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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

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Dogmas has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was The Immaculate Conception. 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 Bibliography.  Expect more articles to follow.

We recently added two book reviews: Mary, Model and Mother of Consecrated Life; and Missing Mary.

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  News from the Marian Library

Marian Screen Savers!

The Marian Library has been selling Marian PC screensavers.  You may buy one (on CD) for $3.00 or two for $5.00.  You may purchase these screensavers at The Marian Library, which is located on the 7th floor of U.D.'s Roesch Library.  The Marian Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed on holidays.

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute (ML/IMRI) has created two different Marian PC screensavers in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The first is called "Symbols of Grace" and is a series of 11 classical emblems symbolizing the Immaculate Conception.  The emblems evoke a sense of mystery, with scenes of people, angels, animals, and nature representing God's supreme gift of grace to Mary.  Each emblem is accompanied by the Bible verse which inspired it.

The second is entitled "Visions of Grace" and is a collection of 13 different art pieces, ranging from 17th century Mexican to modern Chinese to classical European.  Each piece is a unique artistic interpretation of The Immaculate Conception, and is accompanied by a Marian verse from the Bible.

These lovely screensavers will inspire meditation on the mysteries of God all year long, and make nice "stocking stuffers" at Christmas time.

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Alumni Update

The Nov. 27, 2004 issue of a weekly electronic newsletter on Mary contains the following articles by people associated with ML/IMRI: "Champion of Mary's Immaculate Conception: Blessed John Duns Scotus" by Br. John M. Samaha, SM; and "The Immaculate Conception in the Thought of Adrienne von Speyr" by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC.  For further information click into: motherofallpeoples.com.

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Current Exhibits

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 December 15, 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.

Crèche Exhibit Schedule

Marian Library
University of Dayton
7th floor of Roesch Library
300 College Park, Dayton OH
937-229-4214
On display: Nov. 29, 2004 through Jan. 7, 2005
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Closed on Dec. 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31.

St. John Gallery at the Bergamo Center
4400 Shakertown Road, Dayton, OH
937-320-5405
On display: Nov. 28, 2004 to Jan. 5, 2005
Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
325 W. 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH
513-421-5354
On display: Nov. 28, 2004 to Jan. 2, 2005
Hours: Weekdays: Noon to 2 p.m.; Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
All other Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Special arrangements may be made for groups.

Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH
937-223-5277
On display: Wed., Nov. 24, 2004 through Jan. 6, 2005
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (including holidays); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2004 semester concluded on November 19.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Marian Events

Festival: Ave Maria
Location: University of Dayton Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dedication of the Statue of the Immaculate Conception (on the U.D. campus in front of Roesch Library) and the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation by Pope Pius IX of the Dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception, there will be narration and various settings of the Ave Maria.  Also, the Jubilee Song and others from the 1904 Dedication programs, as well as contemporary Marian hymns, will be sung.  All are welcome!

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

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in Rome

Liturgical schedule for Wednesday, December 8, 2004: Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the dogmatic definition of the Immaculate Conception.  Crowning of the statue of Our Lady in Piazza di Spagna at 4 p.m.

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.

Art of icons retreat's focus; Sisters learn how to create the sacred devotional paintings and how to use them to focus prayer [Source: Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA), 10/29/2004]

The solemn faces of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus were appearing from the dark green background of icons being painted by a teacher and her students at Shalom Retreat Center on Thursday. "The green symbolizes the earth. We start with the darkest colors and bring the image into the light, to show that the light comes from within," explained Sister Maryam Gossling, FSPA, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who leads a handful of icon painting retreats each year. She also teaches art classes at Prairiewoods, Franciscan Spirituality Center in Cedar Rapids.

Her students at the week-long retreat, all sisters from different congregations, watched intently as Gossling added intricate details around Mary's eyes, nose, mouth and a tiny bit of her ear that shows from under her robe. "It's important to show her ear. It means she is hearing the word of God," said Gossling, adding deft strokes of acrylic wash to her icon, called the "Mother of God Hodigitria."

Nearly every detail in an icon means something. In the Hodigitria icon, the baby Jesus raises his right hand up in a blessing and holds a scroll, which symbolizes his teaching authority. Mary's right hand points to her son, hence the icon's subtitle: "She who shows the way."

Gossling has painted about 60 icons in her career as an artist and art teacher. (She taught at Wahlert High School for two years.) In 1998, she spent three weeks in Hungary working with the Sisters of St. Basil and an iconographer on Eastern European icons.

Icons are devotional paintings of sacred or sanctified figures venerated in Byzantine or other Eastern churches but gaining popularity in Western churches. They often are painted on wood plaques.

A steady hand paints an icon of Mary and baby Jesus. "They represent the divinity of Christ, not his humanity. That's why their style is so other-worldly and not naturalistic," said Gossling, who paints in many other styles using a variety of materials. She also teaches her students how to use icons to focus their prayers.

Sister Ruth Elsbernd, a Dubuque Franciscan who lives in Eldridge, Iowa, was painstakingly adding subtle coloration and detail to hands and faces on her icon. During prayer time, she chose to focus on one of Gossling's icons that depicted St. Francis comforting a leper. "It's part of our mission as Franciscans to care for others, especially the less fortunate. The icon lead me into deeper prayer. I looked into the figures' eyes and saw myself and the leper within me," Elsbernd said. "Using the icon is like centering prayer, but with a visual mantra."

