Christendom College

Christendom College
Christendom College
Christendom College Seal.png
Motto Instaurare Omnia In Christo (Latin: To Restore All Things in Christ)
Established September 14, 1977
Type Private; Lay-run Catholic
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Endowment US$3.1 million
President Timothy T. O'Donnell, STD, KGCHS
Academic staff 44
Admin. staff 41
Undergraduates 389
Postgraduates 67
Location Front Royal, Virginia, USA
Campus Rural, 100 acres (.40 km²)
Founder Warren H. Carroll
Mascot The Crusaders

Christendom College is a small Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal, Virginia, United States, which is located in the Shenandoah Valley.


Educational Mission

Christendom College is a Catholic coeducational college institutionally committed to the Magisterium, or "teaching authority," of the Roman Catholic Church.

The College provides a Catholic liberal arts education. The stated mission of Christendom College, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is "to restore all things in Christ".

The College's Vision Statement reads in part:

The only rightful purpose of education is to learn the truth and to live by it. The purpose of Catholic education is therefore to learn and to live by the truth revealed by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "the Way, the Truth and the Life," as preserved in the deposit of faith and authentically interpreted in the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, founded by Christ, of which the Pope is the visible head. That central body of divine truth illumines all other truth and shows us its essential unity in every area of thought and life. Only an education which integrates the truths of the Catholic Faith throughout the curriculum is a fully Catholic education.


Christendom College was founded by Dr. Warren H. Carroll in 1977 in Triangle, Virginia, with only $50,000.[1] The original campus was an abandoned elementary school in Triangle, housing a total of 26 students[1] and five faculty. The founding faculty consisted of Carroll, Dr. William Marshner (then Mr.), Dr. Jeffrey A. Mirus, Dr. Kristin (née Popik) Burns, and Mr. Raymund P. O'Herron.

In 1979, the College acquired its new campus in Front Royal, Virginia, overlooking the Shenandoah River.[1] It still occupies this site today.

In 1997 Warren Carroll acknowledged the debt Christendom College owed to L. Brent Bozell, Jr. and Triumph magazine in his obituary for Bozell:

"Christendom College was gestated in the womb of Triumph magazine and the Society for the Christian Commonwealth, Brent Bozell's creations. All of our original five faculty were long-time subscribers to Triumph and three had attended the program in Spain. Our current president and his wife and our executive vice-president had attended the program in Spain. Two of the three original major donors who enabled our College project to be launched financially had attended the program in Spain, and the third had seen his son attend it. Many of the original members of our Board of Directors were Triumph readers. In a very fundamental sense Christendom College was a Triumph enterprise, and always will be."[2][3]

Academic degrees

Christendom College has two schools offering graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Undergraduate students combine a liberal arts core-curriculum with eventual upper-level courses in their major field (or fields) of study.

Graduates can choose from three theological concentrations: Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Catechetics

Undergraduate College

Dr. Patrick Keats, Dean

All graduates of the undergraduate college are awarded the bachelor of arts degree. The fields of study are:

Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College

Dr. Kristin Burns, Dean

  • Master of Sacred Theology

Rome Program

Each undergraduate has the option of going to Rome in his or her junior year as part of the college's Rome Program.[4][citation needed] The college offers this program at a loss.[citation needed] The Program includes a continuation of the College's core curriculum program for juniors (PHIL 301 Medieval Philosophy and THEO 301 Moral Theology during the Fall; PHIL 302 Modern Philosophy and THEO 302 Apologetics in the spring), as well as courses in Italian, Roman Art & Architecture, and a general catch all course that highlights Rome as a center of culture. The Program also includes a week's pilgrimage to Assisi and Florence.

College Presidents


Residence halls

Men's Dormitories:

  • St. Benedict Hall
  • St. Joseph Hall
  • St. Francis Hall
  • St. Pius Hall
  • St. Augustine Hall
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman Apartments (Also known as "Guardian Angel")

Women's Dormitories:

  • St. Edmund Campion Hall
  • Blessed Margaret Hall
  • St. Theresa Hall
  • St. Catherine of Siena Hall

Academic buildings

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Hall
  • Aula Magna Mariae (Chapel Crypt)
  • St. Lawrence Commons
  • St. John the Evangelist Library

Other buildings


External links

Coordinates: 38°57′7″N 78°8′45.9″W / 38.95194°N 78.146083°W / 38.95194; -78.146083

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