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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 23, Francesca Franchina speaks with Andrew Cole of Covington, Kentucky focusing on the importance of family and the father being prayer warrior, spiritual protector and the Builder of the Civilization of  Love and Justice, The Culture of Life.

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 22, Francesca continues her series on evangelization and the Star of Evangelization, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the importance of Marian Consecration focusing on St. Louis de Montfort's Consecration with Andrew Cole of Covington, Kentucky.

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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, SM (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 response to a critique of The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Papal Homily at Ordination Mass
"The Lord's Goodness is Always With You, and It Is Powerful"

Vatican City (Zenit), May 3, 2007

Here is a Vatican translation of Benedict XVI's April 29 homily at the Mass of the ordination of new priests in St. Peter's Basilica.

May Mary, the heavenly Mother of priests, accompany you. May she who beneath the Cross united herself with the Sacrifice of her Son and after the Resurrection accepted together with the other disciples the gift of the Spirit, help you and each one of us, dear brothers in the priesthood, to allow ourselves to be inwardly transformed by God's grace.

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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.

Statue Draws Crowds, But Poses a Dilemma
Source: Orlando Sentinel (Florida), April 28, 2007

When Castle Designs opened its Orlando gallery Friday morning, Chiem Nguyen was waiting, along with four other members of his family and employees of his nail salon. A Catholic and a Vietnamese immigrant, Nguyen came to the gallery to pray at a statue of the Virgin Mary, asking for help in locating the father he never met.

"We're going to find him," said his wife, Tien Nguyen, as the group approached the statue they believe has been weeping.

The five people, the latest of hundreds to view the statue in the past week, knelt and prayed the rosary in front of the copy of Michelangelo's famed "Pieta," which depicts Mary holding the body of Jesus after his Crucifixion. Some of the women ducked under the guard rope to kiss the feet of Jesus and Mary.

Stories of a weeping Virgin Mary, or of holy images appearing in unlikely places--a grilled-cheese sandwich, a tortilla, the window of an office building--present a dilemma for the Catholic Church.

These phenomena, based on hundreds of years of sometimes embarrassing experience, can be the product of anything from wishful thinking to hysteria or even fraud. Church officials are also wary of subjecting sincere believers to ridicule and, by extension, of letting the church itself be vulnerable to ridicule.

A statue perceived as weeping can "have a significant impact on many souls," said Carol Brinati, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Orlando. "It is beneficial to everyone if these questions are fully investigated and answered confidently by spiritual and scientific experts. Church authorities must proceed with caution."

After sending a priest to investigate the marble carving at a gallery just off Interstate 4 earlier this week, the Diocese of Orlando declared that the streak coming from Mary's eye was "a natural occurrence." Nonetheless, the diocese said it would accept the statue if the gallery decided to donate it.


It is not the first time that an image of the Virgin Mary has caused a stir in Central Florida. In 1996, some people in Clearwater said they saw the miraculous image of Mary in the window of a finance company. Others contended it was a coincidental mixture of condensation and an oil slick on a tinted window. Still, thousands of worshippers came.

The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg did not endorse the vision. A vandal shattered the image in 2004.

Such phenomena raise complex issues, says Michael Duricy, lecturer at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, and they should not be dismissed out of hand.

"If I hear about an inanimate object that has some type of physical change to it --like a small dot that transforms itself into a long visible line--I think that there is something curious there that is worth investigating," Duricy said. "When that happens, a reasonable person might suspect that something unusual is going on there."

Added Duricy, "There is a hunger among people who want access to a goodness that is beyond ordinary goodness that occurs in everyday life."

For Chiem Nguyen, standing before the statue left him with "a very surprising feeling."  "I can't describe it, but I believe it," he said.

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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, Women and Cultural Diversity: A Global Embrace

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 7:30-9:00 pm

Place: Marianist Family Room, Mount Saint John (Dayton, Ohio)

Explore how Mary and understanding women's challenges in various societies can open us to greater solidarity and acceptance of difference across boundaries with Sister Laura Leming, FMI.  There will be an optional labyrinth walk from 6:00-7:15 pm, facilitated by Leanne Jablonski, FMI.  RSVP by May 21 to or 937-429-3582. For more details click into

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