Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, will serve as the Chairman of the Honorary Dinner Committee for Christendom College’s 35th Anniversary Gala dinner.
Cardinal Burke is also Ecclesiastical Advisor to The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.
The event will take place on April 6, 2013, at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Virginia.
In 1977, in an effort to put the “Catholic” back in Catholic higher education, Dr. Warren Carroll and a few of his associates founded Christendom College with just five faculty, 26 students, borrowed facilities, and a mere $50,000 in the bank. Since that time, Christendom College has become one of the top Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation with undergraduate and graduate programs enrolling 500 students. It is recommended as a faithful Catholic college in the latest Newman Guide.
“This success is quite remarkable,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden, “especially in light of the fact that Christendom remains the only accredited Catholic institution of higher learning in the country to neither seek nor accept any form of federal aid, either in loans, grants, or subsidies. We have had to rely on God’s loving Providence, and, of course, on the generosity of thousands of friends and benefactors over the past 35 years.”
In honor of the College’s 35th anniversary, the College has already held a fireworks display; a rededication of the college community to its patroness, Our Lady of Fatima; a Catholic college presidents roundtable meeting; a public lecture by Francis Cardinal Arinze; a celebration in Rome of the tenth anniversary of the Semester in Rome program; a gala dinner dance; and finally, a summer institute focusing on the theme of the Catholic vision of history.
Cardinal Burke, who in 2007 received an honorary doctorate from Christendom College, is deeply impressed with how Christendom’s education is making an impact on its alumni and the culture at large. “I always think that the ultimate test of the excellence of a Catholic college is the quality of Faith in Christ and in His Church of the alumni, and Christendom certainly stands out in that regard,” he said.
Joining Cardinal Burke on the Honorary Dinner Committee, so far, are Senator George Allen, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Fr. Robert Barron, Fr. Shenan Boquet, Governor Sam Brownback, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop Robert Carlson, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Hon. Ken Cuccinelli, Bishop Everard de Jong, Archbishop Joseph Di Noia, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Dr. William A. Donohue, Cardinal Francis George, Dr. Robert George, Mother Assumpta Long, Archbishop William Lori, Patrick Madrid, Bishop John Nienstedt, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Bishop David O’Connell, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Bishop David Ricken, Fr. George Rutler, Bishop Michael Sheridan, and Bishop David Zubik.
According to Honorary Dinner Committee member, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore, “[Christendom College] continues to guide young people at a critical juncture in their lives to strengthen their relationship with Christ through the sacraments and prayer, to grow in virtue, and to develop a deeper understanding of all that the Church believes and teaches.”
The Gala dinner, which will be emceed by a former original “Mouseketeer” of the Mickey Mouse Club, Sherry Van Meter, is open to friends, benefactors, students, and alumni. Click here for more information.
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