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To celebrate the month of May 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 June.
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 New Heavens-New Earth.
We have updated Marian Shrines in Poland as well as our answers to the following reader question: Who is Our Lady of the Myrtle?. We have also added: Benedict XVI and Mary and His First Marian Sayings.
The Cardinal John J. Wright Mariological Award
The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation. Through its annual meeting and in its publication, Marian Studies, the Society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.
The Cardinal John J. Wright Mariological Award is conferred in memory of Cardinal Wright, long-time member and its Episcopal chairman from 1951 until his death in 1979. As defined by the Board of Directors in 1991, the award is given, upon recommendation of a designated three-member committee, to recognize and encourage significant publications on the Virgin Mary. Its recipient need not be a member of the MSA.
Luigi Gambero, S.M.
Father Gambero, a priest in the Society of Mary (the Marianists), is a native of Robbio (Pavia), Italy. He studied at the Liceo Santa Maria de Verbania (Novera) where he graduated in 1949. He then continued in higher studies at the following institutions: Università statale di Torino (1954); the University of Fribourg, Switzerland with studies in Philosophy and Theology, 1955-1961; Istituto di Teologia Pastorale della Pontificia Università Lateranense, 1961-1962; Licei Classici e Scientifici, Istituti Magistrali, 1964; and the Pontificia Facoltà Teologica Marianum di Roma where he received Dottorato in teologia con specializzazione in mariologia, 1980. The title of his doctoral dissertation was: “L’omelia sulla Generazaione di Cristo di Basilio di Cesarea. Il posto della Vergine Maria.”
Father Gambero has taught at the Liceo Santa Maria de Verbania, 1954-1955; Scuola statale di Brusasco, 1962-65; Liceo Santa Maria di Verbania, 1965-1968; Liceo Classico Santa Maria di Roma, 1968-71; Noviziato delle Suore Marianiste di Roma, 1968-71; Istituto Santa Maria di Verbania, 1971-74; and the University Marianum, Facoltà di Teologia. He joined the faculty in 1981, at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. He became a member of the Mariological Society of America in 1985. At the annual MSA meeting of 2001, he presented a paper: “Patristic Intuitions of Mary’s Role as Mediatrix and Advocate: The Invocation of the Faithful for Her Help” which was published in Marian Studies 52 : 78-101.
Father Gambero is one of the founding members of the Associazione Mariologica Interdisciplinare Italiana (the Italian Mariological Society, founded in 1992). He served on the Consiglio redazionale (Editorial Board) of the Theotokos: Ricerche interdisciplinari di Mariologia (the “Rivista semestrale dell’ Associazione Mariologica Interdisciplinare Italiana”, the biannual publication of the Italian Interdisciplinary Mariological Association, from 1992 through 2000. He has published four papers in Theotokos: 1993-2, 1997/1, 2001/1, 2003/1.
In addition to his professorial duties, and many publications, Father Gambero has accomplished important editorial work in the following: He serves as one of the editors for the Series Testi Mariani del Primo Millennio (4 vols., 1988-1991). He was primary editor for Volume 3; He serves as one of the editors, also, for the Series Testi mariani del Secondo Millennio (8 vols., planned, currently only vols. 2,3, 4,5 are published). Father Gambero was the editor for vols. 3 and 4. He shared editorship of vol. 5 with Stefano de Fiores.
Father Luigi Gambero’s books in English:
Mary and the Fathers of the Church, The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought, translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.
Mary in the Middle Ages, translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005.
New Web Addresses for The Mary Page
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs: marypage.org; themarypage.org; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
Available at The Marian Library
The ML/IMRI recently produced, Symbols of Grace, a pamphlet showing many emblems representing Mary's Immaculate Conception along with explanatory text for each. The emblems featured in this booklet were reproduced and restored by The Society for the Preservation of the Roman Catholic Heritage. Robin Smith designed the layout, while Fr. Johann Roten and Br. William Fackovec contributed the text. These booklets are available for $1.00 per copy.
The Marian Library also offers Marian screensavers. You may buy one (on CD for Windows PCs) for $3.00 or two for $5.00.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute (ML/IMRI) has created three different Marian PC screensavers. 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.
