Christendom to offer summer program in Ireland

Christendom College in Front Royal will offer its three-week summer study abroad program, the St. Columcille Institute, in Donegal, Ireland, July 17 to Aug. 9. The program will host students from colleges in England, Ireland and across the United States.

The curriculum of the institute aims to prepare students to answer the call of the new evangelization. Christendom President Timothy O'Donnell will teach a class on the new evangelization in Catholic apologetics.

Classes on the history of Ireland and the literature of Irish authors will be taught by Brendan McGuire and Sharon Hickson. Sean-Patrick Lovett, program director of Vatican Radio, will teach three workshops on the art of communication in the new evangelization. Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Father Mark Byrne will serve as chaplain, assisted by Father John Heisler from the Arlington diocese.

In addition to classes, students take part in hikes and excursions throughout Ireland. "Ireland offers the kind of passion and peace you just can't find anywhere else," said Hannah Rainey, who participated in the institute last summer. "Nearly every day was an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015