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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 March 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 March.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Meditating on the Passion of Our Lord With Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Mary and Inter-religious Dialog has also been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was The Virgin Mary in the Koran.  Expect more sections 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:

You have an incredible website. The depth of intelligence and research is quite extraordinary. Well Done.

MSA Conference

The 57th Annual Meeting of The Mariological Society of America will be held at Weber Center in Adrian, Michigan, May 16-19, 2006.  This year's theme is Theotokos: Mother of All People.  The program is as follows:

TUESDAY, May 16, 2006

1:30 p.m. Meeting of the Administrative Council


5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. "The Divine Motherhood: Recent Studies"
Father Christopher O'Donnell, O.Carm. Terenure College, Dublin, Ireland
Moderator: Dr. Virginia Kimball

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2006


7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer and Eucharist
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Announcements

9:15 a.m. "The Divine Maternity in Scripture and Tradition"
Father Thomas Buffer, S.T.D. Pontifical College Josephinum
Moderator: Father John Phalen, C.S.C.

10:45 a.m. "Virgin Mother of Christ--Mary, the Church, the Faithful Soul"
Dr. Deyanira Flores Montes de Oca, Costa Rica
Moderator: Father Frank Leo


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. "Mythological Readings of Mary's Motherhood"
Dr. Catherine O'Brien Kingstown University, U.K.
Moderator: Sister Jean Frisk

3:00 p.m. "The Black Madonna: History and Contemporary Interpretations"
Michael Duricy S.T.L. and Vincenzina Krymow Dayton, Ohio

5:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. "Survey of Recent Mariology, 2006"
Father Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. Nokomis, Florida

"Works in Progress" (TBA)

9:00 p.m. Marian Devotion/Evening Prayer

Thursday, May 18, 2006


7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer and Eucharist (followed by breakfast)

9:30 a.m. "Benedict XVI's Mariology and the Ecclesiotypical Tradition"
Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. Dayton, Ohio
Moderator: Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.

10:45 a.m. "Mother of the Church: An Examination of the 1964 Declaration"
Gloria Dodd Fort Wayne, Indiana
Moderator: Father Francois Rossier, S.M.


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:3 p.m. "Motherhood Today and the Motherhood of Mary"
Dr. Virginia Kimball MSA President, Merrimack College
Moderator: Sister Mary Catherine Nolan, O.P.

2:45 p.m. Business Meeting and Elections


5:00 p.m. Dinner
Festive reception and Presentation of MSA Awards

8:30 p.m. Marian Devotion/Evening Prayer

Friday, May 19, 2006


7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer and Eucharist (followed by Breakfast)

Note: Some attendees may wish to spend this "free" morning enjoying the Weber Center grounds or visiting various local sites

1:00 p.m. Departure from Weber Center

General Information

Attendance open to all. You need not be a member to register.

For attendees residing at the Weber Center:
MSA Registration Fee (3-day pkg.) $30.00

Room and Board Package:
Lodging and 9 meals--Wed. Dinner (5-6 p.m.) to Friday Lunch (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Single w/priv. bath ($60 per day) $180.00
Double w/priv. bath ($40 per day each) $120

For Commuters:
MSA Registration: $10.00 a day

Lunch $6.50
Dinner $8.50

Meals must be "reserved" on the Registration Form.

Early arrivals? Late departures?--Contact the MSA Secretariat at 937-229-4294 for information about possibilities, rates.

Payment may be made now or at the time of the meeting. Make check or money order payable to the Mariological Society of America. Note: No refunds possible after May 12, 2006

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Additional 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.

Also, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has added the Gallery section of The Mary Page to the Exhibits section of their on-line museum, the Plethoreum.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2006 semester will conclude on March 24.  The course schedule for the Summer semester is now available!

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Come celebrate with us ... The Feast of the Annunciation

All events are at the University of Dayton on Saturday, March 25, 2006

10:00 am Holy Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation in the Immaculate Conception Chapel
Most Reverend Carl K Moeddel, Presider and Homilist

11:30 am Lunch
Bring your own or join us at Kennedy Union Cafeteria

12:00 pm Pray the Angelus
Honoring Our Lady for her "yes" to God

12:30 pm Annunciation Symposium in Sears Recital Hall with presentations by:
Rev Thomas Eutenauer, Ph.D., President of Human Life International; and
Rev Johann Roten, S.T.D., Director of The International Marian Research Institute

2:30 pm "I Want to SEE Jesus" in the Immaculate Conception Chapel
A dramatic prayer experience written and directed by Lora Robinson and performed by UD students.

For more information contact Kristie by phone at 937-279-5433 or email at

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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Church, Presence of Christ Among Men
Vatican City, March 15, 2006

Excerpt of Benedict XVI’s address at the general audience. It marked the start of a new cycle of catecheses on the relationship between Christ and the Church.

"After Mary, the pure reflection of the light of Christ, the apostles, through their word and testimony, hand on to us the truth of Christ. Their mission is not isolated. It is framed within the mystery of communion and involves all of God's People and is brought about in stages from the old to the new covenant."

Bring the World the Joyful News of Christ
Vatican City, March 11, 2006

This morning, the Pope and the Roman Curia concluded their spiritual exercises, which … were held in the Vatican's "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel.

... What the preacher did, the Pope said, was to guide us "on a Marian journey, a journey that calls us to become part of the Word of God, to place our lives within the Word of God and so allow our being to be permeated by this Word, that we may then become witnesses to the living Word of Christ Himself in our time."

