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Mary in the News: April 1, 2019

By Michael Duricy

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

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


2019 Meeting of the Mariological Society of America

This year's topic is: The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Call to Holiness. The meeting will convene May 14-17 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro, MA.  We hope that you will be able to join us for lively discussions about the Blessed Mother.  

You may find the brochure and registration form at the following links on the MSA website:

Registration Form

During this season of Lent, let us respond to our call to holiness and prepare to stand by the foot of the cross with Mary our Mother.

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

Video of the Marian Feast in Vailankanni

A ten-minute video on showing the Flag Hoisting Ceremony for the Annual Festival of Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni India in 2017 is available on Youtube.

Complete video

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below with the following comments: "April  8 is the anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.  Pray and work for his canonization."

A Chaminade Timeline: Some Chronological Highlights by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

1761       Born April 8

1771       Began studies at Mussidan

1785       Priestly ordination

1789       Beginning of French Revolution

1797       Emigrated to Saragossa, Spain, in exile  

1800       Returned to Bordeaux. France

1801       Co-founded the Misericorde      

1816       Co-founded  the FMI                      

1817       Founded the SM

1818       Received vows of first seven SMers

1839       Received Decree of Commendation

1850       Died January 22

Marian Events

Title: University Libraries Awards

Theme: 2019 Award Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: starts at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Humanities Plaza at the University of Dayton

The Rev. Theodore Koehler, S.M., International Student Award provides a scholarship to any returning international student (with non-immigrant visa).  Award criteria include financial need, a good academic record, and personal characteristics which reflect the Marianist tradition.

The Rev. Theodore Koehler, S.M., International Student Award was established by Prof. Susan L. Tsui of the University of Dayton Library, with funds from the Lackner Award which was presented to her in 1995 by the U.D. Marianists.  Her own experience as an international student inspired this award.  The Koehler Award is administered by a standing committee of the University of Dayton Libraries.

Father Koehler was Director of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton, where he also founded and directed the International Marian Research Institute (1974-1986).  From 1979 to 1989, he served as executive secretary to the Mariological Society of America and as editor for Marian Studies, the annual proceedings of that Society.  He was the author of numerous studies in Mariology and spirituality, for which he received various awards.  U.D. bestowed on him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1987.  In retirement (1989 to his death on May 15, 2001), he was an active scholar.

This year's winners of the Koehler International Award are: Chenxin Xu; Jielong Cai; and Nuocheng Li.

The winners of this year's Brother W. Klick Award for Future Teachers [Grace Takacs] and the Brother Frank Ruhlman Award for Student Writers [Grace Takacs] will also be recognized at this ceremony.

Mary in the Catholic Press

In Mary's 'Holy House' in Loreto, Pope Francis Offers Post-Synodal Document Christus Vivit on Youth to Virgin Mary (Zenit) March 25, 2019

Apostolic Exhortation to be published on April 2, the Memorial of the Death of Pope John Paul II.

This past March 25, marking the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Pope Francis visited the Italian town of Loreto, on the Adriatic Sea.

On the occasion, Francis offered the Virgin Mary the Post-Synodal Exhortation of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: Youth, faith and vocational discernment, held in the Vatican from Oct. 3-28, 2018.

Loreto is a hill town in the Marche region of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea.  The Basilica of the Holy House of Mary makes Loreto a popular pilgrimage site....

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.

Mothers Celebrate Their Heroic Role This Lady Day (Return to Order website) March 8, 2017

On March 8, while feminists observed the Communist-inspired International Women's Day, Catholic ladies carried out the alternative: Lady Day.  The 2019 theme was "Celebrating Purity and Courageous Motherhood."  Return to Order is happy to share a few photos here from the lady participants. Their celebrations were a positive, joyful, and hopeful, a tribute to God’s plan for women as pure and courageous mothers....

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