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Call For Papers
Meeting of the Mariological Society of America
Papers are sought related to the theme, "Mary’s Cooperation in Redemption." Some possible topics:
If interested in making a presentation, please send the title and a brief synopsis of the presentation, by February 15, 2008, to Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Marian Library, University of Dayton; Dayton, OH 45469.(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mary in Books, Films and Music
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mary of Nazareth by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, Alpha Books, Penguin Group, 2006, 345 pages, paperbound, $18.95. This is a reverent exploration of the life and world of the Mother of Jesus and her continuing impact in the modern world.
The Catholic Companion to Mary by Mary Kathleen Glavich, S.N.D., Acta Publications, 2007, 176 pages, paperbound, $9.95. The book integrates Marian doctrine and devotion to bring Mary into sharper focus.
Ask for these books at your local bookstore and at your library. They are virtual treasure troves of information and inspiration, and are interestingly written.
Radio Maria From The Marian Library
Francesca Franchina, MS. Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local station for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio. Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?", the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jennifer Korte of Urbana, Ohio about Ash Wednesday and Lent. Jennifer has an M.S. degree and will share her deep faith experience leading international Marian Pilgrimages and dealing with her illness and grief as a Catholic wife and mother of a large family and pro-life activist.
The broadcast may also be heard on-line at radiomaria.us [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or whichever media program you have on your PC.]. The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts. We'll keep you informed about future programs. An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.
Her series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm. Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at www.radiomaria.us from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at email@example.com. Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.
Fran has informed us about a new program on Radio Maria. Thy Kingdom Come, will air on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 pm EST (2:00-3:00 Central Time).
Father Ed Wade CC (Companion of The Cross) Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston Texas, Founding Member and First Director of The Fraternity of Priests headquartered in Steubenville, Ohio, hosts a weekly hour program on Radio Maria addressing the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Marian Teaching in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Ed shares how people of all ages are experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit and utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in personal and Church ministries and how lapsed Catholics are returning to the faith in great numbers and being empowered with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Informative and inspiring teachings, lively discussion, engaging talk and more!
Father Ed Wade CC was born in Pennsylvania; Former US Marine; Attended Saint Francis Seminary and participated in the M. Div program. Ordained in 1972 for the diocese of Camden, New Jersey, where he was a parish priest for seven years. He was released from Archdiocesan parish ministry in 1979 to work full time in evangelization giving parish missions and speaking at Catholic Charismatic Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gibraltar, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Prague, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
Father Ed also worked at the University of Steubenville in student life and evangelization and spent three years in Belfast, North Ireland working with an ecumenical community for reconciliation. He joined the Companions of the Cross Community in 1993. His mission is Marian, magisterial, Eucharistic and charismatic evangelization. Father Ed is the Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas, the largest Catholic Charismatic Center in the World built at the request of the Bishop of Houston. Marsha Morthland Radio Maria Presenter (Family Spirit Alive! Mondays 11:30-12:30 PM EST) also teaches at the CCC. Radio Maria also broadcasts Hispanic programming in Spanish at the Center to the Houston, Texas area.
From the Marian Treasure Chest
Marianist Martyrs of Spain (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
Three Marianist Brothers martyred at Ciudad Real in 1936 were beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II. They are Blessed Carlos Erana, S.M., Blessed Jesus Hita, S.M., and Blessed Fidel Fuidio, S.M. These men were also exemplary Christian educators and apostles of Mary. September 18 is the day we honor them in the Church calendar.
Fifteen Marianists were martyred for their faith in 1936. Because of the anarchy of the times, it has been difficult to gather sufficiently detailed information to introduce the causes of the other eight Marianist martyrs.
None of these martyrs was involved in politics in any way, nor did they bear arms. These Marianists were simply religious educators standing staunchly for their Christian convictions.
A note on the severity and complexity of the Spanish Civil War may be helpful. Though civil war erupted in 1931, the worst upheaval in Spain lasted from July 17, 1936, to April 1, 1939, and was a brutal conflict in which the Nationalists overcame the Loyalists. The Church was a primary target of attack.
The death toll was high. Estimates of the number killed run as high as 500,000. Included in the many ruthless massacres were twelve bishops, 283 Sisters, 2,365 monks and Brothers, and 4,184 priests.
