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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 April.

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 Divine and Human.

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New Resources

A section on Mary in Doctrine has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was The Divine Maternity.

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 updated our list of The Hail Mary in Various Languages; our table of recent Marian Apparitions; and our overview of Marian Icons.  We have also added the following features: Our Lady's Bug [see also YQ101]; What is the meaning of type/antitype with regard to Mary?; and Woman of a Thousand Faces [which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].  We also added material on the Madonna and Child of Soweto and its creator, Larry Scully, to our Black Madonna Intro.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a doctoral student in the IMRI program, appeared on EWTN's Life on the Rock show on March 31.

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Current Exhibit

Blessed Art Thou: Mother; Lady; Mystic; Queen, a display by Michael O'Neill McGrath inspired by black pilgrimage Madonnas, will be exhibited at The Marian Library Gallery through April 20.  Copies of the beautifully illustrated book may be purchased for $30 ($10 off the retail price).  Packages of notecards  with artwork based upon the exhibit are also available at $5 for a set of twenty (all of the same picture). 

The Marian Library At Gallery is located on the seventh floor of the Rosech Library, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For more information call 937-229-4214, or click into the virtual exhibit.

Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.

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MSA Conference

The 56th Annual Meeting of The Mariological Society of America will be held at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine from May 18-21, 2005.  This year's theme is Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church.  The program is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2005
3:33 p.m.--Meeting of the Administrative Council


5:30 p.m. Supper
7:30 p.m. Marian Evening Prayer--with the Cathedral Choir
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. ME

THURSDAY, May 19, 2004


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Eucharist (followed by Breakfast)
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:15 Welcome, Announcements

9:30 a.m. "Hope in a Hurting World: The Assumption/Dormition of Mary, Eschatalogical Icon of God's Promise"
Dott. Virginia M. Kimball, MSA President (Merrimack College)
Moderator: Fr. Sam Maranto, C.Ss.R.

10:45 a.m. "Francis of Assisi and Mary: Virgo Facta Ecclesia"
Fr. Michael W. Blastic, O.F.M.Conv. (St. Bonaventure, NY)
Moderator: Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M.


12:00 p.m. Dinner

1:30 p.m. "The Assumption and Queenship in Complementarity"
Fr. George F. Kirwin, O.M.I. (Buffalo, NY)
Moderator: Fr. Bert Buby, S.M.

3:00 p.m. "Survey of Recent Mariology 2005"
Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. (Nokomis, FL)
Moderator: Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M.

5:45 p.m. Supper

7:30 Open Forum (List of participants will be posted)

8:45 p.m. Marian Devotion/Evening Prayer

Friday, May 20, 2005


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Eucharist (followed by breakfast)

9:30 a.m. "Making Mary's Fiat Our Own: A Theological Study of Personhood"
Ronald Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L. (Clearwater, FL)
Moderator: Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M.

10:45 a.m. "Queen Mother: A Biblical Theology of Mary's Queenship"
Ted Sri, S.T.D. (St. Benedict College/Atchison, KS)
Moderator: Sr. M. Catherine Nolan, O.P.


12:00 p.m. Dinner

1:3 p.m. "Eschatology and the Church in the Light of the Assumption"
Fr. Paul Duggan, S.T.D. (Boyes Hot Springs, CA)
Moderator: Fr. Francois Rossier, S.M.

3:00 p.m. "The Fourth Gospel's Icon of Mary"
Fr. Bert Buby, S.M. (Dayton, OH)
Moderator: Ron Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L.

4:00 p.m. Business Meeting


5:15 p.m. Reception/Festive Dinner
Presentation of MSA Awards

8:30 p.m. Marian Hour in Memory of Fr. Ignacio Calabuig, O.S.M.

Saturday, May 21, 2005


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Eucharist

9:00 a.m. Excursion [Maine Seacoast Sampler] to 2:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. Dinner (for those not on the excursion)

General Information

Attendance open to all. You need not be a member to register.

For attendees residing at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center:
MSA Registration Fee (3-day pkg.) $30.00

Room and Board Package:
Lodging and meals--Wed. evening (5:45 p.m.) to Sat. noon $155.00

For Commuters:
MSA Registration: $10.00 a day

Breakfast $5.00
Dinner $8.00
Supper $7.00

Meals must be "reserved" on the Registration Form.

Early arrivals? Late departures?--Contact the MSA Secretariat at 937-229-4294 for information about possibilities, rates.

