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June 22, 1999

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Images of Mary Contemporary Variations in Washington, DC
Summer Session Underway
Annunciation in African Art
Medjugorie – Pilgrimage Stream
Marian Studies – The Virgin Mary In Art
Videos Featuring Jubilee 2000 Themes
The Pilgrim Mother Underway

Images of Mary in Contemporary Variations in Washington, DC

The traveling exhibit of the Mariological Society of America is currently on exhibit at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The exhibit began its tour at the International Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin; moved from there to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio; and is currently on display in Washington. The exhibit is located in the Memorial Hall of the basilica. From there the exhibit will move to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows at Belleville, Illinois, July 28 - September 1, 1999.

You can view the exhibit at Images of Mary: Contemporary Variations.

Summer Session Underway

The current academic session of the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, is currently underway. For a further overview of the sessions in progress, please see:

Summer 1999

Registrations are still open for the July courses.

Annunciation in African Art

The image to the right depicts the Annunciation scene in African culture. The original of this batik art work is located at the Marianist Generalate in Rome, Italy. [Annunciation -

Medjugorie – Pilgrimage Stream

The Medjugorie Star reports in its June 1999 issue:

Marian Studies – The Virgin Mary In Art

[Cover of The Virgin Mary In
Now available!

Marian Studies
Volume XLIX (1998)

The Virgin Mary In Art

Annual Publication of The Mariological Society of America.

Payment in U.S. currency – Prepayment requested.

To order: Send check ($15.00) to:

Marian Studies
c/o MSA Secreariat
The Marian Library
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390

Videos Featuring Jubilee 2000 Themes

The Vatican and National Council of Catholic Bishops (USA) have an information service which keeps the readers abreast of Jubilee 2000 (J2K) activities, materials and writings available for the celebration of the millennium. The Internet address for the information service is:

Jubilee 2000.

The service informs us that the Vatican has released 10 videos on Jubilee 2000 themes featuring Pope John Paul II. The themes of the videos are: Human Rights, Interreligious Dialogue, Youth, Families, Marian Devotion, Pilgrims, the Roman Catacombs, Nativity Scenes, the 4 Basilicas of Rome, and Religious Ties Between Rome and the Holy Land. It will be released soon in 6 languages, including English. Further details are not yet available.

For further information, contact Terzo Millennio at Via della Conciliazione 44, Rome 00193.

This notice was released by the:
Secretariat for the Third Millennium and the Jubilee Year 2000
National Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States Catholic Conference
Washington, DC

The Pilgrim Mother Underway

Shrine]The Schoenstatt Movement, an international Marian movement of the Catholic Church, has an apostolate that began in Brazil with a member of its movement, Joao Pozzobon. Over the years, this apostolate has developed on a worldwide level. In the United States, it is generally known under the title, Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign. An overseas' website writes:

On September 10, 1950 in the Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, in Santa Mar¡a (Brazil), John Pozzobon was commissioned to take the pilgrim picture of the Mother of Gos to the families and to pray the Rosary with them.

For thirty years, and without neglecting his wife, seven children and a small store, John walked over 140,000 kilometers carrying on his shoulder the picture of Our Lady of Schoenstatt. He visited families, schools, hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes, all the while teaching thousands of people how to pray the Rosary.

John had a great love for Mary and was consecrated to Her in the Shrine. In search of strength with which to carry out his mission, he even prayed the Rosary while working on his patch of land, sometimes up to fifteen rosaries a day.

In 1959, in order to reach more families, he added small pilgrim pictures to his Campaign which went about the different homes inviting families to pray the Rosary. On December 8, 1983 John asked the Blessed Mother that his Campaign be spread worldwide. She heard his request. In March of 1984, a group of Argentines, driven by the desire to encourage the praying of the Rosary, travelled to Brazil in search of 25 pilgrim pictures to spread the Rosary Campaign throughout all countries in the Americas. Upon arriving in Santa Mar¡a, joined by John, they crowned Our Lady of Schoenstatt as Queen of the Rosary, and ask her to hand out upon the world the grace of praying the Rosary. They placed themselves in Her hands, as instruments for praying, living, and taking the Rosary to all.

Soon the fruits of this coronation were to be witnessed: in less than a year, the Rosary Campaign had spread to more than twenty countries in the five continents and in Rome, on September 20, 1985 Pope John Paul II blessed all the pilgrim pictures of the Campaign which travel around the globe.

On June 27, 1985 in Santa Mar¡a, John died on his way to the Shrine. His process of beatification was opened in 1998. The work of Pozzobon continues in Brazil and throughout the world. Currently, there are pilgrim shrines in 975 cities and towns in thirteen Brazilian states. One example is the city of Sao José dos Campos with a population of over 700,000. 700 pilgrim shrines travel through the city. For each shrine, a group of 30 families rotate the shrine once a month. When the shrine arrives at the home, the visit is understood as a visit from the Blessed Virgin Mary, a time to greet her, to pray the rosary for the family's intentions, and, if possible, a time of catechesis.

In other countries, including the United States, ten - fifteen families band together for the distribution of the shrine. To learn more about the campaign, see: The Rosary Campaign or in the German language Projekt 2000 Pilgerheiligtum"

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.

Rosaries Wanted – New Call

The Blue Letter of the Riehle Foundation, May 1999, notes:

We are in desperate need of solid black, blue, brown, or gray plastic cord rosaries for our prisoners and colorful ones for our foreign missions. Any help that you can give us will be greatly appreciated!

The Riehle Foundation
PO Box 7
Milford, OH 45150-0007

For further information, contact them at TEL: 513-576-0032 or FAX: 513-576-0022.

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.

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