In preparation for the Liturgical celebrations of the Birth
of Mary on September 8, and Our
Lady of Sorrows on September 15, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study,
reflection and meditation.
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With graphic artist, Kris Sommer, on our design team, our Mary
Page web site has been getting an extensive aesthetic renovation. The
latest sections to have been revised are Meditations,
Prayers and Questions.
Expect more to follow.
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Fr. Bertrand A. Buby, S.M., long-time instructor at the International Marian
Research Institute, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his religious vows with the
Marianist order on September 5, 2002. The date commemorates Mary as Queen
of Apostles and is special for the Marianists.
Also, Fr. James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv., long-time member of the Mariological
Society of America, recently celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a Priest. He
requests your kind prayers for his mother, Georgina Burke McCurry, who passed
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The Marian Library is currently exhibiting The Madonnas of
Europe: A great Photographer on Pilgrimage to famous Marian Shrines in Europe,
by Janusz Rosikon. This exhibit runs from August 12 thru September 27,
2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or by special arrangement
[call (937) 229-4214]. Items are displayed on both the first and seventh
floors of Roesch Library.
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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Exhibit Coming Next Year
Vatican art treasures -- UD will be one of the few venues to exhibit a
Vatican collection of multicultural, multi-century art devoted to Mary next year.
For more information see the article
by Pamela Gregg in the August 22 issue of U.D.'s Campus Report.
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News about the Mariological Society
of America (MSA)
for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)
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International Marian Research Institute
of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.
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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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The International Coalition for the Triumph presents, in
conjunction with the 10th International Week of Prayer and Fasting [Oct. 6-14,
2002]: Mercy, Hope and Healing Conference for Clergy, Religious, Families and
all Nations at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge,
VA on October 12 & 13 followed by a Eucharistic Prayer Vigil on Monday,
October 14, 2002. For more information, click into www.sign.org.
Click this link for a list of all of the current
Marian Events by
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John Paul II has appointed the following officers for the
2002-2007 term at the Pontificia Academia Mariana:
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 August 13 through 26
First item in the Sydney Morning Herald Signposts on
August 26: "In 1498 in Rome, then 23-year-old Italian artist Michelangelo
was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the Pieta, a statue of the
Virgin Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus, whom she holds across her
lap. The work was completed in 1501."
The Advertiser (Nationwide News Pty Limited) in a story
datelined London, August 24, reported that a painting by Italian master Titian
stolen seven years ago has been found in a plastic bag in London. The
painting, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the
infant Jesus while Joseph looks on. Considered one of the most famous by the
16th century Venetian master, it is worth more than $14 million.
The painting was recovered intact but missing its frame after a search led by
a former London detective specially commissioned to track it down. Reported
also by the London Daily Telegraph, which said the detective was approached by
a man after a radio appeal and offer of a pounds 100,000 reward for
information leading to the painting’s safe return.
Haven Kimmel’s first novel, The Solace of Leaving
Early, centers on two people whose mutual antipathy evolves into love and
marriage after two orphaned girls come into their lives. The two little girls
take to calling themselves Immaculata and Epiphany and see visions of the
Virgin Mary in their back yard after their parents are murdered. Reviewed by
the Montreal Gazette August 24.
After six people reported spotting black bears in North
Park, folks there, perhaps in a rash of copy-cat sightings, have reported four
bears, six deer, a moose and the Virgin Mary grilling lamb kebabs in Town
Park, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said on August 24.
Robert Graham, who spent the last five years creating
25-ton bronze doors for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, hosted a
party August 20 outside the cathedral to celebrate their completion, the Los
Angeles Times said on August 23. Among the guests was Brooke Shields, who
"admired the shadow play on the tympanum behind the Virgin Mary above the
From Nature Notes in the London Times August 23: "A
common plant in fields and on roadsides now is persicaria, or red shank. It
has a short spike of crumbly-looking pink flowers, a zigzagging red stalk, and
very distinctive narrow leaves with a dark blotch in the middle of them.
Legends attribute this mark to the blood of Christ splashing the leaves, or
the imprint of the Virgin Mary’s thumb on them."
