Serenity Pines


Serenity Pines, a special space for reflection, is a quiet, beautiful oasis right next to the largest residence hall on the campus of the University of Dayton. Situated next to the Marianist Cemetery and sheltered by pine trees, it makes the perfect place to get away from the crowd for silence and reflection.


Serenity Pines was a vision held by popular staffer Joe Bell, a 1973 grad who was called to an early death in 2000. This quiet spot commemorates all students, faculty and staff who have died while a part of the UD community. Their names are inscribed on leafs of the grill work in the space.




The special feature of the space is a large mill stone from which water gushes to reflect a quote inscribed there from Marianist Founder William Joseph Chaminade:  I am like a brook that makes no effort to overcome obstacles in its way. All the obstacles can do is hold me up for a while, as a brook is held up; but during that time it grows broader and deeper and after a while it overflows the obstruction and flows along again. That is how I am going to work.” 


Serenity Pines is a good example of how landscape design can aid reflection and prayer.


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10 Responses to Serenity Pines

  1. rita kowats says:

    I am right here with you. What a stunning backdrop for my morning mediation. Thank you.

  2. Julie O'Hara says:

    Beautiful! I don’t think this was here when I was at UD. I hope my son Connor went there a few times in his college days at UD.

  3. Tom j. j. Oster says:

    Thanks Phil for sharing some of Dayton’s treasures,and history. I’ll have to visit a few of these places next time through. You’ve probably met Carmine and Frank during their Home Leave this past summer. Carm returned to Zambia, through Nairobi, about a month ago, but Frank had a few health issues to check out. Hope you are doing well health wise, for I enjoy your Moseying: Tom Oster


  4. Chris Winstanley says:

    Sounds like a lovely place. I would Ike to see it when I am in Dayton next time

  5. says:

    Thanks for sharing. I will have to get some NHBers to visit there. I like it. I am learning more about meditation these days…My work with Red Cross, has made me conscious of what I call “flashes of grace” ….coincidences of events, witnessing personal strength in disaster and more….

    See you in band today.


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