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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of April with Mary:

Marian Commemoration Days

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.

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New Resources

To help users locate The Mary Page, we have created an alternate web address, marypage.udayton.edu.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper by Brother John Samaha on Mary in Byzantine Spirituality.  Expect more articles to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Meditating the Passion of Our Lord with Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Mary and Women is now under construction in our Resources index.  The latest addition was Anthropological Issues.  Expect more articles to follow.

The complete program for this year's Mariological Society of America meeting has been posted on our Outreach page.  We have also created a page with information on several Marian shrines in Poland.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Exhibit

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth, an exhibition of paintings by Brother Jerome Pryor, S.J. which celebrate the union of the Divine and the Human, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from April 26 to May 28, 2004.  The Gallery will be open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, call (937) 229-4214.  A virtual exhibit may be seen on our Gallery section under Current Exhibit.

New Crèches will also be on display in our museum through November 2004.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2004 semester will begin on June 14.  The schedule is now available!

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Marian Events

Food for the Soul

May 11, 2004
North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS)
4435 East Patterson Road
Dayton, OH 45430-1083

The topic will be Universal Mission presented by Carol Ramey.

For more information call (937) 429-2521 or click into www.nacms.org.

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

New Rosary CD

Mark Mallett, Catholic singer/songwriter and recording artist, just finished his third album, a Rosary CD called "Through Her Eyes: A Journey to Jesus."  This album is a direct response to Pope John Paul II's call to the faithful to rediscover the beauty, power and depth of the Rosary once again.  Produced by Mark, and two intense years in the making, this powerful and contemporary CD offers a completely new method to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary.

For more information click into www.markmallett.com/markhomepage.html.

From Zenit

Not posted this week.

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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.

Vatican City: Pope To Visit Lourdes [Source: The New York Times, 4/23/2004]

Pope John Paul II has decided to visit the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes, France, in August, Bishop Renato Boccardo, who plans the pope's trips, told the French Catholic daily La Croix. He said John Paul, who first visited Lourdes in 1983, had decided to return for the 150th anniversary of the Church doctrine known as the Immaculate Conception, which states that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin. The Virgin is said to have appeared to a peasant girl at Lourdes in 1858, and believers say a grotto at the shrine can cure sicknesses. Jacques Perrier, the bishop of Lourdes, told La Croix that the pope would be coming as "an ill man among the ill."

Mary statue 'weeping' [Source: The Advertiser, 4/12/2004]

A STATUE of the Virgin Mary that attracted worldwide attention when it apparently began crying rose-scented tears in 2002 reportedly has begun weeping again.

Statue owner Patty Powell, of Perth, said the figurine she bought for about $150 in Bangkok 10 years ago began crying on Palm Sunday.

She said that when she first realised two years ago that the statue was crying, she displayed it at her local Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

She was ordered to remove it after a church investigation found it unlikely to be of divine origin and now has a shrine at her home.

Image gone, but flock still prays [Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 4/12/2004]

Donations are down, the crowds are gone, but Rosie Reed still prays for a miracle.

Reed, a site leader for Shepherds of Christ Ministries, which owns the building that once housed Our Lady of Clearwater, believes faith is what is keeping the building open, even though the Lady is now gone.

It was in early March that someone shot ball bearings at the image of the Virgin Mary that appeared in the glass of the Clearwater office building at U.S. 19 and Drew Street. The bearings caused the windows to shatter.

The three panes that once held the face and veil of Mary have since been replaced with clear glass. Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor last week said there are no suspects, and the investigation remains open.

Shepherds of Christ has $1.3-million left to pay on the 22,000-square-foot building, which it began leasing in the summer of 1998 and eventually purchased. The monthly payments are about $15,000, Reed said, and donations are down substantially since the image was destroyed.

"We tell everyone that comes here our dilemma," she said. "We're continuing to pray. Mary's presence is still here. We're making it. We will continue to make it."

Believers still show up, some of them unaware of what has transpired with the image. Some who come to the building are devastated when they see what has happened, Reed said.

Linda Lemmerman of Long Island, N.Y., had heard about the Virgin Mary image when it appeared in 1996. When she came to Florida a couple of weeks later, she stopped to see the silhouette.

On Thursday, Lemmerman returned to the site.

"I thought the image had faded," Lemmerman said. "I would have never known it was vandalism. I can't believe they did that."

The panes are now in broken pieces. There are no plans to put them back together, but the ministry is preserving them, said Ellen Sartori, who is with the ministry.

"I pray that she is going to come back," Sartori said. "I never give up. If she comes on the clear window, it's going to be a miracle."

