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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.

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Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of Research and Special Projects at the University of Dayton, Ohio, will talk about crèches and their place in culture around the world.  This lecture is free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 pm at the Eck Visitors Center at Notre Dame University in South Bend, In.

On a related note, Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life will host a Crèches from around the World Display from November 19, 2014 – January 31, 2015 with thirty sets on loan from The Marian Library/International Crèche Collection at the University of Dayton.  Click here for details.

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Documentary on Medjugorje

The Triumph, film about our Blessed Mother and Medjugorje, will return to Dayton on Wednesday, Dec 10, 7:30 pm at the Neon.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at  For more information call 937-367-8013.

Please note that the Catholic Church has not finished its investigation into the phenomena of Medjugorje.  Until that time, the apparitions may only be said to be allegedly happening.  For more information, click into What About Medjugorje?

Suggested A/V Material

Pope Francis plans to visit Asia in January 2015.  For details click into this VIS article or a related 1-minute video clip from Rome Reports.  Pope Francis also plans to visit the National Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka.  Click here to visit the website of the Basilica which includes a 3-minute documentary video.

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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, November 19, 2014, Francesca Franchina speaks with Joe Hensler, a native of St. Louis, now residing in Colorado with his wife and five children, who has had an impressive business career holding various leadership and creative positions with Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati and as Vice President of Collegiate Outreach for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).  Joe leads FOCUS' staff of 430 missionaries serving on 100 college campuses across the United States.  He brings a wide range of experience across the business, non-profit, and religious communities to FOCUS through his professional career in the consumer goods industry, as a consultant, and as a lay student at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary of the West.  Also, Father Ed Burns, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who has been a pastor and now serves in Campus Ministry at Wright State University will join us.

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:

TBD, Thursday, November 13, 2:00 pm on the Presentation of Mary--replay

TBD, Thursday, November 13, 2:00 pm on the Presentation of Mary--replay

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Challenge to Evangelize: Called to Work with Mary by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Our baptismal promise and confirmation pledge oblige us to become evangelizers in our own circumstances.  The sacraments of initiation compel us to bring Christ to all people.  These sacraments commission us for apostolic service, for collaboration with the Mother of the Lord to complete the Whole Christ.

The Chaminade doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission and our participation with Mary to bring Jesus to all people was clearly researched and organized theologically and popularized in print and preaching by Father Emile Neubert, S.M., in the twentieth century.  This is our Christian heritage.  This is the challenge we are called to live and to propagate.

We are called to participate in the state and mystery of Jesus, Son of Mary; in the mission of applying the merits of the Redemption; in Mary's maternal responsibility to apply those merits to all humankind.

Historical Context

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in post-revolutionary France was the only noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of the nineteenth century.  Considering the tenor of those times, his contribution to Marian theology is remarkable.  Commenting on those times, Monsignor George Shea observed that the deviations of Jansenism and related controversies motivated the orthodox theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to nourish Marian piety.  This they accomplished by broadening and deepening the doctrinal bases of Mary's mediational role, a crucial issue in the Jansenist heresy.

Monsignor Shea noted that, if we assign John Henry Newman to the latter half of the nineteenth century, Chaminade is the only Mariologist worthy of note in the preceding fifty years.

Chaminade's Approach

Chaminade based his doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission on the foundational doctrines of the Mystical Body of Christ, and of Mary's Spiritual Maternity, Coredemption, and distribution of all graces.  In his own words:

Christ has ordained all concerns of religion that Mary participated and cooperated in all of them.  We do not go to Mary as our God, but we go to God through Mary, as faith tells us.  He came to us through her.

Keystone of the Marianist Charism

Blessed Father Chaminade's teaching about Mary's Apostolic Mission is clear and straightforward.  He presents nothing new and radically different, except for his clarity and amplification, from what was held by the early Fathers of the Church.  But his originality and development are manifested in the consequences he draws from the doctrine of Mary's Spiritual Maternity regarding her present role in the world.  He clearly establishes Mary's Apostolic Mission as a corollary of her Spiritual Maternity.

In union with her Son, Mary collaborates on Calvary in redeeming all in principle.  To be the true Associate of the Redeemer she must yet apply to each of us the fruits of the Redemption in fact.  Acknowledging this notion, we realize it is theologically certain. Mary's Apostolic Mission is a particular, essential, and integral aspect of her social functions as Spiritual Mother and Associate of the Redeemer.

This doctrine is the keystone of the Marianist charism.  While Chaminade's inspiration is addressed to those who follow the Marianist vocation to assist Mary in her Apostolic Mission, the message certainly applies to the whole of Christianity.  The social orientation of his teaching--his Mystical Body framework and social consciousness--focuses on the Church at large and on all society.

The following words of Chaminade, taken from Our Knowledge of Mary, summarize the charism bequeathed to his Marianist Family and to the Church.

We have seen Mary making use of all the rights of a Mother in regard to her Son, who is our God, and sharing, if we may be permitted to say so, with the Eternal Father parental claims over the Uncreated Word.  We have seen her, the New Eve, fulfilling on behalf of the human race the functions of a Spiritual Maternity, engendering in it a new life for heaven lost through the sin of Adam.  We have seen her sacrificing on Calvary the only Son of her fruitful virginity.  We have seen her at the foot of the Cross, stronger than death, associated with her Divine Son, as she had been associated in all the mysteries of His life.  We have seen her from that very hour watching over all Christians, her children, with the most tender solicitude, fulfilling on their behalf the sublime duties of a Mother.

