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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Feasts of The Ascension and Pentecost in the company of Mary see:

In preparation for the month of May, 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 May.

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

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New Resources

We have revised and updated the following features: Marian Prayers of Pope John Paul II, Celebrating Mary's Immaculate Conception: 150th Anniversary of the Definition, Links to Related Websites, and our illustrated reflections on the Litany of Loreto.  We have also posted an essay written by Sr. M. Danielle Peters on the Jewishness of Mary under Mary in the Bible.

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  News from the Marian Library


Eight students have received awards named to honor the memory of three Marianists who developed the University's libraries.

At a ceremony held at Roesch Library on April 23, three awards named for Marianists who were instrumental in developing the University's libraries were presented to students.

Jonathan Pyles, a junior religious studies and history major, received the Ruhlman Award, established in 1975 to honor a UD undergraduate for excellence in writing published in University publications. The award, which includes a plaque and $250, memorializes Brother Francis Ruhlman, S.M., who directed the University Library from 1920 through the 1950s.

Jennifer Mies and Amanda Elick received the Klick Award, which provides $200 for the purchase of textbooks for students in the School of Education and Allied Professions. Established in 1990, the award honors the memory of Brother Walter Klick, S.M., who directed UD's Wohlleben Hall Library until its closing in 1970.

Five students received the Koehler International Student Award, which provides $150 to help international students purchase textbooks. This year's recipients were Jakub Konieczny, a junior international business major; Sr. Walter Minja, a sophomore English major; Sr. Mary Auxilia Mtuy, a graduate student in education; Laxman Pandey, an MBA student; and Marie Michelle Wong Kung Fond, a first-year visual communication design major.

Started in 1996, the award is named for Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M, who headed UD's Marian Library from 1969 to1986 and once described himself as "Alsatian before being French, and French in spite of having been stationed in Dayton for almost 30 years." Koehler also founded the International Marian Research Institute and directed it from 1974 to 1986. As director emeritus of the Marian Library and IMRI, he continued an active life of scholarship — as researcher, editor, and teacher — until shortly before his death on May 15, 2001.

Current Exhibit Extended!

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani was scheduled for display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 2003, but may still be seen for a while.  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 this Summer will begin on June 16.

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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

Walking the Labyrinth with Mary: Balancing our lives with native herbs

Thursday, May 15th - 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Call 937.429.3582 or email: meec@udayton.edu to register

This season of celebrating new growth and the gift of feminine nurturing (Mother’s Day) is an ideal time to experience MEEC’s native plant labyrinth as a means to pray with the mysteries of Mary’s and our own lives. This workshop will feature prayers and reflections to support our own spiritual journey. We’ll also learn how to use native herbs for balance and wholeness and receive samples. A labyrinth is a tool for personal & spiritual growth. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is a unicursal path – there is one path in and out, and no choices to make along the way.

Facilitated by Leanne Jablonski FMI, Ph.D. and Kim Holtvoigt, M.S.

Register Now: $25/$20*

*Friends of MEEC/Members of U.D.

Group labyrinth bookings – guided or self-guided – and resources for walking the labyrinth are available. Please call or email for information.

Events in the:

Marianist Environmental Education Center

Spring 2003 Women’s Spirituality Series

An ideal gift for a woman in your life. . . Or yourself.

Saturday, May 31st 9 AM – 3 PM Revisiting our Journeys: Women’s Retreat Day

Nurture your spirit

May is traditionally a time to celebrate women in their roles as bearers of life.

All women are called to give birth, physically or metaphorically. In this season, we take courage from the new life springing forth on Earth and pause to celebrate our sacred call with other women.

MEEC is pleased to offer two retreat experiences for women this May. We hope you’ll join us, or consider a gift registration for a woman in your life. Both programs will be held at Mount St. John, home to a 100-acre nature preserve and several Marianist ministries including Bergamo Center & Gallery St. John. We will meet at MEEC’s resource center in St. Joseph Hall, Mount St. John, 4435 East Patterson Road, Dayton. For directions, visit www.udayton.edu/~meec and select visitor information.

Re-visiting our Journeys: A Women’s Retreat Day

Saturday, May 31st 9 AM - 3 PM

Amid this season of new growth, join with other women companions as we restore our spirits and journey with our calls to give birth to our dreams and nurture the new life we are called to bear. We will recall Biblical and other women of her story and celebrate their courage and work as agents of change, expressed in the Visitation of young Mary called before her time, and wise Elizabeth, who thought herself beyond her time.

This day will be a guided reflection process, and will include input on ways to re-vision and learn from the wisdom of the earth in springtime. We will also experience a labyrinth walk, artistic expression, prayer, song, ritual, sharing, reflection and journaling amid the nature trails and meditative spaces of Mount Saint John. Lunch and snacks included.

