Mary Page News
February 09, 2001
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Spring 2001 course schedule
The International Marian Research Institute is offering several seminar courses this semester with the first scheduled to start on Feb. 26, 2001. For more details click into 'Academic Program' from the far left of our home page. The course schedule for Summer 2001 may also be seen there. For additional information, please write or call Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director at the International Marian Research Institute/Marian Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, (937) 229-4214 or (937) 229-4258 (FAX).
We are also preparing a series of courses to grant credit through distance learning. The first course in the on-line series will be "Mary and the New Testament" with Fr. Bertrand Buby, SM as moderator. It will cover the same material as on-site course MRI611. The on-line course will also award 3 quarter hours credit and will be billed at the same rate as the on-site course. The course will be taught using Lotus Learning Space and will be accessed through the Internet. Applicants are required to use a Windows-based PC with Internet access and email capability. The course will begin on March 5, 2001 and will conclude on April 27, 2001. Weekly readings and assignments may be done anytime, but attendance at an interactive discussion forum will be required each week. These sessions will be held Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 PM EDT (i.e. 3/6; 3/13; 3/20; 3/27; 4/3; 4/10; 4/17; and 4/24).
For additional information, please write or call Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director at the International Marian Research Institute/Marian Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, (937) 229-4214 or (937) 229-4258 (FAX).
New Exhibit: The Scheufelen Collection
A closing event of U.D.'s Sesquicentennial Celebration will be an exhibit of religious art prints on loan from the collection of Ulrich Scheufelen, chairman of the European Art Paper Association. The exhibit is entitled From Barlach to Baselitz: Religious Print Art of the 20th Century. 75 pieces of signed print art from some of the world's most noted 20th-century artists will be on display Feb. 22-April 30 at the Roesch and Marian Library galleries and the Law School [all on the University of Dayton campus].
Dr. Sheufelen and Br. Raymond Fitz will host the opening reception at 7 PM on Thursday, February 22, at the Roesch Library gallery, which will be followed by a lecture on the art of Marc Chagall and Georges Rouault by Fr.Johann G. Roten.
The exhibit and lecture series is sponsored by the Roesch and Marian Libraries and by Mr. and Mrs. Burnell and Karen Roberts. During March and April, a series of lectures will be presented on the following topics in relation to the works on exhibit:
March 8 Giving Body to Inspiration: Printing Techniques and Expression by Professor Raymond L. Must from Wright State UniversitySpecial events will be offered to enable viewing and meditating on Grieshaber's Stations of the Cross and Pechstein's Our Father.
March 22 Giving Form to Feeling: Early 20th Century German Expressionism, an Overview by Dr. Carol A. Nathanson from Wright State University
April 5 Giving Context to Art: Expressionism and German Culture by Dr. Robert C. Conard from the University of Dayton
April 19 Balance of an Exhibit: Panel on Art and Christianity in 20th Century Expressionism with Dr. Roger J. Crum, M. Dominique Vasseur, Dr. Eugene B. Cantelupe, Rev. Joseph W. Goetz, Dr. Judith Huacuja-Pearson and Rev. Johann G. Roten.
Mary in the Secular Press
Commentary on Mary in various news articles from January 17 through February 7, 2001.
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.
The underlying theme of "Revelations, " performed by the Hilliard Ensemble in Salt Lake City January 16, was the foretelling of the birth of Christ, with emphasis on odes to the Virgin Mary, "the rose of such virtue." The four English vocalists sang contemporary as well as Medieval and Renaissance motets, the Salt Lake Tribute said on January 18.
The Palestrina Choir performed Palestrina's rarely heard Mass based on the chant, "Regina Coeli," one of a number of medieval melodies devoted to the Virgin Mary, at a free noontime concert at the Church of the Epiphany on January 16. The Washington Post the following day said the group's approach to the Mass underscored all the appealing traits of Palestrina's multi-voiced soundscapes and preserved the transparent textures central to Renaissance expression.
A Peruvian viceroy's mistress donates his carriage to the church and claims the Virgin Mary told her to do so, in "Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement," Lord Berner's only opera, a classical CD reviewed in the London Sunday Telegraph on January 28. There are few arias in what is essentially a conversation-piece, its best feature being the orchestration, the reviewer said.
A lot of saints are mentioned in "The Amati Girls," including the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, but the movie should be praying to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes, according to a review in the Bergen County, NJ on January 20. The movie is about a large Italian-American family in Philadelphia.
"Worship of the Virgin Mary did not arise out of the blue: it was built upon an already deep mythology," philosopher and embryology expert Mary Warnock said in an article on motherhood in The London Guardian writer on January 25. Motherhood is somehow sacred, she states, but she questions why having children has become the Holy Grail of modern womanhood.
In a letter to the editor of the London Daily Telegraph, published on February 3, the writer states: "Throughout his campaigns, Lord Wavell believed he was fighting against the powers of darkness, and his spirit was sustained by a painting of the Virgin Mary with child. 'For all that loveliness, that warmth, that light/Blessed Madonna, I go back to fight,' he wrote. Had he lived to see women in the front line, he wold have said that the darkness had prevailed and he had fought for nothing."
"The Mother of Christ is now repeating to us, the men and women who confidently face the new millennium, her invitation to the servants during the wedding at Cana: 'Do whatever he tells you' (John 2:5)," the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 14. With these words, he said, Mary wants to encourage us not "to be afraid of the limitations and failures that can sometimes mark our experience as individuals, as families and as ecclesial and civil communities."
The Holy Father called on the "Blessed Virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit and a pilgrim in faith," to help Legionaires of Christ and members of the Regnum Christi movement when he met with them on January 4.
To 60,000 pilgrims from Italy and many other countries who had gathered in St. Peter's Square for the last audience of the Jubilee year on December 30, the Pope expressed the wish that the grace of the Holy Year would encourage Christians everywhere "to make Jesus our Saviour better known and loved. He is our true hope! He is the world's true wealth!" During his address he called on the Virgin Mary, who, informed of her cousin Elizabeth's needs, went with haste to her, to be a model and support for all. He asked that Mary, "whom we contemplate togther with Joseph beside the cradle of God's Son, to support your work in the service of life."
The media must never forget the moral dimension of the communications field, the Holy Father said to the directors and staff of Italian Radio and Televison (RAI), when he met with them during their Jubilee on November 27. "May Mary, star of Evangelization, help you to be faithful to your mission, and may St. Clare of Assisi, your protectress, intercede for you," he prayed.
Our Mary Page web site is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's new. We've added answers to seven new questions submitted by our readers. Just click into "Your Questions" from our home page. The most recent postings are listed at the top. We've also added several foreign-language links to our instructions on praying the Rosary. To see these, go to FAQ from the home page and choose question #7. Also, we've posted reviews to several texts about the Virgin Mary: "Guadalupe, Mother of the New Creation" by Virgil Elizondo; "Mary is for Everyone: Essays on Mary and Ecumenism"; "The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty" by John Saward; "The Virgin Mary in Recent Ecumenical Dialogues" by Jared Wick;"Ex Abundantia Cordis: a Study of the Cordimarian Spirituality of the Claretian Missionaries" by Jose Hernandez Martinez; "Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends , Meditations" by Vincenzina Krymow; "Mary and the Fathers of the Church" by Luigi Gambero; and "Lourdes, Body and Spirit in the Secular Age" by Ruth Harris. To find these reviews, select "Resources" from our home page and go to the Marian Book Reviews subsection. Titles are indexed by author's last name [or at the top under 'no author'].
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