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Mary in the News: Jan. 8, 2018

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

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The Koehler Award for international students is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018. The award is $200. Eligibility is for an international student currently attending UD and who would return in the Fall. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2018. Click here for more information.

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

Marian Scenes in Film on Pope Pius XII

Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky is available for free on Gloria TV. It's a long movie, over three hours, but well worth it. There are several scenes where Pius XII is shown holding his Rosary and one where he prays part of the Salve Regina. There is also a scene in a monastery where Our Lady is in the background as food is being distributed to the Jews in hiding in the "convent" (monastery). The DVD version of the film has extras about historical aspects.

Click here to watch the entire film online (189 minutes).


From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

What's in the Name Chaminade? by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Over the years many have questioned the origin of the name Chaminade and if it has a meaning. Thanks to the dedicated research of Marianist scholars like Father Herbert Kramer and Father Joseph Verrier, we have documented information.

Chaminade is an old family name in southern France.  From the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries we find records of persons bearing that name in or near Bordeaux. Several were monks, one an abbot, in the monastery of Ste. Croix at Bordeaux. In those old records the name La Caminada is the precursor of Chaminade. Chaminade became more common in the seventeenth century.

The Meaning of Chaminade

Various historians, archivists, and archaeologists in France have attested to the origin and meaning of the name Chaminade, which evolved from Caminade. The name means presbytery, rectory, priest's house; because in those times few persons besides the bourgeois and the pastor owned a house with a chimney (cheminée in French). Even today in the region around Toulouse, France, the dialect term for rectory is caminade.

Many Chaminade Families in Périgueux

Most of the Chaminade families of Blessed William Joseph's native city resided in the cathedral parish of St. Front, where our Marianist Founder was baptized and spent his early years. Mussidan, where he later studied and taught, was also home to many Chaminade families.

The majority of Chaminade bread-winners were craftsmen, such as shoemakers, tailors, gardeners, farmers, laborers.  Some worked in the legal profession. Father Chaminade's father was a window glass worker, and his grandfather was a stone worker.

Cécile Chaminade Not a Relative

For a time some thought that the celebrated composer and pianist Cécile Chaminade was a descendant of Father Chaminade's family. But this was found to be erroneous after Father Joseph Verrier pursued the question thoroughly with one of her nieces, Mme Antoinette Chaminade Lorel, who lived in Monte Carlo.


Marian Events

Theme: Eya Concert

Location: Immaculate Conception Chapel, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.

The Marian Library is kicking off its seventy-fifth anniversary year with the vocal ensemble Eya and a performance of medieval music interpreted for women’s voices. Please join us! The concert is free, but tickets are required.

Click here for more information.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope Francis: Fix Gaze on Mary (Zenit website) January 1, 2018

Pope Francis reminded the 40,000 visitors in St. Peter's Square to keep their gaze fixed on Mary, during his address before praying the Angelus on January 1, 2018. "Let us fix our gaze on her, to take up again, under her maternal protection, the journey along the paths of time," he urged.

He also reminded listeners that on this "World Day of Peace" he wishes to be a voice of the migrants and refugees, "these our brothers and sisters, who invoke for their future a horizon of peace." He cited his message for the 2018 peace observance in which he called on the United Nations to take action on the migration issue during 2018, by creating two Global Compacts: one for safe, orderly and regular migration; and the other for refugees.

Click here to read the complete article.

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's Marian Library: Just Getting Started After Seventy-Five Years (Catholic Telegraph) January 3, 2018

The University of Dayton Marian Library, which holds the world's largest collection of books and artifacts on the Virgin Mary, will celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2018.

The library is recognized as an international destination for the study and appreciation of Mary. It holds more than 112,000 books, including more than 12,000 rare editions, along with statues, rosaries, art ... even wine labels.

"Our mission is to make the Blessed Virgin Mary better known, loved, and served," said Director Sarah Cahalan. "Whether it is through the prominent scholars who have studied and taught here or the local children who visit each Christmas to see the Nativities, we want the materials and knowledge to be accessible to everyone." ...

Click here to read the complete article.


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