Dear Alumni, I've been thinking about the legacy of my brother, Matthew Shane Cameron ('93). What have we learned from Matthew? What memories would we like to be preserved for years, even generations, to come? Most of us know that we get to know our parents on a much deeper level once we are adults than we can know them when we are children. I would like to compile stories of Matthew, the ways that he affected people for the better, the lives that have been enriched because he came into contact with so many "humans of earth." My first goal would be for this book to help his sons to get to know him better, in ways that they might miss out on otherwise. Secondly, I think that compiling these stories might be a source of personal enrichment to all who knew him, for those who joined him in prayer and support during his nine month battle with cancer -- and maybe for many other people as well. So I am asking for YOUR HELP! If you knew Matthew Shane Cameron, or were inspired and/or enriched by his life, would you be willing to write up your story, memories, or the ways in which he inspired you or enriched your life? If so, could you email them to me for possible inclusion in this book, which I am thinking of giving the title: "Tumbleweed: The Legacy of Matthew Shane Cameron"? I would like to include stories from the following periods of his life: Childhood (1970-1989) Christendom College years (1989-1993) "Tumbleweed Years" (1993-1999) Husband, Father, Entrepreneur (1999-2017) Courageous Fighter with Cancer (Feb. 14 - Nov. 14, 2017) If you would like to help with this, please EMAIL me your stories using my secondary email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please have the stories in the body of the email, or in Word (.doc or .docx), or in LibreOffice (.odt) format. Thank you, and God bless you all! Yours in Christ, Fr. Ben Cameron, CPM
Dear Alumni, Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Halliday who attended Christendom from 2003-2005. As soon as more info is available, it will be passed on to the alumni network. *Eternal rest grant unto her O LORD and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.* Sincerely, Vince
Dear Alumni, Last week we shared all the funeral arrangements for fellow alumnus Matthew Shane Cameron ('93). *I am sharing his obituary to make sure all alumni see the full write up as well as his "in lieu of flowers" request.* Let us pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family. God bless, Vince ***** http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cincinnati/obituary.aspx?pid=187265139 Matthew Shane Cameron (47) of Franklin, Tenn. passed away on November 14, 2017. A life-long adventurer, lover of people and fearless entrepreneur, Matthew leaves behind a legacy of music, videos, film and countless stories of people he inspired through his work as a producer and as the founder of Stormlight Pictures. He was a wise teacher of how to have peace in your heart, a smile on your face, food on your table, courage to love unconditionally, and the ability to forgive fully. He showed us how to love each other by loving us. He leaves behind his wife Tatiana "Tajci" Cameron; sons, Dante, Evan and Blais Cameron; parents, Walter Eugene "Gene" and RoseMarie Cameron; brother, Fr. Ben Cameron, C.P.M.; sisters, LinMarie Cameron and Mary Katherine (Sam) Appiagyei; mother-in-law, Stefica Matejas and many other loving family members. Sunday, November 19, 2017: Visitation from 4-6:30 p.m. followed by a rosary service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Monday, November 20, 2017: Visitation at 10 a.m., Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church, Fr. Ben Cameron and Fr. Bala officiating. Following the burial at Williamson Memorial Gardens, please join us for lunch and "Irish Wake" with stories, laughter and music at St. Philip Church Community Center. *In lieu of flowers, please gift a stranger - a homeless person or someone who doesn't have anyone supporting them. Tell them it's from Matthew Shane Cameron.(Contributions can also be made to the Camerons - Memo: Boys College Fund.) * *Condolences and Mass cards may be sent to:* Tatiana Cameron and Family c/o Fr. Ben Cameron 806 Shaker Museum Rd Auburn, KY. 42206 *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.*
Dear Alumni, Matthew Cameron (’93) passed away yesterday morning (11-14-17). I delayed the announcement until I made sure the family approved a wide distribution to alumni. Please read the Facebook posted by his brother Fr. Ben Cameron (’91): *Dear Christendom family:Thank you for your many Masses, Rosaries, Chaplets and other prayers which you have offered for my brother Matthew. He passed into eternal life early this morning (around 5:00 AM CST). Please pray for the Blessed repose of his soul, and for the consolation of all his family and friends (that means you too!). He will be sorely missed by many people! He was certainly prepared for a Holy death, and my parents, sisters and I were with him on his last night on earth, praying the sacred prayers of Holy Mother Church, the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. (Ten priests have already told me that their Masses today will be for the repose of Matthew's soul.)With gratitude,Fr. Ben J. Cameron, CPM* The Alumni Office has requested that a Mass be offered on campus for the repose of the soul of Matthew Cameron. I will share funeral arrangements as they are made available. At that time, I will also will share an address that you can send your Mass cards/condolences to. *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. * God bless, Vince Vincent T. Criste ('98) Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Christendom College 134 Christendom Dr Front Royal, VA 22630 540-636-2900 x 1652 <(540)%20636-2900> 540-660-9617 <(540)%20660-9617> email@example.com
*Funeral arrangements for alumnus Matthew Shane Cameron ('93)* *Sunday, November 19th:* Visitation at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home Franklin, TN 4:00-6:30 PM Rosary: 6:30 PM *Monday, November 20th:* Visitation at St. Philip Church (Narthex) 10:00-10:50 AM Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Burial, lunch and "Irish Wake" with stories, laughter and music at St. Philip Church Community Center following the funeral *Condolences and Mass cards may be sent to:* Tatiana Cameron and Family c/o Fr. Ben Cameron 806 Shaker Museum Rd Auburn, KY. 42206
*Please read the message from Fr. Cameron below.*
*It was re-posted from Facebook (with permission from Fr. Ben Cameron) so
all alumni would be aware and praying!*
*Please pray and observe Fr. Cameron’s requests (in red) below.*
Dear Christendom family: *this post is only for Christendom Alumni, and not
to be copied and pasted and shared outside! Thank you!*
My brother, Matthew Cameron, is going downhill fast. His lung cancer has
left him only a little bit of each lung that is effectively working. He has
been on a ventilator for nearly 10 days, and was hoping to get off it for a
little while so that he could TALK to his boys before he dies. The doctor
told him last evening that they don’t think that they will be able to get
him off the ventilator at all — that he will go into respiratory distress
very quickly, and that can be very traumatic for him and his family.
