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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following is a typical example.
The University of Dayton and its Marian Library have access online to the ARTstor Digital Library, a non-profit resource that provides more than one-million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Their community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
In commemoration of All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the Day of the Dead, ARTstor published Restless Spirits and Hungry Mouths in their blog. This article included the Marian image shown at right, as well as the theme of the "hellmouth" made popular in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Along similar lines consider reading an article posted on The Mary Page, Marian Symbols in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series on the WB.
Mary in Books, Films, and Music
Photobook on UD's Mirror of Hope sculpture
The University of Dayton announces the publication of a new photo book by Father Johann Roten on the Mirror of Hope sculpture, which has been on display in the first floor lobby of Roesch Library since 2000.
Mirror of Hope tells the story of its development by artist Kevin Hanna and how it grew from a simple Nativity scene into a massive installation of more than 240 pieces, encompassing the sweep of human history as told by the Old and New Testaments. It was commissioned by The Marian Library to commemorate the University's 150th anniversary and also 2,000 years of Christianity.
Father Roten will give a talk on "The Mirror of Hope Reality in Book" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Roesch library. The talk is free and open to the public. The book is $15 plus tax and will be available for purchase through the University of Dayton's Bookstore and also through the Stable Store. Father Roten will sign books following the lecture.
Suggested A/V material
On the evening of October 25, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI attended an official viewing of the new documentary film entitled Art and Faith, which premiered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. The Polish film studied the link between art and faith as found throughout the Vatican Museums, exploring the religious, historical, and cultural significance of the paintings and sculptures found throughout them.
Radio Maria from The Marian Library
Prayer of Blessed John Paul II for Radio Maria
Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.
Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us. Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its protector.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio. Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture. CALL IN TOLL-FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, talks with Sister Celia Chua, MIC, of Montreal in Canada, Visiting Professor and Faculty member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton's Marian Library about Living Out a Marian Spirituality in the New Evangelization; Perspectives on the New Evangelization; The Transmission of Faith; and the Twenty-Third PAMI Congress on Mariology recently held in Rome.
Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local Radio Maria USA frequencies, and streaming on radiomaria.us. This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST. Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.
The broadcast may also be heard on-line at radiomaria.us The website 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.
Francesca is no longer doing her Tuesday program, Through the Tummy to the Heart on Radio Maria, but all programs and recipes are still posted in the Archives on the Radio Maria website at radiomaria.us. She will inaugurate commentary and blog on www.credoapostolate.us in the near future.
Living with Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Jean Frisk, and others will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions, and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the STL and STD. Find out more by visiting marypage.org. The University of Dayton; The Marian Library, and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio. Click here for the audio archive!
This week's programs:
Michael Duricy, Thursday, November 15, 2:30 PM on Lourdes
Dr. Gloria Dodd, Friday, November 16, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Purgatory
From the Marian Treasure Chest
The Admiral and His Lady: Mary in the Life of Columbus by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
Brother John sent us the following article about about Christopher Columbus' devotion to Mary which was published in Vocations and Prayer, July-September 2012, pages 26-27.
At the Manger 2012
From Nov. 19, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013 the Marian Collection of Father Joseph J. Schuck, Mary - A Labor of Love will also be on display.
We have a permanent crèche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections. There is also a general page to give to all areas of ML/IMRI and Roesch Library.
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 Mariology section 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 originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries. The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM, in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio. All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.
International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the Fall 2012 semester concluded on November 9, 2012!
The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions. See our course offerings for Spring 2013.
In keeping with the season, we suggest The Year of Faith with Mary.
We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese. This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon. Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.
Title: Exposition Raphaël, les dernières années
Date: October 11, 2012 - January 14, 2013, 9 am - 6 pm
Location: Napoleon Hall at the Louvre in Paris, France
This unprecedented exhibition, organized by the Louvre in partnership with the Prado Museum, brings together the works produced by Raphael in Rome during the last years of his short life. It includes many well-known images of the Madonna. Click here for details in English or in French.
Filipino Catholics to Gather for Day of Prayer
Catholics from across the Philippines will gather on November 12 to pray against the nation's proposed Reproductive Health (RH) bill. If passed, the bill would allow for universal access to contraceptives, birth control, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). The bill would also enforce sexual education on children starting at the fifth grade level....
Commenting on the gathering, Bishop Gabriel Reyes of Antipolo called the event an occasion for all the faithful to unite in prayer to prevent the passage of the bill. Bishop Reyes also serves as chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
"Let this be an occasion for Marian devotees and Pro-lifers to unite in the prayer of the Holy Rosary to ask the Lord for the graces to continue and persevere in the unending work of service to the most helpless of God's creations, the unborn baby," Bishop Reyes said.
"Let us offer our prayers and sacrifices in reparation for the countless abortions committed against innocent human life which wound the consciences of those who participate in this unspeakable crime," he said.
The prayer gathering will take place at the Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish Church in Ermita, Manila. The event will also celebrate the ninth anniversary of Rosary for Life in the Philippines. Rosary for Life is a worldwide voluntary association of Christian faithful to promote respect for the life of the unborn by means for praying the rosary. The association has initiated various programs that raise awareness on the negative effects of abortion and the RH bill.
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.
Mirror of Hope: A Sweeping--and detailed--story
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), November 3, 2012
Since 2000, thousands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors have walked past or stopped to consider the Mirror of Hope, the mountain-like, many-figured sculpture in the lobby of Roesch Library.
It is easy to pick out familiar scenes: Creation, the Nativity, the wedding feast at Cana, the Crucifixion, the Heavenly City. But the more you look, the more there is to see and the more the humanity of each small figure emerges.
There's too much to take in all at once. But just in time for the annual crèche display, University Libraries has published Mirror of Hope, a new book tracing the history and symbolism of the sculpture as it grew from a simple account of the sweep of Christianity from the Creation to the City of God.
It's also the story of an unusual collaboration between two men--Father Johann Roten, S.M., who wrote the book, and sculptor Kevin Hanna--working together over many months and long-distance telephone lines to bring to life the stories of the Old and New Testaments in layers of humanity, faith, art history, symbolism, and the spiritual.
Roten, as the Marian Library's director, commissioned Connecticut-based Hanna to create a sculpture distinctive to the University of Dayton, to commemorate the University's 150th anniversary and to celebrate tw-thousand years of Christianity.
The five-year collaboration between Roten, the theologian scholar, and art historian, and Hanna, the deeply-spiritual Protestant artist, resulted in an intricately-detailed piece of twenty-four scenes, twelve feet long, five feet high, containing more than 240 figures--men, women, children, familiar biblical figures, celestial beings as well as animals--and even evokes the Immaculate Conception Chapel.
The sculpture traces a "journey of love," Roten says, that starts with God, and then, through Christ, comes back to God.
"We did the book to make sure that people don't forget, that there is permanence, a memory of what it all means," said Roten, now the library's director of research and special projects and the book's author. It's actually gained in popularity. We can see that no matter what the exhibit or event at the library, in the end, everyone ends up in front of it."
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of November 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 November.
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