The newest is Litany of Flowers: A Floral Tribute to our Lady, which includes twelve images by Wislawa Kwiatkowska from the book Madonny z Poezji Polskiej (Madonnas in Polish Poetry), published by the Diocesan Museum of Plock , Poland.
You may purchase these items 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. For more information, call 937-229-4214.
Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry
An exhibit of Marian paintings by renowned Polish artist, Wislawa Kwiatkowska, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery on the 7th floor of Roesch Library until September 8 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays (except holidays). A portion of the fifty paintings will also be display in the Gallery on the first floor of Roesch Library from 8am to 10 pm Monday-Thursday, 8am - 6 pm Friday, and 12-6 pm weekends (except holidays) through July 31. For further information, or to arrange a special visit during other times, call 937-229-4214. Click here for a virtual exhibit.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.
Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, an IMRI graduate, has landed three new teaching jobs: 1) Catholic sexual ethics from June 21st to July 27th at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Front Royal, VA; 2) theology full-time (5 classes) at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, IN, starting on August 15th; and 3) adjunct theology professor at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, starting in the Spring 2006 semester. She and her husband, Ennis, plan to move on June 30 and then to reside in Fort Wayne.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Summer 2005 semester will start on June 13. The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.
2005 Fatima Marian Conference and RetreatThe 101 Foundation is sponsoring a pilgrimage on the topic, Our Lady and the Reality of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, from July 7 - July 14, 2005. The itinerary includes visits in Portugal to Santarem, Fatima and Nazare, and special feast day ceremonies on July 13. For more information call 908-689-8792.
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Corpus Christi: The Lord is
Present in Our Lives
The Pope concluded his homily by underlining the fact that "our procession finishes before the basilica of St. Mary Major, in the encounter with the Virgin, called by dear Pope John Paul II 'Eucharistic woman.' Mary, Mother of the Lord, truly teaches us what it means to enter into communion with Christ. ... Let us ask her to help us open our being ever more to the presence of Christ, that she may help us follow Him faithfully day after day along the paths of our lives. Amen."
Papal Letter to Spanish Bishops
for National Pilgrimage
Made public today was a letter from the Holy Father to the Spanish bishops on the occasion of the national pilgrimage to the shrine of Pilar de Zaragoza to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Spain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
"Mary Immaculate," he writes in the Letter dated May 19, "reflects the mercy of the Father. Conceived without sin, she was capable of pardoning even those who abandoned and wounded her Son at the foot of the Cross. As our Advocate, she helps us in our needs and intercedes for us to her Son."
"Accompanied by the paternal solicitude of Joseph," he adds, "Mary welcomed her Son. In the home at Nazareth Jesus reached maturity in a family that was humanly splendid and marked by the divine mystery, one that has been a model for all families. In this respect, in domestic coexistence the family realizes its vocation of human and Christian life, sharing joys and expectations in a climate of understanding and reciprocal help. Thus, the human person, who is born, grows and is formed in the family, is capable of undertaking with certainty the path of goodness, without letting himself or herself be disoriented by methods or ideologies foreign to the human person."
Benedict XVI said he knows "the Catholic Church in Spain is disposed to take firm steps in her evangelizing projects. Thus, it is to be hoped that she will be understood and accepted in her natural truth and mission because it is a question of promoting the common good for everyone, with respect both to persons and to society. In effect, the transmission of the faith and religious practices of believers cannot remain confined to the purely private sphere."
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Welcome Jesus and Take Him to
At 8 p.m. yesterday, the traditional procession marking the end of the month of May took place from the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians--located near the apse of the Vatican Basilica--to the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. The ceremony was presided by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City State.
Benedict XVI arrived at the Grotto at 9 p.m., and before imparting his apostolic blessing delivered a brief address.
"In the special Year of the Eucharist through which we are currently living," the Pope said, "Mary helps us especially to discover" this great Sacrament. In today's feast we recall the visit by the Virgin to her cousin St. Elizabeth, an elderly woman "whom everyone considered sterile but who had, in fact, reached the sixth month of a pregnancy donated by God." Mary is carrying the recently-conceived Jesus in her womb, she "is a young girl, but she is not afraid because God is with her, He is within her."
