Take accelerated MA courses this summer.

Six Week Residential Studies

June 24 –  August 3, 2024

For six weeks each summer, Christendom College’s Graduate School of Theology offers graduate students the opportunity to live in residence on Christendom’s beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley. During this time, regular graduate courses are compressed into an accelerated six-week summer term. These courses are open both to students enrolled in the MA program and to casual students who are not actively seeking a degree. The six-week term is a popular option for those students who desire to participate in in-person classes, but who are unable to move to the area full-time. It is also a popular choice for teachers and other professionals who have the summers off from work.

Students who participate in this residential experience are given the occasion to enter deeply into theological study, to participate in the vibrant liturgical life on campus, and to foster authentic community and lasting friendships. The residential summer experience is also particularly enriched by the presence of dozens of religious brothers and sisters who are also residing on campus for the Vita Consecrata Institute.

Course Offerings

EDUC 604 Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-3:30 p.m. with Prof. David Wallace

This course explores the purpose and foundations of evangelization and catechesis and the practical processes of the presentation and proclamation of the Faith. Included are a study of human development, natural, moral and spiritual; a survey of evangelization and catechetical methods available for various age groups, levels of spiritual development, and situations, including methods and models for parish evangelization programs, RCIA, sacramental preparation, Bible studies, adult education, retreats, etc. Also included are religious education models, effective public speaking, and use of social media in evangelization.

HIST 611 Church History, Part II
Mondays 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm, & Fridays 1:00-3:30 p.m. for only the first four weeks of the summer session (June 24-July 19) with Dr. Hugh O’Donnell

A survey of the history of the Church from the High Middle Ages to the present time, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization. Includes the Renaissance, Reformation, the Catholic Counter-reformation, the evangelization of the New World, the scientific revolution and Enlightenment, up to the Second Vatican Council.

SCRI 607 New Testament
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:45-11:15 a.m. with 
Dr. Andrew Montanaro

This course entails a study of the books of the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament. It focuses especially on Jesus Christ as the divine Messiah, the institution of the Kingdom of God, the growth of the Church, and the teachings for living between the first and second coming of Christ. This course is geared to acquiring experience in interpreting biblical texts using careful analysis aided by commentators, especially those in the Catholic tradition.

THEO 601 God the Father
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:45-11:15 a.m. with Dr. RJ Matava

An introduction to the doctrine of God, the Triune Creator, especially from the theological perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course includes the existence of God and the divine attributes; our ability to know and speak about God; God’s knowledge, will, creative action and providence; the patristic development of Trinitarian dogma; the processions and personal relations within the Godhead; the divine persons considered with respect to the one divine essence and to each other; and the external divine missions. This course combines historical and systematic methods in a sustained engagement with primary sources, especially Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae I.

THEO 721 The Virtues
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00-3:30 p.m. with Dr. Joseph Arias

A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues, specifically, the four cardinal virtues with their related virtues, and the three theological virtues. The course is based on the Summa Theologiae II of St. Thomas Aquinas and involves close examination and discussion of the texts. The aim of the course is to revive an authentically Thomistic ethics based on the human person.

THEO 874 Mary in the Fathers and Doctors of the Church
Mondays 6:30-9:00 p.m. & Fridays 8:15-11:15 a.m. with Dr. Stephen Hipp

This course explores the Church’s understanding of and devotion to Mary throughout the ages, particularly as expressed in the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.  Representative voices among Patristic and Medieval authorities, as well as more recent works of eminent Spiritual writers and Mariologists are surveyed and systematically examined.


Cost to Attend

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $478/credit ($1,434 for 3 credit course)
AUDIT TUITION: $182/credit – $142/credit for religious, seniors, catechists


REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per semester
early bird registration fee (for registrations completed by April 15) = $50 per semester

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

Admissions fee: $65
Course Reactivation fee: $300
Directed (Independent) Study fee: $300
Comprehensive Exam fee: $100
All credit card payments are subjected to a 3% convenience fee.

If signing up through Populi, please note that the cost of Room and Board will be invoiced after registration.

Campus Accommodations

Summer accommodations are simple, standard college dormitory facilities. They are furnished with twin beds, desks, dressers, chairs, and small closets with a few clothes hangers.  We provide all residents with the following:

  • two twin sheets
  • one pillow
  • one pillowcase
  • one mattress pad
  • one light-weight blanket
  • one bath towel
  • two hand towels
  • one washcloth

The towels are small and some students like to bring extras. You may also wish to bring an additional pillow or blanket. Laundry facilities are in the dormitory and are available to students free of charge.

Whenever possible, students taking courses for credit are given single rooms to facilitate deep study. Religious participants generally share rooms with those from their own religious order.  Audit students will be paired with a roommate. If you wish to request a particular roommate, please email your request to by June 1st. No roommate requests can be accommodated after June 1.

Safety & Security Information
On every wing and floor of each dormitory, bulletin boards can be found with general information such as emergency contact numbers, directions to medical facilities, local maps, etc.  For your safety, a security officer is on patrol across campus each night.  Dormitories are accessible only by key cards, which will be issued to students upon arrival on campus. Students will receive more information on safety and security during the student orientation, and a staff member will be available for questions.

