Christendom College will celebrate the upcoming canonizations of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with films, lectures, Masses, and a live simulcast of the events in Rome, according to the College’s website.
The lectures include “Personal Encounters & Inside Stories about Pope John Paul II” by the College’s chaplain, Fr. Donald Planty, and “The Significance of Pope John XXIII in Church History” by history professor Dr. Chris Shannon. In addition, the College will lead students on a pilgrimage to the Bl. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C. The College reports:
“A unique charism of Christendom is our devotion, not only to the Holy See, but also to the person of Holy Father,” college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell says. “In a special way we are honoring the memory of Pope John XXIII, since the college itself is a fruit of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, which he called. Pope John Paul the Great happened to be the pope for almost the entire history of our college and he always showed special solicitude for the work of the college.”
Blessed Pope John Paul II knew Christendom College well, having met with O’Donnell on numerous occasions. In a 1992 meeting, the late-pontiff said to O’Donnell and the college’s founder, Dr. Warren Carroll, that Christendom was “doing a great work for the Church.”
…One of the central hubs for students on campus is the John Paul the Great Student Center, which features a beautiful and welcoming statue of the pope that students walk by everyday. Also, the college’s Christ the King Chapel is home to a chalice and paten of John Paul II, which was given to the College on the occasion of the chapel’s dedication.
Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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