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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.

Experience the miracle of The Nativity Story--on DVD since March 20, 2007 from New Line Home Entertainment

Journey back to the most momentous event in history as the greatest story ever told is brought to life in the epic drama, The Nativity Story, arrived on DVD on March 20, 2007, from New Line Home Entertainment. Hitting stores just in time for Easter, The Nativity Story is an inspirational tale of extraordinary faith and love that chronicles the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph, a divine pregnancy and the miraculous birth of Jesus. As the only film ever to premiere at the Vatican, The Nativity Story captures the emotional resonance and spirituality of this epic time period with the recreation of the sights and sounds of the Holy Land captured through breathtaking cinematography and a score inspired by traditional Christmas songs. Destined to become a holiday classic, The Nativity Story is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Oscar Isaac (the upcoming Guerrilla) as Mary and Joseph as well as Academy AwardŽ-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) as Elizabeth. The DVD is available at a $28.98 SRP.  For more information, or to purchase the DVD from New Line Cinema, click into:  Also, click here to read our appraisal of some controversial aspects of this film.

Radio Maria From The Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a 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 25, 2007, Fran speaks with Lawrence Long, Marriage Educator and Men's Mentoring Specialist, and Debbie Nieport, Media Director, about the various programs at Elizabeth New Life Center in Dayton, Ohio.

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 24, Fran continues to focus on Sr. Josefa Menendez, and discusses The Way of Divine Love, relating the Passion of Jesus and the importance of intercessory prayer and reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Francesca also shares favorite family recipes for good living and nurturing faith and family.  This week she shares recipes for Italian Stuffed Peppers and Mushrooms.

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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.

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. Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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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

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 articles from The Mary Page. 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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We have posted a new piece on Marian Shrines in the Czech Republic, a Polish Christmas Poem, and an entire section on Mary and Controversial Issues.

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Not posted this week.

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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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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

Mary, Mother of God: A Catholic Protestant Conversation

Date: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm on Saturday May 5, 2007

Place: Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center   1402 Southern Avenue   Beech Grove, IN 46107

For more details phone 317-788-7581, FAX 317-782-3142, email or click into

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