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Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical season and feast of:

Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of February.

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 February 6.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have posted Marian Commemoration Days under Resources.  This page is currently under construction.  We have also posted the most recent Marian Library Newsletter under Publications, and an illustrated feature, Chaminade and Art, under Meditations.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, IMRI graduate and long-time webmaster for the Mary Page, is an active professional member of the National Religious Broadcasters.  He will attend the NRB annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee from Feb 7-12.

Michael is also an independent filmmaker.  He recently co-produced a documentary short, Journey to Point Pleasant, with Robert Leach.  The production is airing from Feb 5-12 on MCTV15, the community access cable channel for viewers in the area of Mount Shasta, California [see mctv15.org for programming details].

Mr. Duricy is certified for Field production at Dayton Access Television.  Expect A/V projects related to UD and ML/IMRI in the future.  Presently, his research database of films with content related to Mary and his streaming versions of the Marian Library's documentary video are available through the Mary Page web site [see section 17 under Resources].

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New Exhibit

Iron Ladies: Mary and the Art of Metal by Bro. Mel Meyer will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from January 15 - March 1, 2003.  The Gallery is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.

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

Celebrate Marianist heritage -- Rev. Bernard Lee, S.M., will present a Marianist Lecture on February 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Matthias H. Heck Court Room in Keller Hall on the U.D. campus.  All are welcome.

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

From Zenit  

Excerpts from the Papal Message for 2003 World Day of the Sick
Key Event to Be Held in Washington, D.C.

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 4, 2003 (Zenit.org)

1. "We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world ... We know and believe the love God has for us" (1 Jn 4:14,16). These words of the apostle John are a good summary of what the Church seeks to do through her pastoral work in the area of health care. … This is the context of the Eleventh World Day of the Sick, which will take place on February 11, 2003 in Washington, D.C., in the United States, at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The choice of place and day invites the faithful to turn their hearts and minds to the Mother of the Lord. The Church, entrusting herself to our Lady, is inspired to bear renewed witness to charity, in order to be a living icon of Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan, in the numberless situations of physical and moral suffering in the world today. 

Dear chaplains, religious, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, administrative personnel, social assistants, and volunteers: the World Day of the Sick offers a special opportunity to strive to be ever more generous disciples of Christ the Good Samaritan. Be aware of your identity and learn to recognize in those who suffer the Face of the sorrowful and glorious Lord. Be ready to bring help and hope especially to those afflicted with new diseases, such as AIDS, and with older diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria, and leprosy.

Dear Brothers and Sisters who suffer in body or spirit, to you I express my heartfelt hope that you will learn to recognize and welcome the Lord who calls you to be witnesses to the Gospel of suffering, by looking with trust and love upon the Face of Christ Crucified (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 16) and by uniting your sufferings to his.

I entrust you all to the Immaculate Virgin, our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Health of the Sick. May she hear the prayers that rise from the world of suffering, may she dry the tears of those in pain, may she stand beside those who are alone in their illness, and by her motherly intercession may she help believers who work in the field of health care to be credible witnesses to Christ's love.

To each of you I affectionately impart my Blessing!

From the Vatican, 2 February 2003

Conclusion of the Address on Pro-Life Day in Italy
Human Beings Can Never Become Objects, Says John Paul II

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org)

We entrust to Mary, today, feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, all those dedicated to the defense of life and of families who are the natural "nest" of life. May Our Lady also watch over those who spend themselves in the service of the sick, for whom next Feb. 11 will be celebrated the World Day dedicated to them. Finally, may the Holy Virgin protect in a special way the men and women religious and consecrated laity, who today celebrate the "Day of Consecrated Life."

[After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father added:]

The painful news of the tragic explosion of the United States spaceship "Columbia" on its re-entry in the atmosphere has caused everyone much distress. I invite all to pray for the victims of the incident, who died while carrying out an international scientific mission. At this time of harsh trial, I am spiritually close to the relatives, whom I assure of my remembrance in prayer.

Once again my thoughts go to Ivory Coast, tried by a serious crisis that lacerates those peoples. Let us pray so that beyond the divisions and claims the forces of those who have the unity of the country at heart and respect for legality will prevail. [And] that the Catholic faithful in particular, led by their pastors, will know how to act so that dialogue and respect of persons and their goods will be practiced and promoted by all.

May Mary, Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, intercede for the reconciliation and concord of all the children of that beloved nation.

Yesterday, the first day of February, the end of the lunar year was celebrated by many millions of people, especially the Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans, who live this holiday in the intimacy of the family. I repeat to them the greetings I formulated in the message for the recent World Day of Peace: may the new year be a period of peace, founded on "four precise needs of the human spirit: truth, justice, love and liberty." I would like my affectionate greetings to reach the heart of each one of them. My prayer accompanies them every day.

CELAM President Tells What Led to His Release
Bishop Jiménez Also Points Out Key Problem in Latin America

KONIGSTEIN, Germany, JAN. 31, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The president of the Latin American bishops' council who was kidnapped last November credits his release to prayer and a heavenly intercessor.

"I owe my release from the rebels to prayer and to the Virgin, Mother of God," said Bishop Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal of the Colombian diocese of Zipaquira.

The CELAM president gave this explanation last week when visiting the headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need.

The bishop was abducted by a commando of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) and liberated four days later, Nov. 15, by the Colombian army.

Speaking about Latin America, Bishop Jiménez said that "the policy of several governments is hostile to the family, because it favors divorce and abortion."

But he added that poverty is the worst problem. "At present, social and economic need is the major problem in Latin America. The distribution of wealth is scandalously unjust and the number of needy is rising alarmingly."

The bishop said the Church does everything possible to counteract this situation with soup kitchens for the poor and a variety of charitable and pastoral projects, but its resources are limited and it cannot change the political structures -- nor does it see this as its task.

"The fruit of many people's need, caused by corruption and the misappropriation of funds, is violence that pursues political ends," Bishop Jiménez said, adding that kidnapping for political objectives is a "diabolical means."

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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