Prayer Requests

3/15/19 — Dr. Kristin Burns

Dear Alumni,

Please continue to pray for Dr. Kristin Burns, founding faculty member, in her battle with cancer.  She is at home under the care of hospice, whose aim is nutrition and comfort as the tumor in her abdomen continues to grow.

She has asked us to please pray for a miracle, since there are no more medical options, and for grace and peace for Kris and her family, that they may remain confident in the merciful providence of God in the journey ahead.

God bless,

3/6/19 — Prayer request for Lawrence Randolph Williams and Barbara Allen Williams

Mrs. Jessie Wines (college business office) lost her brother and his wife last week.  Please pray for the repose of the souls of Lawrence Randolph Williams who passed away on Feb 25 and Barbara Allen Williams who passed on March 1.  Lawrence and Barbara were married for 66 years.  If you want to send Jessie a note of condolence, you can send a written note to her the main college address or send her an email at  Thanks in advance for your prayers.

3/1/19 — Prayer Request – Please pray for Dr. Kristin Burns

Prayer Request 

Please pray for Dr. Kristin Burns, a founder of Christendom College and former Dean of the Christendom Graduate School, who is facing a serious battle in her struggle with cancer.

Please keep Kris and her husband Mike, and their children Greg, Karen and Edward (all CC alumni) and their families in your prayers during the break.

We will provide updates as needed.

2/27/19 — Fr. O’Kielty Burial

Dear Alumni,

Here is the final update on the Fr. Seamus O’Kielty burial.

A Requiem Memorial Mass for Fr. Seamus O’Kielty will be offered by Assistant Chaplain Fr. Tom Szczepanczyk at the Christendom Chapel on Saturday March 2nd at 11:30am.

After Mass, Fr. O’Kielty will be buried at about 1:30pm at Good Hope Cemetery (off Happy Creek Rd, Front Royal) right under the Celtic cross and right below Fr. Seamus O’Reilly’s gravesite.

Alumni are invited to attend the Mass and burial.  There is no reception planned afterward.

Thank you for the continued outpouring of prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. O’Kielty.

You can read the article on the funeral here.

You can listen to Fr. Pollard’s funeral homily here.

You can listen to Dr. O’Donnell’s funeral eulogy here.

You can view all the wake, funeral, and reception photos here.

You can also get behind the alumni-inspired movement to honor Fr. O’Kielty in the sacristy of the new Christ the King Chapel here.

2/19/19 — Request for Fr. O’Kielty photos

Special Request


Dear Alumni,

The college is putting together a slideshow of Fr. O’Kielty photos and we need your help.

If you have great individual photos of Fr. O’Kielty or family photos with Fr. O’Kielty, please submit them no later than noon Thursday February 21, 2019.

IMPORTANT:  Please email them to …

Thank you for all the incredible prayer support for Fr. O’Kielty over the last few days.

God bless,


2/18/19 — Fr. Seamus O’Kielty, RIP

Dear Alumni,

Beloved Christendom chaplain Fr. Seamus O’Kielty passed away today at about 3:59pm, during the hour of mercy.

According to Fr. Pollard, he passed away peacefully, after Mass had been celebrated in his room by assistant chaplain Fr. Tom Szczepanczy while the rosary was being recited.

You can read the press release here:

I will provide funeral details as soon as I have them.

Eternal rest grant unto him O LORD and may 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.



2/17/19 — Update on Fr. O’Kielty – Keep Praying!

Dear Alumni,

Here is a brief update on Fr. O’Kielty:

Fr. Pollard was in his hospital room this afternoon. He is generally asleep due to the pain medication.  He has people praying with him.  Fr. Pollard celebrated Mass in the room for Fr. O’Kielty and for his immediate circle of friends and caregivers.  His time is getting shorter.

Please continue to pray for Fr. O’Kielty.