Tolkien’s Faith and the Foundations of Middle-earth

By Holly Ordway, Ph.D.
Word on Fire’s Dr. Holly Ordway delivered a talk on famed author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Catholic Faith at Christendom College on January 29, 2024, as part of the college’s Major Speaker Series.  Fifty years after Tolkien’s death, his writings are more popular than ever; The...

Inspiring the Post-Roe Generation

By Abby Johnson
Pro-life advocate and author of the best-selling book Unplanned Abby Johnson delivered an address at Christendom College on Monday, March 28, encouraging the college’s students to take an even greater role in the pro-life movement during this critical moment in...

In the Church, With the Church, For the Church

By Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, the founder and mother servant of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, delivered a talk titled, “In the Church, With the Church, For the Church,” to the Christendom community as part of the Major Speakers Program on Monday, March 25,...

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement

By Dr. Ryan T. Anderson
The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Ryan Anderson delivered a lecture at Christendom College on Monday, November 19, speaking on his new book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. Anderson riveted his audience throughout the talk as he navigated...

100 Years Later: Quo Vadis Europa?

By Archduke Imre of Austria
His Imperial and Royal Highness Imre of Habsburg-Lorraine delivered an exclusive talk to the Christendom community on Thursday, April 12, titled: “100 Years Later: Quo Vadis Europa?” Archduke Imre came to campus with his wife, Her Imperial and Royal Highness Kathleen...

Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later: Progress or Regress?

By Dr. Janet Smith
Internationally recognized Humanae Vitae expert Dr. Janet Smith delivered a lecture at Christendom College on Monday, February 5, titled: “Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later: Progress or Regress?” She engaged her audience throughout the talk as she spoke on the roots of...

The Four Levels of Happiness

By Fr. Robert Spitzer
Author and television personality Fr. Robert Spitzer delivered a lecture at Christendom College on Monday, September 18, speaking on the “Four Levels of Happiness.” The engaging talk delved into Fr. Spitzer’s summary of how to reach the greatest level of happiness in...

The Seven Myths about the Catholic Church

By Dr. Christopher Kaczor
Prolific author and philosopher Dr. Christopher Kaczor delivered a lecture titled “The Seven Myths about the Catholic Church” to the Christendom College community on November...

Christianity in Public Life

By Dr. Rusty Reno
First Things magazine editor Dr. Rusty Reno delivered a lecture titled “Christianity in Public Life” to the Christendom College community on Monday, October 3, 2016, as part of the college’s Major Speaker...

The Democracy of the Dead

By Dale Ahlquist
Chesterton expert Dale Ahlquist delivered a lecture titled “The Democracy of the Dead” to the Christendom College community on Monday, February 22. Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society, focused his lecture on why G.K. Chesterton remains the great...

Evangelical Catholicism and Catholic Higher Education

By George Weigel
Acclaimed author and theologian George Weigel delivered a lecture titled “Evangelical Catholicism and Catholic Higher Education” to the Christendom community on Monday, September 14, the anniversary of the founding of Christendom College. Weigel, who asserts that...

Unlocking the Catholicism of the “Lord of the Rings”

By Joseph Pearce
Tolkien expert Joseph Pearce delivered a public lecture titled “Unlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings” at Christendom College on March 30, in which he revealed the deep, theological truths that permeate Tolkien’s masterpiece. Pearce, an internationally...

The Christian Vision of Sports

By Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Author and president of Belmont Abbey College Dr. Bill Thierfelder delivered a talk entitled “The Christian Vision of Sports” to Christendom students and faculty on October 27. Thierfelder examined how sports can be integrated into the Christian life, and made the...

The Gift That Christian Marriage is to Western Civilization

By Dr. Pat Fagan
Dr. Pat Fagan, the Director of the Marriage And Religion Research Institute, explained how, from a sociological viewpoint, the married intact heterosexual family that worships God weekly has the most positive effect on children and society. He encouraged the students...

