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Mary in the News: April 27, 2020

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Registration for Online MSA Conference May 12-14 2020 Now Open

This year presents a unique situation for the MSA and its annual meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We are moving forward with the 2020 conference in an online format.  Further details and links to access the MSA meeting will be sent to those who register ahead of the meeting.  

As a way to make the MSA more visible and to engage potential new members, this year's conference will be free of charge.  Please share with your colleagues and those you believe might be interested in attending.  

Please direct individuals to the MSA website where they can find more information.

Register online

If you have a social media account, please share our social media post about the conference as well.

MSA page on Facebook

We look forward to discussing Mary's cultural and anthropological dimensions next month with all of you.  

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

Mary and Mercy Retreat available online

To celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception have made their Mary and Mercy Retreat available online.  The first video is free, but there is a charge to rent each of the remaining four.  However, there is an option to support those with financial need.  Watch the trailer for details.  The proceeds from these retreats provide the main financial support for the good works of the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.

N.B. The 80-page Retreat Companion is now available free!

Request the Retreat Companion

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Marian Events

Title: Rosary Rally Drive In

Dates: Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: St. Albert the Great Church Parking Lot, 3033 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429

In compliance with social distancing,

Stay in your car,

Crack open your window, and

Pray the Rosary with fellow parishioners. 

There will be a PA Sound System to hear and participate in the Rally from our cars, with cracked windows. 

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Mary in the Catholic Press

U.S. and Canadian Catholic Bishops to Seek Intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, for Strength in Struggle Against COVID-19 (, April 23, 2020

As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother....

Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation.  A liturgy guide will be available to assist the faithful who may join in by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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.

Cardinals, bishops ask pope to dogmatically declare Mary 'spiritual Mother' in face of pandemic  (LifeSite News) April 15, 2020

Cardinals and bishops representing each continent begged Pope Francis in an Easter letter to dogmatically proclaim Mary as "Spiritual Mother of all Peoples" as the world faces the "historic" coronavirus pandemic.

The letter states that the signatories made this same request of the Holy Father in August 2019, but felt the "pastoral and moral imperative" to appeal to him again as the "world faces exponentially greater disaster on personal, social, political, economic, and humanitarian aspects" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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