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February 18, 2000

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Film Festival: On Mary in Film
New Exhibit: Ioana Datcu
Pope John Paul II: Importance of Shrines
Youth Gathering Turns Its Attention to Mary
Spiritual Awakening:

Healing Hearts Through the Creative Arts
Fr. Peyton's Family Rosary Work Expands
Korean Chaplet
Congratulations to Former IMRI Student
Marian Catechesis of Pope John Paul II

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Features (continued)

Montfort & Mary's Flowers
Chaminade Will Be Beatified
Our Lady of the Millennium
Mary in the Secular Press
Consecration of Russia
From A Reader

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This week's themes:
Mary and the Church
Mother of the Faithful (Spiritual Motherhood)
William  Joseph Chaminade
Vignette-19 / Cameo-19

Film Festival: On Mary in Film

brochure] The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute is sponsoring a film festival in conjunction with the University of Dayton's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Seven films spanning the history of film will be viewed during the festival which extends from February 17, to April 5, 2000. Multi-disciplinary talks by various professors of the university will place each film in its broader context.

[Hunchback of Notre

Responsible for the sessions are Michael Duricy, Research Assistant, and Fr. Johann G. Roten, Director of the Institute. Duricy has studied the images and symbolism of the Blessed Virgin in Mary since the origin of cinema. According to Duricy, the Virgin Mary first appeared in film either in 1898 or 1899. The series will study how these representations express the currents of the time according to various perspectives.

In addition to the film/lecture series, Duricy has also taught courses on Mary in film at the International Marian Research Institute.

[Song of

[Nights of Cabiria] [Miracle of Our Lady of
[Milky Way & Godfather
III] The free program takes place at Sears Hall of the Humanities Building at the University of Dayton. Each evening opens at 7 pm with a 30 minute lecture followed by the showing of the film, and concludes with questions and refreshments.

The public is welcome.

[Mary of Nazareth]

New Exhibit: Love and Passion: Man of Sorrows - Mother of Compassion by Ioana Datcu

[Datcu Annunciation]

The works of Rumanian artist, Ioana Datcu, are now on exhibit at The Marian Library. Her works for the exhibit are mixed media icons on glass. See the virtual exhibit on Mary Page at:

Love and Passion: Man of Sorrows - Mother of Compassion

Pope John Paul II: Importance of Shrines and Other Recent Quotes

Youth Gathering Turns Its Attention to Mary

INDIANAPOLIS-- "Here am I, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me according to your word."

These words of Mary the mother of Jesus capture the "hole card" of Christian faith: complete trust in God "when the incredible is dumped in your lap," the Rev. Houston Hodges told participants in "The Dawn ... an Epiphany" Dec. 30.

After studying Jacob the day before, the more than 2,000 Presbyterian young people attending the millennium-turning event turned their attention to Mary. "The wheel of destiny turned and turned and stopped on the least likely person in all the world," Hodges said during his morning Bible study, which was punctuated by an extraordinary interpretive dance by Noelle Goodman-Morris of the Portola Valley (Calif.) Presbyterian Church drama troupe, which provided dramatic illustrations of the Bible lessons throughout "the Dawn."

Mary's response to the angel's message that she would become the mother of the Messiah, Hodges said, was a disbelieving "Duh, I'm a virgin." But the angel said, "Don't worry, I'll take care of it." And then, in a contemporary translation of the famed magnificat, Hodges told his youthful congregation, Mary responds, "It'll be okay."

"The same is true here," Hodges continued. "God has something special in store for you and no matter how topsy-turvy the world gets and no matter how angry or confused you feel, no matter how inadequate you consider yourself, it'll be okay. The trait that brought Mary through was trust and that same trait is inside of you "that God can use you for God's purposes the same way God used Mary's complete trust."

While Mary's experience was very dramatic, not all encounters with God are so obvious, said the Rev. Mark Goodman-Morris in his evening homily. Goodman-Morris, who is pastor of the Portola Valley church and played Jacob in the previous day's dramatic presentations, said God comes to people in two ways: "the blinding flash of light and the twinkle of the starlight."

"The core of our being," Goodman-Morris said, "is the realization that we are loved by God. This is the meaning of epiphany" when our longing for God meets God's longing for us."

Such starlight epiphanies happen in a variety of ways, Goodman-Morris continued. "It can be when a song touches you in just the right way, when a speaker says just the right word, or when a friend offers you just what you need at the exact right moment." He then said he had such a "God-moment" earlier in the day watching his daughter perform her dance during the morning Bible study.

And so it was for Mary, Goodman-Morris said. "God scooped down and scooped Mary up."

Mary Page received permission to print the above feature by Jerry L. Van Marter on January 4, 2000, from Presbyterian Church USA

Spiritual Awakening

Among the many jubilees of the Holy Year, this past week saw the celebration of the jubilee with art in mind. Through the Internet, there are dozens of sites that are beginning to promote religious/spiritual art. Marian art can be found among them.

For an example of current Marian art being sold via the web, see:

Mary, Gift of Hope and Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Explanations for the images are also given at the site.