In the reconstruction following the bloody strife, Franco built a monumental basilica church hewn from a granite ridge in the Guadarama range as a huge cavern, and topped by the world’s tallest memorial cross. This memorial known as Valle de los Caidos, Valley of the Fallen, contains the remains of about 40,000 of both sides who died in the war. One of the Marianist martyrs of Ciudad Real, Brother Fidel Fuidio, is represented in the vast interior mosaic decorations.
Biographies of the Ciudad Real Marianist martyrs by Father Emilio Ortega, S.M., have been translated into English under a single cover. Father Jose Maria Salaverri, S.M., a former superior general of the Marianists, has completed in Spanish a volume containing the biographies of the four Marianists martyred in Madrid. In the latter book the introduction by Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former postulator general of the Marianist causes for sainthood, is an excellent theological reflection on the meaning of martyrdom. These books are available from the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, Ohio.
Sister Maria Rosa Celestial wrote her S.T.L. thesis on the foundress of her order at the International Marian Research Institute. She recently sent us the following email:
On this topic, the following article was published in the Philippine Daily News on February 2, 2008:
When Words Become Pictures: Our Lady Calligraphed
The Marian Library gallery is showing the works of Dayton Artist, Ann Bain, from January 15 to March 30, 2008. A Valentine Reception will be held for the artist in The Marian Library at 7 pm on February 14. Click here for virtual exhibit.
The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment. Call 937-229-4214 or 4254.
Koehler International Student Award
It is time for interested students to apply for the Koehler International Student Award. If you know international students at the University of Dayton who would be eligible, please encourage them to apply. The following description contains all the pertinent information.
International students (with non-immigrant visa)--undergraduate or graduate--are eligible for the Koehler Award. The award was established by Professor Susan L. Tsui (UD Library, now retired), with the Lackner Award funds presented to her in 1995 by the UD Marianists. The award is named in honor, now in memory, of Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., a native of Strasbourg, France, who directed The Marian Library from 1969 to 1986. He founded and directed The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) there, 1974 to 1986, and was the Director-Emeritus of The Marian Library, an IMRI professor, and an active scholar until his death on May 15, 2001.
The Koehler Award, intended to help international students purchase textbooks, consists of $100.00 (or more) in textbook credits at the campus bookstore. The exact amount of the award and the number of individuals who receive the award each year varies, depending on the funds available. Criteria for winning this award include financial need, a good academic record, and personal characteristics which reflect the Marianist tradition.
Candidates must submit an application form by March 7, 2008, including a brief statement about themselves (their educational goals, extracurricular and service activities, their career plans). Applicants will also be responsible for obtaining a faculty recommendation. The application form is available online at library.udayton.edu/awards/koehler.
Questions? Contact Cecilia Mushenheim (Chairperson, Koehler International Student Award Committee) at The Marian Library (Roesch Library, Room 708, Phone: 9-4294).
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 articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FM 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.
We have posted a poem commemorating the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparition written by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, as well as her Poetic Lenten Meditations for each day in the season. We have also updated the Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through January 31, 2008.
Vatican Congress to Mark Mulieris Dignitatem at Twenty
A Vatican congress commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter on the dignity of women aims to promote an authentic promotion of femininity.
Rocío Figueroa, director of the section on women for the Pontifical Council of the Laity, affirmed this to ZENIT. The congress, marking the twentieth anniversary of "Mulieris Dignitatem," is titled "Woman and Man, the 'Humanum' in Its Entirety" and is scheduled for Feb. 7-9 in Rome.
Figueroa said the authentic promotion of the woman will come through "understanding the feminine beginning with an anthropology that recovers the value of the person and highlights the relationality between feminine and masculine."
The congress will consider themes raging from the history of women in the Church, beginning with Christ's interactions with women, to gender ideology, to the importance of marriage, family and motherhood. Participants will have an audience with Benedict XVI on Feb. 9.
The congress will analyze "the contributions particular women have given the Church and the world," as well as "the contribution of Christianity in the advancement of woman," added Figueroa.
The theological and anthropological contribution which John Paul II made in "Mulieris Dignitatem" will be developed in two conferences. The first is dedicated to the story of creation and the relationship between person, nature and culture. The second seeks to delve into the relationship between man and woman, titled "Woman and Man, Created Each for the Other."
Janne Haaland Matlary, former minister of foreign relations in Norway and professor at the University of Oslo, will reflect on women in the workplace.
Helen Alvare, a professor at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, will consider the reduction of femininity to an object of consumerism.
