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Mary in the News: Nov. 20, 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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2019 Annual Conference of the ESBVM-USA: Call for Papers (Press Release) September 9, 2018

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 study of Mary, the Mother of Christ.  Our immediate goal is inter-ecclesial scholarship that focuses on Mary in light of Christian theological, biblical, and spiritual principles.  Furthermore, by means of shared study and prayer, we provide an opportunity for Christians of various denominational backgrounds to explore how Marian studies might contribute to the search for unity.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: January 15, 2019

Conference Theme: Mary, Disciple of the Lord--Motherhood

Conference Dates: July 25-27, 2019

Conference Location: Misericordia University in Dallas, PA (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 2019 ESBVM-USA Conference is: Mary, Disciple of the Lord: Motherhood.  This theme may be pondered 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;

*  The role that Mary’s motherhood has played in Marian apparitions;

Please address your proposal for committee review to: Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., ESBVM-USA, President at:


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

Marian Journal for Advent from Ascension Press

Through daily prayer, reflection, and reading of Scripture, take time to get to know our Blessed Mother better.  In getting to know her better, she will in turn help you get to know her Son better.  The Rejoice! Journal offers structured guidance to help you have a peaceful, spiritually fruitful Advent.

To draw closer to Mary this Advent, order a copy of the Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Mary Journal.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

Posada by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Like its German counterpart, Herbergsuchen, (Search for an Inn), the Spanish, Posada, (Inn) is an Advent play dramatizing the  Holy Family's disappointing efforts to find shelter in Bethlehem.  In this custom, the people of Mexico and Hispanics everywhere give the holy couple the warm reception not found in Bethlehem. 

After dark on the evenings between December 16 and 24 the faithful, singing hymns of the season and bearing the figures of Mary and Joseph,  make a candlelight procession  through the streets to the home selected to host the Holy Family for the night.  In reparation for the old refusal, the receiving family welcomes the pilgrims with the prayer, "Come into my humble home, and welcome!  May the Lord give shelter to my soul when I leave this world."


Marian Events

Event: Conference of the Centre For Marian Studies

Theme:  Miraculous Conceptions: The Origins of Mary and Jesus in Theology and Story-Telling

Location: Saint Mary's University, Twickenham, London, U.K.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Speakers: Prof. Tom O'Loughlin, the Revd. Dr. Simon Gaine O.P., Dr. Catherine O’Brien, and Dr. Jacob Phillips

Including: A Marian-themed tour of St Marys University's historic campus and the opportunity to attend Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
£30 including sandwich lunch.  Reductions available: please ask.  

For further information, please contact:
Dr Catherine O’Brien
Director of the Centre for Marian Studies
Information and Registration


Mary in the Catholic Press

New Book Shares More of Mary in New Testament (Zenit) November 14, 2018

It might appear that the New Testament inclusion of Mary is surprisingly light, considering the deep and intense amount of Marian devotion and doctrine that exists within the Catholic Church.  However, perhaps it's not the quantity of what is written, but rather the quality that defines how we are to view this extraordinary woman?  The new book by Dr. Edward Sri, Rethinking Mary in the New Testament, delves deeply into the text of the New Testament Gospels and reveals the Mary multitudes of people love and revere.

Dr. Sri dissects the words that the Gospel writers use to talk about Mary.  He shows how there is so much more to what is written than we might have ever contemplated.  Sri devotes entire chapters to analyzing small scriptural details to help us know better who Mary is and the role she plays in God's plan of salvation.  For instance, he spends an entire chapter on the meaning of the words used by Gabriel to describe Mary as "full of grace."  He also shows how the words "hail" and "woman" reveal so much about the Mother of Jesus....

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.

Des idées de coins prière inspirants (Aleteia) November 13, 2018

Aménager un coin prière chez soi, c'est rappeler la présence de Dieu à chaque moment de la journée, à chaque instant de notre vie quotidienne. Un coin prière aide à se mettre en Sa présence et être plus conscient que Dieu est avec nous en tout lieu. Classiques, épurés, romantiques, vintage ou encore très mobiles, découvrez notre sélection Pinterest et Instagram de coins prière inspirants.

Rien de mieux qu’un coin de prière pour donner à Dieu une place qui invite les uns et les autres au recueillement. Pour certains, cet espace sera un vrai oratoire. Pour d’autres, un lieu bien visible pour inscrire la marque de Dieu afin d’être uni avec Lui lors des tâches quotidiennes. Minimaliste ou éclectique, traditionnel ou plutôt symbolique, le coin prière est là pour élever notre âme dans les moments joyeux comme dans les épreuves de la vie....


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