Sharing the Same Heart of Faith

May 24, 2018

Christendom Exceeds Expectations of 40th Anniversary Gala Chairmen Rick and Karen Santorum

Senator and Mrs. Rick Santorum have been at the forefront of the political battles for years – from Rick serving in the U.S. Senate for many years, to two runs at being the Republican nominee for the president of the United States of America. All of these experiences have led them to see contemporary society’s desperate need to embrace the truth, return to civil discourse in the public square, and form a generation of leaders on fire for the faith. And for them, Christendom College is an answer to this need.

Rick and Karen have been associated with the college for many years, beginning with the senator’s commencement address to the Class of 2003, and continuing to this day with them serving as the 40th Anniversary Gala chairmen and experiencing life as Christendom parents. The Santorums happily and eagerly support Christendom because they value the time-tested Catholic liberal arts education, taught in an environment that encourages its students to bring the light of truth to the world and to stand for that truth, no matter the consequences.

“The founding principles, the focus on the liberal arts, and the evident, intense love of the faith are what first drew us to Christendom College,” shares Karen Santorum. “The mission resonated with us, and we saw an urgent need for its growth and impact in our world. We quickly grew to see and believe that Christendom students could have a truly transformational impact in the broader culture.”

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While they have sent their children to other secular and Catholic colleges, when it came time for their son, Peter, to look at colleges, Christendom was at the top of the list, because Christendom’s identity and mission clearly set it apart from other institutions. “As we met Christendom alumni, teachers, and administrators, it became clear that we all shared the same heart of faith – to restore all things in Christ,” says Senator Santorum.

As homeschooling parents of seven children—their youngest, Bella, having special needs—the Santorums believe that raising disciples of Christ should always be at the core of their educational mission. Their son, Peter, discovered the life-changing aspects of the college by attending the Experience Christendom Summer Program at the end of his junior year of high school.

“We trust that Christendom is going to build upon that solid foundation that we gave Peter and deepen it, not warp or contradict it,” Senator Santorum relates. “As parents of a Christendom student, we have every confidence in each professor, because we know they are faithful to the Magisterium, and in the administration, because of President O’Donnell’s leadership and the fact that the college does not receive federal funding.”

Another characteristic of Christendom that the Santorums say sets it apart from other colleges is the love and expression of the faith in daily campus life.

“At Christendom, we love that the faith permeates all disciplines, and is a part of the everyday discourse of campus life,” explains Karen. “The fact that the chapel is always full for daily Mass is simply beautiful. Few college campuses could say that, even at Catholic universities.”

The Santorums are proud to support not only the mission of Christendom, but also the college’s beautiful community that has been fostered by a shared love of truth, a passion for the faith, and a strong belief in the importance of Catholic culture and education. They continue to experience the impact of the Christendom community as their son completes his freshman year.

The Santorum family at their daughter’s 2017 wedding in Adare, Ireland.

“As parents of a current student, we’ve been exposed to a whole new side of the school and we are continually impressed,” says Senator Santorum. “The academic rigor, tight-knit community, faith-filled campus, and general collegial experience has exceeded our expectations, which were quite high to begin with.”

Far above the worldly feats and achievements boasted by other colleges, Christendom sets a standard of truth, goodness, and beauty, which it consistently surpasses for the benefit of its students, the wider Christendom community, and society as a whole.

“During his papacy, John Paul II said that he believed the darkness in the world is growing,” says Karen. “Christendom is a shining light in that encroaching darkness.”

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