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We have added a Short History of the Angelus, and revised our Lexicon of Marian Music and Various Chaplets under Resources.  We have also updated our pages on the Mariological Society of America, including information on the next MSA national meeting. 

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Crèche Exhibits '02 -Times and Dates

Marian Library 229-4214
7th Floor, Roesch Library
University of Dayton
November 25 - January 6
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Approximately 50 sets

Bergamo Center/St. John Gallery 320-5405
4400 Shakertown Road
November 27 - January 5
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, noon - 4 pm
30 sets

Dayton Art Institute 223-5277
456 Belmonte Park N
November 25 - January 6
Daily, 10 am - 5 pm including Christmas day, extended hours to 9 pm on Thursday
30 sets

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 513-421-5354
325 W. 8th St.
Cincinnati, OH
December 1- January 5
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 (Except Dec. 1, hours are 12:30 - 2:30)
Or by special arrangement for groups
Approximately 30 sets

John Paul II Cultural Center 202-635-5400
3900 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, D.C.
November 15 - January 17
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm (closed Mondays)
Approximately 30 sets

To see a virtual exhibit of this year's displays click into Current Exhibit.

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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its short 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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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for the Fall 2002 term completed on November 15.

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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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News from Around the World


BBC Documentary on Virgin Mary Alarms Believers

Contains Offensive Speculations, Says Bishop

PORTSMOUTH, England, DEC. 18, 2002 (Zenit.org)

The BBC network is considering the release of an offensive documentary on the Virgin Mary, according to Catholic Church officials.

"I believe that, in an age when we are all doing our best to build up a world of racial and religious tolerance, programs which, however unwittingly, attack the icons of major religious faiths, are unwelcome and troubling," Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth said, expressing his concerns over reports that BBC is set to broadcast a program which claims to examine the life of the Blessed Virgin.

The documentary reportedly presents a series of historical theories on Mary's life including that Jesus was the offspring of a Roman soldier who raped her, or possibly the result of an illicit affair.

Reports of the documentary emerged in the Catholic press late last week and have triggered alarm within the Catholic and wider communities.

Bishop Hollis, the chairman of the Church's Strategic Media Committee and an ex-BBC producer, has indicated that he plans to write to BBC director general Greg Dyke, to express his concerns on behalf of the Catholic community of England and Wales.

On Tuesday, Bishop Hollis said: "I believe very strongly that programs of this nature should maintain sensitivity to those whose cherished beliefs are concerned."

"The Virgin Mary is clearly a person whose life and times are immensely important to the whole of Christian history," he added. "As Mother of God, she is honored and venerated by millions of Catholics and other Christians within these islands and all over the world."

"To include, within a historical examination of her life, confused and unfounded guesswork, which carries with it crude and offensive speculation, is not only unscholarly but runs the risk of undermining the very integrity of the project itself," the bishop said.

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.

Clergy Comment on Images
"By Their Fruits You Will Know Them"

by Joshua Caswell

Various Catholic clergy from around Canada and the United States have shown a considerable interest in the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other holy figures appearing in remote communities of northern Saskatchewan, Canada

Fr. Murray Chatlain, the Catholic priest for Fond-du-Lac, Stony Rapids and Black Lake, has visited the houses where the images are appearing on living room windows in the two communities. Fr. Chatlain would not authenticate the images as miraculous but he said, "I know something is happening though… There is a lot of good fruit coming out of it, and that is the most important thing. People are praying and changing their lives around. Sunday Mass is packed."

Fr. Denis Phaneuf from Holy Spirit Church in Saskatoon, more than 500 miles south, has also commented on the images. "By their fruits you will know them…so far the fruits seem good. People are converting and changing their lives. This bodes well for the phenomena," he said, "Miracles usually do not make people holy but certainly can get them going on their way."

Fr. Phaneuf has not seen the images but he explained that the Church must be careful about verifying the images as miraculous: "The Church is always very cautious because the Enemy is so cunning," he said. "I hope and pray that this will help continue any and all healing that has begun."

Indepth: FACTS About the Images

Although the "miraculous" images that have been appearing in Northern Saskatchewan are indeed spiritual phenomena, they do have a physical component. Many deem the images as "inexplicable." It is true that these phenomenal images cannot be explained in detail without some difficulty. Facts, obvious truths, will be explained in this article.

