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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 27, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses the beginnings and work of Presentation Ministries founded by Father Al Lauer, PM Guadalupe School, Latin School for Boys in Cincinnati and the extensive Annual Week-Long Summer Bible Institute featuring nationally known speakers from television and national ministries held in Cincinnati, Ohio in July, speaking with Nancy Kenny and other members of the Presentation Ministries Community. Presentation Ministries has donated over one million dollars to Catholic Relief Services by tithing from their 100% free will Offerings since 1982.

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 26, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues the discussion about "Stocking the Healthy Italian Kitchen, the Deliciously Healthy Mediterranean Diet and Foods of the Bible" sharing her tasty Italian recipes using olive oil and lentils, and sharing the know-how of preparing and serving delicious Italian breaded steak and pork chops.

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Alumni Update

Sister Maria Rosa C. Celestial, RVM, successfully defended her S.T.L. Thesis, The Marian Character of Mother Ignacia's Spirituality, on June 23, 2007.

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New Exhibit!

Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary.  This exhibit by twenty-nine artists of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Traditions 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 1 through September 15, 2007 from 8 am to 10 pm on weekdays and from Noon to 6 pm on the weekend.  Free and open to the public!  For more information call 937-229-4214 or 937-229-4254 or click into the 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 forty-nine 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 posted an article on Rilke's Marian poems. 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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China to Dynamite Marian Shrine
Tianjiajing, China (Zenit), June 21, 2007

The sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be dynamited following a government decision that the pilgrimage site is a place of illegal religious activity.

The Henan Province government will prevent the annual July 16 pilgrimage, which normally draws 40,000 pilgrims for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, AsiaNews reported.

The shrine was built in 1903 by a priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Monsignor Stefano Scarsella, then apostolic vicar to northern Henan. The shrine was meant to thank the Blessed Virgin for preserving Christians from the dangers of the Boxer Rebellion.

The sanctuary lies in Tianjiajing, in the Diocese of Anyang, in a scenic, mountainous area that some speculate will be used for a commercial or government building.

The provincial government has mobilized 700 soldiers for military exercises in the area since May 12, when the planned destruction was announced. Roads leading to the shrine are closed and pedestrians who go near the area are searched.

The faithful of the Diocese of Anyang, appealing through AsiaNews, said: "We ask all our brothers and sisters in the Lord to pray for us and spread our message to all the faithful of the world."

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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.

Museum to Import Controversial Dung Painting
Source: ABC Premium News (Australia), June 26, 2007

A private Tasmanian museum has applied to import a controversial painting from the United Kingdom that contains elephant dung.  The Museum of Old and New Art, owned by the Moorilla Winery near Hobart, plans to import Chris Ofili's painting called Holy Virgin Mary.  The work has images of female genitalia, as well as elephant dung stuck to the canvas.  It was part of a controversial international exhibition eight years ago.  The museum has applied for an exemption to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act that prohibits the importation of elephant products, including dung.

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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 July 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 July.

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Marian Events

Pro Sanctity Membership Retreat

Date: June 29-30, 2007

Place: Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas

This will be a beautiful, though short, reflection on our membership in the Movement. It will conclude with Commitment Mass for Holiness. Everyone is welcome. Led by Teresa Monaghen, National Director, and Fr. Dan Lenz, OSB, Pro Sanctity priest friend.

Call Teresa Pauls in Wichita if you are interested: 316-683-4986 or call Teresa Monaghen, 402-289-2670 or email for any activity in the Wichita area!

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