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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 May 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 May.

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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 posted material on Our Lady at Fatima.

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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:

The rosary material on your site really made me proud to be a U.D. grad.  Thank you for maintaining it.


Upcoming Exhibit

"Madonnas of the Morning Calm," an exhibit of thirty sacred images by Korean artist, O-Sek Bang, will run from May 15 through September 15 at the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  To view the display outside of normal operating hours, call 937-229-4254.  For more information click into Campus Report.

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 sites 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 Summer 2006 semester will commence on June 19.  The course schedule for the Summer semester is now available.

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Spring Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA
Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 4 pm


Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-1566
In the Crypt Church


A Concert of Marian Music from Varied Christian Traditions
Performed by Musicians & Members of the Basilica Choir
Directed by Dr. Peter Latona, Basilica Music Director
Choral and solo selections
"A sampling of Christianity's traditions spanning 2,000 years."
Held in the Crypt Church, Lower Level of the Basilica
4-5 pm
Admission is free.

Sponsored by the ESBVM-USA in conjunction with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

For more information call 202-526-8300 or click into the ESBVMUS web site.

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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Prayer Corner Requests

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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Pope Hails Mary as Mother and Teacher
Calls May a Time to Rediscover Her Role
Vatican City, April 30, 2006

Benedict XVI proposes May to be a time to rediscover the role of the Virgin Mary in Christian life. After Christ's resurrection, when the apostles gathered with her, Mary was for them both "mother and teacher, a role she continues to carry out for Christians of all times," the Pope said today before praying the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.

"Every year, during Eastertide, we live this experience more intensely and, perhaps, precisely for this reason, popular tradition has consecrated the month of May, which normally falls between Easter and Pentecost, to Mary," the Holy Father said.

The Bishop of Rome invited the faithful to rediscover in the coming month "the maternal role she carries out in our lives, so that we may always be docile disciples and courageous witnesses of the risen Lord."

Benedict XVI entrusted to Mary "the needs of the Church and of the world, especially at this moment marked by not a few shadows."

The Pope invited those present to invoke the intercession of St. Joseph, whom the Church will remember on Monday as worker, especially for the labor world.

The Holy Father will begin the month of May by praying the rosary Monday afternoon at the Shrine of Divine Love, near Rome.

Pope Prays for a Warless World
Rome, May 1, 2006

Benedict XVI visited the Shrine of Divine Love on the outskirts of Rome. The Pope flew by helicopter from the Vatican to the shrine today, the first day of the month traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the praying of the rosary.

Marianum's Contribution to Church
Interview with the Rector, Father Silvano Maggiani

Rome, April 28, 2006

The pontifical faculty Marianum is the only one in Rome dedicated to Mariology--studies on Mary. In this interview with ZENIT, Servant of Mary Father Silvano Maggiani, rector of the faculty, explains the institution's theological contribution to the Church. Father Maggiani is also president of the Association of Italian Professors of Liturgy, consultor of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, and expert of the of the Italian episcopal conference's office of liturgical celebrations.

Q: The Marianum faculty is a unique institution in the world. What pleases you most about this pontifical faculty?

Father Maggiani: I am very pleased to say that there is great appreciation and recognition of the Marianum by the whole Church. Suffice it to think that not only in the jubilee year were the rites and prayers of the opening of the Holy Door worked on at the Marianum, but also those for the Marian year 1987-1988, and for numerous celebrations presided over by the Holy Father, among them the rites of the funeral of the Pope John Paul II and the conclave.

Father Ignacio Calabuig, may he rest in peace, was president of the Marianum for 12 years; together with other professors, he made a singular contribution to the Church, with the writing of numerous documents of the magisterium, for example Paul VI's apostolic exhortation "Marialis Cultus," and he collaborated in the formulation of some liturgical books after the Second Vatican Council.

Q: Which important personalities have been formed in the Marianum?

Father Maggiani: The faculty has influenced the formation of the laity, men and women religious, and presbyters. Some of them have the responsibility to teach Mariology in numerous faculties of theology, in addition to being directors of some important Marian shrines.

Q: In connection with the Chair "Woman and Christianity," instituted in your center, what relationship does the faculty see between Mary and women?

Father Maggiani: In Vatican Council II's "Lumen Gentium," Mary is situated in an organic way within the mystery of Christ and of the Church; the conciliar document is the basis of the doctrinal and theological renewal of the study of Mariology.

