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June 1, 1999

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Golden Jubilee: Mariological Society of America
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Builds a Mary Garden
Brief Marian Bibliography
Did You Know: Europe Flag
Asian Institute for Marian Studies
Knights of Columbus: Rosary Tape Give-Away
New Family Rosary Headquarters
The Holy Spirit and Mary
May 31 – Schoenstatt Movement Gathered in Chile

Golden Jubilee: Mariological Society of America

The annual convention of The Mariological Society of America was held May 25-28, 1999, at Theological College, Catholic University of America, directly across from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The society celebrated its 50th Annual gathering with an extended program and an exhibition of Marian Art at the National Shrine. The theme: MAGNIFICAT: REMEMBRANCE AND PRAISE echoed in the liturgies, the presentations and the prayer services.

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church. Through its annual meeting and its publication, Marian Studies, the Society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.

The program this year was unique in its multifaceted review of the past fifty year. Fr. Thomas Thompson, SM, secretary of the society welcomed those in attendance and gave recognition to those who were part of the first group and longstanding membership of the society. During the opening session, a prayer service commemorated in the form of a litany all of the presentations of the past. The fifty years of titles indicated the rich contributions of the society to Marian studies. Fr. Bertrand Buby, SM, president of the society, then welcomed those present and gave an overview of the program. The evening closed with a reception.

On Wednesday, May 26, the president, Fr. Buby, SM, opened the meeting with an fiftieth anniversary overview of the work done by the society. This was followed by various short presentations in specific areas of research. Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. presented A Survey of 50 Years of Mariology, Fr. Buby spoke on MSA and Biblical Studies, Fr. Thompson briefly indicated studies in Ecumenism, and Fr. Johann G. Roten, SM, took up the challenge of doctrinal studies and a critique of the initiatives with impulses for the future.

At noon, Eucharist was celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Carroll officiated and was homilist at the liturgy. In the afternoon, the communications continued with Fr. Thompson's overview of MSA and Liturgical Studies. This was followed by updates on recent dissertations and works in progress. Presenters were: Mrs. Gloria Dodd, Mediation Movement; Ronald Novotny, PhD. Mary's Annunciation in Hans Urs von Balthasar and M. Buber; Fr. Arthur Mastrolia on The Marian Attitude of C. S. Lewis, and Mrs. Virginia Kimble on the icon, Our Lady of the Living Fountain.

In the evening, a public lecture was presented in the Crypt Chapel of the National Shrine by Fr. Buby, The Fascinating Image of the Woman in Revelations 12. Fr. Buby spoke of the many interpretations of the scriptural passage discussing the woman in labor giving birth to the child. Members also had the opportunity to view the art exhibit displayed in the Memorial Hall of the National Shrine. The exhibit is part of the continued initiative of the Society to promote Marian art.

The following day was devoted to various ways to contemplate the Magnificat. Special guest speaker, Fr. Aristide Serra, O.S.M., from the Marianum, Rome, spoke on: The Poverty of Mary and the "Marvelous Deeds" of God as Seen in the Magnificat: Reflections from the Hebrew Scriptures. Fr.Lawrence Frizzell, Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University, NJ, developed Mary's Magnificat: Sources and Themes. Sr. Mary Catherine Nolan, O.P., Notre Dame, IN, presented The Spirituality of the Magnificat. Fr. Walter T. Brennan, O.S.M., Chicago, IL, commented on the document prepared by the General Chapter of the Servite community (1996), "Servants of the Magnificat": The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin and the Consecrated Life.

The afternoon closed with a festive liturgy in the National Shrine, Crypt Chapel. The celebrant/homilist for the liturgy was Most Rev. William E. Lori, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC. The National Shrine provided the organist and cantor for a most worthy setting for the liturgy.

The final day of the conference included two presentations: Heart of Mary, Perfect Model of Love: Marian Dimension of the Millennium Program by Fr. Ronald Bagley, C.J.M., Buffalo, NY, and A Marian Perspective on the Millennium by Fr. James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv., Granby, MA. The convention concluded a business meeting and the election of new members to the board.