Mary of Canada: Author's pilgrimage finds Virgin Mary coast to coast to coast [Source: Ottawa Citizen, 4/11/2004]

Mary of Canada is a hard book to classify. Yet from Our Lady of the Quonset Hut, a wayside shrine in the Yukon Territory, to Marystown, an outport in Newfoundland, Joan Skogan shows how the imagination of this country is infused by Mary, or by the need for her. In a landscape that is usually rugged and often harsh, she embodies the feminine. In a world full of bad behaviour, she holds out the gift of mercy.

Mary of Canada (Banff Centre Press) is a profoundly catholic book, though not always a Catholic one. Skogan is scrupulous about including Orthodox, Protestant and Muslim testimonies. "I am a pilgrim with no shrine but the road," she says at one point. But the road opens out for her, becoming an infinite shrine itself.

A distinguishing feature of Skogan's prose is her absolute avoidance of sarcasm. Writing about a subject who has provoked scorn as well as great reverence, she takes pains not to take sides. If struggling, sorrowing people need the consolation of belief, Skogan will not mock or condemn. On an early page, for instance, she mentions "the Byzantine Black Madonna of Czestochowa, as painted by Saint Luke himself on a plank from Mary's cedar-wood kitchen table." Most writers would have said, "as supposedly painted." Skogan is too clever and too tender for such an adverb.

I hugely enjoyed Mary of Canada, but it left me with a few cavils. One is the virtual absence of major eastern cities: Mary's looming presence in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto is, to say the least, underplayed. More serious is Skogan's tendency to pile detail upon detail upon detail, both in the overall architecture of the book and in its very syntax. But I don't want to carp. What matters more, far more, is Skogan's deep and resonant compassion. It's a hard quality to describe, for risk of sounding gooey or gushy. Skogan never condemns human weakness. Like Mary herself, she bears witness; she understands; she forgives.

Sacred sites are major drawcards [Source: Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), 4/11/2004]

Pilgrimages are a major part of worldwide tourism, reports ROB WOODBURN

PARTS of the world are lauded for outstanding natural beauty. Others have famous landmarks or were the scene of memorable events. And certain places, such as Lourdes in southern France, are renowned and revered for unique qualities of physical or spiritual healing.

Easter is a time of substantial activity by pilgrims--people who visit a sacred place as an act of worship.

With sacred destinations among the most frequently visited places, pilgrim travel rivals all other sectors of tourism.

Experts say there are more than 1000 sacred sites in about 80 countries.

Major destinations include Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Rome and Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Stonehenge in England, Hindu and Buddhist holy grounds throughout India, temples in Cambodia, Indonesia and Bali and sacred mountains in Japan and China.

Christianity, Judaism and Islam regard Jerusalem as sacred--hence it attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims annually.

Christian pilgrims retrace the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

One of Christianity's holiest churches, it is on Golgotha--the scene of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

In nearby Bethlehem, pilgrims visit the site of Jesus' birth and celebrate mass in the ancient Church of the Nativity.

Temple Mount--the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Asqa Mosque--is sacred to Jews and Muslims. Inside the dome is the stone on which it is believed Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. According to Arabic belief, the stone is where the prophet Mohammed was accepted into heaven.

The most sacred Jewish site in Jerusalem is the Wailing Wall, originally part of a temple built in 20BC. People pray and leave written prayers in cracks in the wall.

In Rome each Easter, thousands throng the piazza in front of St Peters, the central church of the Catholic faith.

The most popular Christian pilgrimage is to Lourdes, which welcomes six million visitors a year. The pilgrimage season is from April to October.

Most visitors to Lourdes seek relief from ailments with sacred water from a spring uncovered in 1858 by farm girl Bernadette Soubirous while in a trance induced by an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Bernadette witnessed 18 apparitions beside the Gave de Pau river. She died in 1879 and was canonised in 1933.

The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) has been a traditional pilgrim route since the 12th century. It crosses northern Spain to the saint's shrine in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

This year is a holy year, which means the Feast of St James (July 25) is on a Sunday.

Portugal's famous pilgrimage town is Fatima, where the Basilica of the Rosary contains the tombs of Francesco and Jacinta, two of three shepherd children who, in 1917, saw six apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Moria, in South Africa, has the headquarters of the Zion Christian Church--Africa's largest independent church. Three million followers attend an annual pilgrimage at Easter.

China's most sacred peak is Mt Tai Shan. More than 7000 steps lead to its summit and numerous temples, restaurants and shops on its slopes cater to millions of pilgrims.

Mt Fuji, Japan's highest peak, has been a popular pilgrimage site since the 15th century. But during July and August, pilgrims are far outnumbered by tourists from Tokyo.



Places of Peace and Power: www.sacredsites.com

New Age Travel: www.newagetravel.com

Jerusalem pilgrim tours: www.jerusalemtours.com

Pilgrimage India: www.pilgrimage-india.com

International Tours: www.itstours.com

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