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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 Mexico.  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 September 24, and also revised Mary in History.

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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:

Many thanks for The Mary Page--wonderful resource

Justin T. [Ecole Biblique Jerusalem]

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 Tim Bete, Communications/Public Relations for the nationally noted St.Mary's Development Corporation in Dayton, Ohio.  Topics of discussion will focus on discernment of personal God given gifts as the motivation for pursuing one's vocation and work; inspiring families to live life according to God's values and principles, encouraging faith development in children of all ages through education and everyday family events and informal education; the role of Mary in the family and how his work with St. Mary's Development Corporation, a ministry for low income housing and building small Christian community, dovetails with his personal mission.

Tune in and call in questions and comments for Tim and Francesca.  Toll Free: 1-866-333-MARY 1-866-333-6279.  The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or which ever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.

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Current 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.  Click here for a virtual exhibit of the entire display.

Family and friends of the late Beverly Stoller gathered for a memorial Mass and for the art exhibit in her honor. Father Bertrand Buby, SM and Father Johann Roten, SM, celebrated the Mass of Our Lady of the Pillar, a foundation feast for the Marianists where Blessed William J. Chaminade had a vision of the Marianist Family and especially of the religious orders of the Daughters and the Marianist Brothers and priests. Father Buby preached on the meaning of the memorial and connected this to Beverly’s love for Mary and the Marianist charism.

Father Roten captured Bev's spirit and art with a talk in which he demonstrated what was happening in her art in about seven or eight areas of her gifted paintings from sketches to icons and nature and bridges, etc.  Her varied approach, as Father Roten  presented it was a spiritual message through all of the media.

Bev’s husband, Ed Stoller, gave a heartfelt response to his Angel, Bev, through her icon called the Angel of Silence. He was inspirational and shared his belief in her and our resurrection through the beautiful mystery of the Communion of Saints.

The evening was attended by other Marianists and Affiliates and many women who participated in Father Buby’s retreats along with Beverly over the years.

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 started on October 9.  The course schedule for the Fall semester is now available.

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A Pilgrimage With Mary, the First Disciple

Presenter: Teresa Monaghen, M.A.

Date: Friday, November 17, 2006 - Sunday November 19, 2006

Time: Check-in Friday begins @ 6:30 p.m., first conference @ 7:45 p.m. Retreat concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

Location: Spiritual Life Center in Bel Aire, Kansas

Cost: Earlybird discount rate, on or before Tuesday, October 3; $120 per person (double occupancy) or $145 per person (single occupancy). After October 3; $138 per person (double occupancy), or $165 per person (single occupancy). Includes $20 non-refundable deposit.

To receive further information click into or call 316-744-0167.

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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Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary Meeting
Indianapolis, October 14, 2006

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (USA) met in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 14, 2006.  The meeting was held at North United Methodist Church, a cathedral center of an active community, as indicative of the many activities of the cathedral taking place that day.

First on the program was a presentation by Dr. E. Rozanne Elder, Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. Dr. Elder is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). She is also a professor at Western Michigan University and the Ecumenical Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Dr. Elder worked for many years with ARCIC to prepare most recent document published by Continuum (July 4, 2005), Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. (See:

Dr. Elder gave the historical background of ARCIC as organization, its goals, and its mutual considerations in achieving a common understanding of Mary’s person and role. The document is considered by Anglicans and Roman Catholics are a study text to encourage mutual dialogue.

Also on ESBVM program were M Jean Frisk, a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary, who works at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton. Her contribution presented a summary of the resources available at The Marian Library for study, particularly in regard to The Mary Page.

Dr. Bruce Lawrence, a DePauw University graduate, spoke about the Society of Mary, an Anglican devotional society with 117 cells in the American region.  The Society of Mary was formed in 1931. It is "dedicated to the Glory of God and the Holy Incarnation of Christ under the invocation of Our Lady, Help of Christians."

Papal Message Calls Mary Teacher of the Faith
Send Greetings to Marian Congress
Vatican City, October 2, 2006

When it comes to teaching others about Christ, Mary's example is one to follow, says Benedict XVI.

In a message sent on his behalf by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, to the Latin American Meeting on Marian Pastoral Care, the Pope underlined the capacity of the mother of Jesus "to attract, guide and animate all those who wish to know" her son.

The congress, which was held near Mexico City, was in preparation of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, which Benedict XVI plans to attend in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.

Speaking Friday at the Basilica of Guadalupe, Cardinal Bertone communicated the Pope's hope that the meeting would result "in a more profound awareness of what it means to be true disciples of Christ and witnesses of his Gospel."

The message also referred to the extraordinary Marian devotion that characterizes the faith of Latin Americans, which has been manifested throughout the centuries in art.

"Mary has guided and continues to guide all her children to Jesus, as she did at the wedding of Cana when she said to the dejected servants: 'Do whatever he tells you'" (John 2:5)," said the papal message.

"Hers is a teaching of the faith in Christ permeated with gentleness, profound knowledge of Jesus and human nature, as well as of her own most particular mission in the divine plan of salvation," said Benedict XVI.

The message continues by calling Mary the "'Star of the New Evangelization' because of her capacity to attract, guide and animate all those who wish to know Jesus and be faithful disciples of his in the task of making the kingdom of God grow."

Lofty Goal: Christian Prayers in All Languages
Initiative of Vatican Missionary Congregation
Vatican City, September 4, 2006

The Fides news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples hopes to make ordinary Christian prayers available in the greatest possible number of languages.

The initiative is in response to Pope John Paul II's intense desire for a "new evangelization" worldwide.

To carry out the project, Fides is appealing for the cooperation of the Church in various countries.

Local churches are asked to send the texts of ordinary Christian prayers in the languages of their area to

The text of the prayers sent must be indicated in French, Italian or Latin, as well as in the corresponding language.

This will facilitate the elaboration of the dossier the missionary dicastery is working on, to offer faithful worldwide the following prayers:

1. Texts of the Ordinary of the Mass: the Confiteor, Kyrie, Gloria, Creed [Nicene-Constantinopolitan Symbol], Sanctus, Agnus Dei.

2. Texts of Christian daily prayers: Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, mysteries of the rosary, act of Contrition, acts of faith, hope and charity, Memorare (St. Bernard's Prayer), the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

3. Traditional prayers, some relative to Eucharistic and Marian devotion: Te Deum, Veni Creator, Veni Sancte Spiritus, O Salutaris Hostia, Tantum Ergo, Magnificat, Salve Regina, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Angelus, Regina Caeli, Stabat Mater, and the Loreto Litanies.

Fides notes that the Our Father is now available in more than 20 languages, and the Hail Mary in more than 30, at the following Web sites:




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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.

U.S. Students' Art Selected for HCA Christmas Cards
[Source: Holy Childhood Association (New York, NY)]

For the second consecutive year, the artwork of young Catholics in the United States will be featured on Holy Childhood Association (HCA) Christmas Cards; proceeds from the sale of the cards supports the Church's outreach to children in the Missions.


For the first time, the winning artwork will also be displayed at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.  This display, which begins on Thanksgiving 2007, will be part of the Library's Creches International exhibit--a permanent collection of more than 900 creches from around the world, some of them on permanent display at The Marian Library Gallery.  The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute is part of the University of Dayton.


More information about HCA's annual artwork contest--including the history of the original HCA Christmas seals--is available on-line at the Holy Childhood Association home page for children at  Entry forms for the 2006-2007 contests are also available on-line there.

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