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June 23, 2000

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Fought Collection
Garden in Honor of Mary at National Shrine
Marian Calendar 100 Years Ago
The Secret - Cardinal Sadano's Address
Michael Duricy Defends Thesis
Marie Hammock's Icon Retreat Experience
Fr. Koehler's Celebrates 89th
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

Exhibit: Tom Dusterberg
Sorrowful Mother Shrine Jubilee
Still Time! International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Person of Mary
Femininity ( a woman )
William  Joseph Chaminade
Vignette-26 / Cameo-26
The Theological Certainty of Mary's Mission


Marian Library Receives Fought Collection

[May Fought

On June 10, 2000, staff members of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute traveled to Parkersburg, West Virginia to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fought to obtain a collection of over 1040 marian items. Mrs. May Fought, an eighty-year-old Episcopalian, had collected images and memorabilia about the Blessed Virgin Mary as a hobby for decades. Her collection represents a century of marian devotion in the United States.

Her collection began when she discovered two Madonnas in the bottom of a trunk belonging to her husband's family. May Fought tells, "I took care of two of my husband's old maid aunts and when they passed away, I was surprised at what I found in the bottom of an old humptopped trunk." According to Fought, the aunts were solid Baptists from Wirt County, West Virginia, and "Baptists didn't use those types of religious symbols and that just floored me." Two pictures of Mary with the Child Jesus were inside the trunk. Both were in oval frames made of tin.

From that moment on, Fought knew she would keep the marian pictures. She began to look for images of Mary wherever she went. She calls it her "labor of love." Everywhere she went, "I would search for the Madonna. It just seemed like something I needed. I liked her. I brought her home. People started giving little gifts whenever they went anywhere."

There is a special uniqueness in the Fought collection. Mrs. Fought kept a record of all her items. She carefully numbered them and kept any information pertinent to the origin of the item. When the staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute arrived to receive the collection, everything was neatly packed and numbered. May Fought took one last look at her precious booklet to see if all was in order at the last minute.

The Marian Library heard about the Fought collection through an alumnus who sent a newspaper clipping about May Fought to the University of Dayton. The article noted that the Foughts were searching for a permanent home for the collection. (See clipping photo by Tony Kemp above right. Source: The Parkersburg News, July 18, 1999, page 1F.

In Fall 2000, the collection will be exhibited at the Marian Library.
[Foughts] [Foughts+Staff] [packed van]
Homer & May Fought
and daughter, Jean Whisenaut
Foughts with ML/IMRI Representatives The university van is packed

Garden in Honor of Mary

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (USA) has erected a garden in honor of Mary behind the bsilica. The shrine Mary's Garden is considered by John Stokes of the Mary Garden website, "of massive importance to our work of Mary Garden restoration in our times." Mr. Stokes intends to report at length on his website and in the meantime recommends the following reports and a virtual tour of the garden at:

Marian Calendar 100 Years Ago

The treasures of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute contain a series of magazines entitled, Regensburger Marienkalender für da Jahr 1900. The 1900 issue was part of the 53rd volume, that is, the 53rd year of existence. This lovely devotional image of the Holy Family has retained all the intensity of its original color 100 years ago. [RegensburgCalendar]

The Secret – Cardinal Sodana's Address

The address of Angelo Cardinal Sodano concerning the third part of the secret of Fatima can be read in full at the EWTN website. It can be accessed directly at:

The article was given at the end of the Mass of Beatification and Eucharistic Benediction by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, who gave the address on behalf of the Holy Father.

Michael Duricy Defends Thesis

Michael Duricy, graduate assistant at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, completed his work and defended his thesis on June 15, 2000. Duricy studied 100 years of references to the Blessed Virgin Mary in film.

For Duricy's defense, he presented various genres of the film industry such as documentaries, symbolic references placing Mary as a symbol for good or a change indicating the need for prayer and protection, historic films, films on apparitions, and more. The originality of the STL thesis (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) makes Duricy one of the few authorities on marian themes in film in the USA. He studied over 500 films and could refer to well over a 1000 films in his work.

