In preparation for the Liturgical celebration of the Memorial
of Saints Ann and Joachim [Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary] on July 26,
2002, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study,
reflection and meditation.
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We've updated our answer to a reader's question: What is the stand of
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the writing and messages of
Mrs. Vassula Ryden? What are the regulations regarding publication of presumed
We've also posted an article on by Fr. Renť Laurentin: Marian
Apparitions: Facts and Theological Meaning on our Resources menu.
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The Marian Library is currently exhibiting Religious Folk Art
from the Southwest, Faces of Mary and Saints, by Lydia Garcia of Taos, New
Mexico. Using retablos and altar screens, Garcia creates folk art unique
to the Spanish colonial Southwest. She sees her art as a tool of God's
love and compassion and a way of giving herself back to God. Upon signing
the back of each piece, she complements with prayers or humorous
explanations. This exhibit continues through July 26; hours 8:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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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News about the Mariological Society
of America (MSA)
of the MSA 2002 annual meeting held in New York City (May 22-25)
for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)
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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses
Summer courses have been offered since June 11. See the course
offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International
Marian Research Institute at: Summer
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Personal thoughts and reflections
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
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Association for the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and
International Shrine of the Holy Innocents will present an afternoon of
spiritual music and speakers on Sunday, September 1, 2002 from 12 noon to 7
p.m., at LaSalle Park in Buffalo, NY (Rain Location: St. Luke's Mission of
Mercy, 325 Walden Ave. Buffalo). Catholic musical groups to perform
include The Voices of Mercy, and The Bob Fera Group. Admission is
free. For driving directions go to
Click this link for a list of all of the current
Marian Events by
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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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Not posted this week. Expect an update to this section next week.
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 June 27 through July 7
Elephant dung is one of the ingredients in Chris Ofiliís
paintings, seen in his new exhibit, Freedom Day One, at Victoria Miro Gallery
in London, and "there is something almost edibly delectable" about
them, the London Daily Telegraph wrote on July 3. Elephant dung was used in
Ofiliís painting, The Holy Virgin Mary, which created "an unholy rumpus
involving accusations of blasphemy and protests from Mayor Giuliani" when
it was shown in New York a few years ago. The elephant dung is, in fact, the
least important of Ofiliís devices, the reviewer said.
At least 19 Polish pilgrims died and 32 were injured when a bus
flipped over at a roundabout on the way to Medjugorje, a shrine to the Virgin
Mary in southeast Bosnia, on July 1, The Herald Sun reported the following day.
Nancy Fowler, who said the Virgin Mary appeared to her monthly
at her home in Conyers, GA., during the 1990's, still lives in the home where
the masses gathered to hear messages from the Virgin Mary, the Atlanta Journal
and Constitution said on June 29. She stopped sharing her messages in 1998 and
is working on two books, a compilation of her testimonies and an autobiography.
A lawsuit seeking control of the money her followers donated to Our Loving
Motherís Children, the nonprofit agency her friends started, has lingered in
Rockdale Superior Court for years but is expected to go to trial in October.
Crowds waiting for hours to get a good view of the canonization
of Juan Diego in Mexico City, where the altitude is 7,000 feet and the
subtropical sun beams strongly in the thin air, will need drinking water so
city authorities have decided to make a tactical alliance with the street
traders they have spent years trying to get rid of and will license them to
sell bottles of clean water during the three days in July Pope is there, the
London Daily Telegraph said June 29 on page one. A story on page two, titled
"Juan Diego: the making of a saint," tells about the Indian Juan
Diego who in 1531 saw a series of visions of the Virgin Mary. On June 21, the
San Diego Union-Tribune reported that because of frail health, Pope John Paul
II has scaled back the activities planned for his fifth visit to Mexico in late
July. The visit will concentrate on the popeís mission to canonize the first
Indian saint in the Americas. Canceled were plans for a dinner with Mexican
bishops, a Mass in Mexico City to beatify martyrs from the southern state of
Oaxaca and a visit to the presidential residence.
Rev. Peter Avgeropoulos has witnessed a miracle: The new
Cathedral of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary reborn from the ashes of his
ruined Parkdale church, the Toronto Sun said on June 28. Two years and barely
three months ago, Avgeropoulos stood outside in the rain as the Greek Orthodox
church was reduced to smoking rubble; now its been rebuilt, at a cost of $4
A missionary priest from Kenya who briefly stayed at Blessed
Virgin Mary Help of Christians church in Woodside, Queens, was charged with
sexually abusing a 12-year old boy, casting light on another aspect of the
churchís sexual abuse scandal: foreign priests who fall through the cracks,
and among them, foreign missionary priests who have even less supervision, the
New York Times said on June 27. The priest was the third to be arrested on
charges of sexual abuse committed in the Brooklyn diocese in a little more than
How Polish is Polonia? So Polish that youíll see pickle
patches behind the houses and field shrines honoring the Virgin Mary at the
most remote rural crossroads of the area east of Stevens Point, the Wisconsin
State Journal wrote on July 7. The Pope himself came for lunch to Kezeskeís
tavern when he was the archbishop of Krakow and visited the Felician sisters at
St. Clareís convent in Polonia in 1976.
