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Mary in Books, Films and Music

A film on the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe and its impact on Mexican life will be released Dec. 8 in the United States.

The movie "Guadalupe" is being released in the context of celebrations for the 475th anniversary of the apparitions to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac.

Director Santiago Parra, a native of Ecuador, filmed scenes of the movie in Europe and the Americas. The film was produced by the company Dos Corazones (Two Hearts).

Parra said the film tries to capture the Guadalupan fervor of Mexico by a foreign director who is able to see profoundly what many Mexicans do not see.

His team and cast members were advised by the Higher Institute of Guadalupan Studies.

The world premiere will take place in 150 cinemas of Mexico on Nov. 30.

The film's official Web page is

Source: November 21, 2006

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Radio Maria From The Marian Library

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 AM-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.

Francesca Franchina speaks with lay leader Carol Lis and other members of the Schoenstatt Movement attached to Schoenstatt Heights, a religious house in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The movement Carol represents and coordinates is worldwide, but as close as many area homes, where traveling shrines come and go, or home shrines honoring "Mother Thrice Admirable" have been set up.

Schoenstatt is an international apostolic movement founded by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in Germany in 1914; the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored under the title of Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt; the movement includes priests, religious and laity who all make a covenant of love with Mary; there are more than 130 exact replicas around the world of the original shrine in Germany; each center promotes a program of lay, Marian spiritual development. There are 7 Schoenstatt Shrines in the USA: Wisconsin, Texas, New York, Minnesota.

Tune in and call in questions and comments for Father 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.  Encores of each show are broadcast Monday nights from 8:30-9:30 pm EST two weeks after the original (e.g. Father Tedesco on Catholic youth will replay on Monday December 7).

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New Exhibit

The Marian Library is hosting The Nativity Through Children's Eyes, a display of children's art in the Gallery through January 28, 2006.  The art was created by children in the local Dayton area as well as children from Germantown and Xenia  Over 500 pieces of artwork were received.  Judging took place last week and a total of twelve cash prizes were distributed to the top winners.  Click here to see the virtual exhibit.

On November 29, about 35 fourth graders visited the Marian Library Gallery to see "The Nativity Through Children's Eyes."  Dan Edwards, the School Patrol reporter for Channel 2, was on hand to interview Addi Helms, a fourth grader from Holy Angels, and a few classmates about the exhibit.

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 concluded on November 17.  The course schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is now available.

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

We have posted material on The Miraculous Medal as well as an update on Marian events in Kibeho (Rwanda).

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From Zenit

In Praise of Cloistered Religious
"Silently Witness That God is the Only Support That Never Falters"
Vatican City, November 19, 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The day after tomorrow, November 21, on the occasion of the liturgical memorial of the Presentation of Mary Most Holy in the Temple, we celebrate "pro Orantibus" Day, dedicated to remembering cloistered religious communities. It is a particularly appropriate occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many persons who, in monasteries and hermitages, are totally dedicated to God in prayer, silence and hiddenness.

"The Nativity Story" Opens at the Vatican
Depicts a Year in the Life of Our Lady
Vatican City, November 19, 2006

"The Nativity Story" presents the year in Mary's life that culminates with the birth of Jesus, the visit of the shepherds and Wise Men to the stable, Herod's brutal response with the massacre of the Innocents, and the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt.

According to Peter Malone, film critic at Signis, the World Catholic Association for Communication, the movie is interesting both for Christians as well as non-Christians.

"The screenplay is well grounded in the biblical texts, both the heritage of the Old Testament as well as the text and spirit of the Gospel infancy narratives," Malone stated. "This gives the film an advantage over narratives which limit the perspective to a literal reading of texts and rely on piety traditions for visual presentation.

"It has also been noted that the screenplay offers substantial historical background to understand Palestine in these times and how the characters were influenced by their environment as well as by the harshness of authorities."

The film will be released in most countries on Dec. 1.

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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.

Fatima Statue to Visit Guam
[Source: Pacific Daily News, November 20, 2006]

Believers and non-believers on the island are invited to see a statue that is considered miraculous by many people worldwide.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will arrive on the island tonight and will visit several of the island's Catholic churches over the next 21 days, said Father Mike Crisostomo, chairman of the visit. Catholics on Guam have always had a great devotion to the blessed mother Mary, Crisostomo said ...

After a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was made, several miraculous accounts relating to the statue were were reported. In one account in 1972, the statue was seen shedding tears in the months leading to a court ruling that legalized abortion.

The statue of Mary has been touring the world since 1947 to help spread her message of peace, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Agana.

As the statue is brought to the churches on Guam, a rosary and then a Mass will be celebrated. Most churches will stay open for extended hours to accommodate nightly vigils, Crisostomo said.

"She's going to test the hearts of non-believers, the hearts of couples and the hearts of our young people," Crisostomo said.

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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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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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Emmanuel, God With Us!: A Celebration of Music and The Word with choir, orchestra, and narrator

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2006 - Sunday November 19, 2006

Time: 4:00 PM (concert lasts 1 hour with reception afterwards in the vestibule)

Location: Queen of Apostles Chapel (Dayton, OH)

Cost: Minimum $10.00 donation per ticket, children under 12 free (All proceeds go to the QAC Community with 15% to Social Justice Ministry)

To receive further information, email Teesie Lupp at or call Deacon Greg Cecere at 937-429-0510.

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