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September 28, 1999

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Bro. William M. Fackovec, SM, Honored
A Lifetime Spent Treasuring Christian Heritage
Art Exhibit Available to Schools and Parishes
The Madonna Tapestry Collection
Resources on the Rosary
Mary's Image for Contemporary Classroom
A Litany of the Infant Jesus

Calendar of Marian Events:
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

New Exhibit: A. Joseph Barrish, S.M.
Call for Papers: Mary and Pilgrimage
Major Upcoming Marian Events

Archive: News 1995-96
Archive: News 1997
Archive: News 1998

This week's themes:
Mary and Jesus Christ: Additional Themes
William  Joseph Chaminade
Vignette-10 / Cameo-10

Bro. William M. Fackovec, SM, Honored

Bro. William M. Fackovec, chief librarian and resource master of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute will be honored with a Special Achievement Award by the National Alumni Association of the University of Dayton. Bro. Bill, as he is familiarly addressed by the visitors to the library and institute, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949. A recent article in the University of Dayton Quarterly states:

When he came to the Marian Library in 1960, the collection stood at about 15,000 volumes. Today, with 90,000 volumes in more than 50 languages and thousands of artifacts that span more than 500 years, the library is a world-renowned resource for religious scholars, thanks in good degree to Fackovec and his 38 years of cataloging, researching, reading, reviewing and collecting.

Not only has Fackovec helped build the library's collection, but he also has shared it with the community by offering lectures and tours to classes and library visitors and by putting together special exhibitions of unusual books and artifacts. In addition, he has located and translated writings, and his book-buying trips to Europe and Mexico have yielded numerous rare items.

It's a very interesting place to be," Fackovec said, "I find it very fascinating to see the way different cultures and different eras have spoken about Our Lady."

The honors will be conferred during the homecoming weekend of the university October 1 & 2 at a special reception and dinner as well as at half time of the homecoming football game.

A Lifetime Spent Treasuring Christian Heritage

In 1954 the Catholic Church proclaimed its first Marian Year. Mr. George B. Quatman of Lima and Russels Point, Ohio – an industrialist who gave the world its first city to city telephone dialing system – and his wife, Lucille, made a pilgrimage that year to Rome and to places that have historical significance in connection with the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the pilgrimage, the Quatmans were convinced that Mary had helped them and their family in many ways. During the pilgrimage, the Quatmans heard about a vast sweep of ruins of three major shrines in the eastern Mediterranean: the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, built at Ephesus around 550 AD (long in ruins); the residence at Ephesus believed to have been built by St. John the Apostle for the Blessed Mother (which Quatmans began immmediately to have restored and the goal of many pilgrims); and the ancient double church of the Virgin at Ephesus – half dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, half to St. John – where the historic Council of Ephesus took place in 431 AD, which proclaimed Mary as the Mother of God.

Determined to find a way to thank Mary for help received, the Quatmans returned to Europe in 1955 and searched for these traces of early Christianity in Ephesus, known in biblical times, as the wealthy capitol of Asia Minor and today as Selcuk in Turkey.

When the Quatmans returned to Turkey in 1955, they were shocked to find the site of the three ancient shrines in utter ruins. St. John's tomb was cluttered with rubbish and filth, a plaace where donkeys and goats roamed at will. The Quatmans received permission of the government and conferred with the local archbishop and leading Christian and Moslem citizens. With the papal blessing for the project, they established The American Society of Ephesus, a foundation established for the purpose of restoring the shrines.

An article in the Catholic Telegraph from August 3, 1967 reports:

The ruins of the church [of St. John the Evangelist - by today's standards the 6th largest in the world] are on a hill overlooking the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus. Here at the site of what once was one of the greatest and wealthiest cities of the world are the ruins of the first great Marian sanctuary, a building that was given to the Christians in the early Fourth Century. It was the Cathedral of Ephesus, the longest church in the world, where 200 bishops convened for the Fifth Century Council of Ephesus

At that council, the Church rejected the teachings of Nestorius, who had denied the divine nature of Christ, and proclaimed infallibly that Mary was the Mother of God. The Council Fathers gave her the title "Theotokos," meaning "God-bearer," and rejected the Nestorian contention that God the Son could not be born to a mere human being. ...