The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization

By Dr. Scott Hahn
On September 16, world-renowned Bible scholar and theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn launched Christendom College’s Major Speaker Program, delivering a lecture on “The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization.” Hahn explained that just as human love and...
The Year of Faith and the Apostolate

The Year of Faith and the Apostolate

By Francis Cardinal Arinze
Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered a talk entitled “The Year of Faith and the Apostolate of the Laity” to the students and faculty at Christendom College on...
Living the Catholic Faith in Politics and Government

Living the Catholic Faith in Politics and Government

By Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia’s Attorney General, Kenneth Cuccinelli II, spoke to the Christendom College community on the topic of “Living the Catholic Faith in Politics and Government” on April 2. Before a crowd of about 400 college students, faculty, staff, and guests, Cuccinelli, who...
The Gift of the Self: Modern Culture’s Impact on Love

The Gift of the Self: Modern Culture’s Impact on Love

By Dr. Anthony Esolen
Acclaimed author and professor Dr. Anthony Esolen delivered a talk entitled “The Gift of Self: Modern Culture’s Impact on Love” to the students and faculty at Christendom College on October 24. The talk examined how modern society’s understanding of human...
The Making of the Missal

The Making of the Missal

By Msgr. Andrew R. Wadsworth
Theologian Msgr. Andrew R. Wadsworth delivered a talk entitled “The Making of the Missal” to the students and faculty of Christendom College on September 19. Msgr. Wadsworth, the Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy...

Why Hollywood Matters

By Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington
On May 2, Barbara Nicolosi Harrington’s talk entitled “Why Hollywood Matters” explored the challenges facing Christians in the art of cinema and the art in churches. Harrington explains how the traditional philosophical definition of beauty is the...
Why Be Catholic?

Why Be Catholic?

By Dr. Ray Guarendi
“There is only one reason to be Catholic—not because you love father’s homilies, not because they have great youth groups, not because the cutest girl in the world sits in that third pew—it’s because it’s true,” clinical psychologist and radio personality Dr. Ray...
Defending the Faith, Defending the Word of God

Defending the Faith, Defending the Word of God

By Frank Hanna
On September 28, Frank Hanna gave his talk entitled “Defending the Faith, Defending the Word of God”, relating how he established the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, which sought to acquire for the Vatican sections 14 and 15 of the Bodmer Papyrus from the...
To Hell and Back: Catholicism, Liberal Arts, and Business Ethics

To Hell and Back: Catholicism, Liberal Arts, and Business Ethics

By Paul Voss
Paul Voss’ talk, entitled “To Hell and Back: Catholicism, Liberal Arts, and Business Ethics,” explains how the wisdom and ethics of the Catholic intellectual tradition has the ability to shape the future of business for the better. Voss is the President of...
What I Learned from Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

What I Learned from Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

By Susan Conroy
Susan Conroy, author and friend to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, gave an address to the students and faculty of Christendom College on Monday, February 15, 2010. Conroy made her first trip to Calcutta to work with Blessed Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in 1986....
Secrecy vs. Communio in the Catholic Church

Secrecy vs. Communio in the Catholic Church

By Russell Shaw
Well-known Catholic author and journalist Russell Shaw delivered a talk entitled “Secrecy vs. Communio in the Catholic Church” at Christendom College on Monday November 3, 2008. Shaw is author or coauthor of 20 books and a contributor to and/or editor of several...
The Gospel According to St. Paul

The Gospel According to St. Paul

By Dr. Scott Hahn
On September 29, world-renowned Scripture scholar and Theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn launched Christendom College’s Major Speakers Program, delivering a lecture on “The Gospel According to St. Paul.” His lecture focused both on Paul’s conversion and his...
Anniversary Reflections from the Founding President

Anniversary Reflections from the Founding President

By Dr. Warren Carroll
Dr. Warren Carroll addressed students with a talk entitled “Thirtieth Anniversary Reflections from the Founder” on November 12. “I regard myself as immensely privileged to have been able to devote so many of my 75 years to the creation, guidance, and...
The Recrudescence of Modernism and Christendom

The Recrudescence of Modernism and Christendom

By Dr. William Marshner
Founding faculty member Dr. William Marshner addressed faculty and students at the annual Senior Dinner held October 1. His talk, “The Recrudescence of Modernism and Christendom,” delved into roots of modernism and the importance of Pius X’s...
Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

By George Weigel
On April 23 George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope, the acclaimed biography on John Paul II, delivered an address entitled “Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church” to students at Christendom College. The talk took a look at the character of Benedict...