Announcing the Gospel is the Main Service of Christians
Vatican City, March 11, 2006

The Pope received participants in an international congress being held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vatican Council II Decree "Ad gentes." ... Benedict XVI concluded his address saying:  "With the contribution of all Christians the announcement of the Gospel will surely become more widely-understood and effective. May Mary, the Star of evangelization, give help and support to those who, in so many regions of the world, work on the outlying frontiers of the mission."

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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.

Baltimore Basilica to Reopen
[Source: AP (Baltimore, Maryland), March 15, 2006]

Worshipers and tourists might be impressed when they step inside the nation's oldest Catholic cathedral following its $32 million restoration. But one aspect may overwhelm them: the light.

The Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore will reopen Nov. 4, the nonprofit agency in charge of the restoration announced Wednesday. The reopening concludes on-schedule a project intended to mark the cathedral's 200th anniversary by returning it to the purity of the original design of 19th Century architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

WJZ'S Kathryn Brown spoke to members of the Basilica trust. "You know at a time when sacred mosques are being destroyed by explosions and riots are engulfing basilicas in distant lands, this Cathedral deserved to be preserved and protected," said Michael Ruck.

Latrobe--who also designed the U.S. Capitol--didn't want a dark interior, research has shown. So, the heavy stained-glass windows, installed in the 1940s, are gone, as is the paint known as "battleship gray." In their place are translucent windows and a seductive cream color on the walls.

The result is airy and alive, calling attention to the elegance and innovation of Latrobe's architecture.

"There are some that like the very dark worship experience, and that's what this was, and we certainly respect that," said Mark Potter, executive director of the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust. "But certainly this is the more attractive look for the building, from all accounts."

Potter spoke as he stood under the cathedral's brilliantly illuminated, 69-foot rotunda during a tour Friday for The Associated Press.  Construction equipment banged and buzzed in the background as dozens of men performed last minute tasks such as installing air-conditioning vents in the floor, beneath where the new pews will be. But the major, wall-busting work is largely complete.

The basilica, which sits on a hill in the Mount Vernon neighborhood just north of downtown is frequently overlooked by tourists beguiled by the charms of the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. It was the highest point in the city when the land was acquired in 1803 by John Carroll, the nation's first Catholic bishop. The historic trust hopes the restoration will call attention to the building's historical and architectural significance.

Baltimore was the nation's only Catholic diocese when the cornerstone for what was then called the Baltimore Cathedral was laid in 1806. It was completed in 1821. In 1937, Pope Pius XI designated it a basilica, an honor given to churches with antiquity, dignity, historical importance or significance as a place of worship. The cathedral was renamed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"It's almost a lost masterpiece of American architecture," said Charles Brownell, an art history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of two volumes on Latrobe's architectural drawings.

Latrobe began working on the Capitol under President Jefferson, the start of a lengthy collaboration between the two giants of early American architecture. The two were in frequent communication and made suggestions to each other. Echoes of the basilica can be seen in Jefferson's masterpiece, the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and vice versa, Brownell said.

"These two great domed buildings, that both were conceived or perfected in the late eighteen-hundreds, one in Charlottesville, the other in Baltimore, I think of them as kind of a salt-and-pepper set," he said. "They have a special relationship to each other."

Jefferson's love for skylights influenced Latrobe, who gave the basilica a unique double-dome design, with a skylight beneath the outer dome, that allows diffuse light to pool down into the nave, its source unseen. The skylight had been covered up and abandoned in the 1940s because of leaks and other problems.

"The idea, basically, is for there to be a glow hovering high over the head of the spectator, and it's way beyond where you can reach, and you don't fully understand where it's coming from," Brownell said. "It creates a very solemn effect."

The cathedral's neoclassical design links it to the Capitol, making its symbolic value all the more potent to Catholics, whose faith was suppressed under British rule, said Michael Ruck, chairman of the board of the Basilica Historic Trust.

"Just as the Capitol in Washington, D.C. stands as the symbol of the political freedom that we have, this building stands as a symbol of the religious freedom that everyone had been promised under our Constitution and the Bill of Rights," Ruck said.

The restoration will emphasize the basilica's importance to U.S. Catholics. For the first time, people will be able to walk around the altar and descend new staircases leading to the crypt beneath it, which holds the remains of Carroll along with Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop Martin Spalding and Archbishop Michael Curley.

"This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most historic Catholic crypt in the United States," Potter said. "We're very happy to finally be able to give some access to this area."

Near the crypt will be a small, devotional chapel fashioned from the part of the church known as the undercroft, a moody space with inverted brick archways. The space was meant to be used, but the Baltimore masons botched Latrobe's plans and built the floor too high, Potter said. Some historic graffiti remains on the walls of the new chapel, including the signature of a mason named Francis Gildea, who scratched his name into the wet cement in July 1863, just after the Battle of Gettysburg.

"Francis Gildea is the tangible link to all the many expert craftsmen whose beautiful work on this restoration will inspire and be admired for centuries to come," Potter said at Wednesday's announcement of the reopening.

The restoration also brings modern conveniences to a building that sorely needed it: central heating and air conditioning, new and bigger restrooms and an elevator. The improved basilica will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Potter said.

There are "no more restrictions for anyone that wants to come in here," Potter said. "One of the things that was high on our priority list was to make the experience a comfortable one."

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