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2/11/08

The 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.

 

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Call For Papers

Meeting of the Mariological Society of America
May 20-23, 2008
Stonehill College
North Easton, Massachusetts
"Mary’s Cooperation in the Redemption"

Papers are sought related to the theme, "Mary’s Cooperation in Redemption." Some possible topics:

1) Human Participation in Christ’s Work of Redemption
2) Scriptural Foundations for Mary’s Cooperation in Redemption
3) Mary’s Cooperation in Redemption According to St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas
4) The Role of the Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Church in Redemption
5) Mary’s Cooperation in Redemption at Vatican II and in Pope John Paul II’s Writings.
6) The "Coredemption Movement" Today
7) Mary’s Cooperation in the Ecumenical Dialogue
8) Praying to Mary and Its Salvific Influence
9) Mary’s Cooperation Presented in Popular Devotions, Shrines, and Pilgrimage.

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.(thomas.thompson@udayton.edu).


Mary in Books, Films and Music

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informs us that the January 2008 issue of The Bible Today includes an interesting section on "Biblical Faith and Film."  There are five articles, "Representing Jesus in  Film: Challenges, Limitations, Possibilities" by Lloyd Baugh, S.J., "Meeting Jesus at the Movies" by Rose Pacatte, F.S.P., "Biblical Themes at the Movies" by Clifford M. Yeary, "The Greatest Stories Never Told: Reading the Bible with a Visual Imagination" by Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and "Biblical Update Study Guide: Biblical Faith and Film."


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 13, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Christie Dodson, Director of Dayton Right To Life about Pope Benedict XVI recent statement on "Science and Human Dignity," stem cell research, cloning and The Forty Days of Prayer to End Abortion Campaign.

 N.B. Time Change for this week only, Noon to 12:30 pm.

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 fran@866333mary.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.

On Tuesday, February 12, 2008, Francesca speaks about the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes/Apparitions to St. Bernadette, intercessory and healing prayer, sharing Lenten practices and meatless Italian dishes.

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.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Heritage Celebration (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)


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Four members of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade's Society of Mary (Marianists), who were martyred in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, were beatified October 28, 2007.  Pope Benedict XVI had earlier approved their beatification along with a group of several thousand martyrs--lay, religious and clerical.  These religious are members of a religious congregation dedicated to participating in Mary's apostolic mission to bring Christ to all peoples.  They are Father Miguel Leibar, S.M. (1885-1936), Brother Florencio Arnaiz, S.M. (1909-1936)), Brother Joaquin Ochoa, S.M. (1910-1936), and Brother Sabino Ayastuy, S.M. (1911-1936).  They are commemorated on November 6 in the liturgical calendar.

These Marianist martyrs were victims of religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War.  They were sought and martyred because of their faith and membership in a religious congregation, and for teaching in a noted Marianist school in Madrid, Colegio Nuestra Senora del Pilar.  Brothers Florencio, Joaquin, and Sabino were executed at El Pardo, Madrid, on 14 September 1936; Father Miguel, at Vallecas, Madrid, on 28 July 1936, only several days after the beginning of hostilities.

For more information, click into The Marianist Corner.  Also, note that the University of Dayton is celebrating its Marianist Heritage through February 28, 2008.

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Alumni Update

Teresa Monaghen, AO, IMRI student, the Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, shared the following thoughts from Kay Parlor with us relating to their recent Our Lady of Trust Celebration:

My heart has been so full of joy since yesterday's celebration of Our Lady of Trust! Despite an unexpected snow band that swept the region earlier in the day, the room was filled with people who have such great love for Our Lady! (And in typical Pro Sanctity fashion, they spanned all walks of life, cultures, and ages.) I can just imagine Our Mother’s joy as she looked down upon all those beautiful faces!

All, young and old, joined in praying a beautiful meditative rosary as the celebration began. Somehow, the little ones knew to behave for "Mama" and the reverence and devotion were keenly apparent. In this age where media-saturated children have developed short attention spans, these precious little ones defied the cultural trend.

We were treated to a beautiful talk about Our Lady given by Father Damien Cook, a holy priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha with a deep love for the Mother of Jesus. Fr. Cook masterfully managed to sprinkle humor, scripture, and theology throughout his talk. One of his key themes was from a Latin expression which states, "Of Mary, there is never enough." Father Cook also shared a personal story of Mary's intercession in his teen years that assured him of the need to trust.

Marian songs composed by member Stephen Tefft (many with lyrics by Bishop Giaquinta) were interspersed throughout the event, creating the perfect atmosphere. As is customary at all Pro Sanctity events, the tables were laden with a wide variety of delicious treats generously provided by our friends.

