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Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of September with Mary:

Marian Commemoration Days

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.

The Eucharist with Mary

Eucharist with Mary is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "a special Year of the Eucharist" (2004-2005).  This feature will explore facets of Mary's relationship with the Eucharist and will be updated frequently throughout this year.  Our latest addition is Peter Julian Eymard on Mary and the Eucharist.

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New Resources

A section on Children's Resources has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was a bibliography of Mary in Art. Expect more sections to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to About Mary page.  The latest added was Raphael's Madonnas on Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted information on Marian Shrines in Korea.

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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I have been browsing your site as I enjoy very much reading about our Blessed Virgin Mother.


Alumni Update

Laetitia Rhatigan, Mission Director of Family Rosary in Albany, New York, was recognized by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Albany at an awards function on May 11 for her many years of exemplary service in the area of catechesis.  In her current role, Laetitia conducts presentations and retreats on Mary, the Rosary, and family prayer.  She oversees the mission activities in the Albany office of Family Rosary, including Rosary distribution to schools, parishes and prayer groups throughout the Albany Diocese.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry, M.A. in Religious Studies and M.S. in Education.  She is currently studying for a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in Mariology from the University of Dayton.

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New Web Addresses for The Mary Page

In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs:;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

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New Exhibit!

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute presents: The Song of Songs by Henry Setter which will include 78 illustrations of the Bible's Song of Songs.  For tours and information call 937-229-4214.

September 15 - October 31, 2005

Monday -Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Free Admission-Handicapped Accessible-Parking Available

Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2005 semester begin on October 10.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Fall Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA

ESBVM-USA will hold its Fall meeting on Saturday, October 1 in Philadelphia, PA.  The meeting will be held a St. Mary's Church at the University of Pennsylvania, Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Information about speakers and directions to the meeting may be found on the ESBVM website:

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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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 directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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Mary's Birthday
Rome, September 8, 2005

A glorious abundance of fresh blooms in Rome greeted me at every turn on Sept. 8, birthday of the Blessed Virgin. It was touching indeed to see sights such as a little old woman stooping to place pink roses at the foot of a statue of the Madonna and sending her "very best wishes and congratulations" on the occasion from "one old mother to an older one."

Rome is well known for its monuments, but not necessarily for those most locally revered: those of the Blessed Mother. Whether sculpted into a dilapidated wall or painted on the side of a house, images of Mary seem to follow you around the entire city. Accompanying each crafted image are usually assorted flowers and varying sizes of metallic heart-shaped ex-voto. These are all symbols of thanks for Mary's response to people's prayers or "for grace received."

Some images are as old as the time where Christians had to assert their presence. Others were commissioned by aristocratic families throughout the Renaissance, while still further ones were organized by the inhabitants of each particular street in the interest of having her as their own "protector." Though some shrines are poor in appearance, they are rich in history and faithfulness, each upholding its own variation on the theme of Mary's persona.

Here we recognize yet another way Our Lady has impacted this city. Her illustrated dependability runs to the core of Rome's still-deep concept of the vocation of motherhood. Whether portrayed as a "Madonnina" (Roberto Ferruzzi's "little mother"), Our Lady of the Streets (as paid for by the Astalli Family in 425) or as a majestic queen, Rome would not be Rome without Her at its heart.

Casa Santa Maria
Rome, September 9, 2005

As Rome's school year begins, one abode is working hard to provide peaceful assistance to all Catholic English-speakers alike, particularly priests, during this transitional period. It's the Casa Santa Maria, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain at the base of the Quirinale Hill. According to its new superior, Monsignor Francis Kelly, "It's a place unique in its true sense of fraternal commitment." This ex-rector of some notable U.S. seminaries told me how "in these past two weeks since arriving [...] I'm already so impressed with the quality and the dedication of the men here." The men are the diocesan priests who are housed at the Casa. The house accommodates them as they do advanced studies in the sacred sciences at various pontifical universities.

Purported to be the "largest house of diocesan priests in the world, living together," this "House on Humility Street" has been a place of study, reflection, recreation and prayer for 400 years in various ways. Monsignor Kelly recounted the Casa's history from the mid-1800s when Pope Pius IX recognized a need for the promotion of good formation for the growing Church of North America. The house was updated since then, its ranks expanded. "We start the new school year of 2005-2006 with a total enrolment of 71 priests from not just the U.S. but other English-speaking countries also Ö 11 up from last year alone," Monsignor Kelly said.

As he showed me around the gorgeous complex, Monsignor Kelly explained: "If anything, the need is greater still today to have priests with a very complete theological background in a world, especially in the English-speaking world, where people are so well educated and where the currents of secularism have made such a major impact on society and on culture. "There's an even greater urgency that we have priests who are able to articulately and intelligently explain and defend the Catholic faith--its moral teachings, its doctrinal teachings and so forth--so the need, if anything, is greater today."

Monsignor Kelly noted: "There is a significant increase in the number of priests who will be studying moral theology." He believes this "reflects the fact that so many new biomedical, ethical questions have arisen in our world today and the Church needs to be able to address those issues and questions in the best way." As well as their training, these clerics can be impacted by their very lifestyle while staying at the Casa.

