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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of March 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 March.

The Eucharist with Mary

Eucharist with Mary is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "a special Year of the Eucharist" (2004-2005).  This feature will explore facets of Mary's relationship with the Eucharist and will be updated frequently throughout this year.  Our latest addition is Trust Him!.

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New Resources

A section on Mary in Doctrine 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 The Marianist Corner.  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 Haiti.  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 have posted the Program for the MSA Conference in May and History of the Process for the Glorification of William Joseph Chaminade.  We have also updated two lists: The Hail Mary in Various Languages; and Marian Shrines in Germany.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Rev. Bertrand A. Buby, S.M., an IMRI Professor, recently published With a Listening Heart: Biblical and Spiritual Reflections on the Psalms.  Fr. Bert worked from the Hebrew text, and analyzed all 150 psalms in the Bible in his highly-readable book.  The text is available from Alba House  for $16.95.

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New Exhibit!

Blessed Art Thou: Mother; Lady; Mystic; Queen, a display by Michael O'Neill McGrath, will be exhibited at The Marian Library Gallery through late April.  For more information call 937-229-4214.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2005 semester started on February 14.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Tota Pulchra: A Celebration of the Immaculate Conception

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate invite you to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception.  The exhibit features various artistic images of Mary, portraying different times in her life and her role in the church.  The exhibit runs through April 24, 2005.  Admission is free.  Click here for more information.

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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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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Pope is Breathing on his own Following Tracheotomy


Responding to a journalist who asked how the Pope communicates, a spokesman said: "It is rather difficult to explain. What I can say is that when he went back to his room, the anesthesia was very light, given the light surgery that he had, and he made a gesture saying he wanted to write. And he wrote, jokingly, 'What have they done to me? But right afterwards he wrote (his motto): Totus tuus (I am all yours)."

May God Reward Sister Lucia for her Service to the Church


Made public yesterday afternoon was a Message from the Holy Father to Bishop Albino Mamede Cleto of Coimbra, Portugal, which was read out at the funeral of Sister Lucia who died in that city on Sunday at the age of 97. Sister Lucia was the last survivor of the three children who saw the Virgin Mary in an apparition at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, archbishop of Genoa, Italy, presided at the funeral Mass as the Pope's special envoy.

"For Lucia," the Pope writes in his Message, "the visit by the Virgin to her and to her cousins Francesco and Jacinta, at Fatima in 1917, was the beginning of a special mission to which she remained faithful to the end of her days. Sister Lucia leaves us an example of great faithfulness to the Lord, and of joyous obedience to His divine will."

The Holy Father recalls with emotion his various meetings with the religious and "the ties of spiritual friendship which strengthened over time. I felt myself supported by the daily gift of her prayers, especially during difficult moments of trial and suffering. May the Lord give her ample reward for the great and hidden service she offered the Church.

"I like to think that Sister Lucia, in her transit from earth to heaven, was welcomed by the One whom she saw at Fatima so many years ago. May the Most Holy Virgin now accompany the soul of this devoted daughter to the beatific encounter with the divine Bridegroom."

On the eve of her death, the Holy Father had sent a fax to Sister Lucia in which he expressed his closeness and gave assurances of his prayers that she might "experience this moment of pain, suffering and sacrifice with the Paschal spirit" of death and resurrection.

John Paul II met Sister Lucia, a Carmelite nun, on three occasions: on May 13 in the years 1982, 1991 and 2000. The first encounter took place exactly a year after the attempt on the Pope's life in St Peter's Square in which he almost died. On that occasion, the Pope went to Fatima to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for saving him, and ordered that, as a sign of gratitude, the bullet found in his jeep after the assassination attempt be set in the crown of the image of the Virgin of Fatima.

The second meeting, in 1991, took place on the tenth anniversary of the assassination attempt. The last occasion on which the Pope and Sister Lucia met personally was on May 13, 2000, when the Holy Father beatified her cousins, the shepherd children Francisco and Jacinta, and Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano read a message concerning the third secret of Fatima.


From Zenit
Where to send emails to the Pope
Vatican City, FEB. 28, 2005 (

The Holy See opened an e-mail address for those wishing to send a message of closeness to John Paul II, re-hospitalized since last week at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome.  The address, announced on the Vatican's Web page, is:


John Paul II Still "Totus Tuus"
Pope Sticks to His Motto
Vatican City, FEB. 25, 2005 (

John Paul II's first written words after his tracheotomy surgery had a jovial quality--but he then quickly recalled his longtime Marian motto.

The Pope, back in his 10th-floor room in the Gemelli Polyclinic on Thursday night, signaled for writing paper and then wrote: "But what have they done to me?" reported Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls.

The Holy Father then added: "But I continue to be always totus tuus"--"all yours"--a reference to the motto of his pontificate and the entrustment of his life and ministry to the Virgin Mary.

John Paul II underwent a successful tracheotomy Thursday night to ease his breathing problems, after having been rushed to the hospital for congestion and fever linked to the flu.

The Pope has been advised by his doctors not to speak for several days, to favor a speedy recovery.

The Holy Father discovered the formula "totus tuus" when he was a worker in a Polish factory during World War II, under Nazi occupation, he revealed in his 1994 book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope."

On Jan. 13, 2004, he explained in an address that those words--taken from the "Treatise of True Devotion to the Most Holy Virgin" of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort--changed his life.

"I found the answer to my perplexities due to fear that devotion to Mary, if excessive, might end by compromising the supremacy of worship due to Christ," he said.

"Under the wise guidance of St. Louis-Marie I understood that, if the mystery of Mary is lived in Christ, such a risk does not exist," he clarified.

"Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt," wrote St. Louis-Marie (1673-1716)--"I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours."


Pope Imparts Blessing From Hospital Window
At the Vatican, Aide Reads Angelus Address
Vatican City, FEB. 27, 2005 (

In his message, the Holy Father said: "The penitential climate of Lent that we are living, helps us to understand even better the value of suffering which, in one way or another, affects us all. "Looking at Christ and following him with patient confidence, we are able to understand how all forms of human suffering bear within them a divine promise of salvation and joy." The Pope's address concluded with his renewed "devotion to Mary, Mother of the Church: 'Totus tuus!' May she help us at all moments of life to fulfill the will of God. May my paternal blessing reach everyone."

"Totus tuus," "all yours" in Latin, is the motto of the papal coat of arms with which John Paul II entrusted his pontificate to the Virgin Mary. They were among the first words he wrote after his surgery last Thursday.

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Taking a closer look; Questions surround oil painting under restoration
[Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/22/2005]

OCEANSIDE--Some of the mystery surrounding a 129-year-old oil painting at Mission San Luis Rey was cleared up yesterday when it was removed from a wall in the church for a six-month restoration. But the new curator of the mission museum still has questions about the artist, Leon Trousset, and even the painting's correct name.

It was curator Bradford Claybourn's first close look at "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary," a 7- by 10-foot artwork thought to have been painted in 1878. Yesterday, he found out it was painted two years earlier, in 1876. Claybourn had hoped the name of the painting was on the back of the canvas, but there was nothing but cobwebs when he looked after maintenance workers took it off the wall.

Commonly known as "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary," it goes by at least three other names. It was signed by the artist, although the signature wasn't visible to onlookers down on the church floor. The $17,000 to $19,000 restoration is being paid for by the El Camino Real Chapter of Questers, a national organization dedicated to preserving artifacts and places of historic interest, said the chapter's president, Virginia Brophy of Oceanside.

The mission has two paintings by Trousset. The other is titled "Resurrection of Christ." They are thought to have originally hung in St. Vibiana's Cathedral in Los Angeles and were later given by the Los Angeles Archdiocese to the Franciscans at San Luis Rey. The paintings appear in a mission inventory dating from about 1944, but there is nothing to indicate when the works arrived there, Claybourn said. "There may be a record, but in the 2 1/2 weeks I've been here, I haven't seen any," he said. How much are they worth? "I wouldn't venture to put a put a price on them," the curator said.

Tracy Trousset of Hemet, the family historian, was on hand yesterday to see the painting come down. She said one of the artist's works now in a Las Cruces, N.M., museum, was purchased for $35,000, and another is on the market for $60,000. She was joined by several other Trousset family members, including the painter's 80-year-old grandson, Manuel, of Vista.  Not much about Trousset is known, including his birth and death dates, perhaps 1835 and 1936, or even where he is buried. "It's either Juarez, Mexico, or maybe El Paso, Texas," Tracy Trousset said.

Conservators first looked at the two Trousset paintings in December 2003, and both were in poor condition, the Balboa Art Conservation Center's Betsy Court said. The canvas on which the "Assumption" is painted is sagging and has minor tears and punctures, Court said. Once the canvas is repaired and attached to a firm backing in the center's Balboa Park facility, it will be cleaned and painstakingly inpainted to replace missing paint. It will be reframed at the mission just before it is hung again. The local Quester chapter, formed five years ago, has 15 members, Brophy said. "The mission won hands down" when the group decided to undertake its first restoration project, she said. The money came from member donations, anonymous gifts, fund-raising events including an antique sale and appraisal at the mission last June, and a $5,000 grant from the state Quester organization, Brophy said. The group intends to start raising funds again to pay for restoration of "Resurrection."

Four new heritage sites; Symbols of religious freedom, 3 churches and a temple are declared 'national monuments'
 [Source: The Straits Times (Singapore), 1/14/2005]

THREE Roman Catholic churches and a Taoist temple, four of Singapore's oldest community religious buildings, are being declared national monuments today by the Preservation of Monuments Board. Deemed significant pillars of support for the ethnic groups they cater to, The Church of St Joseph in Victoria Street, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Ophir Road, Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Tou Mu Kung Taoist Temple, both in Upper Serangoon Road, bring the number of monuments here to 54. 'These churches and temple are closely associated with the social life and activities of people, organisations and institutions that have an impact on the community and nation.

They are powerful symbols of the religious freedom enjoyed in Singapore over 180 years,' said the board's executive secretary, Mr Wan Meng Hao. One of the new monuments is the first Eurasian Catholic church, Church of St Joseph. Built in 1850 by the Portuguese Mission, it was later deemed too small for the Portuguese-Eurasian community. So a new church was built on the same site in 1904, but was demolished, re-built and completed later in 1912. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, built in 1886, was meant for Indian Catholics in Singapore--especially for the community in the Rochor district--for almost a hundred years. The church opened its doors to other ethnic groups in 1974, but a Tamil mass is still conducted every week.

From attap chapel in 1853 to a brick one in 1910, the Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary catered to the Teochew community in the Serangoon-Punggol area. The head of the church founded a Catholic girls' school in 1881 and a boys' school in 1885. The Tou Mu Kong Temple which caters to the Teochew community in Upper Serangoon Road, was one of two remaining temples in Singapore with a permanent wayang (Chinese opera) stage, until 1998. For eight decades, Chinese opera was performed there during religious and other festivals, but now a road runs through it. The landmark stage was demolished in 1998 when Upper Serangoon Road was being widened. The only temple in Singapore with a permanent wayang stage now is the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Balestier Road.

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