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Mary in Books, Films and Music

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).

She will 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.

Also on Relevant Radio, Dan Lynch, Director of the lay apostolates of The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and The Jesus King of All Nations Devotion, appeared on the Drew Mariani Show on February 2, 2007.

MGM to release Marian film in 2008 (Source:

MGM has acquired North American distribution rights to "Myriam, Mother of the Christ," the biblical story of Mary. The screenplay is written by Benedict Fitzgerald, who penned "The Passion of the Christ."

The film, slated to bow around Easter 2008, is a dramatic rendering of the key events in Mary's life leading up to the birth of Jesus and the holy family's journey from Egypt to Nazareth following the death of King Herod. The story is told from Mary's point of view as she gradually understands the unfolding of God's plan and responds to her calling. No director or cast is attached.

"We believe that a feature of this quality and pedigree will have an inherent appeal to many movie consumers in North America," MGM chief operating officer Rick Sands said. "The film has the potential to become a perennial favorite each holiday season."

MGM will work with its home entertainment partner, 20th Century Fox, on the film's DVD release.

Fitzgerald and Richard Garzilli are producing "Myriam" alongside John Garbett and Erik Lomis.

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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 February 7, Francesca Franchina will speak with Frances Harry and Mark Danis about Carmelite Spirituality and its Founders, and The Third Order Secular Carmelites focusing on Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmelite Prayer, The Liturgy of the Hours, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John of The Cross, and the Brown Scapular of Carmel. 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.

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. On February 13, Francesca Franchina will focus on Our Lady and Evangelization and The Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She will share information on the meaning and importance of the Marian Consecration and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in every home relative to the Papal Encyclical written by of Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas. "You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain." (Isaias12:3) Francesca will be stirring up Pasta con Piselli this week. (Pasta with Peas is another Franchina Family Favorite Dish). CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM; 1-866-333-6279.

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Current Exhibit

The Marian Library Gallery will feature a multi-media exhibit on the Litany of Loreto, a traditional prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, from Feb. 1 to March 22.  The library's exhibit centers around enlargements of copper engravings created by Josef Sebastian Klauber and accompanied by music from Wolfgang Mozart whose Litaniae Lauretanae was inspired by Klauber's work.  The Gallery is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday.  Call 937-229-4214 for more information.

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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Koehler International Student Award

It is time for interested UD students to apply for the Koehler International Student Award.  If you know students at the University of Dayton who would be eligible, please encourage them to apply.  The following description contains all the pertinent information.

International students (with non-immigrant visa)--undergraduate or graduate--are eligible for the Koehler Award.  The award was established by Professor Susan L. Tsui (UD Library, now retired), with the Lackner Award funds presented to her in 1995 by the UD Marianists.  The award is named in honor, now in memory, of Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., a native of Strasbourg, France, who directed The Marian Library from 1969 to 1986; founded and directed The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) there, 1974 to 1986; and was the Director-Emeritus of The Marian Library, and IMRI professor, and an active scholar until his death on May 15, 2001.

The Koehler Award, intended to help international students purchase textbooks, consists of $100.00 (or more) in textbook credits at the campus bookstore.  The exact amount of the award and the number of individuals who receive the award each year varies, depending on the funds available.  Criteria for winning this award include financial need and a good academic record.  Candidates must submit an application form by February 23, 2007, including a brief statement about themselves (their educational goals, extracurricular and service activities, their career plans).  Applicants will also be responsible for obtaining a faculty recommendation.  The application form is available online at

The 2007 award will be made for the following Fall semester (2007).  Questions?  Contact Cecilia Mushenheim (Chairperson, Koehler International Student Award Committee) at The Marian Library (Roesch Library, Room 708, Phone: 94294).

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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 Germany.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted a meditation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11) and a Chronological Timetable of Marian Events.  We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through January 28, 2007.

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Prayer as Recipe for Holier Families
Bishop Proposes Practical Tips for 2007
Amarillo, Texas (Zenit), January 28, 2007

Prayer topped the list of several practical tips for strengthening the Catholic family that the bishop of Amarillo offered in a recent pastoral letter.

In the letter released this month, Bishop John Yanta suggested that families should go to Sunday Mass or pray the rosary together, but added that "minimum family prayer might begin with family meals together praying."

The bishop reminded parents of their responsibility to teach their children to pray. "No Catholic child," he said, "should be enrolled in a Catholic school or CCD program who doesn't already know by heart how to recite the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, and Hail Mary."

Bishop Yanta also warned parents to not make the mistake of asking their children what they want to be when they grow up, but rather to teach them to ask what God wants of them.

"Parents should remember and teach that the first calling of the Christian and Catholic is to follow Christ," he said.

The bishop said God "has a special love for every human person and a special plan for each of us."

"So the question becomes," he said, "What do you think God wants you to be in your life?"

Doing the will of God, Bishop Yanta wrote, is "the shortcut to holiness."

