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May 12, 2000

Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

Britannica Mentions Mary Page
Goldmine's Website of the Month
May100 Years Ago
Current Art Exhibit: Names of Mary
Mary Places: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Beatification of Fatima Seers
Divine Mercy Feast
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses
Mary Page MAY Resources
Mariological Society of America's 51st Annual Program
Rev. Frederick M. Jelly, OP

IMRI Professor Dies
Mary and the Easter Season

Archive: News 1995-96
Archive: News 1997
Archive: News 1998

This week's themes:
The Person of Mary
Cultural Background (Jewishness)
William  Joseph Chaminade
Vignette-24 / Cameo-24
A Summary View of Mary's Apostolic Mission


Britannica Mentions Mary Page

The Encyclopedia Britannica has a religion page at On May 10, 2000, Mary Page was given as a reference for study of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Goldmine's Website of the Month

A site called The Catholic Goldmine chose the Mary Page as its site of the month. You'll find it at:

Catholic Goldmine

May 100 Years Ago


A century ago, a Marienkalender (Marian Almanac, Regensburg, Germany) was published. Over 200 pages were devoted to articles, pilgrimages, and things Marian in general.

Note the regally clothed and crowned Mary who holds her son who has just been taken from the cross. This is the image held in honor at the pilgrimage church depicted at the bottom of the image, Our Lady, Maria-Birnbaum (Mary of the Pear Tree) in Upper Bavaria. Note also the detailed drawings of symbols, doves and flowers in honor of Jesus and Mary.

Current Art Exhibit: Names of Mary

The current exhibit at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute features the work of Sarah Hall, internationally known stained glass artist. Sarah Hall resides in Toronto, Canada. She personally delivered her designs to The Marian Library where her work will be featured until the end of May. You can take a virtual tour of the gallery at:

Current Exhibit

Mary Places: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana

On May 21, 1995 on the 70th Anniversary of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, a self-guided tour book of their grounds was produced by the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. The grounds feature the following shrines:

The booklet features a map, an explanation of each grotto or shrine, and space for notes for personal reflection. The following is quoted from the booklet:

The prayer of the feet, the pilgrimage, is one of the most ancient and universal of prayers.

As a form of prayer, the pilgrimage is an incarnational prayer, a prayer of the body. A pilgrim is a person who prays with the feet. In our present time, when greater and greater attention is being focused upon experiencing the Divine, the pilgrimage offers a form of prayer that can truly be experience and lived. Christ Himself was often a pilgrim, traveling from His native Galilee to the Temple of Jerusalem of the ancient festivals."

Mary Page commends this little booklet and recommends that many follow suit. For more information, write to: National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876-1096.

Beatification of Fatima Seers

Pope John Paul II travels to Fatima this Saturday, May 13, to beatify the siblings, Jacinta (1910- 1920) and Francisco Marto (1908-1919). The two children will be the first children to be beatified who were not martyrs. Until now, the age allowed to begin such a process was seventeen.

The process began officially in 1979. On May 13, 1991, the tenth anniversary of the attack on Pope John Paul II in Rome, the Holy Father traveled to Fatima for the second time. At this time he proclaimed that the brother and sister had lived lives of heroic virtue. The required cure was the sudden healing of Mrs. Maria Emilia dos Santos of Leiria, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for twenty-two years. She had asked the children to intercede for her for seventeen years. In 1987 she held a novena in their honor. At the conclusion of the novena the paralysis was suddenly gone. She was examined by doctors in Portugal and in Rome. No natural explanation could be found.

The Vatican let it be known that it was not the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary that were decisive in the beatification process, but their exemplary behavior, graced beyond the usual decision-making of children, that is being recognized. Special note is made of their behavior when their lives were threatened. Alone, without their parents, they were ready to die rather deny the Blessed Mother. The children also endured their illnesses in a heroic way in order to do penance for the conversion of those who had closed God out of their lives. When Jacinta visited her dying brother she told him, "Greet our Lord and our dear Lady in my name, too, and tell them that I will gladly suffer still a long time, if they wish it, in order to convert sinners and to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

The pope's visit takes place eighty-three years to the day after the Virgin Mary's appearance and nineteen years after he survived an assassination attempt on St. Peter's Square. The pontiff has always said that the Virgin of Fatima intervened on that day to save his life.

[The above information has been extracted from an article by Dr. Adolf Fugel, Switzerland. The article appeared in the May 2000 issue of Bote von Fatima.]

[Fatima Children Art]

The three small plaques above were created in honor of the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The plaques are 4.7 cm x 5 cm and can be obtained from the Ursula-Kunstwerkstätten E.G. Weinert GmbH, Marzellenstr. 42, D-50668 Kön, Germany.

Divine Mercy Feast

Be sure to note the many articles on the Internet concerning the canonization of Sr. Faustina, the Polish nun who fostered devotion to Divine Mercy.

Maria Faustina Kowalska, the mystic 20th century Polish Sister of the Virgin Mary of Mercy who died in 1938, leaving a diary in which she recorded visions of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, was canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30. John Paul was archbishop of Krakow in the late 1960s when he began efforts for her beatification. Reported by Agence France Presse on April 30 and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 1. The Agence France Presse reported that 70,000 Polish pilgrims went to Rome for the canonization.

