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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.
Michael Duricy, Information and Multimedia Coordinator at ML/IMRI, spoke during a November 26 broadcast of The Miracle Hunter on Radio Maria. In this program Michael O'Neil began by speaking with Anthony Ryan, director of sales and marketing for Ignatius Press, about the recent film, Mary of Nazareth. Mr. O'Neill then talked with Michael Duricy from the University of Dayton's International Marian Research Institute who is an expert on Mary in Film. To wrap up the program, O'Neill spoke with Zaid Jazrawi who is the producer of The Triumph, a documentary film about Medjugorje. Click here for the podcast.
Mary in Books, Films, and Music
Documentary on Mejugorje
Here is news from the bulletin for Saint Albert the Great Catholic Parish in Kettering, Ohio.
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
The US episcopal conference is offering a variety of Advent resources, including a downloadable 2013 Advent calendar with a daily resolution or teaching. This lovely electronic Advent calendar also has some great resources for the Immaculate Conception feast to be celebrated on December 9, 2013.
Resources include explanations of Catholic Advent traditions, including the Advent wreath. There is also a podcast for a Festival of Lessons and Carols, as well as various blessings, including a blessing of the Christmas tree.
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.
Here is news about a live Marian series "Miracle Hunter" airing on Radio Maria on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM CST.
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, December 4, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with Pam Long, Regional Director of the Catholic Social Action Office (Archdiocese of Cincinnati) in Dayton, OH, and with long-time Fair Trade promoter and worker, Sunnie Lain, about the Fair Trade program around the world, focusing on the crops/artifacts made by Fair Trade farmers, workers, and artisans which will be presented at the tenth Annual Fair Trade Sale (largest in the USA) to be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St. Peter's Catholic Church Family Life Center [6161 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, Ohio]. Fair Trade Coffee, divine chocolate, handcrafted gifts, clothing, holiday decorations, artifacts, international entertainment, and foods representing thirty-two developing nations will be offered and discussed on the program. Lunch will be available. Children and families are welcome at this uplifting, joyful, colorful, and blessed international event. The Fair Trade Network is comprised of faithful, hard-working but impoverished people around the world who are guaranteed fair wages by the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Network and Fair Trade Events. Info: www.crsfairtrade.org. This program will be archived on radiomaria.us [Link to Francesca and Friends/Francesca Franchina with the date of the original broadcast]. Encore Mondays 3:00 AM. Listen online with your iPhone or Notebook PC. Find apps at radiomaria.us.
Francesca shares recipes for living life and faith to the fullest, and for filling hungry hearts and tummies with her Italian recipes. Today: Frito Misto, Italian Breaded Veggies This program will be archived on radiomaria.us. (See Programs--Francesca Franchina Francesca and Friends and Through the Tummy to The Heart: Italian Soul Food Sprinkled with Evangelization) Call in toll-free to participate in the program: 1-866-333-6279. Your comments or questions can be left with the operator if lines are full.
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 radiomaria.us. 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 radiomaria.us 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.
Francesca is no longer doing her Tuesday program, Through the Tummy to the Heart on Radio Maria, but all programs and recipes are still posted in the Archives on the Radio Maria website at radiomaria.us. She will inaugurate commentary and blog on www.credoapostolate.us in the near future.
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 marypage.org. 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 email@example.com.
This week's programs:
Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, December 5, 2:30 pm on Advent Poetry and Hymns
Richard Lenar, Friday, December 6, 2:30 pm on Marian Music
From the Marian Treasure Chest
The Rosary, a Weapon of Mass Construction from Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
As Our Lady of the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary manifests herself as our spiritual Mother and the spiritual Mother of all mankind. The Rosary is an invaluable gift she has given us, a powerful weapon she has placed in our hands. The Rosary is a "weapon of mass construction." Praying it keeps us united to her, and aids us to live out our baptismal vocation.
Father Frederick William Faber, noted nineteenth-century convert and hymn composer, explained that "the Rosary is Mary's testament, just as the Eucharist is Jesus' testament." We may conclude that just as we find Jesus whole and entire in the Holy Eucharist, so Mary is present in her fullness in the Rosary. When we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, He unites Himself to us Body and Soul. When we pray the Rosary, Mary unites us wholly to herself.
In the words of Rosary devotee, G. Ferrera, "The Eucharist and the Most Holy Virgin as so closely united that it seems as though Mary's heart beats in unison with the Heart of her Son, Who resides in our tabernacles." Whether we receive Jesus in Holy Communion or pray the Rosary, we can assimilate those heartbeats of Jesus and Mary, and make them our own.
Praying the Rosary frequently pleases the Immaculate Heart of Mary as it enriches our understanding of revealed truth simply couched in the twenty mysteries of the Rosary--twenty engaging events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. In this crown of prayer is found the most complete Marian devotion. At Lourdes and Fatima Mary appeared holding a Rosary, and exhorted the visionaries and us to pray the Rosary because it is a universal means of grace and salvation.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who prayed the Rosary throughout his waking hours, reminded us to "Love Our Lady and help others love her. Pray the Rosary always." Ven. Fulton Sheen declared that the Rosary "engages our fingers, our lips, our hearts in a vast symphony of prayer. This is why it is the greatest prayer ever composed by man." And Ferrera exhorted us to love the "little crown of the Rosary by which graces flow from the hands of Mary to us."
Let us pray the Rosary fervently to draw close to Mary, to keep her company, and to ask for the necessary graces for all humankind, for our country, for our families, for our personal salvation.
Indeed Our Lady's Rosary is an effective "weapon of mass construction" for the building of the Mystical Body of Christ. It is an effective instrument to fulfill our baptismal call.
Nativity Scenes on Display at UD Now!
At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions Exhibit
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net includes a Mariology section on their navbar 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.
International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the summer 2013 semester concluded on November 15, 2013.
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].
In keeping with the season, we suggest Novena in Preparation for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
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.
Catholic Women's Conference
Title: The Feminine Genius: Every Woman's Gift
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Location: Philadelphia Convention Center
We invite all women--married, single, and consecrated--to join the first Archdiocesan Catholic Women's Conference in Philadelphia. The day will begin with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput, who affirms the significance of this gathering.
As a sample of the progam, below is a description of one scheduled presentation which includes Marian content.
Click here for more information.
Archbishop Chaput Addresses Conference on Evangelizing the Americas
Here is the text of an address given Saturday by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, to a meeting of bishops from Canada, the United States, and Latin America, sponsored by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. The conference is underway in Mexico City.
Sixteen years ago today, November 16, I began my work as a delegate to the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops. Those weeks in Rome so many years ago, serving with brothers from around the hemisphere, were an extraordinary education and blessing. They've shaped the course of my life as a bishop ever since. Thanks to that meeting, I have on my desk at home a picture of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, a gift from the then-coadjutor archbishop of Buenos Aires. As some of you may know, he has since gone on to other duties....
Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new. (Rev 21:5) We need to make those words come alive in the flesh and blood of our own lives; and in the passion of our own Christian witness. In these final days of the Year of Faith, as we pray together here at Mary's great shrine, may Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization, lead each of us to be made new in her Son--Jesus Christ the Word of God; Jesus Christ the Lord, Jesus Christ the King of this world, and all worlds.
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.
What do you see? Some parishioners call this picture a miracle in the suburbs.
Source: WGN 9 News (Chicago) November 22, 2013
One north suburban Catholic Church is talking about a very thought provoking picture, shot with nothing more than an iPhone.
One woman snapped a photo last Friday in the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview and says she got so much more....
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of December 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 December.
You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions. Please take a look! This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!
The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.
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