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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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Mary in Books, Films and Music


New Book from the ESBVM

A new book of collected essays on Mary is now available from the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary for Time and Eternity: Essays on Mary and Ecumenism.  Edited by William McLoughlin, OSM and Jill Pinnock, with a foreword by distinguished Methodist scholar, Professor Frances Young, the 368 page work invites both readers and contributors to consider the unexpected ways in which Mary challenges and inspires Christian believers today.  Father Thomas Thompson, SM and Dr. Virginia Kimball were among the contributors.  For more information click into

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, July 18, 2007, Francesca speaks with Bother Don Neff, S.M., about the Marianist Family on various continents focusing on the Society of Mary Founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Marianist Spirituality and the Teaching Message of the Blessed Virgin Mary Yesterday and Today.

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.

Fran has informed us about a new program on Radio Maria.  Marsha Morthland, her good friend and spiritual Godmother, Air Force wife, former parishioner at St. Luke's, commenced her new radio program last Monday. It is on Motherhood. Marsha is Spirit-filled, big time, and airs from Houston TX 10:30-11:30 am Central Time 11:30 am-12:30 pm EST every week

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Alumni Update

Warren Anthony Kappeler III, former Graduate Assistant at ML/IMRI, was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy by the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 31, 2007.  He was awarded his Masters Degree in Religious Studies in 1998 from the University of Dayton.  For more details see page D9 of the 7/1/2007 issue of the Dayton Daily News.

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Current 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 will conclude on July 27.  The summer course schedule is now available.

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We posted a series of articles on Mary in Apocryphal Writings.

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Pope's Address to European Professors
"A New Humanism for Europe. The Role of the Universities"

Vatican City (Zenit), June 24, 2007

I am particularly pleased to receive you during the first European Meeting of University Lecturers, sponsored by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences and organized by teachers from the Roman universities, coordinated by the Vicariate or Rome's Office for the Pastoral Care of Universities. ... My greeting also goes to other civil and religious authorities, the Rectors and the teachers of the various universities, as well as the chaplains and students present. ... I invoke upon you, and the universities in which you work, the maternal protection of Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

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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.

Parish Rosary Program
Source: Patrick Hirzel (, June 21, 2007

On May 19, 2007, fifty-thousand people prayed the Rosary at the Rose Bowl in California.  Earlier this month, the bishops of the dioceses in the United States and Canada have been asked to encourage the churches in their dioceses to start the Parish Rosary Program in all parishes by October. ...

The Parish Rosary Program is so simple it only takes one person dedicated to Our Lady to run it.  It is just a matter of downloading, photocopying, and distributing small tear-away calendars to parishioners for them to tally the number of rosaries prayed each two weeks and drop the results in the collection basket.  Weekly, year-to-date, and grand totals are published each week in the parish bulletin to remind and encourage everyone to pray the rosary.

For more click into the website in the Source line above.

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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

Rosary Novena and Luminous Mysteries Discussion Group

Date: August 20-September 24, 2007

Place: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago, Illinois

This group will meet five times for an hour after both the 8:30 and 11:00 am masses on Sundays during the above period.  Please RSVP by August 11.

For more information call Carl at 312-421-3757 or click into

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