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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 of Prayer Books for Children. 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 posted an on-line version of our latest Marian Library Newsletter.

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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:

What a wonderful website it is!


Alumni Update

On Sunday, September 18, 2005, Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Director of The Marian Library, will celebrate fifty years in religious life with the Marianist Community.

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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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New Exhibit!

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute presents: The Song of Songs by Henry Setter which will include 78 illustrations of the Bible's Song of Songs.  For tours and information call 937-229-4214.

September 15 - October 31, 2005

Monday -Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Free Admission-Handicapped Accessible-Parking Available

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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Fall Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA

ESBVM-USA will hold its Fall meeting on Saturday, October 1 in Philadelphia, PA.  The meeting will be held a St. Mary's Church at the University of Pennsylvania, Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Information about speakers and directions to the meeting may be found on the ESBVM website:

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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Lipa expects thousands for Holy Name of Mary feast
Philippines, August 28, 2005

THOUSANDS of people are expected to join the national pilgrimage on Sept. 12 to the Carmelite monastery in Lipa, Batangas where the Virgin Mary was reported to have appeared to the young postulant Teresita Castillo in 1948.

On that day, feast of the Holy Name of Mary, pilgrims will attend the Concelebrated High Mass at 4:30 p.m. to be officiated by Ricardo Cardinal Vidal with Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Pampanga Archbishop Ponciano Aniceto and priests as co-celebrants. A vigil will be held the night before at the San Sebastian Cathedral.

The event marks the Eucharistic Marian Year. At 5 a.m., there will be a procession to the Carmelite Convent from the Lipa Cathedral. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 a.m. followed by a talk by Fr. Melvin Castro on the Lipa apparition.

Other speakers are Bishop Guillermo Afable on Marian apparitions and their implications, Archbishop Lagdameo on the Marian title, “Mediatrix of all Grace,” and Bishop Camilo Gregorio on Consecration to Mary.

At 3:45 p.m., Archbishop Lagdameo will lead the “Montfortian Consecration to Mary,” aired nationwide through Radio Maria and Radio Veritas.

Marinel Magalona, head of the Crusaders of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Oton, Iloilo; and Nieves Puyod of the Friends of Mary Mediatrix in Davao, are inviting parishes to unite in spirit for the Consecration to Our Lady Mediatrix of all Grace. Parishes can send a text message to 0920-9505053 or 0917-3384441; or call 033-3361459 for 18” x 24” photos of the Virgin.

Donations are needed for the printing and mailing of photographs. Text Fr. Melvin Castro at 0917-7940935 or deposit to his account at Metro Bank: Acct. No. 1023-102-285361.


Dr. Francisco Villanueva, Jr., in his book “Wonders of Lipa” written in 1949, recounts what happened on Sept. 12, 1948 through the testimony of then Mother Superior, Mary Cecilia of Jesus, to Msgr. Alfredo Verzosa, bishop of Lipa.

“On Sept. 12, Sunday, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, at about 5 p.m., a sister who was taking a walk in the garden suddenly remarked that a vine shook (attracting) her attention. She... heard a woman’s gentle voice that said, ‘Fear not, my child. Kiss the ground. Whatever I shall tell you to do, you must do. For 15 consecutive days come to visit me here in this spot. Eat some grass, my child.’ The sister did not see anyone, she only heard the voice.

“Next day... the sister returned to the place... knelt and recited the Hail Mary. She had reached the words ‘full of Grace’ when (the vine moved again) and... she saw a beautiful lady with her hands clasped on her breast, a golden rosary hanging on her right hand. She was stooping slightly, her dress was pure white, simple, held at the waist by a narrow cloth belt. Her feet were bare and resting on clouds, which were about two feet high from the ground. Her face of indescribable beauty was radiant. She was smiling. ‘Be faithful to come here, be it rain or sunshine,’ she said... Then the sister asked... ‘Beautiful lady, who are you?’ ‘I am thy mother, my little one.’ And having said this she vanished.”

On Sept. 16, 1948, she told Teresita she wanted her statue placed where she appeared. At the end of the 15 days, Our Lady said: “I am Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace.”

Although veneration of Our Lady Mediatrix of all Grace was permitted by Bishop Verzosa, the Philippine church hierarchy declared in 1951 that “there was no supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings including the shower of rose petals in Lipa.” Bishop Rufino Santos, who became apostolic administrator after Bishop Verzosa, ordered that 1) no petals be given to anyone by the Lipa Carmelite community; and 2) the statue of Our Lady of Mediatrix be withdrawn from public view.

But Mother Mary Cecilia never forgot. She asked her superior, Mother Mary Aimee, permission “to go” (to die) to hasten the cause of Our Lady and was told to go ahead. Within a few days, Heaven seemed to have accepted her proposition that, in exchange for her life, the cause of Our Lady would go forward.

In 1992, Msgr. Mariano Gaviola, archbishop of Lipa, granted permission to display again the image of the Mediatrix of all Grace. In 1993, he declared his personal conviction that the Lipa apparitions were worthy of belief.

Since then, pilgrims went to the Carmelite Monastery every year, especially on the first Saturday of the month when healing takes place after the 9 a.m. Mass.

Although there is no official recognition of the apparitions by the Philippine Church, Archbishop Arguelles has declared he always believed they were true when he was a seminarian, a priest and now an archbishop. He says: ”I always find solace, peace and strength praying before Our Lady’s image. I always entrust to her my mission and my problems. But I will never question the decision made by the official Church regarding the matter.”

