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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.

Thanks for this information.



IMRI, the International Marian Research Institute, started the Summer 2014 term on June 10.  This is our busiest time of the year with eighteen students taking classes from around the country (e.g. California, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, and New York) and around the world (Africa, India, Korea, Mexico, and Poland).  We also have Visiting Professors come in to teach for us from Africa, India, and Costa Rica.  The term is scheduled to end on August 1.

We would like to extend congratulations to Colleen Hoelscher and her husband, as they welcome the arrival of their first child, Patrick, and also to welcome her to our institute when she returns to Roesch library after maternity leave.  Colleen will be assisting, during one year, with projects in the Marian Library.

We are also pleased to welcome two Marianist religious to the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute:

- Bro. Andrew Kosmowski, SM, from upstate New York.  He earned a Master in Library Studies and will work with us as a librarian (non tenure track) under the supervision of Father Thomas Thompson.

- Fr. Sébastien Abalodo, SM, from Togo.  He earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology and will work with us as a lecturer and researcher under the supervision of Father François Rossier.

Their offices will be on the fourth floor of Roesch Library, in room 401.

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Mary and the Bible Now Available from EWTN

In Mary: Virgin, Mother, and Queen, Father Mitch Pacwa looks at the Old and New Testament texts that are relevant to Marian doctrine in this latest book in his popular series of Bible Studies for Catholics.  Click here for more information or to order online.

Suggested A/V Material

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Missouri recorded Marian Hymns a Ephesus in 2011, a 55-minute audio CD with nineteen pieces of Marian music.  Click here for more information, including the complete list of tracks, and a 50-second audio sample of Ave Maria, Thou Virgin and Mother.  These Sisters have kindly granted us permission to use music from this CD during broadcasts of Living with Mary Today on Radio Maria.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer of Saint 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, July 23, 2014, Francesca Franchina speaks with Patti Gehred, Coordinator of Virtual Learning and Curriculum Innovation at the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), about the on-line Virtual Learning Center for Catechists and those interested in Marianist Spirituality and Studies.  Patti speaks about the courses offered, and how interested individuals or groups can participate in the courses and/or arrange for special studies reserved for groups of 6-12 for areas of particular interest to their community or small faith sharing group.  Of particularly interest to many participants is a course on the Blessed Mother called, Mary, Holy Possibility and informative courses on the Marianist Founders: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Mother Adele de Batz de Trenquellon, and Marie Therese de Lamourous.  Patti is also a weekly internet DJ with her husband on Jazz Beat streamed on-line at  Learn more about NACMS and courses offered on-line at the Virtual Learning and Curriculum Innovation website at or email Patti at  Catch their latest on Facebook: NACMSNed; Twitter: @NACMS1 or Pinterest: NACMS.  See all the courses offered by the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Center at

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 2:00-2:55 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 program:

Father François Rossier, Thursday, July 24, 2:00 pm on the family of Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

China was consecrated to Mary in 1924 by the Mary of Nazareth Association

Brother John Samaha sent us the article below which was posted June 12, 2014 on the website,

In 1924, the bishops of China consecrated their nation to the Virgin Mary.  On that occasion, an impressive statue of Our Lady raising the Child Jesus at arm's length above her head was placed at the top of the Basilica at the Shrine of Sheshan, in the diocese of Shanghai.

This nearly-thirteen-foot bronze statue was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), but eventually restored. In 2000, it was placed back on the top of the tower of the Basilica.  The statue that is venerated today is a silver-plated replica of Our Lady of Victories.

Pope Saint John Paul II spoke at length about the Shrine of Sheshan during the Angelus on August 21, 1988, when he reminded his worldwide audience of the Chinese attention to harmony in nature and attractive surroundings.... His homily was certainly inspired by the tenderness the Virgin Mary, herself, has for this shrine....

Click here to view the original text in French.

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Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!

Psalms in Abstract

This exhibit, featuring works by Ann Williams, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from May 12 - July 31, 2014, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For special arrangements call 937-229-4214.  Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

Click here for information about our next exhibit, Mothers of the Bible by Ginny Baughman.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2014 semester will conclude on August 1, 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 Summer 2014 and also for the 2014-2015 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 Mary and Apocryphal Writings.

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 revised Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady.

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Annual Meeting of Marian Organization

Title: Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA Annual Conference

Date: Saturday, August 8-10, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Mercy Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street Dallas, PA 18612

Misericordia University is hosting this year's annual conference of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA (ESBVM-USA).  It will be held from Friday, August 8, through Sunday, August 10, in Room 200 of Mercy Hall at Misericordia University.

The ESBVM-USA is a nationwide ecumenical society dedicated to sharing doctrinal concepts and traditions set forth by various world religions and Christian denominations.  The annual meeting is an opportunity to present new theological insights and developments pertaining to the Blessed Virgin that are of interest to all.

Anyone who would like to learn more about the diversity of thought regarding the Mother of Our Lord is invited to attend.  The registration fee is $25, with a reduced fee of $10 for students.  The fee includes a luncheon on Saturday.  For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Christopher Carr, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Organizer), at by August 1.

Click here for more information on the US conference and here for information on the International ESBVM conference.

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Bishop Galantino Clarifies Position on Praying in Front of Abortion Clinics
Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference Maintains His Comments Were Taken Out of Context
Source: VIS (Rome) July 21, 2014

The new Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Bishop Nunzio Galantino, has given an interview to the Italian monthly Sempre in which he says recent accusations against him were "an aggression that in reality hurt me."

He was referring to reaction to his comments he made recently in which he said he did not identify "with the inexpressive faces of those who pray the Rosary outside [abortion] clinics."

The CEI's Secretary said that the reaction was a misunderstanding due to media manipulation.

"The interview in question was born in a specific context: the influence that the social media has.  On that occasion I said we should be careful, especially with television, in which only images are used that help to support personal theories.  I gave as an example those that focus on the most inexpressive faces of [persons] praying the Rosary against abortion in front of clinics," he explained.

It is a media method that "intends to belittle not only the Rosary prayed in front of a clinic, but also the great and extraordinary movement that is behind it," he said....

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.

Marian Prayer for 2014: Protect and Cherish
Source: Day for Life website (London, U.K.) June 24, 2014

Holy Mary, Mother of Love,
holding in your arms, the fruit of your womb,
graciously look upon our earth and remove from it
all that hardens our hearts and dims our eyes
to the preciousness of human life,
from the moment of conception to natural death.

Through the example of your tenderness
teach us the ways of compassion and love
that we may build up the civilization of love among us
and a society that is truly worthy of the human person....

Click here to see the complete article.
N.B. In the UK, the annual Day for Life falls on this Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of July 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 July.

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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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