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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.

God bless you and your work.



Local members of the Legion of Mary, including people from ML/IMRI will host a free Catholic information booth at the Montgomery County Fair.  Free statues, pictures, rosaries, etc., will be available in the Commercial exhibits section of the Coliseum building from August 27 - September 1.  Click here for more information about the Legion of Mary, or here for Fair hours and admission prices.

After visiting The Marian Library, Mary Hansen, wrote an article, The Ohio Marian Library of the University of Dayton, which was published in the July/August 2014 issue of Catholic Insight magazine.  Click here to view the complete article or visit her website,

Also, Teresa Monaghen informed us of a feast to celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of Bishop Giaquinta this weekend at the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  Click here to view the complete flier [in PDF--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Pope Francis Goes to Marian Basilica to Thank Our Lady After His Trip to South Korea

After a twelve-hour flight from Seoul, Pope Francis arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport and headed directly to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.  Click here to view a short video clip of his visit from Rome Reports.

Suggested A/V Material

Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally sought Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN, and is a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).  Praying the Rosary like Never Before is a discussion on CD (or MP3) of his book The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying the Twenty Mysteries (Servant Books).  In this talk, Dr. Sri shares John Paul II's practical strategies for praying the Rosary better, so that one may encounter Jesus more deeply in prayer.  Click here for more information about the talk (including a 10-minute sample audio clip) or here for information on the book.  On a related note, Dr. Sri recently published Queen Mother: A Biblical Theology of Mary's Queenship.  Click here for information on that book.

Dr. Sri has also been involved with a Catholic Bible study series from Ascension Press.  This series includes Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, a Catholic Bible study that will bring you on an extraordinary pilgrimage, revealing Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives.  Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys ... and her sorrows.  You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son.  Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever.  Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.  Click here to find more information, or here to view the Official Trailer.

Please note that Emmanuel Church in Dayton will host an eight-part Bible Study on Mary featuring Dr. Sri from September through December, 2014.  For details email

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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, August 27, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Marika Zimmerman about the writings of Father Emile Neubert, S.M., especially, My Ideal, Jesus the Son of Mary, in which Neubert proposes perfect imitation of Jesus by imitation of his filial piety, a concept promoted by the Founder of Neubert's Marianist order, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.  Josh Danis, Family and Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will also call in to discuss the LifeTech conference to be held on September 6, 2014.

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:

Richard Lenar, Thursday, August 28, 2:00 pm on Marian Music II

James Koelsch, Thursday, August 28, 2:30 pm on Mary Magnifies the Lord

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Stunning New Film, Mary of Nazareth by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

I write to share information about a stunning new film, entitled Mary of Nazareth, from Ignatius Press.  This beautiful movie can be booked for parish screenings now.  Here is the site link, where there are trailers and numerous clips to be viewed [click on the Multimedia tab to see them all]:  Please consider bringing this film to your parish, and pass on to others this wonderful way to increase the renown of our Blessed Mother.

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Current Exhibit

Mothers of the Bible

This exhibit, featuring works by Ginny Baughman, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from August 11 - October 31, 2014, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  A reception is planned for Friday, September 5 at 7 pm.  Free and open to the public.  Complimentary visitor passes can be acquired at the Visitor Parking Information Center.  For special arrangements call 937-229-4214.  Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2014 semester concluded 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 Polish Poetry and Our Lady of Czestochowa.

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 posted an online survey to prepare for a Marian Forum in 2015 and also revised Serenity Pines Gardens.

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Our Lady of Fatima's Pilgrim Virgin Statue to Visit the Dayton Area

Title: America Needs Fatima Marian Program

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 6-8 pm

Location: 1304 Phillips Avenue, Dayton, OH 45410

A life-like statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be displayed for all to venerate.  The Marian program will feature an audio-visual presentation on the 1917 apparitions in Fatima, followed by a group Rosary.  Custodians from America Needs Fatima will be displaying a wide selection of fine religious articles, such as hand-crafted crucifixes, statues, rosaries, medals, and books.

For more information, call: 937-252-4000.

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Daily Homily: At Your Right Stands the Queen
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
Source: Zenit (Rome) August 21, 2014

N.B. The reflections contained in the homily below were taken entirely from Edward Sri's book, Queen Mother: A Biblical Theology of Mary's Queenship, Emmaus Road, Steubenville 2005.

Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth and our Queen because she is the Mother of our Lord and because she cooperated in Christ's redemptive work of salvation.  "Since she was uniquely associated with Christ's suffering on the Cross, she was uniquely associated with His triumph and royal reign in the kingdom." (Queen Mother 9)  Assumed into heaven, Mary entered the royal court of heaven and sits at the right hand of her Son, Christ the King.  As our Queen, Mary directs us, protects us and intercedes for us....

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.

Ocean Waters Off Deal Blessed
Source: Asbury Park Press (Deal, New Jersey) August 16, 2014

Continuing a custom that was started in fifteenth-century Italy, but one that had not been practiced at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in anyone's recent memory, the Rev. Douglas A. Freer blessed the ocean waters on Friday.

"It's a great tradition.  Since I'm new here, I thought this would be a great way to start," said Freer who was appointed to St. Mary of the Assumption Church from the Diocese in Trenton on July 1.  His parishioners already like his fresh approach....

Click here to see the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of September 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 September.

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