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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 talk will be "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, and "Our Lady of Fatima, Conversion and Holiness" aired on May 11.  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 is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, Francesca Franchina, speaks with Mary Pyper, Coordinator for Radio Maria Ohio and Father Duane Stenzel, OFM, Program Director for Radio Maria USA headquartered in Alexandria, LA, focusing on Father Duane's role in initiating Radio Maria in the USA, his experience in radio programming, evangelization and healing ministry.

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.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night 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 15, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion on evangelization for every day, speaking about Retired Judge Dan Lynch, Director of the Apostolate of The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadeloupe about Our Lady of Guadeloupe, evangelization, and his books Our Lady of Guadalupe: Hope for the World, The Call To Total Consecration to The Immaculate Heart of Mary; and The Triumphant Queen of The World, and about Mary's connection to the Pro Life Movement. Francesca shares her recipe for Panettone, (Milanese Cake).

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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 Father Roten's appraisal of a "Goddess Rosary" used by a Lutheran church as well as a status report on the Prayer Corner of The Mary Page.

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"Be Open to Christ's Light," Urges Pope
Guaratingueta, Brazil (Zenit), May 13, 2007

Benedict XVI exhorted young people at a drug rehabilitation center to be "open to the desire for God" in order to receive the light of Christ.

The Pontiff donated an image of the Virgin Mary to the "Fazenda da Esperança " along with $100,000.

Papal Visit to Fatima Possible
Fatima, Portugal (Zenit), May 13, 2007

Benedict XVI has expressed his desire to visit the Marian shrine at Fatima, says Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Cardinal Sodano, the papal delegate to the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of Mary's apparitions at Fatima, revealed the Pope's wish on Saturday. The cardinal told the press about a brief conversation he had with Benedict XVI before the Pope's departure for Brazil.

"I hope one day, if God will give me the health, to travel there," the Pope said, according to Sodano, who is also dean of the College of Cardinals. The Portuguese news agency Ecclesia reported the cardinal's disclosure.

Cardinal Sodano said to the journalists in Fatima: "I am certain that one day you too will have him here."  The celebrations in Fatima end today.

Pope Praises Rosary as Fatima Anniversary Draws Near
Cardinal Sodano to Represent Pontiff at Festivities

Vatican City (Zenit), May 7, 2007

Benedict XVI says he hopes the 90th anniversary of Mary's apparitions in Fatima will help the faithful to grow in their appreciation of the rosary.

The Pope said this in a letter sent to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, naming him as the pontifical legate for the opening celebrations of the anniversary.

The celebrations will take place in Fatima, Portugal, this Saturday and Sunday.

The Holy Father's message reads: "We, who have already visited the sanctuary and, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have studied the message entrusted by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the little shepherds, hope that the faithful will rediscover the value of praying the holy rosary."

The letter was written in Latin and published on Wednesday by the Holy See.

Pope John Paul II entrusted then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger with the task of writing the "Theological Commentary on the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima" (June 20, 2000).

On May 13, 2000, during the third and last visit of John Paul II to Fatima, Cardinal Sodano, then Vatican secretary of state, announced the third part of the secret of Fatima and explained its meaning. His announcement followed the beatification of two of the three visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta.

Benedict XVI's message also referred to John Paul II's visit to Fatima in 1982 to thank the Virgin Mary for "having preserved in a miraculous way" his life during the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.

Benedict XVI recalled how, on that occasion, John Paul II "exhorted the faithful to heed [Our Lady of Fatima's] warnings and fulfill her requests."

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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.

Flores de Mayo: Devotion to Give Young People and Families a Christian Focus
Source: Asia News (Philippines), May 9, 2007

The May Flowers project is meant to enhance traditional Marian celebrations in May. Much time and effort will go to youth. In addition to prayers and flower offerings, there will be moments of reflection to share thoughts about important issues.

Flores de Mayo is a project that seeks to enhance traditional Marian celebrations in Catholic parishes across the Philippines. Flowers will be offered to the Virgin, prayers will be recited, and moments of reflection will be shared.

The initiative of reviving the centuries-old Marian custom of offering flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May was spearhead by the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (EPFL) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) headed by Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.

"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."


At the end of the month, when celebrations will come to a close, there will be a procession. "On that occasion, we shall present a spiritual bouquet to Mary that includes our intentions, promises to stay pure, offerings of sacrifices and personal consecrations to the Mediatrix of All Grace," they said.

Many Church leaders backed the Flores de Mayo project, including Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles and Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, not to mention Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.

