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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Lenten Feast in the company of Mary See:

Let us not forget the Feast of St. Joseph 

In preparation of March 25, use the following:

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 March.

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 March 17.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have revised Various Chaplets, Marian Publications and Newsletters, and Mariological Societies and Marian Centers on our Resources index.  We have also posted the Spring 2003 Newsletter for the Mariological Society of America (MSA).

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Exhibit

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 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 commenced 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

The Annunciation: A Feast of Life   Source: Dan Lynch

The Magisterium's most comprehensive statement on the sanctity of life, the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, was issued on March 25, 1995, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This feast marks the moment at which the Incarnation took place.

At Mary's "Fiat," God began existing in a human nature - a human nature at the earliest stages of its development within Mary's body."Mary's consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came to bestow on humanity" (Evangelium Vitae, 102).

As Catholic leaders at a time when our society is beset with the evil of abortion, and when the human embryo is treated as a mere object for scientific research, we believe that the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation is more important than ever. By celebrating this Feast with special solemnity, and by spending more time meditating on its doctrinal and spiritual lessons, the faithful can be even more solidly rooted in their pro-life convictions, and spurred on to effective action in defense of life.

We pray that the pastors of the Church will lead their congregations in special pro-life observances on this Solemnity each year.

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



This morning Pope John Paul concluded his weeklong retreat with members of the Roman Curia in the Vatican's Redemptoris Mater Chapel, calling these past days "a privileged occasion to encounter the Lord."

He expressed his "cordial thanks" to the retreat master, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, prelate of Loreto, who the Pope said, "with pastoral delicacy, with a wealth of ascetic indications, with wisdom and devotion, has guided our steps towards an encounter with God. ... Together with you we have gone through many pages of Scripture, discovering new and fascinating perspectives. ... We have also listened to examples and witnesses from our times, who have invigorated us in our decision to abandon ourselves with trust to the arms of God, Whose mercy 'extends from generation to generation'."

"You also," the Pope told him, "turned our attention to Our Lady, calling her the most faithful creature because she was the most humble of creatures." John Paul II added that he "would like to thank everyone who helped us these days by preparing the liturgy, the songs and the meetings in this Redemptoris Mater Chapel whose mosaics make us feel close in prayer to our Eastern brothers." He concluded by thanking everyone who had been close to them through prayer during the retreat. At the end of the spiritual exercises, the Pope imposed the pallium on Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals.



This afternoon in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father participated in a prayer vigil with thousands of young college students in celebration of the First European Day of University Students on the theme "Intellectual Charity, soul of the new Europe."

The gathering began at 6 p.m. with a series of reflections on the Pope's Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae." There were also satellite connections with Uppsala, Sweden, Bratislava, Slovakia, Krakow, Poland, Cologne, Germany, Fatima, Portugal and Vienna, Austria. At 7 p.m., the Pope arrived at the Paul VI Hall where he presided over the recitation of the Rosary and then spoke to the young people.

"This afternoon," John Paul II said, "we have prayed for Europe in an important moment in history. Young people can and must participate in the building of a new Europe, contributing with their aspirations and ideals, study and work, their creativity and generous dedication. Young Christians are called in a special way to announce and give witness to Christ and to be, in His name, builders of unity in diversity, freedom in truth, peace in justice, that peace which the world needs especially right now."

"Dear young people," he said, "I entrust you with something that I have at heart: that the new generations may be faithful to the high moral and spiritual principles that in the past inspired the fathers of a united Europe."

After summoning young Romans to St. Peter's Square on Thursday, April 10 as a prelude to World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, he affirmed: "We will perform together a solemn act of entrustment to the Virgin, asking her to watch over you and to protect your way as young people in the third millennium."



Pope John Paul's Message for the 18th World Youth Day, to be celebrated in dioceses throughout the world on Palm Sunday 2003, was published today. The Pope noted that the theme he chose, "Behold your Mother!" is linked to the Year of the Rosary which he proclaimed on October 16, 2002. He also announced the themes of the 19th World Youth Day in 2004, "We wish to see Jesus," and the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany in 2005: "We have come to worship Him."

