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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book with Marian Stations of the Cross

Mark and Margaret Fenelon, IMRI students and members of the Schoenstatt Marian movement recently published a book of Marian Stations of the Cross entitled, Ecce Mater Tua: Behold Your Mother. The stations were written by Margaret, illustrated by Mark, and based on the writings of Father Joseph Kentenich. The text bears the imprimatur and nihil obstat of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who used the stations for his personal reflection last Good Friday and said that he found them to be "very touching."

The English edition is available now, and the Spanish edition will be available next week. A German edition is in the works.  The booklets are 5x7 inches and 32 pages. They sell for $2.50 each, $2.25 for 25 or more and $2.00 for 50 or more. Copies may be ordered by calling the authors at (414) 769-6742 or emailing them at

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 is giving 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.

Sacred Hearts miraculously mixes light and heavy material (Excerpted from Review by Louise Kennedy in The Boston Globe)

You hear the title--"Sacred Hearts"--and the premise--in a small Canadian village, a statue of the Virgin Mary moves by itself, and frenzy ensues--and you think you know what Colleen Curran's play will be like: light, funny, irreverent. That would be plenty. But it's much more.

"Sacred Hearts" is indeed funny, with sharp dialogue and amusing characters. But this is no sitcom. Instead, as David J. Miller's thoughtful production for his Zeitgeist Stage Company reveals, it means not just to make us laugh but to make us ponder the nature of faith, skepticism, and the other mysteries that lie buried in every heart, both sacred and profane.

What's delightful--miraculous, even--is that Curran, a Canadian playwright who's an old friend of Miller's, manages to sustain the humor even as she's exploring deeper terrain. Jokes aren't grafted onto a serious plot, nor are serious speeches dropped into a fluffy story. Instead, threads light and dark weave organically throughout; there are some hilarious moments, and some heartbreaking ones, and somehow they come together to tell a touching, entertaining story about some surprisingly complicated people.

At the center of the complications is Bridget Fitzgerald, the young lawyer-turned-shepherd who is praying alone before the statue on May Day (a feast day for Mary, as Bridget well knows) when, inexplicably, it turns toward her. Bridget is terrified--which means that things are already more interesting than we might expect.

Eliza Lay in Zeitgeist Stage Company's production of 'Sacred Hearts.'
Photo by Richard Hall/Silverline Images


Kudos to the cast for its fine ensemble work, which creates a genuine sense of small-town residents who know each other both too well and not as well as they think. Even in its funniest moments, this production breathes with the rhythms of real life. And even as the plot twists, we keep believing it: Every actor finds ways to play the characters as complicated, inconsistent human beings, so sudden shifts feel not like a writer's manipulation but like a person's messy life.

Special praise goes to Eliza Lay, who delicately but persistently builds a layered portrait of Bridget as both deeply faithful and deeply conflicted. "Sacred Hearts" might not work as well as it does if the woman at its heart were less complicated. Fortunately, though, the creators of "Sacred Hearts" know that even miracles don't make life simple.

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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 21, Francesca Franchina speaks with Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdN, Brother Don Neff, SM and Barbara Richardson, about Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdN, a Sister of Notre Dame deNamur, peace and justice advocate and activist who labored in South America for forty years teaching and helping people live according to the Gospel teachings of Jesus before she died at the hands of hired gunmen. Sister "Dot" lived and proclaimed often the maxim of the Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame deN, St. Julie Billiart, "How Good Is The Good God!" She was reading the Beatitudes to the gunmen as she was being fired upon. She died as she lived, imitating Jesus and teaching as He taught us. She died February 12, 2005 in Brazil. CALL IN TOLL FREE (during the live show); 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 20, 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 Casa Pasta this week. (Homemade pasta is another Franchina Family Favorite). CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 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.  We have also posted a display of the Quilts from Saint Simon's in Cincinnati shown during the Christmas 2006 season.

