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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.


  News from the Marian Library

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Doctor Raymond J. Maras, a longtime friend of The Marian Library and IMRI, passed away on April 25, 2007.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio on April 29.  Internment will be at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 11:00 am.  For his obituary, click into

Alumni Update

Father Paul Hinnebusch, OP, STM (1917-2002) was a highly respected member and supporter of the Mariological Society of America.  Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he published two books on Mary, Sword of Sorrow (1964), and Mother of Jesus, Present With Us (1980), presented Our Lady and Salvation in the Twentieth Century at the 1969 MSA Convention, and wrote an unpublished thesis, Mary, Mediatrix, Advocate, Co-Redemptrix, in 1944.  Much of his preaching and teaching is now available on the internet in both text and audio format at

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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, 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, May 2, 2007, Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Father Antonio LaRocca, SMC and Father Xavier Alson, SMC, Venezuelan priests completing their post graduate work at The International Marian Research Institute focusing on Mary and Pentecost, Prayer, Gifts of the Holy Spirit and Evangelization to bring forth transformation in lives across the world.

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.

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Current 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 information on May Crowning as well as our answer to a reader's question, Is Mary with the "Little Lamb" the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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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.

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Source: University Libraries' Update (University of Dayton), April 2007

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute on the 7th floor of Roesch Library sits like a jeweled crown overlooking the UD campus and the city of Dayton.  When visitors venture beyond the ever-changing gallery into the reading room, they are drawn to windows.  Spectacular views of the city include the fountain in the Miami River during the summer.

Attention, though, is soon drawn back inside to all the treasures of this special place dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  The Crches Museum beckons down the hall and in the aisles of the stacks are found wonderful rare books, some with 400-year-old paper in better condition than 19th and 20th century varieties.  Walls and shelves display a variety of artwork from prints and paintings to statues and devotional objects.

For years, tucked into every possible corner of the library and on top of shelving were hundreds of pieces of two and three-dimensional art.  With increased storage options at the newly acquired College Park Center (CPC), much of the Marian Library's art was moved there for easier access and better protection from improper handling in its previous overcrowded location.

Hours of volunteer and student help are ongoing as this material is inventoried, processed, and stored.  "Our goal," says Sister Jean Frisk, Art and Special Projects Assistant, "is to make images of these treasures available to staff and students online, eventually even to the whole world.  As far as physical space goes, we've nearly 'maxed' out.  But, if you have something as beautiful and worthwhile as this, people want to be a part of it, donating their precious treasures, too.  In one sense, this is only the beginning."

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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 May 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 May.

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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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