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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.
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 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.
"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.
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:
Attendance open to all. You need not be a member to register.
For attendees residing at the Weber Center:
Room and Board Package:
Single w/priv. bath ($60 per day) $180.00
Double w/priv. bath ($40 per day each) $120
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
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: lapagedemarie.org; lapaginademaria.org; marypage.org; themarypage.org; marypage.udayton.edu; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site, www.udayton.edu/mary, remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net 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.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Summer 2006 semester will commence on June 19. The course schedule for the Summer semester is now available.
Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 4 pm
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
A Concert of Marian Music from Varied Christian Traditions
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.
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!
Pope Hails Mary as Mother and Teacher
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
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
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.
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.
Virgin Mary Film-Oregonized
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
Madonna Statue on Local Tour
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
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.
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