Also note the following article from the 12/22/2006 issue of The Catholic Telegraph regarding our children's Christmas art exhibit:

Ginny Whelan, volunteer at The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, presents a $100 award to St. Brigid sixth-grader Margaret Lehmenkuler, who won a recent contest to draw a representation of the Nativity.  Her art is currently on display at the UD Library, as part of a special children's exhibit this year in conjunction with the traditional crŤche display.

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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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We have posted a comprehensive multilingual Marian Bibliography for 2006 as well as the most current edition of the Marian Library Newsletter.  We have also posted reviews of the following books: Mary, Mother of God (2004); The Annunciation to Mary: A Story of Faith, Luke 1:26-39 (2004); and New Religious Movements in the Catholic Church: Grass Roots, Mission and Evangelization (2005).  We have also linked to a site commemorating the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions, Friends of Lourdes USA.

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Ark will stop at local Catholic churches (by Mirko Petricevic)
Ark of the New Covenant promoting International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Quebec City in 2008
Guelph, Canada, February 7, 2007

An artifact built to inspire Roman Catholics is sailing through Guelph, Fergus, Waterloo Region and other area communities this week.

The Ark of the New Covenant, a work of art in the shape of a boat, will dock at a dozen churches on the local leg of its long voyage.

The ark is travelling to churches across Canada to promote interest in a the 49th International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Quebec City from June 15 to 22, 2008.

Church officials expect to hear this year whether Benedict XVI will visit Canada to celebrate the congress' concluding mass on the Plains of Abraham.

In the Bible, covenants are contracts, usually made   between God and the Israelites.

In the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), the Ark of the Covenant is a chest that contains the tablets on which God wrote the commandments for Moses and the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.

In general, Christians believe the crucifixion of Jesus sealed a new covenant between God and humanity. By the 16th century, Jesus' mother, the Virgin Mary, was given the name the Ark of the New Covenant.

The vessel part of the touring ark was created by a Quebec sculptor and the icons by Orthodox monks in Romania.

The ark was blessed by Pope Benedict and has been on tour since May 2006. About a meter-long and weighing 40 kilograms, it contains eight painted icons depicting various scenes from the Gospels, including the Last Supper, the Virgin Mary and Jesus' crucifixion.

For more information on the 49th International Eucharistic Congress visit

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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.

Bethlehem Imports

Some Palestinian Christians earn their living as woodcarvers, embroiderers, and making greeting cards.  Political oppression and difficult circumstances impede their business and the support of themselves and their families.  They are often confined to their homes, and restricted from traveling more than 15 minutes from home.

There is a way that you can help them and also benefit for yourself or your club and persons who appreciate handcrafted goods.

Bethlehem Imports offers beautifully hand carved olive wood items on no risk consignment.   Attractive Nativity sets are a popular item.  Embroidered items and other things are also available.   An individual or an organization can earn 30% profit on all items sold.  This is a fund-raising activity that benefits everyone involved, and especially the severely restricted Palestinian artisans and their families.  And itís fun.

One can work at home to sell items, or do it through a church group or social club at any time of the year.  Everyone benefits on both sides of the world.

For more information, contact Cerena Fischer by email at or by post at 1159 W. Hialeah Lane   Hanover Park, IL 60133

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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

Sacred Sounds--Sing to the Lord: The Psalms Through the Ages

The Program Committee of the UD Library Advancement Association has been busy planning a follow-up to the very successful Sacred Places programs of 2005. On March 11 and 18, 2007, Sacred Sounds--Sing to the Lord: the Psalms through the Ages will take place in the UD Libraries and partnering venues. The two-afternoon events will include lectures, musical demonstrations, and participatory singing focusing on the Book of Psalms. Traditions and styles from ancient Hebrew roots to present practices will be explained and performed.

Programs will take place in the UD Chapel on March 11th and the South Park United Methodist Church on March 18th.

To tie in with our Roesch and Marian Library collections, programs will conclude in the libraries with tours of exhibits and refreshments. Exhibits will include musical instruments from the George Zimmerman collection and scores and related items from the Roesch and Marian Library music collections. Visitors wishing to peruse the Roesch Library music collections will be directed to the 6th floor.

Complete information and registration form is available on the LAA event web page:

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