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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 Benedict XVI and Mary. 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 Raphael's Madonnas on Stamps.  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.

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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 teach a course entitled Women in the Church to 12th graders. Our school operates on a trimester system. Therefore, I teach this course three times each school year. I have included a unit on Mary in the course. After the girls have read some background information about Mary and we’ve had some class discussions, I turn to the Mary Page as a hands-on experience. I created a worksheet packet that leads the students through the website. I revise the worksheets each trimester after I re-visit the site myself to see if there have been any changes or additions.


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.  

Nine 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 ¼" on a sheet of 80#  11" x 14" paper.

The 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.

5) Madonna of the Sowers (at left)

From the lilac heather, through the morning fog, the wind pulls threads from Mary's shawl and wraps them around the trees and branches, protecting the autumn seeds.

6) Madonna Covered With Cherry Blossoms

Delicate cherry blossoms frame the faces of Mary and Baby Jesus while butterflies--symbols of the Resurrection--circle around them.

7) Mournful Mother of Czestochowa

In this portrait of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Baby Jesus tries to comfort his mother as she mourns for the fate of the Polish people. Around Mary's shoulders is a blue and gold ribbon from which hangs the Virtuti Militari--the highest Polish Military honor that is given in recognition of bravery. (The two slashes on the face of the original icon were inflicted by Hussite soldiers in the fifteenth century.)

8) Madonna of the Mushrooms

These mushrooms of autumn are attractive but deadly; Mary draws out the poison and warns against the allure and perniciousness of sin.

9) Our Lady of the Birches

The white of the birches symbolizes the purity of Mary, while the storks gathered round her represent prosperity and the hope for children.

The prints are $5 each, and there is an additional charge of $5 for each quantity of 9 prints or less to cover postage and handling.  Here is an example of the postage and handling rates:

1-9 prints: $5
10-18 prints: $10
19-27 prints: $15
28-36 prints: $20
37-45 prints: $25

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

We also have a "Polish Madonna" Windows PC screensaver that shows all twelve of the pictures that were in the June 2005 St. Anthony Messenger article.  It sells for $5.00, which includes postage and handling.

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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"River Mary" Makes a Splash
An Artful Convent, Trastevere Loves its Marian Tradition
Rome, July 21, 2005 (Zenit)

Just as the torrid July weather gets into full swing, Rome's hottest festival starts up. The Festa di Noantri from July 16 to 24 brings the already lively Roman quarter of Trastevere to fever pitch.

The name of the feast, "Noantri," derives from the Roman dialect and perhaps is best translated as "ourselves," but while celebrations do take place in the quarter proudly proclaimed by the inhabitants as the home of "true Romans," the holiday is all about the Madonna of Mount Carmel.

The feast was officially instituted in 1927, but the origins date back to the 16th century. In 1535, after a violent thunderstorm, a statue of Mary carved out of cedar wood washed up on the shores of the Tiber. She was brought up the river and given to the then Carmelite church of St. Chrysogonus.

The "Madonna fiumarola," or "river Mary," has been celebrated every year since with processions, prayer and song. This being Trastevere, however, food and wine abound as well.

The festivities began with a Mass at the Church of St. Agatha, the present home of the processional statue, while the original is kept in Santa Cecilia. It was celebrated by Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

After Mass, the statue was brought out before the church and the procession formed in the square. City standards, Trastevere flags and Carmelite banners were hoisted aloft. The local police band played as a huge wooden vine-wrapped cross rose high in the air and the archbishop, Carmelites and faithful took their places.

But the crowd was waiting for Mary. The Madonna of Carmel sails through the streets on a large wooden platform, crowned with an arched canopy. Sculpted wooden cherubs play at her feet and hover over her head. Reminiscent of the wood rafts of the rivermen who found the statue, it weighs about the same.

Traditionally the young men of Trastevere vie with one another for a chance to show off their physical prowess by carrying the heavy float. Each year, 16 "fusti"--hunks--are chosen to bear the Madonna on their shoulders.

As the young men lifted Mary into the air, the crowds broke into wild applause, crying, "Evviva Maria!" Hundreds followed the procession through the narrow streets of Trastevere, decorated for the occasion with banners hanging from windows and palm leaves forming archways.

