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Mary in the News: April 27, 2021

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Upcoming Marian Events

Father Edward Looney shared the information below on behalf of the Mariological Society of America (MSA).

1.  The USC Dornsife's Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC is offering the following event: Guadalupe at the Break of Dawn: A three-part series reexamining lo guadalupano – the world of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.  This event is on May 1, 2021.  To learn more and register visit:

2.  The Marianum will host a presentation by Livianna Gazzetta via Zoom about her new book, Virgo et Sacerdos. Idee di sacerdozio femminile tra Ottocento e Novecento. (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma 2021)

This flyer gives more details and notes that registration must be by Wednesday, May 5, 2021, to get the link for the event that will be in Italian, and at 4 p.m. Roman time that would need to be adjusted for whatever your time zone is.

3.  Don't forget to register for the virtual MSA conference.  

Meeting Schedule

Registration Form

4.  St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry is offering an online Mariology class.  Mary, Mother of God with Dr. Matthew Kuhner, Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry

The course will explore Mary's historical and theological significance from a Catholic perspective, providing an overview of her role in Scripture, doctrine, and devotion.  Particular attention will be given to dogmatic formulations and artistic expressions over the centuries.

It will meet once a week on Wednesdays beginning May 12 - June 23, 2021 and is available entirely online for graduate level credit, or can be audited for free. 

5.  Fr. James Phalen alerted us to the Mary Garden contest sponsored by the Museum of Family Prayer.  

Whether you’re a gardener or a gardener 'wannabe', it's time to gather your family and your gardening supplies for the second annual Mary Garden Contest from The Museum of Family Prayer!  

What is a Mary Garden?  How do I plant one?  You can learn all about Mary Gardens and the Mary Garden Contest in my blog post.

We will begin accepting entries on May 24, the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church; but today we want you to be able to start planning your garden so that you can create something beautiful for God.  You'll have until July 26, 2021, the memorial of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to enter your garden photo in the contest.

Spring is a time of growth and new life.  May your Mary Garden be a place where Our Lady can communicate to you and your family the new life that God has in store!  

Wishing you a blessed month of May!

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

Lady of Guadalupe Film to be Released in Spanish and English (Cision) April 17, 2021

Vision Films Inc. ("Vision") announces the VOD and DVD release of the feature-length film, Lady of Guadalupe from Director Pedro Brenner, Producer Robert Hymers, and Pinnacle Entertainment on April 6, 2021.  Following Galaxy Theaters' December theatrical release across the U.S. and Mexico, Nova Vento Entertainment will be re-releasing the film into theaters across the U.S. beginning in April.  Presented in both English and Spanish, the film depicts the revered religious and cultural icons (the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego) and is the first modern production of Juan Diego's story.  It will be available on all major cable and VOD platforms in the US and Canada and on DVD April 14, 2021....

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Marian Events

Title: Rosary Thursday

Theme: Sanctification of Priests

Date: April 29, 2021

Time: Noon Eastern time (USA)

Location: Online

On the last Thursday of each month The Worldpriest Global Apostolate is hosting 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 the Zoom platform. 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.

The following time zones will assist your time of prayer

USA/CANADA – Eastern Time: 12.00
USA/CANADA – Central Time: 11.00
USA/CANADA – Mountain Time: 10.00
USA/CANADA – Pacific Time: 09.00
UK/IRELAND: – 17.00

Worldpriest website

Rosary Thursday Information


Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope urges Catholics to pray in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic [Vatican News] April 22, 2021

Pope Francis invites all Christians to join him in praying the Rosary every day during the month of May imploring God through the intercession of St. Mary to put an end to the Covid19 pandemic.

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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.

What is your devotion to Mary like? (The Catholic Telegraph) April 14, 2021

Marian devotion is a centerpiece of Catholic spirituality.  It's hard to find a Saint (with a capital 'S') who didn't encourage all the faithful to have a particular devotion to our Blessed Mother, let alone who didn't personally have a devotion to her.

Have you ever felt the protection and prayers of Mother Mary?

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Mary's powerful intercession is a central point of Marian devotion.  It's natural to turn to your earthly mother when you are hurt, afraid, or worried; and we should do the same with our heavenly mother.  She carries us to Jesus in our times of need.

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