Accessibility Accommodations
Students are welcome to disclose any physical limitation or restriction that may affect their stay or require special attention by emailing the Graduate School at We will place students in rooms that are appropriate for their needs.

Please Note: Christendom is a walking campus.  Although the campus is not large, students need to be able to walk to and from buildings or to provide their own transportation. The dining and classroom facilities are all handicap accessible.

All residential registrations and special requests MUST be received by June 1. Accommodations after this date cannot be guaranteed as space is limited and housing assignments are locked in by early June.

Transportation to/from Campus

Shuttle Service

Christendom College’s campus is located in Front Royal, VA, about an hour and a half outside of Washington, D.C. Christendom College offers shuttle service to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and the Vienna Metro Station (Orange Line) at the beginning and end of every summer session according to the following dates and times.

Shuttle Schedule

I. Shuttle Arrivals: Picks up from Dulles Airport or Vienna Metro Station

Sunday Shuttles Prior to Program Start

  • Shuttle #1: Pick up at Dulles 12:00 pm; Pickup at Vienna Metro Station 12:30 pm
  • Shuttle #2: Pick up at Dulles 5:00 pm; Pickup at Vienna Metro Station 5:30 pm

II. Shuttle Departures: Drops off at Dulles Airport or Vienna Metro Station

Saturday Shuttles Following End of Program

  • Shuttle #1: Leaves campus 6:00 am; arrives at Dulles 7:15 am; arrives at Vienna Metro 8:00 a.m.
  • Shuttle #2: Leaves campus 10:00 am; arrives at Dulles 11:15 am; arrives at Vienna Metro at 12:00 pm.


    Please Note:

    • There is no additional charge to students who travel on the shuttles within these time-frames.
    • Requests outside of set shuttle times cannot be accommodated by the Christendom shuttle service.
    • Shuttle services must be requested for each individual person traveling in your party at least three weeks prior to pick up.
    • We will send an email within 5 days before a student’s arrival, confirming the time and place of the van pick-up, and the driver’s name and cell phone number.
    • You MUST contact the transportation office at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel your shuttle reservation.
    • For questions about the shuttle services please contact the transportation office at 540-551-9170 .

    Please Note: Pick-up and Drop-off times are only estimations depending on traffic.  The Transportation Department allots extra time for all shuttle services, but cannot promise that shuttles will arrive exactly at the specified time. For this reason, it is very important that the transportation office has a way to contact you. Please be sure to provide an email address AND, more importantly, a cell phone number where the driver can reach you in case there is a delay.

    Shuttle service urgent situations

    • College Delay: If the college must delay a shuttle due to inclement weather, a staff member from the Transportation Office will contact all students scheduled for shuttles on their cellphones. For this reason, the Transportation Office requires that all students using shuttle service submit their cellphone numbers when requesting a shuttle.
    • Student Flight Delay: Should your flight be delayed, please call the Transportation Office phone number at 540-551-9170. If outside of business hours, please listen to the voicemail recording for instructions on how to reach a staff member via cellphone. If you have a last-minute delay, please call your van driver. Christendom Transportation cannot promise to provide shuttle service for all delayed flights, but will do its best to provide adequate service.

    Parking on Campus

    For those who plan to park on campus, there will be a lot available close to the dormitories.  Because of limited space across campus, we ask that those planning to drive get in touch with us (703) 658-4304  | at the time of registration so that we can ensure a parking space for you.

    Food Service

    Meals & Special Dietary Accommodations

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at St. Lawrence Commons. The cost of meals is included in the room and board charge for those residing on campus. Students with allergies and dietary restrictions are encouraged to disclose these to the Graduate School.

    Christendom College is committed to providing safe and healthy dietary accommodations to students with food allergies, food sensitivities, and unique dietary needs. Students are free to navigate the dining Commons themselves, as menus are displayed in each food line listing ingredient information for main allergens.  If a student is ever in doubt about ingredients or allergens in a meal, he should ask our Executive Chef or a Kitchen Staff member.  If the student requires specially prepared meals, the College offers the following dietary accommodations:

    • Gluten-free
    • Dairy-free
    • Nut-free
    • Egg-free
    • Soy-free
    • Shellfish/fish-free

    While we make every effort to prepare all allergen-free menu items as safe as possible, we are a facility that uses allergens in other areas of our space, and no kitchen is guaranteed to be completely allergy-free. A  severe allergy, such as anaphylaxis, is not able to be accommodated.

    Students with special dietary needs are encouraged to follow this link for more information: 

    Non-Residential Students

    • Please contact Executive Chef Don Higby in person or by email at (preferably with a week's notice) before you plan to eat on campus. If you plan to regularly dine in the Commons during the semester, please communicate your schedule to the Chef.
    • Individual meal prices for non-resident students and guests are $10 per meal.
      Christ the King Chapel

      At the center of Christendom's community, Christ the King chapel provides a beautiful setting for liturgy and worship.  The Sacraments are celebrated frequently, and the chapel is a peaceful setting for individual prayer.

