Mary Page News

December 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

Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Winter Semester

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

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Current Exhibit (now online)

Over eighty Nativity sets from The Marian Library collection will be exhibited this season: Three Exhibits - Three locations

The Marian Library Gallery St. John /
Dayton Art Institute
UD Roesch Library bldg
300 College Park
4400 Shakertown Rd
456 Belmonte Park N.
Nov. 28 thru 2002
Mon. - Fri.,
8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 thru Jan. 13,
2002 Wed., Sat., Sun.,
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Dec. 17 - Jan. 15, 2002
Mon., Tues., Fri., Sat., Sun.,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Wed. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Digitized photos of newly displayed creches can be seen under Current Exhibit in our Gallery section.

Telephone 229-4214 or 229-1431 for information.  There is also a description at URL:

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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

The intercessions of our Most Merciful Mother Mary and her Holy Rosary are the most powerful forces we have against the evil that manifested itself so tragically on September 11th. Please join us January 1, 2002 for the National Day of Prayer for Peace and an End to Terrorism. On that day, Catholics across the country will come together to offer 25 million Rosaries for peace.

This powerful event has been established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been chosen by the Holy Father as a World Day of Peace. This event coincides with the Feast of Mary and recognizes Mary's intercession and the power of God to convert hearts and minds.

To help us reach our goal, please forward this e-mail to as many people in your faith community as you can. You're encouraged to contact your parish for specific times for Rosary services on this day. For more information on the National Day of Prayer for Peace and an End to Terrorism, please visit

We are doing all that we can to get the word out to the 63 millions Catholics in the country and we hope you continue to assist us in this. 25 million Rosaries cannot happen without people like you to help! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reply to me,

God bless you!

Greg Doring
Project Manager


Jesus "Our Peace" Is Coming, John Paul II Says

Excerpts of the address at the General Audience

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2001 (

And it is necessary to continue with confidence to ask the Child, born for us from the Virgin Mary, that the prodigious energy of his peace might drive out the hatred and rage that lurk in the human spirit. Is not this, in fact, the greeting we would like to exchange in the coming Christmas celebrations? To this end, our prayer this week should be more intense and choral. "Christus est pax nostra -- Christ is our peace." May his peace renew every ambit of our daily life. May it fill hearts, so that they will open to his transforming grace; permeate families, so that before the crib or gathered around the Christmas tree, they will reinforce their faithful communion; may it reign in cities, in nations, and in the international community and spread to every corner of the world.

As the shepherds of the night of Bethlehem, let us quicken our steps to Bethlehem. In the silence of the Holy Night we will contemplate the "Child wrapped in swaddling cloths, who lies in a manger," together with Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:12,16). May she, who welcomed the Word of God in her virginal womb and held him in her maternal arms, help us to live more intensely this last stretch of the liturgical itinerary of Advent.

With these sentiments, I affectionately express my best wishes to all of you here present, to your families, and to all those who are dear to you. Happy Christmas to all!

From L’Osservatore Romano December 5 & 12

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Marian Events  

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

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New Resources

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

A Multilingual Marian Bibliography for 2000 was added to our Resources.

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. and Fr. Theodore Koehler, S.M., on the Overview page of our Academe section.

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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 after the holidays.

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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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