In the News: Posted March 13, 2015

By Michael Duricy

ML/IMRI Features

Marian Events

Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features

Reader Comments

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 is a typical example.

I understand that you all are affiliated with the Mary's Gardens website from the University of Dayton. Thank you for providing thorough information about Mary Gardens!
A couple of years ago, I found this website. I had never heard of Mary Gardens before and was very intrigued and inspired by their rich history. Around this time, my sister was considering abortion. When she chose to have her son, Landon, I wanted to have a baby shower for her, but family strain made that impossible. I reached out to the community and found no organization to help. 
I strongly feel that God led me to this website. And that God put it on my heart to start an outreach ministry--inspired by these beautiful gardens!!!  
Mary Garden Showers seeks to empower women in crisis pregnancies by providing love and support in the form of baby showers to celebrate each life God brings into the world. We work with a local pregnancy resource center to identify women who are choosing life. Then we allow them to set up registries and shower one woman at a time. More information is available at marygardenshowers.org.
We wanted our name to draw attention to the beautiful devotional ministry of Mary Gardens. Just as in a garden, more and more flowers are encouraged to grow, we are encouraging more and more lives to be brought into this world. We believe that every life is cause for celebration as "all the flowers he has created are lovely."--St. Therese of Lisieux. I wanted to make you aware of this ministry. We are just getting started and are trying to get other churches involved--and there's a lot of work ahead! Again, thank you very much. Please keep us in your prayers.
If anyone is interested in getting involved or starting a chapter of Mary Garden Showers, they can contact us through our website or by email at marygardenshowers@gmail.com. There are so many pregnant women out there who need love.
I'll be using your resources soon, too, as I plan to attempt starting a Mary Garden at our home this spring.  :)

Thanks again for the encouragement! 

Kaitlyn M.


Brother Andrew Kosmowski recently created a Twitter feed for The Marian Library to highlight Marian Commemoration Days, art displays, etc. It started on March 1, 2015. The Twitter name is @marian_library.


Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Videos of Crèche Pilgrimage at the University of Notre Dame

During Advent 2014, the University of Notre hosted a Crèche Pilgrimage. Videos of that event are now available on YouTube. Click here for information or here to see the videos: (78 seconds) and (55 seconds).


From the Marian Treasure Chest
Antioch Celebrates Saint Peter by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.--published on page 32 in The Catholic Response, January/February 2015

Biblical Antioch, the city in ancient Syria where “for the first time the disciples were called Christians,” is now known as Antakya and rests in modern Turkey. 

Today in Antakya is a small minority of Christians concentrated in the heart of the old city. At least once a year they are the center of attraction when they plan a great celebration at the Grotto of Saint Peter. The celebration of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29 is so special that the Islamic world of that area cannot ignore it. The Muslims know little about Saint Peter and the role he played in the early history of Christianity. However, they do know that in the cave named for him and which attracts people from all over the world there is found “good-luck” water which has curative powers. This draws Muslims as well as Christians for the celebration of the feast on June 29. Large numbers fill the shrine and light candles before entering to take the water.

Usually Mass is offered in the evening, and a specially prepared Liturgy of the Word is celebrated for the Muslims in the morning. The vali (mayor) of the city attends, accompanied by civic dignitaries, who are greeted by the apostolic nuncio, the archbishop, priests, and professors.

In the ceremony for the Muslims the national anthem is sung, and then follows a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. With great respect for the Book (Bible), the Muslims listen attentively to the reading and to the commentary provided by the Protestant minister of Iskenderun. He explains to them that just as there is one sun, so there is only one God. This God appeared among us and then left his footprints for us to follow if we wish to find him.

Saint Peter, intercede for us and keep us united before God.


Marian Events

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea Graduate Conference, co-hosted by the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The conference is March 20-21, and features a keynote address by Dr. Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London), “The Virgin Mary: Emotion and legacy in medieval Europe and Beyond.” The conference begins Friday March 20, 2015 at 3 PM at the NMWA, with Dr. Rubin’s lecture commencing at 5 PM. The conference will move to CUA for the second day on Saturday March 21 in the Pryzbyla Center. Receptions will follow on both days. Click here for more information or here to register.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Egyptian Coptic Catholic Church Attacked from Zenit (Rome) March 10, 2015

A Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt was attacked on Monday morning. According to Fides News Agency, the Church was struck by an explosive device by armed men and wounding two policemen guarding the Church in Kafr el-Dawar.

The Church, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is run by the Franciscan Fathers. Bishop Adel Zaki, O.F.M., the Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria for the Catholics of the Latin Rite, said the attack occurred at 3 a.m....

Click here to see the complete article.


Mary in the Secular Press

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.

Meet Mary: An Experience of Sacred Art from Danielle Peters at the Center for Liturgy, Institute for Church Life (Notre Dame University Blog) February 9, 2015

Ever since I had heard about the exhibit Meet Mary hosted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), I decided to add this event to my itinerary when going to Washington for the Right for Life March. And I am very glad I did!

The encounter with Mary took place in a most beautiful setting; a 78,810-square-foot Washington landmark, formerly a Masonic Temple, near the White House. Refurbished in 1983 in accordance with the highest design, museum, and security standards, NMWA truly offers an ambience fitting to the most honored woman throughout history....

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