Tuesday June 20, 2006

Living With Mary Today

Symposium to address a variety of issues related to Mary and Marian customs.

"Living with Mary Today," a four-day symposium to be held at the University of Dayton July 26-29, will explore such issues as who Mary is for the people, how to encourage sound devotion to her and the state of Marian doctrine in the United States.

The symposium, sponsored by the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, is being held in response to requests from the institute's students and members of religious institutes dedicated to Mary. They expressed a need to keep abreast of ecumenical dialogue and documents from Rome, as well as various commissions in view of revived interest in Marian devotion, said the Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., director of the Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute.

A registration fee of $50 is due July 1. Room and board and meal packages are available. Call 937-229-4254 or 937-229-4214 or go to www.themarypage.net.

Morning sessions will include discussions of Marian dogmas, Mary's presence in the liturgy, Mary as a cultural person, and Mary in other Christian traditions and religious cultures. Afternoon sessions will address praying with Mary, devotions and the role of Marian customs, apparitions, shrines, and pilgrimages. A session on surfing the Internet for Mary is included.

Evening events will include Eucharistic liturgy, a Marian concert, programs on Mary and film and Mary in art, and a picnic.

Articles from the symposium will be published on the Mary Page.

For media interviews, contact the Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., at 937-229-4214.