Prayer Requests

9/23/18 — Alumni Family Seeks Help After Hurricane Florence



As you know, Hurricane Florence dumped massive amounts of rain in its path and extensive damage from flooding is wreaking havoc in North Carolina.

One alumni family struck by disaster is the Patrick and Patricia Dean (’98) family who have lost their home and their outbuildings along with their contents to flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence.

Pat and Trisha’s oldest child is a freshman at Christendom.

There is a Go Fund Me page to help them through this tragedy.

Please look at the site, read their story and donate if possible.

Spread the word!

God bless,


8/30/18 — Obituary for Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian

Dear Alumni,

The obituary for Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian, an English Language and Literature professor who taught at Christendom from the Fall 1990 through the spring semester 1992, can be found here:


Text of obituary here:

Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian, age 77, of Warner, New Hampshire, passed away surrounded by his children on August 27, 2018, from complications with leukemia.

Mitchell was born on January 24, 1941 in Milford, Massachusetts, a son of Armenian immigrants, the late Archie and Meliné (Manouelian) Kalpakgian.

He earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from the University of Kansas where he was part of the Integrated Humanities Program, and a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Iowa.

You can also read the college press release (if you have not already seen it) here:


Any notes of condolences can be sent to his son and Christendom alumnus Greg Kalpakgian at:

14 Geneva St.

Warner NH 03278


Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Vincent T. Criste (’98)

Director of Alumni & Donor Relations

Christendom College

134 Christendom Dr

Front Royal, VA 22630

540-636-2900 x 1652


8/29/18 — Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian RIP & Jim Ringer Obituary

Dear Alumni,

I have two college related deaths to share with you.

First – Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, a professor who taught English literature here in the early 90’s (trying to confirm exactly when) passed away.  Will share the obituary when available.

Second – below you will see Jim Ringer’s obituary (link and text) below.  Jim worked for the operations department of Christendom College from August 1989 to November 2000.

I already have several good testimonials from alumni sharing good Jim Ringer memories.  If you knew Jim and would like to share some good memories, please email me ( and I’ll share them with Mrs. Ringer.

God bless,




Jim Ringer died peacefully at home surrounded by his family August 25, 2018 in Middletown, VA at the age of 79.

Jim was born January 2, 1939 in Albright, WV to Robert Ray Ringer and Luella Richard Ringer. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 1957.

He was a veteran of the United States Army stationed in Ft. Hood, TX.

He worked at Avtex Fibers, Christendom College, Powhattan School and Skyline Cap Headstart until he retired in 2006. He was a member of Valley Assembly of God, where he served as treasurer and board member.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris Emogene Johnson Ringer; his daughter, Gina Franklin, her husband Rusty and his son J.D. Ringer; granddaughters, Emmalee (Wayne) and Sara; great grandchildren, Kennedey, Titus, Elizabeth and Peyton; his brother, John Bridgan of Maine; his sister, Bonnie Hadel of Maryland; his sisters-in-law, Dottie Holden and Juanita Senter; brother-in-law, Tim Senter; nephews, Howard Hadel, John Bridgan, and Timothy Senter; and his niece, Pam Hadel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Nancy McElroy of Albright WV; his in-laws, the Rev. Irving and Emma Johnson of Front Royal VA; and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Gerald Holden of Front Royal VA.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday September 1, 2018 at Valley Assembly of God, 2376 4th St., Middletown VA 22645. The Rev. William Wood and the Rev. Dottie Holden will be officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the fellowship hall.

Jim generously donated his body for research. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his name to Valley Assembly of God Building Fund. P.O. Box 142, Middletown, VA 22645 or Convoy of Hope, 330 S. Patterson Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 or

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Sign the Guest Book at 

8/27/18 — Jim Ringer, RIP


Dear Alumni,

In case you had not yet heard, Jim Ringer, a beloved custodial employee of the college, passed away on Saturday August 25..

His memorial will be held on Saturday September 1st at 11am at Valley Assembly of God, 2376 4th Street, Middletown VA 22645.

I will circulate his obituary when it is available.

May he rest in peace.


Jim was like a father/grandfather figure to many students who knew him.  If you would like to send in a tribute (recall a funny joke he would tell,  maybe some way he helped you, or even some good memory you cherish) feel free to send it to me and I’ll collect those and give them to Mrs. Ringer as a keepsake from the alumni.

