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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Matthew Kohmescher, S.M., former director of The International Marian Research Institute, and benefactor of ML/IMRI, has passed away.  His funeral will be held at UD's Immaculate Conception Chapel on Friday, May, 11, 2007.  Viewing will start at 6:30 pm, followed by a funeral liturgy at 7:30 pm, then a reception in the Torch Lounge in Kennedy Union.  Burial will take place at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 12 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery (Mount Saint John).

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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).

Her next talks will be "Our Lady of Fatima, Conversion and Holiness" on May 11 and "Our Lady of the Cenacle--Mary in the Middle" on May 25 (each starting at 7 am).  Teresa's talk on "Mary, Model of the Consecrated Life" aired on May 4.  Also note that Relevant Radio will air "Celebrating Mary" with Nancy and Stephen Tefft on May 25 at 10 am.

Several earlier talks are available online in the archives of their website.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.

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 9, 2007, Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Mary Pyper and Alicia Risko about Radio Maria USA, World Family Radio Maria and the Dedication and Blessing of the WHJM Studio in Minster, OH, focusing on the street procession with the faithful led by the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe; and featuring interviews with local volunteers and attendees; programming , volunteer opportunities, prayer and human services.

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, May 8, Francesca Franchina continues discussing Evangelization focusing on The Way of Divine Love and the life and prayer of Sr. Josefa Menendez and Our Lady of Guadalupe Star of Evangelization and the Missionary Image that travels around the world.

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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 Father Roten's review of a book by Sylvia Brown, Mother God. The Feminine Principle to Our Creator.  We have also updated our list of Marian Sayings from Benedict XVI through April.

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Pontifical Legate for Anniversary of Apparitions at Fatima
Vatican City (VIS), May 5, 2007

Made public today was a Letter, written in Latin and dated April 13, in which the Pope appoints Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, as pontifical legate to solemn opening celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. The event is due to be held in Fatima on May 12 and 13.

The cardinal will be accompanied on his mission by Msgr. Piero Pioppo, nunciature counsellor at the Secretariat of State, and by Luigi Roberto Cona, secretary of the apostolic nunciature to Portugal.

Pope Hails May as Marian Month
Vatican City (Zenit), May 6, 2007

Benedict XVI is proposing that the month of May brings believers to return to the faith of the early Church and, united with Mary, become witnesses of the risen Christ.

The Pope made his proposal today from the window of his study before reciting the Regina Caeli together with thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square.

The Holy Father recalled that for many Christian communities May "is the Marian month par excellence, ... valued by pastors as a propitious occasion for preaching, catechesis and community prayer."

The month of May, he explained, "is quite propitious for illustrating the figure of Mary as the Mother who accompanies the community of disciples united in prayer in expectation of the Holy Spirit."

The Pontiff added: "Consequently, this month can be an occasion to return to the faith of the primitive Church and, in union with Mary, understand that our mission even today is to proclaim and bear witness with courage and joy to Christ crucified and risen, the hope of humanity."

Benedict XVI has dedicated his recent Wednesday catecheses to the topic of the proclamation of Christ by the early Christians.

Cardinal George Readies for Lourdes Anniversary
Chicago (Zenit), April 26, 2007

Cardinal Francis George is serving as the honorary chairman of the Friends of Lourdes in preparation for the 150th anniversary of Mary's 1858 apparitions in that French village.

The Friends of Lourdes, a lay organization raising awareness in the United States about the yearlong celebration of the anniversary, has made an educational Web site about the Virgin Mary's appearances to Bernadette Soubirous.

Cardinal George of Chicago said, "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," he explained. "This I know personally as my religious community has done so, as has the Archdiocese of Chicago."

Celebrations will begin Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and end the same day in 2008.

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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.

Local Churches Celebrate Month of Mary
Source: The Bulletin (Philadelphia), May 1, 2007

The month of May represents many things to many people around the globe. It is a time of year when America's fallen soldiers are remembered and honored, and it also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. It is the time of year when those April showers give way to May flowers and baskets full of candies, fruits and gifts adorn doorsteps.

