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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 August 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 August.

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 Mary and the Eucharist in the Collection of Marian Masses.

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New Resources

A section on Children's Resources has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Learn to Pray with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Expect more sections to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was The Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI. 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.

We have added the following items: Multilingual Marian Bibliography (2000-2005); Marian Types of the Old Testament; and Art and the Catholic Parish Madonna Chapel.  We also expanded our list of the Prayers of John Paul II.

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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:

Thank you so much for answering my question about Mary in the Koran.  You have a great mission that is reflected in the content of your website.


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 " 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 concluded on July 29.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Our Lady of Ephesus Prayer Vigil for the Feast of Mary's Assumption

Will be held at 8 pm on Monday, August 15, 2005, at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio.  The Program, sponsored by the Schoenstatt Movement, will include Scripture, Homily, Rosary, Prayers and Hymns.  Bring a lawn chair.

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's First Angelus (Excerpt)
Castel Gandolfo, July 31, 2005 (AsiaNews)

Virgin Mother of the Redeemer, who in the month of August we remember in the Assumption to Heaven, watch over those who are preparing to participate in the World Youth Day. You, who always go before us in the pilgrimage of faith, guide especially youths who are in search of true good and authentic joy.

Conclusion of Address of Benedict XVI
Vatican City, July 10, 2005 (Zenit)

Here is a translation of the conclusion of the address Benedict XVI delivered from the window of his study, before praying the midday Angelus with some 40,000 tourists and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

A Sublime and perfect model of sanctity is Mary Most Holy, who lived in constant and profound communion with Christ. Let us invoke her intercession, together with that of St. Benedict, so that the Lord will multiply also in our time men and women who, through an enlightened faith, witnessed in life, will be in this new millennium salt of the earth and light of the world.

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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.

Vitello Tonnato a feast by itself
[Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), 6/12/2005]

Vitello Tonnato is a classic summer dish in Italy, a combination of braised veal sliced very thin, encased in a good-quality canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise. There are salty components added such as anchovies and capers to bring about a piquant and salty counterpoint to the richness of the mayonnaise and veal. It is traditionally served at the Ferragosto Dinner, which is held Aug. 15 to celebrate the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

My first experience with Vitello Tonnato was in the early '70s. I was given as a Christmas present the book "Great Italian Cooking" by Luigi Carnacina, a veritable dictionary of classic Italian cuisine. I devoured the book cover to cover as one might read a Hemingway novel, conjuring up experiences that were to come as I was "in my mind" cooking each dish. I finally got to the point of hands-on cooking, which was a bit less gratifying than "mind cooking" where no mistakes happen.

One of the first dishes I tried was Vitello Tonnato. It was a revelation of seemingly disparate ingredients integrated into a wonderful culinary experience. The recipe I'm using today is a departure from the classic, but retains its flavors and balance. Use a good-quality veal (I use Strauss veal loins) and cook it medium-rare, cool and slice very thin, like a carpaccio, and lightly dress with the tuna mayonnaise to let the flavor of the veal shine. A garnish of olives, capers and pepperoncini add the requisite touch of brininess along with a wisp of heat. Don't wait for the Assumption to try this dish, as I'm "assuming" you'll want to try it more than one day a year.

Vitello Tonnato: 12 ounces trimmed veal loin or round Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon capers, drained 12 Sicilian pitted green olives, cut in half lengthwise and each half cut into 3 wedges 4 pepperoncini, drained, tops cut off, seeds removed and cut into very thin rings Tonnato mayonnaise (see recipe) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a small, ovenproof saute pan over medium heat. Season veal with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to pan and, when it is hot, add veal and brown on all sides about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place in oven for 5 to 8 minutes for medium-rare or until desired doneness. Remove veal from pan and place on rack to cool. When cool, you can refrigerate overnight. When veal is cold, slice into very thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick. Divide slices among four plates, season lightly with freshly ground black pepper, drizzle tonnato mayonnaise over or place beside veal and garnish veal with capers, olives and pepperoncini. Makes 4 appetizer servings.

Tonnato mayonnaise: 1 egg yolk from pasteurized egg cup good-quality canned tuna fish (drain but reserve some liquid to use later) 2 anchovy filets, lightly rinsed 1 small clove garlic, sliced thin and rinsed under warm water 1 teaspoon brined capers (drained with liquid reserved) 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley 1 cup olive oil (divided) Juice of half a lemon 2 tablespoons liquid from tuna fish 1 teaspoon juice from capers Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste Water to thin if needed Place egg yolk, tuna, anchovies, garlic, capers and parsley in a food processor and process 35 to 40 seconds. With machine running, very slowly add cup oil to form an emulsion. Add lemon juice, liquid from tuna and caper juice and process 10 seconds. Slowly add remaining oil with machine running and season to taste with pepper and salt. Thin with water if mayonnaise is too thick. It should be the consistency of a medium salad dressing. Reserve cold.

Sanford "Sandy" D'Amato, chef/co-owner of Sanford Restaurant, 1547 N. Jackson St., and Coquette Cafe, 316 N. Milwaukee St., is a James Beard Award winner. For more information, visit

The Death of Satire
[Source: Ottawa Citizen, 6/12/2005]

Janice Kennedy tries to trivialize the message conveyed in the animated cartoon in which Pope Benedict XVI gives a Nazi salute to a statue of Virgin Mary ("The death of satire," Citizen's Weekly, June 5). She writes: "Like it or not, 'Nazi' has become culturally synonymous with tyranny in all kinds of arenas ... " Well, I do not know about Kennedy, but to millions of Canadians, Nazism is synonymous with racism, Holocaust, death camps, and gas chambers. And this is the context in which the "artist" placed the cartoons of the pope and Virgin Mary. Kennedy finds this association smart and accurate. I find it despicable.

Tadeusz Drwiega, Kanata

I admire the Virgin's sacrifice, says Cherie
[Source: The Daily Telegraph (London), 6/6/2005]

CHERIE Blair--successful career woman and political wife--still holds the Virgin Mary in the highest esteem, even though she admits it might seem contradictory. In a highly personal exposition of her life as a Roman Catholic, the Prime Minister's wife says that, although she is a feminist, "I have an enduring soft spot for the Virgin Mary." She added: "I passionately believe there is no more important role in life than motherhood. I admire her self-sacrifice, her ability to accept God's will and her trust in Him."

However, Mrs. Blair admits she has doubts about the Church's position on the role of women, and says she chose to study law to annoy the nuns at the convent where she was educated. Mrs. Blair, who was brought up a Catholic in Liverpool, writes in an essay for the new book Why I Am Still A Catholic, edited by Peter Stanford: "I had become quite rebellious towards the end of my time at convent school. The nuns seemed to believe there was a limit on how far we should go in our careers. "So I chose law--as much, I suspect, to annoy the nuns as anything. They were also deeply unhappy about my choice of university. They saw the London School of Economics as a den of iniquity."

Writing under her maiden name of Booth, she added: "Women still do not get due respect in the Church which is why, in the opinion of many people, it gets some things wrong like its teaching on contraception." As her husband rose to become Prime Minister, her Catholicism became "much more public" than she ever expected. But she added: "It never occurred to me to hide it. It is, after all, what I am." Writing of her life as part of the Church community before moving to Downing Street, Mrs. Blair said: "I look back on our time in a parish in north London as among the happiest in our family life, and I look forward to getting back to that one day in the future."

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