Mary is the object of the merciful love of God that, made fruitful by the Spirit, makes her the mother of his Son, Jesus. Mary can enlighten every believer, and in particular woman as woman. From this perspective is born the Chair "Woman and Christianity," which has as its object the in-depth examination and dissemination of woman, in Christian cultures and in the history of the Church, with particular attention to the problems of women today.

The majority of the professors of the Chair are women. In this context, Mary of Nazareth is considered as woman, as person, as woman of faith and, as woman, she responds to the fidelity of God; as our sister on the journey of faith, her role is to encourage women of every culture.

Q: Is there a special concern for the woman, handmaid of Mary?

Father Maggiani: The Marianum has always been concerned about women, especially for the woman handmaid of Mary; in fact, from this concern was born the Religious Sciences course in the year 1968, whose objective was to give a fundamental theological formation to women religious, to those who serve in the kitchen, in day-care centers, in hospitals, etc.

The faculty's concern for the education of women is strong and prevailing. Today the experience of "Religious Sciences" continues with the education especially of women religious, lay women and lay men, in the majority of cases from houses of formation or parishes.

Q: Is this reality of the Marianum lived only in Italy, or is it spread around the world?

Father Maggiani: In the United States, at the University of Dayton, Ohio, there is a Mariology institute incorporated academically to the Marianum, and in the name of the faculty offers courses for a licentiate and doctorate specializing in Mariology.

In Mexico there is a Mariology center with two locations: Mexico City and Guadalajara, with friars formed in the faculty in Rome who are now teaching on their own. The presence in Mexico is increasingly important for the order; in Mexico they have a very important interlocutor, who is Our Lady of Guadalupe. In fact, Mexican bishops take into consideration the formation of the Servants, and they ask for our support and help to speak of Mary in a theological way.

The faculty also collaborates with the Mariology center in the diocese of Oviedo, Spain, at the shrine of Covadonga, and in the Mariological center of the Servants of Mary in India, and with the Santa Maria di Monte Berico Higher Institute of Religious Science, in Venice, Italy.

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Virgin Mary Film-Oregonized
[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.

Madonna Statue on Local Tour
[Source: The Boston Globe, March 23, 2006]

With her eyes closed and hands clasped in her Lawrence bedroom, Elizabeth Veloso prayed to the Virgin Mary last week as she has every week for the past 25 years.

She prayed for protection for her family, for comfort, warmth, and good health. On her bureau with her lips slightly pursed and eyes downcast, a 2-foot statue of Our Lady of Fatima stands in silent vigil, as if praying along with her.

"She's the first thing I see when I walk into the room," Veloso said of the statue. "And she is the last thing I see when I leave."

This week, Veloso, along with thousands of other area devotees of the Virgin Mary, will have a chance to venerate the Madonna when a well-traveled replica of Our Lady of Fatima arrives in North Billerica tomorrow night and begins a 17-day tour of local churches.

The 4-foot statue, which is a likeness of a vision reportedly seen by three children in Portugal 90 years ago, has been circling the globe for 60 years. Organizers are hoping to draw several thousand visitors from the Merrimack Valley area. Their goal: to rekindle a sense of hope and peace they believe the statue engenders and that the clergy sexual abuse scandal has diminished.

"It's like being hugged," Veloso said of the feeling she gets when she prays to Mary. "Like being swept up in a warm embrace."

The statue, which has been to every continent except Antarctica, was last in the area in 1995. The visions on which she was modeled began on May 13, 1917, in the small town of Fatima, Portugal. There, her devotees believe that during a succession of six visits she spoke to three children and told them to spread a message of peace, repentance, and daily prayer.

After the sightings, Fatima became an enormously popular pilgrimage sight, particularly for Catholics. The statue that will be in the area tomorrow was carved from mahogany in 1947 from the description of one of the seers, who went on to become a Carmelite nun. The statue has been on the road, drawing crowds nonstop, ever since.

Carl Malburg, a former lumberjack who has shepherded the statue around the world for the last 13 years, will arrive with it strapped into the passenger seat of his white minivan the one bearing the license plate Fatima1. Arriving along with her a reputation for the mystical and miraculous. There are stories of the statue crying, cancer patients being healed, and alcoholics and drug addicts finding sobriety after visiting the statue and praying for the Virgin Mary's help.

