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February 4, 2000

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Our Lady of Lourdes
Pope John Paul II on Mary and Consecrated Life
New Exhibit Coming February 14
Radio Maria
Mary's Assumption in Baroque Art
Send Us Your News
Did you know?
Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin
Mary in the Secular Press

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Mary and the Church: Figure and Model of the Church
William  Joseph Chaminade
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Our Lady of Lourdes

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Pope John Paul II prays at Lourdes, May 31, 1999 during the Feast of the Visitation

The liturgical calendar of the Church assigns February 11 as a memorial Mass in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes. To receive detailed information on Lourdes see:

See also on The Mary Page: Jubilee calendar for Lourdes

Pope John Paul II on Mary and Consecrated Life

In anticipation of the jubilee of consecrated life, celebrated in Rome on Wednesday, February 2, 2000, Pope John Paul II made use of the opportunity to speak about the jubilee of consecrated life during his usual Wednesday Angelus.

The Holy Father directed attention to Mary as a "model of the evangelical life." In this context, he stated:

I invite you all to spiritually join the brothers and sisters who express the different forms of consecrated life, because their vocation is a gift for the whole Church! The Bride of Christ, the Church herself, owes much of her beauty to the innumerable charisms of consecration that the Holy Spirit has inspired in the faithful over the centuries, beginning with the apostolic community until today. By their very presence, consecrated persons are a sign of Christ and of his lifestyle, and while they invite us to put nothing before God or his Kingdom, they are an example to all of generosity in prayer and dedication to their neighbor.

This is what we see realized perfectly in Mary of Nazareth: her most singular union with the incarnate Word makes her a model of the evangelical life, obedient, poor, and chaste like that of Jesus.

Consecrated persons, men and women, have always recognized in the Blessed Virgin the mother of their vocation, experiencing her kindly help in favorable times and in difficulties. Today, let us entrust to Mary all her consecrated daughters and sons. Let us pray that humanity will be able to find in their evangelical witness effective help to walk in the new millennium according to God's plan.

To see the entire article, visit EWTN NEWS at Angelus Message - January 30, 2000

New Exhibit Coming February 14

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The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute will feature a new exhibit from February 14 - March 17, 2000. Ioana Datcu, Romania (currently in Bloomington, Indiana), will present Love and Passion : Man of Sorrows – Mother of Compassion, mixed media icons on glass.

The exhibit will be virtual on Mary Page.

Radio Maria

Did you know that there is a radio station with the name Radio Maria that transmits in Europe to Germany, France, Croatia, Malta, Austria, Poland, Russia, and Spain? In Africa Radio Maria transmits to Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tansania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia; in South America to Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, Columbia, Panama and Peru; and in New York there is also a Radio Maria.

Radio Maria is a private initiative of the Catholic Church and each nation is independent regarding content and financial questions. Volunteers help to man the stations and promote the work under a non-profit status. Only one aspect is to be secured by all stations bearing the title of Radio Maria: The programs are to be faithful to the teachings of the Church.

The programs include prayer, liturgical readings, Holy Mass, catechesis, pastoral helps, the Church's Liturgy of the Hours, reports from Radio Vatican, rosary, programs for youth, music, talk shows.

We have the addresses of two locations where information can be obtained:

Studio Amstetten / Kirchenstrasse 17 / 3300 Amstetten / Tel 07472/236 17 and in Vienna at Büro Wien / Erdbergstrasse 90-2a / 1030 Wien / Tel 01/710 70 72.

Mary's Assumption in Baroque Art

The prestigious journal, Das Münster, Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, (Vol 4, 1999 - ISSN 0027-299-X), has two features with a particular Marian emphasis:

The article on Marian coronation briefly develops the Medieval spirituality of Marian coronation as an expression of Mary as the merciful intercessor. Full color illustrations represent a selection of fine coronation altars, and the author gives the history and shows the relationship of the art forms in the northern and southern areas of Europe .

Kurt Lussi's article of Mary's Assumption in the tradition of baroque art begins by establishing doctrinal basis of the Assumption. He then proceeds to illustrate how the Assumption paintings protray Mary as she is engulfed in Light. He points out how God is described as Light and how Mary is drawn to the Light. This article, too, provides several full color illustrations.

Send Us Your News

Are you planning a Marian conference, pilgrimage, retreat, exhibition, etc? Please send us your information, and we will post this on our Mary Page calendar.

Did you know?

The German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 13, 2000, ran a full length feature of the French heritage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The article speaks of a recently published tourist which shows the Acadian flag posted parallel to the Canadian flag. The Acadian flag has the French colors at the center of which is a star. The star is a symbol for the Virgin Mary who is the patroness of all Acadians who were dispersed on every sea.

Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin

We received an email with the following information:

$25 million shrine to be constructed in the town of Shelby (Diocese of La Crosse), Wisconsin. The shrine complex will be dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and construction will begin in spring. The complex will be built on an 80-acre site and built entirely through donations, with no diocesan funds. To date commitments for donations totaling about $15 million have been given for the shrine, including a $5 million endowment for ongoing maintenance and development of the shrine.

The land, which belonged to the late Robert Swing and his wife, Lucille, was donated by the Swing family last year. One of the Swings' sons, the Rev. John Swing, is a priest of the diocese. A daughter, Jeanne Pavela, is the wife of La Crosse physician Dr. Stephen Pavela. The project, which has been in the planning for more than a year, will begin with the construction of a visitor center and then a church, with seating for about 350. The project will take several years to complete.

The complex also will include a place for outdoor Masses, a center for doctrinal and spiritual renewal of catechism teachers, a residence for the director of the shrine, a convent for contemplative religious sisters who will maintain constant prayer at the shrine, and several smaller chapels.

There also will be a "Mary's Garden'' filled with plants named for Mary, the mother of Jesus. The garden will be a place for meditation and prayer. Bishop Bishop Raymond L. Burke said a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe is appropriate because the message given by the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1531 to a Mexican peasant was intended for all people in the Americas, not just those in Central and South America.

The bishop envisions the shrine as a place where people from the diocese and beyond will come for prayer and spiritual renewal. The complex will not have overnight accommodations for pilgrims because the city already has numerous hotels and motels where people can stay.

The center for catechists will be operated by members of the Association of Marian Catechists, a movement founded in Detroit by the Rev. John Hardon. The movement is committed to bringing about a renewal of devotion to Mary among Catholics.

For more information write to: Diocese of La Crosse, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, Wis. 54602.

[Source of this information: LaCrosse Triune staff Gayda Hollnagel and Reid Magney (]

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from January 21 - January 31, 2000.

The director and editors of Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.