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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Picturing Mary, a stunning new high-definition documentary which debuted last Christmas on public television, explores how images of the Virgin reflect numerous traditions, devotional practices, and cultures.  The one-hour program leads viewers on a pictorial journey through history from the earliest times to the present day and presents a stunning array of art from twelve locations in eight different countries.

Picturing Mary is a joint effort of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) and New York public television station Thirteen/WNET.  The documentary follows their previous collaboration on the 2001 Emmy award-winning "The Face of Jesus in Art."  The documentary is narrated by actress Jane Seymour and features quotations read by actor James Keach.

A Spanish version can be accessed using SAP (secondary audio program) television control.

Picturing Mary will be airing on many public TV stations in April and May of 2007 (For a list of air dates and times and other information, visit  DVD copies are available for purchase at $19.95 from USCCB publishing (or call 800-235-8722).  For more information, visit, or contact Patricia Ryan Garcia with the USCCB's Catholic Communication Campaign at 202-541-3404.

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, April 11, 2007, Fran speaks with Jane Bensman, Ron Hittle, and Alicia Risko focusing on the "Come Home Program" for Catholics inquiring about returning to the Catholic Church.

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 at 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 April 10, Fran will be focusing on Our Lady Star of Evangelization and St. Padre Pio, his life of redemptive suffering and his relationship with The Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She will share more information on the meaning and importance of 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." (Isaias 12:3) Francesca will be stirring up ARANCINI (Sicilian Rice Balls) this week and sharing the recipe for another Franchina Family Favorite. Past recipes: Italian Bread, Foccacia, Italian Minestrone with Ditalini; Sicilian Wedding Cakes: Cuccidatti (stuffed cookies), Pasta con Ova, (Pasta with egg) and Pasta con Piselli (Pasta with Peas), Pasta with Olive Oil and Garlic, Stuffed Artichokes, Spfinge and Rigatoni with Artichokes.

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New Exhibit

A celebration of Mary as mother with the Child Jesus will be featured in a special exhibit of original icon-style paintings by artist Christine Granger at the University of Dayton's Marian Library April 1 through June 15.

About 30 icons, many featured in Granger's 1996 best-selling book Mary, Mother of My Lord and the 2006 follow-up Mother and Child, will be on display along with poetry and prayers about mothers and children, in particular, Mary and Jesus.

Granger grew up in Toronto and has been painting icons, images representing a significant holy being or object, since 1980. She is internationally acclaimed and her icons can be found in many private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 1998 The Marian Library hosted an exhibit of her work called Icons of Mary.

She uses a variety of media, including wax and egg tempura. Currently, she works with acrylic colors and gold in a layering technique to build up textures, patterns and borders. Her primary color palette includes reds, oranges, yellows and golds, colors usually associated with fire, light and the divine.

Her starting point is the Ukrainian and Byzantine icon tradition, and she sees her paintings as a joyful reaffirmation of the mystery of the incarnation.

"If I had a good voice I would sing in a gospel choir … I work in color instead, bring new techniques and ideas to a tradition as old as Christendom," Granger said. "Each painting is a joyful reaffirmation of the mystery of the incarnation," she wrote.

The exhibit will display Granger's books, which include the inspirational words from such spiritual sources as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The Marian Library is a part of the international center for study and research on Mary, located on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library, just off Stewart Street, on the University of Dayton's campus. It is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment. There is no cost. Call 937-229-4214 for further details.

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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.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in 49 countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FM 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 concluded on March 30.  Expect the Summer course schedule to be posted soon.

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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 Bridegroom Comes; Light the Lamps; Unction of Life; Exodus From Death; The Mother Laments; Waiting; and Joy.  Stay tuned for more!  We encourage you to let us know what you think about this series.

We have 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].

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Cardinal Sodano to be Papal Legate at Fatima
Vatican City (Zenit), April 1, 2007

Benedict XVI named Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, as the pontifical legate to the celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's appearance at Fatima.

Mary's apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, began on May 13, 1917, and occurred five more times, the last on October 13 of the same year.

The celebrations will take place May 12-13 at Fatima.

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The director and editors of The 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.

Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, invites all to observance of the 150th anniversary of Lourdes apparition
(through a website dedicated for this purpose)
Source: Press Release, April 2007

Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, heads US preparations of the 150th anniversary of Lourdes as Honorary Chairman of Friends of Lourdes USA. This is a lay organization dedicated to build awareness of the Jubilee Year in the United States, through a website created for this purpose.  The anniversary begins December 8, 2007 and concludes December 8, 2008.

In his welcoming words posted in the website, Cardinal George writes:  "As we begin the observance of the 150th anniversary of the apparition at Lourdes, I invite you to consider how you might mark this occasion within your own family and community. Our Lady gives great graces to those who put themselves under the patronage of her Immaculate Conception; this I know personally as my religious community has done so, as has the Archdiocese of Chicago, where I serve as Archbishop."

The website offers varied resources on Lourdes from the first apparition to current day books and modern media.  Cardinal George adds:  "Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Mary’s apparition to St. Bernadette in Lourdes.  Your faith will surely grow from reflecting more deeply on the gifts that Lourdes had brought to the Church and to the world."

Friends of Lourdes USA invite you to visit the website:   Email:

Contact:  Melinda Henson, National Coordinator   Telephone:  847-634-6301

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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 April with Mary:

The 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 April.

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Marian Events

Rosary Bowl (May 19, 2007)

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.
"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.

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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