Facilitated by Mary Benson Landau, M.S.N. & Leanne Jablonski FMI, Ph.D.

Register by May 26. $50/$40 Friends of MEEC*

* Friends of MEEC memberships are $35 or more annually for an individual and $50 or more for families. Reduced program rates apply to Friends of MEEC and members of the UD & Marianist families. MEEC programs are open to all, regardless of finances. For information on scholarships, please call 937.429.3582 or email meec@udayton.edu.

Marianist Environmental Education Center

St. Joseph Hall, Mount St. John

4435 East Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430-1095

URL: www.udayton.edu/~meec  Email: meec@udayton.edu  Phone: 937.429.3582

Restoring Communities of Land & People

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



Following the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica during which he ordained 31 new priests for the diocese of Rome, Pope John Paul recited the Regina Coeli with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Before the prayer he reflected on this morning's ordinations and on vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Addressing the pilgrims from his study window, the Pope noted that today is the "40th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, whose theme is 'Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom I am well pleased'. On this meaningful day I had the joy of ordaining 31 new priests. Let us thank God for such a precious gift to the Church and the world! I renew my cordial greetings to the newly ordained, to their family members and friends and all who helped form them."

"Let us pray," said the Holy Father, "so that these new priests and all priests of the world will be ever more conformed to Christ, servant of the Lord, who came not to be served but to serve."

"I am happy," stated John Paul II, "to address a special greeting to the many young people gathered in the cathedral of Chieti, where the national celebration for the Day for Vocations took place. Dear ones, by virtue of Baptism and Confirmation, every Christian is called to be a witness of the Gospel. But, with a special calling, God has always invited some to a more total giving of self in the cause of the Kingdom. He has certainly looked upon today's young men and women. I ask all who hear His voice in their hearts to answer Him with a generous 'yes' and to nourish it, day after day, with prayer, remaining united to Jesus as branches to the vine."


From Zenit

VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the conclusion of the address John Paul II gave today before praying the midday Angelus with the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

The Virgin Mary is the model of prompt and total adherence to the divine will. When pronouncing her "behold," she described herself as "the handmaid of the Lord" (Luke 1:38) and showed herself totally disposed to the plan of salvation. Therefore, we turn with trust to the Mother of every vocation, praying in particular for all those who received priestly ordination today.

Priests' Meeting Planned for Lourdes

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

Aware of a "strong and generalized desire to strengthen priestly identity," the Congregation for Clergy has invited priests to attend a meeting in Lourdes from Oct. 11-15.

The meeting is taking place in the wake of John Paul II's publication on Holy Thursday of the encyclical on the Eucharist.

The Lourdes meeting will also focus on the "missionary connotation of pastoral ministry in face of the challenges of the times," the prefect of the Vatican congregation, Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, explained in the letter of invitation.

The "historical circumstances" encourage us to "put out into the deep," to follow decidedly Peter's invitation to "contemplate the face of Christ in the school of Mary," the letter states.

Cardinal Castrillón said that the Lourdes shrine in France represents for all Catholics a school of prayer, which "has seen innumerable groups of pilgrims arrive, seeking intimate communion with Jesus through Mary."

The Congregation for Clergy has periodically organized retreats and international meetings for priests, an initiative launched in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000.


On the Relation Between Eucharist and Mary in Tradition

Interview With Father Jesús Castellano Cervera

ROME, MAY 7, 2003 (Zenit.org)

In his encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" John Paul II dedicates Chapter 6 to the "School of Mary, 'Woman of the Eucharist.'"

To understand in greater depth the relation between the Blessed Virgin and the Eucharist, ZENIT interviewed Discalced Carmelite Father Jesús Castellano Cervera, president of the Teresianum School of Theology and an expert in Marian studies and consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Q: Don't you consider somewhat singular the Pope's decision to dedicate a whole chapter to Mary in an encyclical on the Eucharist?

Father Castellano: Mary's relation to the Eucharist is evident, especially if two fundamental aspects of the Eucharist are considered.

The first is the continuity of the mystery of the Incarnation, exactly as John presents it in Chapter 6 of the Gospel: indissoluble connection between the Word made flesh [see John 1:14] and the flesh that he gives for the life of the world [see John 6:51 and following]. The chapter in the prologue of the Gospel, verse 14, uses the same expression "the Word became flesh," and also "I shall give you my flesh."

In the measure that the mystery of the Incarnation is connected to the Virgin, of whom the Word takes flesh, we can say that it is a central aspect of the Eucharist, and not a devotional aspect.

