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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 April 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 April.

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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.

We have updated our material on Marian and Related Links and also on Marian Shrines.

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Exhibit

UD’s Marian Library presents The Passion in Wood and Straw from April 1 - May 12, 2006.

Crosses carved from wood in the Lithuanian folk art tradition and images of Christ "painted" with appliquéd straw in Polish folk art style are on exhibit through May 12 in the Marian Library Gallery on the University of Dayton campus.

Traditional Lithuanian designs and symbols are incorporated in the crosses crafted by Daytonian George Mikalauskas, who has been working with wood for more than 50 years. His early crosses were created for wayside shrines, many of them in Lithuania.

Now his crosses represent themes of hope, love, peace and forgiveness. Two of them recall his visits to the cities of Neringa and Palenga on the Baltic Sea.

Mikalauskas’ crosses of oak, walnut, butternut, cherry, coffee wood and linden wood are intended for home use and some of them will be available for purchase.

Pieces of straw and a razor blade take the place of paint and brush in the hands of Marian Paskowicz, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, who began creating straw art at the age of sixteen. Using paintings of famous artists as his guides, Paskowicz has created scenes of the Crucifixion, the Flagellation of Christ and the Pieta in addition to images of the Madonna and Child.

"Many persons in Poland do straw painting," says the artist, who came to this country in 1960, "but in the U.S. it is rare only because artistic persons never have been exposed to it and never have thought of straw as a real or true art medium."

The exhibit includes 45 carved wooden crosses and 17 straw paintings.  Click here to view the virtual exhibit.

Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special arrangements for other times can be made by calling 229-4254. 

Creches are also on display in our museum.  Patrons with RealPlayer may also view a streaming video showing the sets which were on display during the 2005 Christmas season.

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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 concluded on March 24.  The course schedule for the Summer semester is now available!

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ESBVM-USA Spring Meeting: A Concert of Marian Music Representing Different Faith Traditions

The ESBVM-USA will host a unique program on May 13, 2006 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, in Washington, D.C., from 4:00 to 5:10 pm.  Everyone is welcome. The program is free.  The concert will be held in the Crypt Church.  Choral presentations will be presented by selected members of the Shrine Choir.

ESBVM-USA hopes you will come and bring friends and members from your academic institution or church community.  The Basilica can be reached by Metro (subway) at the Brookland-Catholic University Station, on the Red Line.  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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Lisbon has consecrated itself to Our Lady of Fatima
Lisbon Portugal, March 16, 2006

The image of the Virgin of the Little Chapel of Apparitions was brought to Lisbon where, on the 12th of November [2005], the city was consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima.  The act of consecration, after a candlelight procession with the image, was one of several initiatives within the religious program of the International Congress for the New Evangelization, which took place in the Portuguese capital from Nov. 5th to the 13th.  The precious crown, which was donated by Portuguese women and, in which is embedded the bullet donated by John Paul II, was worn by the image.

John Paul II, the Fatima Pope
Book Sees Telltale Signs in His life
Rome, April 6, 2006

A new book on John Paul II, by Italian journalist Renzo Allegri, looks at a Marian angle of his life. "Il papa di Fatima" (The Fatima Pope) was recently published in Italy by Mondadori.

Allegri's research reveals that Karol Wojtyla's life and pontificate seem to have been inscribed in a divine plan that makes of John Paul II that "bishop clothed in white" mentioned in the third part of the secret of Fatima. The Pope himself became aware of that possibility after the 1981 attempt on his life. ...

John Paul II interpreted this scientifically inexplicable fact as if a mysterious hand--Mary's maternal hand--had diverted the bullet's path, preventing the shot from being fatal.

In the third part of the secret, revealed to the three little shepherds in 1917 and made public in May 2000, mention is made of the persecutions that the Church would suffer in the 20th century. Also mentioned is a mysterious attack against a man "clothed in white" who "will fall to the ground as though dead from gunshots."

For this and other reasons reconstructed by the author, Fatima and the attack become central episodes for understanding John Paul II's life, especially his devotion to Mary and the role of the Pope as a decisive figure in the fall of the Communist regimes. Allegri reconstructs Karol Wojtyla's path of life and deciphers the apparent signs of predestination from his childhood, including three years before he was born, in that third secret. The author presents a relationship between historical events and supernatural plans. One of the key moments of the book is Russia's consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, carried out by John Paul II in 1984, as requested by Mary in 1929. The text relates this fact with the unforeseen fall of the Communist regimes. The book states that John Paul II, after he realized that he was the man mentioned in the message of Fatima, was determined to visit all Marian shrines and renew in each of them the rite of consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart.