Our Knowledge of Mary further records Chaminade's thought on the Apostolic Mission of the New Eve.

Mary's exalted mission does not end on Calvary. ...  Is she not the New Eve, and as such, necessary to her children? ...  Her maternal solicitude must extend over the Church to edify and to instruct the faithful, and to guide them aright along the rugged roads of a pagan world.

Nor does the sublime mission of Mary end with her entrance into glory. Even in heaven she continues to cooperate in the work of regeneration, for all things are done through Mary, and every good gift comes to us through her.  Jesus proves to us this fact that His Mother is the New Eve, as truly as He is the New Adam.

On this point the doctrine of the Church leaves no doubt.  We have her testimony in the words of her accepted oracles.

In reality this is the practical meaning of our baptismal call and confirmation pledge to evangelization, to put the Good News into action.

Neubert's Integration and Synthesis of Chaminade's Mariology

Recent writings of theologians and popes have stressed the universal role of Mary.  Outstanding among those writers and preachers is Father Emile Neubert, S.M.  An increasing awareness of the universality of Mary's relation to all persons and to the apostolate of the Church is plainly evident in the teaching of the ordinary magisterium.

Although Mary's Apostolic Mission has not been explicitly and officially defined, it has clearly been stressed in recent teaching and papal pronouncements on Mary's Spiritual Motherhood, Co-redemption, distribution of grace, and Queenship.  It is contained and implied in these other Marian doctrines.

Chaminade taught explicitly the apostolic role of Mary and our obligation to participate in it.  Neubert and other Marianist writers have expanded and integrated this teaching.  They made it clear that Mary's maternal responsibility is a continuous mission and not a single act which ended on Calvary.  The apostolic responsibility of her Spiritual Maternity is part of her vocation--and ours.

The social and apostolic dimensions of Marian doctrine and devotion continue to unfold.  The dynamic relations of Mary to us are both personal and communitarian.  She concerns herself with the welfare of individuals and also of social institutions, with the entire Mystical Body of Christ--laity, religious, and clergy.  More plainly this understanding is coming to the fore.

In pulling together Father Chaminade's position and couching it in precise theological terms, Father Neubert formulated this cogent conclusion, identifying Mary's Apostolic Mission.  In La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre he explains:

These comparisons between Mary's Apostolic Mission and her role of Mother, Co-redemptrix, and Distributor of all graces permit us to affirm that this Mission is revealed.  It does not follow as a simple logical consequence of these three functions of Mary which are revealed, but as a particular aspect, as an integral part of them, to the point of being identified with them.  Under another name it is simply her role of Co-redemptrix and above all of Mother and Distributor of graces.  It shares, consequently, in the certitude of these three functions, and we can say that it is revealed as truly as these three are, even if Tradition had never spoken explicitly of an Apostolic Mission of Mary.  Provided the idea has been revealed, the name need not be.

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New Exhibit Coming

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

This exhibit, featuring featuring four all-new exhibits of of crèches from 100 countries, will be presented by the University of Dayton Libraries from November 29, 2014 - January 24, 2015.  The exhibit will start with a Grand Open House the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. with fun, free, family-oriented activities including light music, light refreshments, children's activities, and a lounge for viewing football.  At the Manger has become a special tradition.  It's where Christmas truly begins.  For details click into or

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for Fall 2014 will concluded on November 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 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 Native American Madonnas, Black Madonnas, and Latest News About Kibeho (Rwanda).

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 October 31, 2014.

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Marian Mass

Title: Feast Mass of Our Lady of Kibeho

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Location: Emmanuel Catholic Church, 149 Franklin St., Dayton, Ohio

All are welcome to join in the Feast Mass of Our Lady of Kibeho (RWANDA) on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Emmanuel Parish.  Confessions will be from 10:00 to 10:40 am.  Mass will begin at 11:00 am.  A pot luck reception will follow the Mass and a documentary DVD of the first approved apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Africa, will also be shown.

For more information please contact Lisa Donigian at 937-901-2727 or or see page 4 of the parish bulletin.

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US Catechism Goes Online in English and Spanish
Source: Zenit (Washington, D.C.) November 13, 2014

An online version of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults has been released by a committee of the US bishops' conference.  The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has made the resource, abbreviated the USCCA, free and available in English and Spanish....

The USCCA is available in English at and in Spanish at  A printed version can be ordered through USCCB Customer Relations by visiting

N.B. Chapter 12 discusses Our Lady.

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.

Image of Virgin Mary Grows on Tree in Iowa
Source: City Voice (Lagos, Nigeria) November 17, 2014

A November 14 report by KCCI 8 News explains that the shape in the tree is about six feet tall. It has residents asking what it really means.

While many claim it is the likeness of the Virgin Mary, others say it looks like Jesus.  Still others claim to see the image of Mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.  There are, of course, skeptics who claim the image on the tree is only an illusion.  They claim people only see what they want to see....

Click here to see the complete article which includes a photo of the mysterious image.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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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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