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Mary in the
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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 Eucharist and the Rosary.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was The Mariology of Cardinal Journet. 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 three new features: A New Icon: Stella Maris, Who is Maria Tal Slovensko?, and The Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI.

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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I have encountered your web page by browsing information about El Santo Nino de Atocha.  My eyes and my whole entire system has been delighted while reading all the information.  What a beautiful way to find a light in our spirits by reading all this information, to whom spirits are deprived of holy information.  I have asked our heavenly Father to give you and all the people involved in this work knowledge, patience and many blessings to continue.  I also ask Him to use these pages as instruments to educate people to grow in love, hope and understanding of His divine gifts.

Rosa Isabel

Alumni Update

Fr. Matthew Mauriello successfully defended his S.T.L. thesis, A Study of the Relationship Between the Mariological Context of the 1950s and the Mariological Writings of the Servant of God, Pope Pius XII, Contained in the Encyclicals and Documents of the 1954 Marian Year, at the Marian Library on July 16, 2005.

He was also featured in the 6/3/2005 issue of The Catholic Telegraph.  The article focused on his large collection of Marian images, statues, icons, paintings, etc.  He is currently pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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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 navbar 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 XVI 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.

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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.

A Tradition Lives on at Marian
[Source: Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 5/19/2005]

Natalie Sheer was selected May Queen and given the honor of crowning a statue of the Virgin Mary, at Marian Catholic High School's annual May Procession. Sheer is a daughter of Stephen and Teresa Sheer of McAdoo. Members of her court included: Heather O'Gurek, daughter of John and Diane O'Gurek, New Ringgold; Megan Moran, daughter of Christine Moran, Nesquehoning and the late Robert J. Moran; Jennifer Blasko, daughter of Robert and Robin Blasko, Summit Hill; Elizabeth Marzen, daughter of John and Bernadette Marzen, Lehighton; and Sharon York, daughter of George and Patricia York, Summit Hill. The school has held the annual tribute since it was founded in 1954, a year that was dedicated to Mary and called "The Marian Year." It was then that Archbishop John F. O'Hara decided to combine three existing schools--St. Jerome in Tamaqua, St. Mary's in Coaldale, and St. Ann's in Lansford--into one diocesan high school staffed by Sisters in the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary order. The school's principal is Sister Bernard Agnes. Sheer is a eucharistic minister at weekly Masses and a member of the peer listeners. She also participates in concert band and track and attended the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week. She has been an altar server for the past eight years and a lector at St. Patrick's Church in McAdoo. The Rev. George Winne, the school's director of spiritual activities, celebrated the May 11 Mass.

Second Graders Help With 'May Crowning'
[Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida), 5/18/2005]

The second-grade class at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Port Charlotte had the distinct honor of being the participants in the May Crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 13. Dressed in their First Communion outfits and carrying white carnations, class members proceeded from the church to the renovated school courtyard, where the statue of Mary has been moved. Family, friends, staff and students gathered for the ceremony where Kailey Calkins and Jonathan Porto climbed the base of the statue. Calkins then placed the wreath of flowers on the statue of the Blessed Virgin. After the ceremony, Wendy Lioon's first-grade class hosted a breakfast honoring the second-graders who have all recently received their First Communion.

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