Posted March 22, 2002

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News from the ML/IMRI

Alumni Update

Dr. Annamaria Poma-Swank, who taught numerous courses on Religious Art at The International Marian Research Institute, is now Associate Museum Librarian at The Cloister Library & Archives, a branch of the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  She was recently granted an award for cultural achievement, "Premio Firenze Donna".  The award will be presented in Florence on April 13, 2002. 

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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

Summer courses begin on June 11.  See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule.

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MSA 2002 Meeting in New York City

The 2002 MSA national meeting will be held at the Francis Cardinal Spellman Retreat Center in Riverdale, New York (a suburb north of New York City) on May 22 - 25.  Plans are underway with exciting news that our New York board member, Fr. Myles Murphy, has received word that Cardinal Avery Dulles has accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at the meeting.  A special event is being planned for those who attend the meeting - a visit to the Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art).  The topic of the meeting will be "The Marian Dimension of the Christian Life: The Middle Period."

Details of the Program

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Current Exhibit

Sisters and their Habits  

Aware of some discontinuation of the custom of nuns/sisters wearing habits, Pauline Money became eager to retain memory of this unique religious practice as a part of history.  With the assistance of members of women's religious orders, lay friends, and acquaintances, together with her personal initiative, Money eventually collected a substantial representation of religious habits.  She displays replicas of the habits on twelve-inch dolls.

Now on display at the Marian Library Gallery through March 29, 2002 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or make special arrangements by calling (937) 229-1431.)

Digitized photos of the items on display in the Marian Library can be seen under Current Exhibit in 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.  

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

MIC Anniversary

Sr. Celia Chua, a graduate of The International Marian Research Institute, informs us that her religious order, The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) is celebrating their centennial (1902-2002).  Please remember them in your prayers.

Maria Page of KML

The Korean Marian Library has a web site with Marian material in Korean.  


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

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano March 13

At noon Sunday, March 10, the Holy Father spoke from the window of his study to about 10,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He commented on the Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, about the man born blind, pointing out that the man born blind is everyman who is deprived of the light of Christ. Only Jesus can cure him: He is "the light of the world." The Pope prayed, "May the "Blessed Virgin Mary who is so totally pervaded by the radiance of divine grace obtain the light of Christ for us."

The Pope addressed the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life February 27 on the theme: "The nature and dignity of the human person as the foundation of the right to life." He spoke of the natural light of reason that can discern the dignity of the person and moral value of the community and what promotes that dignity or what harms it. He said, " can discern in himself the value and the moral requirements of his own dignity." He told them, "I entrust the activity of the Pontifical Academy for Life to the Mother of Jesus, Word made flesh in her virginal womb so that she may be with you as you fulfill the mission that the church has entrusted to you for the defence and promotion of the gift of life and of the dignity of every human being."

On February 25 the Holy Father spoke to members of the Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori, the oldest anti-cancer association in Italy, celebrating its 80th anniversary. He said, " is important always to keep in mind the centrality of the person, regardless of race or religion. We must bend over every sick person with loving care, following the example of the Good Samaritan." He told them, "I gladly entrust you, together with your projects, to the Immaculate Mother of God, Seat of Wisdom."

The Most. Rev. Fr. Giacomo Bini, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, members of the Scotus Commission and those involved in the Order’s General Secretariate for Formation and Studies presented to the Pope on February 16 Volume VIII of the critical edition of the works of Blessed John Duns Scotus. The Holy Father thanked them and begged them to persevere in their arduous mission. He said, "I express the wish that in 2004, the year of the 150th anniversary of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Scotus Commission will publish the 20th volume which will contain Book III of the Lectura, still unpublished in which for the first time Duns Scotus defended the Marian privilege and merited the title of ‘Doctor of Mary Immaculate’." Our Lady appeared to Duns Scotus in a dream when he was a young man, inviting him to place himself at her service and that of her Son and promising him her maternal protection. In Paris in 1306 and 1307 Scotus developed the theological grounds for the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady.

On February 28 the Holy Father spoke to the meeting of the Bishops and Friends of the "Focolare" Movement on understanding and promoting a real spirituality of communion. He commented that "It is especially the task of Pastors to ensure that the different gifts and ministries contribute to the common edification of believers and to the spread of the Gospel." He prayed, "May Mary, the Virgin of faithful love, watch over you and your ministry. May she help you to walk in perfect harmony with the heart of her divine Son, the source of boundless love and mercy."

The Holy Father received in audience on March 5 the second group of Argentinian Bishops who were in Rome on their ad limina visit. He urged the bishops to foster the new evangelization as a remedy for current problems. He prayed, "May the Blessings of the Lord descend upon you and upon your Christian communities, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lujan, Mother of all Argentinians, whose mantle reflects the colours of your country’s flag!"

From L’Osservatore Romano March 6

On March 2, the first Saturday of the month, the Pope prayed the Rosary with university students of Rome in the Paul VI Audience Hall and by television hook-up with students in major European cities. He greeted students from Athens and Strasbourg, saying, "Ask Mary to help you acquire deep understanding of the mystery of her Son, so that he may be your joy and strength." To students from the universities of Budapest and Vienna he said, "Let us be guided on the journey of a true Christian life by Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church!" Greeting university students in Valencia, he said, "May our prayer with the Mother of the Lord this afternoon help you continue your task of evangelization." Concluding his remarks, he said, "Dear young people, this evening the Blessed Virgin has gathered us from all the corners of Europe. May our eyes converge on the image of Our Lady of Loreto, the Virgin of silence and listening, Mother of the Son of God made man. Let us always look to her asking her for that same readiness for divine grace. Thus in each one of you the Almighty will also work great things."

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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.

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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New Resources

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

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