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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 October 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 October.

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 Louis de Montfort 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 Children Who Love Jesus and Mary. 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 Peru.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted material on a Coptic icon of Our Lady as Star of the Sea.

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  News from the Marian Library

Polish Madonna Notecards Are Back!

Due to popular demand, The Marian Library at the University of Dayton is once again offering the Polish Madonna notecards for a very limited time. There are seven cards and envelopes in each pack, and each card features a different Madonna by Polish artist Wislawa Kwiatkowska. The cards measure 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" and the packs are shrink-wrapped. The back of each card gives the picture title and its description and the web site of the online version of the Polish Madonna exhibit so the people you give the cards to can go online and see all the beautiful Polish Madonnas for themselves. The pictures included in the notecards are featured below.








The cards are $5.00 per pack, and the shipping and handling charges per order are as follows:

1 pack            =   $2 First Class Mail
2 packs     =   $3 First Class Mail
3 packs        =   $5 Priority Mail
4-6 packs     =   $6 Priority Mail
7-9 packs     =   $8 Priority Mail
10-12 packs    =   $9 Priority Mail

To order the cards, specify in a letter the number of packs you want and enclose a check or money order made out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:

The Marian Library
Attention: Notecards
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

We will NOT be accepting telephone orders, but if you have any questions, call The Marian Library at 937-229-4214.

For information on Polish Madonna prints available click into

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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Current Exhibit

"The Song of Songs Illustrated," Henry C. Setter's illustrations of this Biblical book now on display in The Marian Library Gallery through October 31, 2005.  The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For tours and information call 937-229-4214.  Click here for a virtual exhibit.

Setter, a Cincinnati native and former U.D. Professor, has taught art for 42 years and still works as a professional artist.  He has received numerous art commissions in the United States and Europe, and his watercolors, mosaics and sculptures are displayed in both private and public collections.  His woodblock prints and sculptures have received awards in juried exhibitions throughout the United States.

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 started on October 10!  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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Underground Bishop Peter Chang Dies
Spent 24 Years in Prison for Loyalty to Pope
Stamford, Connecticut, October 12, 2005

Bishop Peter Chang Bai Ren, the underground Catholic prelate of Hanyang in Hubei province, died of heart ailments, a U.S.-based watchdog group said. He was 90. According to the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation, the bishop recalled in his writings in 1997:

"When I took charge of the diocese of Hanyang on Jan. 16, 1953, [] I solemnly offered my diocese to the Immaculate Heart [of Mary] and asked her to grant us two favors: 1) that our diocese be exempted from the pestilence of religious reformation against the Pope in Rome, and 2) that I, the weakest of all men, be not a Judas. "Forty-five years of severe persecution has passed since we offered our diocese to the Immaculate Heart. The facts proved that the Immaculate Heart has kindly granted us the two favors we had asked."

Film Planned on Rwanda Pilgrim-Site
Rome, October 6, 2005

Kibeho isn't a well-known place, but it is Africa's only pilgrim-site where Church-approved Marian apparitions have taken place.

"It may be compared with Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima," said Christine du Coudray, head of Aid to the Church in Need's Africa department, upon her return today from a visit to Rwanda.

She explained: "Our Lady of Sorrows appeared here from 1981 to 1983 and the visionaries, now in their 40s, are still alive."

According to du Coudray, Aid to the Church in Need is supporting a film project about Kibeho and the apparitions. "The film will be a gift to the suffering Church in Rwanda where, still today, violence is a part of everyday life," she said."

Protestant Author Asks: Is the Reformation Over?
Mark Noll on Catholics and Evangelicals' Improving Relationship
Wheaton, Illinois, October 5, 2005

From antagonists following the Reformation to allies in recent years, Catholics and evangelical Protestants are forming new bonds and identifying points of common Christian affirmation.

