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From the President


As we continue on into this “Year of Faith” and our 35th Anniversary year, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts for our spring semester here at Christendom College:

Sometimes we can get so caught up the daily grind that we can lose sight of what we are really doing: our mission, purpose—and its nobility. We are all engaged in a great work. Here, at Christendom we seek to grow in wisdom, both natural and supernatural. Our students are called through their studies to impact society and bring others to Christ and His Church. This is why they are here . . . this is why we are all here. Just before Christmas, I was honored to be invited to a Congress called by Pope Benedict XVI. As part of the New Evangelization, we were asked to reflect on Blessed John Paul’s Apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America. The Congress was directed by Cardinal Marc Oullet. It was a very moving experience. We reflected together on Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Star of the New Evangelization, since her intervention in Mexico had led to the conversion of nine million people. She stopped the shedding of the blood of innocent children by telling them of the pouring out the Blood of her own Divine Son. When she appeared to Juan Diego, she asked him several questions. These questions she still asks us today: “My youngest son, where are you going? . . . Where are you headed?”

Timothy T. O’Donnell, STD, KGCHS

I also read Pope Emeritus Benedict’s new book in Advent, and in it, he interestingly observed: In the writings of the Church Fathers a lack of feeling... insensitivity toward the suffering of others is considered a type of paganism... In contrast to this attitude the Christian Faith holds up the God who suffers with men... and therefore draws us into His compassion. (Benedict XVI, The Infancy Narratives) At the Congress in Rome, Pope Benedict met privately with our group and addressed us under the great chair of Peter designed by Bernini. I share with you his words. He addressed us: We must make the Gospel of Christ resound with clarity and boldness... education and the promotion of the culture of life is of fundamental urgency, given the mentality which affords the dignity of the person, and neither favors nor protects the institution of marriage and family life. The solution is only from the encounter with the living Christ and ways of acting based on love and truth... the love of Christ impels us... to proclaim His name freely and enthusiastically to all with conviction and joyful dedication. (Benedict XVI, “Address to Congress”, L’Osservatore Romano, December 9, 2012) With God’s grace, our students are here to live the life of the mind. Through their education, they are called to possess a Socratic calm and live a life governed by reason and perfected in Christ. In our age men are, for the most part, governed by a disordered will. They tend to be dominated by impulses, desires, and feelings, which often drive them to excessive sensate pleasure. Sadly, they frequently become discouraged, agitated, and restless amusement seekers, who tragically end their lives sad, empty, and tormented. Their youth and strength are given to them for idealism, duty, nobility, and virtue. They, like all of us, are called to seek the good of their neighbor in friendship with God.

‘The littlest things in life can take on a

In our troubled, challenging times, we must ask ourselves here at Christendom and beyond,“Where am I going?” “Am I living in a way that makes Christ apparent to my friends, to my loved ones, to whomever I meet? Am I being with and for other people, encouraging them to live up to the beautiful dignity that is theirs?” Are we ourselves grateful, and do we stand in awe of the beauty and the mystery of life, contemplating how truly precious and extraordinary it is? The littlest things in life can take on a whole new meaning, just simply in the way we deal and interact with one another.

whole new meaning, just simply in the way we deal and interact with one another.’

Over Christmas break I went with my boys to see “The Hobbit.” I liked it very much. One scene in particular struck me, a scene when Gandalf was being questioned: “Why a Halfling?” To this, he answered, “Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. That is not what I’ve found. I found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.”



In us, there is a deep-seated longing for moral greatness. This greatness is found in friendship, beauty, love, truth, and goodness, and the supernatural gifts God bestows upon us in the love of His Heart. He reveals this in a special way: in His constant presence in the tabernacle, right in the center of our campus or in your nearby parish church. Don’t pass Him by . . . He is there beckoning to you. The tools for greatness have been set before us in a special way here at Christendom. Let us pursue wisdom! Let us live love and help each other seek these goods in fulfillment of our mission. If we do this, we will have a great new year, and our faith will grow and blossom together in this “Year of Faith.”

Table of Contents 2 Spreading the Faith During this “Year of Faith,” Christendom College is doing its part to lead others to “an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord,” both at the international and local levels.

10 Cardinal Arinze Speaking as part of the College’s Major Speakers Program,


Francis Cardinal Arinze addressed the faculty and students on February 4. 4 Professor and Students Win Diocesan Awards 5 Entire Student Body Marches for Life 6 Graduate Students Preparing for Second Careers 7 Library’s Collection Enhanced by Scholars


8 Rev. Thomas White Addresses Faculty and Students 9 Students & Employers Connect at Career Fair 12 Celebrating Pope Francis and the Saints 13 Students Take Part in Mission Trips 14 Alumni Excel in Law Enforcement



16 Faculty Notes College Earns SACS Reaccreditation 17 Rugby’s Open Season on the Competition


18 A Military Chaplain’s Life of Service

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College Launches Summer Program in Ireland & Radio Station


During this “Year of Faith,” Christendom College is doing its part to lead others to what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called “an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord,” both at the international and local levels. The College is casting the net across the Atlantic, with the launch of a new summer program in Ireland, the St. Columcille Institute, which aims to strengthen the faith and deepen the understanding of young Catholic leaders in Europe and America. Also, with the launch of a new FM radio station in Front Royal, the College is seeking to impact the local community with life-changing programming of EWTN Catholic Radio.