Long time Pro Sanctity member, Chris Peters, led the children in their own Festival of Faith during Fr. Cook's talk. Chris is a teacher who just has a special way of relating to relating to young people and she planned fun activities which included a Trust Walk. The older children graciously stepped in to lend a hand with the younger ones in the true spirit of our Pro Sanctity family.

Special thanks go to local board member, Mary Alice Lanspa, who coordinated the celebration. Though she made it look easy, a lot of prayer and work went into such a big event. Mary Alice attended to every detail, from securing the hall at Mary Our Queen parish [isn't it appropriate that we would be there on Our Lady’s day?] to inviting our speaker to calling on volunteers to bring treats to finding someone to help with the children’s program and much, much more. It is a delight to see so many of the Pro Sanctity family grow in their love for the Movement and, out of that love and desire to spread the call to holiness, they give so generously of their time and talent.

The memory of this celebration of love for Our Lady of Trust will linger for a long time: as we recall bits of Fr. Cook's talk that spark reflection, as we pray again the rosary mediations, and as we continue to support each other in growing in holiness!

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Current Exhibit

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.

Visit also our year-long Creche exhibit featuring paper nativities of Bill and Annie Baker and works of Malaika Favorite.

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.

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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).

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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: 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.

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Web Collaborators

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.

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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 30, 2008 and our Korean-language News through February 11, 2008.  Also, the latest issue of our Newsletter includes an article on the 2008 Lourdes Jubilee. The online version of the Newsletter exists in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing (which may be downloaded free from adobe.com).

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Pontiff Cites Two Keys for Priestly Formation
Invites Seminarians to Vale Gift of Vocation
Source: Zenit (Rome), February 5, 2008

Benedict XVI says silence and community life are two key elements in the formation of seminarians. The Pope said this when he visited Rome's Major Pontifical Seminary on Friday, telling the seminarians that "the gift of being adopted sons of God has illuminated your life." The papal visit marked the vigil of Our Lady of Trust, the seminary's patron. The Holy Father celebrated first vespers and then had dinner with the community. ... Emphasizing "that sanctity is the secret of the true success of the sacerdotal ministry," Benedict XVI invited the seminarians to entrust this desire and daily commitment to Mary, Mother of Trust.

Health Ministry Involves Answering Life's Questions
Cardinal Comments on Sixteenth World Day of the Sick
Source: Zenit (Rome), February 10, 2008

The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry will preside Monday over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark the sixteenth World Day of the Sick. This year's theme, chosen by Benedict XVI, is "The Eucharist, Lourdes and the Pastoral Care of the Sick."

In his message written for the celebration, the Pope linked the World Day of the Sick to two other important events taking place this year: the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Lourdes, whose celebrations conclude Dec. 8, and the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Canada, June 15-22. Cardinal Barragán told ZENIT the interpretive key to the Holy Father's message is a consideration of the "sacrifice of Christ as the specific bond that unites Mary, consoling mother par excellence, to the world of suffering. ..." "Mary," said the Cardinal, is the one who "has incorporated us and fortified us in the suffering of the Lord and who intercedes to help our pains, alleviating and curing them at the same time."

The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992. The Pontiff chose Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the date for the celebration to highlight the Virgin Mary's spiritual nearness to the sick and her singular example in participating in the mystery of the redemption through suffering.

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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.

White gold: Britain's new love for snowdrops
Source: The Independent (Michael McCarthy), February 9, 2008

Britain is in the grip of a strange passion: snowdropmania. The countryside is aglow with brilliant displays of these delicate flowers. Yet enthusiasts, who recognise hundreds of different varieties, are paying record prices to secure their own miraculous bulbs.

Galanthophilia: not a word you may be all that familiar with, but now is the time of year to learn it. For it means an ardent love of the snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, the small white end-of-winter flower which at present is out in all its glory.

While many of us keenly enjoy the stunning sheets of pure white blooms currently covering the ground, the galanthophile--the person who has contracted galanthophilia--takes the liking far more seriously, cherishing many of the different snowdrop varieties and is likely to pay increasingly large sums for a single bulb of a new one.

It is Britain's version of seventeenth-century Holland's tulipmania, albeit written in a minor key; and there are ever more enthusiasts.

"There's a great gaggle of galanthophiles out there," says Andy Byfield, the landscape conservation manager of the wild flower charity Plantlife, and one of Britain's leading botanists. By his own admission, Mr. Byfield is "a relatively serious galanthophile," with no fewer than two-hundred snowdrop varieties in his two-acre Devon garden.