So says Mark Noll, the McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, senior adviser to the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, and co-author of "Is The Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment Of Contemporary Roman Catholicism" (Baker Publishing Group) with Carolyn Nystrom. An excerpt from the interview with Zenit news follows:

Q: What is the general feeling of evangelicals toward Mary? Are they warming to her? What obstacles remain?

Noll: Mary remains a sticking point for a number of reasons. With our strong focus on Christ as the only redeemer of sinners, we evangelicals are nervous about any talk concerning Mary that makes her sound like a savior.

Practically speaking, what I think most Catholics consider devotion to Mary is perceived by evangelicals as worship of Mary.

In addition, evangelicals by and large do not grasp what is spelled out about Mary pretty clearly in documents such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Mary stands as first among the faithful in the Bride of Christ.

That is, the centrality of Mary in the Church and the identification of the Church with Christ are Catholic convictions that most evangelicals do not understand. Such issues are very sensitive because they combine refined doctrine and popular practice.

On such issues, some progress has probably been made through the efforts of Catholic leaders to spell out carefully what Catholic tradition really does and does not affirm about Mary.

Evangelicals who take the time to study such careful statements come away reassured, as least somewhat, about Catholic practice, but attitudes toward Mary remain a major difference between the two traditions.

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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.

Our Lady Statue is Coming to Naperville
[Source: Chicago Daily Herald, August 4, 2005]

A three-story sculpture of the Blessed Mother will be on display from Sunday through Aug. 21 at Naperville's Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church near downtown.

Artists throughout history have attempted to portray the beauty, grace and love of the Virgin Mary in religious art. She often is portrayed by the manger with her baby Jesus or grieving at the crucifixion.

Delaware artist Charles Cooper Parks, however, tried to capture the religious figure's reverence and faith that inspires many who view "Our Lady of the New Millennium."

Kathy Durow is an organizer preparing for the statue's arrival at the church.

How did Ss. Peter and Paul arrange to bring this statue here?

The committee feels having the statue of "Our Lady of the New Millennium" is the prompting of the Blessed Mother. Cynthia Lynn was at a retreat with the woman who owns the statue and it came up that Naperville has never had the statue, so Cynthia got us initially in contact. We felt our parish right in downtown Naperville would be easily accessible.

What is the statue's history?

Carl Demma of Oak Lawn, together with his wife, Frances, commissioned the statue. He sold his business to have the statue created. He shipped it to St. Louis in January 1999 to have visiting Pope John Paul II bless it.

Why would anyone take the time and energy to do this if it wasn't for the fact he loved the mother of Christ? Since then it has been touring the dioceses of Chicago and Joliet and in the general area. The statue is 33 feet tall and is the largest portable statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

What makes it portable?

She arrives on a flatbed truck and, through special hydraulics, is lifted and locked into a standing position.

What is the statue made of?

The statue is made of ribbons of stainless steel welded together and polished. It remains shiny and will not rust. Inside the statue there is a soft light source giving her a little more dimension.

What makes the statue special?

Catholics are familiar with statues of the Blessed Mother in their churches and homes because many have a special devotion to her. But they've seldom seen one of this impressive size. This one is breathtaking.

What religious services are planned during the time the statue is at the parish?

We will have the rosary recited every day at noon and 6 p.m. The rosary is a traditional series of prayers.

Every day, one of the 12 ministries in the parish will take charge and they will lead the two rosary services that day. We will also have an evening Mass Aug. 17 led by our pastor, the Rev. Jim Nowak, at 7:30 p.m. inside the church with a full choir, followed by a Eucharistic candlelight procession with the Knights of Columbus out to the statue.

Have you gotten any feedback from other parishes about what kind of crowds to expect?

Naperville is a very large town with six Catholic parishes, in addition to surrounding areas. So we really can't compare to other places.

Is there a way people can petition for prayers at the site?

We will have a petition prayer book there where people can write in their prayer requests.

Were there any unexpected details that surprised you in planning this event?

I cannot emphasize enough that, without Father Nowak's support and Toni Pietrowski and Cynthia Lynn, this would not have happened. There has been sizable planning, but if anything surprised us it would be the amazing ease at which it all fell into place.