Figuero affirmed the congress is just the "beginning of future initiatives which the Pontifical Council for the Laity desires to promote. We are sure that from the workshops and these intense days of reflection, ideas will sprout up, initiatives that respond to the demands of women in different places. And why not think that in the future, a congress with virtual participation."
The director and editors of The 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.
The Candelaria in the Philippines
Accounts reveal that as early as 1600, an image of the Nuestra Sra. De la Candelaria was commissioned by Lt. Don Cristobal Mercado for the settlement in Dilao (now Paco). In 1904, there were nine pueblos having the Candelaria as their advocate. These were Morong, Bataan; Mabitac, Laguna; Silang, Cavite; Candelaria, Zambales (now in Quezon); Candelaria, Surigao; Paracale, Ambos, Camarines Sta. Maria, Mora; San Enrique, Negros Occidental and Jaro, Iloilo.
Since then, new parishes have been formed and continue to be formed as the country's population increases. With that is an increase in the number of parishes dedicated to the Candelaria.
It is certain, though, that the grandest celebration of her feast is in Jaro, Iloilo--the center of Candelaria devotion in the Philippines
The only reference to the origins of the stone statue of the Nuestra Sra. De la Candelaria is a legend well-known to Jarenos.
The legened says that long ago, the image was discovered by a fisherman on the banks of the Iloilo river. Although it was only a foot high, the statue was very heavy. Many attempted to lift it but failed. Only when the people finally agreed to bring this image to Jaro did one person succeed in carrying the statue.
Strange happenings surround this image and many believe that the Señora has miraculous powers. People say that in the olden days, she had the habit of disappearing very early in the morning. A mist would shroud her niche in the pediment of the Cathedral. At around this time, a beautiful lady with long, flowing hair could be seen bathing her child at the artesian well at the plaza.
Another story circulates among the old folks of Jaro. They say that some years before World War II, the Candelaria's abode was engulfed in total darkness for several days. The next time her sanctuary became visible, the Candelaria had miraculously grown larger. (Devotees are convinced that the Candelaria is still growing up to this day.)
One Jareño narrated how the Candelaria had supposedly saved her parents during World War II as Japanese bombs were hitting air raid shelters in Jaro. Her mother called out to the Candelaria, saying: "Nuestra Sra. De la Candelaria, tabuni sang imo capa ang amon napanaguan." ("Our Lady of Candles, shield our hiding place with your cape.")
The concept of the Candelaria as a kind mother who conscientiously guides her children and grants them their supplications is well-ingrained in the minds and hearts of her devotees. No longer is she an abstract idea; instead, she is a real, "feeling" mother, being represented in her sculpted stone image.
Human interest stories attest to the 'feeling' nature of the image. Back in the 1870s, as the Jaro Cathedral was about to be finished, a serious problem arose. The statue of the Virgin repeatedly refused to be taken down from her niche in the old church. So the parishioners suspected that the idea of transferring to another shrine did not appeal to the Candelaria. In the old church, she was positioned relatively closer to her people. In the new church, she would be literally out of reach by her people.
The late Archbishop, Msgr. Alberto J. Piamonte, narrates a mysterious event very similar to the one presented above. This time, the statue of the Candelaria had to be transferred from her niche at the pediment to the balcony especially constructed for the visit of the late Pope John Paul II.
A group headed by "Tantoy" Locsin (a dedicated lay parishioner of Jaro) was tasked to bring down the Candelaria. As workers tried to do it, the chains broke several times. An insight dawned on Tyo Tantoy. Perhaps, the Señora would like the transfer to be witnessed by the Archbishop of Jaro. So, Tyo Tantoy told Msgr. Piamonte that "dapat tambungan." Without any hesitation, the late archbishop dressed up in his full regalia and personally directed the operation. The chains did not break this time. The Candelaria reached the balcony safely.
At present, she continues to reside there serenely, much closer now to her children.
Candlemas is the feast celebrated every February 2 to commemorate two major events in the New Testament--the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is written in the law of the Lord: "Consecrate all the first-born to me, the first issue of every womb, among the sons of Israel" (Ex 13:2). So, Jesus was offered to God by the prophet Simeon who for many years awaited His coming. Then Jesus was redeemed by Mary and Joseph with a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons (Luke 2:22-38). The prophetess Anna was also present to witness this formal presentation of Jesus to the Father.
