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Catholic, Marianist Identity

The University of Dayton’s Catholic, Marianist identity infuses campus with a commitment to learning and living in community with opportunities for spiritual growth and service.

The distinctive Marianist attributes of a University of Dayton education of learning in community, serving others and adapting to changing times were often highlighted in news stories during the 2011-12 academic year. As one of the top 10 Catholic universities in the U.S. and a leader in Catholic thought and Marian scholarship, University of Dayton experts provided context and commentary on the intersection of faith and public policy, Catholic teachings, religious devotion and U.S. Catholicism.

Religion, Faith and Culture

Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, was quoted in a Sept. 30 Religion News Service story on Catholic views of the death penalty. The story was widely carried by news outlets, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

America, a national Catholic magazine, featured commentary from David O’Brien, University Professor of Faith and Culture, titled “Learning From 9/11” in its Aug. 29 edition. Catholic San Francisco was among the outlets picking up the story.

Philadelphia public radio station WHYY-FM interviewed O'Brien about implications of a criminal conviction for a cover-up in the sex abuse scandal.

McClatchy News Service published an op-ed Easter Sunday by religious studies professor Matthew Levering about the meaning of resurrection for today. 

McClatchy News Service carried an opinion piece about Christmas by O’Brien which appeared in more than 10 media outlets during the week of Christmas, including the Akron Beacon Journal.

Several commentaries by O’Brien were widely distributed in November. O’Brien’s piece on Veterans Day was carried by the McClatchy-News Tribune Service. He wrote about the U.S. Catholic bishops’ long-standing views about economic justice for Commonweal magazine.

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops started their meeting on Nov. 14, The Washington Post “On Faith” blog asked O’Brien for his thoughts on what should be at the top of the agenda. O’Brien suggested the bishops turn their focus to the rising number of Americans in poverty and the Catholic Church’s teachings that compel Catholics to help the poor.

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed campus minister Emily Strand for a July 14 story about the final film in the Harry Potter series. Strand highlighted the Christian themes in the books, which “put love as the highest good, and self-sacrifice as a norm of life, at least for brave and true characters.” More than 100 outlets around the country carried the story.

Local, Regional and National Issues

David O’Brien, University professor of faith and culture, was quoted July 23 on page one of The New York Times about challenges to the Catholic Church’s prohibition on the ordination of women. “They are saying, ‘We don’t have enough priests, we’re closing down parishes.’ It’s a sign that the pastoral needs are sufficiently grave now that priests are speaking up and saying, ‘Wait a minute, you can’t just ignore the pastoral consequences of the things you do and say at the top.’”

Inside Higher Ed on March 19 talked to a University of Dayton student about secular organizations on campus.  

The Catholic News Service and the Dayton Daily News on March 8 wrote about documentary filmmaker Martin Doblemeier, recipient of the Dan Kane Award for Religious Communication.

Dennis Doyle, religious studies professor, was quoted April 30 in the Wisconsin State Journal about a contentious parish conflict in that state.

The Marian Library’s annual Nativity set exhibit was covered by the “Son Rise” program of Sacred Heart Radio, heard around the world.

The Catholic Telegraph reported August events honoring Br. Frank Diebel, S.M. Diebel, a retired University librarian, celebrated his 103rd birthday and 85th anniversary as a Marianist on the same day.

Religion News Service wrote about the challenges free-thinker clubs have on religious campuses and talked to the Rev. James Fitz, S.M., rector and vice president for mission, about the University’s position. The story was carried by The Washington Post and USA Today.

The Philadelphia Inquirer carried a July 26 opinion piece by O’Brien on the appointment of a new archbishop in the wake of sex abuse revelations in the Philadelphia diocese.

Religion and Politics

Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, talked to USA Today April 27 about whether GOP plans for the federal budget are in accord with Catholic social teaching.

Bill Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair in Catholic Theology, talked to The Associated Press Feb. 26 about Rick Santorum’s appeal to evangelical voters.

Catholic Education

The Catholic Telegraph and the Catholic News Service covered a high-ranking cardinal's June 18 keynote address to an international conference at the University on Catholic business education. The National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register and various blogs, including Hispanic Business News picked up stories about the conference. The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV also carried stories.  

The Catholic Beat in Cincinnati on June 1 promoted the upcoming Catholic Education Summit at the University.

The Catholic Beat, a new regional Catholic online news outlet based in Cincinnati, and the Dayton Daily News wrote about the appointment of Br. Tom Giardino, S.M., as executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities.

The Charleston (S.C.) Examiner wrote a story July 12 about the University’s Virtual Learning Center for Faith Formation offering online courses for Catholic education. “The Internet is in the fabric of our society now. This is not going to change,” said Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, which manages the VLCFF.

Roman Missal

The Washington Post quoted former campus minister Emily Strand in an Oct. 27 story about changes to the Roman Missal. Dozens of outlets around the country picked up the story.

The University of Dayton’s involvement in preparing Catholics for changes to the Roman Missal attracted attention locally and nationally. Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, was a guest Aug. 24 on the satellite radio program “The Busted Halo” to talk about an online course and free podcast, both offered by the University. The St. Petersburg Times, the Pittsburgh Catholic and the Dayton Daily News also featured the programs.