Mary Page News

September 21, 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

A JOURNEY WITH MARY: The Marian Library continues to exhibit, through October 5, twenty-one sculptures by Michael Montag of Omaha, Nebraska.
For Michael, "Artists must aspire to be servants and ambassadors to those around them. I am at my best when I reach beyond myself to serve those around me, and use what I have been given to promote reconciliation and the revelation of God's truth."

Through a grouping of his art pieces, at The Marian Library Gallery (7th floor Roesch Library), Michael leads visitors in a series of sculptural meditations for a walk in Mary's footsteps as she journeys with Jesus, her son, throughout major events of his life.

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Special Hours for U.D.'s Parents Weekend

In addition to our regular hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on weekdays, during Parents Weekend at the University of Dayton (October 12-14, 2001) the Marian Library will also be open:

Friday, October 12:          7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Saturday, October 13:      10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 14:        1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For more information, click into Parents Weekend.

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Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Fall Semester

The International Marian Research Institute will be offering a selection of seminar courses in Theology on the University Dayton campus during the Fall 2001 Semester.  For more details, click into Current Courses.

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Congratulations to the Mary Page!

We just learned that our Mary Page web site was featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine's "Web Catholic" column, in both the print and the online editions.  St. Anthony Messenger, of course, is the national Catholic family magazine that has been in print since 1893 (340,000 subscribers) and on the Web since 1996.  It's a ministry of the Franciscans. The column is a one-year effort to highlight trends on the Internet for Catholics and to show them exemplary sites.  Mary Page was featured in the May, 2001 edition of the magazine and at the on-line link below:

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Last Week for Current Exhibit: Michael Montag

A new exhibit, A Journey with Mary, featuring 21 sculpture pieces by Michael Montag, will be on display through October 5, 2001.  These works can be seen in our Marian Library Gallery Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or online by clicking into Current Exhibit from our Gallery section.

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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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Marian Events

This section 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 August 15 - September 19.

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News from Around the World

XIIIth International Mariological Symposium

The Pontifical Theological Faculty "Marianum" will host the XIIIth International Mariological Symposium in Rome on October 2-5, 2001.  The topic will be "Contemporary Hermeneutics and Biblical Mariological Texts: Verification and Proposals."  For more information email the Secretarial office of the Marianum at:

Pope Appeals to Americans Not to Give In to Hatred

Date: 2001-09-16

There Must Be a Just Response to Attacks, He Says

At the end of the Mass, John Paul II prayed to the Virgin Mary: "May the Virgin bring comfort and hope to all who suffer because of the tragic terrorist attack, which in the past days has profoundly wounded the beloved American people." 

"I now also direct my thoughts of sorrow and sympathy to all the sons of that great nation," the Holy Father added. "May Mary welcome the deceased, console the survivors, sustain the families that are particularly tried." 

The Bishop of Rome prayed so that Americans will "not give in to the temptation of hatred and violence, but be committed to the service of justice and peace." 

Shortly after the attacks Sept. 11, the Pope sent a telegram of condolence to U.S. President George W. Bush. The following day he dedicated the general audience to pray for the victims, their families and rescue workers, and the country´s government leaders. On Friday, he interrupted his audiences, to withdraw in prayer.

From L’Osservatore Romano August 29 and September 5

  • Before praying the Sunday Angelus on September 2, the Holy Father gave a commentary on modern life and warned against the focus in daily life on getting ahead through cunning and lack of scruples. He said the "Kingdom of God is prepared effectively by people who do their work seriously and honestly, not aspiring to things that are too high, but turning to those that are lowly in daily faithfulness. To carry out his universal plan of salvation, God ‘looked upon his handmaid in her lowliness,’ the Blessed Virgin Mary." The Pope asked that we "confidently invoke her, so that every activity, professional or in the home, may be done in an atmosphere of genuine humanity."

  • During the General Audience on August 29, Pope John Paul II commented on the Canticle of Judith used in the Liturgy of the Hours for Lauds. He said the person of Judith will become the archetype for emphasizing God’s preference for what is fragile and weak, but chosen to manifest divine power. The Christian tradition sees in the Jewish heroine a prefiguration of Mary and the words of Judith echo when Mary sings in the Magnificat: "He has put down the mighty from their thrones and raised up the humble."

  • On August 25 the Pope celebrated Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa and introduced the Mass of Our Lady with a special commemoration of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, whose centenary of his birth is being celebrated this year in Poland. "My thought goes to Jasna Gora, where for centuries the Black Madonna is venerated as the Mother and Queen of the Polish people. Again I entrust to her protection our country and all its citizens," he said.

  • On August 20, for the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anthony, the Holy Father sent a Message to Mother Maria Goretti Manzo, Superior General of the Congregation, founded 100 years ago by Mother Miradio Bonifacio. The Pope invited the religious to make the most of this special moment to strengthen their adherence to their charism: "You were founded to serve the poor and the needy." He asked them to "Look to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, to whom I entrust anew your religious family and its goals" and said, "May Mary, to whom your foundress turned with humble, filial devotion, support your apostolate with her powerful intercession."

  • Pope John Paul II on August 13 sent a message to the young people gathered at Czestochowa to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the sixth World Youth Day held there. He repeated his message of August 1991 in a threefold slogan: I am, I remember, I keep watch. He said, "I keep watch expresses the mother’s attitude. Her life and her vocation are expressed in being watchful. She keeps watch over men and women from the first moments of their existence." This is why, in addition to the Cross and the Bible, the young people in 1991 set up another eloquent symbol, the icon of the Mother of God, to represent this special maternal watchfulness, the Pope said. "They wanted the image of the watchful Mother to be deeply engraved in their minds and hearts, and to form their lives...May this look remain in your souls. May it always teach you what ‘I keep watch’ means," he said.

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New Resources

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

A new section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources section.  The latest added is Bolivia.  Expect more countries to follow.

Please check out our updated page of The Hail Mary in Various Languages.

We have also added book reviews for the following Marian texts:

El Secreto de sus Ojos: Estudio de los ojos de la Virgen de Guadalupe (1999) by José Aste Tönnsmann.

Empress and Handmaid: On Nature and Gender in the Cult of the Virgin Mary (2000) by Sarah Jane Boss.

The Vision of the Beloved Disciple: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John (2000) by George T. Montague, S.M.

A multimedia presentation on Marian National Patronages has been added to our Resources section under Marian Shrines.  This page uses Flash and requires Shockwave software to run.  If you don't already have Shockwave, our page will guide you to download it for free or to simply display an HTML version.  Please let us know what you think of this format.  Expect more multimedia presentations in the future!

We've posted memorials to three long-time faculty members who died recently:

Fr. Frederick M. Jelly, O.P.

Fr. Walter M. Brennan, O.S.M.

Fr. Théodore Koehler, S.M.

The graphic at the top left of our home page now randomly displays flowers named after the Virgin Mary.  Click on the flower to enlarge the image and display information about it. 

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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)

Address to Women Religious

Address of Pope John Paul II at Turin, September 4,1988
"May the Mother of the Church be an inspiration for the discovery of a new feminine identity.
[Internet source: California Institute of Technology]

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Marian Themes in Magisterial Documents

The Life of Mary: Calvary

In conjunction with the Commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15), please note these Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary's Life, Calvary. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, homilies or for research. ...

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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

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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