendom students as “intellectually and morally serious” who enjoy class discussions, which typically spill over into “long conversations over coffee.” “All students complete a rigorous Catholic core curriculum covering Western civilization before choosing a major in classical and early Christian studies, English, history, philosophy, political science and economics, or theology. The school sticks to its specialties, so each of these majors is strong,” the report continues. “Instead of political correctness, there is an absolute expectation of Catholic orthodoxy.” Christendom continually receives national recognition for its rigorous and Catholic educational program from such college guides as Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and 440 Colleges for Top Students, First Things’ college guide, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best Value. It has been ranked as one of America’s Top Conservative Colleges by the Young America’s Foundation, one of the nation’s most Radical Colleges by left-leaning The Huffington Post, a Top College for American Values by Newsmax, and as the college that “embodies [Pope] Benedict’s vision of higher education,” by US News & World Report.
Where in the World is Tim Flagg? “Hello Cuyahoga Falls!” While traveling in Ohio, Major Gift Officer Tim Flagg visited with long-time friend of the College, Mr. Lee McCaffrey, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He and his late wife, Maureen, have been loyal supporters of Christendom College for over 20 years. “There are many Catholic schools out there but I see Christendom leading the way in faithfulness to the Church,” says McCaffrey. “Many colleges, such as my alma mater, LeMoyne in Syracuse, gave in to the world thanks to the experimentation of the Jesuits.” He believes strongly that all Catholic colleges and universities should adopt adherence to Ex corde ecclesia and that when “the local ordinary is involved, he should be vocal about it.” McCaffrey likes to give to Christendom because, “Christendom has an ideal curriculum and the students impress me more than any
other college I’ve seen. It really makes sense when you have a man like Dr. O’Donnell at the helm and brilliant people like Dr. Marshner teaching the students.” McCaffrey referenced seeing theology professor Dr. Marshner on EWTN years back and was astounded at the historical knowledge of the Church that he displayed given that Dr. Marshner admitted that he was not an historian. McCaffrey concedes that it was a good indicator of the caliber of Christendom’s faculty. “Your college is so good for the Church. I think you’re more relevant than ever!” McCaffrey has a son who is a diocesan priest in Northern Ohio and a daughter who is married with children. He was employed by Goodyear as a chemical engineer for his entire career. Even though McCaffrey, like many of Christendom’s most faithful supporters, has never been to campus, he is now
Major Gift Officer Tim Flagg with long-time Christendom College supporter Lee McCaffrey. considering it. Flagg will be traveling in South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana in the near future.
College Struggles to Meet Growing Need of Families in Down Economy The troubled economy is hurting Christendom families and putting a strain on the College’s finances as it combats a crisis in student financial aid need. 2010-11 saw a dramatic 31% increase in need-based aid given out by the College’s financial aid office. “This economy has proved very difficult for our parents,” explained Christendom’s Executive Vice President Mark McShurley. “We’re seeing that our families are suffering from financial exhaustion after several years of a recessional economy.” The troubles came to a head in 2010-11 as students qualified for more financial aid than
ever before. The average need-based student award grew by 19% as the College gave out a record amount of need-based aid. “In this economy, many young people are still struggling to attend Christendom. Just to meet the current demand, we are increasing our fundraising goal by 15% this year,” said McShurley. “Yet, even with the strong levels of financial aid provided by the College, we’re seeing that many of our current students simply can’t afford to continue attending a private institution like Christendom—even though they dearly want the unique Catholic liberal arts education we provide. Our current and prospective students need the help of our generous donors more than ever.”