The Holy Father affirmed how, "in a certain way, we can say that her journey was--and we are pleased to highlight this in the Year of the Eucharist--the first 'Eucharistic procession' of history. Living tabernacle of God-made-flesh, Mary is the Ark of the Covenant in whom the Lord has visited and redeemed His people. Jesus' presence fills her with the Holy Spirit."
After emphasizing how the Virgin's meeting with Elizabeth "finds expression in the canticle of the Magnificat," Benedict XVI asked: "is not this too the joy of the Church, that incessantly welcomes Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and carries Him to the world with the testimony of assiduous charity permeated by faith and hope? Yes, to welcome Christ and to take Him to others is the true joy of Christians! Dear brothers and sisters, let us carry on and imitate Mary, a deeply Eucharistic soul, and all our lives will become a Magnificat. Let this be the grace that, together this evening, we ask of the Most Holy Virgin at the close of the month of May."
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Peter's Pence Has a Marian Theme
"Goodness Works Quietly" is the theme for this year's Peter's Pence collection in U.S. parishes.
The annual collection enables the Pope to respond with emergency financial aid to the needy throughout the world, including those who suffer from war and natural disasters.
Scheduled for the Sunday nearest the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, this year's collection will be held in most U.S. parishes on June 25-26.
In a letter to diocesan directors of communication, Archbishop John Vlazny, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Economic Concerns of the Holy See, explained the origin of the theme for this year's collection.
He recalled that last year, at a Mass on the solemnity of the Assumption, "Pope John Paul II urged us to follow Mary's example, calling us to serve with trust and joy." The new Pope Benedict XVI continues the work of his predecessors, the prelate noted.
"The power of love is expressed in the unassuming quietness of daily service," the archbishop said. "Through works of charity, Catholics provide a quiet but powerful witness of love and deeds to empower the weak, the defenseless, and the voiceless, and to sustain those who suffer."
Mission Fulfilled, Regina Mundi to Close
The only pontifical institute in Rome dedicated to forming nuns and consecrated lay women theologically, is closing its doors after a half-century of academic activity.
The Regina Mundi Pontifical Institute, which has been observing its 50th anniversary, closed the celebrations on Saturday with a thanksgiving Mass in Santa Maria in Trastevere.
In his homily at the Mass, Archbishop Franc Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, praised the work of Regina Mundi, which offered formation to women who were not yet allowed to study at pontifical universities.
The prefect said that the main reason for closing Regina Mundi is that it is no longer indispensable.
"In 1954, when it was created, it was the only possibility for the spiritual and theological formation of women religious," he told ZENIT. "Today there are many other institutions, both in Rome as well as in several countries."
Religious Sister of Mercy Clare McGovern, rector of the institute, said its academic activity will cease at the end of the school year, in June. The students would be able to continue their studies without problems in other centers of Rome.
Israel Issues Stamp in Honor of
John Paul II
The state of Israel has dedicated a stamp commemorating Pope John Paul II on the occasion of what would have been his 85th birthday, May 18.
The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See announced it officially, noting that the philatelic issue reproduces the historical image of John Paul II at Jerusalem's Western Wall, according to Sunday's edition of L'Osservatore Romano.
According to the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper, Israel's Environment Entity will promote the establishment of a "Meeting Park for the Pope of Young People" in Galilee, a "place linked to Christianity and loved by John Paul II, where an amphitheater will also be erected."
The initiative aims to "develop in young people, belonging to the different monotheistic religions, the culture of dialogue to build a future of peace."
Trinity Sunday Reflection on the
Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today before praying the Angelus with the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Today the liturgy celebrates the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, to emphasize that in the light of the paschal mystery the center of the cosmos and of history is fully revealed: God himself, eternal and infinite Love. This is the word that summarizes the whole of revelation: "God is love" (1 John 4:8,16). And love is always a mystery, a reality that surpasses reason without contradicting it; what is more, it exalts its potentialities.
