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August 4, 2000

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Dissertation Defended at IMRI
Assumption Pilgrimage:

National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
"The Brown Madonna"
Children of Medjugorje
The Appraitions of Lipa and the Miracle of the Roses
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

Exhibit: Constance Pierce

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Person of Mary
William  Joseph Chaminade
Always and Everywhere The Holy Name of Mary


Dissertation Defended at IMRI: Aquinas and Bonaventure

Rev. Leonard Glavin, OFM CAP of St. John's Church in New York City defended his STD dissertation at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, on July 10. Rev Glavin completed his by comparing the philosophy and theology of Aquinas and Bonaventure regarding Mary, the Mother of God.

Assumption Pilgrimage: National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

The 35th Annual Assumption Pilgrimage at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon will take place from August 12-15, 2000 located in North Jackson, Ohio (near Youngstown). The shrine welcomes visitors to "experience the fullness of the Church".

Mr. Michael Duricy, who has just completed his STL thesis at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, will give a presentation on St. Ignatius of Antioch. Duricy will speak on Saturday, August 12 at 1:45 pm at the shrine.

For the Assumption Pilgrimage, 60 images of the Blessed Virgin Mary were borrowed from the Marian Library for an exhibit at the shrine.


All visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all of these functions.
For more on the program, see: Assumption Pilgrimage

The "Brown Madonna" of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

EWTN has published the following article (direct quote below):


VATICAN CITY, JUL 14, 2000 (VIS) - Made public today was Pope John Paul's Message to Cardinal Michele Giordano, archbishop of Naples, Italy, on the occasion of the fifth centenary celebrations of the pilgrimage during which a group of faithful brought the icon of "The Brown Madonna" from Naples to Rome. "This event," the Holy Father recalls, "gave rise to the widespread practice of the 'Wednesdays of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel', an expression of Marian devotion.

To read the entire article please visit The Brown Madonna

Children of Medjugorje

Denis Nolan, President of the not for profit organization, Children of Medjugorje, has written the following in a letter to the director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute:

Regarding my stay in Medjugorje, slowly "Bethlehem" (our home and our land project) is taking shape, praise God! Today I received word that the Government has finally recognized officially Children of Medjugorje as an American not for profit corporation in Bosnia Hercegovina. We are now fully registered with the government there, praise God! On July 31st my oldest son, Sean, (and Tim Johnson, a professional videographer) will join me in Medjugorje to film the Youth Festival. And we will leave our equipment there - beginning our TV project in Medjugorje. The next step is the Satellite uplink equipment (at a cost of $180,000) and then renting a transponder on a satellite (at a cost of $33,00)... As is always the case with each step we take for the Gospa, right now we don't have any money for this. And so please keep this project in your prayers - that soon we can give this gift to our Mother!

The letter goes on to explain the marvelous works going on and intended to serve Our Lady. The letter also speaks of the work of Sr. Emmanuel. A book that she wrote about the Gospa in the 1990s has now gone to the printers in Chinese, the 21st language the book has been translated into.

We share with you a reflective part from the letter:

After the apparition Marija said Our Lady looked at each person there...and blessed us all...and prayed over us...and before she left, she prayed over us a second time (Our Lady did)! And she was happy. ...

It was the first time in 14 years that I've had an experience during an apparition. I felt great peace and be honest, I felt myself being loved...I wasn't frantically praying for anything. During the apparition I felt the incredible power of Our Lady. Next to her presence, a presence of incredible strength - the worst problems - all the problems of the world - shrank to nothing. I knew with a surety (as if the victory had already taken place) no evil could win. I felt a great calm, a great peace - a very strong sense of Our Lady's power...and I found myself just being happy - and, as I say, letting myself be loved.

A year or so ago when we were speaking of some difficulties, Marija had told me that the only way she herself was able to face some problems that seemed insurmountable was knowing how powerful Our Lady is. ... None of these problems that we face have any significance...they are nothing next to her. I was so comforted. I just knelt there being love...feeling completely at peace. Our Lady's strength is taking care of - and will take care of - everything. I didn't feel that I had to pray hard for anything - as I usually have done when present at an apparition in the past.

And then at Mass right after the apparition ... I felt such a grace to pray...I felt new. Prayer was a joy!

Lipa: The Apparitions of Lipa and the Miracle of the Roses


During the 1980s at the grotto of Our Lady of Annunciation, at Christ the King Seminary, Quezon City in the Philippines Islands, rose petals were found being given away that were noted to have been imprinted with images. These petals were similar to a shower of rose petals in Lipa, Phillippines, in 1948, which allegedly took place in the Lipa Carmelite convent, Carmel of Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of all Grace. (See image.)

It is the opinion of the person sending a report to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute that the imprints on the petals could not have been made by mechanical means.

A book about the Lipa experiences has been written by June Keithley, entitled Lipa, with the original account of the events at Lipa Carmel in 1948 by Mother Mary Cecilia of Jesus, OCD. (ISBN: 971-19-0128-5). The work is a careful and sober study of the phenomena.

Similar occurrences began during the 1980s at the grotto of Our Lady of Annunciation in Quezon City. Recently, persons familiar with the 1980's phenomenon began to test the authenticity of the rose petals. Until today, no explanation has been forthcoming regarding these events.


Mary Page offers its readers an opportunity to write us about if anyone has heard of this phenomena anywhere else in the world. Examples would be most welcome. Please send your email to or write by mail to: Rev. Johann G. Roten, SM, 300 College Park, Dayton OH 45469-1390.

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from July 20 - August 1, 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

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

The Person of Mary: Religious Dimension (faith, faith development)

The theme 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 Lumen Gentium, Chapter 8