The reported: On Sunday, May 3, 2000,

-- Pope John Paul II has encouraged his fellow Poles to keep alive the country's Christian heritage, and to make sure that young people are acquainted with the saints who have played important roles in Polish history.

The Pope made his remarks on May 3, when Polish Catholic celebrates the feast of the Virgin, Queen of Poland. Pope John Paul recalled that the Polish constitution of 1791 was adopted on that national feast day, after King Jan Casimir placed the entire country "under the protection of the Mother of God" in 1656.

Later in his talk, the Holy Father refers to Sr. Fautina. You will find more if you search under Faustina at: Catholic World News

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from April 30 - May 8, 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.

Items Revisited

International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule

Mary Page MAY Resources

[antique devotional]

The Mariological Society of America's 51st Annual Program


May 24-26, 2000
Belleville, Illinois

Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Marian Pilgrimage: Devotion, Renewal, Tourism?

Fr. Norbert Brockman, S.M., San Antonio, TX
Open to the Public: Dooley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25, 1999, 9:00 a.m. Registration

Two Documents for the Jubilee: The Shrine and The Pilgrimage

Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Dayton, OH, Dooley Center, 9:20 a.m.

Marian Pilgrimage in Anthropological Perspective

David Roth, Allentown, PA, 10:15 a.m.

Contemporary Pilgrimage The Schoenstatt Experience

Sr. Jean Frisk, Dayton, OH, Dooley Center, 1:15 p.m.

Business Meeting – Elections, 3:00 p.m.

Works in Progress/Recent Dissertations , 3:15 p.m.

Eucharistic Liturgy, Shrine Church , 5:00 p.m.

Reception, Banquet (reservations necessary)
Night Prayer/Rosary, Grotto , 9:15 p.m.

Friday, May 26, 2000

Marian Shrines as Places of Encounter, Welcome, and Refuge

Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, San Antonio, TX, Dooley Center, 9:15 a.m.

Marian Devotion for the New Millennium

Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M., Dayton, OH, 10:30 a.m.

Survey of Recent Mariology

Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm., Chicago, IL Dooley Center, 1:15 p.m.

In Memoriam: Rev. Frederick M. Jelly, OP, Professor at the International Marian Research Institute

Fr. Fred Jelly, long a professor during the summer program of the International Marian Research Institute, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2000. Fr. Jelly had suffered a collapse in May 1999 from which he recuperated and was able to return to his position and teaching and priestly formation during the second semester of the academic year at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He had even made plans to travel to Dayton during the Easter break to discuss future projects.

Fr. Jelly was internationally known for his writings, ecumenical involvement, audio recordings, teaching, and speaking engagements in marian theological studies. In 1998, he received an honor dating back to the early days of the Dominican Order. The honor is entitled, Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), and is awarded to those Dominicans who have rendered special service to the Church by their scholarly defense and promoting of our Catholic faith. Fr. Jelly was awarded the honor mainly for his work in mariology.

Mary and the Easter Season

  • Mary Page Meditation: Mary's Resurrection Experience
    This meditation contemplates Mary, the Incarnation, and the Resurrection.
    See: Mary's Resurrection Experience

  • Easter Poetry
    The pictures which accompany the Mary Page collection of Easter poetry each commemorate the Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary. Find them at: Easter Poetry

  • Marian Prayers of Consecration for the Easter Season
    See: Prayers

  • Marian Antiphon for the Easter Season
    The Regina Coeli is one of the four seasonal antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary prescribed to be sung or recited in the Easter Season. See: Regina Coeli

  • Music for the Easter Season
    See: Music

  • Mary and Jesus Christ: First/Fully Redeemed of Her Son
    The Church sees projected, and anticipated in her most noble member, the saving grace of Easter. See a study on post-Vatican II magisterial documents on this theme at: Magisterial Documents

  • Masses in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    -- The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Resurrection of the Lord
    -- Holy Mary, Fountain of Light and Life
    -- Our Lady of the Cenacle
    -- The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles
    See description at: Masses

    The Person of Mary – Cultural Background (Jewishness) symbol)

    The Mary Page theme for this news brief about the Blessed Mother is culled from magisterial documents since Vatican II. The theme will covers various aspects of Mary's personhood. Mary is a real, historical person who lived in Nazareth 2000.

    An example from magisterial writings below is derived from the document, Orientale Lumen, The Light of the East, Pope John Paul II, 2 May 1995:

    My gaze turns to the Orientale Lumen which shines from Jerusalem (cf. Is 60:1; Rv 21:10), the city where the Word of God, made man for our salvation, a Jew "descended from David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3; 2 Tm 2:8), died and rose again. In that holy city, when the day of Pentecost had come and "they were all together in one place: (Acts 2:1), the Paraclete was sent upon Mary and the disciples. From there the good news spread throughout the world because, filled with the Holy Spirit, "they spoke the word of God with boldness: (Acts 4:31). From there, from the mother of all the churches, the Gospel was preached to all nations OL 2

    The Person of Mary: Cultural Background (Jewishness)

    Prayer Corner Requests

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

    Prayer Corner

    The intentions of the Holy Father for May 2000:

    • General Intentions:That Mary, Mother of the Lord, may be the model of faithfulness and generosity in following Christ
    • Mission Intentions: That the Jubilee remembrance of the new martyrs may bring about a renewed missionary spring

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

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