Where can people get more information?

We hope to have literature explaining the Marian devotion Catholics have to the Blessed Mother. People also can go to to find out more about the statue.

Likeness of Virgin Mary Touring Maine
[Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine), August 6, 2005]

The International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima has returned to Maine after a 14-year absence.

Thousands flocked to see the "weeping Madonna" when it toured the state in August 1991.

On Tuesday, the 4-foot statue carved from wood began a three-week tour of 17 Roman Catholic parishes, a shrine and a healing center at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

The statue will stop in Brewer, Skowhegan, Pittsfield, Old Town, Sherman Mills, Howland and Ellsworth before heading to southern Maine again.

It is known as the "weeping Madonna" because believers have reported seeing the statue shed tears on at least 30 occasions.

When she heard the statue was coming to Maine, Linda Hardy, 51, of Hancock arranged to have it visit her parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Hardy said that seeing the statue 14 years ago was a spiritual experience.

"It's such a beautiful piece of art," she said. "There's also a spiritual impact when you have an opportunity to see the statue. It affects everyone in different ways.

"We believe as Catholics that the mother of Jesus is a powerful intercessor," Hardy said. "We ask her to pray for us like we would ask a friend to pray for us. Seeing the statue fostered a stronger devotion to the mother of Jesus as an intercessor for me."

The likeness of the Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared to three youngsters once a month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. It asked them to spread a message of peace, repentance and daily prayer. One of the children became a Carmelite nun and took the name Sister Lucia. She died in February at the age of 97.

The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim. It was based on the description of Sister Lucia, one of the young seers. Over the past 58 years, the statue has circled the globe many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China.

The statue never travels alone. It is chaperoned by Carl Malburg, 64, who works for the Minster, Ind.,-based Pilgrim Virgin Committee, which coordinates its globe-trotting and raises money to support the program. A retired lumberjack, Malburg has accompanied the statue to more than 25 countries and has visited every continent except Antarctica.

Although the statue gets its own seat when it flies, it will travel through Maine inside a blue case lined with protective material in Malburg's white minivan, which sports an Indiana license plate that reads: FATIMA1.

Malburg will give lectures and distribute information about the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at every stop, Hardy said.


Aug. 6 St. Peter & Paul Lewiston

Aug. 7 Our Lady of the Rosary Sabattus

Aug. 8 St. Rose de Lima Jay

Aug. 9 St. Ambrose Richmond

Aug. 10 Holy Spirit Waterville

Aug. 11 St. Joseph's Brewer

Aug. 12 Notre Dame de Lourdes Skowhegan

Aug. 13 St. Agnes Pittsfield

Aug. 14 Holy Family Old Town

Aug. 15 Lifesong Healing Center Sherman Mills

Aug. 16 St. Leo the Great Howland

Aug. 17-18 St. Joseph's Ellsworth

Aug. 19 St. Denis Whitefield

Aug. 20 St. Patrick's Newcastle

Aug. 21 St. John the Baptist Brunswick

Aug. 22 Holy Cross South Portland

Calais Parish Readying to Rebuild
[Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine), August 6, 2005]

Their first priority after a July fire destroyed the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church was to dig a statue of the Virgin Mary out of the rubble that surrounded it.

"She was hoisted out by a crane and she is being stored ... in a safe place," the Rev. Frank Morin, the parish priest, said Friday.

Now that the Virgin Mary has been safely stored away, parishioners are ready to tackle the future, including rebuilding.

In July, a bolt of lightning struck the church, and although the roof collapsed overhead, the statue of the Virgin Mary escaped damage. The rest of the church was not that lucky. It is a burned-out shell.

Morin said Friday that the Parish Council had met this week and plans to form a finance committee. "The finance committee would be formed with input from key people in the parish and from that committee we would set up the building committee," he said.

