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:
12: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Saturday, October 13: 10:00
am - 3:00 pm
14: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For more information, click into
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Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Fall Semester
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
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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
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
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This section lists all of the current Marian Events by
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Mary in the Secular
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.
- Christians around the world prayed at Sunday services
for those killed in the attacks on the United States, with religious leaders
from Lebanon to Australia offering words of sympathy, the Bergen County, NJ,
Record wrote on September 17. Pope John Paul II said he was
“heartbroken” and called for the Virgin Mary to bring comfort and hope
to the victims’ families. “Mary welcomes the dead, consoles the
survivors, supports those families who are particularly tried, and helps all
to resist the temptation of hate and violence and to commit themselves to
the service of justice and peace,” the Pope said. Also reported by the
Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free Press. The Pope’s remarks reported also
by The Mirror, Global News Wire and AP Worldstream.
- A battered painting that sat in the loft of a barn
behind a southwestern Nova Scotia church for a century has parishioners
eager to unlock the mystery of how it came to Canada. The cracked and grimy
oil painting shows an angel telling the Virgin Mary about the impending
birth of Christ. The artwork survived a 1900 fire that destroyed the church
at Ste. Anne du Ruisseau in Yarmouth County and was left forgotten in a
rectory outbuilding after the church was rebuilt. Discovered by Christine
Pothier, tourism coordinator for the church, the painting is unsigned. A
Nova Scotia artist and restoration expert who examined the canvas said the
painting is French and appears to be about 300 years old. Pothier plans to
send photos of the painting to the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery
in Ottawa to see if experts can identify the artist. Reported by the Calgary
Herald, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen, September 10.
Viewers describe a controversial
sculpture of the Virgin Mary unveiled last November by the Prince of Wales
as looking like television’s Charlie Dimmock in a wet T-shirt, the London
Times said on September 11. One worshipper refers to it as “The Virgin of
the Wet T-Shirt.” The Very Rev. Michael Higgins, dean of Ely Cathedral in
Cambridgeshire where the sculpture “takes pride of place in the Lady
Chapel,” defends the sculpture, which features the Virgin Mary with long,
blond, tousles hair and ample breasts. “It is a work of art and art is
supposed to be something people can talk about and pass comment on,” he
said. Also reported by The Mirror on September 11.
Miraculous, a work-in-progress of Access Arts, a
Brisbane theatre group that showcases the talents of people with
disabilities, is a series of images that run parallel to the legend of the
appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Director
Marcus Hughes said the images explore ways in which people believe in
events, objects and experiences that have significance in their lives, or
give their lives significance. He sees a connection between the tale of
Fatima, “a delightful and yet terrifying representation of pure
innocence,” and the work of Access Arts. Reported August 19 by the Sunday
Mail (SA) and August 24 by the Courier Mail.
- The Vatican and Canada’s Catholic bishops say a
heretical movement based in Quebec is dividing the church, and they are
urging its adherents to quit, the Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen said
on August 28. The Army of Mary, described as a “rare home-grown Canadian
heresy,” has divided the bishops, with two of Canada’s 93 active bishops
voting against condemnation of the movement in a secret ballot. Marie-Paule
Giguere, now 80, founded the group in 1971. She later claimed to have been
the historical mother of Jesus as well as co-eternal with God.
Hundreds of people have been coming to the grotto behind St.
Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Skaneateles, NY, the past few Wednesdays
to hear what the Virgin Mary tells Mary Reilly, owner of a local gift shop, the
New York Times said on August 26. Reilly stands transfixed, arching her back and
trembling, apparently in ecstasy, before a statue of the Virgin. Minutes later,
her spiritual director reports what she says she heard: brief expressions of
love and hope from the mother of Christ. Some residents are wondering if this
summer’s phenomenon will transform the quaint Finger Lakes village into a
world-class destination for religious pilgrims. The pastor neither attends nor
dismisses the grotto meetings. “It’s a very quiet, reverent group, and as
long as it stays that way, it’s a wonderful thing,” he said.
