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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.
We have also posted a new Marian poem, Galilean May.
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:
What a treat! Thanks so much for taking the time to prepare and maintain this site for us! I will direct all our parishioners to this site in late June. God bless your work!
"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.
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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.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 12-1 pm
The particular virtues our Founders promoted among Marianists, such as the "silences" and virtues for confronting obstacles, will be the focus of these two sessions. Participants will learn about ways we prepare for, are sustained in, and are changed by a call to "do whatever He tells us."
Sponsored by the Office of the Rector. Light luncheon provided. RSVP required: 229-2409.
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Benedict XVI Urges Imitation of Mary
Benedict XVI encouraged the faithful to give solace to the lonely and anxious, following the example of the Virgin Mary. At the end of today's general audience, the Pope invited young people to imitate Mary, "trusting always in her maternal intercession so that she will help you to take a ray of serenity where there is preoccupation and loneliness."
Addressing newlyweds, the Bishop of Rome wished that "the Holy Virgin accompany" them in their "family life so that you will be able to experience the joy that comes from reciprocal fidelity and always be witnesses of divine love." The Pope greeted the 5,000 Poles on hand. He spoke in Polish about the typical Marian activities held in their country during May.
Fatima Statue Due at Vatican to Mark a Fateful Day
A statue of Our Lady of Fatima will return to the Vatican this Saturday, 25 years after the attempt on Pope John Paul II's life. The statue will gather some 20,000 pilgrims, part of a program organized by the Roman Work of Pilgrimages, an institution of the Vicariate of Rome, an entity of the Holy See. It will mark the second such Pilgrims' Day. The event will recall the "indissoluble bond" between "Pope Karol Wojtyla and the Virgin Mary," explained the Roman Work of Pilgrimages in a communiqué sent to ZENIT. "John Paul II said: 'One hand pulled the trigger; another hand deflected the bullet.'" It added: "It is extraordinary that John Paul II wished to give one of the bullets fired by Ali Agca to the Virgin of Fatima and that that bullet would be perfectly set in the Virgin's crown, as if it had been designed for it."
The statue of Our Lady will arrive by helicopter on Saturday afternoon at Castel Sant'Angelo. From there, pilgrims led by Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay will receive the statue and carry it in procession on the Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter's Basilica. On crossing St. Peter's Square, the procession will pause at the spot where John Paul II shed his blood as he fell, victim of the assassination attempt. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Roman Work of Pilgrimages and the Pope's vicar for Rome, will then preside over Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Afterward, a celebration complete with fireworks will take place in St. Peter's Square in honor of John Paul II.
Scottish to Unveil Statue of John Paul II
A statue billed as the first in the United Kingdom commemorating Pope John Paul II will be unveiled at the Carfin Grotto in Scotland this Saturday. It will be blessed by Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell. He will be joined by Archbishop Szczepan Wesoly, the retired prelate for Polish émigrés, who will be the principal concelebrant. Father Marian Antoni Lekawa, representing the Polish community in Scotland, will also be on hand.
The statue was commissioned by the pastoral planning team of St. Francis Xavier's Parish, Carfin. Spokesman Tommy Hughes said that John Paul II's pontificate "had a global impact. He was especially significant to us because of his 1982 visit to Scotland."
Sculptor Tom Allan was commissioned to produce the image. Hughes stated: "To capture the essence of John Paul II was a very difficult commission but we feel Tom Allan has risen to the challenge."
The image will be blessed May 13, the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt on John Paul II. The date also coincides with monthly devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at Carfin.
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.
Sri Lanka Catholics Start Rosary
Lay Catholics are conducting a chain of rosaries for the first 15 days of May to pray for a peaceful solution to ethnic strife and the cessation of all violence in Sri Lanka.
Archbishop Oswald Gomis of Colombo prompted the initiative with a message to Catholics following a female suicide bomber's attempted assassination of the Sri Lankan army chief on April 25 in Colombo. Her attempt killed eight people and injured another 27, including the army chief.
The attack was blamed on ethnic Tamil rebels who fought for an independent homeland for the minority Tamil community from 1983 until they and the Sinhalese-led government signed a ceasefire in 2002. As many as 80,000 people were killed during the decades-long conflict.
