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About the Library

Library Vision

The vision of the Mary S. Thelen Library is to support through its resources and services: an effective academic and educational environment; the educational, training, and research needs of the DMU educational community; and the attainment of information literacy for lifelong learning.

Library Mission

The mission of the Library of Divine Mercy University is to develop and enhance its resources and services in order to provide students and faculty with quality information resources and services that support the educational, training, and research needs of the Institute’s graduate level programs. The Library will continually seek to achieve its mission by developing, maintaining, and providing access to an organized collection of traditional print and non-print collections, electronic resources and information technologies and a variety of services that support and complement: the DMU curriculum and research programs; the development of DMU students, intellectually and professionally; the attainment and continual enhancement of the highest quality educational, training, and research environment of the DMU academic community; and the documentation and dissemination of Catholic/Christian approaches to psychology.

Biography of Mary S. Thelen

Mary Susan Hoppenjans (Thelen) on August 19, 1937, became the second of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hoppenjans.  Affectionately known to her family as Sue, she grew up in her birthplace of Covington, Kentucky, was an excellent student and leader, and attended Villa Madonna Academy.

On August 8, 1959, Mary Susan Hoppenjans married George J. Thelen.  The Thelens lived in northern Kentucky and shared their lives with four children – Maribeth, Jennifer Anne, Jay Paul, and Rebecca Sue.  The Thelen children were educated in Catholic schools through college; are all married; and have given their parents sixteen grandchildren.

Mrs. Thelen’s life journey was blessed by her wonderful family, however, it was also marked with valiant, faith filled battles to maintain her mental and physical health.

From her early 20’s through the rearing of her children, she suffered with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. After several attempts to get assistance, Mrs. Thelen in 1985 entered a rehabilitation program and successfully returned to a happy and healthful lifestyle. Ten years later, in 1995, Mrs. Thelen was diagnosed with cancer; received the various treatments, and remained determined to fight despite the pain and difficulty.  Mrs. Thelen died on May 29, 1996.

It is in tribute to Mrs. Thelen’s successful lifelong battle with anxiety and depression that Mr. Thelen and their family became benefactors and supported the naming of the Library in her memory and honor.