Friday July 7, 2006

There's Something About Mary

The Marian Library will explore who Mary is for today's society, how to encourage devotion to her and the state of her doctrine in the United States during a symposium July 26-29.

The University of Dayton's Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute will explore who Mary, the mother of Jesus, is for today's society, how to encourage devotion to her and the state of her doctrine in the United States during a symposium July 26-29.

The symposium also will discuss Mary's presence in the liturgy, film, multiple religious traditions and art, Mary as a cultural person, and the role of Marian customs, apparitions, shrines and pilgrimages.

Korean artist O-Sek Bang, whose free "Madonnas of the Morning Calm" exhibit is on display at the Marian Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 15, will give tours and discuss her exhibit from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28.

"Madonnas of the Morning Calm" is an exhibit of 30 images, the centerpiece of which is a 15-foot-long screen depicting the Annunciation, Visitation and other scenes from the life of Mary.

Bang will be the guest of honor of the Korean Catholic community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 30 at Queen of Apostles Church in Bergamo Mount St. John on 4400 Shakertown Rd.

Registration for the symposium is $50 and is due July 15. Call 937-229-4254 or 937-229-4214 for more information.

For media interviews, contact the Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., at 937-229-4214. Photos are available on request.