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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 July 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 a Call for Papers for next year's annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America.  We have also updated the following pages: The Hail Mary in Various Languages; and The Cherry Tree Carol.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Alejandro Caadas, a member of the Mary Page Advisory Board, plans to attend our Marian Symposium in July with his wife, Cynthia, and their new son, Santiago (born on June 11).  Alejandro is scheduled to speak on Spanish-language Marian web sites.

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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.

Three of these prints may be purchased for $5 each at The Marian Library: Christ the King of Korea; Holy Mother and the Child of Korea; and Mother of Virgins, Mother of Love.  Click here for a virtual exhibit of the entire display.

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 commenced 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

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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Itinerary of Pope's Apostolic Trip to Valencia, Spain
Vatican City, June 12, 2006

Made public today was the itinerary of Benedict XVI's forthcoming apostolic trip to Valencia for the Fifth World Meeting of Families, due to be held in that Spanish city on July 8 and 9.

The Holy Father will depart from Rome's Fiumicino airport at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, whence a two-hour flight will take him to Manises airport in Valencia. Following the welcome ceremony, he will visit the cathedral of Valencia and the basilica of the "Virgen de los Desamparados," After praying the Angelus in the "Plaza de la Virgen," he will address some words of greeting to those present. He will then go on foot to the archbishop's palace where he will have lunch.

At 5.15 p.m., the Pope will pay a courtesy visit to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in the palace of the "Generalitat de Valencia." Thereafter, he will return to the archbishop's palace to meet with Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, prime minister of Spain.

At 8.30 p.m., the Pope will travel by pope-mobile to Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences where, at 9.00 p.m., a festive meeting is due to take place marking the closure of the Fifth World Meeting of Families. On this occasion, the Pope is due to deliver an address. After the meeting, he will return to the archbishop's palace where he will spend the night.

At 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, Pope Benedict will preside at a Eucharistic con-celebration in the City of Arts and Sciences, and then pray the Angelus. At 12.30 p.m., he will travel by car to the airport of Manises where, following the departure ceremony, he will board his plane for Rome. He is due to arrive at Rome's Ciampino airport at 3.30 p.m.

Pope Compares the Family to Holy Trinity
Describes Both as Communities of Love
Vatican City, June 11, 2006

The family is called to reflect the "community of love and life" of the Trinity, says Benedict XVI. ...

To "be able to progress in love and make our lives songs of praise" to the Trinity, Benedict XVI invited pilgrims to have confidence in the help of the Virgin Mary--"masterpiece of the Most Holy Trinity among all creatures"--in whose "humble heart full of faith in God, he prepared a worthy dwelling for himself, to fulfill his mystery of salvation."

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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.

Boycott Threat at School Over Catholic Icons
[Source: The Hrerald (Glascow), April 7, 2006]

Parents have threatened to withdraw their children from a primary school on Scotland's first joint campus because of a row over crucifixes and a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They claim the communal area in the shared non-denominational and Catholic school contains religious iconography and are threatening a boycott.

The controversial Caldercruix campus in the Monklands area of Lanarkshire, which incorporates Glengowan Primary School and St Mary's Primary School, was opened in January despite a legal challenge from the Catholic Church.

Some parents of non-Catholic children are threatening to withdraw them from school because crucifixes and the statue are kept in the communal foyer.

They have a petition with 200 names which they are sending to North Lanarkshire Council claiming St Mary's school staff have turned the foyer into a chapel and asking for the items to be removed.

One mother, who signed the petition but asked not to be named, said: "We were told there would be no religious symbols going up in the shared part of the school.

"The most annoying thing is that the council has gone back on its word. We wouldn't have agreed to the school if we knew this was going to happen. This is not about bigotry, but we were promised there would be no iconography. School is for education and should have nothing to do with religion."

The campus was opposed by senior Catholics including Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, who claimed it would affect the quality of Catholic education.

Pupils use a communal main entrance which takes them into a shared foyer. There are then separate entrances to each school, one to the left for St Mary's and the other to the right for Glengowan.

No-one at the school was available for comment yesterday. But council leader Jim McCabe said staff at St Mary's had done nothing wrong.

He added: "These are two unique and separate schools that share a facility. They have always been entitled to have a crucifix above their entrance."

Murdo Maciver, North Lanarkshire Council's head of educational provision, said: "Within the shared campus, each school is able to decide on how it wants to promote its own individual identity and both schools have the opportunity to build this into the internal main entrance to their own school."

Elsewhere, more than 100 parents, children and politicians gathered outside Glasgow City Council's chambers yesterday in a protest against council plans to close 28 primary schools across the city.

The march in George Square was the first time members of three local Save Our Schools campaigns have demonstrated together.

Save Our Schools spokeswoman, Anthea Irwin, said: "The march was a real show of strength from across the city. It shows that the campaign is really united now, which is really positive. It shows the council that we will fight on."

Strange Heaven: The Virgin Mary as Woman, Mother, Disciple and Advocate
[Source: Publishers Weekly Reviews, May 15, 2006]

Strange Heaven: The Virgin Mary as Woman, Mother, Disciple and Advocate by Jon M. Sweeney.
Paraclete, $21.95 (220p) ISBN 1-55725-432-X

Pious devotions to Mary the mother of Jesus, once derided as superstitious by non-Catholic Christians, are reconsidered by award-winning Protestant author Sweeney (Born Again and Again). Drawing upon excellent scholarship, Christian history and spiritual traditions, Sweeney recounts how a humble Palestinian teenage girl came to be revered by many Christians as the "mother of God." While there is a dearth of historical facts about Mary, it matters not to the Christian imagination, for "It is her myth that draws us: her power to fascinate us intellectually is only surpassed by her ability to inspire devotion." Sweeney is clear that Mary's significance transcends even her role as the mother of Jesus. Mary's virginity influenced the development of Christian sexual ethics, she is praised in the Islamic Qur'an and some would say that her role in redeeming humanity is equal to her son's. Sweeney is very evenhanded when addressing some of the more controversial Catholic beliefs about Mary--his prose comes across as earnest and respectful, while remaining informed and unafraid of critique. This book may not convince Protestants that Mary deserves the privileged place that the Catholic Church gives to her, but it is a fascinating and well-researched exploration of a powerful female archetypal figure.

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