On this same occasion, Mary had herself purified for it is also written in the Jewish Law that when a woman gives birth, she becomes unclean. For a specified number of days (forty for a male child and eighty for a female), she must not appear in public nor ouch anything consecrated to God. After complying with this precept, she must bring to the temple a lamb (as burnt offering) and a pigeon or turtle dove (as sin offering). The priest will offer these to God and will pray for her atonement. If the lamb is beyond her means, another pigeon or turtle dove can be offered instead (Lev 12:1-8).
Based on the diary of a pilgrim named Etheria, Candlemas (then known as the fortieth day of Epiphany) was already celebrated in Jerusalem as early as 400 A.D. The The feast spread to the Eastern Empire in Constantinople under the name of Hypapante/Occursus domini (or meeting of the Lord and Simeon). It also spread to the West, first mentioned in a seventh-century manuscript with the title, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The procession of lights believed to be of pagan Roman origin was a permanent fixture of this feast but the blessing of the candles was only institutionalized later in the eleventh century.
From being a Christological celebration, Candlemas evolved into a Marian-centered feast probably because the procession usually ended in a church in honor of Mary. In later centuries, the creation of the icon showing Mary as the 'bearer of Light of lights" further solidified the Marian character of Candlemas.
The candles blessed on this day are believed to give protection during calamities particularly angry typhoons and their accompanying lightning and thunderbolts.
Nuestra Sra. De la Candelaria is said to have originated from Tenerife, one of the seven Canary Islands. According to Alonso de Espino, a Dominican friar, this image was mysteriously discovered a century before the Spaniards set foot on the Canaries in 1505. Because of her miraculous powers, the Virgin's fame spread to the other islands and eventually to the mother country, Spain. From there, it was introduced to the rest of the nations which Spain evangelized including the Philippines ...
Anglicans Keep Lourdes Anniversary
Eight Church of England bishops are together planning to make an unprecedented group pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes on the 150th anniversary of the reported appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Bernadette.
Since the early 1970s, Anglican bishops have visited the shrine in the foothills of the French Pyrenees at the rate of about one or two a year, but now, for the first time, the Society of Mary, one of the Church of England's Catholic Societies, has organized a pilgrimage for a large group of Anglican bishops, along with about four-hundred lay worshippers.
The pilgrims will fly to Lourdes on 22 September, and celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham there two days later, before returning home on 26 September. The bishops are planning to take with them a "life-size" replica of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The Vicar of St Silas's, Kentish Town, in London, the Reverend Graeme Rowlands, who is organizing the pilgrimage, said that the purpose of the visit was to help to fulfill the "Christian unity mission" of the Lourdes 150th-anniversary jubilee year. "We are the only pilgrimage that is representing the theme of Christian unity, and I am very pleased and very humbled by it really."
The party will include the diocesan bishops of Blackburn and Gibraltar in Europe, the suffragans Whitby and Edmonton, and the "flying" bishops, Richborough, Beverley, and Ebbsfleet. They will be joined by Bishop Noël Jones, formerly of Sodor & Man. More are expected to sign up in the months to come.
The RC Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Reverend Michael Evans, who chairs the Department of Christian Unity of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said that he was delighted that so many Anglican bishops would be visiting Lourdes together. "Many Christians believe that devotion to Mary is a key way towards the growing unity of Christians, and we hope very much that this pilgrimage will further Anglicans and Catholics along the paths of unity."
There were eighteen reported Marian apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous, a peasant girl, in 1858. The Virgin was said to have announced herself as the "Immaculate Conception" and told Bernadette to dig for a spring at which many seek healing. Six million pilgrims, many of them ill, disabled and dying, make pilgrimages to Lourdes each year.
To mark the jubilee year, the Roman Catholic Church has identified twelve missions that, besides Christian unity, include peace, care for the sick and marginalized, and conversion. Pope Benedict XVI is also offering a special indulgence to anybody who takes part in a public or private devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes on key dates during the year, which began on December 8, the feast of the Conception, last year, and will end on the same day this year.
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!
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of February with Mary:
The 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 February.
Symposium Sponsored by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute
Title: Mary in the Life of the Parish
Date: July 21-23, 2008
A compelling Symposium for Priests and Pastoral Ministers will be held at The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio (overnight accommodations on campus). Topics will include Catechesis, Liturgy, Outreach, Shrines, Apparitions, and Devotions. The program will include a concert of contemporary and traditional music, a banquet, and fellowship with parishes from across the Midwest.
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