"You can avoid a lot of grief in life by simply surrendering to God's plan and do his holy will all the time," he added.

He gave as an example the Virgin Mary who "thought it was God's plan to marry Joseph; but God showed her a different plan. Mary changed her original plans and Mary's 'yes' inspires us to live a daily 'yes' to God's will or his plan."


"Every child is a gift," Bishop Yanta continued in his letter. "Sacred Scripture and the Church's traditional practice see in large families a sign of God's blessing and the parents' generosity."

"It takes strong faith," he added, "to have a large family."

Quoting Pope Paul VI, the bishop underlined the importance of the family, "a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings."

Cardinal Hummes' Letter to Priests
"What a Mission!  What an 'Amoris Officium'!"

Vatican City (Zenit), January 26, 2007

Below is an excerpt from the letter to priests sent Wednesday by Cardinal ClŠudio Hummes, the new prefect for the Congregation of Clergy. The letter is available on the dicastery's Web page:

"It is true, ours is not an easy mission. But united to Christ the eternal High Priest, and with Mary, Mother of the first Priest and of all priests, we will always be mindful of giving testimony to the hope that is within us to our numerous brothers and sisters who, even today, long for the way, the truth and the life."

From the Vatican, Jan. 24, 2007
Memorial of St. Francis de Sales
Claudius Cardinal Hummes
Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy

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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 at Rose Bowl set for May 19, 2007
Source: Tidings Online, December 8, 2006

The largest outdoor celebration of the Rosary in Southern California in nearly 50 years will take place at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on May 19, 2007, Holy Cross Family Ministries announced this week.

"A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace: A Rosary Celebration, The Rosary Bowl" will take place between 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass., and its Hollywood-based member ministry, Family Theater Productions, are presenting the event in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis, archdiocesan Vicar for Ethnic (Multi-Cultural) Ministry, is the archdiocesan director of The Rosary Bowl.

"The faithful of the archdiocese have long maintained a special intimacy with our Blessed Mother Mary, particularly under the title of Our Lady of the Angels," wrote Cardinal Roger Mahony, in a September letter to priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders. "I strongly urge all our pastors, the leaders of our parishes and schools, and individuals to unite in prayer, labor and sacrifice in helping organize our communities' participation in this Rosary celebration."

The Eucharistic celebration, which will combine prayer, music and cultural exhibitions, is expected to draw the many ethnic populations which comprise the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the country's largest, and serve as a dynamic display of unity of the Catholic faithful. The religious service will culminate in a public recitation of the Rosary with people of different cultures and languages leading some of the prayers.

Cardinal Mahony, who was the papal envoy to the 50th Anniversary Mass for the Family Rosary in 1992 in Manila, the Philippines, that attracted 2 million people, will lead the procession and address participants of "The Rosary Bowl." The Family Rosary, a member of Holy Cross Family Ministries, was founded in 1942 in Albany, N.Y., by the late Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton, the famous "Rosary Priest," Catholic media pioneer and now sainthood candidate with the title "Servant of God."

"The Rosary Bowl carries forward the tradition and mission of Servant of God Father Peyton to foster world peace and support the spiritual well-being of the family by encouraging daily family prayer, specifically the Rosary," stated Holy Cross Father John Phalen, who leads the international organization furthering Father Peyton's mission. "As 'Mystical Rose' is one of Mary's many special titles, the Rose Bowl is the perfect family environment to unite Catholics and other people of faith and goodwill in prayer to ask Mary's intercession for world peace."

"The Blessed Mother is the special patroness of the City of Los Angeles and the object of special veneration by the Southland's many ethnic communities," said Bishop Solis. "This Rosary celebration in Mary's honor will enhance the prayer lives of our families, strengthen family unity and rely on Mary as an intercessor for world peace."

Holy Cross Father Wilfred Raymond, co-facilitator of the event and national director of Family Theater Productions (founded by Father Peyton in 1947), noted that The Rosary Bowl is the first celebration of this magnitude since Father Peyton's death in June 1992.

"I think all the faithful will be eager to participate in this kind of a large public gathering celebrating the Catholic faith and the power of prayer," he said.

In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, large outdoor Rosary celebrations--Mary's Hour, sponsored by the Holy Name Union--date back to 1948 and 1949 at the Hollywood Bowl. They continued in the 1950s with some 90,000 people annually in the Los Angeles Coliseum, and continued at the Coliseum until 1968. In 1969 it was moved to Dodger Stadium. In 1988, the archdiocese sponsored a Rosary event at the Hollywood Bowl. The last Mary's Hour was held in 1989 at the Hollywood Bowl.

The May 19, 2007, event follows the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on May 13, 2005, co-sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries.

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: Mary, Faith & Justice Program and Social

Date: 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Wednesday February 21, 2007

Place: Kennedy Union Torch Lounge at UD

For more details call the office of the Rector at 937-229-2409 or click into

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