In the News: May 5, 2016

By Michael Duricy


Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

ML/IMRI Features

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features


Catherine O'Brien, Ph.D., Kingston University, London, author of The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen presented The Virgin Mary on Screen: Mother and Disciple on Tuesday March 15, 2016, at the University of Notre Dame. This lecture was part of the academic course Know Your Catholic Faith: Mary in the Movies,
offered through the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. Click here to view the entire 130-minute talk [which includes a number of film clips] on YouTube. Michael Duricy later presented Interpreting Marian Allusions in Film on April 19, 2016 at the same venue. Click here to view the entire 140-minute talk [which also includes a number of film clips].

Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

Introducing a dynamic new Bible study series on DVD from Saint Joseph Communications: The Bible and the Virgin Mary.

Dr. Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology are proud to introduce a dynamic and distinctively Catholic Bible study designed to draw Catholics deeper into Scripture for a transformative encounter with Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. Click here for more information, or here to view the trailer.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the article below with these comments: "The notice below concerns a Roman document concerning Marian studies."

A Charter for Marian Studies by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation is one of the most important and most impressive recent documents of the Church concerning the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history. VMISF ranks with chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium (Vatican II), Marialis Cultus (Paul VI), Redemptoris Mater (John Paul II), and Behold Your Mother (U.S. Bishops). VMISF is a magna carta of Mariology for the contemporary Church. The document was issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education at the time of the second Marian Year (1987-1988) on March 25, 1988.   Unfortunately it is little known and has received scant attention.


Marian Events

Join the Children of Mary at a Holy Hour for Vocations from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, Ohio. All are welcome and encouraged to come. This event happens every second Thursday of the month.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Who's Being Ordained to the Priesthood These Days? from Zenit April 26, 2016

Members of the 2016 class of men ordained to the priesthood in the United States report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people.

Seven in 10 (70 percent) say they were encouraged by a parish priest, as well as friends (48 percent), parishioners (46 percent), and mothers (42 percent). On average, they lived in the diocese or eparchy for which they will be ordained for 15 years before entering seminary. Religious ordinands knew the members of their religious institute an average of five years before entering.

The total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2016, 548, is slightly down from 595 in 2015 and up from 477 in 2014....

The full report can be found online: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/ordination-class/index.cfm

Among the survey's major findings:


Seven in 10 (70 percent) indicate they served as an altar server and about half (53 percent) reporting service as a lector. One in six (17 percent) participated in a World Youth Day before entering the seminary.

About seven in 10 report regularly praying the rosary (73 percent) and participating in Eucharistic adoration (73 percent) before entering the seminary.

About half (51 percent) indicated that they were discouraged from considering the priesthood. On average, one to two individuals are said to have discouraged them.

Click here to read the complete article.


Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary 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.

Motorcycle enthusiasts get bikes blessed (Catholic Telegraph E-pistle) April 27, 2016

Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the archdiocese met Sunday afternoon at St. Michael's in Ft. Laramie for a blessing of the bikes. Father Ethan Moore, of St. Peter's in Huber Heights, himself a rider, blessed those who attended and their motorcycles and led them in a ride around the northern reaches of the archdiocese, stopping at several churches to recite the rosary.

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