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Issued on April 6, 2013 in honor of Christendom College's 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance

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  • by Thomas L. McFadden, Jr.

    A History of the Founding of Christendom College

    Restoring All Things in Christ

    35th Anniversary Commemorative Book

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  • Table of Contents

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    pg. 4...............................................Preface & Dedication

    pg. 5...............................................Introduction

    pg. 6...............................................Triumph & Spain

    pg. 8...............................................The Seed is Planted

    pg. 9...............................................Cultural Devastation

    pg. 10.............................................Apostolate of the Laity

    pg. 11.............................................Founding Members

    pg. 13.............................................It Begins!

    pg. 17.............................................Move to Front Royal

    pg. 19.............................................An End of an Era

    pg. 21.............................................President ODonnell

    pg. 23.............................................Graduate Program

    pg. 25.............................................Bella Roma!

    pg. 25.............................................Growth & Gratitude

    pg. 26.............................................Recognition

    pg. 26.............................................The Future

    pg. 27.............................................35th Anniversary Honorary Dinner Committee

    pg. 28.............................................Letters of Congratulations

    pg. 55.............................................Board, Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Awards

  • Undoubtedly our future holds many problems many crises. But I hope that no one associated with Christendom College in these first days will ever forget the spirit that is among us now and the way we have all responded to it, for I firmly believe that spirit is of God, and that whatever the future brings, He will never forsake us. - Dr. Warren Carroll, 1977.

    This brief history of the founding of Christendom College was compiled from a variety of sources, including some of the original college newsletters, magazines, bulletins, and other such items. Additionally, a number of those involved in the founding and early years of the college have given their input, including Mrs. Anne Carroll, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus, Dr. William Marshner, Mr. Raymund OHerron, Dr. Kristin Burns, Mr. Thomas McFadden, Mrs. Onalee McGraw, Dr. Robert Rice, Mrs. Sharon Hickson, Mr. Mark McShurley, and Dr. Timothy ODonnell.

    After reviewing the document, Mrs. Anne Carroll, Christendom College founder Dr. Warren H. Carrolls widow, sent me a note saying, Good job, Tom. Youve captured the heart of Christendoms mission as Warren envisioned it from the beginning and championed all of his life. Founding faculty member Dr. Kris Burns wrote that the history is very good accurate and well written, while founding faculty and board member Dr. Jeffrey Mirus wrote, The whole thing is extraordinarily well done, both accurate and well-written. Congratulations!

    With these comments to back my work, I offer the History of the Founding of Christendom College to the entire Christendom College community as a means to understand from where the college has come, and to learn more about some of those who gave everything to make Christendom what it is today.

    This document is full of what Dr. Carroll would call history makers. These are everyday people, ordinary people, who went out of their way to give of themselves so that Christendom could thrive. Dr. Carroll told many stories in his classes and in his writings, and many of them had the theme that one man can make a difference. The people in this short history truly made a difference a difference to the face of Catholic higher education in America, a difference to the students and alumni, and a difference to all of the thousands with whom the alumni have now come in contact and affected and changed for the better.

    In gratitude to Christendoms patroness, Our Lady of Fatima, college founder Warren H. Carroll, and all of the history makers of Christendom College, I dedicate the History of the Founding of Christendom College to them.

    Thomas L. McFadden, Jr.Director of Admissions, Marketing & Alumni RelationsApril 6, 2013

    Preface & DedicationChristendom Colleges History Makers:

    The Founding Five Full-Time FacultyDr. Warren H. Carroll (also a Board member)Dr. Kristin P. BurnsMr. Raymund P. OHerronDr. Jeffrey A. Mirus (also a Board member)Dr. William H. Marshner

    The Founding Board MembersDr. Onalee McGrawMr. William McGrawMrs. Anne CarrollMr. James HuntDr. Edgar HullMiss Regina GrahamMr. Thomas MayMr. John CarlinDr. Sean OReillyDr. Robert BlumeMr. William Smyth