Jesus has revealed to us the mystery of God. He, the Son, has made us know the Father who is in heaven, and has given us the Holy Spirit, the Love of the Father and of the Son. Christian theology summarizes the truth about God with this expression: only one substance in three persons. God is not solitude but perfect communion. For this reason, the human person, image of God, is fulfilled in love, which is the sincere gift of oneself.
We contemplate the mystery of God's love by participating in a sublime way in the most holy Eucharist, sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, representation of his redemptive sacrifice. Because of this, I greet with joy today, feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the participants in the Eucharistic congress of the Italian Church, which opened yesterday in Bari. At the heart of this year dedicated to the Eucharist, the Christian people gather around Christ, present in the Most Holy Sacrament, source and summit of their life and mission. In particular, each parish is called to rediscover the beauty of Sunday, day of the Lord, in which Christ's disciples renew, in the Eucharist, communion with the One who gives meaning to their joys and exhaustions of each day. "We cannot live without Sunday," professed the first Christians, even if it cost their lives, and this is what we are called to repeat today.
In the hope of going personally to Bari next Sunday for the Eucharistic celebration, I now already unite myself spiritually to this important ecclesial event. Together we invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary so that these days of such intense prayer and adoration of the Eucharistic Christ will kindle in the Italian Church a renewed ardor of faith, hope and charity.
I would also like to entrust to Mary all the children, adolescents and young people who at this time are making their first Communion or receiving the sacrament of confirmation. With this intention, we now pray the Angelus, reliving with Mary the mystery of the Annunciation.
[Translation by ZENIT]
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.
Virgin Mary on Underpass Wall
Dozens of people have gathered near a Chicago motorway to see what they believe is an image of the Virgin Mary on the underpass wall, after a motorist reported seeing the image in a large yellow and concrete stain last week. To some who saw it, the image appeared as a white outline of the Holy Mother's face wearing a shadowy cloak. To others, it looked like an ivory pawn from a game of chess. Police have put up temporary barricades to prevent people from driving and parking in the area. In November 2004, a piece of popcorn shaped like the Virgin Mary was auctioned on eBay. A Canadian woman also said she saw the Blessed Mother and baby Jesus on a Lay's Smokey Bacon Chip.
Readers React to 'The Two Faces of John Paul'
In her Citizen's Weekly column "The two faces of John Paul," (April 10), Janice Kennedy tries to paint an argument by questioning Catholic values of our late Pope John Paul II. Let us explain two examples which Kennedy gave to support her stance. First: "In John Paul's Church, the female half of humanity has been told to accept second-place status and shut up about it." Kennedy fails to notice, that the most revered figure in the Catholic Church, the one to which John Paul fully devoted himself was a woman--the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Second is an example Kennedy gave to prove John Paul only paid lip service to global brotherhood and sisterhood--his "injunction against non-Catholic taking communion with Catholics." Holy Communion in the Catholic Church represents the body of Jesus Christ. By taking it, we invite Jesus to our hearts. It is a Holy Sacrament which requires purification through Reconciliation and repentance of sins. These kinds of statements and examples show either a profound misunderstanding of the topic Kennedy writes about or a purposeful manipulation of the readers--both mortal sins of respectable journalism.
Anna and Mirek Lawczys Ottawa
Thank you for your excellent essay in the Citizen's Weekly. It was a refreshing antidote to the unquestioning media coverage of the Pope's death and funeral. Coming from a Catholic writer, it is an especially effective critique of a church trapped in an archaic, ultraconservative mindset.
David Martin Ottawa
Janice Kennedy suggested the Catholic Church is "disintegrating in developed countries" because it is "strict and judgmental." She didn't explain, however, why this same Catholic Church is doing so well in less developed countries. According to reports I have read, the church is seeing explosive growth, especially in Africa and Asia. It appears that the more money Catholics have in their pockets, the more likely they are to conform to the values of affluent secularized societies that allow or promote contraception, abortion on demand, and the furthering of the homosexual political agenda. Maybe the solution to the decline of the Church in developed countries is a mandatory vow of poverty imposed by the Pope on all rich Catholics.
