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Christendom College | Academic Bulletin

Christendom College | Academic Bulletin

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Academic bulletin for Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.
Academic bulletin for Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.

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Published by: Christendom_College on Oct 06, 2011
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In 1969, the Sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon, Ohio, and Msgr. Eugene Kevane,
then Dean of the School of Education at the Catholic University of America, founded the
Notre Dame Institute in Middleburg, Virginia. Originally, its purpose was to train
religious sisters from various communities to teach Catholic doctrine to other teachers,
religious and lay.

In 1971, John Cardinal Wright, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy,
established the Notre Dame Pontifical Catechetical Institute as an official catechetical
institute recognized and authorized by the Holy See.

In order to expand its mission, the Notre Dame Institute began to accept priests
and lay men and women into the program. Additionally, the Bishop of Arlington
entrusted the Institute with the educational training and pastoral formation of candidates
for the permanent diaconate.

In June 1994, the Institute relocated to Alexandria, Virginia, leasing and
renovating a former convent on the grounds of Queen of Apostles Parish. This new
location allowed the Notre Dame Institute to consolidate its offices, library, and
classrooms under one roof.

Upon the recommendation of the Boards of both the Notre Dame Institute and
Christendom College, the two institutions merged on February 1, 1997. The Notre Dame
Institute became the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.


In 2006, the Christendom Graduate School combined with the Institute on
Religious Life to begin offering the Vita Consecrata Institute, an annual summer program
of study and renewal for religious, as part of the NDGS summer program. Further,
following an hiatus in the Arlington Diocese deaconate recruitment program, the
Christendom Graduate School is once again educating the diaconal candidates for the
Diocese of Arlington. In 2009, the Graduate School began offering its courses in online
format for distance students, and in 2010 received approval to offer an all-online master’s

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