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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 2012-13 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

David O'Brien, former University Professor of Faith and Culture, talked to Catholic News Service on the traditional partnership between faith organizations and government in supporting charitable work.

Religious studies professor Bill Portier was quoted in a June CQ Researcher piece on the future of the Catholic Church.

Local, Regional and National Issues

Vince Miller, the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology, was included in an open letter on the Center for American Progress website March 12 critiquing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal.

Several outlets covered the University's annual Daniel J. Kane award, given to Vatican Radio host Sean-Patrick Lovett in early February, including The Catholic TelegraphThe Catholic Beat, and The St. Anthony Messenger

Miguel Díaz, University Professor of Faith and Culture, and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, talked to the Chicago Tribune about what the president should look for in naming his successor.

Jana Bennett, assistant professor of religious studies, talked to the Catholic World Report Jan. 3 on the legacy of Dorothy Day.

Miller also talked to Catholic News Service on Sept. 24 about the presidential candidates’ differing views of the federal budget.

Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair of Catholic Theology and Culture, wrote an extensive opinion piece Sept. 21 in America magazine on Catholic social thinking on the redistribution of wealth.

David O’Brien, University Professor of Faith and Culture, talked to the National Catholic Reporter on Sept. 1 about a statement by the U.S. bishops. The Associated Press also interviewed O'Brien Sept. 17 about parish restructuring; The Boston Globe and other outlets carried the story. 

David O'Brien, former University Professor of Faith and Culture, wrote about renewal and reform in the Catholic Church in the Aug. 13 America magazine.

William Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology, talked to The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 5 about American nuns' conflict with the Vatican.

Sandra Yocum, associate professor of religious studies, on July 2 talked to the National Catholic Reporter about increased need for dialogue among bishops and theologians.

Religion and Politics

The Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor Aug. 22 from Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, about the Catholic view of the role of government.

Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, wrote an opinion piece July 30 for America magazine about the Catholic social doctrine of subsidiarity and how it has been used in federal budget discussions.

Many national media outlets mentioned University Professor of Faith and Culture Miguel Díaz when President Obama nominated Ken Hackett as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. EWTN/Catholic News Agency picked up Díaz's statement.

Catholic Education

Vatican Radio on May 13 interviewed four students in the Chaminade Scholars program who were on an immersion trip to Rome.

The Catholic Telegraph previewed the Catholic Education Summit to be held on campus July 12.

The Catholic Beat, a regional Catholic website, featured associate professor of visual arts Kyle Phelps and his twin brother Kelly in a story about their recent sculpture collaboration.

The Catholic News Service in an April 5 story featured Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, for her presentation at the annual meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association. The NCEA also conducted an interview with her.

The Associated Press wrote a story on law student Matthew Henrici, the fourth generation of his family to graduate from the University of Dayton as far back to its days as St. Mary's Institute. More than 30 Ohio outlets picked up the story as well as Dayton's ABC22/Fox 45 and WHIO-TV.

The Lansing State Journal featured the University's Lalanne Program in a Nov. 21 story about a Catholic education revival.

The National Catholic Register in an Aug. 7 story described the decades of work of Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., has given to the Caribbean School of Catholic Communications.

The Troy Daily News mentioned the University's Lalanne Program that supports Catholic education in high-need areas and quoted a Lalanne teacher in an Aug. 26 story.


The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) featured the local University of Dayton alumni group in a Christmas Day story about their Christmas off Campus event benefiting local children.

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