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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 September 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 September.

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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 Austria.  Expect more countries to follow.

We are in the process of posting extensive new material on Teachings of the Popes and Councils on the Virgin Mary.  The latest addition was Documents up to the Council of Trent.  Expect more sections to follow.  N.B. Javacript must be enabled in your browser!

We have posted a slide show on Mary-A Cultural Reality which was presented by Father Johann Roten at our recent symposium.  We have also updated our list of Marian Thoughts from Benedict XVI through July 9.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Teresa Monaghen, the local and National Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, has been doing a series of broadcasts entitled At the School of Mary and the Saints on KVSS FM Radio in Nebraska (i.e. Spirit 88.9 out of Omaha, 103.1 out of Schuyler, and 98.3 out of Norfolk). 

Her next two talks will be aired this Friday (9/15/06) on Our Lady of Sorrows at 7 am, and on Mary in the Gospel of Mark at 10 am [with Msgr. Andrew Vaccari].

Her August talks, The Assumption, St. Jane de Chantel and Motherhood, and Queenship of Mary, as well of several of her earlier talks are available online in the archives of their website.  We'll keep you informed about her future programs.

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Last Chance To See the 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 Fall 2006 semester will commence on October 9.  The course schedule for the Fall semester is now available.

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A Pilgrimage With Mary, the First Disciple

Presenter: Teresa Monaghen, M.A.

Date: Friday, November 17, 2006 - Sunday November 19, 2006

Time: Check-in Friday begins @ 6:30 p.m., first conference @ 7:45 p.m. Retreat concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

Location: Spiritual Life Center in Bel Aire, Kansas

Cost: Earlybird discount rate, on or before Tuesday, October 3; $120 per person (double occupancy) or $145 per person (single occupancy). After October 3; $138 per person (double occupancy), or $165 per person (single occupancy). Includes $20 non-refundable deposit.

To receive further information click into or call 316-744-0167.

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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Organized Crime Can't Escape God, Warns Cardinal
Delivers Talk at Shrine in Calabria
Polsi, Italy, September 4, 2006

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace strongly denounced organized crime while visiting the Italian province of Calabria.

The context was the coronation Saturday of the Virgin of the Mountain, at the Shrine of Polsi, in the heart of Locri. There, Cardinal Renato Martino spoke out in support of a region "generous, humiliated and bloodstained by organized crime," the Vatican dicastery reported in a communiqué. ...

Numerous faithful, who had gathered in the Shrine of the Virgin of the Mountain, heard the cardinal's words.

Educate the heart

On Saturday morning, at the invitation of Bishop Giancarlo Bregantini of Locri-Gerace, Cardinal Martino presided over a Mass for the coronation of the Shrine's Marian image, venerated throughout the centuries.

The cardinal exhorted the faithful to turn with confidence to the Virgin of Polsi, "so that she will educate our hearts in hope and our hands in gestures of charity, and help us weave the fabric of that strong solidarity which gives meaning and value to our interpersonal, social and political relations."

Gregory the Great as Model
"The Life of the Pastor Must Be a Balanced Synthesis"
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September 3, 2006

Conclusion of the address Benedict XVI gave today before reciting the midday Angelus with crowds at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

Let us pray to the Virgin Mary that the example and teaching of St. Gregory the Great may be followed by the pastors of the Church and also by leaders of civil institutions.

Pope Hopes Trip Stirs a "Springtime of Faith"
Vatican City, September 6, 2006

Benedict XVI hopes that his Sept. 9-14 trip to Bavaria will promote a new "springtime of faith and civil progress" in Germany.

"Accompany me, dear friends, on my visit, which I entrust to the Holy Virgin," the Holy Father added. "May she guide my steps: May she obtain for the German people a renewed springtime of faith and civil progress."

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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.

Treasured Figures
[Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 20, 2006]

In Western Europe, from the Renaissance well into the 19th century, Christian art usually took the form of an image from scripture or a statue of a biblical figure. In Russia, devotional art also involved gold, silver, enamels, pearls and jewels--and lots of them. At least this was true during the long stretch of the Romanov dynasty, which endured from 1613 until 1917, when the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the Soviet Union and undermined the Russian Church.

In pre-revolutionary Russia, it wasn't enough simply to create a devotional painting of the Virgin Mary, the baby Jesus or a saint. These images needed to wear a fitted coat of gold or silver that partially covered the painting. It's called an oklad and some of the works featured in "Traditions in Transition: Russian Icons From the Age of the Romanovs" possess these shimmering, halfway surreal coverings.

There are 45 selections on view, in an exhibition at the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. It was originally assembled by the Hillwood Museum Gardens in Washington, D.C., where the works are housed.

Three collectors who came to Russia during the 1930s in official capacities--Marjorie Merriweather Post, Madame Augusto Rosso and Laurence A. Steinhardt--bought these works when Russians were only too happy to unload them at bargain rates. They were considered to be inferior to icons from the "golden age" of the 14th and 15th centuries, mostly because they have been polluted by European styles of painting.

Pollution is in the eye of the beholder, however, and the icons that veer toward the rounded faces and realism of Western European painting have their own kind of charm and substance. They make you realize just how subjective taste and history can be.

