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Alumni Update

Cecilia Mushenheim will be honored as a Silver Jubilarian (twenty-five years at the University of Dayton) at the President's Recognition dinner on Wednesday, May 23, 2007. She will not be able to attend the dinner because she will be at the MSA meeting, Austin, Texas, on May 23. Sometime toward the end of the IMRI summer session or the first week of August, we'll have a gathering to congratulate Ceal for her years of service.

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Koehler Award Recipients Honored

Awards honoring the memories of Marianists who made influential contributions to University of Dayton libraries ( Bro. Francis Ruhlman, Bro. Walter Klick, and Fr. Theodore Koehler) were recently presented to students in a ceremony in Roesch Library.

Three students received the Koehler International Student Award, which provides funds to help international students buy textbooks.  For the award's eleventh year, awards of $300 each went to Jiadong Wang from China (Electrical Engineering), Agus Widjaja from Indonesia (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Vamsi Krishna Indupuru from India (Civil Engineering).

Established by Roesch Library's Professor Susan L. Tsui  in 1996, the award is named for Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., the French Marianist who headed The Marian Library from 1969 to 1986.  Koehler founded the International Marian Research Institute and directed it from 1974 through 1986.  As Director Emeritus of ML/IMRI, he continued an active life of scholarship--as a researcher, editor and teacher--until shortly before his death on May 15, 2001.

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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 18, 2007, Fran speaks with Father Francisco Palacio, Francoise Castaneda and Mary Pyper about the prayer, evangelization, mission and programming of the World Family Radio Maria. (Replays on Monday 8:30-9:30 PM EST )

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 17, Fran continues discussion on Sr. Josefa Menendez, Apostle of Love and Mercy and the approved messages from Jesus recorded in The Way of Divine Love focusing on the meaning of intercessory prayer, suffering , the Passion of Jesus, the Resurrection, Salvation History and our role today. Francesca shares Italian vegetable recipes ... Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes, Onions, and Eggs!

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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 Summer 2007 semester will commence on June 18.  The Summer course schedule is now available.

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During the seasons of Lent and Easter. Dr. Virginia M. Kimball has been providing us with daily poetic meditations on Mary.  Those published on The Mary Page this past week were: Embracing Wonder; For Easter Tuesday; Salvation by Solvation; The Holy Myrrh-bearing Women; and Through Her Flows the Pool of Life.  This concludes the series.  We encourage you to let us know what you thought about this series.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through March 25, 2007.  We have also posted a memorial piece on Father Paul Duggan.

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Peru Declares March 25 as "Day of the Unborn"
Lima, Peru (Zenit), March 22, 2007

Another country has joined the list of those that will celebrate the Day of the Unborn Child this Sunday.

The Family and Defense of Life Commission of the Peruvian bishops' conference has stressed the urgency of defending pre-born human beings.

"The new being might be wanted or unwanted, perhaps unexpected," the commission said. "It might be in the maternal womb or in a laboratory plate, perhaps in a freezer; it might have been generated by love or in violence, in the warmth of a home or the coldness of irresponsible recklessness.

"But none of these circumstances modifies the scientific truth, which remains unharmed and unchanging: We are before a human being, as valuable as one already born."

The commission's message entitled "Love, Celebrate and Defend Life" reiterated the Church's call to welcome "the great and mysterious gift of life that shines in every human being, especially those about to be born."

Coinciding with the solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25 has been established as the Day of the Unborn by numerous countries and dioceses.

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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.

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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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

Mariological Society of America 58th Annual Program on The Virginity of Mary

To be held May 22-25, 2007 at Cedarbrake Retreat and Renewal Center   P.O. Box 58   Belton,  TX 76513

For printable PDF files with information about the upcoming annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America click into: Program; Registration Form; and Bus Tour Form [these require Adobe Acrobat Reader].

TUESDAY, May 22, 2007

2:00 p.m. Meeting of the Administrative Council


6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Welcome--Prayer Service
Moderator: Father John Phalen, CSC

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2007


7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer and Eucharist
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Announcements

9:15 a.m. "Mary's Virginity as 'the sign of her faith': A Study of the Nature-Grace Dynamic"
Patricia Sullivan (Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire)
Moderator: Father Thomas A. Thompson, SM

10:45 a.m. "Francisco Suarez, S.J. (1548-1617) on Mary's virginitas in partu"
Rober Fastiggi (Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, MI)
Moderator: Father Thomas Buffer, STD


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. "Virginity and the 'Wholesome Person'"
Sr. Elena Lugo (Schoenstatt Sisters, Puerto Rico, Pontifical Academy for Life)
Moderator: Sister Jean Frisk

3:00 p.m. "Survey of Recent Mariology, 2007"
Father Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm.(Nokomis, Florida)

5:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. "Virginity and the Theology of the Body"
Sr. Marianne Trouve, FSP (Boston, MA)
Moderator: Dr. Virginia Kimball

9:00 p.m. Marian Devotion/Evening Prayer

Thursday, May 24, 2007


7:15 a.m. Morning Prayer and Eucharist
8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 a.m. "Mary, Virgin and Ever-Virgin, in Patristic Iconographic Tradition"
Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. (Dayton, OH)
Moderator: Father Thomas A. Thompson, SM

10:45 a.m. "Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of the Father and of the Virgin Mother"
Dr. Deyanira Flores (Oca de Montes, Costa Rica)
Moderator: Sr. M. Catherine Nolan, OP


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. "Recent Literature on Mary's Virginity"
Father Johann Roten, SM (Dayton, OH)
Moderator: Father Thomas Thompson, SM

3:45 p.m. Business Meeting and Elections


5:00 p.m. Dinner and Festive Reception

8:30 p.m. Marian Devotion/Evening Prayer

Friday, May 25, 2007


7:15 a.m. Breakfast

A BUS TOUR to visit the "Painted Churches" around the Austin area will be provided, with lunch included ($35.00).  If interested, book your return flight for later in the afternoon on Friday.  The tour ends at the Airport (see below).

8:00 a.m. Bus departs for Tour

Note: We will celebrate Eucharist together at Sts. Cyril and Methodius (Dubina, Texas) and share a catered meal at the parish hall in nearby Hostyn, Texas.

4:00-4:30 p.m. Tour ends at Austin Airport

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