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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, August 1, 2007, Francesca speaks with Father Tony Fortman, C.PP.S about the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, their Founder St. Gaspar del Bufalo and vocations.

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, July 31, 2007, Francesca continues her discussion about the history of foods and shares her recipes for Pasta Bolognese and Frittata Verde and information about Our Lady of America, Fr. Stephan Gobbi and the Marian Movement of Priests, and the importance and meaning of Marian Consecration.

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

ML/IMRI commemorated the silver anniversary of service by Cecelia Mushenheim with a private dinner on July 28.  Thanks Ceal (and thanks to Sister M. Jean Frisk for hosting).  A good time was had by all.

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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 seventh 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 concluded on July 27.

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We have posted an annotated bibliography of books and videos about icons compiled by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.

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Message For World Youth Day 2008
Vatican City (VIS), July 26, 2007

Benedict XVI's Message for 23rd World Youth Day, due to be held in Sydney, Australia from July 15 to 20, 2008, has as its theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts of the Apostles 1, 8).


"In 'the fullness of time,' the angel of the Lord announced to the Virgin of Nazareth that the Holy Spirit, 'the power of the Most High,' would come upon her and overshadow her. The Child to be born would be holy and would be called Son of God. ... Before His death on the Cross, He would tell His disciples several times about the coming of the Holy Spirit, the 'Consoler' Whose mission would be to bear witness to Him and to assist believers by teaching them and guiding them to the fullness of Truth."

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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.

New Campus Statue to Depict Mary at Feast of Cana
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), June 19, 2007

On the feast that marks the Blessed Virgin Maryís passage into heaven (the Assumption), the University of Dayton will dedicate a new eleven-foot bronze statue that places her in the front and center of student life.

The statue of Mary at the Feast of Cana will be blessed and dedicated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, on the northwest lawn of Marianist Hall. The ceremony is open to the public.

"The statue is a joint effort with the University of Dayton, with the American Society of Ephesus providing the funds," said Joe Quatman, a 1938 UD graduate who wanted to help the University erect a prominent statue of Mary. His family founded the society--named for the city in Turkey where Mary, accompanied by the apostle John, is believed to have traveled late in her life--to restore and preserve important burial places and tombs of saints.

"The campus needs something to define it as a Christian university based on the Catholic faith. You can walk past the chapel on campus and not go in. But you canít walk past the statue and not see it," said Quatman, who worked with the Marianists in choosing the statueís design and location.

Artist Robert Lepo of Lepo Works studio in Lima, Ohio, created and cast the nearly one-ton statue that portrays Mary in the context of the wedding at Cana.

According to the Gospel, when the wine at the wedding feast ran short, Mary asked Jesus to assist, calling the wine servers to "Do whatever He tells you." That exhortation, a key element of Marianist spirituality, is inscribed on the statue base, along with the Scripture reading describing the wedding at Cana, from John 2:1-11.

"We see the statue as expressive of Marianist spirit and meaningful to the campus population," said Father Johann Roten, S.M., director of the International Marian Research Institute at UD. "Itís a depiction of Mary that is younger, active and more present."

A nearly five-foot wine jar sits by Maryís left hand; her right hand beckons in a welcoming gesture, drawing the viewer closer. Maryís posture and hand gestures are intended, Roten said, "to establish a relationship, to draw people to her and send them forward."

"We Marianists also hope the statue will express Maryís warmth of hospitality and welcome," said Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., UD professor emeritus of religious studies. "The symbols of the water and wine are those of baptism and the Eucharist. These are two of the characteristics by which many of our students identify themselves."

The statue will stand at a busy crossroads of student pedestrian traffic--close to the bookstore, credit union, a food emporium, the Chapel of the Marianist Martyrs and the RecPlex. "Itís a social location thatís very Marianist," Buby said.

"The priests and Mr. Quatman wanted the students to be able to see Mary as an actual person," said Robert Lepo, who with his brother, David, owns Lepo Works and creates private, public and corporate art for clients throughout the country. The brothers worked previously with the Quatman family to restore the Lady of Fatima statue at Russells Point, Ohio.

The artists began pouring the bronze for the UD statue in May, casting 108 parts that were then welded together like quilt pieces. The arms of the statue alone weigh about 130 pounds apiece. After being coated with patina and sealed, the statue will be delivered to campus in late July and installed on a low granite pedestal. The gift of the statue, pedestal and site preparation are valued at $150,000.

"Students passing by the statue will understand the story and recognize it from the Bible," said David Lepo. "If not, it will cause them to ask questions, which is probably what the University wants."

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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 August.

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Marian Events

National Pro Sanctity Convention

Date: August 17-19, 2007

Place: Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

Pro Sanctity Celebrates 60 YEARS of spreading the message of holiness! Open to ALL!! Registration form and information available on the WEB: WWW.PROSANCTITY.ORG or write or call: or 402-289-2670.

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