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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 October 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 October.

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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 have posted a document on Mary in the Orthodox Tradition which was presented by Dr. Virginia Kimball at our recent symposium.  We have also posted our answers to the following questions: What is the Holy Kindred? and What is the Twelve-Star Devotion? as well as a series of Rosary Poems written by Carl Winderl.

We have also been informed that The Italian American Press website has posted a new Marian novel, Child of Wonder, as a free e-book in PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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  News from the Marian Library


Alumni Update

Father Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh successfully defended his S.T.D. thesis, A Presentation and Analysis of the Marian Theology Contained in the Sermons of Adam of Dryburgh, at The Marian Library on October 21, 2006.  He has been serving at the Athenaeum of Ohio as Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the Deacon Formation Program, and Instructor of Systematic Theology.

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Current Exhibit

"Mary--A Feminine Touch," a retrospective exhibit of works by the late Beverly Stoller, will run from October 1 through November 17 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 937-229-4214.  Click here for a virtual exhibit of the entire display.

Family and friends of the late Beverly Stoller gathered for a memorial Mass and for the art exhibit in her honor. Father Bertrand Buby, SM and Father Johann Roten, SM, celebrated the Mass of Our Lady of the Pillar, a foundation feast for the Marianists where Blessed William J. Chaminade had a vision of the Marianist Family and especially of the religious orders of the Daughters and the Marianist Brothers and priests. Father Buby preached on the meaning of the memorial and connected this to Beverly’s love for Mary and the Marianist charism.

Father Roten captured Bev's spirit and art with a talk in which he demonstrated what was happening in her art in about seven or eight areas of her gifted paintings from sketches to icons and nature and bridges, etc.  Her varied approach, as Father Roten  presented it was a spiritual message through all of the media.

Bev’s husband, Ed Stoller, gave a heartfelt response to his Angel, Bev, through her icon called the Angel of Silence. He was inspirational and shared his belief in her and our resurrection through the beautiful mystery of the Communion of Saints.

The evening was attended by other Marianists and Affiliates and many women who participated in Father Buby’s retreats along with Beverly over the years.

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.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in 49 countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FF 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) which airs regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2006 semester started on October 9.  The course schedule for the Fall semester is now available.

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Art Contest for Christmas 2006

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton is sponsoring an art contest for children (Grades 3-8).  The contest will be juried by five local artists and art critics.  The best of the art will be exhibited at the university from Thanksgiving 2006 to mid-January 2007.

To receive further information call Sister M. Jean Frisk at 937-229-4254.

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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Dates Fixed for Papal Trip to Turkey
Vatican City, October 16, 2006

The Vatican press office confirmed that Benedict XVI will visit Turkey from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.  The visit will include a stop at Ephesus, the city where, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary and St. John the Evangelist resided.

On the Rosary and Missions
"Take the Love of God to All."
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, October 1, 2006

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Today, the first day of October, I would like to reflect on two aspects that characterize this month in the ecclesial community: the praying of the rosary and commitment to the missions. Next Saturday, Oct. 7, we celebrate the feast of the Virgin of the Rosary; it is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.

Our beloved Pope John Paul II was a great apostle of the rosary: We remember him kneeling with the beads in his hands, immersed in the contemplation of Christ, as he himself invited us to do with the Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae."

The rosary is a contemplative and christo-centric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of sacred Scripture. It is the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary. I would like to invite you, dear brothers and sisters, to pray the rosary as a family during this month, and in communities and parishes, for the intentions of the Pope, for the mission of the Church and for peace in the world.

... May Mary most holy, virgin of the rosary and queen of the missions, lead us all to Christ our savior.

[After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims in several languages. In English, he said:]

... In this month of October, dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we ponder with Mary the mysteries of our salvation, and we ask the Lord to help us grow in our understanding of the marvelous things he has done for us. May God fill you with his love and may he bestow upon all those dear to you his blessings of joy and peace.

Message to the Congress of Marian Pastoral Care in Mexico
Vatican City, October 2, 2006

Today, a message from the Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, was published, in which he sends the Pope's greetings to the participants of the Continental Congress of Marian Pastoral being held in Mexico City.

The Cardinal wrote that the reason for the encounter is "to promote Marian devotion in the Latin American countries and in the Caribbean, for a deeper conscience of what being a true disciple of Christ and witness of the Gospel means."

He continued: "These dear countries are rich in sanctuaries and places dedicated to the Most Holy Virgin Mary, with different names, the meeting place of many persons who come in pilgrimage to show their love, to implore her help and consolation for the various tribulations of life and to feel closer to her protection in personal, family and social problems. Mary is certainly in each person's heart, no matter their situation, and this shows the deep religious meaning to which the Church is called to give special pastoral attention."

Cardinal Bertone also writes that: "Marian devotion is joined also to the art with which Mary guided and continues to guide her children towards Jesus", like in the Wedding in Cana. "It is like a pedagogy of faith in Christ, full of sweetness, of the intimate knowledge of Jesus and human nature, as well as the proper and particular mission she has in the Divine Plan of Salvation. For this, the Most Holy Virgin (...) has been called 'the Star of New Evangelization' because of her ability to attract, orient and encourage those who wish to know about Jesus and who also wish to be his faithful disciples in the mission of the growth of the Kingdom of God."

