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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.

Thank you so much for your efforts on my behalf.



Father Bert Buby, S.M., a long-time Professor at IMRI, will give a retreat for Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C. and the other religious sisters at the mother house of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception in Montreal from July 31- August 6, 2014.

Also, we regret to inform you that Father Paul Marshall, S.M., University of Dayton Rector from 2005 to 2010, passed away July 17, 2014.  Click here for more information or here to see a video of his Funeral Mass [then click into On Demand Archives].

Finally, Father Rob Jack, an IMRI graduate, presented a seminar, Mary in the Writings of the Saints, on July 29, 2014, during the 2014 Bible Institute hosted by Presentation Ministries.  Click here for details.  They are also offering a Silent Marian retreat for a free-will offering in Cincinnati from August 3-5, 2014.  Click here for more information.

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Mary of Galilee Volume One by Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., recently translated into Chinese

The text was translated by Rosa Lai who was helped by Father John Lai, a theologian from Taiwan.  It is an excellent translation according to a literary expert in Chinese, and it should be one of the most helpful books on Mary for those seeking the Scriptural information about her.  It follows the guidelines of Vatican II and includes the letter from the Congregation for Catholic Education in which spiritual formation in Marian doctrine and devotion are included.  This letter is kept in its English translation and so is the bibliography.  This is a must for Chinese Catholics and Protestants who want to know what the New Testament says about Mary.  The project under Father Lai was supported financially by the Cardinal Yu-Pin Foundation of the Catholic University Fu Jen Academia in Taiwan.  It is the first such book done by a Marianist which was translated into Chinese.  Click here for more information.

Suggested A/V Material

Tacji (Tatiana) Cameron's concert, Let It Be: Mary's Story, will be held at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine on Indian Lake on Friday, August 15, 2014.  Parking will be available at nearby Saint Mary of the Woods church in Russells Point, Ohio.  Click here for more information, including a two-minute trailer.

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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, July 30, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Marika Zimmerman and Dr. Ken Fung, M.D., of Toronto, Canada about his long professional medical and psycho-therapy experience, the recent publication of his book and extensive research regarding spiritual depression and the hidden factors of clinical depression.  This program was originally aired on May 28, 2014 (see for details).

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:

Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Thursday, July 31, 2:00 pm on the Mariology of St. Pope John XXIII

James Koelsch, Thursday, July 31, 2:30 pm on Why Mary's Virginity is Important to Christians

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Litany of Loreto by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha sent us the article below with the follwoing comments: "I was asked to asked to write something about this topic some years ago.  And now it has been published in Messenger of Mary Immaculate, May-June 2014."

What is a litany?

A litany is a type of prayer in the form of a responsive petition.  This prayer form became popular in the Middle Ages.  A prayer leader proclaimed a series of invocations and the congregation alternated with responses.

The litany form of supplication comes from the Litany of Saints, which was used in Europe as early as the seventh century.  In that litany Mary heads the list of saints and is invoked three times; these invocations are retained in her own litany.  Over the centuries a number of litanies became popular prayers to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Name of Jesus, St. Joseph, and several directed to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  These are still used today and are found in official prayer books.

Several different Marian litanies appeared in the twelfth century and became popular devotional practices over the following centuries.  Their origins are often uncertain, and from time to time additions and improvements were made.  Besides being recited prayers, many litanies are also sung or chanted.  And today new litanies are still being composed.

The alternation of admiring tribute and confident supplication makes the litany a prayer both simple and replete.

Litany of Loreto

Many Marian litanies are in use, but the best known Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is more commonly known as the Litany of Loreto.  Because this litany was adopted by the famous Marian Shrine of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, as indicated by a 1558 shrine record, the pilgrims who visited the shrine took to their home countries around the world this popular name for the prayer.

The origins of the Litany of Loreto are uncertain.  It may date from the fifth century, but more likely it was composed in its present form between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries and first printed in a prayer book influenced by St. Peter Canisius in 1551.  The original approval was granted in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V.

The list of praises to Mary owes much to the Akathist Hymn of the Byzantine Churches.  As circumstances changed, invocations were added or dropped, and the litany is still being revised in our lifetime.

