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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

I think Mary Pyper would be a great guest to have back on Radio Maria regardless of the specific Marian subject.  In fact, speaking only for myself, any part of her obviously deep devotion to Mary that she'd like to touch on would be interesting.  I was raised in a Protestant tradition (Lutheran), but have Catholic heritage as well.  Obviously, I wasn't learning much about Marian topics in Sunday school.  As an adult I've become more interested in Marian tradition and the Living with Mary Today program really helps fill that need for me, along with reading and the various topics on The Mary page.  Thanks,



It is with great sadness that we inform you that Brother William Fackovec, S.M., long-time Librarian at ML/IMRI died early on the morning of Monday, April 7, 2014.  Funeral services were held at Bergamo in Dayton on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Click here for the official Death Notice from the Marianists.  May he rest in the peace of Christ.

The Pontifical International Marian Academy announces a contest for the Pontifical Academy's 2014 Award in Mariology.  The award is given to young researchers and institutions, whose research or cultural activity present an original contribution on Mariological and Marian themes.  The award, granted by Pope Francis and assigned during the Public Session of the Pontifical Academy, is 20,000 Euros.  Click here for more information.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Bible Study Book Now Available in Print and for Kindle

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us that Mary - Virgin, Mother, and Queen by Father Mitch Pacwa is now available through EWTN.  Click here for details or to order online.

Suggested A/V Material

Doctor Dodd also sent the following recommendation for a CD with Marian music: "If anyone wants to support a Catholic vocalist who wants to record a Marian CD, Donna Cori Gibson would be worthy of a donation.  She is thoroughly Catholic and has a lovely voice.  You can read more at"

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer of Blessed John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.

Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its protector.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Francesca Franchina, Radio Maria Ohio Programming and program presenter, continues her discussion with Jack Davis, a retired expert communications executive, on information written by a Spanish nun, Sister Mary of Agreda, in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God.  This classic in four volumes offers the Blessed Mother's personal testimony of her life.  This work received an Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter).  It is still in print.  Contact any Catholic Book Store (like Veritas in the Dayton area or) order online.  This program is part of a continuing series on The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis.  The other programs that have been aired on Mary's life, conversations, and teachings may be found in the Radio Maria Program Archives--linked from their Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions.  If you have the book follow along with us.  If not, listen and learn much.  Call in if you have questions or comments.  We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated, too.

Francesca and Friends encores on Mondays at 3:00 AM Eastern Time and will be archived on [link to programs/Francesca Franchina/Francesca and Friends].  Available to listen to live broadcast on Radio Maria stations or to download on your iPad, smart phone, etc.  Apps are listed at  For convenient listening, see Radio Maria US Archives.  Make allowances for your personal time zone if listening live.

Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local  Radio Maria USA frequencies,  and streaming on  This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST.  Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at  The website also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Living with Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Sister Jean Frisk, and others will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and the Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions, and others.  The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the STL and STD.  Find out more by visiting  The University of Dayton; The Marian Library, and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the audio archive!  If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for future programs feel free to contact us by email at

This week's programs:

Joseph Chavez, Thursday, April 18, 2:30 pm on Mary and John Paul II

Richard Lenar, Friday, April 18, 2:30 pm on Marian Music VI

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Father Chaminade's Siblings by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

For this 253rd birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8, 2014, below is some information about his family.  May he inspire and bless us as we follow in his footsteps.  Blessed William Joseph, pray for us!

In past years there was speculation and misinformation about the children of the Chaminade family.  It was generally thought that Blaise Chaminade and Catherine Bethon had thirteen children, the last of whom was William, the founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and of the Society of Mary.  After many years of patient research in the archives of Périgueux, the record was set straight by Father Herbert Kramer, a prodigious historian of Marianist beginnings.

Father Kramer learned that William Joseph Chaminade was the fourteenth of fifteen children in his family.  The information was gathered from baptismal records which gave the names of the parents and specified the date and parish where the sacrament of baptism was celebrated.

The fifteenth child never received a name. The records of the cathedral parish of St. Front indicate only "the burial of a little child of the Chaminade family ... a baby son ... baptized at home."

Eventually Father Kramer located the records of the burial of the fifteen Chaminade children.  It should be noted that it was not common for eighteenth-century records to specify the date of death.  He was unable to find the burial records for three of the children.  What heroic sacrifice and sadness for these devoted parents to experience the deaths of six, and perhaps nine, of their children over a span of ten years.

Father Kramer constructed this table of the fifteen Chaminade children in the Chaminade family.

