In the News: May 24, 2016

By Michael Duricy


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

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

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Father Javier Alson, S.M.C., and Father Antonio Larocca, S.M.C., have been visiting Dayton for research at The Marian Library and pastoral ministry to the local Hispanic community. Click here to see a 3-minute YouTube video they produced to promote the New Evangelization to Hispanic Youth at Saint Mary's Parish in Dayton. They have also done presentations recently on Radio Maria U.S. and Radio Maria Mexico.


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

Danielle Peters is a graduate of IMRI and a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Church Life specializing in Mariology. Click here to see her review of the recent Marian film, Full of Grace.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the article below.

The Legion of Mary and the Society of Mary (Marianists) by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

From its beginnings the Legion of Mary and its founder, Servant of God Frank Duff, has had a relationship with the Society of Mary and its spirituality.  The chief Marianist influence was Father Emile Neubert, S.M., who had corresponded with Frank Duff and who wrote about the Legion of Mary in his books. Frank Duff, like St. Maximilian Kolbe , was well impressed by  Neubert’s My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary.

Two generations later, Father Paul Hoffer, S.M., former Superior General of the Marianists and a seminarian who studied under Father Neubert, was appointed national chaplain of the Legion of Mary in France by the country’s episcopal conference.

Legio Mariae (New and Revised Edition, 1993), acclaimed handbook of the Legion of Mary, carries citations from three Marianist authors: Father Emile Neubert, Brother Louis Cousin, and Father Joseph Schellhorn. 

Father Neubert is quoted on page 113 of the handbook; Brother Louis Cousin on page 41; and Father Schellhorn on pages 70, 71, 183, 197, 235-236.

The Marianist titles cited are: Marie dans le dogme by E. Neubert, S.M. Paris: Editions Spes, 1933, 303 pages ; Marie notre vraie Mere by Louis Cousin, S.M.  Paris: Librairie Bloud & Gay, 1923, 234 pages ; and Petit traite de Mariologie, a l’usage de la Societe de Marie by Joseph Schellhorn, S.M. Turnhout, Belgique: H. Proost et Cie., 1933, 123 pages


Marian Events

Mary and Mercy Retreats

Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for these retreats featuring speaker Father Michael Gaitley, MIC.
June 10-12: Saint Paul, MN >>
July 15-17: Hempstead, NY >>
Aug. 5-7: Stevens Point, WI >>


Mary in the Catholic Press

Cardinal Woelki, Pope's special envoy to Luxembourg  from the Holy See Press Office April 26, 2016

Vatican City, April 25, 2016 – In a letter published today, written in Latin and dated April 18, the Holy Father appoints Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, archbishop of Cologne, as his special envoy at the closing of the Octave of Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted, on the 350th anniversary of her election as patroness of the city of Luxembourg, scheduled to take place on May 1. The pontifical mission accompanying the cardinal will be composed of Msgr. Théophile Walin, honorary canon, and Rev. Fr. Tom Kerger, episcopal vicar for the synod process.


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.

Serenading Our Lady (Restless Pilgrim blog) March 11, 2016

In Catholic devotion, there are many songs addressed to Mary, such as the Regina Coeli and the Salve Regina. However, it may surprise you to know that the oldest text we have for a Marian hymn comes from about AD 250 written in Greek, preceding the Hail Mary by several centuries. I mention it today because this hymn is often sung at the end of evening prayer in Eastern Christianity during Lent. The hymn is known as "Beneath thy compassion"  and was used in the liturgy around Christmas time...

Click here to read the complete article [which includes the link to a 2-minute YouTube music video of the Sub Tuum Praesidium in Gregorian chant.]

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