Newest invocations: Mother of the Church and Queen of Families

In 1980 "Mother of the Church" was inserted into the Litany of Loreto after "Mother of Christ" and before "Mother of Divine Grace."  At the close of the third session of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 Pope Paul VI officially declared this new Marian title: "For the glory of the Blessed Virgin and our consolation, we proclaim Mary most holy as 'Mother of the Church,' that is, of the whole People of God, both of the faithful and of the pastors who all call her their most loving Mother."  Pope John Paul II explained that this "stresses the complete motherhood of Mary toward Christ and toward the Church, as Mother of the Head and Mother of the members of the Mystical Body."

Saint John Paul II authorized in 1995 the use of "Queen of Families" to be inserted after "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary" and before "Queen of Peace."  This flows naturally from the fact that Mary is Mother of the Church, including the Domestic Church, the family.  The pope pointed out that "Mary called herself the 'handmaid of the Lord.' (Lk 1:38)  Through obedience to the Word of God she accepted her lofty, yet not easy vocation as wife and mother in the family of Nazareth.  Putting herself at God's service, she also put herself at the service of others: a service of love.... We invoke her as 'Queen.'  For her to reign is to serve.  Her service is to reign."

Holy Mary, pray for us!

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Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!

Psalms in Abstract

This exhibit, featuring works by Ann Williams, will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from May 12 - July 31, 2014, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For special arrangements call 937-229-4214.  Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

Click here for information about our next exhibit, Mothers of the Bible by Ginny Baughman.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2014 semester will conclude 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 Our Lady of the Snows.

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 revised Lost in the Beauty of Her God and also posted a new online survey to prepare for a Marian Forum in 2015.

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Annual Meeting of Marian Organization

Title: Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA Annual Conference

Date: Saturday, August 8-10, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Mercy Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street Dallas, PA 18612

Misericordia University is hosting this year's annual conference of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA (ESBVM-USA).  It will be held from Friday, August 8, through Sunday, August 10, in Room 200 of Mercy Hall at Misericordia University.

The ESBVM-USA is a nationwide ecumenical society dedicated to sharing doctrinal concepts and traditions set forth by various world religions and Christian denominations.  The annual meeting is an opportunity to present new theological insights and developments pertaining to the Blessed Virgin that are of interest to all.

Anyone who would like to learn more about the diversity of thought regarding the Mother of Our Lord is invited to attend.  The registration fee is $25, with a reduced fee of $10 for students.  The fee includes a luncheon on Saturday.  For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Christopher Carr, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Organizer), at by August 1.

Click here for more information on the US conference and here for information on the International ESBVM conference.

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Daily Homily: Let Us Praise Joachim and Anne
Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26
Source: Zenit (Rome) July 25, 2014

Today we celebrate the memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  They were chosen by God to conceive and raise the mother of His only-begotten Son.  As grandparents of our Savior and the parents of the Mother of our Redeemer, they were participants in the great mystery of our salvation.  The child whom they conceived, Mary, was preserved from the stain of original sin and was redeemed from the moment of her conception.  Today we venerate, Anne, the one chosen by God from all eternity to conceive Mary, the Immaculate Conception.

Joachim and Anne educated and raised Mary and introduced her to God's Word, the Word that she responded to generously each day and that one day she would conceive by the Holy Spirit.  In fact, the home of Joachim and Anne in Nazareth was most likely the place of the Incarnation.  In this way, they too welcomed God's Word in their hearts and in their home....

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.

Sacred Art: Venerable Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.
Source: Tepeyac (La Crosse, WI) Spring/Summer 2014

This year, the 150th anniversary of the death of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, a Dominican missionary from Milan, Italy, who helped evangelize the upper Midwest, including areas in the Diocese of La Crosse, in the 1800's, is being celebrated.  Father Mazzuchelli was born on November 4, 1806....

... Father Mazzuchelli loved Our Blessed Mother.  Having experienced a vision of her in 1863, he exclaimed that he had never seen anyone as beautiful as Mary....

Click here to see the complete article in PDF, then scroll to page 7.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of July 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 July.

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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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