If you are interested in professional or associate membership in the society, please contact the secretariat at:

The Marian Library
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390
(937) 229-4294

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Builds a Mary Garden

This month, a garden of a special type is being erected behind the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

The National Council of Catholic Women [NCCW] plans to erect a Mary Garden. The groundbreaking for the garden, destined as a place of meditation and rest, is scheduled to take place in June. It is expected to be a circular garden with plants, benches, statuary, and a fountain. The garden will cover 3/4 of an acre and is estimated to cost between $75,000 and $100,000. Research has been undertaken to encourage that all plants in the garden be those which are named for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The impetus to build the shrine developed last year when the NCCW, the largest organization of Catholic women in the United States, noted that the organization was not represented among the donor organizations which helped to build the shrine.

If you would like to share in building the garden, contact:

Ms. Annette Kane, Executive Director
National Council of Catholic Women
1275 K. Street, N.W., Suite 975
Washington, DC 20005

Brief Marian Bibliography

Have need of a brief, but rich bibliography on the Mother of Jesus? Mary Page has one at:

Marian Bibliography in Brief

You will find references on the Bible, systematics, reference, spirituality, ecumenism, cultural, feminism, apparitions, and doctrine.

Did You Know that the European Flag is Marian?

The European Flag – twelve golden stars on a dark blue background – is also a "flag of the Madonna." The statesmen who developed the flag noted that the original twelve nations of the European union reminded them of the twelve stars in Mary's crown on the Miraculous Medal. The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the flag an eloquent sign for the Christian Marian roots of Europe.

Asian Institute for Marian Studies

Fr. Johann G. Roten, SM, Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, recently returned from a two-week trip to Korea and Taiwan. The objective of the journey was to look into the possibilities of establishing a center for Marian studies in Korea under the auspices of the Marianists. Fr. Roten offered lectures on Marian studies and research as well as cultural investigations of Marian devotion.

Knights of Columbus: Rosary tape Give-Away

An article by J. Gary Kuntz in the Spring 1999 issue of Medjugorje Magazine, tells Mr. Kuntz's story of his experiences at Medjugorje which resulted in his authorship of meditations on the rosary. Mr. Kuntz writes:

At a Denver Center for Peace Day of Prayer, after leading the rosary, at least 12 people asked, "Do you have an audio cassette of that?" We accepted it as a sign to make the audio tape.

The council approved $3,000, a large amount for a small council, to make the tape. We recorded all 15 decades along with songs and meditations and although it was scary, gave them away, accepting only what people wanted to donate. After three years, we have distributed over 15,000 rosary tapes into 50 states and Canadian provinces. This has happened largely becasue we inivte other K. of C. councils to join us in our work.

To order a free tape and booklet, write: K. of C. Council #8909 Rosary Tapes, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2746 Hwy 86, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. A donation will allow the Knights to continue their work.

New Family Rosary Headquarters

The Spring 1999 issue of Family Link, the newsletter for The Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions reports the following:

After 57 years in Albany, [New York], Family Rosary, Inc. has announced it will move its worldwide operations to Massachusetts by August 2000.

Family Rosary will move to property owwned by the Congregation of Holy Cross in North Easton, Massachusetts. Father Peyton, who was a member of that order, is buried on the property.

Make the announcement was Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Family Rosary. The Congregation of Holy Cross sponsors the apostolates Father Peyton founded: Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions. ...

The decision to move is the futhrer the long-range development of the organization and to provide a permanent home for it. ... Plans call for a new building near an exisiting Holy Cross building that includes a chapel, library, reading/media rooms, and dormitories for summer retreats and seminars. The new site is close to Holy Cross-sponsored Stonehill College.

"The relocation should prove beneficial to the mission of this worldwide apostolate," Father Phalen said. "The organization can enrich its operation by making use of the resources of the Holy Cross community."

More on the Family Rosary organization can be found at:

The Holy Spirit and Mary

The following excerpt appeared in Shepherds of Christ: A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests, 1999 Issue Two:

The late Archbishop Luis M. Martinez of Mexico strikingly speaks of the ongoing cooperation of Mary with the Holy Spirit regarding the reproduction of Jesus within us: "Christian life is the reproduction of Jesus in souls...

