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In the News: Sept. 22, 2015

By Michael Duricy

ML/IMRI Features

Marian Events

Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features


Father Arokiasamy Susaimani, O.S.M., celebrated his Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee on September 12, 2015 at Christ the King Church in Perumanam, India. Please join us in congratulating him and in praying for his ministry and future welfare. May God grant hin many years.

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

Video of the recent rededication of the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton is available on YouTube. Click here to view Part I (7 minutes) or here to view Part II (2 hours).


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the information below.

William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family, was declared "Blessed" by Pope John Paul II fifteen years ago. To celebrate this important anniversary (September 3, 2000), the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) shares with you this touching tribute, which first appeared in a French newspaper days prior to the actual beatification.

Marian Events

An online Marian Forum will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. Eastern Time to take stock of where Mariology stands today. The first teleconference will be about Teaching Mariology in Seminaries with 20-minute presentations by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, President of the Mariological Society of America, and Professor of Sacred Theology, Detroit, Michigan, and Father Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh, Rector of the Athenaeum, Cincinnati, Ohio. The session will include an hour of open discussion.

Register online by September 25 to have the two papers and instructions emailed to you on October 2 to allow you to respond in advance by email or live during the session. Click here for details about the Forum.

Mary in the Catholic Press

U.S. Bishops' Leader: United States Should Help More With Syrian Refugees from Zenit (USA) September 14, 2015

Catholics in the United States, as well as all people of good will, should express openness and welcome to refugees fleeing Syria and elsewhere in order to survive, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement last Thursday.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued the call on the heels of Pope Francis' appeal, September 6, that every Catholic parish in Europe house a refugee family.

"The Catholic Church in the United States—with nearly one-hundred Catholic Charities agencies and hundreds of parishes assisting refugees to this country each year, and with Catholic Relief Services providing humanitarian aid to refugees in the Middle East and Europe—stands ready to help in this effort," wrote Archbishop Kurtz....

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph flee the terror of Herod. They are the archetype of every refugee family. Let us pray that the Holy Family watches over the thousands of refugee families in Europe and beyond at this time.

Click here to see the complete article from Zenit.


Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of The Mary Page 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.

Sacred Space (University of Dayton Magazine) August 12, 2015

The University of Dayton will start the school year with a series of events to rededicate the spiritual and geographical focal point of its mission—the iconic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception—after a 14-month, $12-million renovation.

It all begins with an invitation-only event Sunday, Aug. 16; video of the Mass and photos will be available the next day on the chapel renovation website. Faculty and staff tours will take place after a prayer service at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, for the new academic year. The first full slate of Sunday Masses begins Aug. 30, when students will be back on campus; each Mass will include a prayerful recognition of the rededication. Daily midday Masses (12:30 p.m.) will resume Monday, Aug. 17.

"Nearly every week during the past two years, the chapel renovation committee met to consider every detail behind the building's first complete renovation since it was constructed in 1869," University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran said. "They were guided by faith, vision and unwavering principles. Every great Catholic university needs a sacred space in the heart of its campus. The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is more than a treasured landmark on campus. Its long-overdue renovation goes beyond bricks and mortar to the heart of our identity. We are—and will always be—a community of faith...."

Click here to read the complete article.


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