No longer able to travel with ease, Pope John Paul II
asked Roman Catholics to pray for him during his trip to his native Poland,
the Regina Leader-Post said on August 16. Praying to the Virgin Mary during an
appearance at Castel Gondolfo to mark the feast day of the Assumption, the
Pope said: "I would like today to entrust to you in a special way my
pastoral voyage in Poland that I will undertake tomorrow, if it pleases
Putting to rest rumors that he had plans to step down,
Pope John Paul II ended a prayer to the Virgin Mary at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska,
a mountain shrine in Poland he visited as a child, with this plea, "Obtain
also for me strength in body and spirit, that I may carry out to the end the
mission given to me by the risen Lord." Reported August 20 by the London
Times and the London Financial Times, August 19 on CBS Evening News, August 20
by the Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator.
Pope John Paul II prayed at the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
shrine to the Virgin Mary for her to protect children, as the Vatican grapples
with a child sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, Agence France
Presse reported on August 19. "Cover children with the mantle of your
protection, lest they be scandalized," he said in a prayer he composed
himself. During the homily
delivered at the Marian shrine the Pope committed homeless, jobless and
families to the Virgin Mary, Polish Press Agency wrote on August 18.
The Flaming Lips, a classic-rock group formed in the
early ‘80s after allegedly stealing all their instruments from a local
church, took their name from a dream in which lead singer Wayne Coyne had a
vision of the Virgin Mary speaking to him in tongues of fire, the Sydney
Sunday Telegraph said on August 18.
Francie Brady, a comics-obsessed child trying to keep it
together while his family disintegrates around him, fakes visions and
fantasizes about the Virgin Mary in The Butcher Boy, a film based on Patrick
McCabe’s dark novel of 1960s Irish family life. Named one of the week’s
Best Films by the London Guardian August 17. Reviewed also by the Glasgow
Herald which concluded: "A heartbreaking, horrible, quite unforgettable film
- and the only chance you’re ever likely to get to see Sinead O’Connor
playing the Virgin Mary." Reviewed also by the Morning Star August 17.
A five-day festival of Greek culture, celebrating the
"falling asleep" and subsequent assumption of the Virgin Mary, began
August 14 at the Church of the Dormition, with a procession of the icon of
the Virgin Mary around the streets surrounding the church. "It is the most
important holiday in the Greek Orthodox church after Easter," said Fotis
Komborozos, spokesman for the Hellenic Community of Montreal. Reported by the
Montreal Gazette August 15 and 17.
On August 16 the Baton Rough LA Advocate ran a color
photo of Mitzie Roppolo, caretaker of the Madonna Chapel, "the smallest
church in the world," keeping a prayer candle lit following the annual Feast of the
Assumption Mass at the church in Bayou
Goula. The church was built in 1903 by Bayou Goula resident Tony Gullo as a
promise to the Virgin Mary for healing his sick child.
For 14 days, members of Dormition of the Theotokos Greek
Orthodox Church have prayed, fasted and practiced hymns - all in anticipation
of a special holiday. The holiday’s name - Dormition of the Theotokos, is
the same as the church, the Greensboro, NC, News & Record said on August
15. Dormition of the Theotokos means "the passage through death of the
mother of God." Dozens gathered Wednesday evening, eve of the feast day, for
vespers, a formal nighttime service that included a processional, hymns
praising the Virgin Mary and a special feast.
Six young people walking along railroad tracks during a
religious procession in Tlaxcala, 70 miles east of Mexico City, were struck by
a train and killed, The Associated Press said on August 15. They were headed
to Huamantla, 30 miles to the southeast, to celebrate a religious festival for
the Virgin Mary called "The night that no one sleeps."
Other stories related to the celebration of the Feast of
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Innisfail Advocate, August 22 - more than 900 Good Counsel College
students and teachers united to celebrate the feast;
Baltic News Service, August 14 - the National Stock Exchange of
Lithuania closed due to the national holiday;
Baltic News Service, August 15 and 16 - Latvian President called on
thousands of pilgrims gathered on Assumption Day to join in a prayer for the
Baltic News Service, August 15 - over 150,000 people participated in
the procession of the cross on the eve of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin
Mary at the Aglona Basilica in Latvia;
Corpus Christ Caller-Times, August 16 – Father Stelios Sitaras of St.
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church blessed five loaves of symbolic bread August
15, marking the end of a 15-day fasting period and the celebration of the
Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos or the "bearer of God."
Providence RI Journal-Bulletin, August 15 - the Assumption of the
Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket was to hold its Grecian
Festival the coming weekend.
