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Mary in the News: Nov. 23, 2020

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


December 2020 Virtual Commencement

The University of Dayton has partnered with the company, StageClip, to produce the December 2020 Commencement as a virtual ceremony to honor August and December graduates.  The virtual ceremony will be broadcast at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2020.  A recording of the ceremony will be available on demand after the event.

Three recent graduates of the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) will be included: Father Christopher Roberts; Father John-Luke Stahr; and Father Brian Taylor.

View the virtual ceremony

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

Online Resources from an IMRI Grad

Join Chris Padgett each Sunday night during Advent for The Gift: An Advent Journey on his Facebook fan page (see link below) at 7:30pm EST. He and his wife, Linda, will be offering a different reflection each week about the beautiful gifts we have to share with others because of THE UNIQUE GIFT Jesus has given us. 

The couple will also present a virtual retreat on December 18: A Survival Guide to Marriage in the Pandemic.  For details, contact Linda by email at

Chris also plans to offer a six week virtual retreat on Mary starting mid-December.  

Feel free to spread these opportunities to those in your circle.

Website for Chris Padgett

Facebook Page for Chris Padgett

Marian Events

Title: PAMI - Congresso Mariologico Internazionale

Theme: La scienza mariologica

Date: November 27-28, 2020 [3-7 p.m. Rome time/9 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern time]

Location: online

A convocation of Mariological specialists that is based on the Circular Letter of the Congregation for Catholic Education: The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (1998) and a letter by PAMI: The Mother of the Lord. Memory, Presence, Hope (2000), will gather online to:

1. study the current situation of the teaching of mariology in the curricula of the three academic cycles, particularly in the first cycle;

2. define a "Statute for Mariologists";

3. create the commission for the design and realization of an "inculturated Mariology" that translates into theoretical and practical principles the trans-disciplinary approach that the apostolic constitution Veritatis gaudium of Pope Francis (8-12-2017) places on the foundation of thought and theological thought.

(online November 27 and 28th - 8:00- 12 noon CST)

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Mary in the Catholic Press

U.S. Catholic Bishops' Resources for Advent 2020 ( November 16, 2020

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas.  The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

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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.

Online Marian Journal (Press Release) November 12, 2020

The Centre for Marian Studies in the UK (Registered Charity 1183579) is relaunching its journal, Maria: A Journal of Marian Studies, which was last published in 2003. 

The new journal will be peer reviewed, online, and open access.  The Center wishes to attract new research relating to the Virgin Mary in the fields of theology, philosophy, literature, history, visual culture, music, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.  In addition, the journal will include translations of texts not previously available in English, together with book reviews and short communications.  We hope to encourage original contributions from Marian scholars of all religious traditions and none.

Full details of how to submit an article or translation for consideration by the editorial board, together with the style guide, are available on the website of the Centre for Marian Studies.

Center for Marian Studies website

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