The images were first seen in Ile-a-la-Crosse on September 8, 2002, in Fond-du-Lac October 31 and in Black Lake on November 23. Some of the images that have been seen are:

—the Blessed Virgin Mary: with a child, with a rosary, spreading her arms
—the Holy Face of Jesus from the Shroud of Turin
—the Sacred Heart that fades into a Chalice (cup)
—angels that appear to be adoring a image of Jesus/Mary
—a crucifix (cross)
—Saint Francis Xavier

More images may have been seen. Some clearly see Jesus when other people also see clearly the Virgin Mary and it is not a matter of interpretation. The images of Mary appear at every manifestation and are often accompanied by one of the other images. The Holy Face of Jesus has been seen at all three of the northern communities as well.

In Ile-a-la-Crosse the images appeared during the evening and through the night, in Fond-du-Lac and Black Lake, the images appeared day and night. The images fade and new ones appear, it seems that sometimes you do not even notice the fading. "I couldn’t see anything… then all of a sudden it was just there," said Jessie Charles of Prince Albert who had visited Ile-a-la-Crosse.

The dimensions of the images can range from 6 inches to 4 or 5 feet in height. In Ile-a-la-Crosse, the images seem to be based on what appears to condensation and on what appears to be frost in Fond-du-Lac and Black Lake, Interestingly, when the temperature dropped to below freezing in Ile-a-la-Crosse the "condensation" did not freeze in the non-heated environment. In Fond-du-Lac and Black Lake when the temperature rose seven degrees above freezing point the "frost" did not melt.

The media reported that the images were only an outline, although many people see such detail as the Blessed Virgin’s hands, face and even her hair. The images are even seen clearly by those who have poor vision. In Ile-a-la-Crosse, Mrs. Alexa Bouvier was one of the first people to see the images although she suffers from poor eyesight because of her diabetes.

Definite colour is apparent. "She had a blue rope (sash) around her waist," said Mrs. Marie Donard of Black Lake. Jessie Charles described the image as with a "dark blue dress and a silver rosary… the most beautiful thing."

In Fond-du-Lac and Black Lake, those who have seen the phenomena say that a "rainbow" of colour is "lit up" around the images and that the colours "shine" even at night without a contributing source of light. Mr. John Pacquette, the owner of the house in Fond-du-Lac where the manifestations occurred, said he could see "every colour you can imagine." Randy Desjarlais, a resident of Ile-a-la-Crosse, said the image was glowing with a cross in the center when first seen.

Some of the other phenomena: the strong smell of roses, a cross in the sky and an apparent sudden change in weather. "It was cold and windy and then when Mary came the wind stopped and it was warmer," explained Kayla LaLiberté a youth from Ile-a-la-Crosse.

At least 10,000 people have seen the images in the three communities together. Over 7,000 visitors have been to Ile-a-la-Crosse and many still come even though the images have ceased to appear there. As soon as the images were noticed in Fond-du-Lac almost the entire community of about 900 went to observe them. "They are all inside and outside of the house… trucks and snowmobiles are lined up on the road," said Rose Pacquette of Fond-du-Lac. In Black Lake the community of about 1,200 immediately flocked to see the images as well as people from the community of Stony Rapids, about 20 miles away.

[Sources: Canadian Press, CBC News, Edmonton Journal, CNEWS, Yahoo! News]

Black Lake: Third Occurrence of Phenomenal Images in Yet Another Northern Community

by Joshua Caswell - Brabant Lake Times

The same phenomena that drew thousands to a tiny greenhouse in Ile-a-la-Crosse and a living room window in Fond-du-Lac is now occurring in Black Lake. An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing on a living room window in the house of Anne and Augustine Sandypoint was first seen Saturday, November 23 by six children and several adults. Now out of a community of 1200, almost everybody has seen the "inexplicable" images.

Black Lake, like Fond-du-Lac [see next article], is a Dené community, inaccessible by road during certain times of the year. Black Lake is about 50 km from Stoney Rapids.

