Mary Page News

November 9, 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

National convention for creche society

Friends of the Creche held its first national convention, "2001 - A Creche Odyssey," in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in November 2001.  Participants enjoyed a wide variety of nativity related experiences.  Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, was among the featured speakers.  See our "Gallery" section for more information on the society.

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Reader Comments

I have been troubled by the events that have happened in the world since September 11, 2001. On October 29th, my 41st wedding anniversary, I meditated on "What can I do to help my country at this time?" The answer came that I should pray the rosary each night before going to sleep.

I have not prayed the rosary for decades or only at funerals. This was not always so, my mother was named ‘Marion’ and she had a wonderful relationship with the Blessed Mother. She would pray to her and her prayers were always answered. I went from K to 12th grade at the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trenton, NJ. Therefore, the rosary was a part of my early training. In the past it just became something that took too much time for a busy person like me to do and I stopped saying it about the time I started taking care of my family.

On the 29th I went to bed and of course did not say the rosary, in fact I never thought about it. At 4:30 A.M. in the morning on the 30th I awoke knowing that I must say the rosary and I did. I went about my day on the 30th not thinking about the rosary and at night I went to bed with the TV on and all the world news. After being there awhile I turned off the TV and just had the compulsion to say the rosary. I took out the beads and started praying. I had only just begun the "Hail Mary" when a voice said to me that I was wasting my time and that I was very foolish that my little prayers would not help and that I should stop.

This really scared me and also made me think. What was so afraid of my little prayer? I could not allow whatever it was trying to stop me from reaching out to the Blessed Mother for assistance to win. I continued the rosary and it took all my strength and concentration to finished the five decades. I feel asleep and again around 4:30 A.M. was awaken to the realization that I must tell this to someone so that more people know how important it is to say the rosary. If just one person saying can cause something evil to try and stop the prayers, then the rosary and Mary’s assistance must be a very powerful weapon in stopping this evil. I do not know how to get my message out to others and asked for help in selecting someone to write to. You were the answer. Thank you for reading this and if there is something I need to know or do, please let me know.

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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 it and get further information.

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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.  We have now posted the current exhibit in our on-line Gallery.

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


First Cartoon Film Produced on Karol Wojtyla

Highlights Important Moments of John Paul II´s Life

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 6, 2001 ( - Karol Wojtyla's life has been the subject of film and television productions. Now, the Pope is the star of a cartoon film.

Entitled "Wojtyla," the 6-minute cartoon was conceived by Italian commercial artist Mario Verger. The film, which was presented at the most recent Genzano International Festival of Animated Cartoons, narrates the human and spiritual journey of John Paul II.

John Paul II is depicted praying in his private chapel, and recalling highlights of his life: his parents, the tragedies of his youth (Nazism and Communism), and some of the great moments of his pontificate (revelation of the secret of Fatima, beatification of Padre Pio, meetings with Mother Teresa of Calcutta).

Mario Verger told ZENIT that the film is a homage to the Pontiff, aimed at both adults and adolescents. It is an attempt to bring the boys who will see the cartoon "closer to evangelical principles."

"Wojtyla" offers "the most classical teaching: prayer, devotion to Mary and the rosary, invincible arms often little appreciated," Verger said.

The author of the film said he decided to end the cartoon with the opening of the Holy Door, because it represents for him "the fullness of the efforts of this Pope expressed in a very symbolic manner, a truly important event for the world."

From L’Osservatore Romano

Not posted this week.  Expect an update to this section next week.

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Marian Events  

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

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New Resources

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

We have also recently added "Our Lady of Czestochowa" and "Our Lady, Star of the Sea" to the Various Chaplets section of our Resources page.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources section.  The latest added was Costa Rica.  Expect more countries to follow.

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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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.

Not posted this week.  Expect an update to this section next week.

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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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Our Mary Page web site is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's new. 



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