According to Allegri, to achieve this objective John Paul II challenged the forces of evil and because of this, more than once his vocation ran the risk of being truncated. At least four times, Karol Wojtyla suffered serious accidents from which he was "miraculously" saved, Allegri contends.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who had been John Paul II's longtime secretary, wrote to the author in connection with the book's thesis: "You have a good intuition in regard to the nexus that unites the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the attack on John Paul II, and especially the third secret, which continues to be a mystery of Divine Mercy." Archbishop Mario Rizzi of Bagnoregio, a former apostolic nuncio, wrote to Allegri: "I think I can say that your book on John Paul II is, to my knowledge, the most beautiful and sincere.

"It is a well-documented book, with unknown details, which reveals a Pope-theologian who has as possible competitors Leo and Gregory the Great. In addition to the theological dimension, an enchanting and captivating human dimension emerges."

Pope's Address at Vigil Recalling John Paul II's Death
"He Gave Suffering Dignity and Value"
Vatican City, April 3, 2006

Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Sunday night from the window of his study, to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray the rosary on the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death.

May John Paul II help us from heaven to continue on our journey, being docile disciples of Jesus, in order to be, as he himself was fond of saying to young people, "watchmen of the dawn" at the beginning of this third Christian millennium. For this reason, we invoke Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, for whom he always had a tender devotion.

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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.

Tomb Raiders
[Source: Daily News (New York, March 31, 2006]

Shameless Mexican drug dealers smuggled tons of cocaine into the country stashed inside tombstones--and even inside a statue of the Virgin Mary, authorities said yesterday.

"Like grave-robbers--who have no respect for the dead--this drug organization used revered tombstones to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into New York City," said John Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York office.

The sacrilegious Mexican traffickers were nailed after an 18-month cross-country investigation, officials said.

The New York angle began to emerge last May when the NYPD, the DEA and Nassau County narcotics cops tailed a dealer running drugs between Houston, Washington Heights and Atlanta.

That lead eventually brought cops and feds to a Brooklyn warehouse stacked with drug-filled tombstones.

The tombstones had traveled from Mexico through Laredo, Tex., and up to New York--borne by unsuspecting FedEx deliverers.

Operation Omni Presence led to 11 indictments issued by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, officials said yesterday.

The tombstones are just the latest way international drug traffickers sneak their wares into the country.

Colombian dope dealers were busted last month for the cruel scam of slicing open Labrador puppies to stash packets of liquid heroin inside their bodies, then stitching them back up.

Virgin Mary film
[Source: The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), March 24, 2006]

For Mike Rich, Christmas came early this year. The bard of Beaverton, with five films already silver-screened, got word his latest screenplay is being fast-tracked, so we can all pack the movieplex come December.

"The Nativity" tells the tale of two years in the life of Mary, the virgin who gave birth to a boy who went on to cause a bit of a commotion.

Rich, tracked down Tuesday deep in Hollywood, came up for air long enough to chat.

Q: Mary often has been seen as a pre-menopausal madcap whose biological clock was loudly ticking. You took a different approach?

A: We took what is generally acknowledged to be the more historically accurate approach. She was a teenager when she walked 110 miles to Bethlehem.

Q: So, Keisha Castle-Hughes?

A: Her performance in "Whale Rider" showed vulnerability, strength, devotion, faith. She acted without saying a word. The youngest person ever nominated for a best-actress Academy Award, she's still just 15.

Q: And Joseph?

A: There's no historical record. He could have been 90.

Q: So it's Jack Nicholson?

A: We're still looking.

Q: Herod: Good cop or bad cop?

A: Bad cop. You could seriously write a movie on King Herod, a complicated man, a complicated ruler.

Q: The wise men: Greek chorus, or comic relief?

A: The Magi were an interesting group, classic fish out of water. When they headed west toward Judea . . . think an ayatollah showing up in Nebraska.

Q: And the shepherds?

A: There were no bit parts.

Q: Catherine Hardwicke directs?

A: She works so well with young actors: "The Lords of Dogtown," "Thirteen." And it was important to us to have a woman's perspective.

Q: You wrote this one on spec. Was that scary?

A: It was really invigorating. "Finding Forrester" was spec. The others (assigned stories) have been really rewarding, but on some level you're fitting with their vision. I'm back to the roots that I felt in 1998.

Q: When will shooting start?

A: May 1 in Morocco. Release date is Dec. 1.

Q: Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide. Can you match Mel?

A: We're just very glad that that his film was able to break down the walls. I certainly hope families will come.

Q: Mel wrote his movie in Aramaic. Did you learn any Latin in high school in Enterprise?

A: None in Wallowa County. We're probably not going to go wall-to-wall Aramaic, but we do want to honor the authenticity of the story with echoes of the language.

Q: You sound pretty excited.

A: This one, I'm really feeling excited about.

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