Mary in the News: Feb. 27, 2018

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

Marian Events

Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features

  • Kayla Harris, Archivist/Librarian at the Marian Library, offers the suggestions below to researchers searching for Archival Collections.
  • Although some of our archival collections are discoverable in the catalog, many things are not.  The catalog record only includes the short description of a collection and therefore does not often include individual items or key names. For example, a search of our catalog for the topic of St. John of the Cross returns many great titles within our library.  It does not however, let us know that the U.S. Catholic Collection actually has a relic of St. John of the Cross.

    Members of our staff use a tool called ArchivesSpace to create our finding aids and manage the archival collections. Currently this system is not linked from Roesch library's website, but one can still access it from http://udayton.lyrasistechnology.org/

    This website will search not only Marian Library archival collections, but also those from US Catholic and University Archives and Special Collections at the University of Dayton.  You can also browse using the navigational toolbar at the top of the page.  More information will be available later this year.

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

e-Book on Polish Madonnas

We have scanned and posted a booklet on our website that we published recently called Polish Madonnas: Poems and Images.  If you are interested in viewing it, the PDF is available free online at URL: https://udayton.edu/imri/mary/_resources/docs-pdfs/p/polish-madonnas-poems-and-images.pdf.  
From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below with the following comments: "Brother Juan Vergareche, S.M., is the first Marianist Working Brother to become a candidate for beatification and canonization.  He was martyred Nov. 7, 1936 during the Spanish Civil War near Madrid."

Venerable Brother Juan Vergareche, S.M. by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

May 15, 1890 - Nov. 7, 1936

Place of birth: Guellano (Guipuzcoa) , Spain,  near Escoriaza

First profession of vows: Vitoria, Spain, 1911

Perpetual vows: Escoriaza, Spain, 1917

Working Brother: tailor, infirmarian, barber 

Communities: Escoriaza, Vitoria, Madrid.  Lived with Blesseds Carlos, Jesus, Fidel, and Domingo in Madrid.

Martyred for the faith Nov. 7, 1936, at Paraculleos de Jarama near Madrid.

He was respected as a devoted religious, a diligent worker, and devotee of the Virgin Mary.

Cause for beatification: Introduced in the Diocese of Alcala de Henares, where he is buried.

Brother Juan is the first Marianist Working Brother to become a candidate for beatification and canonization.


Marian Events

Event: Book Presentation at the Marianum in Rome

Theme: Mary of Nazareth: History, Tradition, and Dogma

Location: Pontifical Faculty of TheologyViale Trenta Aprile, 6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:30 pm

The Chair of Women and Christianity at the Marianum is sponsoring a presentation by Adriana Valerio on her book, Maria di Nazaret: Storia, Traizioni, Dogmi.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope at St. Mary Major: "We are Looking for Refuge." (Zenit website) January 28, 2018

In times of trouble, Christians come to Mary for refuge, Pope Francis stressed in his homily on January 28, 2018, in the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.  He came to celebrate Mass on the occasion of the Feast of the Translation of the Icon of the Salus Populi Romani.

"We are looking for refuge," said the Holy Father. "Our Fathers in the faith have taught that in turbulent moments, we must gather under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God."

He pointed out that in the past those being persecuted and the needy would seek help from "noble, high-ranking women," who "stretched out their cloaks, which were considered inviolable, as a sign of reception, for they granted protection."

Mary, he noted, is the "highest" woman. "Her coat is always open to welcome us and gather us." ...

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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.

Rosary for Life and Faith (Press Release) February 21, 2018

We are now on a count down to May 25, 2018, the presumed date of a referendum that outrageously asks the people of Ireland to remove the eighth Amendment, an important protection for children before birth.  This is the battle not just for babies but also for the soul of Ireland.

It is almost eighty years since the evacuation of  Dunkirk, or the “Miracle of Dunkirk,” as it was then known.  The British Army, which included many Irishmen, was stranded in Northern France.  They were encircled by the formidable German Army and the Ocean.  As the noose tightened, German war planes flew overhead and dropped bombs.  The soldiers prayed, and with them all those at home who followed their desperate plight by radio. Crucially, King George VI went on the airwaves calling the people to a National Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Army.  History records that every church and chapel in Britain was full on May 26.  It also records the heroism of the coastal people, who trusting in God, set sail in over nine-hundred small boats, across the English Channel, braving bullets and bombs, to incredibly rescue 338,226 of their stranded soldiers.  It also records a number of unexpected happenings that aided the evacuation, and which were recognized as responses to prayer.

Ireland's unborn babies are encircled by seemingly unbeatable forces in the form of the Government, and the majority of our representatives, the media, big money.  We need a miracle!  The people of Ireland need to be willing to brave the bullets and bombs of criticism and social ostracism, and our work must be rooted in prayer, both private, and in groups--the Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, fasting, sacrifices, and many, many rosaries.  But, like during the Dunkirk crisis, we must also offer public prayer.

This is why people are organizing the Rosary at the Mass Rocks for Life and Faith.  Sunday, March  18, 2018 was chosen because it is the day that bridges the Feasts of St. Patrick, the protector of Ireland (March 17), and St. Joseph, the Protector of the Universal Church (March 19).  

On March 18 people will gather, with their priests, bishops and religious, across Ireland, at  Mass Rocks, Monasteries, Papal Crosses, the shrines of our saints, and other holy places, to pray as a people …  to pray with the saints and holy souls who attended mass at these places, to pray to Jesus Christ, King of Ireland, and to Our Lady, the Queen of Ireland, for the protection of our little sisters and brothers.

To register a Mass Rock or other holy site, or to find out where there is a prayer location near you, simply visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie, or email coastalrosaryireland@gmail.comor text/ring (after 3:30 p.m.) 087 278 6552.  There is also a Facebook Page at Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith. 

There are posters on the website above that you can print out for your churches. The posters have a space for you to write in your nearest location.

Finally, we also ask you to pray and fast for Ireland’s Supreme Court.  The State is appealing the "Humphrey Judgement" of 2017 which correctly recognized each unborn as a child with rights in the Irish Constitution beyond the eighth Amendment.  Our judges are being asked by the State to overturn this judgement.  The hearing for this began on February 22, 2018.

Click here for more information.


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