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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.

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.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Francesca Franchina talks with Ron Hittle, retired business man, salesman, and career counselor, about finding the right job in the marketplace, choosing a profession, doing your homework before applying for a job, how to prepare for a job interview, keeping a job, making the most of your natural talent and skills, and marketing yourself in a challenging world.

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, June 12, 2007, Francesca Franchina talks about family problem solving, and family fare: Italian Soul Food in the kitchen cooking up good stuff to eat and think about; continuing the discussion about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and Sicilian Style Chicken With Potatoes, Onion, Green Pepper and Tomatoes and Stromboli.

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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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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 about a reported, but unconfirmed, miracle in Mexico City.

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Wojtyla's Spiritual Children Meet
Group Studies Marian Devotion of John Paul II

Rome (Zenit), May 29, 2007

The Prayer Group of the Spiritual Children of John Paul II held its first meeting to discuss the link between Karol Wojtyla and the Virgin Mary.

The fledgling group's meeting took place Saturday in Rome and was broadcast by Vatican Radio.

The date of the meeting coincided with the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, particularly honored by the Polish Pontiff.

Archbishop Angelo Comastri, Benedict XVI's vicar for Vatican City, took part in the meeting held at Rome's Pontifical Major Seminary, along with Monsignor Giangiulio Radivo, spiritual director of the prayer group.


Archbishop Comasti told Vatican Radio: "John Paul II had a relationship of devotion and affection with Our Lady which was a great teaching for the entire Church.

"In certain ways, he helped us to rediscover Mary. John Paul II helped us to rediscover Our Lady."

The archbishop said that the Polish Pope's devotion to Mary helped to bring about the fall of communism.

"The entrustment to Mary that John Paul II carried out in an extraordinary way in 1984 was an act that prepared for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of atheistic regimes in Eastern Europe," he said. "We all know what happened from 1984-1991.

"There was one wall falling after another until, on Dec. 25, 1991, the red flag over the Kremlin was taken down."

A beautiful yes

The 63-year-old archbishop clarified the concept of entrustment to Mary.

"Entrustment to Mary is not asking of her what we need, it does not mean: 'Mary, we entrust you with this problem, you handle it, we will stand back.'

"No, entrusting yourself to Mary means: 'We recognize you as our model of faith, as she who said the most beautiful yes, she who knows the path of faith because she walked it. We entrust ourselves to you.'

"The act of entrustment, therefore, has a dynamic value. It is making oneself available to walk in faith. It is a handing over of oneself in order to grow in faith, so that Mary will help us to become faithful disciples as she was."

Biography of Blessed George Preca
To Be Canonized on Sunday

Vatican City (Zenit), May 31, 2007

George Preca was born in Valletta, Malta, on Feb. 12, 1880, to Vincenzo and Natalina Ceravolo. He was baptized in the Church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta, on Feb. 17.

In 1888 the Preca family moved to nearby Hamrun. George received his confirmation and his first Communion in the Church of St. Cajetan. When he was 17 years old, George met one of his Lyceum professors, Father Ercole Mompalao, who told him: "Preca, when you grow up, people who revere God will befriend you and you them. You will find your good fortune through them and they through you." After his studies at the Lyceum, George entered the seminary of Malta with the aim of becoming a priest.

His confessor, Father Aloysius Galea, died on April 8, 1905. Preca recounted how Father Galea appeared to him a few days later and told him: "God has chosen you to teach his people." Preca was enthused with this idea. He wrote a rule in Latin which he wanted to send to Pope Pius X for approval. He envisaged groups of seven permanent deacons in every parish who, with the help of lay auxiliaries, would be responsible for the formation of the people of God.

It was around this time (1905-1906) that Preca met a group of young people at Hamrun and invited them to start attending his spiritual conferences. He set his eye on their leader, Eugenio Borg, and started explaining the Gospel of John to him. (Later on, Eugenio Borg became the first superior-general of the Societas Doctrinae Christianae and was renowned for his holiness when he died in 1967.)


The holy priest learned to trust in the maternal protection of Our Lady, especially during the difficult moments of the society. He was enrolled as a Carmelite tertiary on July 21, 1918, and at his profession in September 1919, he chose the name of Father Franco.

Children attending the societies' centers are still given the scapular. Dun Gorg also nurtured a filial devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel; he promoted use of the Miraculous Medal and in fact wanted the Church of the society's motherhouse to be dedicated to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. In 1957, he suggested the use of five "mysteries of light" for the private recitation of the rosary.


After a long and very active life in the service of the Gospel and of the Christian formation of the people of God, Dun Gorg Preca died on July 26, 1962, at his house in Malta. He was buried in the crypt of the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at Blata l-Bajda which soon became a venue for constant pilgrimages.

Father George Preca was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Malta on May 9, 2001. His liturgical feast is celebrated on that day.

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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.

May Crowning Tradition Revived
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland), May 31, 2007

For the past month, Nina Amoroso and her mother shopped for just the right dress. Several were bought, brought home and returned before they settled on a yellow dress with a matching jacket.

Nina, 14, was looking for a dress fit for a queen, but not a prom queen. The eighth-grader at St. Columbkille Parish School was selected to crown a statue of the Virgin Mary with a garland of flowers, a ceremony called a May crowning.

"It had to be appropriate for church," the teen said with a smile Wednesday after the crowning before a packed church.

Just about every Catholic school had a May crowning in the 1950s and '60s to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. Children typically crowned a statue (often the tallest girl got picked), lay flowers at the statue's feet, sang "Immaculate Mary" and other hymns and wore dress-up clothes instead of uniforms.

But the tradition went into decline after the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, said the Rev. Thomas Thompson, director of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. In recent years, though, the ceremony seems to be on the upswing, but with less adherence to girls in long white dresses walking in a procession, he said.

"There is no set form," he said. "It depends on the imagination of the people."

Other area schools that held a May crowning this month include St. Angela Merici School in Fairview Park and St. Mary School and Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, both in Cleveland; St. Mary School in Berea; and Queen of Heaven Church in the Summit County community of Green. Some held the crowning after Sunday Mass, others in the evening with a simple outdoor service.

At St. Columbkille, eighth-graders selected classmates to be queen, king and court members based on how they exemplify characteristics of Mary, such as kindness, humility and gentleness, said Principal Rita Klement.

Danny DiMarino, who was chosen to be king, said he was honored by the recognition. "It's good that they see me as a role model," said Danny, who will attend Holy Name High School in the fall.

Along with the 500 students, the pews were filled with parents carrying babies and cameras.

The second-graders, who made their First Communion in May, came to school in their white dresses and black suits. Some of the youngsters were so excited that they woke up before dawn, said second-grade teacher Patti Conte.

Keeping the dresses clean until the 1 p.m. Mass and crowning kept the staff on their toes, especially since it was pizza day.

"Only one real tragedy," Klement said.

Afterward, a proud grandmother held Nina's bouquet as she posed for photographs in front of the statue. It was Marge Amoroso's second May crowning this month. The statue at her church, Holy Redeemer, was bigger, but St. Columbkille was more memorable.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of June 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 June.

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Marian Events

Festa San Antonio honoring the Christ Child and Saint Anthony of Padua

Date: June 12/13, 2007

Place: University of Dayton Immaculate Conception Chapel (Dayton, Ohio)

For more information, phone Francesca Franchina at 937-901-4475 or email her at

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