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Experience the miracle of The Nativity Story on DVD March 20, 2007 from New Line Home Entertainment

Journey back to the most momentous event in history as the greatest story ever told is brought to life in the epic drama, The Nativity Story, arriving on DVD on March 20, 2007, from New Line Home Entertainment. Hitting stores just in time for Easter, The Nativity Story is an inspirational tale of extraordinary faith and love that chronicles the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph, a divine pregnancy and the miraculous birth of Jesus. As the only film ever to premiere at the Vatican, The Nativity Story captures the emotional resonance and spirituality of this epic time period with the recreation of the sights and sounds of the Holy Land captured through breathtaking cinematography and a score inspired by traditional Christmas songs. Destined to become a holiday classic, The Nativity Story is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Oscar Isaac (the upcoming Guerrilla) as Mary and Joseph as well as Academy AwardŽ-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) as Elizabeth. The DVD is available at a $28.98 SRP.

Color of the Cross, an independent religious biopic currently in production, went into theatrical release in October 2006. Based on the last 48 hours of Christ's life, the film's controversy lies in the portrayal of Jesus as a black Nazarene, persecuted because of his radical interpretation of the Torah. Color of the Cross, directed by Jean Claude Lamar, stars Debbi Morgan (Coach Carter, Woman Thou Art Loosed) as Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The film is now available on DVD from (et al) and The Marian Library has ordered a copy.

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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.

On January 17, Francesca Franchina will speak with Christi Dodson, Director of Dayton Right to Life.  They will discuss the upcoming Right to Life March on January 22 and also consider ways to talk about this hot-button issue with others.

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.

Her new series, which started January 9, 2007, Through The Tummy To The Heart will air every Tuesday except the First Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. Francesca Franchina stirs up good things to "Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord" addressing The New Evangelization as promoted by Pope John Paul II and the United States Bishops while cooking and sharing recipes for living and nurturing the spreading of the Good News and family recipes pertaining to wheat, bread and pasta dishes. On 1/16/2007 Francesca stirs up more good stuff to think and pray about to bring souls to Jesus through Mary focusing on Mary Star of Evangelization and Bread Come Down From Heaven and teaches us the basics of Italian Bread Making.

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New Exhibit

The Marian Library is hosting The Nativity Through Children's Eyes, a display of children's art in our Gallery through January 28, 2006, on weekdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by special arrangement [call 937-229-4214].  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.

Creches as well as Quilts from Saint Simon's Quilting Group in Cincinnati 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.  Creches will be on display 8:30 am to 4:30 pm now through Jan. 28 in The Marian Library Gallery; noon to 4 pm now through Jan. 31 at Gallery Saint John at the Bergamo Center; and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday through Wednesday and 10 am to 8 pm Thursday and Friday now through Jan 1 at the Dayton Art Institute.  Admission is free at each location.

Creches from the Marian Library Collection are also on display at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, New York.  Booklets showing photographs of the pieces displayed along with descriptive text are available at The Marian Library.  Ask for the title: A Celebration of Nativity Creches 2006.

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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 Spring 2007 semester will commence on February 19.  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 Belgium.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted an article by Brother John Samaha about Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Herald of Mary, Champion of the Laity as well as material on the art donated to our collection by John and Rose Larish.  We have also linked to the web site for the National Rosary Crusade.

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2006 revealed a bumper crop of good films
Catholic News Service (New York), January 4, 2007

Those who complain that they don't make quality films "like they used to" should get out more often and see what a rich palette of films--both domestic and foreign--are available, provided one chooses carefully. And, so too, the performances this past year by such present-day luminaries as Will Smith, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Laurence Fishburne bear favorable comparison with the stars of old. ...

"The Nativity Story": Dramatization of the New Testament birth narratives from the Annunciation to the birth of Jesus gets the prestige treatment in an artful, reverent and affecting retelling, focusing on Mary and Joseph's relationship, poignantly illustrating the humanity beneath the halos (A-I; PG). ...

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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.

Painting of Jolie Draws Notice
AP (Raleigh, N.C.), December 21, 2006

A North Carolina artist intrigued by the public obsession with celebrity has found herself feeding that obsession with a painting of actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary hovering over a Wal-Mart check-out line.

Kate Kretz has painted for 20 years but none of her previous work has garnered the attention given "Blessed Art Thou," showing this weekend at Art Miami, an annual exposition of modern and contemporary art.

The painting (see right) has gotten much attention from celebrity web sites and blogs. Since the buzz started, the number of daily unique visitors to Kretz's own blog has jumped from an average of 30 to 15,000 on Wednesday.

"My intention was to ask a question and get people to think," Kretz said in a telephone interview Friday from Miami. "I had no idea so many people would be asking a question and thinking."

The painting--acrylic and oil on linen--depicts an angelic Jolie in the clouds, holding her newborn daughter, Shiloh, with children Maddox and Zahara at her legs. Below them is a Wal-Mart checkout line. The painting is for sale for $50,000 through Chelsea Galleria in Miami, which represents Kretz.

On her blog, Kretz, 43, said the painting addresses "the celebrity worship cycle." She said she chose Jolie for the subject "because of her unavoidable presence in the media, the worldwide anticipation of her child, her 'unattainable' beauty and the good that she is doing in the world through her example, which adds another layer to the already complicated questions surrounding her status."

Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik, asked to comment about "Blessed Art Thou" on a Post blog, was unimpressed. "Once you've deciphered it, there's not much chance of giving it a second look," Gopnik wrote.

For more information on the artist, click into

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Liturgical Season

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 January.

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Marian Events

Marianist Heritage Events at the University of Dayton: Multicultural Rosary

Date: 4:30 pm on Monday February 5, 2007

Place: Artstreet Amphitheatre at UD

For more details call the office of the Rector at 937-229-2409.

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