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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 October 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 October.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Brazil.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted a slide show on Mary and Art which was presented by Father Johann Roten at our recent symposium.  We have updated Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through August 21, and also revised Mary and the Rosary and our introduction to the Collection of Masses of the BVM.

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  News from the Marian Library

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Marian Zalecki, a Pauline priest at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, PA, died on September 18, 2006. His funeral mass was held at the main church of the shrine on Thursday, September 21.

Alumni Update

Francesca Franchina, long time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local station for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio.  Called "Francesca AND Friends: WHY MARY?" the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30 PM EST focusing on: What in the world is going on about Mary; how to speak with others about Mary; and Mary in Scripture.

Her next talk will be aired this Wednesday (10/4/06) from The Marian Library with Father Bert Buby, S.M.  Tune in and call in questions and comments for Father Bert and Francesca.  Toll Free: 1-866-333-MARY 1-866-333-6279.  The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [scroll down to Radio...English].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.

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New Exhibit!

"Mary--A Feminine Touch," a retrospective exhibit of works by the late Beverly Stoller, will run from October 1 through November 17 at the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  To view the display outside of normal operating hours, call 937-229-4214.

Creches are also on display in our museum.  Patrons with RealPlayer may also view a streaming video showing the sets which were on display during the 2005 Christmas season.

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Additional 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 sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Also, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has added the Gallery section of The Mary Page to the Exhibits section of their on-line museum, the Plethoreum.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in 49 countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FF 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) which airs regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2006 semester will commence on October 9.  The course schedule for the Fall semester is now available.

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

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2006

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. E. Rozanne Elder, the sole American Anglican on the ARCIC Commission that authored Mary, Grace and Hope in Christ, will be the principal speaker.  A speaker from The Marian Library is also scheduled to present.  Admission is free.  To receive further information click into

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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A World Day of Rosary in the Works
Initiative Rooted in Mexico
Mexico City, September 28, 2006

Organizers of a World Day of the Rosary, Oct. 21, hope to have millions of people worldwide participate in the event. Last year, more than 100 countries participated, with rosaries prayed simultaneously in 8,000 sites.

"Reaction to this year's announcement has been very strong," says Guillermo EstÚvez Alverde, one of the Mexican laymen who launched the initiative a decade ago.

"The most surprising reaction comes from Africa, where a number of parishes and associations have expressed a desire to join--a first in the history of the event," EstÚvez explained.

The event is being planned by a group of lay people in Mexico City. They said that this year the World Rosary will be prayed for six intentions. The intentions are: for the Grace of God, so that it nourishes the flourishing of love among humankind; for peace on earth; for the preservation of life and family values; for the Pope and his intentions; to promote priestly and religious vocations; and for local intentions.

The organizers suggest that participants fast and pray for one day for this initiative. They also suggest that the rosary be prayed during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and that opportunities be provided for people to go to confession. The organizers have also requested that the local coordinators inform and obtain the support of episcopal conferences, bishops and parish priests.

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Conclusion of Papal Address
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September 24, 2006

Conclusion of the address Benedict XVI gave today before and after reciting the midday Angelus with the crowds who gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.

Mary, whom we invoke this day as Our Lady of Mercy, helps us to open our heart ever more to the love of God, mystery of joy and sanctity. ...

May Our Lady, Star of the Sea, look down in love upon seafarers and their families and upon all those who care for their human and spiritual needs. ...

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The director and editors of 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.

Statue of Mary Can Stay Rechristened as Lawn Ornament
[Source: The Inquirer (Philadelphia), Sept. 11, 2006]

When is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary not a religious symbol?

When a management association decides it's a lawn ornament.

The association that manages the Byers Station development in Eagle, Chester County, had told John and Cindy McMahon in an Aug. 15 letter to remove their display because "some homeowners in the community may take offense to a religious statue."

But the unsigned letter named no homeowners. No neighbors have objected to the statue, the McMahons say.

And--after the McMahons objected--the association changed its mind.

The two-foot-tall figure stands to the left of the front porch of the McMahons' home, just as it had at their previous houses in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia and in the Sanatoga section of Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County.

"When we signed our papers" of purchase at Byers Station, John McMahon said, "we specifically asked if a statue was allowable. We asked, 'Is a Blessed Virgin Mary statue allowed?'

"The last development we were looking at pretty much told us that most likely we wouldn't [be allowed] because their association was too restrictive."

So, he said, they moved on to Byers Station.

McMahon said a sales agent for Orleans Homebuilders told him, " 'No, we're not that restrictive, and that shouldn't be a problem.' "

When the Aug. 15 letter arrived, it referred questions to Brian Myones of Community Management Services Group. Someone who answered the phone there said he was unavailable.

Last week, a spokeswoman for Orleans said the firm had asked Community Management, which she said manages Byers Station, to change the development's bylaws.

So the statue stays?

"Oh yes," said Donna Csolak, the spokeswoman.

McMahon said that Orleans had not told him of the change but that his wife received a call Sept. 1 from Myones at Community Management, informing her that the statue would be allowed as a lawn ornament, not a religious statue.

But he said Myones declined to provide confirmation of the change in writing. Someone who answered the phone at Community Management declined to make the bylaws public.

Csolak said no homeowners there had voiced any concern about the statue to Orleans.

She confirmed McMahon's contention that the Byers Station Community Association, though intended eventually to be a homeowners' association, now consisted only of representatives of the management firm and of Orleans and two other developers building homes at Byers Station.

"We don't make the restrictions," she said of Orleans. "The homeowners' association does that. Orleans doesn't have restrictions."

The Byers Station situation points to a continuing struggle between the rights of homeowners and the rights of communities now that increasing numbers of people are buying into self-contained developments.

In New Jersey on Feb. 7, residents of the Twin Rivers community in East Windsor won the right, among others, to place political signs on their lawns. In that case, a state appeals court ruled that under the state constitution, homeowners' associations must recognize freedom of speech.

A lawyer who argued against the homeowners' group, Rutgers University Law School professor Frank Askin, said the court was the first to so rule.

"The court recognized that, just like shopping malls are the new public square, these associations have become and act, for all practical purposes, like municipal entities unto themselves," Askin said in an interview.

A law that went into effect Aug. 7 in Pennsylvania bars homeowners' associations from prohibiting patriotic flags that are 5 by 3 feet or smaller. The law still allows the size, location and use of flagpoles to be regulated.

The street on which the McMahons live forms a horseshoe on which about 20 houses have been built, with room for more.

Only one other house had a display last week, a U.S. flag.

The McMahons have had the statue outside each of their two other homes during their 10-year marriage because, John McMahon, a Roman Catholic, said, "We always felt it was protective of our house."

The statue was the idea of his wife, who practices no religion, he said, noting that what appealed to her was "the serenity of it."

The family moved into the Byers Station house in January and put the statue outside in March.

In June, McMahon received what he called "a request for exterior change form" citing the statue, which he said he filled out and returned.

When the Aug. 15 order to remove the statue arrived, he said, "We asked all our neighbors, 'Is it offensive to you?' "

None told him that it was.

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