The Holy Father said that "Jesus, before He died, gave the Apostle John the most precious gift He had; His Mother, Mary. These were the last words of the Redeemer, and therefore they take on a solemn character and become His spiritual testimony." He stated that Mary, "the Mother of God from the first moment of the Incarnation, became the Mother of men at the last moments of the life of her Son Jesus."

The Pope told young people to remember that they are never alone and can turn to Mary when they suffer "the solitude, failures and delusions in personal life, difficulties in becoming part of the adult and professional world, separations and deaths in families, the violence of wars and the death of innocent people." My motto as bishop and Pope, he reminded them, has been "'Totus tuus'. I have always felt Mary's loving and efficacious presence in my life."

John Paul II urged youth to be Christians always and everywhere because "Christianity is not an opinion. ... It is Christ! He is a Person, He is Living!" He entreated them to get to know and love Christ through Mary, and by reciting the Rosary. "Don't be ashamed to recite it alone, on the way to school, the university or work, on the street or in public transportation; recite it among yourselves, in groups, movements, and associations, and don't hesitate to suggest praying it at home."

"Only Jesus knows your hearts and your deepest desires. ... Mankind has a decisive need for the witness of courageous and free young people who dare to go countercurrent and proclaim strongly and enthusiastically their faith in God, Lord and Savior. ... In this time threatened by violence, hatred and war, give witness that only He can give true peace to the hearts of men, to families and to the peoples of the earth."

MESS/18TH WORLD YOUTH DAY/... VIS 20030311 (410)


After praying the Angelus, John Paul II pointed out "on Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the Paul VI Hall, there will be Marian prayer vigil on the occasion of the First European Day of University Students on the theme 'Intellectual Charity, the Soul of the New Europe'." He said that many young people are expected, adding that "together we will pray to Mary, 'seat of wisdom' and to her we will entrust the hopes and path of the European continent."

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Preacher at Papal Spiritual Exercises Reflects on Love of God

Interview with Archbishop Comastri of Loreto Shrine


John Paul II picked Archbishop Angelo Comastri, of the Marian Shrine of Loreto, to preach this year's Spiritual Exercises at the Vatican.

"Big wars are prepared by many little wars, arrogant acts and egoism," said the 59-year-old vice president of the Pontifical Academy of Mary Immaculate.

This prompted him to choose "God is Love! Let Us Start Afresh from This Beautiful News" as the theme of the weeklong retreat.

Q: At this time of anxiety over the world's fate, the Pope has asked on various occasions for conversion of hearts, a topic that is the very essence of Lent.

Archbishop Comastri: The war, any war, has been described by the Pope as "a failure of humanity." For this reason, we cannot resign ourselves to see war as something normal but, instead, we must always work, namely, be converted, to create the necessary conditions to receive the gift of peace from God.

Big wars, in fact, are prepared by many little wars, made up of acts of arrogance and egoism, of many small drops of hatred and injustice. These drops depend on us. And we would be hypocrites if we condemned the fruit but did not extirpate the seed.

Q: What must be done to discover the love of God -- theme of your meditations -- who intervenes in history?

Archbishop Comastri: Someone could ask me: "How is it possible to speak of the love of God, keeping in mind the dramatic picture of the world today?"

I reply with an anecdote. A few years ago, following a conference on the mercy of God, a young man stood up and said to me: "If I were God, I would give the Earth a good kick and let it plunge into space like an out-of-control spaceship."

Precisely because God is Love, he has not done so -- nor will he ever. On the contrary, despite men's folly, God is preparing new heavens and a new earth for all those who open their hearts in the humility of faith. This is the great hope of Christians.

Q: As archbishop of the Marian Shrine of Loreto, you will bring to bear on your meditations the experience of one of the most important Marian centers of pilgrimage. In the Year of the Rosary, what is Mary's role in building a world of peace?

Archbishop Comastri: When we light the lamp of peace daily in Loreto we pray for the world and we pray for peace.

In this important enterprise, Mary has a particular role: the role of Mother, which Jesus recognized officially from the cross. What does a mother do? When she sees her sons at war, she suffers and does everything possible to restore peace. This is what Mary does. And this thought alone is in itself a reason for much consolation.


From L’Osservatore Romano

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