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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 August.

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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 Berlin.  Expect more countries to follow.

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.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

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.

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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 concluded on July 21.  The course schedule for the Fall semester will be posted soon.

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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.

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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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Pope's Discourse at Vigil of Family Meeting
"Children Have the Right to a Home Like That of Nazareth"
Valencia, Spain, July 9, 2006

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.

O God, who in the Holy Family
left us a perfect model of family life
lived in faith and obedience to your will,
Help us to be examples of faith and love for your commandments.
Help us in our mission of transmitting the faith that we received from our parents.
Open the hearts of our children
so that the seed of faith, which they received in baptism, will grow in them.

Strengthen the faith of our young people,
that they may grow in knowledge of Jesus.
Increase love and faithfulness in all marriages,
especially those going through times of suffering or difficulty. (...)

United to Joseph and Mary,
we ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.

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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.

Basilica Celebrates 200th Birthday
[Source: Baltimore, July 13, 2006]

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.

Phone Card Has Religious Theme
[Source: The Record (Bergen County, NJ), May 18, 2006]

A Perth Amboy company is seeking divine assistance to help sell prepaid phone cards.

U.S. Starcom Inc. says it has signed an exclusive deal with Catholic authorities in Mexico to use the image Our Lady of Guadalupe on the card. It also will carry the official insignia of the much-visited Mexico City shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Starcom, a distributor and marketer of prepaid phone cards, hopes the image will grab the attention of Hispanic immigrants, many of whom use prepaid cards to call home. The cards will go on sale June 1.

The company also plans to market a $3 "prayer card," said spokesman Jack Lennon.

"For a dollar, they would be able to call a number, record a prayer message to the Virgin of Guadalupe," Lennon said. "It could be anything. They could have lost a loved one. They have lost a son fighting in Iraq. They've lost a job. Gambling losses."

The recording would be played at the shrine in Mexico, he said. The company also may sell a card that would enable the buyer to have a votive candle lit in the shrine on their behalf.

The prepaid cards will help the Plaza Mariana Foundation in Mexico, which is trying to raise $100 million to repair the aging shrine, Starcom officials said. The foundation will get 25 cents of every dollar of profit generated by the phone cards.

According to believers, the Lady of Guadalupe first appeared to a poor Indian on a hill outside Mexico City in 1531. She identified herself as the "Mother of the True God" and told the Indian to have the bishop build a temple at the location.

The Virgin Mary's image supposedly imprinted itself on the Indian's cloak, which is housed in the shrine today.

Starcom said it has exclusive marketing rights to use the image for prepaid cards and other items in the U.S. and Canada.

Catholic leaders in the U.S. were unaware of the deal. Still, James Goodness, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Newark, said he wasn't surprised. He noted that the Vatican endorsed a prepaid phone card carrying the likeness of Pope John Paul II in 1999.

"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."

In fact, other companies have sold phone cards with the Lady of Guadalupe's image, said Jose Nino, the president of the Basilica de Guadalupe Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit group that raises funds for the shrine restoration. But in the past, none of the money from those card sales went to the Catholic Church, he said.

The partnership with Starcom came about because Nino--a business adviser to President George H. W. Bush and a fund-raiser for his son, President Bush--is also a director of the company.

He said he didn't see a problem with using the Virgin Mary's image in a commercial enterprise.

"There is nothing wrong with it when it's being used properly, and its not just being used to line somebody's pockets," he said.

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