Prayer Requests

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.


2/15/19 — Update on Gabrielle French Tuttle (’90)

Dear Fellow Alumni,

Thank you to all who prayed for me during my time in the hospital.

I have been home since January 7 and I am on oxygen and currently not working.

I am immensely grateful for the support I received.

May God bless all my benefactors,




Gabrielle needs financial support.  Her medicaid, and disability are all pending. She has no income right now and hasn’t since October 2018. And even then it was very very limited.

If you can help, please email Susan (Schneible) Hibl (’90) at or send a check payable to “Gabrielle Tuttle” to:

Gabrielle Tuttle

c/o Susan (Schneible) Hibl

81 Thompson Hollow Ct

Bentonville, VA  22610-2361

Thank you in advance for your continued spiritual and financial support!

2/12/19 — Brian Nysewander, RIP, Funeral and Masses offered

Dear Alumni,

As some of you may know, Brian Nysewander, class of 2011, passed away on Saturday February 2.

At this time, there is no obituary posted on line.  I have heard that there is a funeral planned for February 19 at 10am at the Carmel Mission in Monterey, CA.

There will be two Masses offered on campus for the repose of Brian’s soul.  One Mass will be offered on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:30am and the second Mass will be offered on Saturday, February 23 at 11:30am.

Please continue to pray for the Nysewander family.

God bless,


1/17/19 — Prayer Request for Rick Taylor

Dear Christendom Community,

Please keep Richard Taylor in your prayers. As some of you may know, Rick has been out of work since December 8th of 2018 due to a series of medical conditions. He has spent the greater part of the last six weeks in Woodstock Medical and Winchester Hospital dealing with issues with his liver as well as pneumonia. He has not been able to eat or walk.  As of today, he has been transported to Fairfax Hospital for emergency surgery and is currently in the ICU.

Richard Taylor has served the community for the last ten years as an exceptional cook and a role model too many students in this kitchen. All prayers would be most appreciated.


Chef Don Higby ’02

12/30/18 — Two special prayer requests

Two special prayer requests:
1.  Special Prayer Request:  for an alumni family dealing with a divorce scenario.  The intention is for a miracle of reconciliation and healing during the Christmas season for the spouses and children.  Please pray for this miracle through the intercession of Our Lady Undoer of Knots and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Thank you in advance for your prayers.

2. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eugene P. Foeckler, Sr.
Mr. Foeckler, was a founding parent of Christendom College sending two sons to the very first class in Triangle, VA in 1977.
Mr. Foeckler was father to alumni Rev. Christopher Foeckler (’81), Daniel Foeckler (’81), Mary (Foeckler) Nauman (’83), and Michael Foeckler (’85).
Please pray for the entire Foeckler clan.
Full funeral arrangements are below.
Eternal rest grant unto him O LORD. May perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through he mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Wishing you and your family continued Christmas blessings!
On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of the late Lucy Belle Foeckler; father of Eugene P.. Foeckler, Jr. (Aileen), Daniel Foeckler (Meg), Fr. Christopher Foeckler MJ, Mary Nauman (the late Tim) and Michael Foeckler (Kathy); grandfather of 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christendom College, Front Royal, VA.

12/17/18 — Prayer Requests

For the repose of the soul of Janet T. Schwenkler, mother of John (’94) and Paul (’95) Schwenkler.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:
John E. Schwenkler
1994147 W Gray St Apt 810
Elmira, NY  14901-3022


For the repose of the soul of Anastasia Maria Cerny, the special needs baby of Bernadine (“Bunny” Martell) ’04 and Michael Cerny.

She passed peacefully in her mother’s arms this past Sunday, on December 9th.  Please pray for the consolation of the Cerny Family.

St. Anastasia, pray for us!

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Cerny
4117 N 123rd Ter
Kansas City, KS 66109-3104


12/13/18 — from Chip Hibl

Also from Chip Hibl:  Gabrielle Tuttle (’90) continues to improve. She is now off the ventilator. She is alert and can talk, but is very weak.  Things are improving, but please continue to keep her in your prayers.

I will send updates as any significant changes take place.

12/10/18 — URGENT prayer request

Another URGENT prayer request … this time for Fr. Mike Ruddick (’98) who has significant issues with his liver and has been hopitalized since late last week.  He is stabilized but still in very bad shape.  Please pray for Fr. Ruddick.  Apparently the family is seeking the intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen for Fr. Ruddick’s recovery..