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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 8, 2007, Francesca speaks with Retired Air Force Col. Herb Edwards focusing on the Birthday of the USA; Freedom and Democracy; Christian Values, the Military and the Media Around the World, Branches of the U.S. Military; Families and Fatima.

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

Father Antonia de Jesús Larocca Grosso, S.M.C. successfully defended his S.T.D. thesis, La Maternidad Espiritual de Maria: Acontecimiento, Permanencia Y Actualizacion de su Presencia, on August 3, 2007.  The next day, his confrere, Father Javier Alson, S.M.C. successfully defended his S.T.D. thesis, La Cooperación de Maria Y de la Iglesia en Perspectiva Ecumenica.  For more information on their order and ministry, visit their web site, Servicio Mariano de Comunicacion.

Also, it is with great sadness that we inform you that Sister John Marie Samaha died on August 2, 2007.  Her brother, John Samaha, S.M., has been a long-time friend of ML/IMRI and of the MSA.  Click into for a reflection about her written by one of the Sisters who cared for Sister John Marie in her last months.

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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 two new articles, Our Lady of a Happy Death and Immaculate Mary and Bernadette Soubirous.  We have also updated the following pages, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Refuge, and Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI.

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Pope Working on Book and Reflecting on Next Encyclical
Vatican City (VIS), July 17, 2007

The Holy See Press Office Director recalled that on September 1 and 2, the Pope is due to go to Loreto, Italy, to participate in a meeting of Italian youth, and that on the 7 and 8 of that month he will make an apostolic trip to Austria to visit the Shrine of Mariazell.

Pontiff Mourns Polish Bus Crash
Vatican City (Zenit), July 24, 2007

Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow at the death of twenty-six Polish pilgrims who died in a bus accident while leaving the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, sent a telegram in the Pope's name to Archbishop Zygmunt Kaminski of Szczecin-Kamiem, Poland after Sunday's accident.

It said: "The pilgrims' route was interrupted in a dramatic way on the way back from La Salette, becoming the end of the earthly pilgrimage for some.  We are comforted by our faith in Divine Mercy, which calls us to believe that they have found their place in the glory of the Eternal Father."

For the dead, the Pope implored "the gift of eternal life in the glory of the union with Christ," and assured his prayers that the injured would be restored to health.

The Holy Father "invokes the gift of courage and consolation in this time of sorrow" upon the families of the dead and injured, the telegram read.

Of the fifty passengers in the bus, fourteen were seriously injured in the accident.  Two remain in critical condition.

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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.

'Sister Hershey's Kisses' dies at 84
Source: Inside Bay Area (Fremont, California), August 2, 2007

When Sister John Marie Samaha was training younger nuns at the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family, she gave each sister one sincere piece of protocol: "When you go out there, bring joy to people. Or don't bother to go."

She lived by this standard every day, friends and loved ones said.

Sister John Marie died Wednesday at the Motherhouse in Fremont from colon cancer. She was 84.

Born in San Francisco on March 6, 1923, she joined the congregation in 1943.

Sister Gladys Guenther, congregational president, will always remember and miss her enthusiasm. When asked what Sister John Marie's interests were, she replied, "People."

Sister John Marie served for a time with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and had an extensive background in religious education. She also worked in pastoral care at St. Patrick's seminary in Menlo Park.

But she would make her greatest impacts elsewhere in the Bay Area--particularly in the Tri-City area with St. Joseph's parish in Fremont.  She founded Sister John Marie's Pantry, an outreach program for the poor that, among other things, found housing for the homeless and helped them to cover rent.  "She covered literally thousands, not hundreds, but thousands of people over the years she was a nun," said Louis Smith, whose family owns the Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels in Fremont, where Sister John Marie regularly presided over vigils.

Families always requested her by name, said Becky Cummins, a funeral coordinator at the chapel.  Cummins described how Sister John Marie would always persuade her to buy more raffle tickets than she ever intended during their annual holiday boutique.  "She would say, 'I know you're going to win, Becky!' And I did once! She had that way with people," Cummins reminisced.  She was a true kindred spirit, Cummins said, and was the kind of person who could make everybody smile, calling them all "darlin'."

In 1997, she was presented with the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for her extraordinary service to the universal church, embodying the true--and literal--meaning of the word Catholic.  Monsignor Manny Simas of St. Joseph's fondly remembers the quarterly trips they would take ministering to the elderly, such as anointing the sick, then having lunch together in the various neighborhoods they visited.  "I've been ordained forty-six years, and one of the best gifts during those years was being able to minister with her," he said.

She eventually gained the playful title "the Mother Teresa of Fremont." But Simas affectionately contended differently: "Mother Teresa is the world's John Marie."  But perhaps the nickname that best illustrated her was "Sister Hershey's Kisses," given by a family after seeing her hovering over the bowl of candy.

Sister John Marie is survived by three siblings, Sister John Dominic Samaha of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Mildred Samaha of San Francisco, and Brother John Samaha of Cupertino.  There will be a public viewing from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Motherhouse Chapel, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont.  A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Mission Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont.

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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 August.

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Marian Events

First International Congress of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA
Daughter of Zion: Mother of the New Creation

Date: August 11-16, 2007 [Saturday, 8/16/2007--optional day]

Place: Newman Institute and Oratorio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

You are invited to the first ever International Congress to be held by the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA [ESBVM USA], on Monday, August 11, to Friday, August 15.  In the tradition of the ESBVM USA, we hope to present stimulating papers which foster “listening” and “communicating.”  The Congress includes ecumenical prayer together, visits to houses of worship, sightseeing, and time for social interaction and engagement.  Our meeting space will be held in the Newman Library at the National Institute for Newman Studies, located adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The location provides familiar and warm ties between the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA. Also, we hope to organize an optional fun trip to a Pittsburgh’s “Big League” American baseball game. We have invited a number of American scholars to participate and will welcome speakers from “over the pond” at this Congress.

The idea for this International Congress was born at the International Congress held by ESBVM-UK in 2004, in Bath, England.  We have worked industriously since that time in order to organize this important and truly historic event.

Click here to see the Call For Papers (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Click here for complete details on the conference program (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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