This summer, from July 19 to August 11, the St. Columcille Institute will be held in Donegal, Ireland. The program will give young Catholic leaders a better understanding of Catholicism, thus ensuring that they will develop the ability both to evangelize and defend the Faith within secular society. Participants will examine the patrimony of Western Christian Civilization through an in-depth study of theology, history, and literature taught by Christendom faculty. “We’re inviting the youth of both the United States and Ireland to experience an awareness of the spiritual depth of the Catholic culture of Ireland that has enriched and determined much of the history of Europe, the United States, and the world,” College President and Institute Director Dr. Timothy O’Donnell says. “With its Gaelic roots, Ireland remains the culturally dominant English-speaking Catholic civilization in the world.” By bringing young people together from the United States and Ireland the Institute hopes to create fruitful dialogue and an exchange of ideas and experiences.



“We hope this will lead to a reawakening in the love of our mutual heritage and energize the students to a determined hope for a revival of Christian faith and culture,” O’Donnell says. English professor Sharon Hickson, history professor Brendan McGuire, and Associate Chaplain and native Irishman Fr. Mark Byrne, SOLT, will join O’Donnell at the three-week Institute. At the local level, the College launched its new radio station, WXDM 90.3 FM Radio Christendom, late last year. The station officially started uninterrupted broadcasting on Friday, November 30, 2012. WXDM is the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia. The radio station is broadcasting the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, which provides an around-the-clock feed of authentic Catholic radio coverage. With a 190W-powered signal, the station covers the entire Front Royal area and is currently reaching as far north as Winchester, VA, and as far south as Bentonville, VA.



The WXDM tower was completed on November 29 by College staff members Mike Foeckler, Pete Crisman, John Engelstad, and consulting engineer Pete Deal.

“We are very excited about this,” O’Donnell says. “It couldn’t be more fitting to launch this station during the ‘Year of Faith.’ Our hope and prayer is that the programming on this station will change hearts and lives in our local community.” On January 18, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde celebrated Mass at Christendom College and blessed the radio tower and transmitter. During his homily, the bishop commended the College on the launch of the station. “How proud I am as your diocesan Bishop and Shepherd. How proud you all must be to witness today the inauguration of a grace-filled opportunity at Christendom by beginning your own local FM radio station with the call letters WXDM at 90.3,” Bishop Loverde said. “Through this modality, the good news will be transmitted to many people whom you and I would otherwise never reach or contact. And so, with you, I beseech our Blessed Lord to bless in every way and to prosper this good work, which you have undertaken.” Steve Gajdosik, president of the Catholic Radio Association, as well as members from the local community, attended the Mass and blessing. Following the blessing, College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, Bishop Loverde, and Catholic Radio Association President Steve Gajdosik stand in front of the WXDM tower located behind Crusader Gymnasium.

“Recent studies have found that 94% of Catholic radio listeners are more spiritually engaged and inspired, 47%

Bishop Loverde blesses the transmitter and broadcast equipment in Crusader Gymnasium.

attend Mass more frequently, and 31% have returned to the Church because of the programming,” WXDM’s General Manager Niall O’Donnell said. “With statistics like this, there is no doubt that our station will have a positive impact on our local community.” Thanks to the generosity of donors, the College is planning, with another FM signal, to expand its listening area to include Winchester. Find out more about these exciting ventures at:

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Professor and Students Win Diocesan Awards


On December 11, Christendom College philosophy professor Michael Brown was awarded the Arlington diocese’s Ex Corde Award at the annual Youth & Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Herndon, VA. Three Christendom students received “Volunteer of the Year” awards for their work with the student-run pro-life group Shield of Roses. Philosophy Professor Mike Brown is presented with the Ex Corde Award by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde

Senior Sara Federico

Senior John McFadden

“The Ex Corde Award is given to someone who has demonstrated exemplary service or support to College Campus Ministry, giving their time, their energy, indeed, even a piece of their very own heart, in order to share with university students the love of Christ,” Fr. Peter Nassetta, George Mason University’s Director of Campus Ministry, said. “As Dean of Students–a position he held for ten years–Mike began a mission trip program for students which, over the course of fifteen years, raised over $700,000 to enable more than 705 students and staff to spend their spring breaks serving the poorest of the poor in eight foreign countries and in the US. Last year, for example, 65 students went on mission trips–an astonishing 1/5 of the total student body.” Fr. Nassetta also highlighted Brown’s work as a coach to Christendom’s basketball and volleyball teams, as well as the frequent student trips he organized to visit the local Missionaries of Charity houses and homeless people in Washington, DC. “Whether in the classroom, on foreign missions, in poor city streets, or in the gym, Mike Brown’s extraordinary humility and charity has led thousands of students, and others, to experience



the love of the Heart of Jesus,” Fr. Nassetta said. “Thank you, Mike, for all you have done for the students at Christendom College.” The three students to win “Volunteer of the Year” awards were seniors John McFadden, Sara Federico, and Chris Roberts. The awardees work tirelessly each semester as leaders in the College’s oldest student club, Shield of Roses, which travels to Washington, DC, every Saturday morning to peacefully protest abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Entire Student Body Marches for Life


On January 25, Christendom College transported over 400 students, faculty, and staff to the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Despite freezing temperatures, the College community rallied on the Mall facing Capitol Hill with an estimated 500,000 fellow pro-lifers from across the nation. The students were excited to be a part of the youthful gathering, which protests today’s biggest human rights issue. “The March is so invigorating because it is a chance to renew our commitment to life with each other and with God,” senior Steven Wood of California said. “And there is no better way of living out this commitment than by walking in a spirit of prayer and penitence through the streets of our nation’s capital.” The College traditionally cancels classes for the day of the March so that the entire school can attend, and this year was no exception. The student body started off the day with morning Mass at Christendom’s Christ the King chapel, then piled into buses which traveled to DC. On the way, everyone prayed a Rosary for the intentions of the pro-life movement and for an end to abortion. Although many Christendom students are March for Life veterans, they never fail to be amazed and encouraged by rallying alongside so many young people for the same cause. “Whether it’s your first time to the March or your tenth, it never gets old,” said sophomore Emily Bot of Minnesota, who has attended the March many times. “Being surrounded by

thousands of other pro-lifers is an amazing feeling—knowing that we are not alone in the fight—it’s a great experience!” Sophomore Maria Bonvissuto of Tennessee also enjoyed what she called “the excitement” of taking a stand for the unborn. “Marching for the unborn serves as a source of rejuvenation and hope,” says Bonvissuto. “We come to realize each year that through the March, we can make our voices heard as witnesses to the evil of abortion.”

