Monday October 24, 2016

Briefly Speaking

Diversity in the Catholic Church, business leadership among upcoming University of Dayton events.


University of Dayton Campus Ministry activities in October and November will recognize Hispanic and Black Catholics and veterans. All events are open to the public. 

Oct. 23-Nov. 4: Dia de los Muertos side altar in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration for people of Latin America, as well as Mexican-Americans. "Our beloved dead are joyfully remembered through pictures and items that remind us of their life. Skulls and skeletons are a popular symbol of the day. All are welcome to place a paper copy of a picture of their beloved dead on the Dia de los Muertos altar, located in the center devotional space in the North wall of the Chapel," said Kathy Sales, assistant director of campus ministry for liturgy. 

12:30 p.m. Nov. 2: All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos English/Spanish Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. 

4:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Sears Recital Hall: Annual Father Joseph M. Davis, S.M., Black Catholic History Month Lecture. "Black Catholic Spirituality and Freedom: Black Life Matters." by Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, from the Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Sponsored by the department of religious studies.

12:30 p.m. Nov. 11: Mass will honor veterans with a special blessing and remembrance of University of Dayton alumni who died in active service. 

6 p.m. Nov. 13: Black Catholic Mass in celebration of Black Catholic History Month. All are welcome to honor the contributions of African-Americans to the Catholic Church during the month of November. Deacon Royce Winters, director of the Office of African American Catholic Ministries with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, will deliver the homily at this liturgy. 

For more information, contact University of Dayton Campus Ministry at 937-229-3339. For interviews and access to the chapel, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at or 937-229-3391. No tripods are allowed in the chapel. 


Professional Development Programs

Oct. 27: "Project Leadership." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively lead all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni, and $299 for center partners. For a complete schedule, list of speakers and session topics or to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link. 

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building. 


Several University of Dayton departments, offices, faculty, staff and students have organized a monthly prayer service for peace and people impacted by discrimination and violence. The prayer service will be held on the third Thursday of every month at 12:15 p.m. around the peace pole in the courtyard between St. Mary's Hall and the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The prayer service is open to the public. "As brothers and sisters in solidarity with those affected by discrimination and violence, we believe our prayers for peace and the common good can stimulate change. We also want to create a space for anyone affected by discrimination and violence to embrace and express their emotions," said Mike Bennett, campus minister for retreats and faith communities. "It is our hope for the future these prayer services will help bring healing, empathy, awareness, reconciliation and transformation on our campus, in our city and country, and beyond." For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at or 937-229-3391.

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