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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.

Great Radio Maria program on September 4.



The Marian Library will be open this coming Saturday, September 20, from 1-4 pm for UD's Family Weekend.  Also, during the holidays around Christmas and New Year's Day we will be open on December 29, 2014 and January 5, 2015.

On Friday, September 12 the 2014 Marianist Award was presented to Dr. Thérèse-Anne Druart, internationally-recognized philosopher and expert on the relationship between Islam and Christianity, who will spoke on: What has Baghdad to do with Rome? or Arabic Philosophy with Faith?

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Book Now Available

Ave Maria: selection from a chorographic opus in 300 languages by William Wolkowski may be purchased from  Click here for more information or to order.

Suggested A/V Material

Coalition will host an International Week of Prayer and Fasting.  The campaign, comprised of a coalition of Catholic and Christian organizations, will kick-off with an international event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Click here for more information.  There is also a ten-minute promotional video containing Marian content posted on Vimeo.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Radio Maria will hold their Fall National Mariathon for 2014, starting Tuesday, September 16, and ending with a Vigil Mass on Saturday, September 20.  This year's theme is Consoling the Heart of Mary.  Click here for information about donations.

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, September 17, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Mary Pyper and Marika Zimmerman about Our Blessed Mother, St. Padre Pio, the Angels, Saints, "We The People" and Spiritual Warfare.  God is speaking to His people.  Are you listening?  Are you hearing?  Are you seeing?  Call in toll-free during the Mariathon and talk to Francesca, Mary, and Marika.  Support Radio Maria in this crucial time to bring the Word of God and Radio Maria to the world.

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:

Michael Duricy, Thursday, September 18, 2:00 pm on the Birth of Mary inn Apocrypha and Private Revelations

James Koelsch, Thursday, September 18, 2:30 pm on the Why Mary's Assumption is Important to Christians

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Fourteenth Marianist Candidate for Sainthood, Vicente Lopez de Uralde Lazcano, S.M. (1894-1990) by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha sent us the article below with the following comments: "Happy anniversary of the death of our Marianist Servant of God Vicente Lopez on September 15!  Here is a biographical note."

On Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oratory of San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, Spain, the process for the canonization of Father Vicente López, S.M., was initiated by His Excellency, Antonio Ceballos, the Bishop of Cadiz.  With the bishop presiding, the ceremony included swearing in the members of the diocesan tribunal that will gather oral and written testimony about the life of Father Vicente López, S.M., and how he practiced Christian virtues to a heroic degree.  The Postulator and Vice Postulator of the cause also swore an oath to fulfill their duties faithfully.  They are, respectively, Father Antonio Gascón, S.M., and Mr. Julio Ramos, Esq.  Mr. Ramos is a retired attorney, a former student of Father Vicente, and a close associate of the Marianists.  Also in attendance were Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former Marianist Postulator General and member of the history commission for the cause, as well as many Marianists of the Cadiz area.

The cause for the canonization of Father Vicente Lopez was introduced to Bishop Antonio Ceballos of Cadiz by Father Antonio Gascón, Marianist Postulator General, on September 25, 2008.  After consulting the bishops of Western Andalucía and receiving the nihil obstat from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Bishop Ceballos approved the introduction of Father Vicente's cause in the Diocese of Cadiz, and charged his Vicar General, Father Guillermo Dominguez Leonsegui, (former student of the Marianists and an acquaintance of Father Vicente) to set in motion the process for opening the cause.  Thus began the fourteenth process for the canonization of a Marianist.

After a long and fruitful teaching and pastoral ministry as a Marianist, Father Vicente López de Uralde Lazcano passed to his everlasting reward on September 15, 1990, at the age of 96 in Cadiz, Spain.  Born in Vitoria, Spain, in 1894, he received his elementary education from the Marianists in his native city at the School of Our Lady of the Pillar.  That school was founded by Mrs. Felicia Olave, the aunt of Father José María Salaverri, S.M., primarily to educate the children of poor workers.  When Vicente entered the Marianist postulate for the Province of Spain in Escoriaza, one of his fellow postulants was Emilio Salaverri, the father of our former superior general, Father José María.  Emilio and Vicente shared a lifelong friendship of mutual respect and affection.

Vicente professed first vows in Vitoria in 1911 and perpetual vows in Escoriaza in 1917.  At the Marianist Seminary, Fribourg, Switzerland, he studied theology and was ordained in 1925.  He returned to Spain to work as a priest in Marianist schools, and in 1928 Father Vicente was assigned to Colegio San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, where he served as a teacher and as chaplain of the oratory (public chapel) next to the school.  From 1928 until his death in 1990 he lived and worked with admirable dedication in Cadiz.  For many years he taught English to the primary school students and, among other duties, was organist for the community.  To the people of Cadiz he became a legend, much loved by students, alumni, parents, and the diocesan clergy, always respected as a holy priest and comforting confessor.

From the outset Bishop Ceballos exhibited warm enthusiasm for the initiation of Father Vicente's cause because this distinguished Marianist was greatly beloved by the diocesan clergy and the faithful of Cadiz and by all connected with Colegio San Felipe Neri.  With Bishop Ceballos the Marianists are grateful for the sanctifying presence of Father Vicente in the Marianist Family and in the Diocese of Cadiz.

May God soon bring Father Vicente to the honors of the altar.

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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.  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 or here to view an article.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2014 term will commence on October 13, 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 September with Mary.

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 the Call For Papers for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America.  We have updated our list of Mariological Societies and also The Marian Thoughts of Pope Francis through August 31, 2014.  Also, the September 2014 Newsletter for Radio Maria USA is now available online in PDF format.

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Prayer Initiative from the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate

Title: National 54 Day Rosary Novena

Date: September 29 - November 21, 2014

Location: At home individually or with families, or in a parish community or other groups

Pray the rosary individually or as a family in your home or as part of your parish community; 27 days in petition followed by 27 days in thanksgiving for the intentions of "Peace and the Family, Human Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom."

For more information, click into

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Day of Prayer Announced for Synod on the Family
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) September 8, 2014

... "In Rome, there will be prayers every day in the Chapel of Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major," it added.  "The faithful, especially families, may include this intention in their personal prayers, and are recommended to pray the Rosary for the work of the Synod."

The Secretariat of the Synod says it will shortly publish a leaflet in various languages with the prayer of the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis and with other suggested intentions for the prayers of the faithful.

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.

Mary Matha: Why Hindus In India Venerate Mother Mary, The Blessed Virgin Of Roman Catholicism
Source: International Business Times November 7, 2013

In India, a country where Christians account for only about 2.3 percent of the total vast population, the image and iconography of Mother Mary, the Blessed Virgin, are venerated by untold millions of Hindus and other non-Christians.  Devotion to Virgin Mary in India (among non-Catholics) takes many forms, from simple shrines in private homes (right next to Hindu gods and goddesses) to pilgrimages to public Marian shrines, which are found all over the country.

Asia News reported that at least 80 percent of pilgrims who formally honor Mother Mary at shrines come from non-Catholic backgrounds, including burqa-clad Muslim women.  Moreover, a number of miracles have been reported at Marian shrines, much like in the West (i.e., alleged sightings of Mary crying or speaking, etc.)....

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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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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