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Graduate Students Preparing for Second Careers


The Christendom Graduate School attracts not only recent college graduates to its MA program in theology, but also a good number of early retirees looking for a second career. Many federal employees and military personnel live—and retire—in the Washington Metro area, so it comes as no surprise that many well-educated and accomplished people are looking to Christendom for the theological education that they missed in their previous education. Some are studying for personal enrichment, having realized that with all their degrees they still lack a “real” education. Others are seeking the MA as a path to a second career in ministry or teaching—wanting to give back and serve the Church. Attracted to Christendom because of its joyful orthodoxy and flexible programs, these older students are appreciative and dedicated scholars who shine in the classroom.

Living in Kilarnock, VA, too far away to attend classes at Alexandria, she is now taking her courses online. At least once or twice a semester, however, she makes the three-hour drive to campus to spend a few days consulting with her professors and doing research in the library. She finds her courses “interesting, engaging, and challenging. The professors are totally dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.”

Nancy Rowland is a retired scientist who spent more than 25 years working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the US Naval Observatory. With a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Maryland, Rowland started her own business employing programmers and scientists to support NASA’s research programs. Her company made radio-telescope observations of quasars and used them to detect motions of the earth’s tectonic plates in order to aid in earthquake prediction and in precise measurement of the earth’s rotation, so necessary for the space program.

Vince Drouillard spent 30 years in the Navy, most of them as a carrier pilot and adversary pilot flying the F-14 Tomcat, F-16N Falcon, and A-4 Skyhawk. His last eight years in active duty were spent at the Pentagon and Crystal City serving the Navy in various leadership positions.

After being away from the Church for many years, Rowland had a change of heart, returned to the sacraments, and began to play the organ for Mass in her home parish. As she became more interested in learning about the liturgy and her Faith, she providentially noticed the registration brochure for the Christendom Graduate School in her parish pamphlet rack.



Nancy Rowland

Earning a degree in theology was a dream for Drouillard, and he saw his chance upon retiring from the Navy. He was drawn to the Christendom Graduate School after witnessing several alumni actively serving and evangelizing in the Northern Virginia area. He and his wife, Nelly, enrolled in the Living Biblical Greek course taught by Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo at the Grad School last summer. Impressed with this course, Drouillard decided to continue full time in order to learn more about the Faith and to come to know and serve God more fully. He hopes to teach and also to evangelize his “domestic church” of four sons. People usually think of retirement as the end of something, but for these retirees at Christendom, it is just the beginning of great things to come!

Vince Drouillard

Library’s Collection Enhanced by Scholars & Luminaries


From the very beginning of the College’s history, many scholars and cultural luminaries quickly realized the importance of Christendom’s mission and the impact that a well-educated Catholic laity could have on our country. They found one way to support the College through gifts from their own collections of books and media. Phyllis Schlafly, the American constitutional lawyer, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum, made contributions that went a long way to building up the library’s collection on Pro-Life and Conservative Politics. Joseph Sobran, the famed journalist and writer who Pat Buchanan called “perhaps the finest columnist of our generation,” donated a collection that increased the literature collection immensely. Dr. Jude Dougherty, Dean Emeritus at Catholic University’s School of Philosophy, donated from both the Metaphysical Review’s backlog of newly published books sent to them for possible review and from his incredibly scholarly collection. Also, Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters, the diplomat and former director of the CIA, left the library his entire estate of books. A good number of them were signed and autographed by the author of the books, including Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nixon, and Henry Kissinger.

And finally, just this year, Rev. James Schall, SJ, of Georgetown University, gave approximately 50 boxes of his scholarly collection, which will no doubt be an academic boost to the collections serving several of the academic departments at the College. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the library houses more than 90,000 volumes specifically designed to support the curricula of the undergraduate and graduate programs, and faculty research. The library serves and supports the intellectual and spiritual formation of the students, faculty, administration, and staff, and aims to provide an uplifting atmosphere and excellent instructional, reference, collection services.

Notewor thy Dave Whalen (’95) recently completed a film that won the People’s

Greg Polley (’00), President of Frase Protection Inc. (a wireless

Choice Award for Best Film at the John Paul II International Film

security systems provider), was invested in the Order of Malta

Festival, beating out such films as For Greater Glory and Restless

on October 20, 2012. Below, he stands with his wife Anna (‘00)

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and Archbishop Kevin Farrell and fellow knight Paul McNamara.

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Resurrection Rev.Thomas White Addresses Faculty and Students


Thomistic scholar and author, Rev. Thomas Joseph White, OP, delivered the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on January 28. The talk, entitled “How Does the Resurrection of Christ Illumine Human Reason? From Benedict XVI to St. Thomas Aquinas,” explored the doctrine of the resurrection of the body and its influence of philosophical thought. Delving into the thought of modern philosophers on the relation of the body to the soul and Pope Benedict XVI’s response to them, Fr. White demonstrated that it was philosophically natural to hope in the resurrection from the dead. “It is natural to want not to die,” he said. “And just because it is natural to want not to die—in part because we have an immaterial soul that we want to be united with our body— it can never be shown to be irrational to hope for the resurrection from the dead, even if reason cannot prove that we will rise from the dead.” Fr. White explained further that the resurrection of Christ answers a very basic human desire and need to understand our final destiny as spiritual persons.

