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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.

I enjoyed the program about Our Lady of Victory on Radio Maria.



On November 15, 2014 the exceptional artwork of Maryknoll Sister, Marie Pierre Semler, will be presented at Saint Mark's Book Store in Centerville, Ohio along with her remarkable story by members of her family.  Click here for details about the ceremony.  Click into Lost in the Beauty of Her God to see a virtual exhibit of her art shown at The Marian Library Gallery.

On October 17-18, 2014 Immaculee Ilibagiza, best-selling author and Rwandan genocide survivor, spoke at a Healing and Hope Retreat held at St. Luke Catholic Church in Beavercreek, Ohio.  She also spoke with Francesca Franchina about this topic on Radio Maria recently.  Click here to listen to the audio [54 minutes].  For more information visit Imaculee's website.

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Mary of Nazareth Now Available on DVD

The epic motion picture on the life of the Blessed Mother from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus that was seen by some 200,000 people on 552 screens in more than 270 cities across North America as part of Ignatius Press' theatrical and parish screening program, is available now on DVD.  Visit to read more about the film, see endorsements from prominent Catholics and much more.

On a related note, Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures, a book by Father Donald Calloway, MIC, based on the theatrical motion picture, will be available in early November.  Click here for more information or to pre-order.

Suggested A/V Material

Schoenstatt Releases documentary film on the life of its Founder.  Father Joseph Kentenich, A prophetic vision broadly covers the severely-tested, yet fruitful life of Father Kentenich and his foundation.

The film has been translated into Spanish and German, and soon versions in Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish and other languages will be offered.  The English version in high resolution can be accessed through the following link:

Official information about the international jubilee may be found on or in a recent article from Zenit.

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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, October 22, 2014, Francesca Franchina speaks with organizers Lisa Donigian, Mary Pyper, and callers about the recent retreat at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Beavercreek, OH on forgiveness and healing presented by Immaculee Ilibagazia on October 17/18.  What effect did this retreat have on them and the more than 600 people who attended, including priests and religious from near and from far?  What did our Lady tell all of us in the apparitions at Kibehoe in Rwanda, Africa in the 90's and what are the implications for us today?

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, October 23, 2:00 pm on Saint John Paul II

Father Johann Roten, S.M., Thursday, October 23, 2:30 pm on the Holy Rosary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Our Lady of the Pillar by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Our Lady of the Pillar, Patroness of All Hispanic Peoples, Woman for All Peoples

What do you know about Our Lady of the Pillar?  Have you heard of her?  Except for Hispanic peoples, especially Spaniards, and lovers of Hispanidad, she is most likely not as widely known as the Blessed Virgin Mary of other famous shrines.  Yet her story pre-dates the gospels and was told long before the gospels were written.  This is an interesting story, seemingly unbelievable, about Mary's first apparition in history.


The tradition tells us that seven years after the death of Jesus, on January 2, 40 A.D., the Apostle St. James the Elder, brother of St. John, sat tired and disappointed by the bank of the Ebro River in what is now Zaragoza, Spain.  The people of the Roman province of Hispania (Spain/Iberian Peninsula) were not open and receptive to the Good News of Jesus and St. James was ready to give up his efforts to evangelize them.  On that January day the Blessed Virgin Mary, still living in Palestine, appeared to James atop a column or pillar of stone.  With encouraging words, she assured him that the people of Hispania would become Christians and that their faith would be as strong and durable as the pillar on which she stood.  To remember the visit and promise of the Virgin Mary, the first Marian shrine was built around the pillar.  And James began to convert the pagans of early Spain.


Many will automatically think this is just another pious myth among many Catholic legends and an interesting story for tourist guide books, or another excuse for celebrating a weeklong fiesta around the time of the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, which is celebrated on October 12.  Some will suspect that this is simply one more occasion for selling glitzy, chintzy Marian souvenirs.  Why would an enlightened person of this modern era believe such a story?  Yet neither natural nor religious reasoning have been able to discredit and discard the story of Mary of the Pillar and relegate her to unbelief and something unworthy of genuine devotion.

On the positive side, it is interesting to note that the German Augustinian stigmatist and visionary of the early nineteenth century, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, comments on Mary of the Pillar's appearance to James.  With rich detail she describes the Zaragoza event in chapter fourteen of The Life of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Some, even with scientific reasoning, might dismiss any claims of sincere devotion of Marian devotees.  The story of Our Lady of the Pillar does seem unbelievable, unless you grew up with it or have an unshakeable faith.  Anyone who was raised in Zaragoza or somewhere in Spain, anyone who has grown up knowing Our Lady of the Pillar, is as intimately linked to her as any Mexican person is to Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any Irish Catholic is to Our Lady of Knock.  The same is true of Lourdes and the French, or Fatima and the Portuguese, or Czestochowa and the Polish.