The modest, 15-room motel rests inconspicuously amid
neighborhood homes, the back yard decorated with lawn chairs, hanging mobiles
and a Virgin Mary statue inside an upturned bathtub "altar." Just a
few blocks away, rows of brightly colored, elaborate resorts vie for customers
along major roadways. But the family-owned Stanton Motel, run by 97-year-old
Alta Stanton, has a steady flow of business. Stanton and her husband built the
first part of it in 1948 to provide lodging for customers who sought lodging
when they stopped for gas at his two gas stations. Reported July 6 by the
Madison, WI Capital Times.
Visitors at Transfiguration Church stared in awe as they made
their way up to the base of a 33-foot-tall stainless-steel statue of the Virgin
Mary, the Chicago Daily Herald said on June 27. Throughout the week,
parishioners and visitors came to the Wauconda church to stand before the 4-ton
Our Lady of the New Millennium statue, which was spending two weeks in the
parking lot of the church before moving on to a parish in Waukegan. The touring
statue, commissioned by Carl Demmer and blessed by Pope John Paul II and
Cardinal Francis George, travels from town to town, stopping at Catholic
churches in the Chicago area since its construction three years ago.
Some people have seen religious statues of the Blessed Virgin
Mary shed real tears. Some have been moved to devotion by an image of Jesus on
the side of a Cape Breton Tim Hortonís, while others saw only a water stain.
St. Johnís Mayor Andy Wells sees the image of Coun. Paul Sears in a painting
meant to capture the history of the capital cityís fire department. Whatís
next? Of all of the petty claims and puerile arguments to have spun out of St.
Johnís City Council in recent years, this is one of the most bizarre, St.
Johnís Telegram (CanWest Interactive) said July 6.
Ministers of culture of Russia and Germany attended the
official farewell ceremony as 111 fragments of stained glass from the Virgin
Mary Church (Marienkirche) in Frankfurt on Oder were sent from St. Petersburg
to Germany, the News Bulletin (Interfax Northwest)said on June 24. The
Marienkirche stained glass was made in the 14th century to decorate
the altar of the church. The pictures were dismantled in 1943 when the allies
started bombing Frankfurt, taken to Potsdam and then brought to the Hermitage
in 1946. The stained glass fragments are the first works of art Russia is
transferring to a foreign country under the new law on trophy art.
A 600-year-old statue of the Virgin May is one of several works
being prepared for the new St. Patrickís Cathedral in Parramatta, the
Parramatta Advertiser said on July 3. The wood-carved Madonna was bought in
Germany with a $73,000 gift from an anonymous donor. Sister Rosemary Crumlin, a
freelance art curator who found the statue and escorted it back to Australia,
said it had been carved between 1390 and 1430. Carved of lindenwood, painted
and gilded, the statue features a strong, smiling Madonna holding a
Christ-child and an apple. This reflected medieval theology of Mary as the
second Eve, the mother of Jesus Christ who was thought to be the new Adam, Sr.
Rosemary said. Work on the new cathedral, which replaces the building gutted by
fire in 1996, begins later in July.
Think of the Virgin Mary and the mind conjures up countless images of her
dressed in blue. But the Mother of Christ quite possibly never wore blue, the
Melbourne Age said on June 24. Why the ultramarine robes? The answer is in
English scientist and author Philip Ballís fascinating new book, "Bright
Earth - the Invention of Colour." Throughout the Middle Ages, Badakshan,
at the headwaters of the river Oxus in what is now Afghanistan, was virtually
the only source of the rare blue stone lapis lazuli from which the rich and
alluring pigment ultramarine was lovingly extracted. To medieval artists the
wondrous pigment from "beyond the sea" was a marvel to be used in
painting only the most revered of subjects, both because of its short supply
and great cost.
Sassoferratoís Madonna in Prayer, currently on display at the National
Gallery of Victoria, is a luminous example from the 17th century of
the legacy of this tradition. The Madonna wears robes of rich ultramarine.
The Virgin Mary appears on the 13th of every month,
just after lunch, to William Kamm, a former Wollongong bank worker, on a
squalid, dusty patch of ground out the back of Nowra, in a clearing bulldozed
from the subtropical rainforest, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote on June 22.
Some see the sun spinning, but the reporter was among those who has not seen
her or the spinning sun. On the same day the Herald wrote about Kammís
apparitions and the Order of St. Charbel he established after the Virgin Mary
began speaking to him. Also on June 22, the Sydney Daily Telegraph told of
William Kammís "rocky path" as he defies a Vatican-approved decree
outlawing his movement. "The Little Pebble," a name he said the
Virgin gave him to protect his real identity, claims the Virgin Mary first
spoke to him during Easter, 1968.
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