"Why do people want them? It's like kleptomania really," he said. "They're all nice things, but more than that, the variations between them are very subtle. Superficially they all look a bit the same, but once you look closely you notice they've got all these differences. In the history of cultivation, different nations have appreciated different plants, and snowdrops have been one of the British things."

There are nearly twenty wild snowdrop species, spread over Europe but with their heartland in Turkey, and from these about seven-hundred cultivated varieties have been developed. Some, such as Scharlockii, have green markings on the white petals; others, such as Lady Elphinstone, have markings which Mr. Byfield describes as "a rich buttery yellow". Many of them have been in Britain since the nineteenth century; one wild species which came from Russia's Crimea, Galanthus plicatus, was probably brought back by soldiers returning from the Crimean War.

The past twenty years have seen a massive increase in galanthophilia, Mr Byfield says. "Every year there are galanthus galas; there's one coming up in Dorset soon which will have about 250 people, including people from Holland and Germany." When a new variety appears, he says, the prices shoot through the roof. "One bulb of a new variety recently went on eBay for £128; another went for £132, although perhaps it's not quite like the tulip mania in Holland, when some individual bulbs went for the equivalent of thousands of pounds. £132 is not going to break anyone financially."

Right now, he says, is the highlight of the galanthophile's year, with snowdrop articles in all the gardening magazines, and many people visiting the gardens of stately homes with outstanding snowdrop displays, such as Colesbourne Park in Gloucestershire.

Colesbourne was created at the end of the nineteenth century by the Elwes family, when the owner, Harry Elwes, was thought to have the largest bulb collection in the world. [A Turkish wild species of snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii, was named after him.]

Many other gardens have remarkable displays, and The Great British Gardens website currently has a long list of them, from Cambo and Finlaystone in Scotland, to Plas yn Rhiw in Wales and Walsingham in Norfolk.

You think from its prevalence in gardens that the snowdrop is very much a naturalised flower in Britain, and not a native species--indeed, Mr Byfield's own wildflower charity, Plantlife, treats it as such, and ignores it completely. But the jury may be out on that. The snowdrop grows as a definite wild plant as near to us as France, and some of the displays in woodlands and especially along river banks in western England, where it can turn the ground white over a wide area, seem simply too extensive to have been planted by human hand.

It is possible that the truth lies somewhere in between introduced species and native--that the snowdrop was a sparsely distributed native wild flower that was spread extensively by organised planting. And for that we may have to thank the medieval Catholic Church.

Our native variety is Galanthus nivalis, the snowy milk-flower (the scientific name is Latinised Greek followed by Latin). It is a member of the lily family, closely related to the daffodil. It has certainly been here a long time, at least since the early Middle Ages, and the reason we know that is because most of all, snowdrops in Britain seem to be associated with faith: they cluster around churchyards and old religious foundations, ruined abbeys and priories.

Many such sites have splendid snowdrop displays, no doubt because they were planted on purpose, as the flowers had a strong association with a specific feast of the Church: Candlemas, which fell a week ago today (February 2, forty days after Christmas). Candlemas is the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, according to Jewish law, forty days after the birth of her child, and a special veneration of the mother of Christ. Before the Reformation, parishioners formed in procession on Candlemas day, and brought their candles to be blessed, lit, and set before the Virgin's statue.

It is not hard to imagine how, on a typically gloomy February day in a medieval church that was fairly dark anyway, this must have provided a spectacle of brightness that left onlookers quite spellbound. It must have been the brightest moment, quite literally, of the whole year. Then the precious candles were taken home to ward off evil spirits.

It is easy to imagine, too, how snowdrops were the perfect flower for the feast, flawless symbols of purity and cleanliness, and what pleasure must have been taken in gathering them, or in merely having them growing around a church on the day itself. They were known then as Candlemas bells.

For most of us, Candlemas and its traditions are long gone, but the flower whose plantings it inspired lives on to remind us that winter is ending.

Sacred Icons ... spiritual springs in the desert
Source: Blogger News Network, February 7, 2008

During the season of Lent it is most appropriate that Catholics through prayer and meditation reinvigorate themselves to the quiet mystery of God's Word. There is perhaps no greater manner in which to contemplate the mysteries of the life of God than through the ancient art of icons. For most of us in the Western or Roman Church, icons are unfortunately not familiar examples of saintly and theological representation in our Churches. However, I am thankful to say, our cultural and western attitude towards these long-revered and ancient Eastern Church depictions of the most sacred is coming to an end. Icons are part of the heritage of the entire Church and should be rightly considered as part of our liturgical sacred spaces in every rite of the Church.

