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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.


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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.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Francesca Franchina speaks with Christine Joy, a college coed attending a Catholic University about college life and Christianity. How does one cope while trying to follow God, His ways, and His basic principle swimming upstream against the culture of most of the peer group?

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 whichever 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, June 19, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues discussion about stocking the Italian kitchen, healthy foods from the Bible, significance for today's nutrition and the aspects of kitchen and family evangelization, prayer and Scripture. Sharing the recipes from her kitchen, Francesca shares the recipe for chicken cacciatore and biscotti.

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Alumni Update

Father John T. Myler, a doctoral student at IMRI, was recently appointed by his Bishop as Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Belleville, Illinois.

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Next Exhibit

Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary.  This exhibit from Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) will be displayed in the Marian Library Gallery on the 7th floor of Roesch Library at the University of Dayton from July through September 15, 2007.

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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 commenced on June 18.  The Summer course schedule is now available.

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We have updated our answer to a reader question: Who is the Christ-child of Atocha?  We have also added material about the "brothers and sisters" of Jesus in the Bible in English and in French, as well as a Marian Novena attributed to Fray Junipero Serra and a French-language article on Mary in the New Testament.  We have also updated our material on the Franciscan Shrine to Our Lady of Sorrows in Valparaiso, Indiana since a reader has informed us that this shrine has been closed.

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Pope's Address Upon Proclaiming Four Saints
"Friends of Jesus and Witnesses of His Holiness"

Vatican City (Zenit), June 3, 2007

Dear brothers and sisters, today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. ... As we allow ourselves to be caught up in this great mystery, we admire the glory of God which is reflected in the life of the saints; we contemplate it above all in those whom I have a short while ago proposed for the veneration of the universal Church: George Preca, Szymon of Lipnica, Father Charles of St. Andrew, and Mother Eugenie of Jesus. ...

May Mary, the Queen of Saints, and the intercessor of these four new "older brothers and sister," whom we venerate with joy today, obtain this grace for us.  Amen.

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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.

Mosque Named for Blessed Virgin Mary
Source: National Catholic Register, May 27, 2007

In an effort to show there's a common ground between Christians and Muslims, an Australian imam named his house of worship in the sheep country between Melbourne and Geelong the Virgin Mary Mosque, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Let us prove that Christianity and Islam have many things in common," said the blind Somali named Sheik Isse Musse.  "We both revere the Virgin Mary.  Second thing is generally Muslims name their schools, their mosques, their streets, everything after men.  Let us show there is nothing wrong in naming a mosque after a person like Mary."

He added: "Some people could not digest it, but I kept explaining: 'Look, is not the Virgin Mary mentioned in the holy Qur'an (Koran)?  Isn't she a very high and pious person?  Yes.  So what's stopping us giving her name to our mosque?"

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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 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

The Miracle of Mary Mission

Date: June 18-21, 2007

Place: Our Lady of Miracles Parish, 744 E 87th St., Brooklyn, NY 11236

Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska will lead you in a reflection during each Holy Hour on: The Miracle of Mary in the lives of the Saints who loved her.  Holy Hour 7:30-8:30 pm.  After the Holy Hour please join us for Refreshments and Reflection.  For more information, phone 718-649-0271

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