We are still praying HARD for a miracle, but we are also getting ourselves
ready to probably lose one of the best men we’ve ever known, and probably
within the next few days. *I wanted the Christendom Alumni community to
know, so that prayers can be redoubled.* Matthew is spiritually ready for
heaven, of that I am sure (Sr. Mary Agnes Peek told me a few months ago
that Fr. Robert Fox used to say that those who suffer from cancer, and
offer it in union with the sufferings of Our Lord, bypass purgatory. I hope
he was right!). I have watched Matthew be transformed from the good man and
great friend we have known and loved, into a truly great man, a man who has
suffered greatly and offered it all up for others, in union with Christ.
*Tatiana asks that this be kept private, within our community of
Christendom, and that she and the boys not be contacted. They wish “to keep
this hard part private. Although we have shared our journey publicly, we
need privacy during this time.”*
So please redouble your prayers, and, if God does not grant our miracle,
maybe some of you would like to join us for the funeral, which would
probably be next week. Matt has expressed a desire for a great “Irish wake”
with lots of music, laughter and stories — and who better than his
Christendom friends to help make that happen?
I’ll update you again in a few days.
With love and gratitude for all your prayers and support,
Fr. Ben Cameron, CPM
Please keep the father of Matt Marcolini (’15) in your prayers.
Mr. Charles Edward Marcolini passed away Saturday, October 21st, 2017.
The Marcolini’s ask you to pray for the repose of his soul.
All prayers are appreciated.
RIP Mrs. Teresa (Kriley) Portzer
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Teresa (Kriley) Portzer who
passed away yesterday (Saturday Oct 14, eve of the Feast of St. Teresa of
Avila) just before 11pm after suffering a long battle with pancreatic
Mrs. Portzer was the mother of 14 children, including Fr. Joseph Portzer,
FSSP (’93) and Mrs. Barbara (Portzer) Criste (’95).
She was also the mother-in-law of Mr. Vince Criste (’98), Director of
Alumni & Donor Relations.
In one of her last lucid moments, Mrs. Teresa Portzer relayed this message
to her son, Fr. Joseph Portzer (’93), who then conveyed them to extended
*She has made it clear she wants prayers for her soul, not for her health,
that she wants everyone to live good lives so that she can be with us in
eternity, and that she wants Masses said for her when she dies, not lots of
On behalf of the entire Portzer and Kriley family, thank you for your
Please continue prayers for Dr. Kristin Burns, who is back in the hospital
with complications arising from her cancer surgery last month.
Dear Alumni, Happy 40th Anniversary to Christendom College! Dr. O’Donnell came to Christendom in 1985 as a teacher and administrator. On October 11, 1992, he was officially installed as the college’s 3rd President (Dr. Warren Carroll and Dr. Damian Fedoryka were his predecessors in this role), after having been elected by the Board of Directors as President in July of that same year. Members of the college administration want to present Dr. O’Donnell, and his loving and supportive wife, Cathy, a spiritual bouquet in thanksgiving for what they have given to the college over the past 25 years, and hope to do so on October 11th during lunch in the Commons. As a result, we are asking members of the faculty, staff, student body, and alumni to send in their spiritual gifts to me *by October 6*. Please consider offering Masses, Holy Communions, Chaplets of Divine Mercy, Holy Hours, Rosaries, and the like for these two amazing people. Let me know the number of each type of gift you will offer (*email me at firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>)* so that I can include it in the final tally that we will then present to him. We did this for his 20th Anniversary, and he was very touched. Please help us show our appreciation for all that he and his wife do to make Christendom College the great college that it is. God bless, Zach Smith ('14)