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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Dogmas has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was The Virginity of Mary.  Expect more articles to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper by Fr. Eamon Carroll on The Marian Spirituality of Carmelites.  Expect more articles to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest updated was United States.  Expect more countries to follow.

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

We recently updated the Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary.

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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:


I am a high school Theology teacher in Summit, New Jersey. I discovered this site several years ago when I was looking for international crèches. Since then I have visited this site often and have integrated it into a course that I teach to 12th graders. The name of the course is Women in the Church. I have discovered sadly, that many of the girls I teach don’t know very much about Mary. I have included a unit on Mary into my course. I have created a worksheet that directs the students through the many links on the Mary Page. This allows them to discover the many devotions, legends, prayers, and art devoted to Mary. My class is presently beginning their "virtual tour of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton." It is a wonderful tool to use in class. Each student has her own laptop and is busily looking and learning.

My students are amazed to learn so many interesting things about Mary and that there is an entire library devoted to her.  Each year when I begin this project I have thought about sending you an email. Today, the Feast of All Saints, is the day that I have finally done so.

Thank you so much for this wonderful educational and devotional resource. I have referred our art teacher as well as others to this site.  Thank you!


MSA Call for Papers

The next meeting of the Mariological Society of America will take place at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine, May 18-22, 2005.  The theme will be "Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church."

"Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church" is the title of a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (972) and also of an address of Pope John Paul II given on March 21, 2001.  This MSA program will develop the following: Mary as Type of the Church, as Image of Freedom, as Model for the Church's Identity and Mission; the Assumption as Human Destiny and Anticipation of the Resurrection; Mary's Queenship and Role as Intercessor.

Papers are welcome which explore these images in Scripture, the Christian spiritual tradition, art and iconography, classical and contemporary theology.  Submit a 500 word proposal which should include a tentative title and a description of the thesis.  If you are proposing a panel, please include a list of the participants (no more than 3) and a description of each person's role.  Proposals must be submitted to MSA Secretariat (Marian Library) by December 1, 2004.

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Alumni Update

Fr. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh, Director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, was recently presented with the teacher of the year award from the Athenaeum of Ohio.  Fr. Ben is a graduate of the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI), and is a member of the Advisory Board for The Mary Page web site.

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New Exhibit

Symbols of Grace: Emblems of the Immaculate Conception

Rare engravings reproduced by The Society for the Preservation of the Roman Catholic Heritage will be shown at The Marian Library Gallery through November 12, 2004, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, call 937-229-4214.  For more information click into, Gallery.

Crèches and Stamps will also be on display in our museum.

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Collaboration with Catholic.net

An important Catholic web site, www.catholic.net, has added a section on the Virgin Mary to the top of their list of 'channels.'  They plan to highlight particular items from The Mary Page and to encourage their audience to visit our site.  Please visit their site in return.  We expect more collaboration with them in the future.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2004 semester commenced on October 18.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Marian Events

Special Event at the University of Dayton: Immaculate Conception Monument

The Immaculate Conception Monument on the lawn between the library and St. Mary's Hall was recently cleaned in preparation for a special event.  A service to be held on the evening of Dec. 7 called "Festival: Ave Maria," will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the monument's dedication.  Students at the former St. Mary's Institute, the forerunner to the University of Dayton, presented the monument to the school in 1904 to mark the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.  The monument, which cost about $3,000 in 1904, features a pedestal and column made of granite from Vermont.  The statue of the Madonna is white Carrara marble.  New landscaping will be installed around the monument.  Details on the Festival will be forthcoming.

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

Is that an icon of Mary and Child? (SPIRIT DAILY)

Spirit Daily, an on-line source of daily spiritual news from around the world, recently posted a picture of President Bush and his family in which an Eastern icon of the Virgin Mary with the child, Jesus, may be seen on an end table.  To see the image click into spiritdaily.com/bushvirgin.htm.

Washington exhibit pays tribute to women religious

"God's Women: Nuns in America," the newest exhibit at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, celebrates the impact religious sisters have had on American history and culture.  "It's meant to be a celebration of women," Dan Callahan, director of the center, told the Arlington Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington, VA ... A rosary made of wooden beads in the late-18th or early-19th century belonging to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is on display at the exhibit.  Her grandson had the beads restrung and added a miraculous medal and crucifix.

A Marian Eucharistic Year


Made public today was a Message from the Holy Father to Archbishop Carlo Ghidelli of Lanciano-Ortona, Italy, on the occasion of the first centenary of the dedication of the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Bridge in Lanciano. The Pope notes in the Message, dated October 4, that on this anniversary the archbishop has announced a special Marian-Eucharistic year.

From Zenit

Our Lady of Kazan and the Russian Orthodox Church

MOSCOW, NOV. 4, 2004 (Zenit.org)

The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, held here last month, shows promise for ecumenical relations, says a Vatican representative.

The results of the Oct. 8 council, as well as relations between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, were analyzed by Archbishop Antonio Mennini, representative of the Holy See to the Russian Federation, in an interview with the newspaper NG Religii.

Here is an excerpt:

The nuncio referred to John Paul II's restitution of the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan to the Russian patriarch.

"In this case, it is not just an act of justice, according to the interpretation of some observers, but of sincere and profound affection," the archbishop said.

He mentioned "the affection of very many Catholics who, in the '60s, had collected with great sacrifice, a huge sum to rescue this icon, so that it wouldn't fall into the hands of a collector but might return to its country -- when this was God's will."

"It is also a sign of affection of the Pope who loves this icon very much," Archbishop Mennini said. "For many years, he kept it in his private chapel and prayed every day before it. It should be noted that His Holiness was very interested in the restitution of the icon during his pontificate."


