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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 August.
We have posted our answer to "Have people studied the images reported in the eyes of the portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe?" and also material on Mary's Courtyard, a new Mary Garden at the University of Dayton. We have also updated our material on Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI and our virtual exhibit of Marian art from Japan.
Sister Donna Maria Moses will be making a profession of life commitment with the Dominican Sisters of Mission, San Jose in California on August 6, 2006. The Mary Page recently posted excerpts of the sociological research which she presented at the MSA conference.
"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.
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; campus.udayton.edu/mary; 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 concluded on July 21. The course schedule for the Fall semester will be posted soon.
Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary: History, Faith and Theology
The Pontifical International Marian Academy will host the 22nd International Marian and Mariological Congress in Lourdes on September 4-8, 2006. For more information click into the PAMI website.
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's Discourse at Vigil of Family Meeting
Excerpts of the address Benedict XVI delivered on Saturday night, during the Vigil of the 5th World Meeting of Families.
This Fifth World Meeting invites us to reflect on a theme of particular importance, one fraught with great responsibility: the transmission of faith in the family. This theme is nicely expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church, our Mother, teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith" (No. 171).
I now wish to recite a part of the prayer which you have prayed in asking for the success of this World Meeting of Families.
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.
Basilica Celebrates 200th Birthday
Baltimore’s religious and historical leaders gathered Friday to celebrate the 200th birthday--almost to the hour--of the country’s first cathedral and to announce the discovery of the sacred building’s original cornerstone.
Amidst scaffolding, caution tape and piles of bricks, Friday’s procession mimicked one that took place July 7, 1806, when the nation’s first bishop placed a wooden cross where the cathedral’s alter would eventually stand. Construction crews are now working to renovate the historic church and expect to complete the $32 million project in November.
The work included an exhaustive search for the building’s original cornerstone, according to Mark Potter, executive director of the Basilica Historic Trust.
"Finding the cornerstone and being able to closely recreate the ceremony as it took place in 1806 is a singular honor and privilege," Potter said. "There’s so much history contained within the basilica’s walls, and we’re well aware of our important role as the guardians of the legacy."
Ellington Churchill, project manager for the cathedral’s restoration, said crews took about four months to find the cornerstone. He said contractors were confident the cornerstone faced the building’s north side, then its west side.
They were also looking for distinguishable characteristics, such as engravings or a plaque.
But the cornerstone--a white stone slab among granite--was on the building’s south side, and might feature a copper plate on its sky-facing side, covered by other bricks.
"The stone was found through the old tried and true method that they would have used 200 years ago," Churchill said. "A plain old shovel."
U.S. Capitol architect B. Henry Latrobe, regarded often as the father of architecture, designed the cathedral, which is now known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Dignitaries will officially celebrate the cathedral’s bicentennial and reopen it November 4.
A Perth Amboy company is seeking divine assistance to help sell prepaid phone
"I supposed the Mexican officials who looked at this see it as an opportunity
to raise funds," he said. "If it doesn't conflict with anything else, then
certainly they have found a good use."
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