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Mary in Books, Films and Music

More on Mary from Christine Granger

Christine Granger, a Canadian artist, has been painting icons for decades.  In 1998 The Marian Library hosted an exhibit of her work called Icons of Mary.  The next exhibit in our gallery, which opens on April 1, will show more recent pieces of her Marian art.

She has also provided the illustrations for a book of Marian meditations published by Novalis in 2006, Mother and Child: Images and Words, Ever ancient, Ever new.  This enchanting gift book by artist Christine Granger is a full-color miniature gallery of stunning icons that moves from mothers and children in general to Mary and Jesus in particular. A book that all who have a devotion to Mary will treasure and refer to again and again, Mother and Child: Images and Words, Ever ancient, Ever new is both a gallery for reflection and a prayer book for contemplation. Click here for more information.

Walk with Mary

As we pray the Stations of the Cross, we walk the path that Mary walked, watching her son be crucified.  For the first time in English, "Mary's Way of the Cross: Walking With The Mother of Jesus" by Irma Pfeiffer (translated and adapted by M Jean Frisk) takes a different tack on the venerable prayer:  You can talk directly to Mary who embodies the vocation that Christ has entrusted to us as his disciples.  Readers walking beside Mary--following the format of the booklet--converse with the Blessed Mother on her way to Calvary.  The stations, one at a time, allow readers to listen as Mary helps them master the anxieties and limitations they encounter on their own way of the cross.  Compact and readable, the book is perfect for a Lenten Bible study, or for anyone seeking a Marian devotion.  Cost: $4.95 from Pauline Books and Media.

ML/IMRI in the News

Dozens of Catholic newspapers in December ran a Catholic News Service story quoting Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., about expanding Protestant interest in Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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 21, Francesca Franchina speaks with Michael Duricy, STL of the University of Dayton Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute on Wednesday March 21, 2007 from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM about "Mary and The Media" and the world famous "Mary Page" website, how it was developed, and more!

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 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.

In this week's program on Tuesday, March 20, Fran will discuss the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Padre Pio, and using Holy Week to prepare for Easter.

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Alumni Update

Recently, Elissa Anderson sent a copy of an article she had published, "The Cartesian Body: Immateriality in Rembrandt's The Death of the Virgin" (based partly on research she did at The Marian Library). In the accompanying note she asked me to "Please give my best to everyone at the Library!"  This article has now been added to the Article File of the Marian Library (ANDE.061).

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Last Chance to See 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 will conclude on March 30.  The course schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is now available.

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New Resources

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: Mystery of the Mediatrix; Compline; Finding the God of Our Being; Light and Life; Are We the Proud One?; Magnificat; Wife and Mother; and Joseph's Story.  Stay tuned for more!  We encourage you to let us know what you think about this series.

We have updated The Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through February 21, 2007 as well as the Mission Statement for ML/IMRI..  We have also posted information about the upcoming annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America: Program; Registration Form; and Bus Tour Form [these require Adobe Acrobat Reader].  We have also posted Dr. Virginia Kimball's appraisal of the reported [and now largely discredited] site of Jesus' tomb and a reflection on Saint Joseph.

We have also added an interactive map showing our location to our About Us page.  This enhancement, implemented by Adam Verslype, uses an Application Program Interface (API) from Google and is the first feature on The Mary Page using Web 2.0 technology.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Brazil Preparing Open-air Papal Mass
Sao Paulo, Brazil (Zenit), March 12, 2007

Plans are being made for an open-air Mass in Aparecida, to accommodate large crowds expected for Benedict XVI's visit.

On May 13, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in the context of the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The shrine's representatives and the Latin American bishops' council expect some 500,000 pilgrims, making it necessary to celebrate the Mass outdoors.

Aparecida, a town of 35,000 inhabitants, attracts 8 million pilgrims a year.

Great numbers of faithful are expected in São Paulo, where the Pope will arrive on May 9. The following day he will attend a meeting with young people and on May 11 he will canonize Blessed Antonio de Santa Ana.

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Mary in the Secular Press

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.

Scholar: 'Jesus Tomb' makers mistaken
Source: AP (Jerusalem), March 14, 2007

A scholar looking into the factual basis of a popular but widely criticized documentary that claims to have located the tomb of Jesus said Tuesday that a crucial piece of evidence filmmakers used to support their claim is a mistake.

Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, said he has released a paper claiming the makers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" were mistaken when they identified an ancient ossuary from the cave as belonging to the New Testament's Mary Magdalene.

The film's director, Simcha Jacobovici, responded that other researchers agreed with the documentary's conclusions.

Produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron, the documentary has drawn intense media coverage for its claims challenging accepted Christian dogma.

Despite widespread ridicule from scholars, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" drew more than 4 million viewers when it aired on the Discovery Channel on March 4. A companion book, "The Jesus Family Tomb," has rocketed to sixth place on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

The film and book suggest that a first-century ossuary found in a south Jerusalem cave in 1980 contained the remains of Jesus, contradicting the Christian belief that he was resurrected and ascended to heaven. Ossuaries are stone boxes used at the time to store the bones of the dead.

The filmmakers also suggest that Mary Magdalene was buried in the tomb, that she and Jesus were married, and that an ossuary labeled "Judah son of Jesus" belonged to their son.

The scholars who analyzed the Greek inscription on one of the ossuaries after its discovery read it as "Mariamene e Mara," meaning "Mary the teacher" or "Mary the master."

Before the movie was screened, Jacobovici said that particular inscription provided crucial support for his claim. The name Mariamene is rare, and in some early Christian texts it is believed to refer to Mary Magdalene.

But having analyzed the inscription, Pfann published a detailed article on his university's Web site asserting that it doesn't read "Mariamene" at all.

The inscription, Pfann said, is made up of two names inscribed by two different hands: the first, "Mariame," was inscribed in a formal Greek script, and later, when the bones of another woman were added to the box, another scribe using a different cursive script added the words "kai Mara," meaning "and Mara." Mara is a different form of the name Martha.

According to Pfann's reading, the ossuary did not house the bones of "Mary the teacher," but rather of two women, "Mary and Martha."

"In view of the above, there is no longer any reason to be tempted to link this ossuary ... to Mary Magdalene or any other person in biblical, non-biblical or church tradition," Pfann wrote.

In the interest of telling a good story, Pfann said, the documentary engaged in some "fudging" of the facts.

"James Cameron is a great guru of science fiction, and he's taking it to a new level with Simcha Jacobovici. You take a little bit of science, spin a good yarn out of it and you get another 'Terminator' or 'Life of Brian,'" said Pfann, who briefly appeared as an ossuary expert in the documentary.

In Israel on Tuesday for a screening of the film, the Toronto-based Jacobovici welcomed Pfann's criticism, saying "every inscription should be re-examined."

But Jacobovici said scholars who researched the ossuary in the past agreed with the film's reading. "Anyone who looks at it can see that the script was written by the same hand," he added.

Jacobovici has faced criticism much tougher than Pfann's academic critique. The film has been termed "archaeo-porn," and Jacobovici has been accused of "pimping the Bible."

Jacobovici attributes most of the criticism to scholars' discomfort with journalists "casting light into their ossuary monopoly."

"What we're doing is democratizing this knowledge, and this is driving some people crazy," he said.

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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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