The Reality

For devotees of these and other Marian apparitions, Mary is not only the Mother of Jesus and of the Church; she is above all their mother--and our mother.  Some might even be lapsed Catholics, but they will at least once a year on her feast day visit her church or pray to her.

Our Lady of the Pillar has a special place in the lives of many, not the least of which are those who bear her name.  In Spain and Latin America the name "Pilar" is commonly given to girls at baptism.  At one time in Spain almost everyone wore a medal of Nuestra Senora del Pilar.  Our Lady of the Pillar is also immensely important in the history and mission of several religious congregations and movements, especially the Marianist Family founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in the nineteenth century.  Her special relation with Hispanic America results from Columbus' discovery of America on October 12.

Devotion to Mary is something that cannot be dismissed simply with psychological and sociological explanations.  This devotion goes beyond collective pride, national identity, and the need to belong.  It is something more mysterious, something that transcends time, cultures, and even reason itself.

We learn to live with the seeming contradiction between reason and faith, between believing Mary is our mother and thinking all this is unbelievable.  After all, faith is about love, mystery, and life.  And those are real, even if we cannot understand them.  Just because we do not fully comprehend all this and cannot fully explain it, does not mean it does not exist.

Let the thought and the image of Our Lady of the Pillar be a forceful reminder that we walk in the footsteps of St. James and the early Christians of Hispania in following Christ.  May she be for us a pillar of faith.

Perhaps the conclusion penned by Franz Werfel in his popular novel, Song of Bernadette, says it best: "For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.  For those who believe, no explanation is necessary."

Our Lady of the Pillar, pray for us!

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Last Chance to See 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 commenced 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 Kibeho Letters and Paul VI and the Rosary.

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 the Call For Papers for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America and also the Call For Papers for a Marian conference sponsored by the Catholic University of America, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.  Click here for information on a related Exhibit of Marian Art.  Also, we have posted the Autumn 2014 edition of The Marian Library Newsletter on eCommons.

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Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage Coming to Archdiocesan Parish Churches

Title: Interactive Spiritual Journey Hosted by North American Lourdes Volunteers

Date: Sunday, October 26-28, 2014

Location: Cincinnati Archdiocese

Lourdes will come to Hamilton and Cincinnati in late October, and all are welcome to make a "virtual pilgrimage."  North American Lourdes Volunteers will present a 90-minute program at three area churches in Cincinnati and Hamilton Oct. 26, 27 and 28.  Every attendee will receive a bottle of water from Lourdes.

Click here for details or here for more information [then select the Newsletter for October 15, 2014].

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Schoenstatt: 100 Years of Testifying to the Faith
Interview With Father Heinrich Walter, General Superior of Schoenstatt Fathers
Source: Zenit (Rome) October 14, 2014

On Oct. 18 in 1914 a Pallottine priest, Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968), sealed a covenant of love with Our Lady.  This was the founding act of the movement.  To mark the jubilee, Father Heinrich Walter, chairman of the General Praesidium of the International Schoenstatt Movement and General Superior to the Schoenstatt Fathers, answered some of ZENIT's questions.

ZENIT: The Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement will shortly celebrate its centenary.  How did the movement come about?

Father Heinrich Walter: Schoenstatt began in 1914 in Vallendar on the Rhine.  At the time Father Joseph Kentenich was chaplain to the young students who wanted to become Pallottine priests.  In a talk to these students he laid out a program to set up a Marian place of pilgrimage.  They offered themselves to Our Lady and asked her to take up her abode in this place.  Kentenich's idea landed on fruitful ground.  The young men put all their work but also their life on the line for this and invited others to do the same.  So now we have a growing Christian faith community from all walks of life centered on that little chapel, which we now call the Original Shrine.  Schoenstatt developed very quickly and soon had its own customs, rules and statutes....

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.

National Pilgrim Virgin Statue Tours
Source: WAF USA October 22, 2014

The purpose of our statue tours is to bring the graces of Fatima and Our Lady's message of hope, peace and salvation to those many thousands of people who may never have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima itself.

The National Pilgrim Virgin statue presently travels across the United States under the sponsorship of the WAF USA. She has proven time and again to be the catalyst for renewed interest in the message of Fatima and for exposing new generations of Catholics who are unaware of the important message of conversion and peace brought by Our Lady to the three shepherd children in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal.  This statue will visit the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from November 9-24, 2014.

Click here to see more information including the tour schedule.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of October 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 October.

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