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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 2013-14 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

An April 1 National Catholic Reporter story titled "Francis a complete break from predecessors, conference says" quotes religious studies professor Dennis Doyle. 

A story titled "What Does Pope Francis Believe About Pets?" ran Feb. 20 with thoughts from Miguel Díaz, University Professor of Faith and Culture.

Jamaica Speaks radio on Jan. 16 discussed Pope Francis' recent writings on evangelization with religious studies professor Dennis Doyle and Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and Virtual Community for Faith Formation.

The Argentine newspaper Ambito quoted Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, in a Jan. 6 story about the popularity of Pope Francis in the U.S.

Dayton-area media reported that a $12 million renovation to the Immaculate Conception Chapel will begin in August. The Thanksgiving Day story by the Dayton Daily News included a video and photo gallery, WHIO-TV ran three distinct stories throughout the Thanksgiving weekend and ABC22/Fox 45 also did a story. The Columbus Dispatch ran the DDN story online and in print, and outlets throughout Ohio carried an Associated Press story on the announcement.

The December issue of Ohio Magazine featured the Marian Library’s annual display of Nativity scenes and was just one of many stories about the display. WNKU radio carried an extended interview with Fr. Johann Roten, S.M. The display was also popular with Dayton-area media, including  WHIO radio. Nativities on loan from the library also drew coverage: WYNN-TV in Rochester, N.Y., Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNewark Advocate, and blogs.

Christmas on Campus received nice coverage from media around the region. Sacred Heart Radio's website picked up our news release about Christmas on Campus. did a hometown story about a student on the Christmas on Campus planning committee. Dayton TV stations ABC 22/Fox 45 and WDTN-TV covered the beginning of the process of decorating campus the week before the event.

Daniel J. Curran, president, was quoted in a story on American about the University of Dayton's interaction with the Catholic church in China. 

The Washington Post featured a commentary on Thanksgiving, Catholics and poverty by David O'Brien, past University Professor of Faith and Culture.

The New York Times quoted Miller in a story about Pope Francis' goals for an inclusive church. 

Public News Service mentioned the University of Dayton in a roundup of what Ohio universities are doing to observe hunger and homelessness awareness week.

Doyle talked to Washington Monthly magazine about how Catholic teachings can change.

Local, Regional, National and International Issues

Voice of Russia Radio and Arise TV interviewed associate religious studies professor Sandra Yocum about Pope Francis and the Vatican. Arise News is an international network that reaches nearly 120 million people. Voice of Russia broadcasts to 160 countries in 38 languages. Programs are broadcast to the USA through satellite channels cable, FM and mobile communication links in 16 states.

National Catholic Reporter quoted religious studies professor Dennis Doyle in a story about factions in the U.S. Catholic Church.

The Brazilian publication ISTOÉ quoted Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, in a May 30 story about Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land. In it, she said, "The pope's trip to the Middle East is in agreement with the message that he is communicating in homilies, speeches and catechesis on the joy of the Gospel. He has a high priority on defining a way for all people to work together for peace and create a culture of dialogue."

WOR-AM in New York City interviewed Doyle for a story April 25 about the canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Politico quoted Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology, in a March 26 story about the politics involved in the meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis. CBS Radio News, which has affiliates nationwide, and Al Hurra TV, financed by the U.S. government to provide news to the Middle East, also interviewed Miller about the trip.

Doyle talked to Jamaica Speaks radio Feb. 7 about a UN committee on the rights of children's report critical of the Catholic Church.

The Associated Press talked to Doyle for a Jan. 31 story about the pope's upcoming appointment of an archbishop for Chicago and what that might indicate for the U.S. Catholic church.

The Los Angeles Times and several other Tribune newspapers quoted Yocum in a Dec. 28 story about Pope Francis' relationship with U.S. nuns.

Ozymandias, a young-adult-focused online news site, quoted Miller in a Nov. 16 story about Pope Francis' interaction with bishops.

Assistant communication professor Joe Valenzano wrote an op-ed Oct. 16 for about the Pope's public relations strategy.

A pair religious studies faculty took to the national airwaves to discuss Pope Francis. Doyle was a guest of Joie Chen on Al Jazeera America's primetime show "America Tonight" to discuss Pope Francis'. Miguel Díaz was a guest on Al Mundo's midday show carried on XM Radio.

The Catholic Beat wrote about the Aug. 3 profession of vows of Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI.

The Associated Press called on Bill Portier July 26 for a story about the pope's comments on the elderly that was widely picked up by many outlets, including The New York Times.

Global Post quoted Miller in a story on the pope's trip to Brazil and contributed a piece to America magazine on spirituality and globalization.

Doyle engaged in a half-hour conversations about Pope Francis on the Jamaica Speaks radio program July 23. He also talked to Jamaica Speaks about Pope Francis on Aug. 6.

The Catholic Beat carried a story on the Rosary Rally.

Catholic Education

Radio Maria, a national Catholic radio station, featured the University's Center for Catholic Education five times: contemporary education in a digital world and distance education April 2; Eduction Summit March 26; the St. Remy Initiative Jan. 22; peace in schools and communities Jan. 15; and an interview with Susan Ferguson, director of the Center for Catholic Education, about the center on Dec. 11

The Catholic Telegraph and The Catholic Beat blog in Cincinnati covered the second annual Catholic Education Summit on campus.


The Catholic Beat featured a blog post Jan. 30 about the I Love UD kickoff.

Public News Service mentioned the University of Dayton in a roundup of what Ohio universities are doing to observe hunger and homelessness awareness week.

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