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Question about University of Dayton

hoosiermomhoosiermom Registered User Posts: 757 Member
edited April 2009 in University of Dayton
We have visited University of Dayton and my DD loved everything about it-size, sense of community, academics. It is a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition. Our student guide indicated that the only chapel services on campus are Catholic. We visited in the summer and I am wondering if there are ecumenical services during the main school year. Anyone know a mainstream Protestant whose spiritual needs are met at U of Dayton?
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Replies to: Question about University of Dayton

  • Firecube2426Firecube2426 Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Not that I know of but if I don't think she will find Christian or protestant service on campus. She might have to go out of campus on sunday mornings.
  • nocousinnocousin - Posts: 841 Member
    An excellent question. I dont know specifically about Dayton but at Jesuit Colleges, for example, there is always a Church or Cathedral with Roman Catholic Mass. But also you will frequently find Jewish Rabbis, Orthodox Priests and others either in the Campus Ministry offices to serve the non Catholic community on campus, or a place of worship which is utilized for services on campus. Catholic Schools dont prohibit the free exercise of religion.

    While Marianist High Schools tend to be conservative, I know that U Dayton is a more liberal group within the Marianists.

    I would inquire with the Office of Admissions and ask specifically about accomodations for people of other faiths and how they worship on campus or if a minister is in the Office of Campus Ministry.

    Many Jesuit colleges for example have prestigious Masters in Religious Studies programs which often include Protestant ministers as either faculty or sometimes even students.

    Dayton is a fine school and an excellent choice. I really wouldnt worry about anything if your D decides to attend there.

    Most Catholic schools run about 35-40% non-Catholic student body.

    Good luck.
  • hoosiermomhoosiermom Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    Thanks, that helps quite a bit. Dayton is sounding better everyday.
  • JASMacJASMac Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    firecube242t6: The last time I checked, Catholics were, in fact Christians!
  • Firecube2426Firecube2426 Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Yeah but two different animals. I'm not too much familiar with Catholics, they put alot of emphasis on the Virgin Mary, the Pope and all the lower hiarchies like Bishop. Protestants on the other hand just rely on God's word and everything the Bible says. So hooisermom's daughter who is protestant, may not find the Catholic environment beneficial. But on the other hand, I'm not sure how nonCatholics who go to Dayton deal with their everyday lives their.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,594 Senior Member
    I'm sure that your D could make connections with a church of her denomination in the area and get a ride to Sunday services, too.
  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,970 Senior Member
    Our Methodist friends' son is attending Dayton. On Saturday I asked them if he had mentioned anything about seeing a lot of Catholicism around campus and the answer was, "no". My son said many of his school events begin with prayer and that the school e-mails him every time an alumni or friend of the university passes away. I agree with atomom. Contact your nearest denomination's church and find out what they offer for Dayton students.
  • docmomdocmom Registered User Posts: 356 Member
    Firecube, just one word for your description of Catholicism: wrong. You should really get more informed. Catholicism is not centered on Mary, the popes, or the hierarchy. It is centered on the Word himself: Jesus Christ, who is the sole founder of our sect. We don't have a Wesley or a Luther.
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