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Mary in Our Day

The Assumption +61

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Brother McVann
Brother Mark McVann was among the speakers at the "Mary In Our Day" theology conference.

About 150 people attended  "Mary in Our Day: The Assumption + 61," a free day-long conference that studied the significance of the Virgin Mary in today's world, on Monday, August 16, in Mitchell Auditorium.

Theologians and authors explored Mary's place in the Catholic Church's life of prayer and her importance in music, literature, culture, and art. The topics included "Mary in the New Testament," "Mary in the Church's Prayer," "Guadalupe: An American Pentecost," "Mary in Art and Likeness," and "Mary in Fiction."

The event was organized by the Rev. William Graham, professor of historical theology and director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies.

Read coverage of "Mary in Our Day" in the Catholic Spirit newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Mary in Our Day: The Assumption +61 is a conference that explores the enduring significance of the Virgin Mary in today's world, including her place in the Church's life of prayer and her importance in music, literature, culture, and art.

Recommended Reading

Mary in the New Testament by Raymond E. Brown, et. al.

The Mary Page hosted at the University of Dayton.

Visions of Mary, a video/DVD produced by The History Channel.

Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion by Hilda Graef

In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol by Sally Cuneen

Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture by Jaroslav Pelikan

Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen

Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints by Elizabeth Johnson

Looking for Mary Or, The Blessed Mother and Me by Beverly Donofrio

Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson

Photo Credits

Photo credits for Charles Hilken, FSC, Mary in Image and Likeness, College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, 15 August 2011.

Funerary Portrait of Lady Aline, Roman imperial era, Berlin, Egyptian Museum.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Korean Anonymous, The Virgin Mary with Infant Jesus and Saint John the Baptist, tempera on paper, early 20th century, Vatican City, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Grain of Wheat.  Webphoto.

Valery Kharitonov, Song of Paradise, oil, 1993, .  Photo from Dante's Vision: Durch di Hölle zum Licht, vom 8.6.2011 bis 28.1.2012, Vienna, Dom- und Diözesanmuseum, 2011.

Theodor Keller, Dante Divina Commedia, Paradiso, XXXIII, 145, watercolor, 1950, Freiburg im Breisgau, Stiftung Oratio Dominica.  Photo from Dante's Vision: Durch di Hölle zum Licht, vom 8.6.2011 bis 28.1.2012, Vienna, Dom- und Diözesanmuseum, 2011.

Statue of the Blessed Mother, Piarist Church, Krems, Austria.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Marian apparition images from Lourdes, Fatima, Knock, Miraculous Medal, Lasalette, Beauraing, and Banneux.  Webphotos.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Stained Glass, Saint Mary's College of California.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Shrine Statue of Mary from Champion, Wisconsin.  Webphoto.

Pieta, wood, 18th century, Maria Dreieichen, Austria.  Shrine postcard.

Basilica of Maria Dreieichen, interior.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Pieta, wood, 18th century, Maria Taferl, Austria.  Shrine postcard.

Basilica of Maria Taferl.  Webphoto.

Basilica of Maria Taferl, three frescoes and five ex voto photos.  Photos by Brother Charles.

Anonymous, Virgin and a Grail, 12th century, Saint Clement of Taüll, now in Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia.  Photo in Joseph Goering, The Virgin and the Grail: Origňins of a Legend, New Haven, Yale, 2005.

Our Lady of Czestochowa.  Webphoto.

Michelangelo, Pietà, plaster, marble powder, 1975 cast from 1930 copy from original, 1498-1499.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Michelangelo, Pietà, marble, ca. 1536-1547 (commissioned by Vittoria Colonna), Vatican City, Vatican Apostolic Library.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Michelangelo, Rondanini Pietà, marble, ca. 1550-164, Milan, Castello Sforzesco.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Hodigetria icon.  Webphoto.

Anonymous of Klosterneuburg Abbey, Invention of the Body of St. Stephen, 1460, now in Sankt Poelten, Diocesan Museum.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Ossuary of Saint Mary the Mother of James and John, Chiesa Madre, Veroli.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Nicholas Poussin, Assumption.  Webphoto.

Mandylion of Edessa, Vatican City, Sacristy of the Sistine Chapel.  Photo in Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes, Alexandria, Virginia, Art Services International, 2003, and Vatican Splendors from Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Swiss Guard, Vatican City, Governatorato, and San Antonio, Texas, Evergreen Exhibitions, 2006.

Veronica, Manopello.  Webphoto.

Holy Shroud of Turin.  Webphoto.

Fra Bartolomeo, Annunciation, fresco, 1252, Florence, Basilica of Santisssima Annunziata.  Webphoto.

El Greco, Annunciation.  Webphoto.

Leinhart von Brixen, Visitation, 1465, Freising, Cathedral Museum.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Bernardino Luini, Nativity, 1480/1485, Berlin, Gemaeldegalerie.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Czestochowa shrine chapel, image, ex voto offerings.  Photos by Brother Charles.

Salus Populi Romani icon, Rome, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  Webphoto.

Drawing of Salus Populi Romani,  Rome, Museum of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  Photo by Brother Charles.

