Christendom College

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Christendom College
Christendom College Seal B-W logo.png
Official seal for Christendom College
Motto Instaurare Omnia In Christo (Latin: To Restore All Things in Christ)
Type Private; Lay-run Catholic
Established September 14, 1977
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Endowment US$10 million
President Timothy T. O'Donnell, STD, KGCHS
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 478 (2016-17)[1]
Postgraduates 67
Address 134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, Virginia, U.S.
38°57′7″N 78°8′45.9″W / 38.95194°N 78.146083°W / 38.95194; -78.146083Coordinates: 38°57′7″N 78°8′45.9″W / 38.95194°N 78.146083°W / 38.95194; -78.146083
Campus Rural, 100 acres (0.40 km2)
Founder Warren H. Carroll
Mascot The Crusaders
Christendom College is located in Shenandoah Valley
Christendom College
Location in Shenandoah Valley
Christendom College is located in Northern Virginia
Christendom College
Location in Shenandoah Valley
Christendom College is located in Virginia
Christendom College
Location in Shenandoah Valley
Christendom College is located in the US
Christendom College
Location in Shenandoah Valley

Christendom College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal, Virginia, United States, which is located in the Shenandoah Valley. It is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The school does not accept federal funding. [2]


Christendom College was founded by Warren H. Carroll in 1977 in Triangle, Virginia, with $50,000.[3] The original campus was an abandoned elementary school in Triangle, housing a total of 26 students[3] and five faculty. The founding faculty consisted of Carroll, William Marshner, Jeffrey A. Mirus, Kristin (née Popik) Burns, and Raymund P. O'Herron.

In 1979, the College acquired its new campus in Front Royal, Virginia, overlooking the Shenandoah River.[3] 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."[4][5][6]

A Call To Greatness Campaign[edit]

Starting September 19, 2016 Christendom College launched an ambitious project called the "A Call To Greatness Campaign" to raise $40 million. The funds are to be divided between the college's endowment, the annual fund, and a construction project to build a new 750-seat medieval gothic chapel featuring a 130-foot tower and eight prayer altars. The cost of the chapel is estimated to run approximately $13.5 million, with an additional $13.5 million allocated to the endowment and the remaining $13 million going to the annual fund. Within a month of the fundraiser's launch, roughly 70%, or $28 million, had been raised for the campaign.[7]


Regina Coeli Hall
Christ the King Chapel

Residence halls[edit]

Men's dormitories:

Women's dormitories:

Academic buildings[edit]

Other buildings[edit]

Organization and administration[edit]

  1. Dr. Warren Carroll 1977 - 1985[10]
  2. Dr. Damian Fedoryka 1985-1992[11]
  3. Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell 1992 - current[12]


Christendom College entrance sign

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[edit]

All graduates of the undergraduate college are awarded a bachelor of arts degree in one of the following fields of study:

Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College[edit]

The graduate school offers a Master of Sacred Theology degree.

Rome Program[edit]

The Rome Program includes a continuation of the College's core curriculum program for juniors (THEO 301 Moral Theology during the Fall; 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 Italian and Catholic culture. The Program also includes a week's pilgrimage to Assisi and Siena as well as a trip to Florence.

Student life[edit]


Christendom has several varsity sports, and has a variety of intramural sports throughout the year.[13]

Who Sport
Men's Rugby
Men's Basketball
Men's Baseball
Men's Cross Country
Men's Soccer
Women's Basketball
Women's Cross Country
Women's Soccer
Women's Softball
Women's Volleyball

Student Activism[edit]

Christendom College promotes its student-run pro-life group, Shield of Roses, on its web site,[14] and students regularly protest at regional abortion clinics and other events, sometimes with the Bishop in attendance.[14] Shield of Roses has been active since at least 2009 at major rallies, according to the school's web site.[15] The college publicized the closure of an abortion clinic in Silver Spring, Maryland, after Christendom College students protested there.[16] Students protested at the Falls Church Health Care Center, where abortions are performed, in Falls Church, Virginia, in April 2017.[17]


  1. ^ "Christendom Begins New Academic Year with Record Enrollment – Christendom College". Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Financial Aid". Christendom College. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c The Founding, the Building, and the Glory of Christendom College Archived February 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. by Warren H. Carroll (2002).
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  6. ^ Weaver, Mary Jo (1995). Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 312–313. ISBN 0-253-20999-4. 
  7. ^ "A Call To Greatness". Christendom College. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Welcome to Christendom College (PDF). Christendom College. 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "To Accommodate Growing Enrollment, Christendom College to Build New Residence Hall". Christendom College. October 13, 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Christendom College Founder Dr. Warren H. Carroll Dies at 79". Christendom College. July 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Damian P. Fedoryka". Hildebrand Project. Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Judy (Sep 1, 2010). "Christendom Comes of Age". Legatus Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Christendom Athletics". Christendom College Athletics. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "College Students Join Bishop in Prayerfully Protesting Abortion – Christendom College". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  15. ^ "Christendom Students to Hold Largest Pro-Life Protest at Planned Parenthood Clinic in DC – Christendom College". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  16. ^ "Second Planned Parenthood Clinic Protested by Christendom College Closes Down – Christendom College". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  17. ^ "All Clear After Bomb Threat Forces F.C. Building Evacuated 2 Times Thursday". Falls Church News-Press Online. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 

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