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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 September 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 September.

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 Alphonsus of Ligouri on Mary and the Eucharist.

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New Resources

A section on Children's Resources has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was a bibliography on Mary's Life. Expect more sections 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.

We have updated our page on The Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI and also posted the list of last year's Donors.

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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:

Your web page is really informative.  I like it.


Alumni Update

Dr. Gloria Falcao-Dodd, an IMRI graduate, is currently teaching "Church Doctrine."  She plans to teach "Church History" this Spring.  Her essay, "The Nuptial Meaning of the Body in the Marriage of Mary and Joseph" was published by Marian Press in The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body.  For more information on the book call 1-800-462-7426 or click into

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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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Two New 8"x10" Polish Madonna Prints Now On 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.  

Two new Polish Madonna prints are now available at The Marian Library.  Each picture measures 7.5"x9" on a sheet of 80# 8"x10" paper. The two pictures now available are:

So Human

Christmas Carol

So Human: Mary is depicted as a little girl.  It is based upon a Polish poem in which St. Ann, in a conversation with the saints in heaven, reminisces about her little daughter, Mary, who loved to gather flowers and frolic with the animals.

Christmas Carol: In this Christmas manger scene, compassionate animals draw close to Baby Jesus and warm him with their breath, while angels worship in the background.

These prints are $3 each.  To order, follow the ordering instructions for the original nine Polish Madonna prints [see below].

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.

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:

1-11 prints: $5
12-22 prints: $10
23-33 prints: $15

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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Last Chance to see Current Exhibit!

You have until September 8 to see The Marian Library's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit at the Roesch Library.  Each of the 50 oil paintings in the exhibit is based upon a Polish poem about Mary.  In every painting, Mary is accompanied by trees, plants, flowers, animals, or insects, reflecting her role as the New Eve who lives in harmony with nature.

People have traveled from Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Missouri, and California just to see these paintings; so why not come see them yourself?

The exhibit is free and is located on the first and seventh floor galleries of the Roesch Library.  The exhibit is open weekdays 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The weekend of Aug. 20-21 it is open noon until 4 pm.  The weekend of Aug. 27-28 it is open 10 am to 5 pm.  It is closed on Labor Day.  Prints and screensavers featuring the Polish Madonna pictures are for sale in The Marian Library on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library.

Call 229-4254 or 229-4214 for further information.  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 Fall 2005 semester begin on October 10.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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XV International Mariological Symposium

Will be held at at the Marianum in Rome from October 4-7, 2005.  The theme will be: "The Theological Category of Compassion: Presence and Impact on Present Thinking about Mary of Nazareth."  For more information email

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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Rosary Program Giving Work to 50 Families
London, September 1, 2005

A campaign to sell rosaries in Great Britain, launched earlier this year by a charity, has already given work to fifty Christian families in the Holy Land.  The group, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), started the campaign after hearing about hundreds of families being forced to live in one-room quarters without electricity, because their businesses had all but dried up given the renewed conflict in the Holy Land.  Now, with orders for thousands of rosaries coming in, there is enough work to provide for up to fifty families.

Program organizer Victor Tabash said: "What has been happening now is almost unbelievable.  The orders coming from ACN are giving us much more work than we have had recently."  In just seven months, ACN has sold 4,500 olive-wood rosaries in Britain.  Now the charity's Canadian office has placed an order for 2,000; and interest in the products has come from Australia, Portugal and Brazil, which is keen to retail Holy Land cribs.  The Bethlehem olive-wood workers scored a coup when ACN bought 30,000 rosaries for people attending World Youth Day in Germany.

Ukraine Seminary a "Mantle of Our Lady"
Lviv, Ukraine, August 29, 2005

Thousands of faithful took part in the inauguration of the Greek-Catholic Seminary of the Holy Spirit, in Lviv.  Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, called the seminary "a gift from God" for the country's reviving martyr-Church.  Together with 19 bishops, including Church leaders from Australia, Brazil, France and the United States, as well as some fifty priests, the cardinal concelebrated a solemn Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, according to the Eastern liturgical calendar.  In his homily, Cardinal Husar said that this seminary "is not just a building" but a "mantle of Our Lady, under whose protection a new generation of priests will be led into the third millennium."  The new seminary is the largest in Ukraine, with 226 men preparing for the priesthood.  The charity Aid to the Church in Need has contributed more than 4 million euros for their formation.

You and I for them-A Covenant of Love for the Youth of the World

With this motto, approximately 2,000 young people from all over the world gathered from August 8-11, 2005 for a Festival of Youth in Schoenstatt.  The center and summit of their encounter was the solemn entrustment of the youth of the whole world, especially those attending WYD, to Mary in a covenant of love.  This took place on August 11.  In his homily, Archbishop Zollitsch emphasized:

"In his message for World Youth Day in 2003, the initiator of World Youth Day, the late Holy Father Pope John Paul II, invited us to turn to Mary, to enter into her school and to learn from her.  Those who meet her sense the very essence of goodness and greatness.  Those who look to her experience, her image purifies and encourages.  The attachment to Mary, the covenant with her, transforms us.  We see reflected in her heart all that is most beautiful in ourselves.  On the way with her, with our hand in hers, we become more and more like her.  When we let Mary inspire and lead us, the world becomes more filled with light--and warmth ...

"You and I for them!--we come to Our Lady, call her our own, entrust ourselves to her, and seal the covenant of love with her.  We do it not only for ourselves.  "You and I for them!"--we do it not only for ourselves; we do it for them, for the youth of the world.

We want to let the youth of the world participate in what we have been given, in what we have discovered and allowed to inspire our life.  We do it on behalf of the youth of the world--as their representatives--and draw them into the covenant of love with Mary, our Mother and Queen.  We want to draw them into the life-stream which we have discovered for ourselves and which has become a blessing in our life.  We combine it with the wish spoken to our Blessed Mother--and we tell her we are ready to help--that the Church and world, that the coming era will be more and more shaped by a covenantal unity of youth, of the different generations in the Church and between the peoples and cultures.

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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.

Musical is a Dream Fulfilled

The Wonders of His Love, an enchanting musical written and directed by David Burke, had five successful performances at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Alpharetta, Georgia last Spring.  The story, featuring 21 original songs, is a spiritual blend of comedy, drama, and emotion about the Virgin Mary who appears before seven Catholic high school choir members and tells them that God has sent her to bring them to heaven for a brief visit to receive a special message from Him.  Those who attended the show raved about it, and many people saw it twice!  The play benefited the parish to the tune of $5,000, of which $1,000 was donated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, in accordance with the wishes of the pastor, Father Joe Corbett.  The promotional artwork appears at the immediate right.

The original song, Hail Mary, with the following lyrics, is sung to Mary by the children just before she appears to them:

Verse 1
Mary, mother of our God, will you pray to Jesus, our Lord and our king.
We have heard his sacred words and with love we pray them to you as we sing.
Holy maiden queen, you magnify the love we have for Jesus when we pray.
O sanctissima regina coeli, laetare. (Oh most virtuous queen of heaven, be joyful)

Hail Mary, O great immaculate mother, please pray that we will forever worship together the sacred glory of your Son.
You were chosen by God to bring us a savior, our Lord, the almighty Jesus,
sent here to lead us through all the wonders of His love.

Verse 2
Mary, you have prayed for us.  Now we kneel before you in honor and praise.
Through your faith and holiness, we are blessed by Jesus on this glorious day.
Lifted by your grace, we stand beside your Son, our holy prince of peace and love.
Mater adspice.  Dona nobis pacem, Maria (Mother, care for us.  Give us peace, Mary.)
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