    The Founding Five DonorsMiss Regina GrahamDr. Edgar HullMr. James MooneyMr. John McCartyMr. Michael Sullivan

    Founding Friends, Clergy & TeachersThe Original 26 StudentsMr. L. Brent Bozell, Jr.Congressman John G. SchmitzMr. Thomas McFaddenMrs. Olivia McFaddenMrs. Anne OReillyFr. Cornelius OBrienFr. Mark PilonBishop Thomas J. WelshMiss Theresa GallagherDr. Michael SzazSr. John Eudes, O.P.Mr. Anthony FussaMrs. Shirley CarosiMr. George BridgmanCardinal Patrick OBoyleMr. George MeanyMr. Jack AmesMr. William DoughertyMr. William Carrigan

    The Three Presidents of Christendom CollegeDr. Warren H. Carroll (1977-1985)Dr. Damian P. Fedoryka (1985-1992)Dr. Timothy T. ODonnell (1992-Present)

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  • I remain intrigued by the title of your college because it is not Catholic College, nor Christian College, nor dedicated explicitly to the Trinity, Our Lady, or one of the saints, but to Christendom. Christendom has many meanings which include Christian culture and Christian civilization. Christendom College stands as a proud witness to nearly 1700 years of cultural and religious achievement, with its measure of crimes and lapses certainly, but, I believe an overwhelmingly positive achievement. George Cardinal Pell, Commencement Exercises, Christendom College, 2006

    Introduction

    Christendom College, founded in 1977, is a co-educational, lay-operated Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded under the patronage of Our Lady of Fatima. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 500 students on four campuses in Front Royal and Alexandria, Virginia; Rome, Italy; and Donegal, Ireland. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts, and the Master of Arts degrees.

    The college is located within the Diocese of Arlington and recognizes the authority of the Bishop of Arlington regarding the orthodoxy of Catholic doctrine taught at the college. Each year, the entire faculty makes a voluntary oath of fidelity to the Magisterium and a profession of faith before our Lord in the Chapel of Christ the King and in the presence of the Ordinary of the Diocese of Arlington (which has been Bishop Paul S. Loverde since 1998). Christendom College fully embraces and implements Pope John Paul IIs Apostolic Exhortation on Catholic Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, published August 15, 1990.

    Christendom College is a unique educational institution, offering a rigorous liberal arts program in an authentically Catholic atmosphere. The primary aim of a Christendom education is academic, but intellectual formation is never severed from spiritual, social, and personal formation. Just as the different disciplines are integrated within the 86-credit hour undergraduate core curriculum, so too that curriculum is integrated with the rest of the students life at the college. Education takes place not only in the classroom but also in the chapel, at mealtime, in leisure time, and throughout the day as students converse with each other and with their professors. Christendom College is not merely a curriculum of courses: it is a season of life in which the whole person matures in wisdom, in virtue, and in abilityintellectually, morally, socially, and spiritually.

    The mission statement of the college reads:

    Christendom College is a Catholic coeducational college institutionally committed to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

    The College provides a Catholic liberal arts education, including an integrated core curriculum grounded in natural and revealed truth, the purpose of which at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is to form the

    whole person for a life spent in the pursuit of truth and wisdom. Intrinsic to such an education is the formation of moral character and the fostering of the spiritual life. This education prepares students for their role as faithful, informed, and articulate

    members of Christs Church and society.

    The particular mission of Christendom College, both at the

    undergraduate and graduate levels, is to restore all things in Christ,

    by forming men and women to contribute to the Christian renovation

    of the temporal order. This mission gives Christendom College its name.

    In short, according to the college founder, Dr. Warren H. Carroll, the purpose and

    goal of Christendom College is not only to provide a truly Catholic liberal arts

    education of the highest quality, but to maintain the idea of Christendom and to

    show how Christendom works in action, even on a small college campus.

    In 1977, Dr. Carroll, wrote the following in response to the question, 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 hea