St. Augustine himself said in the Commentary on Psalm 98:9: "Of the flesh of Mary, he took flesh, in this flesh the Lord walked here, and he has given us this same flesh to eat for our salvation; and no one eats that flesh without having first adored it ... as we do not sin adoring it but sin if we do not adore it."

The second fundamental aspect is that the Eucharist is the memorial of the death of Christ, and in that moment of Calvary, John recalls Mary's presence at the foot of the cross. It is a presence in which the Virgin is associated with the mystery and with the offering of Christ to the Father, and in the offering of herself to the Father.

We cannot not think of the Virgin Mary, present in this mystery, of which the Eucharist is the sacramental connection; therefore, either because of the Incarnation or because of the sacrifice of the cross, Mary is present.

Moreover, there are numerous expressions of the Fathers of the Church that bring the mystery of the Incarnation closer to that of the Eucharist.

Q: Could you give an example?

Father Castellano: Peter Chrysologus said that Christ "is the bread that sowed in the Virgin, leavened in the flesh, kneaded in the Passion, baked in the oven of the sepulcher, kept in the Church, taken to the altars, gives the faithful heavenly food every day."

In the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas made a comparison between the virginal birth, which is of a supernatural order, and the eucharistic conversion, which is also supernatural.

The relation between the Eucharist and the Virgin is an integral part of the whole Tradition. In some Eastern rites, for example in the Ethiopian liturgy, they recite: "You are the basket of this bread of burning flame and the cup of this wine. O Mary, who produce in your womb the fruit of the oblation."

And also: "O Virgin, who brought to fruition what we are about to eat and who made to gush forth what we are about to drink. O bread that lives in you: life-giving bread and salvation for the one who eats it with faith."

Q: However, we must admit that at present this relation between Mary and the Eucharist is not known or reflected upon.

Father Castellano: In reality, the Pontiffs have always stressed this aspect of Tradition. Paul VI, for example, in "Marialis Cultus" exhorted [us] "to live the Eucharist with the sentiments of faith and love of Mary, Virgin who listened, Virgin of prayer, Virgin who offered, Virgin Mother, as well as Virgin model and teacher of spiritual worship in daily life, transforming herself in a pleasing offering to God."

We could also refer to John Paul II, who introduced the Institution of the Eucharist among the luminous mysteries of the holy rosary.


John Paul II's Address to Youth in Madrid

"It Is Worthwhile Dedicating Oneself to the Cause of Christ"

VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave at the Cuatro Vientos air base in Madrid, Spain, last Saturday. More than 700,000 young people were on hand.

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Dear Young People, Dear Friends:

I am back with you again. We know one another from previous meetings, such as the one in Toronto, Canada. I embrace each one of you.

1. I greet you affectionately, young people of Madrid and Spain! Many of you have come from far away, from all the dioceses and regions of the country, and from America and other countries of the world. I am deeply touched by your warm and cordial welcome. I confess to you that I have been looking forward very much to this meeting with you.

I greet you and I repeat to you the same words I used when I addressed the young people in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium during my first visit to Spain more than 20 years ago: "You are the hope of the Church and of society ... I continue to believe in young people, in you" (November 3, 1982, n. 1).

I embrace you with great affection, and with you, I also greet the bishops, priests and other pastoral collaborators who accompany you on your journey of faith.

I am grateful for the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Asturias, the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, and the Duke and Duchess of Palma, as well as the Authorities of the Spanish Government.

I would also like to thank Archbishop Braulio Rodríguez, president of the Episcopal Commission of the Lay Apostolate, and the young people, Margarita and José, for their cordial words of welcome on behalf of everyone here. I greet Archbishop Manuel Estepa, Military Ordinary, and the Military Authorities who are giving us hospitality at this Air Base.

2. Dear young people, the grace of God must shine forth in your lives, as it shone in Mary, full of grace.

At this Vigil you have fittingly wished to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, putting into practice the ancient spiritual maxim: "To Jesus through Mary." Undoubtedly, in the Rosary we learn from Mary to contemplate the beauty of the face of Christ, and to feel the depth of his love. As we begin this prayer, therefore, let us turn our gaze to the Mother of the Lord and ask her to guide us to her Son Jesus:

"Queen of Heaven, rejoice!

For Christ whom you deserved to bear in your womb has risen! Alleluia!".

[After the proclamation of the Mysteries of the Rosary and the testimonies of five teen-agers, the Holy Father addressed the young people, calling them to be fearless disciples of Jesus as they live his message of hope each day. Here is a translation of the Pope's Address, given in Spanish.]