School of Baldassare Croce, Saint Luke Painting the Virgin, 1613, Rome, Museum of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mary,  1898, Philadelphia, Lasalle University Art Gallery.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Bruce Wolfe, St. Anne and Mary, Saint Mary's College of California.  Photo by Brother Charles.

Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Webphoto.

Bartolome Murillo, The Virgin Presenting the Rosary to Saint Dominic.  Webphoto.

Bartolomeo Sassoferrato, Madonna.  Webphoto.

Theodor Zeller, Dante Divina Commedia, Paradiso, XXXIII, 1, watercolor, 1950, Freiburg im Breisgau, Stiftung Oratio Dominica.  Photo from Dante's Vision: Durch di Hölle zum Licht, vom 8.6.2011 bis 28.1.2012, Vienna, Dom- und Diözesanmuseum, 2011.

Book and Article recommendations:

Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art, trans.  Edmund Jephcott (1994)

Charles de Tolnay, "Michelangelo's Pietà Composition for Vittoria Colonna," Record of the Art Museum Princeton University, 12 (1953), fasc. 2, pp. 44-62

Maria Vassilaki, ed., Images of the Mother of God (2005)

 

Schedule: Monday, August 15, 2011

Mitchell Auditorium | Campus Map

7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer,
music by Maria T. Annoni, Ph. D.
9 a.m. Mary in the New Testament
by Br. Mark McVann, F.S.C.
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Mary in the Chruch's Prayer
by Fr. William C. Graham
11:45 a.m. Mass,
music by Maria T. Annoni, Ph.D.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Guadalupe: An American Pentecost
by Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid
2:30 p.m. Coffee
3 p.m. Mary in Art and Likeness
by Br. Charles Hilken, F.S.C.
4 p.m. Break
5 p.m. Solemn Vespers
music by Maria T. Annoni, Ph.D.
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Mary in Fiction
by Ms. Diane Schoemperlen

Speaker Information

Father William C. Graham

Father William C. Graham

Fr. Graham, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota, where he served for 10 years as a pastor, is Professor of Historical Theology and director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies at The College of St. Scholastica. He had been chair of the theology department at Lewis University in suburban Chicago and founded the Master of Arts program in pastoral ministry at Caldwell College in New Jersey. He was director of liturgy at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, the mother church of the Paulist Fathers at Columbus Circle in New York City. Fr. Graham is also author, co-author, and editor of several books; his most recent book is A Catholic Handbook on Sex: Essentials for the 21st Century, to be published in September by Paulist Press.

Brother Mark McVann, F.S.C.

Brother Mark McVann, F.S.C.

Brother Mark McVann is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of California. He took the Ph.D. at Emory University. Additionally, Brother Mark has led service trips to Honduras, Mexico, and Brazil. He has lectured on the New Testament in universities, educational centers, and houses  of religious formation in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, and Sao Paulo in Brazil, as well as the Jesuit University and Jesuit pastoral centers in Lima, Ayacucho, and Arequipa, in Peru. He has published articles in Biblical Theology Bulletin and other biblical publications and is the former editor of Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture.

Brother Charles Hilken, F.S.C.

Brother Charles Hilken, F.S.C.

Brother Charles Hilken, F.S.C., is a medievalist with degrees from the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. A Professor of History at Saint Mary's College, he is the author of two books and five book chapters. His areas of specialization are south Italian Benedictine history and medieval codices written in Beneventan minuscule. Brother Charles has also served as a consultant for four traveling exhibits of artifacts from Vatican City, devoted to the history of the papacy.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston College, where she teachers at the School of Theology and Ministry. She holds a doctoral degree in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California). Dr. Pineda-Madrid recently published a book entitled Suffering and Salvation in Cuidad Judrez (Fortress, 2011), taking the feminicide theme as the context for developing a theological interpretation of suffering and salvation from a Latina feminist perspective. She does constructive work in Latina feminist soteriology and has published in several edited collections and theology journals. She has more than a decade of professional experience in pastoral leadership and ministry at the national archdiocesan and parish levels.

Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Schoemperlen is an internationally acclaimed Canadian novelist and short-story writer who has published 11 books, including the very popular novel about the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, and the Illustrated Story Collection, Forms of Devotion, which won the Canadian Governor General's Award for English Fiction in 1998. Her most recent book is At a Loss For Words: A Post-Romantic Novel published in 2008. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

 

Directions

From the Twin Cities:

Follow I-35 north to EXIT 258 on 21st Avenue East exit (not 21st Ave. West). Follow 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and follow it three blocks to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

From Duluth International Airport:

Follow the Airport Exit to Haines Road. Take a right onto Haines Road. Follow Haines Road to West Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto West Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

Map of Duluth

Registration

There is no fee for the conference, however registration is highly encouraged. Lunch and Dinner will be provided at the conference for $21.00, payable prior to the conference.

Registration deadline is August 1, 2011.

Accommodations

Accommodatiosn are available at The College of St. Scholastica

2-bedroom apartment :           $160.99/night

$80.50/night based on 2-person occupancy.

To register for the conference, reserve a room. and order lunch and dinner, contact:

Conferences and Events Services

(218) 723-7000 or (877) 263-9596

maryconf@css.edu