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In the News: December 4, 2015

By Michael Duricy

Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

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Danielle Peters sent us information about Christmas activities planned by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Click here for more information about their Second Annual International Crèche Display and Pilgrimage, or here for a PDF booklet with images and the schedule, or here for a short video of last year's event.

Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life invites you to the Second Annual Crèche Pilgrimage taking place on December 6 from 2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Participants will gather at the Eck Visitors Center and journey together to visit the crèche exhibits in the Morris Inn, the Coleman Morse Center and the Main Building. The pilgrimage will be accompanied by prayerful reflection and recitation of the rosary. University of Notre Dame President, Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will welcome the pilgrims to the Main Building with an Advent prayer followed by a blessing. Pilgrims are invited to bring Baby Jesus figures from their home nativity sets to be blessed by Father Jenkins. A reception will follow. Click here for a map of locations.

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

Year of Mercy Rosary CD and MP3

In honor of the Year of Mercy, Saint Luke Productions is producing a beautiful new audio Year of Mercy Rosary. You'll love the simple, inspiring Rosary reflections which focus especially on God's healing forgiveness for every soul. It will be available soon, but may be pre-ordered now. Copies on CD are $10 and copies  on MP3 are $7.50. Click here for details.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below along with the following comments: "Below is some information about Venerable Juan Vergareche, S.M., a Marianist Working Brother, martyred during the Spanish Civil War. His cause for beatification was advanced recently."

Venerable Brother Juan Vergareche, S.M. (May 15, 1890 - Nov. 7, 1936) by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

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

National Geographic to publish Marian article in their magazine and to broadcast a companion piece in their Explorer series

When National Geographic decided to devote the December 2015 cover story to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, they turned to the International Marian Research Institute/Marian Library for expertise.

Father Bert Buby, S.M., and Father Johann Roten, S.M., are quoted in the story, which hit newsstands November 24. A companion television program, The Cult of Mary will air Sunday, December 13, through the National Geographic Explorer series.

You may also read this story and view a variety of multimedia on the National Geographic website "How the Virgin Mary Became the World's Most Powerful Woman."

Author, Maureen Orth, contacted him earlier this year, says Buby, because of the trilogy he wrote on Mary. Orth traveled to Dayton in March and spent a day with him in The Marian Library, learning from faculty and students there.

Orth and Buby even attended Mass together at the Chaminade Chapel.

He understands why interest in Mary and Marian apparitions continue to fascinate the world.

"Mary continues to exist in a real way," he said. "She's a universal type of woman."


Mary in the Catholic Press

Forum: "We must be ready!" from Zenit (New York City) November 24, 2015

The following is a reflection of Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, entitled 'We Must Be Ready' Published on November 16, 2015. It is from Cardinal Dolan's blog available on his website at


We Must Be Ready

Is the end of the world coming?

Yes ...

When?  Beats me ...

Jesus was blunt about the end of the world, and that He would come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. That we know.

He was not blunt about when this was going to happen. In fact, He confessed that even He did not know! Such knowledge belongs only to His Father in heaven, He informed us....

I learned in second grade a prayer Sister recommended to us before we fall asleep: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul! Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony! Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen."

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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.

UD Christmas Exhibit Opens November 28 (Dayton Daily News) November 19, 2015

The University of Dayton will celebrate "Christmas and Beyond" with its annual exhibit of Nativities from around the world and the installation of a new model train display built to tell the story of Jesus' young life.

"At the Manger: Christmas and Beyond" runs from Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 to Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 inside Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public.

A grand opening celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, will feature children's activities, light refreshments, entertainment by the Dayton Celebration Chorus and a college football viewing area.

New this year, the model train travels through an 18-by-12 foot display. Ten stations depict the events surrounding Jesus' birth and childhood. The train will be housed on the seventh floor of the library.

At the Manger will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed for holidays on Dec. 8, 24, 25, and 31 in 2015; and Jan. 1 and 18, 2016.

For more information, visit or call 937-229-4265. Guided group tours for six or more are available by calling 937-229-4214.

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