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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 July 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 July.

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 The Pillars of the Church: The Eucharist and Mary.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Fr. Luigi Faccenda, O.F.M.Conv., and The Kolbean Marian and Missionary Charism. Expect more articles to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to About Mary page.  The latest added was Suriname.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Mary and Women is now under construction in our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Bibliography.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have posted  Marian Shrines in Chile and The Use of Biblical Methodologies in Marian Theology Today, as well as new Marian poetry, Michael Cadnum's Madonna di Loreto after Caravaggio.

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  News from the Marian Library

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:;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navrbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

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Polish Madonna Prints Now For Sale

Note: This is an obsolete article maintained for archival purposes.  As of November 2009, the images below are not available for purchase at The Marian Library.  

Four different prints are now available of Wislawa Kwiatkowska's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" which were featured in the June issue of St. Anthony Messenger. Each picture measures 10" x 12 " on a sheet of 80#  11" x 14" paper.

The four pictures available are:

1) Golden Green Mother of God (at left)

Mary and Baby Jesus sit in a dill garden. Mary looks tenderly after her children with the same attentiveness that she looks upon the cherished golden-green dill of her garden.

2) Madonna of the Mountains (at left)

This snowy scene shows Mary in solidarity with all creation; she knows what it is like to be cold and hungry, yet she is determined to overcome all the wintry trials of life. In her basket she carries two little bears that are eager to see Baby Jesus.

3) Madonna Riding on a Deer (at left)

Based upon a Polish legend, this picture shows Mary and Baby Jesus being whisked away from danger by a swift and noble deer.

4) Mother of God of Lichen (at left)

Features Mary as Queen of Poland and Queen of Nature. Mary wears the insignia of the Polish eagle on her chest. The animals are drawn to Mary because of her kindness and goodness.

The prints are $5 each, and there is an additional charge of $5 per ORDER to cover postage and handling. Specify which prints and the quantity you want and make a check or money order out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:

The Marian Library
Attention: Robin
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

If you have any questions, please call 937-229-4254 or 937-229-4214.

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Current Exhibit

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.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2005 semester will conclude on July 29.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Living With Mary Today

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute plans to hold a four day symposium on Mary in July 2006.  For more information click into:

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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Benedict XV on the Importance of Sunday Mass [Excerpted from Zenit]
Vatican City, June 12, 2005

From now on I entrust this meeting to the Virgin Mary that she may teach us to love Jesus ever more, in constant meditation of his Word and adoration of his Eucharistic presence, and help us to make young generations discover the "precious pearl" of the Eucharist, which gives true and full meaning to life.

Benedict XVI on the Sacred Heart [Excerpted from Zenit]
Vatican City, June 5, 2005

Undoubtedly, the heart that is most like Christ's is the heart of Mary, his Immaculate Mother, and precisely for this reason, the liturgy introduces her for our veneration. Responding to the invitation addressed by the Virgin of Fatima, let us commend to her Immaculate Heart, which we contemplated in a particular way yesterday, the whole world so that it will experience the merciful love of God and true peace.

Peter's Pence Has a Marian Theme [Excerpted from Zenit]
Washington, D.C., June 1, 2005

Archbishop John Vlazny, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Economic Concerns of the Holy See 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.

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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.

Marian messages at heart of conference
[Source: South Bend Tribune (Indiana), 5/26/2005]

Organizers are expecting more than 1,200 people to gather at the University of Notre Dame's Joyce Center this weekend to hear testimonies of how apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, have changed lives. The 17th annual National Medjugorje Conference begins at 7 p.m. Friday and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday. Queen of Peace Ministries, based in South Bend, has planned the event, which is open to the public but requires a registration fee.

According to believers, Mary first appeared to six Croatian children on June 24, 1981. Since then, she has continued to appear on a regular basis and give messages about the necessity of prayer, conversion and fasting to bring peace and salvation to the world, believers say. On the 25th of each month, Mary appears to one of those six Croatians (now adults) who originally saw her with a message for the world, says Brian Miller, director of Queen of Peace Ministries. The person who receives that message then faxes and e-mails it to organizations around the world, Miller says.

Queen of Peace Ministries is among numerous groups worldwide that have advertised Mary's alleged messages and sponsored television shows and conferences about Medjugorje. Queen of Peace Ministries works closely with organizations that sponsor pilgrimages to Medjugorje; a group of Michiana residents departs every couple of months on a pilgrimage, Miller says.

This weekend's conference "is just one more way to get out the message of what Mary is saying in Medjugorje," says Rose Boll, a volunteer with Queen of Peace Ministries. The Roman Catholic Church has made no official ruling on the authenticity of the alleged apparitions. However, Pope John Paul II approved Medjugorje as a place for prayer, fasting and conversion.

By contrast, local church authorities in Medjugorje have, over the years, spoken out against the alleged apparitions. "It's been difficult at times," to hear people refute the authenticity of Mary's alleged messages at Medjugorje, Boll says. Miller says it's frustrating that not everyone believes in the alleged miracles of Medjugorje; but he is convinced they are true. "This has been going on for 24 years," he says. "If there was something funny about it, it would have been stopped a long time ago." Even when the church recognizes an apparition, belief in it is not required of all Catholics, according to church doctrine.

'Mary' arrives for seminar
[Source: South Bend Tribune (Indiana), 5/23/2005]

Our Lady of the New Millennium, a 33-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, arrived Sunday at the University of Notre Dame. It will be on display for the 17th annual National Medjugorje Conference on campus Friday through Sunday. The stainless steel statue weighs 8,500 pounds and arrived on a flatbed truck.

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