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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical celebrations of The Month of October, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

We have revised our answer to a reader's question: What is the Catholic Church's stand on the movement in Australia known as Mary's Magnificat Meal?, added new entries to our list of Marian and Related Web Sites and The Hail Mary in Various Languages, and also expanded our illustrated explanations of Mary's Assumption into Heaven and the Serenity Pines Garden.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting GOD BLESS AMERICA: Artistic Variations on 9-11, by John Solowianiuk.  This exhibit will run from October 7 thru November 22, 2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday  or by special arrangement [call (937) 229-4214]. 

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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its small tour.  "The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary" will arrive in Sept. 2003 for a two month stay in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery and seventh-floor Marian Library Gallery.  The multicultural exhibition includes pieces dating from the fourth century to the 20th century.

The works include a variety of mediums such as oil on canvas and copper; tempera; gold on panel-carved sections of sarcophagi in marble; and statuary in wood, bronze, ivory, lead and soapstone.  The artists are from several different ethnic backgrounds.  Cultures of Africa, China, Korea, Greece, Central Europe, Russia, Brazil and the Solomon Islands are represented.  The 38-piece collection is housed in the Vatican Museums, although many of the pieces are in areas only accessible to scholars for study.

Aside from an extended stay at the John Paul II cultural center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has rarely been seen by the public.  The cost of transporting, insuring and securing the art will be provided through private donations.

The works are put into six categories: Eve and Mary, The Incarnation, The Theotokos (Mother of God), Images of Prayer, Mary in Cultures Around the World and Walking with Mary in the Third Millennium.  The sections are introduced by writings from Pope John Paul II.

The exhibition puts emphasis on the mission of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which is serving as the host.  It will be the second exhibit in a biennial series of international art here at UD.

Source: "Rare Vatican art to make its way to campus" by Meghan Roberts, published on p. 7 in Flyer News for September 27, 2002.

For more information see also 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)

Call for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  The first courses for the Fall 2002 term are scheduled to begin on October 14.

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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

The Apostolate for Family Consecration will host a Totus Tuus Family Conference on the topic, "Our Spiritual Response to September 11 & the Moral Attack on our Families" on October 11-13, 2002 at Catholic Familyland in Bloomingdale, Ohio.  There will also be a free [optional] evangelization seminar on Monday, October 14.  For more information click into www.familyland.org

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


Pope Presents St. Bridget as Model for Today's Woman

Ecumenical Meeting to Mark Seventh Centenary of Birth

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 3, 2002 (Zenit.org)

In recalling the seventh centenary of the birth of St. Bridget of Sweden, John Paul II presented her as a model for today's woman.

In a message sent to Mother Tekla Famiglietti, general abbess of St. Bridget's Order of the Most Holy Savior, the Holy Father evoked the figure of the Swedish saint (1303-1373) as an example of life that "can be an effective stimulus for women today, so that they will be protagonists of a society where their dignity is fully respected." …

"Seeking to imitate Mary, she made every effort to be a wife, mother, faithful religious. Following in the Virgin's footsteps, she tried to do God's will totally in all circumstances," the Pope explained. …

John Paul II pointed out four lessons to be learned from St. Bridget: "teacher in the acceptance of the cross as a central experience of faith"; "exemplary disciple of the Church in professing a full catholicity"; "model of contemplative and active life"; and "untiring apostle in the quest for unity among Christians." …

The Pope has invited religious leaders, including the heirs to the Reformation, to participate in an ecumenical celebration in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday, the eve of St. Bridget's seventh centenary. The saint is revered by Lutherans as well as Catholics. …

In 1999, John Paul II proclaimed St. Bridget, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) as co-patronesses of Europe.

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano September 18, 2002

On September 15, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Pope John Paul II spoke to the faithful at Castel Gandolfo about our call to join with Mary in contemplating the Mystery of the Cross. He said: "At the foot of the Cross and perfectly united with her Son, the Virgin Mary was able to share in a singular way the depth of the pain and love of his sacrifice. No one better than she can teach us to love the cross. To Our Lady of Sorrows we entrust young people and families, nations and the whole of humanity. In a special way we invoke her for the sick and the suffering, for the innocent victims of injustice and violence, for Christians persecuted on account of their faith. May the glorious Cross of Christ be for all a pledge of hope, redemption and peace."

The Holy Father received the third group of bishops from Brazil on their ad limina visit to Rome this year. They came from the Northern region which includes the Amazon. Addressing them on September 14, the Pope emphasized the spirituality of communion centered on the Eucharist that creates the unity of the bishops even when in Northern Brazil they have to work hard to bridge the huge distances between them. He also taught that the bishops express their love for the Church of their Mother by their unstinting generosity as her Pastors. He entrusted their apostolic mission "to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who in all ages is the radiant Star of Evangelization."

The Ambassador of Uruguay, H.E. Mr. Daniel Perez del Castillo, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father on September 6. Responding to the Ambassador’s address, the Pope addressed the social and economic problems that people are experiencing in their country today.

He said: "It is necessary to remember that the social situation is not improved by applying exclusively technical measures...special care must be taken to foster the values and respect for the ethical dimension of the person, in the family and in society...in times of difficulty and crisis, special care must be taken to prevent the plight of those who already suffer from the multiple forms of poverty from worsening." He invoked the motherly protection of Our Lady, the Virgin de los Treinta y Tres, for the sons and daughters of Uruguay, "as they advance towards a society that is more just, more peaceful and shows greater solidarity."

The Holy Father highlighted the way sports can instill in young people moral values when he received the players, trainers and directors of Real Madrid, the champion soccer club of Europe, on September 16 at Castel Gandolfo. He explained that the Church "considers sports as an instrument of education when they foster high human and spiritual ideals; when they form young people in an integral way to develop in such values as loyalty, perseverance, friendship, solidarity and peace." He invited his audience to practice these values, and said "May Our Lady, the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of Madrid, accompany you."

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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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