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September 14, 1999

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Features

New Exhibit: A. Joseph Barrish, S.M.
Call for Papers: Mary and Pilgrimage
Major Upcoming Events
Development of Marian Studies in Latin America
Honors for Theologians
More on Medjugorje
ML/IMRI Students Hold Conference
Trinity Heights, Sioux City, Iowa
Statue of Jesus as a Teen
Two New Gifts for the Marian Library
French Mariological Society
Tours of the Marian Library

New Exhibit: A. Joseph Barrish, S.M.

A new and unusual exhibit is on display at the gallery of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Joseph Barrish is an Marianist Brother who has produced many and varied works of art. These works were commissioned for the publication of a book that is scheduled to appear in October 1999, Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends, and Meditations. The book was written by Vincenzina Krymow who did her research for the Mary legends at the Marian Library.

The exhibit is temporarily an on and off display, since the gallery is partially under renovation. Nevertheless, the exhibit can already be viewed on Mary Page at:

Current Exhibit


Call for Papers: Mary and Pilgrimage

The Mariological Society of America will hold its annual meeting in Belleville, IL, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, May 24-26, 2000. The theme of the meeting will be related to Mary and pilgrimage. The Society is issuing a "call for papers" on topics related to the meeting's theme: Mary's pilgrimage of faith, the Christian's pilgrimage of faith relating to Mary, the role of Marian shrines, the Marian "geography of faith." Those wishing to present a paper at the meeting (for publication in Marian Studies), should submit a precis by January 15, 2000, to the MSA Secretariat (at the Marian Library).


Major Upcoming Events


Development of Marian Studies in Latin America

A previous Mary Page News reported that at the annual meeting of the pontifical academies and theological faculties in Rome on November 7, 1998, Deyanira Flores Gonzalez received the first award for the outstanding academic dissertation; it was presented at the Marianum, on Rupert of Deutz. It was reported that on that occasion she received $35,000. We were later informed that Professor Flores donated the entire amount to the International Pontifical Marian Academy (PAMI) for "the promotion of scientific Mariological research and for Mariological societies and their publications in Latin America."


Honors for Theologians

On March 20, 1999, it was announced that Pope John Paul II had appointed Fr. Ignacio M. Calabuig Adan, O.S.M., rector of the Marianum (Rome) to be a consultant to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.

On November 20, 1998, Fr. Frederick Jelly, O.P., professor of theology at Mt. St. Mary's, Emmitsburg and at IMRI, was awarded the degree of Magister of Sacred Theology from the Dominican Prior General. The award was conferred by the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph at a Vespers Service in St. Vincent Ferrer Church, New York City.


More on Medjugorje

In reply to a letter of the French bishop, Msgr. Gilbert Aubry of Saint-Dennis-de-la-Reunion, concerning the status of the apparitions in Medjugorje, Msgr. Tarcisio Bertone of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith replied, "It is not the custom of the Holy See to pass the first judgment on alleged supernatural phenomena. This dicastery follows the decision established by the bishops of (what was formerly) Yugoslavia in the Declaration of Zadar, April 10, 1991: ". . . On the basis of the investigations conducted, it is not possible to affirm whether there is evidence of a supernatural occurrence. After the division of Yugoslavia into independent countries, it is the prerogative of the members of the episcopal conference of Bosnia- Herzegovina to study the situation and to issue any new judgments on the matter."

In a letter to Famille Chrétienne, the bishop of Mostar-Duvno, Msrg. Ratko Períc stated, "My conviction and position is that the apparitions or revelations of Medjugorge not only non constat de supernaturalitate but that also constat de non supernaturalitate" (From La Documentation Catholique, 2-16 August 1998, no. 2187).

Another Note:

For the last eighteen years, Fr. Rene Laurentin has published an update on the events at Medjugorje. This year's volume, he has announced, will, at the request made during a visit of the Bishop Peric of Mostar, be will the last. The final volume includes advice to pilgrims and to church authorities responsible for Medjugorje. His last words on the subject, "Where hostility abounds, grace is even stronger" (From Eco di Bonaria, no. 12).


ML/IMRI Students Hold Conference In Venezuela

JORNADA MARIANAS 1999 is a conference scheduled in Venezuela for September 24 - 26, 1999, under the title, MARÍA, hija predilecta del PADRE [Mary, Beloved Daughter of the Father]. The conference is organized and directed by an association of the faithful in the service of Mary, Corredemptrix, Queen of Peace. Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M., director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, will present a paper on Mary in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


Trinity Heights, Sioux City, Iowa

If you are traveling to Iowa, look up the Trinity Heights, Queen of Peace outdoor cathedral. Recently, a large statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was erected at the shrine. Three of the six shrines honoring the recognized apparitions of Mary are also near completion. These are Our Lady of Knock, Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima. The shrines honoring Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal will be constructed in 2000.

[Picture: Queen of
Peace] The statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace was placed on the Mound of Mary December 16, 1992, and is the focal point of the devotional prayer services that take place daily.

To learn more about Trinity Heights, Queen of Peace see their website at:

http://www.mmainteractive.com/trinity/


Statue of Jesus as a Teen

Mary Page is often asked for various types of images of Mary and Jesus. Our email recently asked for a "teenage"Jesus with Mary. We thought you would enjoy this beautiful sculpture by Gerard Darwin at the Marist College in Canberra, Australia.

[Mother and Son, Gerard
Darwin]

click on image for full size


Two New Gifts for the Marian Library

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute recently received two new statues for its collection courtesy of Prizm Inc./Pipka Collectibles. The figure, Queen of Roses, was introduced as the first piece a collection begun in 1998 by the artist, Pipka Ulvilden. The 1999 figure is entitled, Renaissance Madonna. Michele Johnson, President of Product Development, kindly sent these new interpretations of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Marian Library. See the Madonnas at:

Madonna of the Roses
Renaissance Madonna


French Mariological Society Currently Meeting

The fifty-fifth session of the French Society for Marian Studies is currently meeting in La Salette, France from August 13- 16, 1999. The topic of the conference is, La Vierge dans la catéchèse [The Virgin in Catechesis]. Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, will present a paper on Marian catechesis in the United States.


Tours of the Marian Library

In honor of the opening of the sesquicentennial celebrations of the University of Dayton, there will be tours of the Marian Library held on September 25, 1999, from 2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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