Children in the Chaminade Family

Date of Baptism Church Name Date and Place of Burial
Dec. 4, 1743 St. Front Gaspard ?
Feb. 7, 1745 St. Front Jean Baptiste 1790, Mussidan
Jan. 10, 1746 St. Front Marie Oct. 4, 1747, Perigueux
Jan. 19, 1747 St. Front Blaise Nov. 2, 1822, St. Astier
Apr. 1, 1748 St. Front Marguerite ?
May 16, 1750 St. Front Lucrece July 9, 1826, Bordeaux
Aug. 26, 1751 St. Silain Louis Jean July 5, 1753, Perigueux
Feb. 9, 1753 St. Silain Jean Joseph Aug. 10, 1759 Perigueux
Mar. 31, 1754 St. Front Marie Rose ?
Oct. 13, 1755 St. Silain Blaise Francois Oct. 18, 1843 Perigueux
Mar. 4, 1757 St. Silain Jeanne Rose Aug. 9, 1759, Perigueux
Mar. 11, 1758 St. Silain Blaise Louis Apr. 28, 1808, Bordeaux
Oct. 24, 1759 St. Silain Ursule Lucrece Aug. 25, 1763, Perigueux
Apr. 8, 1761 St. Silain Guillaume Jan. 24, 1850, Bordeaux
Dec. 16, 1762 at home unnamed boy Dec. 17, 1762, Perigueux

The only one of William Joseph's six sisters to survive childhood was Lucrece.  She was eleven years older than he, and always held him in deep affection.  After the death of her husband in 1781, within a year of their marriage, she lived with and cared for her parents.  In her mother's last years Lucrece was with her in Bordeaux.  She also took care of William's domestic needs for fifteen years before her death in 1826 at the age of seventy-six.

The only surviving brother to reach an advanced age was Francois, several years older than William.  Francois took over their father's cloth business.  From the time when William became the business manager of the school at Mussidan, the two brothers remained in close touch, especially through correspondence.  Francois assisted William with purchases for the school, and with general business advice.

The four other surviving Chaminade sons became priests.

Born Died
Jean Baptiste, 1745, Jesuit [until the suppression of the order] 1790, Mussidan, age 45
Blaise, 1747, Recollect 1822, St. Astier, age 75
Louis, 1758, Diocesan priest 1808, Bordeaux, age 50
Guillaume, 1761, Founder of F.M.I. and of S.M. 1850, Bordeaux, age 89


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Current Exhibit

Koepnick's Marian Heritage

This exhibit, featuring Marian sculptures by Robert C. Koepnick (1907-1995), will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 5 - May 3, 2014, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For special arrangements call 937-229-4214.  Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mariology section with articles from The Mary Page.  Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries.  The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM,  in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio.  All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2014 semester concluded on March 14, 2014.

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions.  See our course offerings for the 2013-2014 Academic Year [in PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].  Our Academic Guide [formerly called Student Guide] is also available in PDF.

Click here to see the courses available through the International Marian Research Institute [Select Term from dropdown (e.g. Spring 2014), then click Submit.  On the next screen select Marian Institute for Subject, then click Class Search].
N.B. Students with an active UD LDAP account may also register for IMRI courses online through Porches.  Those not currently pursuing a degree through IMRI may also request admission and register for courses through UD's Graduate Non-Degree Admission and Registration Form.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Lenten Poetic Meditations, Stabat Mater, and Mary in the Stations of the Cross.

We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Pope Francis through March 31, 2014 and revised Like Wife, Like Husband.

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MSA Annual Meeting

Title: Marian Devotion Forty Years After Marialis Cultus: Retrieval or Renewal?

Date: Tuesday evening, May 20 through Friday morning, May 23, 2014

Location: Viterbo University and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, LaCrosse, WI

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church.

Click here to see the Meeting Program or here to see the Registration Form.

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Patriarch Condemns Vandalism at Marian Shrine Near Jerusalem
Source: Zenit (Rome) April 4, 2014

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has strongly condemned attacks on a Marian shrine near Jerusalem, believed to have been carried out by Israeli extremists.

Visiting the Shrine of Our Lady at Deir Rafat on Tuesday, Patriarch Fouad Twal denounced the vandalism carried out the previous night: "We condemn these attacks in the strongest terms."

... The shrine at Deir Rafat is the central Marian shrine in the Holy Land.

Established in 1927 by Patriarch Luigi Barlassina, the Mother of God is invoked here as "Queen of Palestine," a traditional devotion pre-dating the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948.

Click here to see the complete article.

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The director and editors of The Mary Page 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.

Gaining an Appreciation of the Rosary
Source: The Catholic Commentator (Baton Rouge, LA) April 15, 2014

Is it any wonder Monday is the most detested day of the week?  After two days of blissful slumber, relaxation and perhaps even libation, the alarm screams in the wee hours of Monday, announcing a full week of work ahead.  Ever notice the alarm always sounds more piercing on Mondays, than say, perhaps Fridays? ...

For many, myself included, the rosary remains one of the great mysteries of our faith.  During my formative years at St. Leo the Great School in New Orleans we prayed the rosary everyday after luncheon recess.  This was long before schools were air-conditioned so praying the rosary in the heat of a classroom after an hour of playtime ... well let's say it had the trappings for a much-needed nap....

Click here to see the complete issue.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of April with Mary:

The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of April.

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Prayer Corner

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site allows users to submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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