Archbishop Gomis appealed to Catholics for prayers and great restraint in a front-page message in the April 30 issue of "Messenger," the country's English-language Catholic weekly, published in Colombo.
"It is by patience and fervent prayer that terrorism can be defeated," the archbishop wrote. "Sri Lanka is facing a critical and perilous situation poised between a crumbling peace agreement and the resumption of civil war."
Catholics responded to the prelate's plea for prayer by committing themselves to a "chain" of rosary recitations May 1-15. Families and friends are contacting each other to fix times to recite the rosary at home. They aim for Catholics somewhere on the island to be reciting the rosary at all times.
"The Blessed Virgin is our hope," Glenice Fernando, one many Church workers promoting the lay initiative, explained to UCA News. "We will keep spreading the word about the importance of reciting the chain of rosaries nonstop till (the situation) is positively resolved."
Jean Perera added that "the power of the rosary has always motivated our local Catholics, and now this belief has grown stronger in the face of violence, which is once again destroying this land."
In many Catholic homes in Sri Lanka, the rosary is recited every day. But extra rosaries now are being said at times that family members or friends agree among themselves. The main intention of the rosary recitations is a permanent, peaceful resolution to the ethnic strife.
Besides the rosary being recited by families, rosary groups also have been formed for the 15-day period. The groups involve Catholics living close to one another taking a statue of the Blessed Mother from one house to another each day for a 6.30 p.m. rosary prayer meeting.
"This 15-day pledge to the Blessed Mother is an act of faith by devotees who have motivated many others," Father Benedict Joseph told UCA News. "Their unbroken recitation of the rosary" is being conducted in homes rather than in churches, he added. "The Church fully supports the people's initiative for a special 15-day dedication to the Blessed Virgin for peace."
Fernando said the idea of a rosary chain stems from a tradition that attributes to the Blessed Mother's intercession a Christian victory over a superior Turkish fleet in the Battle of Lepanto on Oct. 7, 1571.
The Blessed Mother was invoked by Catholics praying the rosary. On that basis, Pope Pius V proclaimed Oct. 7 as Feast of Our Lady of Victory. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially renamed it the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
May also is also traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Mother, with the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima falling on May 13. The shepherd children to whom Mary appeared in Fatima, Portugal, during World War I relayed her desire for people to pray the rosary for world peace.
R. Silva told UCA News that he and other lay Catholics are praying "for all parties to put aside negative political objectives and temptations of violence, thus enabling them to take a common stand to spell out a positive solution to the ethnic issue."
The 2002 ceasefire between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam appears increasingly fragile due to mounting violence. Sri Lanka's military launched strikes on areas under the rebels' control in the north and east following the April 25 assassination attempt.
Tamils predominate in northern and much of eastern Sri Lanka. Sinhalese, who make up more than 70 percent of the population, are the majority elsewhere.
The month of May is a special time in the Philippines as the entire country celebrates Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), a month-long festival honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many towns commemorate Flores de Mayo with the community congregating in the afternoon at church to pray the rosary and offer flowers to the Blessed Mother. Considered the queen of Filipino festivals, Flores de Mayo is celebrated in Metro Manila, as well as myriad provinces throughout the 7,107-island archipelago.
The month-long Flores de Mayo festival culminates with the Santa Cruzan (Holy Cross) procession, a parade in honor of Reyna Helena (Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine) featuring beautiful young Filipino women dressed in theatrical costumes depicting biblical and historical figures. The Santa Cruzan is a reenactment of Reyna Helena's pilgrimage to find the Holy Cross.
The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is one of the Executive Departments of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, responsible for the promotion of travel to the Philippines, tourism investments, and enhancement and preservation of tourism products in the country. Field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco provide the following services free of charge on a selective basis: dissemination of tourism information, maps, brochures, posters; lending out of videos, CDs and other tourism-related materials; recommendations on places to visit; endorsement to relevant entities; and assistance to those traveling to the Philippines. These offices also engage in a number of promotional activities: presentations to travel organizations, travel trade shows, media inserts and joint marketing arrangements.
The Philippine Department of Tourism is headquartered in Manila, Philippines, with offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.wowphilippines.com.ph.
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