Robert Eady, Kanata
I want to thank you for articulating with incredible wisdom the Catholic dichotomy. It is my prayer that your words will offer hope to those who have felt marginalized by this church and will also open a door of understanding to those who seem quite satisfied with the status quo. When I made the conscious, yet difficult decision to remain in the Catholic church, even as it seemed to leave me behind and willfully deny the gifts I could offer, I began to pray that God would have mercy on John Paul's soul. I now pray the next pope reaches out with love and empathy for all God's people.
Sandra Kratt Stittsville
Janice Kennedy's column was a mean-spirited attack on the Catholic Church at a time when we are mourning the loss of our father. While she may think that people who disagree with some teachings of the church are still Catholics, they are in reality protestants. That is the very nature of that religion. As to her opinion the Catholic Church is dying, this was one shared by many others, such as Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon and Luther. The morality taught by our church leads to human families and solid relationships, human life and I believe to a joyful existence and eternity. Adultery, fornication homosexuality, abortion and incest leads to death and addiction.
H.J. Meuse Ottawa
I was offended by the disrespect Janice Kennedy showed to the recently deceased head of "her church." To belong to the Catholic Church is to be a member of a very large and very esteemed family. As in any family there are times when we do not fully comprehend the rules and the methods used to impose them yet we respect our elders. If it comes a time when we cannot abide by the family's rules we leave the family or at least distance our selves to work out our own path in life. Much as she states "There are Catholics, and there are Catholics." She is wrong. To belong to the Church is to believe or at least work at believing and following the beliefs and rules that allow the Church to continue to function after 2000 years as a strong and holy body dedicated to the betterment of all humanity. In the half century I have belonged to this Church there have been changes, gradual well thought out ones that allow all members in all parts of the world to continually be more involved.
Patricia-Lynne Tolgyesy Ottawa
Well done! I am sure you will get a lot of negative response to your wonderful article, but not from me. Kennedy articulated extremely well what I have always felt in my gut--that Pope John Paul's papacy has been a disaster and his arch-conservatism has kept the church in the Dark Ages. It has always been my contention the Catholic Church, which is my Church, is about 200 years behind the times. Galileo suffered condemnation in 1633 but his biblical interpretations have been endorsed by the Vatican since 1893. In 1979, John Paul reiterated this view and stated Galileo had "suffered injustice at the hands of the church." (Encyclopedia Britannica). It seems it always takes that long for the Church to get with it. But the Church cannot afford to wait that long in these days of unbelievably rapid change. One example, condemning use of condoms with the rapid spread of AIDS is an unmitigated disaster.
Wilf Oberthier Ottawa
After reading about the wonders of Pope John Paul all week, (ad nauseam) it was most refreshing to see that someone was willing to present a view that is indeed more reflective of the truth about the Catholic Church. The Galilean carpenter would indeed be discouraged with the exclusivity of such a patriarchial, intransigent church, at a time in history when there is a need for acceptance and inclusion for all. I believe there are growing numbers of Catholics who would support your view ... many who have made attempts to change, others who have left the Church discouraged and those who seek a different way of "doing" Catholicism. Many, many thanks.
Dorothy Collins Ottawa
Janice Kennedy may think she is open-minded but her mind has been tightly shuttered against important teachings (doctrines) which explain the Catholic position on marriage, the priesthood and the Sacraments. She exaggerates the power of the clergy, who humbly recognize that they do not have the power to change the priesthood, Holy Orders, to suit feminist insecurities about their equality. She is closed to a sexuality that welcomes motherhood and children as blessings which elevate the status of women. So glad to read her disclosure that dissenters are "dwindling" and consider "the current climate discouraging." If they cleared the cobwebs from their minds and opened them to the fresh air of doctrine and tradition, minus the feminist whine, they would gain new strength from life-giving Truth which is according to St. Augustine "ever ancient, ever new."
Diane Watts National President, Women for Life, Faith and Family
Jesus and Mary Chain on the Button
MESSENGERS of Faith, a commercial company from California, is to launch talking Jesus, Moses and Virgin Mary dolls. Push a button in their backs, and the foot-high toys recite up to 33 Biblical verses. David Socha, the company's founder and chief executive, says: "We're targeting the inspirational market to do good things for children, something that adds to their quality of life and doesn't corrupt their minds." All that, for parents who can't read, for just $25.
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