Marie Hammock's Icon Retreat Experience

There are times when the students of the International Marian Research Institute share their experiences of "the marian". We couldn't resist sharing some of her special retreat experience.

The last week of September (1999) I went to the Beledictine monastery in Pecos, New Mexico ... for a six-day workshop on icons. The instructor was Peter Pearson... He's been painting icons since he was a schoolboy (he admits to being 44 now) and gives his icon workshops all over the U.S. ... Our subject was Our Lady of Kazan, Russian rather than the traditional Greek, and also distinct from the Coptic style of iconography.

There were 17 students in the class. We all used the same pattern, and painted from the same tubes. And by Friday night, no two icons looked alike...It's difficult to explain, but even under severe restrictions, a certain amount of individual expression creeps into the work.

[Marie Hammock's icon]

Serious artists pray while they are painting icons. There's quite a ritual focusing on the production of an icon, if you wish to go into it. We just said a prayer at the beginning, and then listened to recorded music: Gregorian chant, some Taize, some American Indian ritual chantings, etc. The miracle of my particular icon was that I finished the blessed thing. By Tuesday noon, I was ready to throw in the towel, or simply throw up ... I will not bore you by listing all of the obvious imperfections in my work. ...

Peter supplied our 9 x 12-inch boards (cabinet-quality birch plywood, with five coats of gesso on the front and four sides). So we were ready to start tracing the pattern he supplied. We used acrylic paint ...[and] were instructed to paint layers and layers -- working perhaps 5 to 6 hours a day, in two sessions - for a total of 30 - 35 hours. Reduced as it is in my Christmas card, it may not look that painstaking, but believe me, I really had smoke coming out of my ears by the end of the week. But it has been declared "finished," been varnished, blessed and anointed with holy oil. I hope my little offering brings you blessings and peace in the new year.

We thank Marie, our ML/IMRI student, for bringing us this cheer.

Fr. Koehler Celebrates 89th


Fr. Theodore Koehler, SM, initiator of the International Marian Research Institute, celebrated his 89th birthday with members of the faculty and staff of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. During the celebration Fr. Koehler spoke of persons in the past who helped him fulfill his task. When he came to the United States to take up his task as Director of the Marian Library, Fr. Koehler related, he had no idea he would have a secretary and volunteers for the work. Several of those Fr. Koehler mentioned were present for the birthday celebration.

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from May - June 21, 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

Tom Dusterberg – Mary, A Different Look


Tom Dusterberg lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he manages his own art shop and has his studio. We are certain that you will enjoy the new and original works produced by Dusterberg for the exhibit here at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Among the new works are five deeply thought-provoking pieces for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The artist has presented powerful images for contemplation which we hope you will take the time to visit online and on location. You can take a virtual tour of the Dusterberg exhibit at:

Current Exhibit

Sorrowful Mother Shrine Jubilee

The Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio is celebrating its 150th jubilee. The director of the Marian shrine has kindly sent us the following message. We apologize for the delay in posting it on Mary Page.

The Public is welcome to join with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, established in 1850.

On July 2, 2000 the Most Reverend James Hoffman, Bishop of Toledo, will be main celebrant and homilist at a solemn Mass of thanksgiving in the Shrine's unique Outdoor Chapel. Designated as one of the official Jubilee pilgrimage Churches, visitors are welcome on any day of the year, should they be unable to join us in the July 2 celebration. On most Sundays of the summer there are scheduled ethnic and other special celebrations:

Others are welcome to join these groups as they celebrate devotion to Mary in the language and customs of their native heritage and roots.

For more information about the Sorrowful Mother Shrine and its celebrations, including directions to the Shrine see the website –

Still Time! 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

The Person of Mary – The Person of Mary: Femininity (a woman)

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.

The example from magisterial writings below is derived from the document Marialis Cultus (MC).

In contemplating Mary and her mission these different generations of Christians, looking on her as the New Woman and perfect Christian, found in her as a virgin, wife and mother the outstanding type of womanhood and the pre-eminent exemplar of life lived in accordance with the Gospels and summing up the most characteristic situations in the life of a woman. MC 36

The Person of Mary: Femininity (a woman)

Prayer Corner Requests

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

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for June 2000:

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

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