Payment may be made now or at the time of the meeting. Make check payable to the Mariological Society of America. Note: No refunds possible after May 13, 2005

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2005 semester concluded on March 18.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Annunciation and Incarnation of the Lord

Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Kettering, OH will host a special program for the feast on April 4.  There will be a Musical Prelude at 6:15 pm, followed by Holy Mass at 7.  Dr. Dennis Doyle from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton will then speak on Annunciation and the Year of the Eucharist.  The evening will conclude with a reception.  For more information call Steve Koob at 937-279-5433.

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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Address of John Paul II
To the Participants in the International Congress on "Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas" [March 20, 2004]

In response to current events, we think it proper to inform our readers of a recent statement on the above topic. As usual, John Paul II, concluded with a Marian reference: "In this light, I invoke upon you the assistance of him, whom a meaningful saying of the Church Fathers describes as Christus medicus, and in entrusting your work to the protection of Mary, Consoler of the sick and Comforter of the dying, I lovingly bestow on all of you a special Apostolic Blessing.

From Zenit

Cardinal Rejects Idea of Fatima as Interreligious Center
Continued Rumors Prompt Statement by Vatican Official
Vatican City, March 26, 2005

Cardinal Josť Saraiva Martins expressed publicly his opposition to any talk about turning the Shrine of Fatima into a center of interreligious dialogue with Muslims.

The statements by the cardinal prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Sainthood Causes were in reaction to the announcement by some groups and Web pages of the construction of an "ecumenical church" in the shrine.

Last June 29, in fact, the rector of the Fatima shrine, Father Luciano Guerra, issued a statement saying that the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, under construction, would not be an "ecumenical church."

Given the continued rumors about the center, Cardinal Saraiva Martins said, in statements in the latest issue of Il Consulente RE magazine, that he is "totally opposed to transforming the Shrine of Fatima into a center of interreligious dialogue with Muslims."

"Fatima has been and always will be a Catholic Marian shrine," insisted the Portuguese cardinal. "Naturally, this does not exclude, indeed it includes, the continuation of dialogue with all religions, including Muslims.

"However, I confirm, I am opposed to all the different types of confusion that it might create: Fatima will always be the Catholic shrine that began with the wonderful mystery transmitted by the Virgin to the three little shepherds, beginning on May 13, 1917."

The cardinal observed that the Blessed Virgin Mary chose for her apparitions the only place in Europe named after Mohammed's favorite daughter.

"We are used to frequently calling 'coincidence' what is, on the contrary, an express divine plan," Cardinal Saraiva Martins said. "We don't know what the coincidence means in the case of Fatima. I, however, prefer to think that we must take advantage of this coincidence to develop the dialogue with our Muslim brothers.

"Of course, the Virgin came to Fatima to remind us of the Gospel, which is for all Christians, but also for all men."


Father Cantalamessa's Good Friday Sermon
True Body, Truly Born of the Virgin Mary
Vatican City, March 25, 2005

Here is an excerpt of the sermon Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, gave at the Good Friday service in St. Peter's Basilica.

The final line of the Ave Verum recalls for us the image of the Mother: "O Iesu, fili Mariae." The Virgin is remembered twice in this short hymn: at the beginning, and at the end. The other exclamations that end the hymn: "O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie, all bring to mind the closing words of the Salve Regina: "O clemens, O pia, O dulcis virgo Maria": O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

It is not merely in answer to a devotional need, but also theological, that there is this insistence on the link between Mary and the Eucharist. Christ's birth from Mary, which used to be the principal argument against the Docetists who denied the reality of Christ's body, bears witness now to the truth and the reality of the body of Christ present in the Eucharist.

John Paul II ends his apostolic letter "Mane Nobiscum Domine," referring to the words of this very hymn: "The bread that we receive is the spotless flesh of her Son: 'Ave verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine.' In this year of grace, sustained by Mary, may the Church discover new enthusiasm for her mission and come to acknowledge ever more fully that the Eucharist is the source and the summit of her entire life" (Mane Nobiscum Domine, 31).

Ave verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine
Vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine
Cuius latus perforatum fluxit aqua et sanguine
Esto nobis praegustatum mortis in examine
O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie, O Iesu fili Mariae.

[Original text: Italian]


Fatima Pair Closer to Possible Canonization
Fatima, Portugal, February 22, 2005

The bishop of Leiria-Fatima announced the conclusion of the diocesan process for the canonization of the shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who saw the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917.