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Omnia in Christo The following slightly edited articles are from Instaurare’s precurser, Christendom College Report, from September 1976, January 1977, and February 1977 respectively. The Christendom College Idea: Genesis and Development The Christendom College project is an outgrowth of crisis, a response to need, and a vision both of education and of community. The project took form in the minds of its founders and early supporters in different ways and at different times, but always for the same essential reasons. The crisis is the modern Western apostasy from the Christian Faith–an apostasy which, as is now very clear indeed, involves not only the loss of faith itself, but also, the loss of all fixed standards of goodness and of rationality, and the very idea of enduring truth. In the forefront of the movement away from faith and truth have been the colleges and universities, where or through which, everyone involved in the Christendom College project has experienced it. The need is, most simply, to provide an alternative to educational fraud and despair and aimlessness: an institution that knows what it stands for and exists to do, outspokenly proclaims it, and does it. That alternative must be Christian, because it is precisely the rejection or ignoring of Christ that has led to this crisis; it must be Catholic, because this is the Church Christ founded on the Rock of St. Peter, which alone has withstood such tides of history and of evil before. It should serve the purposes which any sound higher education is intended to serve; above and beyond that, it should help all its students to orient the whole of their life and thought to Christ. Finally, our vision is of an education which would knit together what our age has so painfully separated: the faith, prayer, study, work and recreation of the student–in short, his very life. Christendom College will offer a top quality education. It will have a young faculty of outstanding teaching talent; its Academic Advisory Board includes scholars of national and international reputation. But the Christendom College idea has no place for elitism. The College is committed to the proposition that most men and women can achieve far more intellectually in a Christian environment encouraging such development than they would ever have believed possible. ******************************************************************* What is Apostolic Education? In the course of recruiting and fundraising for Christendom College, I am often asked just what kind of education it is that we are really offering. The very concept of an apostolically-oriented Catholic education, founded upon Catholic truth throughout the curriculum, is strange to many, perhaps most, American Catholics. Some tend to think of such an education as impractical, otherworldly, intended primarily for those with a religious vocation; others wonder if it means leaving out something important that is provided in a more conventional college or university.
Warren H. Carroll, Ph.D.
But, in fact, the very nature of the Catholic lay apostolate is a mission into the world, not a withdrawal from it. And in all the documents of Vatican II, nothing is clearer than its ringing call for the reform of the world through an active Catholic lay apostolate, “penetrating and perfecting the temporal sphere of things through the spirit of the gospel.” Laymen are called, not only bishops and priests and religious; consequently Catholic educators are called to prepare laymen for this service. This preparation requires a solid grounding in the fullness of Catholic truth. Teaching full Catholic truth does not exclude lesser truths or even necessary learning about error and falsehood; still less does it exclude essential factual and theoretical knowledge in subjects studied. In those subjects where a full program is offered, an apostolic education can and should provide all that any secular college offers, with God’s revealed truth, propounded by the Magisterium of His Church, as the organizing principle for a mass of information which otherwise tends to dissolve into intellectual and moral chaos. The Catholic with an apostolic education knows not only what, but why. He can answer questions of ultimate import as well as ask them; and our world today has far too many questions and not nearly enough answers. ******************************************************************* What is Christendom? Our College takes its name from the word which embodies the Christian social and political ideal: a society, a culture, a government in which Christ the King reigns. To help extend His reign, insofar as His grace strengthens us to do so, is the heart of our mission. We prepare ourselves, first of all, by learning, study and practice. We investigate the character of Christendom in past ages, the enduring principles which must undergird any Christian society, and the particular new applications of these principles for our age in the area of society and government which have been set forth by the recent Vicars of Christ in their social encyclicals. We learn the Christian and Catholic foundations for every field of study we enter and every action we undertake. Above all, we try to build in our own lives, and in our work with fellow Christians, a mini-Christendom, a society, however small, in which Christ does truly reign. Christendom College aims to be such a Christian society, a microcosm of the social reign of Christ. As such, it will strive to be an example and a model, as well as a center of study on what Christendom is and how it might be built anew even in our secularized age. The education Christendom College provides, primarily for laymen who will spend their lives in the world, will prepare and strengthen them both to maintain themselves and their families in that world, and for the better service to God within it. There is no wider Christendom today. The very word, once commonly used to designate our Western civilization, is going out of style and even out of knowledge. Many have never heard it, cannot pronounce it, much less explain and serve what it stands for. At this moment of history, Christendom can exist only in small and self-contained places. But the Christian in such a place never settles for it, never hides in it, for he has a message to bring to the world.
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