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July 21, 2000

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New Exhibit: Constance Pierce – Archetypes of Faith
New Shrine – A Reader Writes
Loreto Basilica Renovated
Kevelaer, Germany Declares Mary Patroness
Mary in the Secular Press

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New Exhibit: Constance Pierce – Archetypes of Faith


Constance Pierce, Artist-in-Residence, Yale University Divinity School in New Haven Connecticut, is exhibiting monotypes and works on paper at the art gallery of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute now through August 25th.

The "Magnificat" (shown right) is part of a series of fluid, linear, prussian blue images which Pierce has created to depict the apparition of an angel or spiritual messenger, in this case Gabriel's message to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pierce explains, "There are such moments of spiritual announcement in all of our lives."

See the virtual exhibit at:

Current Exhibit

New Shrine – A Reader Writes

Please be advised that Our Lady of Walsingham Parish in Houston, Texas is at this moment building a pilgrimage shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham. The address of this shrine is: 7809 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston Texas, 77055 for more information see the church website (use a search engine to find it--it is part of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.)

In a year or so the parish will be building a new cruciform church in traditional English architectural style which will have in one transept a replica of the Walsingham holy house in Norfolk, (the original shrine) destroyed by King Henry VIII during the English Reformation.

Our Lady is doing something new in Texas under the suprizing title of Our Lady of Walsingham, her title as Patroness of England. At the new shine as at the ancient one, the mystery of the Incarnation is honoured by considering the joy of the Annunciation and the life of the Holy Family at Nazareth. When completed, the shrine will be surrounded by a meditation garden open to all.

Loreto Basilica Renovated

[Loreto house]

One of the most frequently visited basilicas in Europe has been renovated during a two-year process of restoration. The shrine of Loreto is visited by five million people yearly. The basilica contains the little house honored as the "holy house of Nazareth" which has been located in Loreto since 1295.

See our Mary Page article Where is the Holy House Mary lived in located?

Kevelaer, Germany Declares Mary Patroness

A report in the newsletter, Bote von Fatima [Fatima Messenger], July 2000, states:

On Wednesday, May 31, 2000, a singular event took place at the Marian pilgrimage place in Kevelaer. For the first time in its history, the citizens of the city declared Mary as their patroness. Preparation for the dedication to Mary began three years ago with a lay movement known as "Maria Kevelaer 2000".

The history of this event goes back to 1942 during the second World War. The rector of the shrine at that time, Wilhelm Holtmann, was afraid that the 300 year old Kevelaer picture of grace could be destroyed by bombing or confiscated by the Nazi. He secretly removed the tiny image from its shrine and buried it under the tower of the marian basilica. The secret and the protection of the image was entrusted to seven men from seven generations.

The simple, little Marian picture of grace, [which is traced back to a miracle during the Thirty Years War]. During World War II, no harm came to the image, and it was later returned to its shrine.

Nearly sixty years later, there are again people in Kevelaer who are concerned about the image. This time, it is not physical harm, but spiritual erosion. Electing Our Lady as patroness of the city is a statement in a time when Christianity has apparently become "unmodern". Once again, seven men from seven generations, representing the citizens of Kevelaer, undertook the responsibility to protect and to revitalize the shrine. This shall strengthen Christianity and it shall take place under Mary's protection.

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from July 7 - July 19, 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.