Gossling suggests focusing on the icon figure (after researching the story behind the person) and starting an interior dialogue with the figure. "Let it 'talk back' to you. It's interesting what icons have to say. You will get all kinds of insights," she said.

DeSales U. unveils vision of Virgin; Statue will remind students where St. Francis turned in crisis. [Source: The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 10/8/2004]

In a hillside plaza at DeSales University, students in the grip of life's sundry crises can now seek solace and epiphany under the bronze gaze of the Virgin Mary. In a ceremony Thursday, with the late-afternoon sun brightening treetops just now starting to offer autumnal reds and yellows, Allentown Bishop, Edward Cullen, blessed and dedicated a 7-foot sculpture of the Virgin--"Our Lady of Deliverance"--crafted by Bethlehem sculptor Ben Fortunado Marcune.

The sculpture is an "interpretation"--not a reproduction, said Marcune--of a statue in the Parisian Church of St. Etienne-des-gres, where St. Francis de Sales four centuries ago overcame a crisis of his Catholic faith precipitated by the Calvinist concept of predestination: that some souls from birth are marked for salvation, others for damnation. Mournfully counting himself a sure entry in the latter category, the teenage Francis stopped at the church one morning to pray before the statue.

Reciting the Memorare--a prayer of Marian devotion--his crisis abruptly passed, falling away "like leper's scales," in the words of another saint, Jane de Chantal. "From then on, all his writings, all his speeches, all his thoughts centered on optimism," said the Rev. Thomas Dailey, director of the Catholic university's Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. Dailey was one of several dozen teachers, students and other faithful who attended the unveiling on the campus in Upper Saucon Township.

Marcune, commissioned by university officials to create a 21st century rendering of the statue, traveled to Paris in 2003 with the Rev. Bernard O'Connor, president of DeSales, and the Rev. Alexander Pocetto, the school's senior vice president. "I was filled with wonder looking at the Madonna and was full of love," Marcune said. "I wanted to do this work with all my heart and spiritual self." Back home, the sculptor enlisted a 26-year-old Columbian immigrant, Johanna Castaneda, to serve as the model for Mary. His grandson, Owen Adams, was the inspiration for the infant Jesus in Mary's arms.

Marcune called his 18 months of labor on the bronze sculpture a "spiritual journey" that felt distinctly different from the production of his other work, including the Lehigh Valley Workers Memorial in Bethlehem. "I've done a lot of heroic statues," he said. "This was my first religious sculpture, and it's really meaningful to me as a 69-year-old artist to do this work." "At the end of this wonderful journey," he added later, "Mary is with me everywhere."

The statue, atop a 9,000-pound granite pedestal, is the centerpiece of a landscaped concrete circle just off DeSales Drive, at the highest point of the leafy 400-acre campus. School officials plan to close the campus entrance behind the statue next year, to discourage noisy auto traffic.

Cullen, who blessed the statue with holy water and incense, called Mary "the mother of the visible image of the invisible God" who serves as a "model of the Church and the path it must follow." "Mary, by her life, understood difficulty," Cullen said. "Mary, by her example, taught us how to deal with difficulties."

On either side of the statue are plaques, one recounting Francis' epiphany before the statue, the other reproducing the text of the Memorare. School officials hope students burdened by the stress of classes and the general turmoil in the transition to adulthood will use the plaza as a sanctuary of comfort and contemplation. "Students run into a lot of crises," Dailey said. "They all need help from above."

The Guardian: Man quits judicial post to escort image [Source: The Times (Albany, NY), 10/2/2004]

Dan Lynch, Guardian of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Background: 62. Born on Long Island, raised in Albany. Graduated from Siena College and Albany Law School. Lives in Alburg, Vt., with his wife, Sue.

Q: Can you describe the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe?

A; It's an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary: She miraculously left her image on St. Juan Diego's cloak in 1531, and told him that she wanted a church built so the people would worship Jesus, her son. I am the reverential custodian of an exact digital replica of the image. It's been on a journey for 13 years throughout the United States and the world. Generally, we entrust the replica to teams of guardians. The replica of Juan Diego's cloak, impressed by laser-write on canvas, stands 6 feet high by 4 feet wide. Mary brings her spiritual presence with it. The cloak is housed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Q: How do you interpret the image?

A: Mary is pregnant in this image, and we recognize this as a sign of reverence for life. We're praying for the culture of life, from conception until natural death. That means no abortion, no embryonic experimentation, no euthanasia, no oppression of the poor and no unjust war.

Q: What led you to become a guardian?

A: I'm the oldest of eight children; and I fathered nine children. I grew up Catholic and have a natural reverence for life. From an early age, I was enraged when the innocent became the persecuted. I always had an anger in me to help them, and became a criminal lawyer to help all these innocent people. But I quickly learned that most of them were guilty, and my work wasn't satisfying my desire to protect the innocent. So I became a lawyer in the pro-life movement to defend the unborn. As a probate judge, I was in charge of adoptions. There are many parents who are willing to adopt but can't because children are being aborted.

Q: Did your fervent beliefs jeopardize your career on the bench?

A: I guess it's a miracle I was elected for 25 years; because Vermont legalized abortion before the United States did. I resigned from the bench and support myself through free-will offerings and the generosity of the people.

Q: Do you respect people who support legalized abortion?

A: I respect the people--not their opinions. The Pope said that a nation that aborts its children has no hope for its future. The best natural resources are people themselves. A world without people is a selfish, greedy, self-centered world.

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