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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 a section on the famous stained-glass window at The Cathedral of Chartres to our Resources index.

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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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Marian News at the University of Dayton

Seat of Wisdom -- The campus community is invited to the rededication of the Marianist cemetery and the blessing of the statue, Mary, Seat of Wisdom, and the renovated O'Reilly Hall. The prayer service and procession will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel.

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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


John Paul II Urges Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land

John Paul II called for prayers for peace in the world, especially the Holy Land, during the month of May.

"Given the international situation, where so many needs and problems arise and, in particular, in face of the endless drama of the Holy Land, we must take confident recourse to the maternal intercession of the Virgin," the Pope said today.

We "may be sure that she can sustain the efforts of the one who seeks peace with sincerity and determination," the Holy Father told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray the Regina Caeli.

Speaking from the window of his study, John Paul II added, "No one more than she, the Queen of Peace, constantly watches over this exhausting way of humanity."

"May an uninterrupted and common prayer be raised to heaven from every part of the world during the month of May, so that at last initiatives for easing tension and for dialogue will be affirmed in the Land of Christ, and in every other place of the planet, marked by violence and pain," the Holy Father exhorted.

John Paul II has taken advantage of his recent Sunday public meetings with pilgrims to ask for greater commitment to peace and prayers for an end to Middle East violence.

In recent days, his appeals have been especially intense for the Franciscan friars and nuns in Bethlehem's Basilica of the Nativity. The basilica has been under siege by the Israeli army since April 2, when more than 200 Palestinians, many of them armed, invaded the church.

The Holy Father reminded pilgrims that "next Wednesday, the month of May begins, consecrated to Mary."

"Let us pray the holy rosary, if possible every day, either on our own or in community," he said. "The rosary is a simple prayer, but profound and very effective, to implore graces for families, communities and the whole world."

From L’Osservatore Romano

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

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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.

Mary in the Secular News from April 6 - April 17.

Church officials in Mexico are eagerly awaiting the Pope’s July visit, when he is to canonize Juan Diego, the Americas’ first indigenous saint; the story of Juan Diego’s 1531 vision of the Virgin Mary has made him a crucial bridge from Mexico’s ancient idolatry to the Catholic church; however, some in the church doubt Juan Diego existed, and even church experts who agree he deserves canonization differ over fundamental facts about his identity. Abstract of fairly lengthy article in April 17 Wall Street Journal titled "Mexico’s Juan Diego: Saint Who Never Was?"

The fight continues over who will control more than $3 million in assets from donations by followers of a Conyers homemaker who claims she received visions from the Virgin Mary, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution said on April 12. A Rockdale County Superior Court judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Nancy Fowler seeking control of money raised and land bought by Our Loving Mother’s Children. Fowler helped form the nonprofit group to collect donations from thousands who flocked to her farm during the 1990s to hear messages she said she received. The judge had earlier threatened to dismiss the case but has now agreed to consider the evidence and hear more arguments. AP Online on April 12 reported the same information.

In 1975, when she turned 60, Kathleen Hanley decided to travel for "Our Lady." For the next 20 years she organized, promoted and led pilgrimages to Catholic holy sites of the Virgin Mary, traveling to Lourdes, Fatima, the Holy Land, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Medjugorje. When she got home, she took her slide shows on the road so that local Catholics could learn about the sites. Hanley died April 4 of colon cancer, the Omaha World-Herald said on April 6.

A detailed portrait of life inside the Church of the Nativity compound after nine days of Israel siege emerged in telephone interviews from inside the complex, the New York Times wrote April 12. The site is where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth. The monks and nuns generally keep to themselves, venturing from their monasteries into the church itself only two to three times a day the check the holy site, light oil lamps and conduct services. In the grotto a nun who is a nurse spends four hours a day dressing the wounds of the injured. Father Parthenios, a Greek Orthodox monk in the complex, said of the Palestinians: "We just greet them, that’s all. They are respectful of the church. We are not hostages." The monks pass the days behind curtained windows, fearful of accidental shootings. The interior is usually quiet, the monks said. At any given time dozens of Palestinian soldiers are sleeping under blankets distributed by the monks. The noisiest time comes when people gather to eat. Also interviewed were Rev. Amjad Sabbara, pastor of the Catholic church in the complex and Muhammed al-Madani, governor of Bethlehem, a Palestinian hiding in the church. All three men warned that food was in such short supply that everyone was eating one meal a day.

An article in the Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator April 15 about the power of icons that explores Canadian icons begins: "Legend has it that the icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church worked miracles. They healed the sick. They chased away demons...The Byzantine portraits - thought to channel the powers of Christ, the Virgin Mary and they saints they depicted - also inspired 8th century image-breakers who despised pictures of the divine."

Today the church keeps the Festival of the Annunciation of Our Lord to the Virgin Mary (transferred from March 25 because of Holy Week), the day she was invited to be the mother of the Saviour, Canon H. P. Burgess wrote for the Theme for Today April 8 in the Birmingham Post. "Mary had the greatest vocation any human being could have, to be the ‘Mother of God’ (the title given her by the early church)," he said. "A great Anglican, Bishop Ken (1637-1711), wrote a hymn which ends thus: ‘Heaven with transcendent joys her entrance graced, Next to His throne, her Son His mother placed, All generations are to call her blest’."

The nude portraits of Madonna which Glasgow artist Peter Howson unveiled last week have been condemned as voyeuristic and self-promoting by the singer’s art consultant, the Sunday Herald said on April 7. Howson’s two paintings, to be shown for the first time at his exhibition in Ayr, depict Madonna variously as a monstrous figure crouching in a graveyard and lying on a bed with symbols of heroines, harlots and the Virgin Mary surrounding her.

A flock of doves soared into the sunny skies over Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin Sunday afternoon as the Russian Orthodox believers celebrated the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, one of the twelve major religious festivals of the year, TASS News Agency said on April 7. Letting doves and smaller birds like goldfinches out of cages onto the street is a tradition for the Day of Annunciation.

A replacement for a missing statue of the Virgin Mary is about to be installed at Durham Cathedral, the Northern Echo (Newsquest North East Limited) said on April 6. The glass sculpture, by Durham artist Goshka Bialek, was to be placed at the centre of Neville’s Screen, behind the cathedral’s High Altar, April 8, where visitors could see it until April 20. One hundred and seven statues originally decorated the screen, but many, such as the original statue of the Virgin Mary, went missing during the Reformation.

Russia’s Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, endorsed a law returning to Germany the stained glass from the Holy Virgin Mary church at Frankfurt-an-der-Oder, TASS News Agency said on April 10. A total of 111 glass fragments, made in the years 1366 through 1370, have immense historical value. The Soviet authorities moved the precious glass to the USSR in 1946 after the end of World War II and brought them to the State Hermitage museum in Leningrad, now Petersburg, in August of that year. A spokesman for the town hall of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder said a special commission of Russian and German arts experts would take charge of restoring the invaluable medieval relics. The restoration is expected to be over some time in 2003, when the town marks its 700th jubilee.

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