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Mary in the
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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 June 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 June.

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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 East Germany.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted the following new items:  six Marian poems by Father Kilian McDonnell; and Have People Studied the Images Reported in the eyes of the Portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe?  We also updated the following pages: The Holy Spirit and Mary; Chaminade and Art; Summer Time With Mary; and Is there an "Our Lady of America" in Ohio?

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Dr. Virginia Kimball, graduate of ML/IMRI and former President of the MSA, will speak at the annual meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society in America on "Can the 'All-Holiness' of the Theotokos be considered Theosis?"

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Current 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.  Click here for a virtual exhibit.

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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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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San Francisco International Marian Conference
Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2

The theme of the conference will be "Mary at the Foot of the Cross."  For more information click into

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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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After Mass in Krakow's Blonie Park
"Do Not Let Yourselves Fall Victim to This World's Illusions"
Krakow, Poland, May 28, 2006

Conclusion of the address Benedict XVI gave today before reciting the midday Regina Caeli.

... May Mary intercede for you and obtain for you all the graces that you need.

New Portuguese Blessed Put Kids First
Mother Rita Beloved of Jesus (1848-1913)
Viseu, Portugal, May 29, 2006

Cardinal Saraiva Martins highlighted the new blessed's Marian devotion, "with her particular predilection for the rosary," which anticipated in a certain way all that would come with the "message of Our Lady to the three little shepherds of Fatima," just four years after the woman religious' death.

Holy Father Appeals for Peace in East Timor
Vatican City, May 31, 2006

Benedict XVI publicly appealed for peace in the Asian nation of East Timor.

The Holy Father invited the 35,000 people in St. Peter's Square to "pray to the Blessed Virgin so that she will sustain with her maternal protection the efforts of all those who are contributing to the pacification of spirits and the return to normality."

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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.

Unseen Da Vinci works to go on show
[Source: BBC News, October 15, 2005]

Two previously unseen paintings by Leonardo da Vinci have gone on public display for the first time in Italy.  One is an alternative version of Da Vinci's famous painting known as Virgin of the Rocks, with the infant Jesus and the infant John the Baptist.

The Virgin of the Rocks, painted with Giampietrino between 1495 and 1497, has two other versions--one kept at the Louvre in Paris, and the other in London's National Gallery.

The latest version was found three years ago in a private Swiss collection, along with the semi-naked portrait of Mary Magdalene.

Growing Home Again
[Source: Better Homes and Gardens, June, 2006]

An award-winning inner-city garden in the demanding climate of the Arizona desert honors the owners' Southwestern heritage.

"The shrine and flowers are the heart of the garden," says Laurie Amado.  The old tea kettle that now hosts a blooming kalanchoe was dug out from a fire pit at the family ranch.  "It reminds us to look for beauty in simple things," she says.


Barrio (neighborhood) gardens are traditional in Mexican-American neighborhoods throughout the Southwest.  These small walled gardens, which can be traced to city gardens in Spanish Colonial Mexico and small courtyards in Spain, are located behind the house and have limited access; entrance often is only through the home.

[N.B. The article includes pictures of the garden with a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe center stage.]

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