Amid Marian hymns and prayers, the procession made its way to the historic churches of Trastevere, ending at St. Chrysogonus. There the Madonna rested in the church which had once been her home. At midnight, by music and candlelight, she returned to St. Agatha's.

The visit of the Madonna of Mount Carmel to the churches in the quarter reinforced the bond among the different parishes and orders of Trastevere, but also between neighborhoods or even countries. It may be the feast of the Noantri, but the "ourselves" extends to the world.

St. Mary Mayor to Celebrate the Miracle of the Snowfall
Vatican City, July 22, 2005 (VIS)

The Basilica of St. Mary Major will hold its traditional triduum from August 1 to 3 and two days of celebration on August 4 and 5, in commemoration of the miracle of the snowfall that occurred during the night of August 4-5 in the year 358 on the site where the basilica now stands.

According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to two faithful Roman Christians, the patrician John and his wife, as well as to Pope Liberius (352-366), asking that a church be built in her honor on the site where snow would fall on the night of August 4-5. Pope Liberius traced the outlines of the church in the snow and the first basilica was built on that site. It was completed about a century later by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), after the Council of Ephesus in 431 during which Mary was declared to be the Mother of God.

During the triduum, or three days of preparation for the feast, there will be a daily recitation of the Rosary and meditation on its mysteries. The author of the meditations is Fr. Gabriele Caranta, rector of the Shrine of St. Mary of the Gold in Terni, Italy. The Masses, one on each day of the triduum, will be celebrated by: Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, Archbishop Paolo Romeo, apostolic nuncio to Italy, and Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan, president emeritus of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

The feast of August 4 will begin with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by vespers presided by Cardinal Bernard Law, archpriest of the basilica, and Mass celebrated by Bishop Domenico Sigalini of Palestrina, Italy.

The morning of August 5 will open with the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, after which Cardinal Law will preside at the pontifical Mass. The afternoon's celebrations include the recitation of the Rosary, second vespers presided by Cardinal Law, and Mass celebrated by Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of Viterbo, Italy.

During the pontifical Mass and the second vespers, the traditional shower of flower petals will descend from the ceiling of the basilica to commemorate the August snowfall in 358.

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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.

Police Say 250,000 at Fatima Shrine
[Source: The Brockville Recorder and Times (Ontario), 5/13/2005]

Around 250,000 people gathered at the Roman Catholic shrine in Fatima late Thursday, police said, for an annual midnight mass at the site where three shepherd children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in 1917. Church officials said an estimated 30,000 people--a record number--arrived on foot at the shrine in Fatima, a farming town 110 kilometres north of Lisbon. Pilgrims from across Portugal often travel to Fatima on foot as a sign of penance. Police said they were surprised by the high number of visitors and had difficulty controlling the crowds. The outdoor mass was the first held since the death last month of Pope John Paul, who credited the Virgin of Fatima with saving his life after he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter's Square in 1981, and since the death in February of Sister Lucia, who was the last of the three shepherd children still alive.

Vandals Attack Statue in Abbey
[Source: The Gloucester Citizen, 5/31/2005]

The peaceful atmosphere of Prinknash Abbey has been shattered by an intruder who damaged a statue and daubed hate graffiti in the church. A 19th-Century statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus was attacked in the incident and anti-Catholic messages scrawled on literature in the foyer of the building, some time between 1 and 2pm on Sunday. Today members of the abbey community were shocked by the attack. "We were in the church until about that time," said Father Damian, a member of the Benedictine order at the Abbey, who discovered the damage. "The statue, of our lady the mother of God, was on a marble stand which has been damaged and her crown has also been damaged and her hand is also broken. "Initially we were shocked but we are very philosophical because these things are just material items and they only represent something which has another dimension altogether which is much more important." Abbot Francis Baird said the future placement of the statue would have to be considered. "It's a consideration whether we put another statue in there," he said. "But even if you have cameras in there then you have to have someone to watch them." And Father Damian agreed that the person who carried out the attack needed help. "I feel very sorry for the person and I don't feel any animosity towards them at all, but they should be stopped from doing it." The seven-and-a-half-foot tall wooden statue was itself a replacement for a 14th-Century icon which was stolen from the church several years ago.

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