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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 21.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have revised FAQ #7, How do you pray the Rosary, adding material on the Luminous Mysteries.

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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

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 March 2. Class size will be limited to 12 participants, and the course fee will be $40.  Registrations are now being accepted. Registration ends on February 25.

The course is being hosted through the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. Marianist Sister Eileen Cehyra, FMI, is the course facilitator.  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

Three Senior Girl Scouts, Stephanie Cashman, Allison Frayer and Ashley Riedlinger, working on their Marian Medal, chose to do a Christian Witness project to benefit the boys and men living at the St. Louis Center, located in Chelsea, Michigan.  They went door to door in December, collecting bottles and cans.  They returned the bottles and cans to purchase personal care items that the center was in need of.  These girls had a great time, and felt wonderful for helping those in need.

From Zenit   

Conclusion of the Papal Address to Bishops of Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone
Other topics include Catechesis, Peace and the Support of Priests

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Dear Brother Bishops,

… I wish you to know of my constant prayers for you and your people. As we celebrate a special year devoted to the Rosary, it is my sincere hope that you will help your flocks to rediscover this rich yet simple prayer. It is a prayer for peace, a prayer for the family, a prayer for children and a prayer for hope (cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 40-43). May Mary, Queen of the Rosary, assist you as you lead towards salvation God's people in Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. To each of you and to all the priests, religious and lay faithful of your Dioceses I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing.

[Original text: English; distributed by Vatican Press Office]

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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