"We Will Appreciate Them Forever"
Source: Inside the Vatican magazine (Kazan, Russia), May 13, 2007

Are relations warming between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches after years of grave tensions?

Possibly, if the simple but extraordinary events which took place today in this city on the Volga River in the heart of Russia are any indication.

An aging Italian Roman Catholic noblewoman, her grey hair covered with a white veil, in a church packed with nearly 1,000 Russian Orthodox, today, in a simple but moving ceremony, handed over to the Russian Orthodox bishop of the city seven precious relics of saints--including a tiny fragment of the robe of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Some women in attendance wept openly.

"I bring these relics as my gift to you, and to the people of Russia, as a sign of my respect and love for Russia and all her people," the Marquise Immacolata Solaro del Borgo, 77, a member of Rome's historically powerful Colonna family, said to Bishop Anastasi as she handed over the gift to him at 10 a.m. today in a packed church. "I hope the relics can enrich the new Marian sanctuary you are building around the icon of Our Lady of Kazan."

"We appreciate these gifts very much," Bishop Anastasi later told Inside the Vatican. "We are grateful to Immacolata that she made this long and tiring journey to bring us these gifts personally. The city of Kazan will appreciate them forever."

Showing the seriousness with which today's gift of the relics was treated in Russia, the ceremony was broadcast live throughout the country on the main national television channel, NTV.

The ceremony took place in Kazan's Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.

In the ceremony, the Marquise Immacolata (a "marquise" ranks above a countess and below a duchess) gave Bishop Anastasi a fragment of the robe of Mary and relics of six other saints: St. Basil the Great, St. Blaise, St. Nicholas, St. Daria, St. Natalia and St. Pancratius.

The relics were contained in a single reliquary made by a Neapolitan jeweler in 17th century, a small silver box in the center of which was the fragment of Our Lady's robe surrounded by the six saints' relics, with their names inscribed there in Latin.

The reliquary came to Marquise Immacolata from Princess Giovanna Barberini, the widow of Prince Augusto Barberini, whose relatives included many cardinals and Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644).

The head of the internal affairs and tourism committee of the Kazan City Council, Vladimir Leonov, said that Marquisde Immacolata is an old friend of the Russian Orthodox Church.

She was prominent in Italy in the 1980s in arranging for medical treatment for the children from Chernobyl, Ukraine, and in the past has given a relic of St. Nicholas to Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, and a relic of St. George to the Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery near Moscow.

Bishop Anastasi invited Marquise Immacolata to a lunch at his residence after the ceremony. She will remain in Kazan for two more days, visiting the holy sites of Russian Orthodoxy in Tatarstan.

There is one 300-member Roman Catholic parish in Kazan, a city of about 1.5 million on the Volga River which is about half Muslim and half Russian Orthodox -- and where Christians and Muslims both venerate the Virgin Mary in the icon of Kazan.

The head of the Catholic parish is Father Diogenes Urquiza, an Argentine priest who, assisted by three nuns, ministers to his small Kazan flock. Father Diogenes was present at this morning's ceremony. As a line of Russian Orthodox priests passed by him during the 2-hour thanksgiving liturgy which followed the handing over of the gift, many of the priests nodded to him in respectful recognition.

"The relations between the Catholics and the Orthodox in Kazan are cordial," Father Diogense told Inside the Vatican. "We have respect for one another as Christians, and we have plans to work closely together on a number of social problems, like drug addiction and family problems, in years to come."

The city of Kazan has decided it will soon build a new pilgrimage center for the Kazan icon, which was given back to Russia in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

The saints' relics handed over today will join the icon in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the center of the planned sanctuary.

The Kazan icon is considered one of the most precious of all the icons of Russia, because prayers in the presence of the icon in past centuries preceded important military victories. It is thus sometimes referred to here as "the protection of Russia."

The Kazan icon depicts a serene Madonna and Child. It was found under mysterious circumstances in Kazan in 1579, then lost to Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918.

It was re-discovered in the West in the 1940s, purchased by the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima (a group interested in the message of Our Lady of Fatima, given to three shepherd children in Portugal in 1917 starting of May 13, 90 years ago today).

The icon was then held in Portugal for two decades, before being transferred to Pope John Paul's private apartment in 1993, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Sts. Peter and Paul church is a massive and beautiful baroque cathedral. Built to commemorate Peter the Great's visit to Kazan, construction was finished in 1726. Inside it is equally sumptuous, featuring a towering iconostasis.

From the top of the steps leading to the main entrance is a view of Kazan's skyline. The tower-like building next to the church is the cathedral's chapel.

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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.

For more details click into

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