Then there was the day the Madonna answered a cell-phone in Indiana five years ago. Two children twice called their father, who was praying to Mary in front of the statue in a church. Since he was in a church, he switched the phone off. It rang anyway. He switched it off again. When he got home, his children asked him who answered his phone. He told them no one.

"They said, 'But a lady answered the phone,' " Malburg said. "She told them everything was going to be all right."

"We don't investigate these claims," said Malburg, who added that he collects donations at the sites to cover his travel expenses and a modest stipend. "But what I can tell you is that people come here feeling confused or hurt and then leave with a feeling of peace. It happens all the time."

That a statue memorializing a 90-year-old vision still attracts crowds, prompts tears, and inspires such devotion is part of a phenomenon that has prompted some observers to call this the Age of Mary.

At one point in the 1990s, 60 people in the United States said they were having regular visits by Mary, said professor Timothy Matovina, the director of the Cushwa Center for the study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. Since 1950, there have been twice as many reports of apparitions than in the past 300 years.

Among them: In 1992, thousands of people flocked to the home of a man in Marlboro Township, N.J., after he said that the Virgin Mary visited him on the first Sunday of each month. During Christmas 1996, nearly a half-million people traveled to an office building in Clearwater, Fla., where people believed there was a two-story, rainbow-colored image of the Virgin Mary. And for years, thousands of pilgrims have gathered at a farm in Conyers, Ga., to hear a retired nurse speak what many believed was a channeled message from Mary.

In Milton three years ago, thousands of Mary devotees flocked to a hospital parking lot to pray in front of a second-story window that appeared to many to be the Madonna holding a baby Jesus. The image remains and visitors are still coming.

It was not always this way. Mary is mentioned only two dozen times in the New Testament. She is mentioned more often in the Koran, Matovina said. Only in the book of Luke is she hailed as "full of grace" and only the Apostle John places her at the Crucifixion.

But that very paucity of information has made her a ready mirror onto which cultures have projected different characteristics through the ages.

Mary's role in popular culture began to expand in the fifth century when she was formally declared the mother of God and began to absorb the attributes of a wide range of pagan goddesses of life and fertility. In the Middle Ages, as the perception of Jesus became increasingly stern and judgmental, the Madonna became the compassionate face of the church.

By the 19th century, the Roman Catholic Church moved to proclaim that Mary was born without original sin, broadening the rift between Catholics and Protestants and casting Mary as a symbol of papal arrogance. It's at that point she also became increasingly identified with Catholicism.

As humanity's bloodiest century dawned, Mary became the merciful and maternal counterpoint to the harsh realities of war and poverty. The horrors of World War I and the persecution of Portuguese priests set the stage for the vision in Fatima.

The sightings there took place over six months, according to the church. Mary showed herself to the three children as a beautiful lady in white holding a rosary made of pearls. As the story goes, the visions ended with the sun dancing in the sky above 70,000 people, an event the church decreed as "worthy of belief."

Because part of Mary's prophecies in Fatima was to warn about the danger of evil spreading from the Soviet Union, the Lady of Fatima became identified with the West's fight against Communism. The statue enjoyed its greatest popularity through the height of the Cold War.

More recently, she has been reclaimed by Catholic feminist theologians who, a half-century ago, saw Mary as subservient but have since come to see her as life-affirming and empowered, said professor Thomas Groom, director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College.

Today, Malburg estimates he is on the road with the statue about 250 days a year and it draws about a half-million people. Malburg fields requests for the statue from around the world and arranges its travel schedule. Some of the requests come in through the website,

Our Lady of Fatima holds a particularly dear place in the Portuguese community. Indeed, the idea to bring the statue to this area was hatched by John Hunt, a Portuguese-American from Billerica who came up with the idea while he was on a pilgrimage last year to Lourdes, France, another site to which pilgrims go to venerate Mary.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims walking with candles at night and Hunt, well aware of the pain that the closing of churches in the Boston Archdiocese was causing, decided he wanted to bring some of the joy to this area.

"Why not here?" he said.

Eight months later, she is set to arrive.

"No matter what, we want people to know the church is still here for you," Veloso said. "No matter what, the church is here and will always be here."

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