Spokane, WA Spokesman-Review, August 20 – a few days after Catholics
celebrated August 15 as the Feast of the Assumption, a backyard statue of Mary
disappeared from a North Spokane yard, only to return vandalized and
"On the eve of what Catholic bishops have designated a
day of penance for themselves, a Boston court released a videotape of
Boston’s Bernard Cardinal Law testifying about his promotion of an accused
pedophile priest," begins a New York Daily News story on August 14. After
reporting on Law’s testimony, the article concludes: "Tomorrow is the
feast of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption, and many churches will hold special
Masses with prayers of repentance." On August 13, the Associated Press said
the Oklahoma City Archdiocese was planning a day of prayer and fasting for
abuse victims August 14, choosing that day because it is the day before a holy
day of obligation - the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Forty per cent of legislators in the next Parliament
should be women, the Anglican Church of Kenya, has proposed. The church says
such a Parliament would be less likely to pass unpopular motions and Acts, the
Africa News Service said on August 22. Outgoing Archbishop Dr. David Gitari
said women in biblical times took an active role in social and religious
matters, giving the examples of the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene who were at
the forefront in the salvation crusade.
The Pope’s latest visit to Mexico, at the end of a
nine-day trip to the Americas that started in Canada and took in Guatemala,
drew huge crowds and also raised semi-dormant questions about the
government’s relations with the Roman Catholic church, and the Church’s
attitude to indigenous people. The highlight of the Pope’s visit was the
canonization of Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin, a probably mythical Indian, who was
portrayed by the Roman Catholic church as having seen a vision of the Virgin
Mary., the Latin America regional Report for Mexico & NAFTA wrote on
The spiritual leader of the world’s 12 million Coptic
Christians visited a Middlesex County NJ church the past weekend to celebrate
its history and lay the foundation for an important part of its future, the
Associated Press said on August 26. Hundreds came to St. Mary Coptic Orthodox
Church in East Brunswick to greet Pope Shenouda III, the Egyptian Christian
equivalent of Catholic Pope John Paul II. The 80-year-old pope toured an
exhibit commemorating the church’s 25-year history and its treasures,
including a sixth century icon of the Virgin Mary and relics of her parents. He
later went across the street to lay the foundation stone for the church’s
future community center.
Four deeply linked coincidences that alter the course of a
life comprise Erik Fosnes Hansen’s enthralling, dream-like novel "Tales of
Protection," Copley News Service said on August 19.
In the third story, in 15th century Rome, an
exiled Florentine merchant suffers from an appalling skin disease. Healed by
the viewing of an old, second-rate painting of the Virgin Mary, he sends his
servant on a quest to learn what he can about the artist who created it. Hansen
employs these stories to work out his intriguing theme of non-randomness.
carved wooden statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was to arrive August 30 in Iowa
City as part of an 18-city pilgrimage from Mexico City to Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Associated Press said on August 17. Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of
unborn children, is one of the very few images in which the Blessed Virgin Mary
appears pregnant. Rev. Michael Phillips of St. Wenceslaus parish, said he does
not know why Iowa City, or for that matter, St. Wenceslaus was chosen. A
permanent shrine for the patron saint of Mexico and all the Americas is being
established at St. Francis Xavier Church in Grand Rapids.
Just how fine the line can be between the secular and the
sacred was vividly displayed when St. Paul Catholic Church offered its annual
"Elvis Presley Memorial Mass" on Thursday, Cox News Service said in a story
datelined Memphis, Tenn. August 16. The program also mentioned, as did the
pastor, that Thursday was also the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Knowing his
audience’s devotion swung more toward the King than to the Queen, in his mass
the pastor used only gospel songs that Elvis had recorded, sung by the church
choir. Presley was raised in the Assembly of God Church and was never a
Special episodes of three poplar anthologies (Iconos,
Patrias, Calles Famosas) will air on Discovery en Espanol, the Spanish-language
channel from Discovery Networks during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.
15-Oct.15), PR Newswire Association said on August 22. Iconos (Icons)
illuminates the mystery, excitement and lasting influence of two revered and
controversial figures in Hispanic culture: the Virgin of Guadalupe and
architect Antonio Gaudi.
A full-color representation of the Virgin Mary suckling
the baby Jesus at her breast is in full view of commuter traffic converging on
Highway 1 at First Avenue, the Vancouver Sun said on August 14. The caption on
the billboard, erected by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, reads:
"If It Was Good Enough for Jesus…The Breast is Best…Dumpdairy.com"
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