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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.

Thanks for a great Radio Maria program on September 18.  I learned a lot as always.



The Marian Library was open special hours on 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.

Also, Katia Bondareva prepared a Danish translation of our web page on the history of ML/IMRI.

Finally, IMRI Professor, Dr. Gloria Dodd, and her husband, Ennis, recently accompanied Christie Carmichael, a graduate of the University of Dayton, to the Passionist Monastery in Owensboro, Kentucky, to start her Aspirancy.  Please pray for Christie during her discernment, and also pray for the Dodds as they help to promote religious vocations.  Click here for more information, including pictures.

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. This author has also published a number of other titles through amazon, many on religious topics, including Bogurodzica: a study in sixty-four languages on a Polish poem dedicated to the Mother of God.  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

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 24, 2014, Francesca Franchina will broadcast an encore program from September 11 in which she speaks with Lisa Donigian of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Dayton, Ohio and Immaculee Ilibagiza of New York, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that she recounted in her first book Left To Tell regarding her personal experience twenty years ago when this holocaust occurred in Africa.  The conversation focuses on Immaculee and her family's fate and deep faith walk, their deep spiritual formation, the need today for familial conversion of heart, metanoia, reconciliation, and personal and communal healing prayer.  The approved Marian Apparitions at Kibeho warned of the grave events that occurred during the genocide twenty years ago.  Our Lady's words are startling and need to be taken to heart.  Information can be found on the internet with the prophecies and spiritual instructions given to the world by our Blessed Mother at Kibeho.  For more information on Imaculee's ministry and retreat info see

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, September 25, 2:00 pm on Mary's Protecting Veil

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist General Council by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha sent us the information below with the following comments: "The General Council of the Society of Mary in Rome is currently visiting the Province of the USA and is now in our area.  Below is background information about these four Marianists."

Father André Fétis, SM, Assistant General for Religious Life

Born in 1945, Father Manuel Cortés is a native of Valencia, Spain.  He is one of eight siblings, four girls and four boys, three of whom are members of the Society of Mary.  He entered the novitiate for the Province of Zaragoza at Elorio in 1961 and professed his first vows in 1962.  In 1966 he professed perpetual vows.

During the General Chapter of 2006, Father Manuel was elected fourteenth Superior General.  Since that time he has guided the SM as it faces the challenges of our religious life today.  While, technically he lives in Rome, he spends one-half of each year traveling throughout the world visiting Marianist communities and works.  His visits have been occasions of support and encouragement for the members of the SM and the fact that he speaks many languages has allowed him to enter into direct and personal dialog with many of our members.

Father André Fétis, SM, Assistant General for Religious Life

Exactly 200 years after the birth of Father Chaminade in the same town, Father André was born in Périgueux, France in 1961.  He entered the Novitiate at Art-sur-Meurthe in 1984, professed first vows in 1985, and professed perpetual vows in 1988 at Bordeaux.

During the General Chapter of 2006 Father André was elected to serve the entire SM as Assistant General for Religious Life.  While not present at the Chapter prior to his election, Father André was contacted at the Shrine of Our Lady of Africa and he graciously gave his consent to this call to serve in the General Administration.

Brother Maximin Magnan, SM, Assistant General for Education

Brother Maximin is a member of the Region of Togo.  He was born on May 28, 1961 in Lomé-Tokorin, Togo.  Having completed novitiate studies in 1986, he professed first vows at Abidjan that same year.  On September 21, 1991, Brother Max professed perpetual vows.  He has studied in Africa, Europe, and the United States, and has degrees in catechetics, mathematics, and physics.  He speaks several languages fluently.  In the SM, Brother Max has served many years as a leader, both on the Unit level and in education.  His service of leadership included work as a provincial counselor (Switzerland), sector coordinator and regional superior in Togo [he was in his second term at the time of his election to the General Administration].  Throughout most of those years, he also served as director of Collège Chaminade in Kara, Togo.  He is well respected in Africa and beyond for his leadership skills and commitment to education.  He is the first African to serve on the General Council of the Society of Mary.

Brother Michael McAward, SM, Assistant General for Temporalities

Brother Michael was born in New York on November 5, 1958 and is a member of the Province of Meribah.  In 1976 he graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, Long Island, and entered the Society of Mary.  He professed first vows on May 30, 1978 and perpetual vows in 1981.

In the Fall of 2005, Brother Michael moved to the General Administration in Rome to become director of communications for the GA and to help prepare for the General Chapter of 2006.  Following that Chapter, with the election of Father Manuel Cortés, SM, as Superior General, Brother Michael was appointed Secretary General of the Society of Mary.  He served the SM in that capacity until his election as Assistant General for Temporalities in 2013.  He is currently serving his first term in that office.

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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 Poetry.

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.  Also, many Marian Library digital collections that have recently been posted on eCommons, the institutional repository at the University of Dayton.  In addition to many ML/IMRI materials, the following collections are now available: Marian Library Photograph Collection, and Beauraing Apparitions Photograph Collection.

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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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Pope Visits St. Mary Major Basilica Ahead of Albania Trip
Makes His Customary Prayer to Our Lady for Success of Visit
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) September 19, 2014

Pope Francis paid a private visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Thursday afternoon, to pray for the success of his upcoming voyage to Albania.

A brief statement from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, said the Holy Father made the trip across the city center to the top of the Esquiline Hill to spend time with Our Lady Salus Populi Romani [Protectress of the Roman people] whose icon in the church is among the city's oldest and most beloved objects of Marian devotion.

The visit lasted about a half-hour, at the end of which the Pope left a bouquet of flowers.  The basilica was already closed for the day when the Pope arrived, Vatican Radio reported.

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.

Remembering Father Paul Vieson
Source: University of Dayton Magazine September 12, 2014

Father Paul Vieson, S.M. '62, director of the Marianist Archives in Roesch Library, died suddenly the morning of Aug. 8.  He was 74.  Prior to his service in the Archives, Vieson taught in the Department of History.  While serving on the University of Dayton campus, he also assisted for many years at Sacred Heart Church in New Carlisle, Ohio.  He was professed as a Marianist religious for fifty-five years.

In 2009, at the time of his golden jubilee, Vieson wrote: "I have met and worked with some outstanding members of the Marianist family, parish clergy, and administrators.  Their support has encouraged me to a greater effort to grow and do more than I probably would have done on my own.  When all is said and done, the people I have known in my Marianist life have made all the difference no matter what the ministry or activity."

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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