      Christendom offers daily Mass and Confession. During the Vita Consecrata Institute (July 1 - July 26), an additional morning Mass will be celebrated, along with daily Liturgy of the Hours and Exposition and Benediction.

      Christendom's Sunday Mass is offered in Christ the King Chapel at 10:00 AM.

      The Christendom Chaplain (Fr. Marcus Pollard) is available to graduate students for any spiritual needs; students can contact him at the rectory (540-622-6128) or by email

      Other Campus Facilities

      St. John the Evangelist Library
      The St. John the Evangelist Library is the center of the academic life of the Christendom College campus, and has a collection of more than 90,000 volumes specifically designed to serve and support the intellectual and spiritual formation of the students, faculty, administration, and staff. With this in mind, the library aims to provide an uplifting atmosphere and excellent instructional, reference, and collection services.

      Summer students also have access to the smaller St. Paul Library, located inside of the Graduate School in St. Martha’s Hall. This smaller library collection has many excellent resources which are particularly suitable for graduate-level research in philosophy and theology.

      Students taking summer classes are able to check out books from the library and use available spaces for quiet study.  Additional information about the library's services and collection may be found on the library webpage.

      Crusader Gymnasium
      The gymnasium is located near the Library and Saint Clare's dorm and overlooks the Shenandoah River.  The 20,000 square-foot structure features:

      • Full size collegiate basketball court including side practice baskets
      • Regulation volleyball court with 2 practice courts
      • Full size (2) racquetball/handball courts
      • Fully functional weight room with free weights, strength machines, bench stations, and 2 multi-use machines
      • Fitness and cardio room equipped with treadmills, elliptical, free weights, medicine balls and mats
      • Student TV lounge with snack machines
      • 2 locker rooms with bathrooms and showers

      Access to kayaks and canoes for use on the Shenandoah River is also available through the gym. Information on how to sign up will be provided during orientation.

      Campus Map
      A campus map is available for download here: Campus Map (pdf).  There are many scenic walkways and sights to explore on campus. 

      Frequently Asked Questions

      1. When should I arrive at and depart from campus?
      Students may arrive on the Sunday prior to the start of their session. Orientation will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

      Dorms must be vacated no later than 10:00 am on the Saturday following the conclusion of each program to make room for any other attendees who are arriving (for example, VCI Session I participants must clear the room for VCI Session II participants).

      2. If I am local to Christendom, can I attend classes without staying on campus?
      Commuting students are more than welcome to attend classes. Please be sure to touch base with the Graduate School so that parking and food services may be appropriately arranged. Non-resident students should still attend orientation.

      3. Is Christendom close to town?
      Christendom is located roughly 5 miles from the town center of Front Royal.  There are limited public transportation options from campus to town.  A free shuttle service will run from campus to town once a week.

      4. Can I receive mail while I am attending?
      Students may receive mail at 134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, VA, 22630.  Mail is distributed to resident students and faculty during the noon meal by Walter Janaro, Christendom College's Registrar.  Students may give Walter outgoing mail at that time, or may drop it off at his office in Regina Coeli. Postage can be purchased from Walter. In an emergency, a message may be left for a student at the college toll-free number: 800-877-5456.

      5. What kind of activities are there to do during my stay?
      Christendom has many beautiful hiking trails in the forest overlooking the Shenandoah River; we highly recommend that students take time to enjoy the scenery. Summer students who wish to spend some time on the river are also welcome to make use of the College’s canoes and kayaks. The Crusader Gymnasium is an excellent facility for exercise and recreation—including basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, fitness room and weight room. The St. John the Evangelist Library offers a relaxing environment in which to study and read.

      6. Does St. Lawrence Commons provide gluten-free/dairy-free eating options?
      Students with any allergy concerns or other dietary requirements are encouraged to contact the kitchen (

      7. When is the last day to reserve my space on campus? 
      While commuting students can sign up for classes up until the day when class begins, residential students must sign up by May 31.

      8. Can I take my summer classes partially online and partially on-campus?
      While we strongly encourage in-person participation as much as possible, there is a great deal of flexibility in the way that you engage with your summer courses. All onsite summer theology classes (not including Vita Consecrata courses or classical language courses) are live-streamed to allow distance students to participate in real time. The recordings of these live classes will be available to all students once they are posted in Populi. Further, our 13-week online summer term offers asynchronous pre-recorded versions of all the same courses that will be offered on campus during the six-week term.

      9. Is there a dress code?
      There is no requirement for professional dress during classes, but we do ask that shorts aren’t worn to Mass or other liturgical celebrations. Summers in Virginia tend to be hot and humid. As such, each of the buildings is air-conditioned and some can be quite cool. We encourage students to also pack clothing that can be worn to enjoy the outdoors.

      10. Is there internet on campus?
      The dormitories, library, gym, and student center will have Wi-Fi connections available.  The library has computer labs that students may use during open hours.

      Contact Us

      (703) 658 4304

      134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630

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