Catholic Studies in the Spirit of “Do Whatever He Tells You”


in The Catholic Studies Reader

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234103
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240906 | DOI:

Series: Catholic Practice in North America

Catholic Studies in the Spirit of “Do Whatever He Tells You”

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During a celebration of the University of Dayton's (UD) sesquicentennial in the year 2000, the singer-songwriter alumnus who headed the university's Center for Social Concern performed a song he had written for the occasion, “Do Whatever He Tells You.” This song has rich resonance not only for those committed personally and spiritually to Catholic tradition and its Marianist embodiment, but also for a compelling vision of intellectual life and university purpose. This chapter articulates the ideas that have both shaped and resulted from UD's practices, aimed at enlivening Catholic intellectual tradition on campus in service of sustaining and extending the university's Catholic mission. It explains why the university has chosen its particular approach to Catholic Studies, including some consideration of the benefits and risks. UD's Catholic identity pervades the university's curricular and extracurricular life, in the spirit of its founders, French priests of the Society of Mary, a religious order dedicated to education in all fields.

Keywords: University of Dayton; Catholic Studies; intellectual life; intellectual tradition; Catholic identity; Society of Mary

Chapter.  8554 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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