Mary Page News

October 26, 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

New Art on our Home Page

The graphic at the top left of our home page now randomly displays works by Katherine Ann Osenga.  Click on an image to enlarge.

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New Art Exhibit

NOW being exhibited at The Marian Library Gallery: 
When Devotion Meets Art: Statues of Our Lady.  Displayed are more than 450 statues of varied twentieth-century representations of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that were part of the former National Shrine of Our Lady of the Green Scapular in Palmyra, Wisconsin.

October 15, 2001 - January 4, 2002
Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Telephone: (937) 229-4214 or (937) 229-1431.

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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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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.  

We also encourage our readers to submit their opinions on various styles of Marian Art through an on-line art survey.

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News from Around the World

Exhibition on Black Madonnas 

Bringing the Dark Madonna to Light: Contemporary Interpretations

October 13, 2001 - January 13, 2002 at Thacher Gallery at USF, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center.  This exhibit will bring together historical material and new work by over 20 Bay Area and international artists to present the Dark Madonna in a contemporary light.  For more information, visit  This exhibit is free and open to the public. 


Rediscovering the Rosary in a Troubled World

Interview with Founder of Youth Missionary Service

ROME, OCT. 11, 2001 ( For those who think the rosary has been forgotten, the founder of the Youth Missionary Service has a very different message.

Ernesto Olivero, 61, former banker and a married man with three children, dedicates himself to the service of the poor and the marginalized. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once recommended him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1964, Olivero founded the Youth Missionary Service, an association characterized by its simple, fraternal, communal lifestyle, dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel through initiatives of conciliation.

John Paul II appealed to Catholics to pray the rosary this month for world peace and an end to terrorism. Here, Olivero talks about the timeliness of this prayer.

--Q: What does the rosary mean to you?

--Olivero: It is something I carry within me. The rosary leads me to the Word of God. Never before has the rosary been so invaluable. In such a mad world, only one woman, Mary, can help man rediscover peace.

What is happening at present makes us understand that if man does not find the wisdom that leads to God, chaos alone remains. We continue to choose God, and I believe that the Virgin is a great intermediary.

--Q: And yet, there are those who say it is boring and repetitive. Do you agree?

--Olivero: No. The rosary has a repetition that is full of meaning and love. Love never regards anything as repetitive, including the simplest gesture to the beloved. Sometimes, while I pray the rosary, I am tormented by the fact that I don't understand what I am saying, that I am distracted, but I know I am dedicating time to God through Mary. So it is not repetitive.

--Q: Do you think it is an appropriate prayer for young people? 

--Olivero: I think so. It is the prayer of simplicity, and whoever is simple has understood everything. And young people are simple. Anyway, before advising a boy or girl to pray the rosary, I would suggest that they encounter God, with the silence of God that leads to the rosary, to that apparent repetition.

Again, Pope Calls Faithful to Pray Rosary for Peace - "Who, Better Than Mary, Can Accompany Us"

ROME, OCT. 14, 2001 ( For the fourth time in two weeks, John Paul II appealed to the faithful to pray the rosary "for peace at this time burdened by grave concerns." He made his appeal today before 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter´s Square for the midday Angelus. The Holy Father mentioned "peace" six times before reciting the Marian prayer. "Given the present international situation, I have invited individuals and communities to pray the rosary for peace," he said. "I also renew this appeal today, underlining at the same time that the rosary is the contemplation of Christ in his mysteries, in close union with Mary Most Holy." "Contemporary spirituality feels the intense need, so to speak, to focus on the essential," the Pope continued, from the window of his study. "Because of this, there is at present a promising rediscovery of the true nature of the rosary, as a prayer that helps to be in Christ’s company, to know him better, absorb his teachings and live the mystery. “And who, better than Mary, can accompany us in this journey of the mind and heart? This is the meaning of the repetition of the Hail Mary, which constitutes the scheme on which the contemplation of the mysteries develops.

From L’Osservatore Romano September 19&26

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Marian Events

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

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New Resources

The Newsletter for the Mariological Society of America (MSA) is now on-line.

We've also added answers to 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 was Colombia.  Expect more countries to follow.

A new section on Mary in History was recently added to our Resources index.
We have also added a new section on French-language Resources.
Our section on New Marian Poetry was also updated recently.  Also, we have added a prayer to Mary by St. Anselm to our section on Marian Prayers.

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.

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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)

Ad Caeli Reginam: On Proclaiming the Queenship of Mary

Encyclical of Pope Pius XII promulgated on October 11, 1954.  Issued on the feast of the Queenship of Mary, it summarizes the history of devotion to Mary as Queen.

Spanish version at:

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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 October 3-20.

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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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Marian Themes in Magisterial Documents

Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety

Quotes from post-Vatican II Church documents on the Rosary devotion.

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