1. Led by the hand of the Virgin Mary and accompanied by the example and intercession of the new Saints, we have revisited in prayer several moments in the life of Jesus.

Indeed, in its simplicity and depth the Rosary is a true compendium of the Gospel and leads to the very heart of the Christian message: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

Mary, in addition to being our Mother who is close, discreet and understanding, is the best Teacher for achieving knowledge of the truth through contemplation. The drama of contemporary culture is the lack of interiority, the absence of contemplation. Without interiority, culture has no content; it is like a body that has not yet found its soul. What can humanity do without interiority? Unfortunately, we know the answer very well. When the contemplative spirit is missing, life is not protected and all that is human is denigrated. Without interiority, modern man puts his own integrity at risk.

Never separate action from contemplation

2. Dear young people, I invite you to be part of the "School of the Virgin Mary." She is the incomparable model of contemplation and wonderful example of fruitful, joyful, and enriching interiority. She will teach you never to separate action from contemplation, so as to contribute to making a great dream come true: the birth of the new Europe in the spirit. A Europe that is faithful to its Christian roots, not closed in on itself but open to dialogue and collaboration with the other peoples of the earth; a Europe aware that it is called to be the beacon of civilization and an incentive to progress for the world, determined to combine its efforts and its creativity to serve peace and solidarity among peoples.

"Never let yourselves be discouraged by evil'

3. Beloved young people, you know well how concerned I am for peace in the world. The spiral of violence, terrorism, and war still causes hatred and death, even in our day. Peace, as we know, is first of all a gift from on High for which we must constantly ask and which, furthermore, we must all build together by means of a profound inner conversion. Consequently, today I want to exhort you to work to build peace and be artisans of peace. Respond to blind violence and inhuman hatred with the fascinating power of love. Overcome enmity with the force of forgiveness. Keep far away from any form of exaggerated nationalism, racism, and intolerance. Witness with your life that ideas are not imposed but proposed. Never let yourselves be discouraged by evil! For this you will need the help of prayer and the consolation that is born from an intimate friendship with Christ. Only in this way, living the experience of God's love and radiating Gospel fellowship, will you be able to be the builders of a better world, genuine peaceful and peacemaking men and women.

Do not be afraid to talk about Christ

4. Tomorrow I will have the joy of canonizing five new Saints, sons and daughters of this noble Nation and of this Church. They "were young like you, full of energy, joy, and love of life. Their encounter with Christ transformed their lives. ... Thus, they were enabled to attract other young people, their friends, and to create associations for prayer, evangelization, and charity which still endure" (Message to the Spanish Bishops on the occasion of the Holy Father's Apostolic Visit, n. 4).

Dear young people, go forward with confidence to meet Jesus! And like the new Saints, do not be afraid to talk about him! For Christ is the true answer to all questions about man and his destiny. You, young people, must become the apostles of your peers. I know well that this is not easy. You will often be tempted to say like the Prophet Jeremiah: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth" (Jer 1:6). Do not be disheartened for you are not alone: the Lord will always accompany you, with his grace and the gift of his Spirit.

"It is worthwhile to give one's life for the Gospel"

5. The Lord's faithful presence makes you capable of taking on the commitment of the new evangelization, to which all the Church's children are called. It is a task for all. Lay people play a lead role in it, especially husbands and wives and Christian families; nevertheless, today, evangelization urgently needs priests and consecrated persons. This is why I want to say to each one of you, young people: if you hear the call of God that says to you: "Follow me!" (Mk 2:14; Lk 5:27), do not silence his call. Be generous, respond like Mary, offering God the joyful "yes" of yourself and your life.

I give you my own witness: I was ordained a priest when I was 26 years old. Fifty-six years have passed since then. So how old is the Pope? Almost 83! A young man of 83! Looking back and remembering those years of my life, I can assure you that it is worthwhile dedicating oneself to the cause of Christ and, out of love for him, devoting oneself to serving humanity. It is worthwhile to give one's life for the Gospel and for one's brothers and sisters! How many hours are there still to go until midnight? Three hours. Just three hours until midnight and then comes morning.

6. To conclude, I would like to call on Mary, the shining star that announces the Sun that is born from on high, Jesus Christ:

Hail, Mary, full of grace!
This evening I pray to you for the youth of Spain,
young people full of dreams and hopes.

They are the dawn watchmen,
the people of the beatitudes;
they are the living hope of the Church and of the Pope.

Holy Mary, Mother of the young,
intercede so that they may be witnesses of the Risen Christ,
humble and courageous apostles of the third millennium,
generous heralds of the Gospel.

Holy Mary, Immaculate Virgin,
pray with us,
pray for us. Amen.

[Translation by L'Osservatore Romano]

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