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Mary in the News: Oct. 13, 2020

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Death of an IMRI Student

The University shares the sad news of the death of UD graduate student, the Rev. Christopher Roberts, a priest from the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, and a student in the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton.

Father Christopher passed from this life on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the age of 41.  At the time of his death, he was serving as pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Marion, Indiana.  He had just completed all requirements for the licentiate in sacred theology at IMRI and was scheduled to receive his degree at the next University commencement.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at All Saints Church in Logansport, Indiana, and the funeral will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at St. Paul Church in Marion, Indiana.  

Vice President for Mission and Rector, the Rev. James Fitz, S.M., asks that, in charity, Father Roberts, and his family and friends be remembered in prayer along with the faculty, staff and students at IMRI who knew him.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

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

Marianist and Mary Online Courses

These online 5-week e-courses are available starting October 18, 2020.  

Marianist Studies: Prayer

...Each week this course will explore various "methods" or practices of prayer, both individual and group prayer, and collectively reflect on their journey.

Mary in Scripture & Tradition

... Fosters an appreciation of the place which the Virgin Mary occupies in the history of salvation and in the life of the Church.   

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Marian Events

Title: Congres marial annuel

Theme: S'Engager aujourd'hui avec Marie

Date: 20 Octobre, 2020

Location: Sanctuaire marial national Notre Dame du Cap au Canada

The Mariological Society of Canada (SOCAMA) will hold their annual Marian Congress at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape in Quebec, Canada on Saturday, October 20, 2020.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Liturgy Q&A: Multiple Statues of Mary in a Church (Zenit) October 13, 2020

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father, Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology and director of the Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: I find it somehow confusing to have two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary present in a church.  Is it the practice elsewhere?  During this month of the rosary (October), the Legion of Mary lay group has brought in another statue of the BVM and lighted candles have been placed there.  Does it mean the other statue of permanent nature is not enough?  Kindly assist if there are any texts to that effect. — E.C., Kabwe, Zambia

A: There is a general principle which is found in the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the sacred liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium:

"125. The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they may be venerated by the faithful is to be maintained.  Nevertheless, their number should be moderate and their relative positions should reflect right order.  For otherwise they may create confusion among the Christian people and foster devotion of doubtful orthodoxy."

 This principle was incorporated and specified in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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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.

CONCRETE EVIDENCE: Virgin Mary drawing that reappeared in puddle in road after thirteen years hailed as 'miracle' by locals in Mexico (The Scottish Sun) October 9, 2020

A CHALK drawing of the Virgin Mary has stunned locals after it suddenly reappeared in a pool of water on a road.

The 'miracle' image was drawn on a road during the "Beautiful Street" festival that was held in Guadalupe, Mexico in 2007; but the sketch hadn't been seen since until Wednesday....

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