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Liturgical Season

Rosary Markings

Rosary Markings is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "The Year of the Rosary" (2002-2003).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary all through this anniversary year.  It will be updated frequently.  

See our recent addition from January 10.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have restored revised Various Chaplets and Lexicon of Marian Music under Resources.

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  News from the Marian Library

Crèche Exhibits '02 -Times and Dates

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 Spring 2003 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for the Spring 2003 term will commence on March 3.

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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

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade has told us that new times call for "new ways" to communicate the faith. At the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), we have taken his words to heart and developed a new approach to teaching and dialoguing about the Marianist charism.

The Center has developed a virtual learning community (vlc) where participants can "log on" and learn at any hour of the day. This web-based course is ideal for adult learners with busy schedules.

"Founders of the Marianist Family: Their Lives and Times" is a five-week course that begins on January 12. Class size will be limited to 12 participants, and the course fee will be $40.

Registrations are now being accepted.

The course is being hosted through the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.

For more information on the Marianist vlc, contact Carol.Ramey@notes.udayton.edu or call 937/429-2521.


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

Dear Friends,

I am sending this letter to friends in the US, looking for  help so that we can  respond to the Pope´s recent call to make October 2002 – October 2003 The Year of the Rosary. His Holiness has made this call motivated by his profound concern for the situation in which the world finds itself, a concern that we all share. I hope you will also share his conviction of the importance and the power of prayer for families and for the world. We urgently need to heed the Pope´s call. We need you to join in this mission with us. Specifically, we need assistance to provide rosaries and instructions for poor people in Peru and South America.

Those who know me know that I am the Director of Family Rosary in Peru. Family Rosary is a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the continuing work the Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. In Peru we have been laying solid foundations for some time, so that this recent mandate of the Pope is further impulse for our work.

Two years ago  we launched The World Rosary Campaign: ¨The Gospel made Prayer¨. Under the auspices of the entire Conference of Bishops of Peru, we proposed this campaign to evangelize with the Rosary, and it has been highly successful. The Rosary never fell to the same level of disuse here that we have seen in the USA, but still there was a great need to renew the practice of the prayer, and especially to communicate that the Rosary is much more than a prayer for old ladies. It is a tried and true tool for evangelizing families and way of spiritual growth. We propose three goals:

That each person have a rosary.

That each person know how to pray it.

That each person be motivated to pray and MEDITATE the Rosary, especially in the family.

Since beginning the Campaign we have distributed about 1,350,000 rosaries to people of all ages who have also been taught to pray it. Working with dioceses, parishes, schools, radio, television, and grass roots missionaries throughout all of Peru, and expanding into Brazil, Columbia, Uruguay, Chile, and other countries, we have been able to establish a network that is a vehicle for continuing evangelization, conversion, and spiritual growth. Given the level of poverty in this part of the world, this massive rosary distribution has been key to this development.

Thanking the Lord for the great success so far, we had become poignantly aware that our work has just begun, when His Holiness John Paul II, four weeks ago, called all Catholics to make this year the Year of the Rosary, in his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary. In this letter he makes it very clear that he hopes that his call will be taken very seriously, similarly as when he proclaimed the Great Jubilee Year, 2000. In Peru we are grateful to see that all the orientations that he presented for this Rosary Year, and for the Rosary itself, are precisely what we have been working on: especially the meditation of the Rosary, prayer in and for the family, and prayer for peace. So we are encouraged to work more than ever to promote this effort, here in Peru and throughout the continent.

I highly recommend that you read the Pope's letter. If you do not have a copy, please let me know and I will email it to you. You will find it spiritual reading that will help your own spiritual journey. Those who know me know that I have spent a good part of my adult life studying the meditative and spiritual practices of humanity. Therefore I appreciate that this letter of the Pope is a synthesis of centuries of some of the best of Christian spirituality, situating the Rosary where it should be: among the most revered ¨schools¨ of meditation and spiritual growth. Working ¨close to the ground¨ with families, among the poor in Lima shanty towns and in remote Andean villages again and again I have seen the Pope's teaching confirmed.

Reading his letter, I hope you will come to share His Holiness´ conviction of the importance of praying the Rosary for peace. John Paul II writes, ¨The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situation of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future. The Rosary by its nature is a prayer for peace.¨ (#40)

I hope that we will all do what we can to heed this call to a renewal in prayer with the Rosary, by celebrating the Year of the Rosary. One thing you can do is to help us in our efforts in Peru and South America.

We need rosaries and instructions to pray the Rosary. As I indicated, it is crucial that we be able to provide rosaries to priests, nuns, teachers, and lay pastoral agents who want to teach and promote the Rosary among the poor. We hope to share at least a half a million rosaries in Peru in the next year, and another half a million as we continue the expansion of the Campaign in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Columbia.

I would like to ask you to help us to procure rosaries and instruction brochures. A simple plastic rosary, with an attractive full color instruction brochure costs $0.083. In other words, for $100.00, 1200 persons will receive rosaries and instructions. For $1000.00, 12000 persons will receive this help. Specifically I am asking:

That you contribute $100.00 to this effort, and more if you can.

That you share this letter with at least one other person and ask him or her to contribute.

Also please consider suggesting that your parish or a group that you participate in  support this Campaign as a way of promoting the Year of the Rosary  

All donations received in response to this letter will go directly and totally to this purpose. Donations received will be acknowledged by a letter which will serve for tax purposes.

Donations may be made by check payable to Holy Cross Family Ministries. Please specify that the donation is for ¨Rosaries for Latin America.¨ The address:

Holy Cross Family Ministries
518 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356

 Again, please specify that the donation is for Rosaries for Latin America so that the appropriate transfer may be made to us here.

As you pass this letter to other people that might be interested in helping, those people may not know me. However, I hope that they will recognize that Holy Cross Family Ministries/Family Rosary is the continuing work of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. under the auspices of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Catholic Church. Here in Peru I work directly under the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani, and the President of the Peruvian Bishops Conference, Bishop Luis Bambarén, SJ, who guide our work and to whom I am responsible.

Please join with His Holiness in making this The Year of the Rosary. Please join us in believing in the power of prayer to strengthen families, turn hearts, and bring peace.

In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Father James H. Phalan, C.S.C.

R.P. Jaime Phalan, C.S.C.
Apostolado del Rosario en Familia del Perú
51-1-428-0489, oficina (y fax)
51-1-359-0157, casa
51-1-940-7557, celular

From L’Osservatore Romano

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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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