Mary Page News

May 2, 2001

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.

News from the ML/IMRI

Personal thoughts and reflections about Mary from our readers 

We've added a section to our Research and Publications section showing selected personal comments from our readers about the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see comments received within the past month.  From this page, feel free to submit your own personal thoughts on Mary.  

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Last chance to see the Scheufelen Collection on exhibit - extended through May 7!

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 until May 7 at the Roesch and Marian Library galleries and the Law School [all on the University of Dayton campus]. More information on the exhibit may be found under Current Exhibit in the Gallery section of the Mary Page.

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Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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Alumni Update

Sister M. Marcia Vinje, a recent student of IMRI, wrote that she was hired as the associate director of pastoral services for ministry formation by the Diocese of Madison on March 1. Her main responsibility is the coordination of the Diocesan Institute, a four year weekend training course primarily for the formation of candidates for the permanent diaconate. This is the first course for permanent deacons in the diocese and there are 24 aspirants at this point. With their wives and other laity, about 60 persons participate in the courses. One of her first teaching assignments is on icons and she will teach the Mariology course sometime in the future. She is working in her parish until the school year ends but will be full-time with the diocese on June 1. She looks forward to working on a team of Spirit-filled, intellectually challenging people and said she is "really blessed to be able to work with the formation of the diocese’s permanent deacons and hopefully to be instrumental in making Mary part of their formation and ministry, not to mention just loving her. What a great influence she could have on the diocese through them."

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The Mariological Society of America's 52nd Annual Program        

May 30-June 2, 2001
        University of Dayton
        Dayton, Ohio

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2001

4:00 p.m.

    Board of Trustees Meeting

7:30 p.m.

    Mary of Nazareth: From Icon to Woman"--Premiere Showing 
            (Holy Cross Family Ministries, Family Theater Production)

    Panel Discussion
Moderators:    Fr. Sam Maranto, C.Ss.R. and Fr. John Phalen, C.S.C.

 THURSDAY, May 31, 2001

7:15 a.m.


9:00 a.m. 

    Opening Registration

9:15 a.m.

    Biblical Perspectives on Marian Mediation
Fr. Francois Rossier, S.M.
        Moderator:    Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.

10:15 a.m.

    Conceiving the Word:
    Patristic and Early Medieval Sources for Franciscan Discussion of Mary's Active Motherhood

        Mr. James Bell
        Moderator:    Fr. James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv.

2:00 p.m.

    Forming Her Only-begotten Sons by Adoption: The Marian Spirituality of Bl. Guerric of Igny (+1157)
Deyanira Flores, S.T.D.
        Moderator:    Bro. John Samaha, S.M.

3:15 p.m.

    Theotokos as Mediatrix in Eastern Church Hymns
Virginia Kimball
        Moderator:    Sr. Jean Frisk

FRIDAY, June 1, 2001

9:15 a.m.

    The Marian Spirituality of the Medieval Religious Orders
Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. - The Carmelites
        Fr. Conrad Borntrager, O.S.M. - The Servites
        Fr. James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv. - The Franciscans
        Fr. Denis Vincent Wiseman, O.P. - The Dominicans
                Moderator:    Fr. Sam Maranto, C.Ss.R.

1:30 p.m.

    Patristic Intuitions of Mary's Role as Mediatrix and Advocate: The Invocation of the Faithful for Her Help
Fr. Luigi Gambero, S.M.
        Moderator:    Fr. Louis Bonacci, S.J.

3:00 p.m.

    Business Meeting – Elections

3:30 p.m.

    Reports on Dissertations - Works in Progress

5:00 p.m.

Banquet (reservations necessary)

 SATURDAY, June 2, 2001

7:15 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

    How Can Spirituality Be Marian?
Fr. Johannes G. Roten, S.M.
    Moderator:    Fr. Myles Murphy

10:30 a.m.
    Survey of Recent Mariology
        Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm.
        Moderator: Fr. Louis Bonacci, S.J.


Attendance is open to all.  You need not be a member to register.  For more information, contact the MSA Secretariat at (937) 229-4294 (If no answer, leave message on Voice Mail).

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 Marian Events

This section which lists all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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Mary in the Secular Press

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.

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from April 21 through May 1, 2001.

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News from Around the World

Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Virgin Mary (ESBVM)

May 5, 2001 at St. John Francis Regis Church in Hollywood, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.)

The program is as follows:

10 - 10:30 am         Registration

10:30 - 11:45 am   Virginia Kimball, "Theotokos Fountain of Life" - Insights into the 5th c. cult of Mary
                                        Foundations for ecumenical understanding of the Virgin, Our Mother.

11:45 - 1:00 pm      Prayer Service followed by Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm        Pastor Elizabeth Yates Fladland and the Rev. Donald Dawes
                                  "What do we do with Mary? - Personally, Congregationally and Ecumenically"

2:00 pm                    Business Meeting and Election of Officers


From Zenith

A very famous icon by the name of Mary-Protection-Icon of the Pokrov Church in Pskov, Russia, has found its way home after an adventurous journey to the Benedictine Abbey in Niederaltaich, Germany. The icon "Mother of God of the Pokrov Church," painted at the end of the 16th century after a miracle had occurred in Pskov, was very much venerated and esteemed as a miraculous image. In 1871 the icon received a precious frame, which was confiscated by the government in 1922. German soldiers seized the icon 22 years later and it eventually came into the possession of a woman in Bavaria. Fifty years later she wanted to return the image to Pskov but was advised to entrust it to the Byzantine Church of the monastery in Niederaltaich. Abbot Emmanuel Jungclaussen presented this precious sign of Russian piety to President Putin when he visited Germany in June, 2000 and the Mary-Protection-Icon returned to its homeland.

From L’Osservatore Romano April 11

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New Resources

We've added the answers to three new questions submitted by readers. 

Another fresh aspect of the Mary Page is our New Marian Poetry.

We have also updated our Search engine.  Feel free to inform us on how you think it compares to the previous version.

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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)

This section contains full-text official documents from the Catholic Church on matters related to the Virgin Mary and other points of Catholic Doctrine. This week's selection is "Deiparae Virginis Mariae", an encyclical issued by Pius XII on 5/1/1946 to explore whether it would be opportune to formally define the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Marian Themes in Magisterial Documents

This section contains an index to Marian references within various official documents from the Catholic Church. As May is traditionally associated with special devotion to Mary by Catholics, this week's topic is Marian Devotion.

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News Archive

This section contains excerpts from past editions of the Mary Page news.

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Prayer Corner Requests

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