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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 are typical examples.
Dr. Sarah Jane Boss, Director of the Centre for Marian Studies at the University of Roehampton in London, informed us of a series of study days on Marian shrines. The first will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11 am - 5 pm and will discuss Our Lady of Lourdes. Dr. Catherine O'Brien, long-time member of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), will be one of the speakers. For further details, please contact Dr. Boss by email at email@example.com.
Also, Val Finnell, a Deacon with the Anglo-Catholic Society of Mary (SOM), provided us with the following invitation to the Marian chapel for their local chapter located at 139 Jackson St., Dayton, Ohio:
Mary in Books, Films, and Music
Website on European Culture Full of Marian Content
The website europeana.eu allows one to "explore Europe's cultural collections." A recent search for "blessed virgin mary" provided 1,466 results including images, text, and sound: [see europeana.eu/portal/search.html?query=blessed+virgin+mary]. Dr. Gloria Dodd suggests that this site could be a useful tool for those doing research.
Suggested A/V material
On the occasion of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI, the EUK Mamie Foundation, an initiative of the Home of the Mother, has taken advantage of the opportunity to launch a new program entitled, Rediscover. The program consists of two DVDs that cover various aspects of the Faith: 'Faith and Reason,' 'Faith and the Church Today,' 'What Does it Mean to Believe?', and 'Faith and Love.'
Click into an article from Zenit for more information, or view a two-minute trailer for the DVDs. Dr. Gloria Dodd noticed Marian content in this trailer and suggested that Mary might be discussed at greater length in the video.
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, January 30, 2013, Francesca Franchina and Christian Psychotherapist, Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., from West Chester, PA, discuss Intercessory Prayer, Reparative Prayer, Redemptive Suffering and Healing, and the importance of faith in all situations, citing Scripture and the work of the international Association of Christian Therapists.
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 schedule of future programs planned to date. Click here for the audio archive!
This week's programs:
Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Thursday, January 31, 2:30 PM on Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace I
Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Friday, February 1, 2:30 PM on Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace II
From the Marian Treasure Chest
Domingo Lazaro, S.M.--Introduction and Purpose by Father Enrique Torres, S.M.
Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. sent us the article below written by Father Enrique Torres, S.M. and translated by Brother Michael Galvin, S.M. with the following comments.
A Nativity Museum in the Making: Crèches from Around the World
This exhibit of nativity scenes will be held in The Marian Library Gallery from February 4 - April 29, 2013. Click here for more details.
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 Spring 2013 semester will commence on February 4, 2013!
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.
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.
Deepen Your Faith During Lent
Title: The Way of Christ, and Journeying with Mary in Lent
Date: Six weeks during Lent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 (Ash Wednesday) - Sunday, March 31, 2013 (Easter)
Presented in the spirit of the Church's "Year of Faith," this online retreat will provide solid theological and spiritual material for those wanting to deepen their faith experience during Lent. Attendees will take part in theological and spiritual enrichment each week, proceeding along the way with reflection and prayer on key passages of scripture (with the encouragement to read scripture daily in Lent); presentations on Christian life; and Marian poetic meditations presenting Mary as a model of discipleship. It is intended for adult Catholics, including all parish members, church ecclesial staff, pastoral ministers, and catechists and teachers.
For more information click here.
Decree of Special Indulgence for Twenty-first World Day of the Sick
The Redemption was accomplished through the Holy Cross of Christ, that is, through His passion. All human suffering, in truth, can participate in the redemptive suffering of the Lord. In fact, the Apostle Paul says: "in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church." (Col 1:24)
In the current Year of Faith, especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation, it is worth remembering the luminous teaching of the Second Vatican Council about the Christian meaning of suffering and of its sharing among the brethren: Since the works of charity and mercy express the most striking testimony of the Christian life, apostolic formation should lead also to the performance of these works so that the faithful may learn from childhood on to have compassion for their brethren and to be generous in helping those in need. (Decree Apostolicam Actuositatem, 31c)
Therefore, driven by the desire that the annual celebration of the World Day of the Sick, this year especially solemn, may prove an ever-more-effective catechesis on the salvific meaning of suffering and may sensitize more all those who, for various reasons, are committed to the service of those who suffer in body and soul, the Holy Father has chosen as the theme of the twenty-first World Day of the Sick, which will be held from the seventh to eleventh of the coming month of February, the Good Samaritan: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10:37), which teaches man to do good by his suffering and to do good to those who suffer (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 30). At the end of the Day, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, his Excellency Mons. Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Special Envoy of His Holiness, will preside at the Marian Shrine of Altötting, in the Diocese of Passau, a solemn Eucharistic celebration with the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
So that the faithful may prepare themselves spiritually to participate in the event in the best way, His Holiness Benedict XVI, at the audience granted on the eighteenth of the current month of January, to the undersigned Cardinal Major Penitentiary and Regent of this Apostolic Penitentiary, has graciously bestowed the gift of Indulgences in the spirit of the following disposition, provided that the faithful, truly repentant and stimulated by charity, following the example of the Good Samaritan, in a spirit of faith and in a merciful disposition, put themselves at the service of their suffering brethren and, if they in turn are sick, bear the pains and hardships of life, raising their soul with humble trust to God and giving open witness to the faith through the way of the Gospel of suffering:
A. The Plenary Indulgence, which the faithful, with truly repentant and contrite spirit, can obtain once a day under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father) and also apply in relief of the souls of the faithful departed, whenever, from the seventh to the eleventh of this coming February, at the Marian shrine of Altötting or at any other place determined by the Ecclesiastical authority, they participate devoutly in a ceremony celebrated to implore from God the intentions of the World Day of the Sick and pray the Our Father, the Creed, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The faithful who in public hospitals or in any private home charitably assist, like the Good Samaritan, the sick and, as a result of their service, cannot participate in the above-mentioned functions, will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence, if in those set days for at least few hours they lend generously their charitable assistance as if they were doing it to Christ the Lord (cf. Mt 25:40) and recite the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in a spirit of total detachment from any sin and with the intention to fulfill as soon as possible the conditions required to obtain the Plenary Indulgence....
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.
Bolivia Mining Town Erects Huge Statue of Virgin
Source: Associated Press (Oruro, Bolivia) February 1, 2013
The Carnival celebrations in this Andean mining city already rival Brazil's Rio de Janeiro for color and culture, if not for size. Now Oruro has erected a huge statue of the Virgin Mary that's a little taller than Rio's famed Christ the Redeemer.
Oruro formally dedicated the new statue Friday as it kicked off its Carnival celebrations, which have been recognized as part of the patrimony of humanity by UNESCO.
The Virgin of Socavon is almost 150 feet (45 meters) high a shade shorter than New York's Statue of Liberty and 23 feet (seven meters) higher than Rio's image of Christ. It's built of cement, iron and fiberglass to withstand the fierce winds of the high plain....
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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