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Liturgical Season

In preparation of the Liturgical celebration of the month of May, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.                  

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New Resources

We have added Popular Images of the Madonna and Marian Library Medal to our Resources index, and John Paul II's Easter Vigil Prayer for 2002, to our Prayers menu.

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Art Exhibit

TWO EXHIBITS NOW IN THE MARIAN LIBRARY GALLERY: See the skill of Kelly Buntin Johnson with the use of tiny European glass seed beads in twelve figures imaging Our Lady and Saints.  Look at Marys and Saints with Shirley M. Harryman's art form of photography that includes seventeen framed black and white prints, some of them hand-colored with oils.  Hours to view: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, THROUGH MAY 10.

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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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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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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Marian Events

National Medjugorje Conference at Notre Dame (May 31 - June 2, 2002)

New speaker added to program: James Caviezel has had starring roles in a number of Hollywood films including The Thin Red Line, Frequency, Angel eyes, The Count of Monte Christo and his most recent film, High Crimes.  He has been to Medjugorje three times and we are delighted that he is coming to Notre Dame to share his his experiences there.

For more information contact Queen of Peace Ministries at: (574) 288-8777.

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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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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News from Around the World

The Unity Cross as indication of the two-in-oneness of Jesus and Mary, of a Christocentric and Marian spirituality as well as of missionary commitment: for the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica, the Schoenstatt Unity Cross has become a symbol of their vocation. See: http://www.kath.de/schoenstatt/news2002/04april/2t0411_en_jamaika.htm


John Paul II Requests Prayers for Holy Land

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 14, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II gave this address today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square before the praying of the Regina Caeli. He spoke after the Mass in which six people were beatified.

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1. At the conclusion of this solemn liturgical celebration, we turn our glance to Mary Most Holy, whom we invoke during Eastertide with the beautiful antiphon, "Regina Caeli." Devotion to the Virgin is an integral part of Christian life, as clearly manifested, also, in the new blessed.

Therefore, we turn to her with faith, entrusting to her in particular all those who suffer in the Holy Land, from where I receive appeals from all sides. I assure everyone of my spiritual and human solidarity, while I invite all to pray so that the efforts under way to re-establish respect for persons and property and to foster the advent of a just and lasting peace, will be crowned with success.

[The Pope continued in Spanish]

2. Now, in greeting the Spanish-speaking bishops, civil authorities, priests, religious and faithful, especially those who have come from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia and Argentina, I am pleased to recall how the new blessed from Latin America are also an eloquent example of devotion to the Most Holy Virgin.

May this example of constant confidence in the Virgin Mary help all, especially those of you who have been able to participate today in this solemn ceremony of beatification, in order that each one, in his specific vocation, be a true disciple of her Son.

[The Holy Father concluded his address in Italian expressing cordial greetings to the Italian-speaking pilgrims, celebrating the beatification of Gaetano Errico and Lodovico Pavoni.]

Let us now address our canticle to Mary, Queen of Heaven.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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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.

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