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Did you miss much?

Did you miss much?

Michelle Tedford January 24, 2023
The most-read stories from University of Dayton Magazine in 2022. Take a look. 

There was much to rejoice about in 2022, including the resumption of the in-person Reunion Weekend celebration. Our coverage of the event was one of the top-5 stories on the UD Magazine website this year. Take a peek at the other top contenders, including pieces that highlight UD’s expertise in religion and the Catholic faith. 

1. Meet Jesus’s ‘dad’: This article written for Father’s Day by Gloria Falcão Dodd, research professor in religious studies, sheds light on the importance of Joseph in the life of Jesus and in the founding of the Christian church.

Matt Dahlinghaus

2. Forever on the field: At the 50th anniversary of his death, Flyer football teammates honored the life of Matt Dahlinghaus with a reception, tailgate and pledge to support Flyer athletes who embody the traits of Dahlinghaus by donating to a scholarship in his memory.

3. Common counting: English professor Miriamne Ara Krummel shares the history of the common era calendar and how “A.D.” or C.E.” have not always been the ways humans mark our days.

4. We’re back! This article featuring sights and sounds from Reunion Weekend 2022 was nearly as popular as the event itself, the first such in-person celebration since the pandemic began. Relive the joy.

5. Funky Dublin: Students in the Pride of Dayton Marching Band write about their performances in and around Dublin, Ireland, during St. Patrick’s Day 2022.

Pride of Dayton in Dublin. Photo by Nick Bolin.


And the oldies but goodies keep rising to the top. Here are top hits from previous years that kept attracting audiences in 2022:

1. The Word of God isn’t just words: For Christians with hearing loss, services can be discouraging. Jana Bennett, professor of religious studies who has severe to profound hearing loss, discusses how worship can be inclusive, and how silence can also be seen as a gift from God. First published in 2020, it continues to be a favorite.

2. Why Communion matters: Professor Timothy Gabrielli, a scholar of Catholic sacramental theology, shares the history of the Eucharist and why it continues to be central to Catholics in this story from 2021.

3. Home with grandma: Amy George ’05 shares a touching recollection from childhood, originally published in her book Six Going on Seven: Short Stories from a Short Midwest Girl.

4. Dinosaurs and humans: In this article from 2020, professors William Trollinger and Susan L. Trollinger write that while the Creation Museum does not offer a scientific look at history, it does illuminate the ideas and workings of the American religious right.

Etchings of hell by Gustave Doré. From 1866 edition of The Vision of Hell, part of the rare book collection at UD Libraries. (Colorization added.)


5. The lesson from hell: Around Halloween, this UD Magazine story first featured in 2019 attracts readers in search of the history of hell, as well as current hellish depictions. It features the scholarship of associate professor Meghan Henning. This story has one of the highest all-time readerships on our website, with nearly 7,000 reads.

Have a story idea for us for 2023? Email it today to magazine@udayton.edu. And Happy New Year!

Best of 2021