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In the News: December 7, 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

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features


UD Christmas on Campus December 8

The University of Dayton will host its annual Christmas on Campus on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. More than 1,000 local schoolchildren will be paired with a U.D. undergraduate to meet Santa, make ornaments and crafts, and enjoy hot chocolate. Children will arrive in C Lot, off Evanston Avenue neat the RecPlex, between 5 and 5:30 p.m. An opening ceremony, live Nativity, tree lighting and Santa's arrival are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Humanities Plaza. Christmas on Campus has evolved into one of the nation's largest single-day, on-campus community service events, All activities are free and open to the public.


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

Marian Music CD from the Crosier Fathers and Brothers

The National Shrine of Saint Odilia presents Music in honor of Mary, Mother of God. For a gift of $20 or more, they will send one copy of this beautiful new CD of Marian music which includes the following titles: Ave Maria; Ave Maria, God is with you; Canticle of Mary; Hail Mary: Gentle Woman; Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above; Immaculate Mary; The Magnificat of Mary; O Santissima; On this day, O beautiful Mother; Salve Regina; Serdeczna Matko; and Sing of Mary. For more information call 320-532-5226 or click into


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below along with the following comments: "Father Jose Maria Salaverri has informed me that the cause of another Marianist martyr of 1936 in Paracuellos del Jarama, Spain has been introduced. He is Brother Juan Vergareche (1890-1936), a Working Brother. We are awaiting more information from Father Enrique Torres."

Marianists on the Road to Sainthood by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

"We are called to be a people of saints." (Chaminade)


Father William Joseph Chaminade1 1761-1850, January 22 

Brother Carlos Eraña2 1884-1936, September 18

Brother Jesús Hita2 1900-1936, September 18

Brother Fidel Fuidio2 1880-1936, September 18  

Father Jakob Gapp4 1897-1943, August 13

Father Miguel Leibar3 1885-1936, November 6 

Brother Florencio Arnáiz3 1909-1936, November 6 

Brother Joaquín Ochoa3 1910-1936, November 6

Brother Sabino Ayastuy3 1911-1936, November 6


Mother Adele de Batz de Trenquélleon1 (Mother Marie of the Conception) 1789-1828, January 10

Mother Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous1 1754-1836, September 14

Faustino Pérez-Manglano5 1946-1963, March 3


Father Domingo Lázaro 1877-1935, February 22

Father Vicente Lopez de Uralde 1894-1990, September 15

Brother Juan Vergareche 1890-1936

1 Founders

2 Civil War Martyrs in Ciudad Real

3 Civil War Martyrs in Madrid

4 World War II Martyr in Berlin

5 Consecrated Marianist Sodalist and Aspirant

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

Pope Prays at Santa Maria Maggiore Before Departing for Africa from Zenit (Vatican City) November 25, 2015

Last evening, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to pray for the success of his trip to Africa, which began this morning. This visit marked the Holy Father's twenty-seventh visit to the Marian Basilica to pray for Mary's protection and intercession.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope prayed before the ancient image of Mary, Salus Populi Romani, and invoked the Virgin Mary's protection on his travels and upon the people he will visit in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic....

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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.

Pilgrimage to see crèche exhibit is Sunday at Notre Dame (South Bend Tribune) December 3, 2015

The public is invited to participate in a pilgrimage in prayer and song at 2:30 p.m. Sunday to see an international creche exhibit on display at the University of Notre Dame. Christmas Nativity scenes from around the world are on display on campus through Jan. 31, 2016.

The thirty-one crèches, on loan from Marian Library at the University of Dayton, are located at several sites on the Notre Dame campus: Eck Visitors Center, the Morris Inn, Geddes Hall, Coleman-Morse Center and the Main Building....

Visitors also are invited to take a self-guided tour of the exhibit at any time using a booklet that can be found at any of the display sites. For details, see

The theme of this year's exhibit is Love Incarnate with Us Dwells, a lyric from a traditional Christmas hymn, O Hearken Ye.

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