Faculty 2012: Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell

May 12, 2012

Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell
President – Christendom College

The Rome Experience is honored to welcome Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell who will be teaching this year’s theme course, “Priest as Minister of Divine Mercy after the Sacred Heart of Christ”.

Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell is the President of Christendom College, a four-year, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located on the beautiful and historic Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Virginia.  Dr. O’Donnell describes the education offered by Christendom as one “which leads the student to the consecration of the intellect and will to Christ.”

Dr. O’Donnell received his early education at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California where he graduated with B.A. degrees in Philosophy and History.  He continued there, achieving the M.A. in Church History.  He completed his academic pursuits at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum), receiving the S.T.L. and S.T.D., the Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology degrees.  He was the first layman to receive a doctorate in ascetical and mystical theology from the Angelicum.

A well-known lecturer, Dr. O’Donnell is also the author of the acclaimed Heart of the Redeemer, a theological investigation and spiritual guide to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and the recently published Swords Around the Cross, a historical investigation of a crucial period in the history of Catholic Ireland.

Dr. O’Donnell and his wife, Catherine, have nine children and four grandchildren.  They reside in Stephen’s City, Virginia.


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