For pagans, socialists and anarchists alike, the first of the month is host to a number of celebrations. And who could forget the mother of all May holidays, Mother's Day. But for Catholics from Chile to Cambodia, May marks a time in the Liturgical calendar, which, quite fittingly, pays homage to the mother of the Christian church, Mary.

"Mary is important to the Church because the Lord himself selected her to bear the Christ child," stated Reverend Francis G. Lendacky, pastor of St. Agnes and St. John Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia, in explaining why Catholics celebrate May as a Marian month. "We honor that selection by honoring her this month."

"Mary's life was all about saying yes to God," stated Reverend John Wackerman, pastor of Saint Andrew's Parish in Newtown. Fr. Wackerman is also the spiritual director for the World Apostolate of Fatima, an organization "dedicated to spreading the message of Fatima and bringing souls to Jesus through Mary."

For Roman Catholics, Mary plays a key role in the spiritual development of the Catholic community. Because of her unwavering commitment to God, the Catholic Church venerates and honors her, holding her up as an example of Christian life. Mary's dominant role in Catholic theology, however, has lead to a great deal of criticism that Catholics place Mary before Jesus. According to Fr. Wackerman, such a claim in unfounded.  "We don't worship or adore Mary; she is not a goddess," explained Fr. Wackerman, "but Catholics do venerate and honor Mary." ...

Blessed Mother, the 'total woman'
Source: The Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia), May 5, 2007

... One of the nice things about May is that it is the Blessed Mother's month. Even with its 31 days, it isn't long enough to celebrate and honor the woman for whom there are not enough positive superlatives. She is, to use a term popular in the '70s, the "total woman."

More than 300 titles, several of which appear in the Litany to the Blessed Virgin, have been attributed to her. There are obvious ones like Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, but there are also those that we can apply to our daily lives.

Mary, Queen of Peace is apropos. A title bestowed upon her in the midst of World War I by Pope Benedict XV in 1917, it speaks volumes in our war-torn world. I can imagine her pleading with the world's hearts, "Live in peace." It's akin to a mother who implores her children, "Don't fight!" Unfortunately, in both cases it takes awhile for the children to get the message--especially the adult children.

She is also known as Help of Christians. She and her son certainly know we need help as we try to live his Word. Maybe we'd do a better job of it if we called upon her. She certainly must have had her struggles; she probably nods her head when she hears what we try to overcome in our lives. I can just picture her saying, "Yes, you definitely need help."

My favorite Blessed Mother title remains Mother of Good Counsel. All who have turned to their birth mothers for advice will find it very natural to do the same with her. To be Mother of Good Counsel, she has to be open, understanding, supportive and honest. For our part, we merely need to listen to her with our hearts. With a title like that, why wouldn't we listen when she says, "Trust me."? ...

Religious 'army' dedicated to virgin Mary declared schismatic
Source: The Catholic Register (Quebec City, Canada), May 4, 2007

A small religious movement that follows a woman who claims to be the reincarnation of the blessed virgin Mary has been declared schismatic by a Canadian cardinal. Once a pious association authorized by the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Quebec City and other parts of eastern Canada, the Army of Mary began to stray from the flock in the 1980s and had its teachings condemned by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2001.  Then it went a step too far when it ordained five deacons at its headquarters, Centre Spiri-Maria, outside Quebec City on Jan. 7.

In a pastoral statement released April 26, Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City declared that the priest who did the ordinations had no authority, under canon law, to do ordinations. He said the act represented a final act of defiance toward the Roman Catholic Church.

"This last gesture is one of extreme gravity because it breaks openly the communion with the Catholic Church," he said in the statement that was translated from the French by The Catholic Register. "These ordinations are thus invalid; they constitute a severe injury inflicted on the church."

"The Army of Mary has become clearly and publicly a schismatic movement and thus a non-Catholic association. Its particular doctrines are false and its activities cannot be frequented or supported by Catholics,” the cardinal said.