“For we aspire to immortality and knowledge of God and yet we are simultaneously mortal and bound to the labors of illness and death,” he said. “Hope in this situation is paradox. We must turn to the source of all that is—the Creator of the world… Who can create from nothing. And we must hope that He can raise the dead. Christ alive in the resurrection is the response of God to a deep innate longing in the heart of man.” Concluding, Fr. White told the audience that if they wished to be ahead of the curve in human history, they should be a Thomist, or follower of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. “His vision of the human person is uniquely compatible with a realistic belief in the resurrection of the dead,” he said, “and helps us to see—even in our own age—how faith in the Word made Flesh provides a vivid, rich illumination to our human reason.” The College hosts a distinguished speaker each year on or around the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28) to speak on a philosophical or theological topic. To listen to this lecture and the previous lectures in this series visit Christendom on iTunes U,

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Students & Employers Connect at First Annual Career Fair


Christendom’s Chapel Crypt was buzzing all afternoon on Thursday, February 21, as Christendom hosted a Career Fair. Over 200 students and exhibitors from 19 organizations mixed, mingled, and engaged in discussions about summer jobs, internships, careers, and graduate school opportunities.

Given its unqualified success, plans have already begun for next year’s event. According to Mochel, calls for organizations to participate in the 2014 fair will go out during October and November of this year. Look to the Career Services website at for more information.

The 19 organizations represented at the fair came from a variety of fields, including faith-based lay missionary groups, government and military, media and media watchdog organizations, conservative advocacy groups, education, private businesses in a variety of industries, and Catholic graduate schools. According to Christendom’s Career Development Director Mike Mochel, every exhibitor was busy all afternoon. “That speaks highly of the quality of Christendom’s students, the diversity of their interests, and their desire to engage and learn about the opportunities available to them,” he said. The exhibitors were universal in their praise of the event, and especially of Christendom’s students, noting that the students came well-prepared, asked smart questions, and seemed genuinely engaged.

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35th for joining us! Thanks College alumnus Frank Nicely (‘86) explains the joys of working at St. William of York School, where he serves as principal.

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Anniversary Gala

While Instaurare was at the press, the College celebrated its 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dance on April 6. A big thank you to all the sponsors and donors for making this event, which raised money for student financial aid, such a success. A story about this event will be included in the next issue. If you were not able to attend, you can still make a celebratory gift at

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Vatican Insider Expounds on Role of the Laity inToday’sWorld


Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, spoke on “The Year of Faith and the Apostolate of the Laity” on February 4. Speaking as part of the College’s Major Speakers Program, His Eminence’s talk was based upon his forthcoming book that examines the role of the laity in transforming the culture. Cardinal Arinze, who is celebrating his 55th anniversary of ordination this year, explained that Pope Benedict XVI, in establishing the “Year of Faith” this past October 11 on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, wants the faithful to pay more attention to the Council and what it taught.

Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, so that all men and women may know the One, True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent, and knowing Him, that they believe in Him, live the new life He has won for all humanity and find eternal salvation in His name.”

Cardinal Arinze explained that there are no spectators in During the “Year of the Church, and that Faith,” Catholics are everyone has a role to encouraged to intensify play. The apostolate their reflection on the expected of a person in faith, be more vigorous the Church depends on in their adherence to the and follows on what that Gospel and profession person is called to be in There are no spectators in the Church... the Church. The laity, of faith, celebrate the sacred liturgy, especially everyone has a role to play. who comprise 99.9% of the Holy Eucharist, with the Catholic population, more diligence, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church more are to carry out their part in the mission of the whole Church frequently, and establish more credible ways of witnessing to by engaging in temporal affairs and ordering them according Christ. to the plan of God.

His Eminence then focused on one way of witnessing to Christ – through the apostolate of the lay faithful. “The Church has always understood the call to follow Christ by faith and Baptism as a call to the apostolate,” began Cardinal Arinze. “By apostolate, we mean the mission of the Church, the motive of Christ in founding His Church. It is to spread the



His Eminence enumerating some reasons for the urgent need of the lay apostolate today and some reasons for hesitation on lay engagement. He said that many countries and cultures have turned away from God and leave God out of life in society, and this needs to change. Marriage and the family are under attack in one country after another and the witness of lay people in the mass media, in parliaments, in governments, and in academic

institutions is absolutely necessary in order to overcome these threats to the Gospel. “Politics and government have to be evangelized,” he said. “These are specific fields where the lay faithful are called to bring the spirit of Christ into the various areas of secular life. If the laity do not do this, who will do it? The presentation of the Christian stand on social questions, when made by lay people who are well prepared, has special power to convince the general public more than the witness by clerics and religious. Very symbolic and convincing is the example of that king [Baudouin of Belgium] who resigned his kingship rather than sign a law in favor of abortion. Such action is worth more than a thousand words.” His Eminence concluded: “Our prayerful hope is that this ‘Year of Faith’ may have as one of its fruits that the lay faithful will realize more and more the dignity of their calling in the Church and in the world, and that they may more vigorously take on their own distinctive role and launch out into the deep.

Ex Corde Ecclesiae

Presidents Roundtable In February, Christendom welcomed a number of Catholic college and university presidents to campus as it hosted the Ex Corde Ecclesiae Presidents Roundtable. The Roundtable, a private gathering of presidents of Catholic universities, colleges, and institutes, examined the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic institutions of higher education and those in attendance signed a pledge of loyalty to the teachings of the Church. During their meetings, the presidents informally discussed areas of mutual interest and concern related to the strengthening of Catholic identity and took advantage of the opportunity for spiritual rejuvenation in the company of fellow presidents. As a special guest, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze—who fully supported the initiative—personally led the Roundtable’s spiritual reflections.