Morin lost most of his personal belongings in the late-night fire. He said smoke and water damaged his collection of books, while photographs he had collected over the years burned. He also lost his clothes. "I did find most of my personal records. There's still one little box, one of those fire alert boxes; it has to be under the debris somewhere," he said.

Morin said parishioners are talking about rebuilding. "The diocese will assist us with where we want to go," he said. "We are in the process now of concluding the set-up of the financial settlement with the insurance company."

Although rebuilding is on everyone's lips, where to build is the subject of rumors. Among the chitchat on the street is a plan to combine the Calais and Baileyville Catholic churches into one and build somewhere between the two communities. Morin chuckled and said he'd heard the same rumor. "I told people Sunday at Mass, ... 'Listen to all the rumors,' I said. 'Spread them,' I said, 'Enjoy them.' The shuffle will work itself out. I said, 'Don't feel guilty about sharing rumors,'" he said.

The priest said there would be a salvage operation before the building is demolished. "I and some other key people will go in with [whoever] gets the contract, and it will be local, and we will point out things that need to be taken out first before the demolishing of everything," he said. "It looks like the whole site will be demolished. There will be no saving of walls. That seems to be the most probable conclusion, but we haven't got anything official yet. But I am getting messages from the dioceses that that looks like the way we all are going to go. It's an insurance company decision."

A severe thunderstorm with bolts of lightning that lit up Calais Avenue and shook the ground is being blamed for the fire that destroyed the church.

The same bolt of lightning also damaged the St. Croix Masonic Hall less than a block away.

The church, located at Calais Avenue and Washington Street, was 18 years old and had about 500 members. It was built in 1987 across the street from the old church, completed in 1893.

Neighbors notified the Calais Fire Department shortly after it was discovered. It was too late. The fire was fast, hot and devastating, claiming the church, the nearby rectory and most of their contents--except for a statue of the Virgin Mary.

In the church entryway, its hands clasped in prayer, the statue stood in a ray of sunshine the morning after the July 23 fire. The roof had collapsed around it, setting up a protective barrier from the unforgiving fire.

Church records dating back to the 1800s, before the parish was organized in 1864, were saved. The records include dates of births, deaths, baptisms, marriages and the service of priests. The records are used by church archivists to tell the history of the parish and the community, and by genealogists.

Immaculate Conception, its parish hall and rectory were insured for $1.6 million, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Catholics Angered Over Gunplay on First Day of Saint Anne's Novena
[Source: The New York Sun, July 18, 2005]

It was the first of nine consecutive days of prayer to St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, when Kevin Davey, 25, allegedly blew the head off of a statue of the saint and shot two police officers attempting to investigate the incident. Police did not release any information about the man's motive, but said he had a history of mental illness.

The drama that unfolded in front of Saints Joachim and Anne Catholic Church on Hollis Avenue in Queens angered Catholics in the city.

"It's sacrilegious," Maria Ayala, who spoke to The New York Sun on her way to another Queens church last night, said. "It's a personal attack on my faith, the Catholic faith." Ms. Ayala said she personally petitions St. Anne, considered by the Catholic faith to be the patron saint of pregnancy and grandparents. "I went to her to intercede for me to her grandson Jesus--my petition of bearing children one day," Ms. Ayala said.

A member of Saints Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Jose Quinones, said he was offended by the beheading of the statue in front of the church, of which he is a longtime member. "We are hurt," Mr. Quinones said. "We feel somewhat like somebody crashed our cocoon, our little community."

The Reverend Ernest Falardeau, the assistant pastor at St. Jean Baptiste Church at 184 E. 76th St. in Manhattan, said he was disturbed when he learned of the incident. "That is unconscionable," he said. "That is quite simply an insult to people that have a strong spiritual attachment" to the statue. The act, he said, is "an attack on religion itself."

St. Jean Baptiste Church is home to a special shrine, relic, and statue of St. Anne. For every day of the nine-day prayer period, called a novena, the church is holding two special devotion times. The novena culminates in the Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim (who is considered by Catholics to be Anne's husband) on July 26.

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