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Marian Talks on Relevant Radio

Teresa Monaghen, the local and National Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, has been doing a series of broadcasts entitled At the School of Mary and the Saints on KVSS FM Radio in Nebraska (i.e. Spirit 88.9 out of Omaha, 103.1 out of Schuyler, and 98.3 out of Norfolk).

Her next talk, "Presentation and Official Feast of Consecrated Life," will air on Friday, February 2, 2007.  She will then give a series of Thursday talks on "Discernment in the Spirit of Mary" on 2/9, 2/16 and 2/23.

Several of her earlier talks are available online in the archives of their website.  We'll keep you informed about her future programs.

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 Award®-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) as Elizabeth. The DVD is available at a $28.98 SRP.

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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 31, Francesca Franchina will speak with educators about Catholic Education. Father Jim Manning is President of Alter High School and Pastor of St. Mary’s in Franklin.  Martha Saurine is a Carroll High School Teacher.  Alison Radelet is a Chaminade Julienne High School Teacher.  They will be discussing the Celebration of Catholic School Week and the role of Catholic Education in the New Millennium. (Martha, Alison and Francesca are all alumni of the University of Dayton School of Education.)  CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE; 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 one week after the original (e.g. The panel discussion about Catholic Education which aired on 1/31, will be rebroadcast on 2/5).

Her new series, 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 more good stuff to think and pray about to bring souls to Jesus through Mary continuing to focus on: Mary Star of Evangelization; Mary, Ark of the Covenant; I Am The Immaculate Conception" Mary always leads us to Jesus! Eucharistic Apparitions: Lourdes, Fatima and Knock. Accompany Francesca on "A Walk Through The Vineyard" as she shares her recipe for Sicilian Wedding Cakes ala Termini Imerese. TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM; 1-866-333-6279.

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New Exhibit!

Richly symbolic prints  depicting the invocations of the Litany of Loreto will be on display in The Marian Library Gallery through March 23, 2007.

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.

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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 material on the Chapel of Our Lady of Rugby in France.  We have also updated our list of Marian Pastoral Organizations in the USA.

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Youth Day Cross Finishing African Pilgrimage
Rome (Zenit), January 17, 2007

After Christmas in Malawi and a stop in Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, the World Youth Day cross and icon of Mary is in the last phase of an African pilgrimage.

The Youth Day symbols, donated by Pope John Paul II to youth, have traveled the African continent as a sign of reconciliation in often difficult situations. The African pilgrimage began in Senegal on April 12, and has continued country by country, confronting different situations in each place.

For example, in September in Congo, travel was difficult due to damaged roads. With the cooperation of the armed forces, a helicopter flew the cross and icon to their destination.

In Burundi, the pilgrimage was an opportunity to reflect on peace and reconciliation.

The Rwanda stop in November also reflected on reconciliation. As part of the festivities surrounding the cross, the young people there helped to build houses for genocide widows. Bishop Philippe Rukamba of Butare expressed hope, saying that the occasion could prove to be a hotbed of peace and a school of fellowship and love.

On Feb. 15, the cross and icon will leave for Australia, where the 2008 World Youth Day will be held in Sydney July 15-20.

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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.

Rosary in the Rose Bowl in 2007
Source:, December 10, 2006

A multi-cultural Rosary celebration for world peace will be held at the Rose Bowl, Saturday evening, May 19, 2007. The Rosary Bowl, expected to be the largest public prayer of the Rosary in the Southland in 50 years, is being announced in conjunction with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12 by Holy Cross Family Ministries and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Cardinal Roger Mahony urges all of us to help "organize our communities’ participation in this Rosary celebration."

Info: or call 1-800-874-0999.

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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

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of February with Mary:


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 February.

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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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