Please send them to … subject line:  “Jim Ringer”

If you prefer to send a sympathy card directly to Mrs. Emogene Ringer, please send to:

362 Guard Hill Rd, Middletown, VA 22645-3664

God bless,


Vincent T. Criste (’98)
Director of Alumni & Donor Relations
Christendom College
134 Christendom Dr
Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-2900 x 1652

8/13/18 — Prayer Request and Go Fund Me Site for Alumnus Jim Grumblatt

Hello Alumni!
In case you have not yet heard about alumnus Jim Grumblatt, his need for prayer and the site created to help him … please keep reading!
From the Go Fund Me Site:
“Jim, a devoted husband and father, has dedicated his life to serving his fellow man as a paramedic, emergency room nurse, and hospice nurse. Now he needs our help. During a recent trip to his high school reunion, Jim detoured to Edmonton, Canada to visit a classmate. Two days later, Jim failed to make his flight home and went missing for more than 36 hours. When police finally found Jim, all of his belongings were gone and he was in an altered mental state, suffering from hallucinations and memory loss. Circumstances and preliminary medical testing indicate that Jim was likely drugged and then robbed.”
To read the entire story and/or make a donation to help this father of 8 …. please go to:
Please continue to pray for Jim, his alumna wife Lorrie and the Grumblatt family during this scary and bizarre situation.
God bless,

8/10/18 — Prayer Request – Jim Ringer

To all who remember Jim Ringer (Maintenance worker here at CC through 2000)
– his wife Emogene reached out to the college early this morning.

She stated that Jim is suffering from Alzheimer’s and Hospice is tending
him.  He will not survive much longer.

She has asked for prayers for Jim and all of his family during this time.

8/8/18 — Obituary for Agnes Mercedes Green Cammack!/Obituary

Obituary for Agnes Mercedes Green Cammack, mother of alumnae Martha Cammack and Mary Cammack (Rice).
Please pray for the repose of her soul.

Agnes Mercedes Green Cammack passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was 83 years old. Agnes was born to Phillip and Dolores Green of Washington, D.C. on September 24, 1934. She spent a joyful childhood growing up in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. together with her eleven brothers and sisters.
Agnes was a standout student and athlete, excelling in basketball, softball, tennis and track. Due to her outstanding ability she trained with the men’s track team at Catholic University and was noted in newspapers to be the ‘next’ Babe Didrikson (track and field gold medalist in the 1932 Olympics). In 1954 she won the Washington, D.C. championship for tennis.
Agnes attended Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. for one year, then, in 1955 she joined the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa. Although she did not profess her final vows, she completed a two-year novitiate, then served as a missionary in Tanganyika (modern day Tanzania) for the next six years. Upon returning to the United States in 1963 she taught at St. John’s Elementary School in Chillum, Maryland.
On November 27, 1964 Agnes was married to Thomas Carbery Cammack of Washington, D.C. Soon thereafter they moved to the Cammack Farm in Leesburg, Virginia, where they raised their four children. Agnes was a member of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg. She deeply loved her Catholic faith and served the church in any way she could. For over twenty-five years she taught as a catechist, sang on the choir, cleaned altar linens, volunteered at the local nursing home, and generally served those in need. She also was an active volunteer at Birthright of Loudoun County for thirty-five years, and a stalwart at the annual March for Life.
Agnes was strongly connected to her family roots and friends. For over forty years she hosted the annual ‘Green Family Picnic’ at the Cammack Farm. She was also noted for annually sending hundreds of Christmas cards, each with a very personal hand-written message. Agnes was a wonderful wife and mother whose kindness and joy was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her brother Michael K. Green, her sister Dolores G. Milmoe, her four children, Thomas J. Cammack, Martha L. Cammack, William D. Cammack and Mary C. Rice, her daughter-in-law, Florence C. Cammack, and son-in-law, James P. Rice, and her six grand-children William J.. Cammack, Agnes M. Cammack, Maria T. Rice, John F. Rice, Matthew T. Rice, and Katherine R. Rice.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, Virginia.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church located at 101 Oak Crest Manor Drive, Leesburg, Virginia 20176 with the Rev. William P. Saunders officiating.
Interment will be in St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Leesburg, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Birthright of Leesburg, 823 South King Street, Suite 1, Leesburg, VA 20175, or to Saint Dominic’s Monastery, 2636 Monastery Road, Linden, VA 22642.
Online condolences may be made to the family at

7/29/18 — Prayers for Mrs. Agnes Cammack

Please pray for Mrs. Agnes Cammack, mother of alumnae Martha and Mary Cammack (Rice). She suffered a stroke and expected to only have a matter of hours left to live. Please pray that the Holy Angels lead her home. St Joseph, patron of a peaceful death, pray for Agnes.
Thank you!