Mary Page News

September 28, 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

Schoenstatt Latin American Marian Conference in NYC

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:


Angelus Address Following Mass

"I Pray for the Entire Nation of Kazakhstan"

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, SEPT. 23, 2001 ( Here is a translation of John Paul II´s address before leading a public recitation of the Angelus, in the Square of the Motherland, following a concelebrated Mass. 

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At the end of this solemn celebration, let us recite together the customary Marian prayer, turning with confidence to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Astana Cathedral which can be seen from this Square is dedicated to her; and there tomorrow morning, God willing, I will celebrate Holy Mass for the priests, religious and seminarians. 

At this moment, I wish to go on spiritual pilgrimage to your national Marian shrine near Oziornoe where you, dear Brothers and Sisters, venerate the Blessed Virgin under the title of Queen of Peace. Prostrate at her feet, I pray for the entire nation of Kazakhstan: for its leaders and citizens, for the families, the young people, the children and the elderly, for those who are suffering and those in need. 

To Mary I entrust all of you: Christians and non-Christians, believers and non-believers. She is the Mother of all, because Christ her Son is the Saviour of all. May Mary help all of you, dear Brothers and Sisters, to accomplish in your daily lives Christ’s command: "Love one another", which is the guiding theme of this pastoral visit of mine. 

To the perpetual help of the Queen of peace I also entrust the countries bordering Kazakhstan, and I greet especially the pilgrims who have come today from those lands to demonstrate their faith and affection. 

Together let us turn now with confidence to the Handmaid of the Lord: "Angelus Domini ..." 

[Original text: Russian; translation distributed by Vatican Press Office]

Students Icon of the Virgin Arrives in Peru

LIMA, Peru, SEPT. 20, 2001 ( The icon of the Blessed Virgin that John Paul II gave to the world´s university students arrived this week in Peru from Ukraine.

The image of Mary, "Seat of Wisdom," will begin its Peruvian tour at the University of Piura. Other stops include Chiclayo, Lima and Arequipa, before it leaves the country at year-end.

Inspired in the Eastern Christian tradition, the icon was painted by Slav Father Marko Rupnik. The Pope gave it as a gift to the world´s youth on Sept. 10, 2000, during the special jubilee of the university world.

Oblates of Mary Immaculate Now Have a Feminine Branch

MADRID, Spain, SEPT. 20, 2001 ( - The archbishop of Madrid has approved the constitutions and statutes of the congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the first feminine branch of the OMIs.

"A congregation is not born every day," the Conference of Spanish Religious observed when reporting the news. "At a time of crisis in vocations, the birth of a new form of religious life is good news."

The first eight religious, between 21 and 33 years of age, made their vows Sept. 9, during a ceremony presided over by the archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.

The new congregation came into existence in the mid-1990s, fruit of the commitment of a group of young women in a Madrid parish, directed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

The young women´s petition to enter the consecrated life was accepted, thanks to the support they received from Father Marcello Zago, then OMI superior general, who eventually became secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Father Zago, a leading Catholic missionary in Asia, envisioned this first feminine branch of this congregation.

The new form of consecrated life began Sept. 14, 1997. Its statutes, defining it as a public association of faithful, were recognized in 1998, and now it has been fully recognized as a religious congregation.

From L’Osservatore Romano September 12

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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 were Canada and Cuba.  Expect more countries to follow.  The Coros Chronicle, a bimonthly journal of the collectors of religion and stamps, mentioned our site's "Mary in Stamps" web pages in their August 2001 issue.

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

Our section on Spanish-language Resources has also been updated recently.

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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