"Beyond emphasizing the intellectual and scholastic dimension," Monsignor Kelly felt it important to mention the men's common life of prayer. "For instance," he said, in the morning "we join to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and then Evening Prayer at the end of the day. We share community Masses--at school days on different hours to accommodate the men's schedule but on Sunday we have a different Mass with all of us together." Such prayer, and mutual support, are vital helps for priests who are far from their home country and parish, Monsignor Kelly said.

The atmosphere of the house is also assisted by its location, he added. "We are always reminded here of the presence of our forefather Peter and this brings us back to consider the very foundations of the Church. "So from the experience of being here in Rome and the history of sanctity which is on every corner that you turn, the men will go back to whatever assignments they're given in the English-speaking world with a more deeply committed faith and a real heartfelt sense of the mystery of the Church and I think that will be a fire that will touch others to deepen their faith and essentially inspire vocations."

The Casa Santa Maria has also proved its worthiness as a pivotal point when it comes to dealings in the realm of Vatican tourism. Whether it's tickets for papal audiences or for the Vatican Gardens or St. Peter's scavi tours, the Casa is the place to contact via its Office of the Audiences, at You can write to Via dell'Umiltŗ 30, 00187 Rome, or send a request by fax to 39-06-679-1448.

For more information you can also call 39-06-686-8553 or 39-06-690-0189. This is all just a part of the Casa Santa Maria's charism of hospitality.

Azerbaijani Catholics Get Papal Praise
Benedict XVI Sends Greetings as Cornerstone Placed
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 14, 2005

Benedict XVI expressed his admiration for the tiny Catholic community--fewer than 300 faithful--of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

The republic, which is sandwiched between Russia and Iran on the Caspian Sea, marked a historic moment last weekend with the placing of the cornerstone of the first church to be built in the capital Baku since the fall of Communism ...

The new church will be dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and will have a building for worship, a pastoral center and a residence for priests. The style of the church will be neo-Gothic and will recall the old facade of the building which was destroyed by Stalin in the 1930s.

For Father Capla, the superior of the mission, the placing of the corner stone of the new church of Baku "means that the Church is alive, it is present, and it grows under the protection of the Virgin Mary."

Benedict XVI General Audience
Vatican City, September 14, 2005

In this weekís catechesis, we consider the first part of Psalm One Hundred and Thirty-one. This Psalm celebrates King Davidís solemn transfer of the ark of the covenant, the sign of Godís presence among his People, to its resting-place in Jerusalem. Davidís promise to build a temple for the ark reminds us that the mystery of God is meant to have a central place in the life of every society. The ark and the temple are visible signs of Godís presence at every stage of our earthly pilgrimage, while every liturgical assembly celebrates the joyful encounter between God and humanity. The Psalm goes on to pray for Davidís anointed successors, which the Christian tradition has understood as a prophetic reference to Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah and King, the Incarnate Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary in the fullness of time for our salvation.

Angelus Address
Castelgandolfo, Italy, September 11, 2005

The Holy Father concluded: "Mary, present before the Cross at Calvary, is likewise present with the Church and as Mother of the Church in each of our Eucharistic celebrations. For this reason, no one better than her can teach us to understand and experience the Mass with faith and love, uniting ourselves to Christ's redeeming sacrifice. When we receive Holy Communion, we too, like Mary and united with her, embrace the wood that Jesus, with His love, transformed into an instrument of salvation, and we pronounce our 'Amen,' our 'yes' to Love that was crucified and rose again."

Papal Appointment
Vatican City, September 12, 2005

The Holy Father elevated the apostolic exarchate for faithful of the Armenian rite resident in the U.S.A. and Canada, to the rank of eparchy with the name "Our Lady of Nareg in New York for Armenian Catholics," and with the same territorial configuration as the current exarchate. He appointed Bishop Manuel Batakian, apostolic exarch for faithful of the Armenian rite resident in the U.S.A. and Canada, as first bishop of the new eparchy.

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Mary Page Attracts 1 million visitors in last decade
[Source: The Catholic Telegraph, September 9, 2005]

Marianist Father Johann Roten once quipped that it would take an apparition of the mother of Jesus on the library's facade at the University of Dayton for the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute to gain an international following outside theological circles.

Not anymore.

The center has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and other national media.  It draws scholars from around the world to its stacks and hundreds of visitors a day to "The Mary Page" on the World Wide Web.

Since its debut in cyberspace nearly a decade ago on September 8, the feast day that honors Mary's birth, The Mary Page ( has quietly advertised the library's vast collection to the world.  Librarians have answered thousands of inquiries about Mary.  At least 1 million visitors have trolled the site, according to webmaster Michael Duricy.


The Mary Page pulls from the world's largest collection of information on Mary found in the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.  It handles a large volume of prayer requests from people imploring Mary to help them heal, find jobs and save marriages.  It features contemporary topics--such as Pope Benedict XVI's views of Mary--and Marian teachings, virtual art exhibits, book reviews, hymns, shrines, stamps and a host of other material.

In short, "It's everything Mary," Father Roten said.

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