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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.

He's Our Pope Too
[Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 15, 2006]

"A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People" is on display from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends through Friday, Aug. 11, at Mellon Hall at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Admission is free. For more information, call 412-396-6388.

Pittsburgh - Look through the bedroom window, as Karol Wojtyla did as a young boy in the small Polish town of Wadowice, at an inscription on the side of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "Time flies, eternity waits."

Walk under a replica of the gate leading into the Krakow Ghetto, where many of the young man's Jewish friends and neighbors would be forced to relocate during World War II. Most would be murdered in concentration camps.

Listen, as the man who became Pope John Paul II, at 79, his frail hands and face sometimes shaking with emotion, declares "no one can forget or ignore" the terrible tragedy of the Shoah during a 2000 visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel.

Fit the pieces together in a major exhibit at Duquesne University, and one can understand the odyssey of John Paul from a Catholic growing up in southern Poland during the horrors of World War II to the man some interfaith leaders call perhaps the greatest pope the Jewish people have known.

"A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People," runs through Friday, Aug. 11, at the Catholic university in central Pittsburgh before going on to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, traces the life of the pontiff who would repeatedly condemn anti-

Semitism as a sin and become the first pope to recognize the state of Israel.

John Hexter, head of the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee, said after a recent visit, "He's our pope, too. . . . I think he belongs to the world."

Not everyone thought that way when the then-Polish cardinal was elected pope in 1978.

"There was a great deal of suspicion in the Jewish community," said Rabbi James Rudin, senior interreligious adviser for the American Jewish Committee in New York. "They assumed, quite incorrectly, that he would be an anti-Semite" because of his Polish background.

As the Duquesne exhibit illustrates, John Paul's early life in Wadowice would be central to his groundbreaking interfaith actions.

The exhibit shows both the church and the synagogue that dominated the small town of Wadowice, where the future pope grew up. About a sixth of the population of 12,000 was Jewish, and it was here that he met his lifelong friend, Jerzy Kluger.

Long before Pope John Paul II made history in 1986 by visiting the synagogue in Rome, the young Karol Wojtyla had been in the Wadowice synagogue.

While relations between Catholics and Jews were relatively good in Wadowice, the town was not without anti-Semitism.

The exhibit relates the memory of one Jewish woman who said the pope and his father were the only family in town to show no hostility toward Jews.

Another neighbor remembered John Paul being overcome with emotion when she told him she had to leave because of rising anti-Semitism.

"I said farewell to him as kindly as I could, but he was so moved that he could not find a single word in reply," she said. "So I just shook his father's hand and left." Whatever happened in Wadowice, and that included the formative influence of a loving father, embedded "respect and a deep love for the Jewish people," said the Rev. Joseph Hilinski, interfaith director of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, after touring the exhibit.

From the Krakow Ghetto to the Western Wall

Moving on from his early years, the exhibit takes visitors through a replica of the Krakow Ghetto gate to encounters with photos and artifacts of the horrors of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. In 1831, 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland. From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Poles were murdered, more than half of them Jews.

The third part of the exhibit focuses on the future pope's early years of ministry, including his work with the Second Vatican Council that dramatically changed church relations with other religions.

The exhibit ends with striking displays showing key interfaith moments in John Paul's papacy, including dramatic photos of John Paul's historic visit to Israel. One iconic image shows John Paul leaving a note for God in the crevice of the Western Wall. The note said, "We wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the covenant."

At Yad Vashem, the pope ceremonially rekindled the eternal flame burning in memory of the 6 million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis and laid a wreath over the ashes of victims from six concentration camps.

"Men, women and children cry out to us from the depths of the horror that they knew. How can we fail to heed their cry?" said the pope, close to tears throughout the ceremony.

At his side, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called John Paul's visit to Yad Vashem "a climax in this historic journey of healing" in Jewish-Catholic relations.

Carole Zawatsky, director of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, said seeing the video of the pope at Yad Vashem helped make real to her a person who was almost a mythical figure.

"What an incredibly bold and brave and maybe frightening act," she said.

A respect for Judaism

The official changes in the church's attitude toward the Jewish community were put in place in the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

But the pontiff, with his personal commitment, dramatic public actions and mystical charismatic personality, brought the issue to the world's attention, said a group of Jewish and Catholic leaders and scholars after a tour of the exhibit.

"I would say Pope John Paul II was the first person to enact in a very public way - beyond word - the spirit of the letter," said Anne Clifford, a theology professor at Duquesne.

In his words and body language in places such as Yad Vashem, John Paul combined a respect for Judaism as a sister religion "with a real love," said Rabbi Aaron Mackler, a theology professor at Duquesne and author of an "Introduction to Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: A Comparative Analysis."

Not all issues have been resolved. Tension remains over the Vatican's limiting access to archives that could shed more light on the church's role during World War II.

But positive Jewish-Catholic relations are part of the mainstream of Catholic teaching, along with the strongest condemnations of anti-Semitism in modern church history, scholars said.

And that is a lot in one papacy.

"From a Jewish historical point of view," Rudin said, John Paul is considered "probably the greatest pope the Jewish people have ever known."

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