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Mary in the News: Feb. 22, 2021

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Marian Forum Info

On March 25, 2021, the University Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences are co-hosting a Marian Forum that will explore the theme: Annunciation and Contemporary Challenges: Be Not Afraid (Luke 1:30).  Presenters will explore connections between the scriptural story of the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she would be the mother of God's son and name him Jesus, and contemporary challenges of racism, immigration, and the pandemic. 

This year's forum is being held on the Catholic feast day of the Annunciation, a feast whose Marianist significance recognizes the moment when Mary responded 'yes' to God's call.  Her 'yes', is a model for each of us, as we discern how best to respond to God in our world today.


Annunciation and Contemporary Injustices

Father Sebastien Abalodo, S.M., (REL/IMRI), Dr. Corinne Daprano (Sports Science), and Dr. Miranda Hallett (Anthropology) will speak about their research as it relates to contemporary racial inequalities and immigration concerns, in connection with the Annunciation.

Annunciation and the Pandemic

Dr. Roger Crum (Art History), Mary Connor (Chaminade Scholar), and Dr. Fred Tenover (Infectious Diseases) discuss the pandemic in relation to their meditations on the Annunciation.

Additional Events:

12:30 PM Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, streamed live from UD's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

3 O'Clock Prayer, followed by an arts and music montage, created in assistance with the Marian Library, U.D. Campus Ministry, and a variety of U.D. student musicians

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

Mariology Website

Daniel Afonso informed us about Locus Mariologicus, a Mariology page on Instagram in Brazilian Portuguese and invites us to access it at: Locus Mariologicus on Instagram.

Locus Mariologicus website

Marian Events

Title: Rosary Thursday

Theme: Sanctification of Priests

Date: February 25, 2021

Time: Noon Eastern time (USA)

Location: Online

Like many millions of people across the globe you may already be praying the Rosary on Thursdays. Worldpriest is now naming each Thursday as Rosary Thursday and invites you to offer your Rosary on that day for the sanctification of priests, which is also the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay prayer intention.

On the last Thursday of each month The Worldpriest Global Apostolate is planning a virtual Rosary Thursday.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II invited Catholics to pray the Mysteries of Light on Thursdays.  These mysteries focus on the public life of Jesus, the Light of the world.  Included are Jesus' Baptism, the Wedding Feast of Cana, His revealing of God's Kingdom, His Transfiguration; and the Institution of the Eucharist.

This prayer time for Rosary Thursday will take the form of a virtual Rosary at 6 p.m. local Rome time, being prayed for the sanctification of priests and the intentions of Pope Francis.  Everyone around the world--regardless of their location--will be very welcome to join in this important time of prayer.  However, all participants will need to register by simply clicking on the link below.

This virtual Rosary Thursday will make use of Zoom technology. It will open at 17.40 hours, with a slide show selection of photographs from various Global Rosary prayer locations from around the world, before the prayers begin at 18.00 hours, concluding at 18.30 hours.

Worldpriest website


Mary in the Catholic Press

Documental sobre la Virgen de Lourdes llega a Ecuador [Arquidiócesis de Guayaquil] February 19, 2021

Desde este 19 de febrero, llega a las salas de cine de Ecuador el documental, Hospitalarios, las Manos de la Virgen, que relata los testimonios de peregrinos y voluntarios que han visitado el Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, ubicado en Francia.  La cinta también busca celebrar la 29° Jornada Mundial del Enfermo, de la cual la advocación mariana es patrona....

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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.

A Guiding Light (Columbia), February 2021

The Blessed Virgin Mary, star of the first and new evangelization, has inspired my service to the Knights of Columbus.  This month marks my final Columbia column as Supreme Knight....

Throughout my 35-year journey as a Knight of Columbus, Mary has been a guiding star.  To travel this road together with so many great men has been my greatest privilege, and one for which I will always be grateful.

Vivat Jesus!

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