One of the (few) bright spots at my undergraduate alma mater, the University of Dayton, is its Marian Research Institute under Fr. Johann Roten, S.M. Their research has always been solid and their doctrine and spirituality orthodox. The Catholic Telegraph reports that the school and institute are hosting a “Rosary Rally” this Tuesday on campus. Perhaps it’ll be a good night for a drive up north.

DAYTON, Ohio — An unusual procession dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, will travel from a hill high on the University of Dayton campus to its heart during a “Rosary Rally.”

Along the way, participants will stop at five stations to explore the major events in the public life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary with dance, music, prayer and meditation.

“When you look at the history of religion, one of the activities that attracts people the most is the pilgrimage,” said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research and special projects for the University of Dayton’s Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. “There is great joy in moving toward a goal and doing it in the company of other people.”

The rally begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, near the Marycrest Residence Complex. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. It’s free and open to the public and is part of the “Our Faith and Mary: A Symposium to Celebrate the Year of Faith” symposium scheduled for July 30 – Aug. 1 at the University. …