The Religious Life

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“The priest knows himself and helps others to know themselves; he knows God and helps others toward that same knowledge; in both of these, he is an alter Christus, but he cannot either know himself or know God, unless he searches for wisdom about the world, about humanity, and about himself. His academic study aims to teach him to be the best that he can be as a discoverer of truth and as a proclaimer of the truth that he has discovered, through his faith and his reason joined together.”

– Dr. Timothy Kerns

“The college provided the backdrop for me to learn what it means to be spiritual and to live a life of spirituality. With help from the wonderful priests there and the lessons I had in class, especially the Ascetical-Mystical theology course, I was able to encounter the Lord in a more meaningful way than ever before. These experiences certainly shaped me and gave me the confidence to explore priesthood as a vocation.”

– Fr. Philip O’Neill ’12

“My baccalaureate studies at Christendom provided a solid foundation for all the academic work I have been involved in since that time. The liberal arts education was broad, but deep at the same time. It is an education that will provide a young person not only with a body of knowledge, but with tools that will serve them throughout their Christian life­—at home—at study—at work—and all at the service of the Church.”

– Sr. Catherine Joseph Droste, OP ’87
Professor of Theology
Pontifical University of St. Thomas

Alumni in Action

As of January 2017, Christendom College has helped foster 158 religious vocations amongst its alumni ranks (80 priests, 50 sisters, 5 brothers, 1 permanent deacon, and 22 men currently in seminary).

Additionally, over the past 39 years, there have been 419 alumna-to-alumnus marriages.

View the complete list of our alumni religious vocations.

The Power of the Liberal Arts

Through the study of the Catholic liberal arts, you will encounter a universal study of knowledge—through Mathematics, History, Literature, Science, Classics, and Political Science—unified by the central role played by Philosophy and Theology. John Henry Newman noted that this 2000-year time-tested curriculum actually expands the intellect, empowering you to win in the marketplace when competing with graduates of other colleges or universities.

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