Fr. Peyton's Family Rosary Work Expands

Under the leadership of Fr. John Phalen, CSC, the work of Fr. Peyton of The Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions continues and flourishes. The Winter 2000 issue of their Newsletter includes an article telling of the groundbreaking for a 22,7000-square-foot building which will be home to the international headquarters for three of its member apostolates: Family Rosary, Family Rosary International and the new Fr. Peyton Family Institute.

The groundbreaking took place last September 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross, of which Fr. Peyton was a member during his lifetime. The new headquarters will be called the Peyton Center. The facility will include staff offices, the archives of the organization, but will also accommodate pilgrims and visitors, a gift shop, a small chapel, a cafeteria, and a room for viewing Family Theater Productions. For more information call Margaret Malicki at (800) 299-7729.

Korean Chaplet


A recent gift to the Marian Library urges us to join in prayer regarding the intentions for which it was made. The rosary chaplet pictured here has a cross in the shape of North and South Korea. The chaplet is prayed for the peaceful unification of the Koreans.

Congratulations to Former IMRI Student

The faculty and staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute wish to congratulate Sr. Thomas Mary of the Immaculate Conception, OP on the Profession of her solemn vows at the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace in North Guilford, Connecticut.

The image to the right was used as the announcement card of Sr. Thomas Mary's profession. The art work is an oil painting by Sr. M. Grace Thul, OP, and is entitled, "The Word was made flesh." To see more of Sr. Grace Thul's work see: Visual Prayers

[Word was made flesh]

Marian Catechesis of Pope John Paul II

Pauline Books & Media have compiled the Marian catechesis given by Pope John Paul II from September 1995 - November 1997. The book, Theotókos, Woman, Mother, Disciple has a forward by Rev. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm, Professor emeritus of theology, Loyola University of Chicago and member of the staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.

The volume contains 70 talks given during general audiences and includes bibliographical references and an index. ISBN 0-8198-7401-9 (pbk)

Montfort & Mary's Flowers

Rev. Roger M. Charest, S.M.M., editor of Queen, recently reviewed the book, Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends, and Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow who is affiliated with The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Charest provided a gem in his commentary worth collecting as a note for future reference:

On a personal note, as a Montfort Missionary, I must admit that upon reading this Mary-oriented botanical book of flowers and Mary gardens, I could not help but relate St. Louis Marie's affinity to its Marian spirituality. In his "Secret of Mary", our Saint writes: "Mary is God's garden of Paradise, his unspeakable world, into which his Son entered, to tend it and to take delight in it. He created a world for the wayfarer, i.e., the one in which we live. He created a second world–Paradise–for the Blessed in heaven. He created a third one for Himself, which He named MARY."

Source: Queen of All Hearts, February 2000, p. 36.

Chaminade Will Be Beatified

It's official -- Father William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, will be beatified in Rome on Sept. 3. The theme of the three-day celebration:

"Whatever He tells you, do it!

For more information, contact Bro. Don Boccardi, S.M., at

Our Lady of the Millennium

For more information on the apostolate of Our Lady Of the Millennium see the work of Oscar Mendez at Our Lady of the Millennium

Mary In The Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from February 3 to 15, 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.

Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mary Page sometimes receives questions concerning the question: Was Russia consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? There are movements in the Church who respond: "No, there was no participation of the bishops and there was no mention of Russia" when the Holy Father prayed prayers of consecration on May 13, 1982 and March 25, 1984.

It is appropriate to know the reasoning of those convinced that the request of Our Lady was not implemented. Although not condoning their opinion we wish to attract our readers' attention to the existence of the following brochure:12 Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." To obtain the brochure, write to:

The Fatima Center
17000 State Route 30
Constable, NY 12926

or see the website at

From A Reader

Mary Page receives dozens of emails. Among the many questions presented to its director, there are also testimonies that make it all worthwhile to create a website such as this. We would like to share part of one we received not long ago at the turn of the millennium.

I'm writing to THANK YOU! for the wonderful Christmas gift -- your Mary Page.

My family celebrated Christmas last weekend so they are free to concentrate on their individual family traditions and visits to in-laws, etc. This frees me to spend quiet time praising God for His Gift to us...and contemplating hte Birth of the Christ Child. In my grandparenthood, I have finally reached the age where I can reflect on the more important facets of my life -- my spiritual life and some of the rich resources you provide will improve my quality of life

... So, I want you to know how much I appreciate having the Marian Resources online and being able to visit during this holy season. ... This has made my Christmas so much more meaningful. I applaud all who have contributed in any way to constructing such a rich resource. God bless you.

Our director responded (excerpt): "For us to know that the efforts put into our website has touched a spiritual chord in other people is a great gift that gives us courage and joy to continue this mission. Thank you."

Mary and the Church: Mother of the Faithful (Spiritual Motherhood)

Mary Page offers reflections on Marian themes. This section offers direct quotes from magisterial documents on the theme of Mary as a Mother of the Faithful (Spiritual Motherhood). Some examples:

Spiritual Mother
From the document, Behold Your Mother, 70-80

Mary and the Church: Mother of the Faithful (Spiritual Motherhood)

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for February 2000:

For more information on these intentions, see: Apostleship of Prayer

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