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Current Exhibit

Mary in Catholic Education

March 4 – June 28, 2024


Free and open to the public

The Society of Mary opened its first school in 1819 in Bordeaux, France, and education continues to be a key element of the Marianist mission. The Blessed Virgin Mary is an integral component of this educational culture as both a subject of teaching and an exemplar for educators. In this exhibit, teacher education students at the University of Dayton use materials from the Marian Library’s collections to explore how Catholic ideals have been shared with different audiences through various media. From Catholic comic books to an 18th-century primer and Marianist manga, visit to learn more about Mary across educational genres and cultures.

Plan Your Visit

Visit between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday from March 4 through June 28, 2024 when the Marian Library is open to the public.

Closed March 19, May 27 and June 19.

Please check the Marian Library calendar before visiting.

This exhibit is a self-guided experience. It is located on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library building. It is appropriate for all ages. 


  • Familiarize yourself with accessibility assistance in Roesch Library.
  • In general, it should take around 30 minutes to an hour to explore the exhibit. Plan to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before closing time. Please see the Exhibit Hours tab for more information.

It is helpful for our staff to know when large groups plan to visit. Please email or call 937-229-4214 to inform us of your chosen date and time. To help you plan your outing in advance, we will send you an educator guide via email that contains helpful tips for navigating the exhibit with groups of all ages, bus drop off locations and parking information.



If you are visiting on a weekday, a parking pass is required. For a free parking pass, drive through the main campus entrance on Stewart Street just east of Brown Street and follow the signs to visitor parking. Stop at the visitor center, and an attendant will issue a parking pass. The closest entrance to P Lot is the ground floor (Learning Teaching Center) entrance. B Lot is closest to the main entrance of Roesch Library. 

See University of Dayton Public Safety Visitor and Event Parking for more information regarding car and bus parking.


CEU and Vocare Credit Opportunity
Catholic Educator Workshop

9:30 a.m. to Noon Thursday, June 6

Catholic grade school and high school administrators, faculty and staff are invited to a half-day workshop focused on Mary in Catholic education. The day will begin with an introduction to the Marian Library and its resources followed by:

  • A reflective prayer experience on the role of Mary in Catholic school classrooms.
  • Breakout sessions in grade-level groups (pre-K-6; 7-12) to explore how Mary can be a presence in your teaching throughout each day and across the curriculum.
  • Time to visit the Mary in Catholic Education exhibit.

This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. 

Pre-k–6 Session Leader

Mary-Kate Sableski
Associate professor; Leary Chair for Innovation in Education, Health and Wellness, University of Dayton; Marian Library researcher-in-residence, 2024

Mary-Kate Sableski is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature, literacy methods, and literacy intervention and assessment. Her research focuses on diverse children’s literature and instructional support for struggling readers.

7–12 Session Leaders

Martha Saurine 
Director of campus ministry, Carroll High School; bachelor's in religious studies and master's in interdisciplinary education, University of Dayton

Jim Murray 
Campus minister, Carroll High School; bachelor's in religious studies and master’s in community counseling, University of Dayton

Martha Saurine and Jim Murray have worked in parish ministry and secondary education in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for over 30 years. Both have strong connections to the Marianists through lay communities and various councils and boards.



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