"Now, how will this mystical reproduction be brought about in souls? In the same way in which Jesus was brought into the world, for God gives a wonderful mark of unity to all his works. Divine acts have a wealth of variety because they are the work of omnipotence; nevertheless, a most perfect unity always shines forth from them because they are the fruit of wisdom; and this divine contrast of unity and charity stamps the works of God with sublime and unutterable beauty.

"In his miraculous birth, Jesus was the fruit of heaven and earth...The Holy Spirit conveyed the divine fruitfulness of the Father to Mary, and this virginal soul brought forth in an ineffable manner our most loving Savior, the divine Seed, as the prophets called him...

"That is the way he reproduced in souls. He is always the fruit of heaven and earth.

"Two artisans must concur in the work that is at once God's masterpiece and humanity's supreme product: the Holy Spirit and the most holy Virgin Mary. Two sanctifiers are necessary to souls, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, for they are only ones who can reproduce Christ.

"Undoubtedly, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary sanctify us in different ways. The first is the Sanctifier by essence: because he is God, who is infinite sanctity; because he is the personal Love that completes, so to speak, the sanctity of God, consummating his life and his unity, and it belongs to him to communicate his life and his unity, and it belongs to him to communicate to sould the mystery of that sanctity. The Virgin Mary, for her part, is the co-operator, the indispensable instrument in and by God's design. From Mary's maternal relation tot he human body of Christ is derived her relation to his Mystical Body which is being formed through all the centuries until the end of time, when it will be lifted up to the heavens, beautiful, splendid, complete, and glorious.

"These two, then, the Holy Spirit and Mary, are the indispensable sanctifiers of souls. Any saint in heaven can co-operate in the sanctification of a soul, but his cooperation is not necessary, not profound, not constant; while the co-operation of these two artisans of Jesus of whom we have been speaking is so necessary that without it souls are not sanctified (and this by the actual design of Providence), and so intimate that it reaches to the very depth of our soul. For the Holy Spirit pours charity into our heart, makes a habitation of our soul, and directs our spiritual life by means of his gifts. The Virgin Mary has the efficacious influence of Mediatrix in the most profound and delicate operations of grace in our souls. And, finally, the action of the Holy Spirit and the co-operation of the most holy Virgin Mary are constant; without them, not one single character of Jesus would be traced on our souls, no virtue grown, no gift be developed, no grace increased, no bond of union with God be strengthened in the rich flowering of the spiritual life.

"Such is the place that the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary have in the order of sanctification. Therefore, Christian piety should put these two artisans of Christ in their true place, making devotion to them something necessary, profound, and constant."

[Source: Archbishop Luis M. Marinez, The Sanctifier, translated by Sr. M. Aquinas, O.S.U., Pauline Books and Media, pp. 5-7.

May 31 – Schoenstatt Movement Gathered in Chile

Well over 2000 representatives of the International Schoenstatt Movement gathered in Bellavista, Chile, this past week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their founder's writings, which presented the Blessed Virgin Mary as an answer to a church in need of a unifying point of connection between theory and life. Mary should show to the Church and world an organic way of thinking, living and loving that finds no separation between daily life and the everyday practice of the faith.

Fr. Joseph Kentenich wrote in 1949:

The Blessed Mother ... has the responsibility of fulfilling a threefold task. She was privileged to give life to the historical Christ – a unique, one-time task; she may help give birth to the mystical Christ again and again – a permanent task; ... she has the task to be the great educator of the peoples, guiding them to Christ..." [Fr. Kentenich, Bellavista, Chile, 1949]

Mary and Jesus Christ

Mary Page is in the process of publishing a compendium of Marian themes that have surfaced in magisterial documents from Vatican II to the present. The first set of themes corresponded to the Year of God our Father as recommended by Pope John Paul II in preparation for the turn of the millennium. The next set of themes centers on Jesus Christ and Mary, with various sub-themes. Information on the sources is also given in cross reference pages. You will find this resource at:

Mary and Jesus Christ

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for June 1999:

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