You can download this talk at Christendom on iTunes U,

Junior Becca Deucher greets the Cardinal following his talk.

“There is no doubt that the Catholic identity of Catholic institutions is precious and needs to be maintained and strengthened,” Cardinal Arinze told the presidents during his reflections. “The role of the president is crucial and demanding. May the Holy Spirit give each of you the vision, the courage, the joy, and the determination to do your part in this important mission.” Following the Cardinal’s reflections, the participating presidents signed a pledge to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning Catholic higher education. Cardinal Arinze, upon his return to Rome, personally presented this to Pope Benedict XVI. Nearly 20 presidents attended the Roundtable discussions and/ or signed the pledge.

Freshman Will Stamper chats with His Eminence.

The Presidents Roundtable, which was initiated by College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, is a private gathering of presidents of Catholic universities, who have embraced the vision of Catholic higher education as presented in the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae of Blessed John Paul II and developed by Pope Benedict XVI, particularly in his historic address at the Catholic University of America, April 17, 2008. The group meets every two years.

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Habemus Papam! College Welcomes Pope Francis


The entire Christendom College community welcomed the joyful news of the election of Pope Francis on Mach 13. The bells of Christ the King Chapel rang throughout the afternoon in celebration of the election of the new Supreme Pontiff. College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell was in Rome for the papal conclave and election providing voice-over coverage for Vatican TV and Radio as well as appearing as a guest on EWTN’s live programing from Rome. “We are overjoyed at the election of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church,” O’Donnell said upon the news of the election. “It was an unforgettable experience to be in St. Peter’s Square and to be with him and to pray with him and for him in a moment of silence amidst hundreds of thousands of people. His humility and deep prayer life will surely enable him to bear the great responsibility of the office. We pledge our loyalty to him and unite ourselves to him in prayer for a pontificate filled with abundant blessings.” Students participating in Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome were also there for the election, cheering loudly and

Photo taken by Christendom student Angelica Cintorino who was at the inuagural Mass with the rest of the students studying in Rome.

welcoming the new pope in St. Peter’s Square. The students have engaged both secular and religious media during the conclave, giving the face of the Church a young and faithful face. College alumni have also been involved in coverage of the conclave and papal election. Ensuring accurate coverage of these events, alumnus Christopher Wells (’97) is working for Vatican Radio, alumna Ann Schneible (’04) is working for Zenit News Agency, and Stephano Flori (’87) is working with EWTN’s TV production team in Rome.

Potatoes & Pasta: Honoring Sts. Patrick & Joseph The College community celebrated the Feast of St. Patrick’s Day on the eve , March 16, with a traditional Irish dinner and a night of song and dance. On March 19, in honor of St. Joseph, a procession was held along with an Italian feast of pastas, breads, and pastries.



Nineteen Percent of Students Take Part in Mission Trips


Nineteen percent of the students studying on Christendom College’s Front Royal campus did missionary work during their spring break this year. The College’s robust annual mission trips program sent out 66 students, along with members of the faculty and staff, on four different mission trips across the globe. Each student was responsible for raising the funds to go on their respective mission trips, which many found to be life-changing experiences. Twenty students and two staff members traveled to Guatemala where they were led by College chaplain Fr. Donald Planty and worked with the Missionary Sisters of the Poor Jesus at a hospital for malnourished children and visited their families. “The trip bore great fruit in active charity for the needy, in personal growth in grace, in fraternal charity among the missionaries, and in awareness of poverty in developing nations,” Fr. Planty said. Twenty-one students, College alumnus Fr. Joseph Mary Brown, and one staff member went to Jamaica to work with the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston at their shelters which house homeless men and women, men and women with AIDS and mental retardation, and malnourished, abandoned, and disabled children. Senior Peter Hill said that, after this trip to Jamaica, he knows that his life has been changed, as well as the lives of his classmates and the different people they encountered. “My eyes were opened to view my own life in a radically different way, through the help of the religious brothers we were with, and the poor and suffering people with whom we interacted,” he said. “I learned to see the face of Christ in his ‘little ones’

in a profound way, and gained a new understanding and appreciation for the value of human life and dignity, regardless of deformities, mental or physical handicaps, age or any other condition.” Fourteen students and one staff member worked in Peru with the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World at their school for young women and their house for abandoned and disabled children. “It was an experience I will never forget,” senior Emi Funai said of the mission in Peru. “The sisters’ dedication to the children at the orphanage is one of the most beautiful examples of true love that I have ever witnessed. And the joy and innocence of the girls in the orphanage touched me in a really profound way. They have so little, yet, they are so genuinely happy. It’s as if God swooped in and filled the empty parts of their hearts with His own love directly through the sisters and the other girls.” Eleven students travelled to the Bronx to work with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at their homeless shelter for men. For senior Lisa Hill, her work in New York was beautiful and humbling at the same time. “We realized that we were there not just to serve the homeless, but to serve those who serve the homeless,” Hill said. “We were able to recognize the dignity of these suffering people and that beyond food and clothing, what these homeless men and women needed was to be loved.”

