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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 14.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have posted the Conclusions of the Third European Congress on Shrines and Pilgrimages, and completed an illustrated feature, Mary's Assumption Into Heaven, under Resources.

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  News from the Marian Library

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  

John Paul II's 2003 Lenten Message: "It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive"

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is summary of the message John Paul II has written for Lent 2003 with the theme "It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive." The Vatican Press Office published the full text today.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Lent is a season of intense prayer, fasting, and concern for those in need. It offers all Christians an opportunity to prepare for Easter by serious discernment about their lives, with particular attention to the word of God, which enlightens the daily journey of all who believe.

This year, as a guide for our Lenten meditation, I would offer a phrase taken from the Acts of the Apostles: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). What we have here is not simply a moral exhortation, or a command, which comes to us from without. The inclination to give is rooted in the depths of the human heart: every person is conscious of a desire to interact with others and everyone finds fulfillment in a free gift of self to others. (…)

It is my fervent hope that believers will find this Lent a favorable time for bearing witness to the Gospel of charity in every place, since the vocation to charity is the heart of all true evangelization. To this end I invoke the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church and pray that she will accompany us on our Lenten journey. With these sentiments I affectionately impart to all my blessing."

From the Vatican, 7 January 2003

John Paul II Asks Faithful to Pray for the Gift of Peace
Rosary as a "Commitment of Service to Peace"

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 9, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of John Paul II's address today, before praying the Angelus with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. Next February 11, on the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, the World Day of the Sick will be observed. It is a significant occasion, which helps ecclesial communities to remain always very attentive toward sick and suffering brothers and sisters, and encourages health workers to attend to their professional services with constant devotion.

The coincidence of this occasion with the date of the apparition of the Virgin at Lourdes makes of that place, consecrated by the presence of Mary, a constant reference point for the Day of the Sick. From the cave of Massabielle, Mary does not cease to send out to the suffering world a consoling message of trust and hope.

2. As noted, the main celebrations of the day will take place this year in the majestic National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., capital of the United States of America. I express heartfelt gratitude to those who have organized the different manifestations of this important ecclesial event.

I express my appreciation to doctors and nurses, as well as to social assistants, volunteers, priests, and men and women religious who work in the vast field of assistance to the sick. May the Day of the Sick renew in each one the desire to serve those who suffer with devotion, imitating Jesus, Good Samaritan of humanity.

3. At this time of international concern, we all feel the need to turn to the Lord to implore the great gift of peace. As I revealed in the apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, "the grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high [...] can give reason to hope for a brighter future" (n. 40). Numerous prayer initiatives are taking place in these days in various parts of the world. While I encourage them wholeheartedly, I invite all to take the Rosary in hand to invoke the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin: "one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling oneself involved in a specific commitment of service to peace" (Ibid., n. 6).

Pope Misses a Mass for the Sick Because of a Cold

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The celebration of World Day of the Sick ended in Rome with a spontaneous procession of thousands of faithful carrying candles, who went to hear the Pope who was suffering from a slight cold. Although John Paul II was unable to attend a Mass on Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica, afterward he nevertheless wished to greet those present, including some in wheelchairs, from the window of his study. The Pope read in a hoarse voice a few paragraphs of the address he had prepared for the occasion.

"In this year, troubled by not a few worries over the future of humanity, I have asked that the prayer of the rosary have, as its special intentions, the cause of peace and of the family," he said. "You, dear sick brothers and sisters, are in the front line to intercede for these two great intentions," the Holy Father added.

Vatican Press Office sources said the Pope's cold did not have a major effect on his agenda.

SOLT of the Earth: The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, FEB. 13, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Q: The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is a relatively new group within the Church. Could you explain its history and charism briefly?

Biberstein: The concept of following Jesus Christ after the example of Mary in relationship with the Trinity moved Father James Flanagan to seek permission to establish a religious society with ecclesial teams of priests, religious and laity.

On July 16, 1958, Archbishop Edwin Byrne of Santa Fe, New Mexico, established the society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity as a pious society. The society received its decree of canonical establishment on Sept. 9, 1994.

Members of SOLT are sent to live the Marian-Trinitarian spirituality in discipleship of Jesus and Mary in ecclesial teams in graced friendship, living the evangelical counsels according to their state in life, united in the Eucharist, prayer, apostolic teachings, and in the solidarity of apostolic Spirit, serving in areas of deepest apostolic need for the full development of peoples, leading all to discipleship of Jesus and Mary.

Q: The society took over a college in Texas a few years. What kinds of apostolates are planned in North America and elsewhere?

Biberstein: Presently, SOLT has approximately 568 members: priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, and laity -- single and married. We will have nine men ordained to the priesthood this year; five by the Holy Father on May 11 and four by our Bishop Edmund Carmody here in Corpus Christi on June 14.

Our Lady's Society has served in Belize and Mexico since 1967, in Thailand since 1973, in Guatemala and the Philippines since 1975. We have been serving in Haiti for 22 years and in Papua New Guinea for 12 years.

We have our missionaries in England, Italy, Russia and Africa. We also have two priests serving in Macao, China. Today, we serve in over 13 countries and 10 states. In some countries and states, we have several missions. For example, we serve in orphanages in Colon, Mexico, and we have a team serving the large parish of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

In Texas, we serve the Houston, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Robstown areas. This includes Our Lady of Corpus Christi school and we've just had our newest addition, our perpetual adoration chapel dedicated on Feb. 1.

In Italy, our international headquarters moved to Rome last year, our seminarians are studying there and our religious sisters serve in Subiaco. We have been invited to establish a new parish in Rome entitled "Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity." Construction of the parish plant will soon begin with the building of a seminary for SOLT theological students.

Our Philippine missions are spread throughout the islands. These are just some examples of missions we are serving. We are always in need of volunteers for our schools in Belize, North Dakota and in Robstown.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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Mary in the Secular Press

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