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Mary in Books, Films and Music

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 24, Francesca Franchina will speak with Nicole Muhlencamp, a native of Minster OH, representing One More Soul's Educational Programs focusing on The Theology of The Body and speaking with returning participants from the LIFE March on Washington D.C. What Role is the Blessed Mother Playing in the Purity Movement and encouraging the Culture of Life and New Evangelization Movement as promulgated by Pope John Paul II?

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 1/23/2007 Francesca stirs up more good stuff to think and pray about to bring souls to Jesus through Mary continuing to focus on Mary Star of Evangelization; Eucharistic Apparitions: Lourdes, Fatima and Knock and USCCB and Evangelization Documents from the Vatican; "Bread Come Down From Heaven," reviewing the basics of Italian Bread Making. and Foccaccia; Sicilian Pizza ala Francesca.

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Last Chance to see Current 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 our answer to a reader's question, What to think about Mary of Agreda and her Mystical City of God?.  We have also updated our list of Marian Shrine addresses in France and the USA, as well as our extensive listing of Marian and Related Links.

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Austrians Begin Novena Preceding Pope's Visit
Vienna, Austria (Zenit), January 12, 2007

The bishops of Austria have invited the faithful to spiritually prepare for Benedict XVI's visit to the shrine of Mariazell with a nine month novena.

The Holy Father will visit the Marian shrine Sept. 8, feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The three-day visit will take place during the year which marks the sanctuary's 850th anniversary, although its Christian presence dates back to the year 1157.

In a letter recently sent to the parishes of Austria, the bishops promoted the novena, which is based on Luke's Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. It is available in German on the event's Web page.

The bishops of Austria will also invite more than 30,000 members of Austrian parish councils to join in the celebration with the Pope in Mariazell. The members will be chosen March 18 in the more than 3,000 parish communities.

Mariazell, which has 2,000 inhabitants, is located in the heart of Austria, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Vienna. It receives 1 million pilgrims a year from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia.

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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.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Rugby
Rugby Magazine (, January 20, 2007

In the tiny, plain chapel of St. Savin in southwest France, God and rugby came together following the tragic deaths of three club members in a 1963 car crash.  Father Michel Devert, the local parish priest and a rugby enthusiast, had heard about a stained glass window commemorating the seven members of the Manchester United soccer team killed in a Munich plane disaster.  This became the germ of a project to provide a memorial for the young players and a holy place dedicated to the sporting ideals of rugby.

The chosen site was an ancient chapel in the center of the "Ovalie," the heartland of French rugby.  Near the village of Larrivierre in Gascony, it sits on a wooded ridge overlooking the river Adour and the great plains of the Landes to the north.


The stained glass windows are the chapel's crowning glory, with their unique mixture of religious and rugby imagery.  In one, the Madonna and child offer a rugby ball to a crowd of people in their everyday clothes; in another, the baby Jesus in his mother's arms throws the ball to a line-out.  A third shows a flyhalf drop kicking a goal from behind a scrum.  In the fourth, the Virgin Mary cradles an injured player in her arms. ...

For more information on the shrine (including pictures), 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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