What happened to the grandeur of the ancient city? Invasions and civil wars caused the city to decline, but extinction came after the harbor of Ephesus started to clog with silt in the 12th and 13th centuries. Swamplands developed and malaria caused most Ephesus to move. The old city was largely enveloped by the growing Marshland. The basilica of St. John, on higher ground and some distance away, escaped being half-buried, as was the Church of Mary, but gradually disintegrated when the area became depopulated.

After the death of Mr. Quatman in 1964, the work was carried on by his five sons. George and Joseph Quatman accompanied Pope Paul VI during his visit to "Panaya Kapulu" (a name partly Greek and partly Turkish, meaning, "House of Our Lady") in 1967.

Over time, Joseph B. Quatman specially furthered the work of the foundation and concentrated on making Mary's House in Ephesus better known through the foundation. To enhance the area and draw attention to the Christian shrines, he erected a large statue of the Blessed Virgin modeled on a smaller statue currently near the home. (See image, courtesy of Jeanette Watters, to the right. For more on the discussion concerning the location of Mary's House see Mary's House)

Mary's House
Little House of Our Lady,
Restored and standing anew
From centuries' devastation,
On a mountainside she knew.

She came to you for haven
From a land beset with strife,
Far from the stress and tumult
That threatened her holy life.

You sheltered her in her sorrow,
Quietly soothing her fears,
Filling the lonely hours
Throughout her declining years.

Warmth from your hearthstone fire,
Its light on the walls aglow,
Brought to her peace and comfort
That only she could know.

Little house, she still remembers
Your gracious and tender care,
And comes on light rays from heaven
To the dim-lit chapel there.

Eyes have beheld her beauty,
Minds have been freed from all fear,
Hearts rejoice in the message
Of Our Lady standing near.

Our Lady of Ephesus
Panaya Kapulu

M. Laura Leddy (1881-1965)

[Statue of Mary outside house at

Statue of Mary outside the entrance to Mary's House on the left side of the walkway.

The large statue is made of bronze and weighs approximately 2,500 kilograms. The sculptor, Ahmet Bekir Ermin, is well known throughout Turkey for his sculpture, painting and photography. His studio is located in Izmir.

Part of the Quatman strategy for making the Ephesus renovations known and appreciated is to foster study of the early roots of Christianity and especially their connection to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The American Society of Ephesus sponsored presentations and has various forms of outreach. One outreach is to erect the Ephesus statue of Mary in other locations around the world. The sculptor has, for instance, created a copy of the statue for the grounds of Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio. The statue in Sidney can be seen well from Interstate 75. Other good works of study and furthering of Marian devotion are also undertaken by the society.

Mr. Quatman will be speaking to the Associates of the Family of Mary at Bergamo Retreat Center in October.

For more information about the Ephesus Foundation write to:

House of Our Lady "Meryem Ana Evi"
The Story of the Virgin Mary's Last Years
by George B. Quatman, D.E. (1890-1964)
As Revised and Updated by Joseph B. Quatman, B.S., J.D.
The American Society of Ephesus, Inc.
(George B. Quatman Foundation)
327 North Elizabeth Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4304

[Ephesus Statue at Sidney,
Ohio] [Ephesus Statue at Sidney,
Ephesus Statue of Mary at Sidney, Ohio Courtesy of Karen Roberts and L Hahn

Art Exhibit Available to Schools and Parishes

Artist Gloria Thomas has recently released a 21-piece art exhibit honoring the Jubilee Year. The works focus on the significant Christian contributions to the world since the time of Christ's birth 2000 years ago. The Lay Dominican Community of New Hope, KY, has produced exact laminated replicas of the artwork for easy shipping and distribution to parishes. For more information about this art exhibit, call Theo Sterns at the St. Martin de Porres Lay Dominican Community in New Hope, KY at 1-800-764-8444.