Spring 2013


protecting the innocent Alumni Excel in Law Enforcement


A liberal arts education may seem like a strange first step for someone considering a career in federal or local law enforcement, but—according to College alumni Nick Murphy (’90) and Ted Eidem (’00)—their Christendom education has been invaluable to them in their careers. Whether analyzing the scene of a crime or defending their findings in court, these alumni found themselves at a tremendous advantage thanks to their liberal arts education. “The emphasis that Christendom placed on developing skills in research, writing, and defending truths, have easily been the most beneficial of the many practical, career-minded skills that I developed in college,” Murphy says. “I can trace most of my career advancements to these skills, and have had different supervisors point to these strengths as grounds for my success.” Murphy, who works as an Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), entered this field due to what he calls “an ardent desire to take an active role in protecting the innocent, and holding violent persons accountable for their actions” and chose the ATF because “its agents spend the majority of their efforts fighting the most violent of all criminals.” “In my work, I depend on my ability to communicate with others, search for facts and answers, and most importantly,



articulate and defend my findings both in written reports and orally in court rooms,” Murphy says. Murphy explains that, while the study of criminal justice concepts and procedure is obviously needed at some point, he found tremendous advantages in adding a foundation in the liberal arts to the specialized training that he received. Eidem, a Sergeant for the Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky, concurs. “A Christendom College liberal arts degree provides law enforcement agencies with candidates that think logically, are articulate, write well, learn quickly, and have the ability to face any challenge,” Eidem says. “Christendom prepared me for this career and rigorous training with a strong work ethic, a sharp and logical mind, the ability to write and speak clearly, and the spiritual foundation to survive the emotional challenges.”

Eidem believes the spiritual foundation that he received at Christendom was essential for his line of work.

“I wanted to become involved in the development of the case law, not in the theoretical sense, but on the ground level where theory and law are put into practice,” he says.

“There are many attributes required to make a good law As Eidem and Murphy enforcement officer, A Christendom College liberal arts degree put theory and law into but I believe the most practice, they find it important is to be of easy to live out their good character,” Eidem provides law enforcement agencies with candidates alma mater’s motto, says. “Our society that think logically, are articulate, write well, learn “to restore all things in grants the police so Christ.” much authority and quickly, and have the ability to face any challenge. entrusts them with Work as an ATF agent affords Murphy excellent opportunities maintaining peace and order. The fortitude to resist temptations, to be a witness to Christ, while providing personal satisfaction to strive for what is right, to stay always truthful, and maintain in a field that provides service and benefit to society. Eidem a strong moral conscience are the only ways to justly carry out says that he is able to fight for what is good and bring peace your duties and validate the people’s trust. Christendom is and justice into the world a little bit every day. second to none in forming men and women of good character to be sent into the world to do what is good.” “By living the teachings of Christ, not only can you be an example for all,” Eidem says, “but more particularly an example Eidem became inspired to be a police officer during his American to other police officers, who sometimes suffer from their work Constitutional Law classes at Christendom. He was fascinated by America’s judicial in helping others.” system—especially in the areas of search and Find out more about the many fields that Christendom graduates seizure, arrest, and excel in at: matters relating to the criminal law field.

Sgt. Ted Eidem (‘00) on duty in Lousiville, Ky.

Agent Nick Murphy (‘90)

Spring 2013


College Earns SACS Reaccreditation


The College recently earned reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The accrediting agency for colleges and universities in 11 states, SACS visited the college in the spring of 2012, examined the College’s policies and institutional structure, and issued its affirmation in December. The College received full accreditation in 1987, and was first reaccredited in 2002, and now again in 2012. Each institution of higher learning must seek reaccreditation every ten years. Christendom received SACS’ highest level of reaffirmation, with no recommendations for improvement, and will not have to seek reaccreditation until 2022. This is the best possible outcome that could result

from the accreditation process. “It was a joy to hear that we had been fully reaccredited,” College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said. “To receive such an affirmation from one’s peers—in SACS—speaks very highly of the excellent program and mission of the College. Knowing the high standards that are set by SACS, it is a tribute to the excellence and the professionalism of the College’s board, faculty, and staff.” O’Donnell, along with the College’s faculty and staff, enjoyed working with Dr. Mark Smith, Dr. Kathy Dye, and the other members of the reaccreditation committee.

Faculty Notes Dr. Christopher Shannon, Associate Professor of History, engaged in a lively debate with noted Brown University historian Prof. Robert O. Self on the politics of the family in America on the scholarly website of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. Shannon was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.


Prof. Mary Stanford, Visiting Lecturer of Theology, wrote an article for Homiletic and Pastoral Review entitled “The Dynamic of the Gift: Authority and Submission in Christian Marriage.” Prof. Sharon Hickson, Assistant Professor of English, gave two talks to Front Royal women’s groups, one on “The Reed of God” by Caryll Houselander, and one on Kristin Lavransdatter.

Dr. Adam Schwartz, Department Chairman and Associate Professor of History, wrote a review of Michael Brennan’s Graham Greene: Fictions, Faith, and Authorship for Christianity & Literature. He also penned an article entitled “Tolkien and the Great Tale” for The University Bookman.

Prof. Christopher Lane, Visiting Lecturer of History, published two essays with Crisis Magazine entitled, “Everything She Had: The Widow’s Mite of St. Jeanne de Chantal” and “The Hidden Holiness of Charles Gobinet.”

Dr. Kristin Burns, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Graduate School, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of her high school, Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Steve Snyder, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Philosophy, wrote a chapter in A Companion to Albert the Great entitled “Albert’s Physics: Place, Time and the Continuum.”

Dr. William Diem, Adjunct Instructor of Theology, was the Catholic presenter at the 28th Faith Discussion Dinner ( on the topic of Calvin’s doctrine of limited atonement.

Faculty members Dr. Eleanor Kelly, Dr. William Marshner, Dr. William Luckey, Prof. Eric Jenslawski and Prof. Mary Stanford all taught courses for the Arlington Diocese’s Master Catechist Program.