Its priests and deacons can no longer exercise any ministry in the territory of the archdiocese of Quebec and the sacraments of confirmation, penance and marriage administered by them are invalid due to the fact that they have no jurisdiction," Cardinal Ouellet said.

The cardinal also said the Army of Mary’s priests and deacons are prohibited from presiding or concelebrating any liturgies in Catholic premises in the archdiocese.

The Army of Mary, founded by Marie-Paul Gigučre, has over the years drifted away from traditional Catholic teachings. Among its claims, which have been deemed by the Catholic Church to be false, is that Gigučre is the reincarnation of Mary, mother of God, and that she is co-redeemer with Christ.

It also defied orders from the official church when it built its chapel and headquarters at Lac Etchemin, Canada.  In 2001, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a doctrinal note to point out the errors of the Army of Mary and urge its members to renounce membership in the group.

Franciscans of the Immaculate Announce 'A Day With Mary' Devotions
Source: PR Web (Fairhaven, MA), April 29, 2007

The Marian apostolate known as "Day with Mary" began in England in 1986 through the instrumentality of a man named Claudio lo Sterzo. Italian by birth, he moved to London and there got married and raised his family. Between the months of January and February of 1986, he was inspired to begin this Marian day with Mary, by the message of Our Lady of Fatima: "prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners." Note that the date and location of the event are to be determined by the hosting parish.

It was on the 25th of October 1986 that the first "A Day with Mary" actually began and was held at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. From that day on this apostolate grew rapidly as Claudio received numerous requests to do "A Day with Mary" in parishes. Even on this very days, the ADWM is done every Saturday of the year in different parishes, shrines and oratories in London and other places in England.

What takes place in "A Day with Mary"?

This Marian apostolate (ADWM) is a public religious activity, comprising of Eucharistic and Marian devotions in accordance with the official liturgical directives of the Church. This "day" is inspired by the message of Our Lady of Fatima especially her call to prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners and sanctification of souls. The well-organized day lasts about 6 to 8 hours with various activities in schedule: recitation of Holy Rosaries, Marian talks and conferences, Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass, Stations of the Cross and Marian hymns that spice the whole day to be a truly comprehensive compendium of Catholic devotions. This "day" is also an opportunity for the participants to obtain plenary indulgence to be applied for the souls of the faithful departed.


The day of prayer begins with a brief account of the story of Fatima (sometimes accompanied by film showing if available) and proceeds to liturgical activities with the procession and crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church. The day is divided with prayers and Marian hymns, talks and conferences and Eucharistic adoration. This culminates in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The recitation of the Holy Rosary and the meditation of on the Way of the Cross, consists of special moments of graces since they are done in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

The first part of the day concludes with packed lunch. This is a moment where participants can get to know each other better and help one another understand ways to praise and honor Our Blessed Lady.

The day concludes with the Eucharistic benediction and the blessing of religious objects/statues (if any). It is also an opportunity for those who want to be imposed with the Miraculous Medals or be clothed with the Brown Scapular of Mt. Carmel.

There is an priest available for the whole day to hear confession or spiritual direction so as to obtain plenary indulgence that can be applied for the faithful departed.

As a conclusion, a final procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima takes place. It is through this gesture that the "World Apostolate for Fatima" received the title of the "Pilgrim Virgin." Ad Jesum per Mariam!

To request the Franciscans of the Immaculata to visit your parish to organize "A Day with Mary," contact a friar or sister here: http://marymediatrix.

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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

Holy Spirit Retreat

Date: May 18-20, 2007

Place: Saint Robert Bellarmine Church Parish Center, 11802 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68154 [Friday and Saturday]
          Holy Family Shrine Church, 23132 Pflug Road, Gretna, NE 68028 [Sunday]

Organized by the Pro Sanctity India/Kerala Core Group in Omaha, Nebraska.  Registration is free. RSVP by May 13.

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