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All About Mary

The University of Dayton's Marian Library has launched a new version of a website that puts centuries of information about the world?s most famous mother at anyone?s fingertips.

All About Mary, a newly redesigned website devoted to knowledge about the Blessed Virgin Mary, offers facts, reflections, dogmas, images and traditions about the mother of Christ —  from scripture and literature to poetry, scholarly publications, art and popular culture. Its completion comes ahead of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on Dec. 8.

Readers on the site can find information as varied as:

* References to Mary in the Bible

* Devotions, meditations and liturgical celebrations  

* Miracles and apparitions

* Religious names of flowers and plants

* Mary in film — from Lord of the Rings to Pinocchio

* U.S. shrines to Mary

* Multicultural representations of Mary

* Information on Mary in popular culture, including Marian symbols in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

* Why a parrot is sometimes depicted in artistic works of Mary

The site, administered by the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, is “a refreshed version of the Mary Page, a popular site created in 1996 to use emerging media to increase knowledge of the mother of Christ,” said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects for Marian Library/IMRI.

“We are a pontifical doctoral program and the largest known Marian library in the world,” Roten said. “Our website makes us known in the whole world. It is one of our important means to make Mary known, loved and served.”

The site was built for easy navigation with a simple keyword search.

“It’s designed for everyone from expert theologians to those simply exploring,” said Ann Zlotnik, the Marian Library’s web manager and graphic designer. “We want to make the site accessible to anyone with an interest in any aspect of Mary — a graduate student researching a thesis, a priest looking for text to support a homily, a catechist looking for information to bring to the classroom or someone who wants to learn why marigolds are called marigolds.”

“All About Mary is a wonderful way for people around the world to learn more about Mother Mary,” Roten said. “The website should lead students to our doctoral programs, but at the same time invite people to come and visit us, not only for the books we have here, but also the artwork and our crèche museum, where we have Nativity scenes from around the world on display, chosen from our collection of more than 3,000 crèches.”

The Marian Library is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except when noted otherwise on the online calendar. It is free and open to the public. Guided tours are available by appointment during library hours; call 937-229-4214.

The annual display of Nativities, called At the Manger: Christmas and Beyond, will run from Saturday, Nov. 28, to Sunday, Jan. 24, inside Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public.


News and Communications Staff