The Madonna Tapestry Collection

Recently, a flier arrived at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute with a welcome apostolate of The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They offer tapestries of Mary for purchase. The brochure begins:

Human nature compels us to cherish memories of persons to who we are deeply indebted, to whom we are strongly attached, and who we are anxious to imitate. External objects keep alive the memory of those we wish to remember.

All through the ages it has been Catholic tradition to honor Our Lady in paintings, statues and icons. ... She has been the most beloved subject of artists from every part of the world; and many a palette and pencil have been lifted throughout time to depict their tender Madonna.

Tapestry] Now in like manner the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have recreated several of these in heirloom tapestries.

Available are:

  • Our Lady of Czestochowz
  • "Ave Maria" Tapestry
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Coverlet (shown here)
  • Tilma of Guadalupe Tapestry.

[Conference Poster]


JORNADA MARIANAS 1999 was 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 was 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, presented a paper on Mary in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can click on the poster to view it in full size.

Resources on the Rosary

Attention is often paid to the rosary devotion in October. Mary Page offers many resources on the rosary. Among them:

  • The Rosary Since Vatican II
    Reports about the rosary's demise are premature. Includes extensive bibliography : Article
  • Rosary Meditation
    The Rosary in Image and Text Meditations Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Image and Text
  • Rosary Information Index
    Includes: How do you pray the Rosary? (FAQ #7) : Prayer
  • The Marian Library Newsletter Summer, 1998 Centenary of the Rosary
    Encyclicals: 1883-1898 Twelve Encyclicals by Pope Leo XIII : Rosary Encyclicals
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Pompei
    A Meditation


Young artists are invited to exhibit their works for the first time!

RELIGIO 2000 would like to make available to select young artists and craftsmen from all over the world, the opportunity to exhibit a work of art especially created for the Christian Church for the first time in public, without charge. Every work accepted by the selection panel will be exhibited and evaluated and the artists themselves offered the opportunity to present their work to the visitors to the exhibition.

The RELIGIO panel will only accept work from new young talent whose work has never before been seen at a major public show. The areas covered will be:

  • Stained Glass
  • Sculpture
  • Gold, silver and metalwork
  • Painting
  • Embroidery and liturgical vestments
Applications are invited by September 30, 1999 and must be accompanied by good photographs, a description of the proposed work, a full CV and a supporting portfolio of other work where possible.

The selected works will be exhibited free of charge in the RELIGIO GALLERY at RELIGIO 2000 where they will gain as much exposure to a discerning public as all the commercial and established trade exhibitors.


45, avenue George V - 75008 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) - Fax: 33 (0)1.

[Our Lady of Ephesus & Schoenstatt]

Mary's Image for Contemporary Classroom

On August 15, 1999, members of the Schoenstatt Movement in Ohio gathered at the foot of the monumental statue of Our Lady of Ephesus on the grounds of Lehman Catholic High School for the presentation of a picture of Mary, Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt to the school. The image was given in memory of Mr. Fred Grieshop and will be placed in the Religious Education Room of the school.

Image of Our Lady of Schoenstatt
with the statue of Our Lady of Ephesus

Jesus] Litany of the Infant Jesus

From time to time, treasures surface in the Marian Library that seem made for right now. One of our librarians recently discovered a litany in honor of the Infant Jesus. In the light of the millennium, it seems appropriate to offer Mary Page readers this precious litany. See our section on prayer at:

Mary Page Prayers: Litany of the Infant Jesus

At the same time, a collection of "holycards" of the Infant Jesus surfaced. The religious images show the Child Jesus according to the manifold ways devotion of children has been depicted.

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 Marian Events

  • The International Pontifical Marian Academy (PAMI) announces that the Fifteenth International Mariological Congress will be held in Rome, September 15-24, 2000. The theme of the meeting is "The Mystery of the Trinity and Mary." For more information on PAMI and the Mariological congress, see The Marianum Pontifical Faculty of Theology.

    The conference's central location will be at the Italian Marian shrine, Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore To learn more about the shrine, see Divino Amore

  • The Ecumencial Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary will hold its biennial meeting at Oriel College, Oxford, August 14-19, 2000. The meeting's theme is "The Word Made Flesh and the Blessed Virgin Mary."

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