Pope John Paul II had an iconic portrait of The Blessed Mother installed in the papal chapel. It occupies a place of honor and prominence in the sanctuary of the private chapel. Rightly, so, Mary as Theotokos (Mother of God) is one of the most ancient titles attributed to Mary (at the Council of Ephesus, A.D. 431). Veneration of icons in her image offer modern faithful Catholics an opportunity to not only personify our image of the Blessed Mother, but also permits us to transcend to a deeper contemplation of Mary's sanctity through the iconic image. Through the introduction of an icon of the Blessed Virgin in the papal chapel, John Paul II was providing a living testimony to his belief that both Eastern and Western traditions are indeed the "lungs" of the Body of Christ.

The Church, locally and universally needs to foster the development of artistic appreciation in our local parish communities. Often the case, when our sacred spaces are designed, redesigned, altered or modified, the true integrity of inclusion of qualitative sacred art is neglected. There is an unfortunate trend towards mass production of our sacred furnishings and accessories. This needs to be changed. Local parish communities need to be aware of the talented men and women that offer their gift from God of artistic inspiration to our Church communities. Those entrusted with the proper design and execution of Catholic architectural design need to include our local artists and artisans in their sacred projects. Quite often, the artist proficient in sacred art is in our own back yard.

Iconography, as an artistic discipline involves many stages and nuances. Strictly speaking, all of the details that are included in an icon are regulated by theological revelations or ecclesiastical traditions. Colors, for example, dictate the correct portrayal of Jesus' humanity, another that portrays his divinity and so on. These details of artistic appreciation help us in our spiritual development and serve as very strong signs and symbols of our Sacred Mysteries. In the local Philadelphia area, Susan Kelly Von Medicus, is an iconographer that provides all denominations of faith inspiration through her writing of sacred icons. Her hagiography of Jesus, the Apostles and Martyrs and the Blessed Mother all provide us with a portal that leads us to a deeper appreciation and understanding of Mysterium Fidei. Icons as executed by Susan Kelly Von Medicus are exactly the qualitative artistic expressions that we need to include in all of our Sacred Spaces. As faithful and concerned Catholics, our goal should direct of attentions to providing the best possible resources for our liturgical prayer and worship. Perhaps, a greater appreciation of iconography can be achieved by appreciating the works of such a gifted artist as Susan Kelly Von Medicus. Art and the qualitative expression of artisans is as much part of our Catholic history as evangelization and catechesis. Honestly, the visual arts represent well-honed tools that permit us to effectively spread the Good News and teach the Gospel mystery. In the planning and development of our local Catholic communities, we need more than ever to incorporate the works of our very talented and gifted artistic brothers and sisters, as we design our Churches, our Holy of Holies.

In our Lenten journey of prayer and sanctification, icons present an integral part of our spiritual journey and transformation of faith. Perhaps, we can develop the tradition in the Roman Church of placing an icon in our homes to remind us of God’s presence among us. In her writings, the twentieth-century author, Catherine de Hueck Doherty, recalls the great gift of icons in "Poustina." Poustina correctly is translated as a desert place. In her writings, Catherine de Hueck Doherty illustrates the great role icons hold in the Eastern Church and in her continued conversion towards Christ. As we celebrate Lent, let us incorporate an appreciation and affection for the use of icons as we journey for our forty days of spiritual poustina.

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Liturgical Season

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.

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Marian Events

Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium

 July 21, 22, 23 (half day), 2008 on the campus of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio

Mary is the first disciple of Jesus, her Son.  Like her, we are called to participate in his mission by caring for one another, as we spread the Gospel of the Lord.  We look to Christ as the One Who cares, educates, heals and celebrates.  Mary, his mother, is the example of the qualities of a disciple of Christ.  Join us for a Symposium on the campus of the University of Dayton, July 21, 22, 23 (half day), as we explore how Mary shows us to how to celebrate, educate, catechize, evangelize, and reach out to our brothers and sisters in our parishes and community.  This Symposium will cover liturgy, catechesis, outreach to the needy, the sick and new members of the parish.  We will celebrate with liturgy, a concert with traditional and contemporary sacred music, and a special dinner.  You will come away with liturgical commentary, Marian theology, prayers, action tasks for your own discipleship, and have renewed insight concerning your discipleship in your parish.  Please plan to join us!

For more information please email Father Francois Rossier, S.M. at Francois.Rossier@notes.udayton.edu or phone him or Michelle Foley at 937-229-4214 or click here.

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