Each year at Christmas the Marian Library at the University of Dayton displays hundreds of it collection of thousands of Nativity scenes. This year the collection highlights crèches which feature animals and other whimsical figures which I captured in these photos.





You can see photos of the entire collection at the Marian Library web site






Merry Christmas


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  1. Laura McManamon says:

    Loved seeing theses again at Christmas. Such a wonderful collection to see up close.

  2. Rachel Chadwick says:

    Thanks, Phil I enjoyed the exhibit last year. Merry Christmas! Sent from my iPhone


  3. David Fleming says:

    Joyous Christmas and many blessings for the year 2014!  You are in my fond thoughts and sincere prayers during this season.

    2013 has been a year of surprises and movement for me.  The biggest surprise was a request to return to India in order to take up once again, for a two-year interim, the work of training Marianist novices.  In March I was invited and accepted. In early May I finishing a year of teaching at the University of Dayton.  May-June was taken up with guiding a tour of faculty to places in France and Spain important to Marianist history, and then accompanying a group of engineering students getting acquainted with the architectural beauty of Florence.  For July I returned to the States to give a course on religious imagery at U.D. and a retreat to the Marianists in Mexico.  After that varied and stimulating summer, in mid-August  I moved once again to India, to Ranchi in the North (not too far from Calcutta).

    Since August 22 I have been here at Ranchi, at the beautiful Marianist novitiate property amid rice-fields and bright tropical flowers.  My task for this year and next is to guide the program here, while an Indian Marianist is finishing his preparation to take over this responsibility, scheduled for mid-2015.  Currently there are 10 Indian novices, young men between 18 and 25, struggling sometimes with English and trying to discern whether our life is truly God’s plan for them.   They are charming and highly cooperative, and I am enjoying the work so far.  Many lifelong bonds get forged in this process.

    So much for a little description of my life.  My best wishes and hopes for you in the year ahead!

    Peace,   Fr. David Fleming, s.m.

  4. Phyllis says:

    This reminds me of the collection we saw last year when we went to see your friend Molly at the Benedictine retreat house. Phyllis

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