In the News: August 2, 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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Dr. Virginia Kimball, spoke about the Assumption of Mary on the August 2, 2016 broadcast of One More Soul on Radio Maria.  Her special interest is in Marian spirituality and devotion in other Christian denominations and other religions, including Islam.

Virginia is President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary--USA which will hold its annual conference on "Mary in Scripture," from August 4-6, 2016, at Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh NY.  "Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity."  All are welcome!

Virginia received both the STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology, 2000) and STD (Doctorate in Sacred Theology, 2003) from IMRI (International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton and is a frequent contributor to their All About Mary website.  She teaches for Assumption College, Worcester MA.

Dr. Kimball is the author of many journal articles on Mary, especially on the Assumption. Listen to a recording of this program from the audio archive of the website for Radio Maria at URL radiomaria.us.

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

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us about an interesting e-commerce site which offers pillowcases with over thirty beautiful designs to honor Jesus and the Saints. These include a number of Marian pillowcases. Begin and end each day with a prayerful heart. For details, click into PrayerPillowcases.com.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below with the following comments: "Interesting news from Australia"

Mosque Named for Blessed Virgin Mary

In an effort to show there is common ground between Christians and Muslims, an Australian imam named his house of worship in the sheep country between Melbourne and Geelong the Virgin Mary Mosque, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Let us prove that Christianity and Islam have many things in common," said the blind Somali named Sheik Isse Musse. "We both revere the Virgin Mary.  A second thing is that generally Muslims name their schools, their mosques, their streets, everything after men. Let us show there is nothing wrong in naming a mosque after a person like Mary."

He added, "Some people could not digest it, but I kept explaining: "Look, is not the Virgin Mary mentioned in the holy Qur'an? Isn't she a very high and pious person?' Yes. So what's stopping us from giving her name to our mosque?"


Marian Events

Fatima, USA 2016

Date: August 12, 2016

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, 2365 St. John's Rd., Maria Stein, OH 45860

Father Eric Bowman from Transfiguration Parish in West Milton will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Father Bowman has a fervent devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. In 2017, he is organizing a tour to Fatima Portugal for the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Lucia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

Holy Mass begins at 7:30. After dark, a candle-light rosary will take form on the grounds as each prayer is recited. The program will conclude with a candle-light procession around the grounds. Candles and holders will be available. All Priests are invited to celebrate at the Mass. The Sacrament of Confession will be available.

Please bring your rosary, lawn chair, and warm clothing [appropriate dress]. A donation will be accepted for candles, holders, and other expenses.

Handicapped parking will be available. General parking will be available on the grounds. Bus parking will also be available. No food service will be available.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Africa to Be Consecrated to Divine Mercy This September from Zenit July 12, 2016

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Cardinal Pasinya Laurent Monsengwo, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, as his special envoy to the Third Congress for Africa and Madagascar on Divine Mercy (AMACOM), which will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from September 9-15, 2016....

"During the Congress, two special events are reserved: The act of consecration of the African continent to the Divine Mercy, on September 14, at the closing of this Congress. Then second, the pilgrimage of all participants at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Kibeho on September 15," the AMACOM coordinator announced.

Rwanda says it is ready to welcome pilgrims to the Congress that will be held at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Kabuga in the Archdiocese of Kigali, Rwanda.

A Novena is available on the internet page: http://sanctuary.kabuga.com.

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.

Walk of Fame: The Rev. Leo Meyer, S.M. (Dayton Daily News) July 25, 2016

The Rev. Leo Meyer, S.M. (1800-1868) was one of the founders and the first president of the University of Dayton. In 1850, he opened St. Mary's School for Boys with only fourteen students.The school underwent several name changes until it was incorporated as the University of Dayton in 1920. The Rev. Meyer's vision of the need for higher education in the Miami Valley remains true today, as U.D. is a community-oriented institution with the goal of teaching its graduates to learn, lead, and serve. Approximately one-fourth of its graduates live in the Miami Valley, where they practice the service-leadership they have learned. The University of Dayton Research Institute contributes to the region's reputation as an area rich in inventions, and its Marian Library serves as a research center for Catholic intellectual thought. Father Meyer was inducted into the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame in 2000.

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