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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).

She will be doing two "Marian Shows" one for the Annunciation: March 26 and one on the theme of Mary, Mother of Beautiful Love at the Foot of the Cross on March 30th. Both will be webcast at 7:00 AM Central Time on KVSS.

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

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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 Wednesday, March 14, Francesca Franchina broadcasts live from an All School Retreat (K-8) at St. Brigid's Catholic School in Xenia, OH, a city twice hit by horrendous tornadoes but shining bright on the horizon in youth evangelization and discipleship. Guests will be principal Mrs. Janell Klippe, teachers, pastor Fr. Ken Schartz, (Archdiocese of Cincinnati) Bro. Don Neff, SM retreat facilitator shares the work, life and spirituality of Sr. Dorothy Stang, SND deNamur, martyred in Brazil in 2005 with students focusing on the preparation, events and intended results of this Lenten Youth Retreat Day centered on "discipleship." "Mamma Francesca" visits K-3rd grade and speaks with the children about the Love of Jesus for little children and the blessings that comes to them from Him and encouraging them to BEEcome little "disciples" by sharing their love through prayer and practicing their "BEE Attitudes!" The whole day is centered on Jesus and the role of children in the Body of Christ. Teachers have put aside the 3 R's for this special day concentrating on various Scripture passages relevant to the studentís experience and making them come alive through re-enactment, prayer, music, art projects and story telling.

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. on St. Joseph Day March 19, 2007 for the March 14 program above).

Her series, Through The Tummy To The Heart airs every Tuesday except the First Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions to Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, March 12, Fran is joined by Father Dwight Campbell (Peoria, IL) Doctoral Candidate at the International Marian Research Institute sharing 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 Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas. "You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain." (Isaias12:3) and other sources including Fatima. Francesca also shares a favorite family recipe "Frito Misto," Italian Fried Vegetables coated with a deliciously seasoned breading. Past Recipes include: Italian Bread, Foccacia; Italian Minestrone with Ditalini; Sicilian Wedding Cakes: Cuccidatti (stuffed cookies); Pasta con Piselli (peas); Pasta Casa (Homemade Pasta and Pasta con Uova (Pasta with egg, butter and cheese).

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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.

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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 commenced on February 19.  The course schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is now available.

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During the season of Lent. Dr. Virginia M. Kimball will be providing us with a daily poetic meditation on Mary.  Those published on The Mary Page this past week were: The Eucharist; Mystery of Motherhood; Lent's Promise; Something to Pray About; Woman of Light; Mystical Rose; King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream; Woman Clothed With the Sun; and Theotokos, Ladder to the One.  Stay tuned for more!  We encourage you to let us know what you think about this series.

We are in the process of posting extensive new material on Teachings of the Popes and Councils on the Virgin Mary.  The latest addition was References to Mary in the Documents of Vatican II.  Expect more sections to follow.  N.B. Javacript must be enabled in your browser!

We have updated The Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through February 21, 2007.  We have also posted new material on Marian Flowers and on a Marian painting of Angelina Jolie.

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Toward a New Feminism
Fribourg, Switzerland (Zenit), March 8, 2007

Although women's "genius" is as old as woman herself, the work of articulating the theoretical basis of this reality through a new feminism is a relatively new development, says author Michele Schumacher.

Schumacher, a wife and mother of four, is the editor of and contributing author to "Women in Christ: Toward a New Feminism," published by Eerdmans.

In this interview with ZENIT, Schumacher, who is a professor of theological anthropology at the European Institute of Anthropological Studies, Philanthropos, and external research collaborator in theology at the University of Fribourg, comments on the importance of articulating this theoretical basis, and the challenges in doing so.

Q: In his 1995 encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" Pope John Paul II put forth a challenge to found and articulate a new feminism based on the "genius of woman," a challenge you said three years ago had "barely been taken up." Has the situation changed?

Schumacher: I meant by that statement the challenge to articulate the anthropological--that is, metaphysical--foundations of a new feminism.

The precision is important, because although the theoretical articulation of a new feminism is recent, the lived reality--the practical counterpart of the so-called theory--is as old as woman herself.

From the practical perspective of acting in accord with our female genius--which is in fact the basis of the theoretical formulation--it is almost impossible to measure the scope of a new feminism and its influence. There is, however, no doubt that many women are effectively heeding Pope John Paul II's call and challenge to put their female genius "to work" in the promotion of a culture of life.

From the more theoretical perspective, the theme of a new feminism has "gone public": I am aware of a growing number of university classes dedicated to the subject, of conferences, articles and even books. Beyond this, and perhaps more significant, a lot of work is being done under the broader guise of Christian anthropology: from both philosophical and theological perspectives. I need only cite the recent and growing number of international institutes and journals dedicated to this important subject.

I esteem all of this more theoretical interest in a new feminism to be a good thing, for although the priority must be awarded to action--by which I mean also contemplative "action"--theory does influence practice. I have read enough mainstream feminist thought, for example, to realize how much these theories have infiltrated our culture--both for the good and the bad.

Q: Why is that anthropological foundation of a new feminism so important?

Schumacher: It is important for many reasons, one of which is the intrinsic connection between nature--who we are--and operation--what we do.

The very metaphysical anthropology that the Catholic tradition has espoused, and that I emphatically hold as true, presents nature as being both given and achieved.

Nature is the principle of operation; hence we become who we are by the exercise of our freedom and thus by our own--including shared--actions. This allows for real self-realization and thus also for vocation.

Another important reason for insisting upon anthropological foundations is the challenge posed by mainstream feminism in its reaction to two significant attacks upon a traditional metaphysics: biological reductionism and the social construction of nature.