Look, for example, at "Saint John the Merciful and Saint Catherine," painted about 1850. The artist painted both figures with deft attention to detail of costume and faces. They appeal to contemporary eyes because they are rendered as flesh and blood figures, but surely some of the traditionalists among the Russian Orthodox Church would have thought this picture was too secular to be of any spiritual use.

"Christ Pantocrator," a very late icon (made between 1875 and 1900), had a similar appeal, with its version of Jesus as a handsome fellow with a healthy complexion and well-trimmed beard in an Italian Renaissance manner. This work's elaborate oklad, with only the face and hands visible from beneath the ornate silver surface, is beautifully detailed and an extravagant expression of devotion.

The icons with stylistic polish held the most appeal for the upper classes. They were the ones, after all, with access to Western Europe and European art. The rise of the oklad, though, was tied as much to the growing merchant class as aristocrats. They cared less about the quality of the painting than the sumptuousness of its cover.

For the common man and woman, both were suspect. The peasantry embraced icons in a simpler, homegrown style, similar to that of folk painters in the rest of Europe and in North America--and it's not hard to see why. The images may be cruder, as is the case with "Crucifixion in Four Parts" (1800-1900), but they were made more for the sacred stories they conveyed more than the way they were rendered. Ordinary people also saw icons as direct "conduits" to the figures in the pictures, exhibition catalog essayist Wendy Salmond explains.

This exhibition has a strong connection to the Timken Museum of Art's collection, like nearly all of its shows. The museum has its own extensive holdings in Russian icons. The most remarkable examples in the Timken's collection, like the "The Jerusalem Mother of God," are in indigenous styles. Figures are rendered flat against the picture surface, and with a flair for crisp detail. Byzantine art is the prime influence and original source.

The link between the Timken and Russian icons reaches back to the beginnings of the museum. Pivotal early 20th-century San Diego collectors Amy and Anne Putnam (they were sisters) funded a foundation in their name so that the fledgling Timken museum could acquire works. (The art in the museum technically belongs to the Putnam Foundation.)

Amy Putnam studied Russian at Stanford University, and collected Russian art, books and more than 300 icons. Many of these works hung in their home at Fourth and Walnut streets near downtown.

She would have surely been pleased to see an exhibition like this at the Timken, since it complements the museum's own icons and crystallizes the complex, fascinating history of the art form.


"Traditions in Transition: Russian Icons From the Age of the Romanovs" through Aug. 15

Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park; Free; (619) 239-5548 or

Israel Arab town waits for attack by its Arab neighbours
[Source: The Daily Telegraph (London), July 18, 2006]

In the Peace Restaurant outside the Basilica of the Annunciation, the waiters were transfixed yesterday by scenes that were anything but peaceful.

Yards from the site in Nazareth where Christians believe the Virgin Mary was told she would give birth to mankind's saviour, television screens were tuned to graphic footage of human destruction from the conflict with Lebanon.

This is the heart of Israel's largest Arab-populated town and the popular news channels were not Israeli but Arab cable networks such as al-Jazeera.

Gasps filled the air as the images of Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon were shown, drawing mixed emotions from viewers who are as Israeli as the bombers but as Arab as the bombed.

"I am against the war,'' said Aziz Hamed, 30. "So many people in Lebanon are getting killed and there is so much damage. Israel is over-reacting."

Half of the 60,000 Arab residents of Nazareth are Christian, and half are Muslim, but all are part of Israel's 1.4 million strong Arab population - descendants of 150,000 Arabs who remained within Israel's boundaries during the war over the country's creation in 1948.

With Israel seemingly for ever engaged in conflicts with its Arab neighbours, most notably the Palestinians, Israel's Arab population is sometimes accused of having dual loyalties.

The population of Nazareth is used to such doubts, but in the struggle with Hizbollah it has been dragged into the conflict itself. It was among northern Israeli towns struck by a barrage of Hizbollah rockets which fell 30 miles into Israel yesterday--the farthest south so far.

One rocket fell just east of the town, harming neither its people nor its skyline of minarets and church steeples. But it did help to concentrate minds.

"Who can believe that war has come so quickly,'' said Mr Hamed. "A few days ago there was nothing and now we have bombs here. Most here are against the war but they would change their minds if missiles hurt people."

Above the old city of Nazareth stands the largely Jewish new town of Natsrat Illit. There were few illusions there that the rockets would finally come.

"I expected the missiles to get here,'' said Boaz Bengal. "And I think they will keep going until they get to Tel Aviv. The only answer is for the army to go in on the ground in Lebanon."

The rocket which struck near Nazareth was part of a barrage scattered over an area of several miles. At the centre of the cluster are the runways of an Israeli air force base.

"They are not targeting us but the air force base near here," said Gilat Cohen, from the town of Afula, south of Nazareth. "It is supposed to be a secret."

But the air force base is marked on Israel's road map and, judging by the missile strikes in the area, Hizbollah has learned how to read it.

Last night, air-raid sirens wailed across northern Israel as more Hizbollah missiles crashed into residential areas, one landing close to a hospital in the small town of Safed, slightly injuring six people.

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