Dominating the Pitch

Rugby’s Open Season on the Competition


Two victories, 54-5 and 52-0 and the Crusader Rugby team had emphatically started their 2013 season. The team dismantled both opponents to set the tone for what is shaping up to be another successful season on the pitch. The Rugby program has been the model of perseverance and passion over the years. With no wins in the 2008 season followed by the first win in team history in the spring of 2009, the team has rattled off 3 consecutive winning seasons, beating powerhouse teams from George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, American University, and Hampden-Sydney College. One of the biggest changes to this year’s team is the new head coach Theo Smith, who graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he played rugby for the Barons. “Theo has made us work hard in practice but at the same time instilled a love for the game itself ” says senior starter Dean Dewey. In talking with many of the players on this year’s team, each one has commented on the huge effect Smith has had on the team. Freshman fly-half Patrick Audino, who is one of this year’s Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipients, says that the team has come a long way since they started practicing “and that is due to Theo.”

American University in their home season opener, 54-5. A week later, the team played host to Hampden-Sydney College, whom the Crusaders haven’t defeated in the past two years. “They won the game” is an understatement. The Crusaders controlled the game from the opening sound of the bagpipes to the final whistle: a resounding 52-0 score punctuated the match. With a strong group of senior leaders and a young talented core, coupled with head coach Theo Smith, this season proves to be special for Crusader ruggers and fans alike. On March 23, as this issue of Instaurare was going to press, the team defeated George Mason University, 29-17. For the complete rugby schedule and game results visit:

If you ask Smith what it is, he just gives a smile and humbly says, “It is the boys.”

The boys and their leader absolutely demolished their first two opponents. In the first match, the Crusaders dominated

Spring 2013


Model of Joy: A Military Chaplain’s Life of Service


Rev. Msgr. Jerome A. Sommer lived a life of service to God and country that spanned 72 years as priest, including 29 years as a military chaplain. Msgr. Sommer died on November 18, 2012, at the age of 97. Even after his death, he continued his service to others, providing for Christendom by listing the College as a beneficiary in a commercial annuity. Msgr. Sommer lived his vocation with a joy that never faltered as he celebrated more than 30,000 Masses. He early embraced a call that he felt in the 6th grade. After all, he said, the “priesthood is not really your decision, anyway. It’s God’s. But you have to go along with it.” Years later, on his 60th anniversary, he exclaimed that the “joy remains, indeed has intensified – the joy of being a priest of God and of trying to follow in the footsteps of our Divine Master.” Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on June 9, 1940, Msgr. Sommer soon volunteered to be a military chaplain. The Army eventually sent him to the Philippines in 1945. Drawn by the need for what he saw as missionary work ministering to the men and women of the armed forces, Msgr. Sommer’s original short term of service turned into 29 years.

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Msgr. Sommer spent fifteen of his 29 years as a chaplain overseas in the Philippines, Japan, Germany, Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam. When he retired from the Army in 1974, it was with a lengthy list of military honors and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At the time of his death, Msgr. Sommer was the United States’ oldest living retired military chaplain. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed on Msgr. Sommer the rare papal honor of a Protonotary Apostolic Supranumerary, the highest honor available to a Monsignor. Msgr. Sommer was a loyal benefactor of Christendom College. He previously purchased an annuity that provided him with a modest retirement income while helping the College. His final gift to Christendom was the simple method of listing Christendom as a beneficiary on a commercial annuity contract.

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niversary – will take its the occasion of our 25th An on – rds wo d kin s ict’ ned Be d record of Christendom Pope Emeritus well aware of the distinguishe am “I y: tor his e’s lleg Co tholic life in the United place in the ution which it has made to Ca trib con ing nd tsta ou the of with such a fine Catholic College and honored to associate myself ly lar ticu par am I , son rea s States. For thi …” institution of higher learning t it is the personal la, I could not help observe tha contribution” Ga ary ers niv An th 35 r ou d But, as we celebrate life the “outstanding om students which brings to impact of individual Christend observed. that then-Cardinal Ratzinger on campus mber of the Legion of Mary me e tim g lon a n bee has A) to go out and Senior Steven Wood (C taken here have enabled me I’ve s sse cla gy olo the the and says, “the Legion and Catholics.” n-Catholics and fallen away no th bo to l spe Go the ead spr Scholarship er Woude Scholar-Athlete nd Va S. as om Th a Y) (N reciates, Freshman Patrick Audino Crusader Rugby team—app the to rth wo his ved pro y to other recipient—who has alread and off the field, particularly on e lleg Co om end rist Ch “the opportunity to represent college students.” erning for Congressman lied her education while int app o wh ), (PA on rm Ha n aluable to my projects Senior Collee sses at Christendom were inv my desire to restore cla y “m s, say , D) -M (R tt Roscoe Barle my faith and d experience … strengthened [last] summer. This real-worl all things in Christ.” ined students could not and their faith, these determ s die stu ir the for sm sia hu cial aid program. In Despite their ent llege’s donor-sponsored finan Co the ut ho wit om end rist you on behalf of have attended Ch olarship recipient. So thank Sch ial ent sid Pre a is ts den stu endom’s “outstanding fact, each of these support brings to life Christ r you ly On n. llee Co and Steven, Patrick, life” in our nation. contribution … to Catholic rk! bless you and your good wo May Our Lord continue to

G re et in gs from A le xa nd ri a, V ir gi ni


While traveling in the North ern Virginia area, Philanth ropy Officer Tim Flagg en of College President Dr. Ti joyed the company mothy O’Donnell as they shared lunch with Mr. Jos eph Guiffre. Guiffre and his wife, Ann, live in Alexandria where he runs one of Northern Virgi most successful beer and wi nia’s largest and ne distribution companies . He is a Georgetown alumnus they were Catholic,” but ha “from back when s since replaced them by be coming a faithful member College family since the 19 of the Christendom 80’s. Guiffre appreciates the im pact that Christendom’s stu dents have had on the Un and the world. ited States “What’s important to me is that students not only get the best education, but tha their faith through those t they keep difficult years,” he says. “Th ese are our future leaders them to have their hearts and I want in the right place and the ir heads on straight!” Guiffre is staunchly pro-lif e and sees the College as the leader of Catholic hig in the country and apprecia her education tes both its pro-life advocac y and activities, as well as accept Title IV federal fun its refusal to ding. He is planning on vis iting campus soon to meet whom he calls, “the brigh the students, t leaders of the future.”