The first attack would reduce women to their bodies and their vocation to motherhood, understood in the most diminutive sense of having babies and giving birth.

The second would allow society to dictate what is and what is not "natural' and to educate girls to this end. Hence, women are "maternal," for example, because girls are raised to be mothers and not because of some innate quality.

It is in this context that was born--with due regard for the influence of Jean-Paul Sartre--the very influential slogan of Simone de Beauvoir: "One is not born but becomes a woman."

Beauvoir's philosophy is a good example of feminism adopting the "divide and rule" mentality that it would ascribe to "patriarchal" thinking: the setting at odds of nature and nurture--and thus also of the individual and the community --of body and soul, of nature and grace, of man and woman.

With regard to that last dualism, allow me to interject that I do not regard male and female "natures" as absolutes: There is, as I have argued in my book, one--human--nature which exists in two modes or expressions: the expression of a man and the expression of a woman.


Q: In his audience address of Feb. 14, Benedict XVI spoke of the important role women played in the early Church. What contribution can women make to the Church in these modern times?

Schumacher: To answer that question, I suggest we look to the woman who has definitively changed history and continues to incite all Christians--women and men--to live faithfully their respective vocations: Mary, who is praised by Benedict XVI, in the words of Elizabeth, as "blessed because she believed," Luke 1:45.

It is Mary's faith--already at the Annunciation--that inaugurated the new covenant. Beyond this, the deposit of faith--all that the Church presents to us as true and worthy of faith--is born of the "mysteries of faith" that Mary lived, first of all, in obedience to God's word and with hope in his promise. Hence Mary's personal act of faith--her "yes, I believe"--to even the most difficult of Christ's mysteries, has effectively become our faith: the "we believe" of the Church and the "I believe" of each one of her members.

Like Mary, we too--women and men of the Church today--are called not only to proclaim and live the Gospel message, but also to realize and live heroic acts of faith and most especially to help "bring to birth" the personal faith--the "yes, I believe"--of others, especially that of the children entrusted to our care.

This, I believe, is the most important contribution that we have to make to the Church: One that is timeless and one that can be realized in as many vocations as there are persons.

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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.

Images of Mary Exhibited (through March 25)
Source:, March 9, 2007

The painting is a study in contrast: a bright red rescue helicopter hovering over a traditional image of the Virgin Mary, draped in white clothing and rising out of a dark, watery marsh.

The words "help us" and "save us" flank the praying Madonna, while pieces of newspaper clippings about Hurricane Katrina float across the canvas.

"You really get a strong impression that this person has been through the hurricane and is showing what they really felt as it was happening," said Michael Pearce, California Lutheran University assistant professor of art. "And then there is Mary, being raised out of the destruction by the helicopter. It's a wonderful piece."

The acrylic and collage painting is titled "Our Lady of Louisiana." It hangs on the second floor of Cal Lutheran's Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at the Soiland Humanities Center as part of the exhibit "Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary." The exhibit, which opened Tuesday and ends March 25, features more than 30 paintings, photographs, collages, textile and mixed media.

The various works of art, from a deconstructed picture of the annunciation in gold mixed media, to the image of a solemn black Madonna, show a great variety of artists' interpretations of the Virgin Mother, said Pearce, curator of the Kwan Fong Gallery.

"I was struck about the diversity in the collection," Pearce said. "They have taken one icon figure, Mary, and applied it to contemporary people. People are drawn to her. We need a perfect woman, and she represents that to a lot of people."

The exhibit is part of a traveling tour from Christians in Visual Arts, an organization based at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., which explores the relationship between the visual arts and Christian faith.

The artists hail from all over North and South America, said the group's director, Tyrus Clutter, who is also one of the featured artists in the exhibit.

Sam Thomas, Cal Lutheran assistant professor of religion, said the iconic image of Mary as mother and intercessor still resonates with contemporary artists and people of various religions.

"Mary is the vehicle for theology and art," Thomas said. "Her position in tradition is central because without her, you wouldn't have the Incarnation. Christians over the ages have thought of her as the saint who intercedes in our behalf to God."

Clutter said people are still drawn to the Madonna because she continues to serve as a pious role model for women and men alike.

"She was the first example of faith and someone we can learn form," Clutter said. "She shows us the direction we should live."

Pearce hopes that people who visit the exhibit will walk away with an appreciation of the different faces and roles of the Blessed Virgin.

"Some people who come to the show might have different expectations or a certain understanding about who Mary is," he said. "I hope the show will give them an insight into who the Virgin could be for them in the future."

Admission is free. For information, call Pearce at 493-3316 or e-mail

N.B. CIVA's "Highly Favored" show mentioned above will be on exhibit at The Marian Library from July 1 - September 15.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March 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 March.

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Marian Events

Solemnity Mass of the Annunciation

Please join in celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of the Lord at 7:00 pm on Monday March 26, 2007 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Dayton.  The program will open with a musical prelude at 6:30.  Rev. Michael J. Holloran will then preside over Mass at 7.  Sister M. Jean Frisk, Art and Special Projects Director at The Marian Library, will speak on "The Consequences of Unconditional Love--Mary's and Ours" at 8:15.

Refreshments, books by Sister Jean, and displays follow the Mass in the church basement.  The event is being sponsored by Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Adalbert, Holy Cross and St. Stephen parishes, the International Marian Research Institute, Knights of Columbus, and One More Soul.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church is located at 22 Notre Dame Avenue (at Hart Street between Children's Hospital and Troy Pike/Rt. 202 in Dayton, Ohio).  For additional information please call Steve at One More Soul (937) 279-5433.

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