The Drafting of "Lumen Gentium" and Mary's Place in Chapter 8

Interview With Father Peter Gumpel

ROME, NOV. 3, 2004 (Zenit.org)

Nov. 21 will mark 40 years since the promulgation by Pope Paul VI of the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution, "Lumen Gentium."

Following is an excerpt from an interview with Jesuit Father Peter Gumpel, who collaborated day by day in the drafting of the document.

Q: How did the chapter appear in "Lumen Gentium" dedicated to Mary?

Father Gumpel: Pope John XXIII wanted a dogmatic constitution only on the Virgin Mary and one on the saints, while in the council there were persons who thought that too much weight was being given to Mariology.

There was a strong discussion. A vote was taken and those won who favored the insertion of a chapter on Mary in "Lumen Gentium." There was a difference of 50 votes out of a total of 2,000.

The same thing happened with the saints. John XXIII had requested that a special constitution be prepared on devotion to the saints, because he was very concerned about the way it was diminishing.

Because of this, he asked Father Molinari to write a book for publication on the eve of the council. The book was entitled "The Saints and Their Devotion," published in 1965 and translated in several languages.

Once it was decided that a section be dedicated to Mary in "Lumen Gentium," it was also decided to include the saints.


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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.

Saturday Review: Audio: Sue Arnold goes into the woods [Source: The Guardian (London), 10/30/2004]

Our Lady of the Forest, by David Guterson (12hrs 30mins, Isis, ££19.95)

Even without the rain--as much a feature of America's Pacific northwest as midges are of Scotland--the characters in Guterson's latest novel are a pretty depressing bunch. Permanently swathed in rubber boots and anoraks, they struggle to make a living in the once lucrative forests of Washington state where, thanks to over-felling, the lumberjacks are now unemployed. Into this rain-sodden landscape comes Anne, an abused teenage runaway from Oregon with claims remarkably similar to Bernadette of Lourdes - except that Anne had her vision of the Virgin Mary while she was out picking magic mushrooms. Despite the hordes of pilgrims who descend on the small backwoods town, this is less a story of religious fervour than a sceptical and often very funny picture of a community rich in oddballs, such as Anne's self-appointed handmaid, less interested in building a church with the donations than heading off to Mexico for a permanent vacation. I missed the love story that underpinned Snow Falling on Cedars , but Guterson's talent for showing you what makes people tick is, as always, breathtaking.

World Briefing Europe: France: Ads On Anti-Semitism Are Canceled [Source: New York Times, 10/26/2004]

A shock advertisement campaign devised to fight anti-Semitism and scheduled to start Tuesday has been canceled, according to a statement from a Jewish student group that organized the effort. Images showing Jesus and the Virgin Mary with the words ''Dirty Jew'' scrawled across them ''seem misunderstood, and we acknowledge it,'' the release said. Helene Fouquet (NYT)

Unstable soil threatens shattered Virgin image [Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 10/26/2004]

The last few years have not been kind to the Virgin Mary. In March, a teenage vandal destroyed the upper part of the image, which had appeared on the side of a glass building at Drew Street and U.S. 19 and was likened to the image of the mother of Jesus. And nearly two years before--unbeknown to most people--two panes in the front of the building broke.

Fearing the structure was unstable, the building's insurance company hired a firm at that time to test the stability of the soil around it. "They found a potential sinkhole," said John Weickert, president of Shepherds of Christ Ministries, which owns the building. "They wouldn't say it was there, and they wouldn't say it wasn't."

"They haven't found any evidence the building itself is sinking," he said. Weickert said the insurance company also hired a firm to fortify the building, installing steel underpinning down to the bedrock 60 feet below. The estimated $140,000 cost of the fortification will be covered by insurance. The project is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

During the repair, the organization has boarded up the window panels that contain the remainder of Mary's image, as well as the image of Christ that some people claim they can see in other panes. Still, on Monday, a worker accidentally sprayed wet concrete on part of the rainbow-colored image that was not covered. He was able to hose off the concrete, then wipe the remainder clean with a cloth. As he worked, a member of the ministry could be seen bowing her head and praying through the clear glass that replaced the panes shattered in the spring.

"Everything is in God's plan, and what's happened is in God's plan, too," said Rosie Reed, site leader for Shepherds of Christ. Reed said although the group is hurting for money, the latest problem will not end the ministry. "We're struggling," said Reed. "But I don't think we're going to go under." She said the faithful assemble to pray, even amid the upheaval of construction and noise of heavy machinery. They must sit outside the chain-link fence while the work is under way. But after engineers leave for the evening, chairs are set up inside the fence so they can light candles at the base of the images. "They still come," Reed said. She is hoping for a big turnout at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 for a regular prayer service.

"It's still a holy place," Weickert said. "The face of Jesus is still there to lead people to God." When the repair is completed, Shepherds of Christ will install several panes of bullet-proof glass over the image of Christ and what remains of the Mary image at a cost of $75,000, for which they are still seeking donations.

No sex, please, we're married [Source: The Gazette (Montreal), 10/19/2004]

The editorial "Beyond sexual-ity: myth or reality" (Gazette, Oct 18) takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the question of non-sexual associations between humans and concludes with the statement: "How soon before the Supreme Court is asked to rule on the validity of no-sex marriage?"

Unbeknownst perhaps to The Gazette and its readers, no-sex marriage was a common occurrence after the Second World War and sanctioned by officialdom, for the simple reason that so many soldiers were maimed for life and could not fulfill their marital obligations. Newspapers in Europe were full of ads from women willing to engage in a "Joseph" marriage, i.e. no sex, as with Joseph and the Virgin Mary. This was widely accepted by the church and raised the marriage state to a more exalted level than one based on mere carnality.

Emile Berger--Montreal

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