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1. On March 18, over 100 students prayerfully protest at Planned Parenthood / 2. Junior Jonathan Fioramonti along with five other basketball athletes were nominated for the USCAA’s National All-Academic Team / 3. Author Dr. James Wilson addresses students / 4. Eucharistic Procession in honor of Christ the King / 5. Students perform at annual Cup o’ Coeli evening of music / 6. Spring 2012 Rome Program Students attend the last audience of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI / 7. Dr. Seguda Acosta gives a talk on distinguishing between diabolical and psychological disturbances / 8. Chester Belloc Debate Society / 9. Students twist during the Swing Instaurare/ 10. Students chat with the Sisters for Life at the annual Discernment Weekend / 11. Crusader Basketball / 12. Lady Crusader Basketball & 20 Waltz Competition

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Doomsday & Penance in the Blickling & Vercelli Homilies

The following is an excerpt from a talk delivered at Christendom College. The subject is the treatment given to the theme of the necessity of penance before death and the Day of Judgment (“Doomsday”) in the two earliest collections of Anglo-Saxon sermons from the late tenth century, the Blickling Homilies and the Vercelli Homilies. Footnote documentation has been removed for this printing. The Blickling Homilies contain eighteen homilies on selected solemnities, liturgical seasons, and feasts of saints. Dated to c. 971, slightly earlier than the Vercelli Homilies, the Blickling Homilies is “the earliest extant collection of vernacular preaching texts in England.” The Vercelli Book, the largest collection of Old English prose sermons, contains twenty-three homilies interspersed with six religious poems, one of which, The Dream of the Rood, is regarded as the finest example of its kind. Nearly a third of both theVercelli and Blickling Homilies deals in whole or in part with the theme of domesdg—Doomsday—in conjunction with admonitions to do penance “while we may and can.” As an example, let us examine Vercelli Homily II with parallels and supplementary material from the Blickling Homilies. Vercelli Homily II presents an impassioned description of s miclan dom-dges—of the great Day of Doom—when all our boasts and treasures will be of no avail to us. The homilist tells that on that day the sun, the moon and stars will lose their light, and then will appear in the heavens the Cross of Christ flowing with blood. Then the Lord Himself will appear to mankind. To the sinful He shall appear as on the day of His passion, when He was spat upon, beaten, scourged, and crucified, but to the righteous He will appear in His glory. All men will be greatly terrified on that day when the trumpets are blown at the four corners of the earth and the dead arise, the nations will weep for their sins for which they had failed to repent and do penance while there was yet time. This last is a frequently recurring motif in the penitential homilies. The Blickling Easter homily admonishes men to be mindful of the coming judgment: Wherefore we must now consider, the while we may and can, our soul’s need, lest we lose this opportune time and desire to repent when we are no longer able. Let us be humble and merciful and charitable, and let us put away and banish from our hearts deceit, lies, and envy, and let us have a right mind towards other men. For God himself shall then take no heed of any man’s penitence, and no intercession shall avail us there.

Robert C. Rice, Ph.D.

The Blickling homilist elsewhere writes, “No man need think that his body may or can amend the sin-burden in the grave; but therein he shall rot to dust and there await the great event, when the Almighty will bring this world to an end.” The Vercelli homilist urges us to be mindful of ussa sawla earfe—our soul’s need—and to do good while we are yet able. That means, he continues, not only that we forsake sin (and the homilist lists some twenty examples, from murder to unkind thoughts), but that we are to pursue actively the two great commandments: to love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves. That means, he asserts, that we must be merciful to the poor, to strangers, and to the sick, and above all that we are to suffer all patiently for the love of God, forgiving others their trespasses against us, for only if we forgive shall we be forgiven. We see here a forceful admonition to carry out the central message of the Gospel, to be, as St. James says, doers of the word, not hearers only. The Blickling Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Lent takes this text of the Epistle of St. James as its theme, and, speaking principally against the sins of envy and slander, enforces the point through a consideration of Doomsday and the necessity for penance. The Blickling homilist proclaims that those who have heard the word of God but have neglected to act on it will have no excuse on the terrible Doomsday and will be consigned with the devils to eternal torment. Therefore, the homilist asserts, we must repent and withdraw from worldly things, confess our sins, make amends, and make a salutary meditation on what the body will become when the soul is gone. “Where shall be the vain desires then,” he queries, “and the sweetness of the carnal lust which he previously loved so heartily? Where shall be the feastings then, and the vanities, and the immoderate mirth, and the false vaunting, and the idle words to which he aforetime gave utterance?” Therefore, we must be ever mindful of the great Day of Doom and of the hell which awaits unrepentant sinners. Dr. Robert C. Rice is Professor of English at Christendom College. He has a B.A. from UCLA and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Rice joined the Christendom faculty in 1981; he was Academic Dean 1983-89, Vice President for Academic Affairs 1983-2002, and English department chairman 1987-2006. He is retiring at the end of this year.

Spring 2013


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