The third visionary of Fatima, Sister Lucia, died Feb. 13 at age 97.

Jacinta and Francisco were beatified May 13, 2000, the day of the anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.

"I can affirm that on February 19 the so-called 'positio' was handed in for the canonization of Jacinta and Francisco Marto," said Bishop Serafim Ferreira e Silva announced Sunday during a liturgical celebration of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco, in the Fatima Shrine, according to the agency Ecclesia.

At the end of the celebration, Bishop Ferreira e Silva explained that the closing of the "position" means "that the documentary process is complete, translated into Italian, definitively closed and handed to His Eminence the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes.

"From now on, it will be subjected to the judgment of cardinals and doctors. The final judgment is the Pope's decision."


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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.

John Paul believes Virgin Mary diverted the bullet that hit him in 1981: Pope's memoirs published next week
[Source: Ottawa Citizen, 2/19/2005]

In a memoir to be published next week, Pope John Paul II describes his attempted assassination in 1981 and his belief that divine intervention saved his life. The Pope recalls being taken to hospital after being shot on St. Peter's Square, but has little recollection of what happened next because "I was almost on the other side."

In Memory and Identity, he writes, "Oh, my Lord! This was a difficult experience. I woke up the next day, around noon. "Yes, I remember that journey to the hospital. I remained conscious for some time after. I had a feeling that I would survive. I was in pain, I had reason to be afraid, but I had this strange feeling of confidence." The Pope, 84, also says he forgave Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman.

The book, an edited version of conversations the Pope had in 1993 with Polish friends at his summer retreat of Castelgandolfo, will be published in Italy next week. Extracts were published by the Associated Press this week. The Pope says he believes the bullet that hit him was diverted by the Virgin Mary. He was shot on May 13, the day of Our Lady of Fatima, and he donated the bullet to the shrine at Fatima in Portugal.

The shrine was built after three Portuguese shepherd children claimed the Virgin Mary had appeared to them in 1917 and revealed three secrets. The first two related to the world wars of the 20th century and the Russian Revolution, but the third was disclosed by the Pope at Fatima only in 2000, when he said it referred to the attempt on his life. "Agca knew how to shoot and he shot with confidence, with perfection. But it was just as if someone guided this bullet," the Pope writes. Later, he describes his meeting with Mr. Agca in a Rome prison cell at Christmas in 1983. "We talked for a long time. Ali Agca is, as everyone says, a professional assassin. Which means that the assassination was not his initiative, that someone else thought of it, someone else gave the order."

He does not speculate as to who that was, but observes that it was "one of the last convulsions of the 20th-century ideologies of force. Force stimulated fascism and Hitlerism, and force also stimulated communism." He says Mr. Agca became intrigued by the "secrets of Fatima," which, in turn, led him to an interest in religion. The Pope adds, "Ali Agca, as I believe, understood that above his power, the power of shooting and killing, there is a greater power. He began looking for it. I wish for him that he finds it." Mr. Agca is serving a prison sentence in Turkey, having been extradited there after serving nearly 20 years in Italy. When the Pope was in hospital recently, Mr. Acga sent his best wishes for a full recovery.

Musical is a dream fulfilled
[Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/17/2005]

'Wonders' takes themes from current issues.  As writer, director and producer of "The Wonders of His Love," David Burke is fulfilling a longtime dream of writing a musical. The play depicts the story of seven Catholic high school choir members who are shocked and mystified when the Virgin Mary appears and says God sent her to bring them a special message. "God's telling the children that his observation of what's going on on Earth is concerning to him," said Burke, a Fulton County government employee. "He says when your parents were in school, we were concerned about chewing gum in class and running in halls. Now we have to be concerned about children bringing weapons and drugs to school."

In the musical, Burke has taken some themes straight from today's headlines, including the threat of removing God from the Pledge of Allegiance and debates about displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings and prayer from schools. Burke has several music degrees and experience in church choral and instrumental programs, including time spent writing music for and leading a Life Teen band.  The journey of writing this musical began about three years ago. "I had this dream about this particular group of young people walking to heaven and they were chanting a song. I heard the melody and got up in the middle of the night and went to the piano," Burke said. "Since then, I've been writing music geared toward the end result of getting to heaven." St. Brigid's agreed to host the play.  Burke's cast members include a few St. Brigid parishioners and others from nearby Catholic churches. Part of the proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home.

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