Aug. 7 Address, Ahead of Cologne
"The Magi as Unique Models of People Seeking Christ"
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September 6, 2005

Here is the conclusion of the address Benedict XVI gave Aug. 7 when he prayed the midday Angelus with crowds gathered at the papal summer residence.

Thousands of young people are about to leave or have already set out for Cologne for the 20th World Youth Day, whose theme, as you know, is: "We have come to worship him" (Matthew 2:2). … Who can accompany us better on this demanding journey of holiness than Mary? Who can teach us to adore Christ better than she? May she help especially the new generations to recognize the true face of God in Christ and to worship, love and serve him with total dedication.

Aug. 14 Address on Example of Canaanite Woman
An Encouragement to Us Never to Lose Heart
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September 6, 2005

Here is the conclusion of the address Benedict XVI gave Aug. 14 when he prayed the midday Angelus with crowds gathered at the papal summer residence.

May Mary, Queen of Martyrs, whom we will contemplate tomorrow in her glorious assumption into heaven, watch over each one.

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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.

The Cup of Hope Runneth Over
[Source: The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), June 7, 2005]

LAST WEEK, Ray Quintanilla was in Puerto Rico, but his heart was in Madison, so the veteran journalist did something he had been intending to do for at least a couple of years.

Quintanilla, 43, who spent much of the past decade with the Chicago Tribune (including a stint embedded in Iraq), is now a San Juan-based reporter and columnist for the Orlando Sentinel.

Since taking the job in Puerto Rico, Quintanilla had been intending to visit and write about the little mountain village of Sabana Grande, where, legend has it, a miracle occurred more than half a century ago.

In April 1953, a boy named Juan Angel Collado had left his one-room schoolhouse in Sabana Grande to get water. Walking through a sugar cane field he came to a tiny stream, and it was near that stream, he said later, that the Virgin Mary appeared. The 8-year-old boy subsequently brought friends, and they, too, said they saw a vision of a woman in the air who then descended and said, "Don't be afraid. I'm the Virgin of the Rosary."

The legend has survived and is often mentioned when there are other sightings, like a recent one in a grilled cheese sandwich that eventually sold for thousands on eBay.

The temptation might be to dismiss the Sabana Grande miracle as quickly as most did the cheese sandwich, but in Puerto Rico and around the Caribbean, they are not so dismissive. "It is something that is talked about a great deal," Quintanilla was saying Monday.

He had been thinking about writing about it since getting his San Juan posting, but breaking news kept intervening. "It kind of went on the back burner," Quintanilla said.

Last week, he went to Sabana Grande.

In the last two weeks, the lives of Quintanilla and his family have been turned upside down. It was two weeks ago that Ray, his wife, Noelia, and three of their sons flew to the Midwest. The trip was planned around the graduation of their oldest son, Eric, from UW-Madison. Ray is originally from Rockford and has family there. It was decided on this visit that everyone in the family would have physical exams.

The exam of Ray and Noelia's youngest boy, Peter, age 9, showed an enlarged liver and spleen, and the doctor in Illinois suggested further tests at the University Hospital in Madison. Those tests brought the unthinkable: a diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease, a lymph node cancer.

Peter and his mother have been at University Hospital since last week, when Peter started chemotherapy treatments. The other boys are with relatives in Rockford. Ray flew back to San Juan, to attend to some business and family matters, including getting their dog out of the kennel. His newspaper bosses have told him to take whatever time he needs.

One day last week, confused and depressed, Ray Quintanilla decided to visit the shrine at Sabana Grande. "It seemed like a good time," he said.

What he found, he said, was "a tiny little place, very beautiful, very tranquil." There is a large statue of the Virgin Mary, perhaps 8 feet tall, and a small little access hole that's tapped into an underground stream. There were some two dozen people there when Quintanilla arrived. There were also wreaths and photos and thank you notes left by previous visitors.

Quintanilla, who calls himself a "trained skeptic," will almost certainly never see a holy image in a cheese sandwich. But in the beauty of the tiny village he thought he might find some spiritual guidance, if not answers to questions that are probably unanswerable anyway.

He was standing near the small access hole to the underground stream when a man approached. It was the shrine's caretaker. Quintanilla had seen him sweeping a small concrete area a moment before. The man dipped a paper cup into the water and said, "Take this. These waters are said to have healing powers."

Quintanilla drank from the cup.

Later, he would file one more column before flying back to the Midwest, where he will be for at least a while. Peter is tentatively scheduled to leave University Hospital today or Wednesday, and through friends the family has a house in Rockford where they can stay while Peter continues to get periodic treatment in Madison.

Quintanilla's column about Sabana Grande, in all probability his last for some time, ran Sunday in the Orlando Sentinel. It's a brave and poignant piece.

He wrote of the caretaker talking about the healing water, and of looking into the man's eyes, and what he saw when he did. In his eyes, Quintanilla saw hope.

"When those things we depend on fail us," he wrote, "there is always hope.

"The famous Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel captured it beautifully when he said: 'I have learned two lessons in my life: First, there are no sufficient literary, psychological or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.'

"I sip the water taken from the stream. Then quickly drink it all. And like others here, I fill another small container--only this is for my family at my ill son's bedside ...

"It's a 6-ounce bottle filled with hope."

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