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Mary in the News: Nov. 21, 2019

By Michael Duricy

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2020 Annual Conference of the ESBVM USA Call for Papers

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, USA (ESBVM USA) was formed by Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Orthodox, and Presbyterian Scholars and is open to all Christians.  The Society exists to advance the scholarly study of Mary, the Mother of Christ.  By drawing on insights and perspectives from all traditions within the Christian household, the Society promotes increasing one's understanding of Christianity, furthering the effectiveness of the Christian mission, fostering academic interchange, and participating in inter-ecclesial prayer.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: March 1, 2020

Conference Theme:  "Mary, Mother of the Lord"

Conference Dates:  July 22-25, 2020

Conference Location:  Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA  18612 (just outside Wilkes-Barre)

Submission Guidelines and Requirements:

The paper proposal should be in DOC or DOCX and must include: presentation title, your name, professional affiliation (e.g., university or church name), and status (undergrad, grad. student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty, pastor, etc.), contact information (e-mail address and daytime telephone), abstract (350-500 words), and equipment needs.

The general theme for the 2020 ESBVM USA Conference is "Mary, Mother of the Lord."  This theme may be explored using a variety of methods appropriate to your field of study, personal interests, and particular Christian tradition.  The following are some suggested topics to use for inspiration:

  • Explorations of Mary's motherhood as gleaned from particular Scripture passages (Old Testament typologies and prophecies as well as New Testament texts);
  • A study of Mary's motherhood as explored in the work of particular theologians and churchmen including the Early Church Fathers, Medieval Scholars, Protestant Reformers, and contemporary theologians;
  • Mary's motherhood as it relates to and illuminates cultural and social justice issues, anthropological issues, sacramental theology, Christian anthropology, and/or soteriology;
  • Conclusions drawn from or about ecumenical dialogues on the subject of Mary's motherhood;
  • Historical, systematic, scriptural, or ecumenical explorations of Mary's motherhood as revealed by Marian titles such as Theotókos, Maria Lactans, or Mother of the Church and/or aspects of Mary's motherhood enshrined in Marian dogmas;
  • Eastern and/or Western artistic depictions of Mary as mother of Christ, Christians, or the Church in the visual, literary and performing arts;
  • Liturgical texts, prayers, and feast days in honor of Mary's motherhood; and
  • The role that Mary's motherhood has played in Marian apparitions.

Please address your proposal for review to:                           

Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D.

ESBVM-USA, President

Misericordia University

301 Lake Street

Dallas, PA  18612

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

Newest Issue of the Radio Maria USA Newsletter Now Available

The November 2019 Newsletter of Radio Maria USA is available to view free online [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]. 

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Marian Events

Title: Las Posadas de U.D.

Dates: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: University of Dayton (U.D.), 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469

Journey in the footsteps of the Holy Family with this traditional Mexican Advent celebration, seeking shelter for the birth of Christ.  The procession will begin in the Humanities Plaza, concluding with a Fiesta in the Adele Center.  Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center (MEC).

Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope Entrusts Asian Trip to Virgin Mary (Zenit) November 19, 2019

Pope Francis on the morning of Tuesday, November 19, 2019, followed his own custom and visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome to pray before the image of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani.

It is a tradition he has observed before each of his apostolic journeys.  Pope Francis has visited the Basilica many times.  The first time was the day after his election as Pope, on March 14, 2013.

The Holy Father leaves today for Thailand and Japan, returning to Rome on November 26....

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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.

Vessels to Eternity (Columbia) November, 2019

Pope John Paul II's funeral Mass marked a radical turning point in Marcus Daly's career.

"There in Saint Peter's Square, filled with beautiful architecture and art, was his simple wooden casket with a Marian cross," recalled Daly, 51.  "It was a profound statement about our nakedness before God.  We come into this world naked.  We go out of this world naked."

That sight sparked a desire in Daly, a self-taught carpenter who once dreamed of becoming a boatbuilder, to craft vessels for a different kind of journey.

In 2009, Daly sold his landscaping business on Vachon Island, about a 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle, and launched a company called Marian Caskets to build and sell caskets modeled on Pope John Paul II's....

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