Matters of religion are going to be part of what candidates
deal with if elected and their religious sensibilities are part of how they are
being judged, New York Newsday’s Queens edition said on August 23, in an
article detailing some of the religious views of the mayoral candidates. Council
Speaker and mayoral candidate Peter Vallone, who has pointed out “Our Lady of
the Panel” in the main council chamber to fellow church-goers, says he
doesn’t think it’s a miracle but “it’s spiritually comforting to me.”
He said some Catholics, gazing at the panel’s peculiar grain in a certain
light, have detected a shrouded figure of a woman not unlike that of the Virgin
Five years after Father Andrew Notere revealed that an image
of the Virgin May with the child Christ had appeared on a wall above the altar
at Christ Church, he and his parishioners celebrated the fifth anniversary of
the establishment of the Shrine to Our Lady at the church, the Sunday Mail (SA)
wrote on August 19. Some who come to the church in the South Coast town have
seen visions and many have found images of Mary and Christ in photographs taken
in the church. Father Notere’s belief that the church is a place of miracles
has gained some acceptance by church authorities, in particular Bishop Graham
Walden, who has lent his support. A celebration of the fifth anniversary of the
shrine, attended by the bishop and other priests from the diocese, included the
official opening of a new Retreat Centre on the church grounds.
- Montreal’s Greek community celebrated its tenth
annual Hellenic festival August 15 with a party in honor of the Virgin Mary,
the Montreal Gazette said on August 16. Devotees of all ages leaned over to
kiss an icon of the Virgin Mary in Montreal’s oldest Greek Orthodox
church, boys and girls tosses tennis balls for stuffed animals and local
talent played Greek folklore and even Greek disco.
- A story in the August 27 issue of The Hindu,
recapturing the spirit of Luz as it was 35 years ago, tells how the area got
its name. Portuguese Franciscan missionaries sailing from Goa encountered a
severe cyclonic storm for which the Coromandel coast was notorious. As the
missionaries prayed to the Virgin Mary to save them, one of them spotted a
welcome ray of light. Rejoicing, they called the area in which they made a
safe landing “Luz,” which meant “light” in their native tongue. The
Luz church, tucked away in a side road, was constructed in 1516 to
commemorate the event.
- Little Italy’s Feast of the Assumption was once a
quaint, one-day religious festival filled with traditions from the Old
Country, the Cleveland Scene (New Times, Inc.) reported on August 16. Now in
its 103rd year, the Feast remains a celebration of Mary’s
assumption into heaven, but has grown in secular significance. A three-day
festival draws 80,000 persons each year, non-Catholic as well as Catholic,
to carnival rides, gambling booths and an outdoor discotheque. Father Philip
Racco, pastor of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, is credited with preserving
the Feast’s religious integrity while opening the festivities to broader
interpretation. “Now, people understand it as a feast to celebrate the
goodness of life: to eat, to dance; the music, the food, and the ethnic
identity.” he said.
- Rev. Randy Roux blessed the herb garden and students
from the Ursuline Academy crowned the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor at
the Old Ursuline Convent in the Vieux Carre on the feast of the Assumption
of the Virgin Mary, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said on August 17. The
annual event also commemorates the arrival of the Ursuline nuns in New
Orleans on August 17, 1727 and the contributions of Sister Frances Xavier
Hebert, considered the first woman pharmacist in the New World. She provided
medicines, products of her herb garden, for the royal hospital nearby and
for military use until the Civil War.
- Vandals sheared the head off of the statue of Our Lady
of Lourdes and severed her praying hands in an attack at the grotto at Star
of the Sea Church, the NorfolkVirginian-Pilot said on August 15 and16. The
500 pound statue had been knocked off her pedestal and was found lying in
the stone grotto a few days earlier. Church leaders had agreed that the
grotto should remain accessible to the public at all times when the decision
was reluctantly made to lock the church doors at night and barricade the
parking lot from encroaching Oceanfront nightlife.
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News from Around the
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
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
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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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
Please check out our updated page of
The Hail Mary in Various Languages.
We have also added book reviews for the following Marian
El Secreto de sus Ojos: Estudio de los ojos de la
Virgen de Guadalupe (1999) by José Aste Tönnsmann.
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.
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:
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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Address to Women Religious
Address of Pope John Paul II at Turin,
"May the Mother of the Church be an inspiration for the discovery of a new
[Internet source: California Institute of Technology]
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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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