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Mary in the News: Sept. 16, 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.

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Father Johann Roten, S.M.--Fiftieth Ordination Jubilee

The parishes of Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Saint Adelbert wish to thank Father Roten for his many years of caring and service for our people.  To show our appreciation for his love and care for all of us, we will have a celebration on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from Noon to 2:00 pm at the Polish Club on Valley Street.  There will be a buffet lunch and desserts are appreciated.  The three parishes will present a gift to Father Roten.  Your cards and gifts are also welcome.

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

Museum of Family Prayer, a contemporary experience of Father Peyton's ongoing ministry

This first-of-its-kind contemporary museum welcomes you and your family to a unique, interactive, digital experience of prayer that your entire family can experience together.  Immerse your family in an interactive and unique shared digital prayer experience.  The Museum opened on September 15, 2019 and will remain open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free, and all faiths and ages are welcome!

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Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below with the following comments: "Happy anniversary of the death of our Marianist Servant of God, Vicente Lopez, on September 15!  See biographical note below."

The Fourteenth Marianist Candidate for Sainthood, VICENTE LOPEZ DE URALDE LAZCANO, S.M.  (1894-1990) by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

On Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oratory of San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, Spain, the process for the canonization of Father Vicente López, S.M., was initiated by His Excellency Antonio Ceballos, the Bishop of Cadiz.  With the bishop presiding, the ceremony included swearing in the members of the diocesan tribunal that will gather oral and written testimony about the life of Father Vicente López, S.M., and how he practiced Christian virtues to a heroic degree.

The Postulator and Vice Postulator of the cause also swore an oath to fulfill their duties faithfully.  They are, respectively, Father Antonio Gascón, S.M., and Mr. Julio Ramos, Esq.  Mr. Ramos is a retired attorney, a former student of Father Vicente, and a close associate of the Marianists.  Also in attendance were Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former Marianist Postulator General and member of the history commission for the cause, as well as many Marianists of the Cadiz area.

The cause for the canonization of Father Vicente Lopez was introduced to Bishop Antonio Ceballos of Cadiz by Father Antonio Gascón, Marianist Postulator General, on September 25, 2008.  After consulting the bishops of Western Andalucía and receiving the nihil obstat from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Bishop Ceballos approved the introduction of Father Vicente's cause in the Diocese of Cadiz, and charged his Vicar General, Father Guillermo Dominguez Leonsegui (former student of the Marianists and an acquaintance of Father Vicente), to set in motion the process for opening the cause.  Thus began the fourteenth process for the canonization of a Marianist. 

After a long and fruitful teaching and pastoral ministry as a Marianist, Father Vicente López de Uralde Lazcano passed to his everlasting reward on September 15, 1990, at the age of 96 in Cadiz, Spain.  Born in Vitoria, Spain, in 1894, he received his elementary education from the Marianists in his native city at the School of Our Lady of the Pillar.  That school was founded by Mrs. Felicia Olave, the Aunt of Father José María Salaverri, S.M., primarily to educate the children of poor workers.  When Vicente entered the Marianist postulate for the Province of Spain in Escoriaza, one of his fellow postulants was Emilio Salaverri, the Father of our former superior general, Father José María.  Emilio and Vicente shared a lifelong friendship of mutual respect and affection.

Vicente professed first vows in Vitoria in 1911 and perpetual vows in Escoriaza in 1917.  At the Marianist Seminary, Fribourg, Switzerland, he studied theology and was ordained in 1925.  He returned to Spain to work as a priest in Marianist schools, and, in 1928, Father Vicente was assigned to Colegio San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, where he served as a teacher and as chaplain of the oratory (public chapel) next to the school.  From 1928 until his death in 1990, he lived and worked with admirable dedication in Cadiz.  For many years, he taught English to the primary school students and, among other duties, was organist for the community.  To the people of Cadiz he became a legend, much loved by students, alumni, parents, and the diocesan clergy, always respected as a holy priest and comforting confessor.

From the outset, Bishop Ceballos exhibited warm enthusiasm for the initiation of Father Vicente's cause because this distinguished Marianist was greatly beloved by the diocesan clergy and the faithful of Cadiz and by all connected with Colegio San Felipe Neri.  With Bishop Ceballos, the Marianists are grateful for the sanctifying presence of Father Vicente in the Marianist Family and in the Diocese of Cadiz.

May God soon bring Father Vicente to the honors of the altar.

Prayer for the Glorification of Vicente López

God, our Father, you have called Vicente López de Uralde to serve your Church as a Marianist priest, under the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary, and you made him a merciful pastor for the reconciliation of sinners.

Grant that we, following his example, may bear witness to our faith with a compassionate and merciful heart, and through his intercession grant the graces we humbly beg of you

Through Christ our Lord.


Marian Events

Title: Seventh Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference

Dates: November 9-10, 2019

Location: Hilton Greenville, 45 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville, SC 29615

Sponsored by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, the featured speakers will focus on seeking to anchor people to the two pillars of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

On Mary's Nativity, Pope Prays She Accompanies Madagascar's Journey in Peace and Hope (Zenit) September 8, 2019

Let us turn in prayer to the Blessed Virgin on this day that commemorates her Nativity....

This was the invitation on Sept. 8, 2019, of Pope Francis during his Angelus address in the Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo, Madagascar, during the second full day of his visit to the country, during his 31st Apostolic Trip.  The Pontiff is visiting the African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar, and the island of Mauritius, Sept. 4-10, 2019.

After thanking all involved for his warm welcome, the Holy Father told the some one million present at the field, "let us turn in prayer to the Blessed Virgin on this day that commemorates her Nativity, the dawn of salvation for humanity."

"May Mary Immaculate, whom you love and venerate as your Mother and Patroness, ever accompany the journey of Madagascar in peace and hope." ...

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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.

Worshipers in Awe of 'Crying' Virgin Mary Painting in Chicago Church (Newsweek) September 10, 2019

A caretaker seeing what appeared to be tears streaming from the eyes of a painting of the Virgin Mary has brought renewed attention to a historic Chicago church's struggle to survive.

Athena Metropoulos, who works at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont Central, told WLS-TV she was shocked to see that a painting of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus had a trail of liquid leaking from each eye early Sunday morning.  She first thought it was some kind of oil, but upon closer inspection realized it was watery.

Metropoulos ran into the office of Father Nicholas Jonas and told him of the "weeping" painting.  He collected the liquid with cotton balls and posted images of the painting on Facebook.  Since Sunday, more than 300 people have come to the church to see the apparent miracle.

"There's something she's trying to tell us," Jonas told the station, "so we're just going to seal our lips and listen to what she has to say." ...

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