Mrs. and Mrs. Sandypoint cannot speak English well so I spoke to Marie Donard, their daughter and one of the first people to see the image in her parents living room window. Here is what she told me about her experience: "...At about 3 PM my mother came to my house - it is next door to hers. She told me there was something on the window I should see. I went over to the house and she pointed out the image to me... I told her not to tell anybody till we know what is going on, since I didn't want to spread a story. I tried to wash it off inside the house and outside as well. It wouldn’t come off… It was about 4 or 5 and the sun was setting. As soon as it had gone down the window lit up with colours and the image was very bright. The kids who were playing in the front yard saw Mary on the window, I told them not to tell anyone till we knew for sure... We were looking at the window and I thought the kids were with me, but I turned around and they were gone. They went to tell the neighbours that the Virgin Mary was on the window... People started coming and were asking me if it was true. I said no. I didn't believe. I just ran home. The phone was ringing and I would just pick it up and say I never saw anything. I didn't want to spread a story... Other people came too see the window. They all saw Mary and went to tell others. The community has seen it now. I believe it now, to me it is a miracle."

Describing the images Mrs. Donard told me, "You can see Mary all in white with a blue rope (sash) around her waist, it looks like the Fatima Mary. All around her there is colour like a rainbow, all kinds of colours... Some people see Jesus' Face... People are taping it with the video camera, the miracle shows on the video too... The image is bigger since the first time I saw it."

While talking to Mrs. Donard on the phone I could hear many people singing hymns in Dené in the background. When I had called earlier, I was asked to call back since they were saying the rosary at the time. She also told me that visitors from other communities such as Wollaston and Stoney Rapids were already coming to see the images.

Fond-du-Lac: Church Over-Crowded After Appearance of Images — Locals "Shocked"

by Joshua Caswell - Brabant Lake Times

Almost two months after an image of Mary first appeared in Ile-a-la-Crosse phenomena began in Fond-du-Lac. This was the second northern community with the phenomenal images. They first appeared on October 31. I spoke to John Pacquette by phone on November 10. He is the owner of the house and the first person to see the image in his living room window. The images were also reported by the Canadian Press on Nov 6. Fond-du-Lac is an isolated community and must be reached by plane during the freeze-up season. This is typical of many northern communities. He gave me a summary of the events.

"I saw the image for three days before I told anyone," he said, "I didn't want to cause a commotion." He told me it was on Sunday that the others found out. He and his teenage daughter and others had came back from Sunday Mass. They had all noticed the frosty image of the Virgin Mary on the living room window. "We didn't know what to do, I went and told the elders... I was gone for about an hour and when I got back my house was full of people," he said, "Hundreds were standing outside and inside the house inside looking at the image, the whole community." He told me that it was a cloudy day and that the sun had come out for about 5 seconds and lit up the window in a rainbow of colours. "It was incredible, just light and colour all around her. Mary was all in blue," he said.

The day I talked to him by phone, Mr. Pacquette told me that the Mass that Sunday, (Nov. 10) was incredible: "400 or 500 people were crowded into the little Catholic Church... many were outside hearing the Mass." The young people are being affected too. Half of the people who are at Pacquette’s house, 24 hours a day, praying and singing hymns in Dené are teenagers and children. He also told me that visitors have come from Lac Brochet, Southend, Stoney Rapids, Wollaston, La Ronge, Yellowknife (NWT) as well as many other places he couldn't remember. "People can only fly in" he said, "but we have already had as much as 500 vsitors."

Mrs. Margaret Josie from Wollaston, SK. phoned me as well and told me about her three day trip to Fond-du-Lac. It was the same as what Mr. Pacquette had been telling me. "I saw Mary with a child, the face of Jesus, and Mary holding a Rosary", Mrs. Josie said, "I could even see her hair... The images change." The face of Jesus she and others had seen was the "Holy Face of Jesus" from the Sroud of Turin that had also been seen on the greenhouse in Ile-a-la-Crosse.

Mr. Pacquette said that the images fade and new ones appear. He seemed to having trouble finding the words to describe the images that appear on his living room window. I asked him if hands, face and other features were distinguishable. He told me that you could see Mary's face, hands, dress and even her hair. He said many people are taking pictures of the image. "The pictures turn out just beautiful… People can’t believe what they see," he said, "There is a lot of shock."

The last known time the images were seen was on Saturday, Nov. 23 - the same day similar phenomena was first seen at Black Lake. Lillian Pacquette, John’s wife, told me that many people still come to the house every day to say the rosary and sing hymns.

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