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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Coming Faith-Based Attractions

The June 2007 edition of NewsMax tells us that the following life of Christ films are planned for release in 2008.

The Resurrection--with a script written by Oscar nominee Lionel Chetwynd and a producer who co-authored the Left Behind book series, the Rev. Tim LaHaye, this Sony Pictures production takes up where The Passion of the Christ left off.  Scheduled release date: Easter 2008.

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt--George Barna's Good News Holdings will begin filming Anne Rice's best-selling novel of the same name in Israel this Fall.  The budget is reportedly $40 million.  Scheduled release date: Christmas 2008.

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 15, 2007, Francesca talks with Beth Lang-Sletten and Caroline Adams about The Small Christian Communities Convocation held last weekend in Minnesota attended by 300 people representing twenty five states and ten foreign countries including Korea and Australia which led to much excitement concerning what is happening in those countries and continents at the present time. Small Christian Communities are growing in number and strength to bolster evangelization and informed participation in the Catholic Church and are a great means of evangelization and education.

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, August 14, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses Our Lady of America documents written by Sister Mildred Neufil, A Precious Blood Religious who was given messages in apparitions by the Blessed Mother, approved and given the imprimatur by Archbishop Paul Leibold, Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The statue that was carved is at the St. Louis Cathedral at this time and was present at the United States Bishop's meeting in November 2006. Today's discussion includes cooking lessons and recipes for eggplant parmesan, zucchini and pasta with clams.

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

Sister M. Jean Frisk will be holding a day on Marian Spirituality at the Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal in West Milton, Ohio from 10 am - 3 pm on September 8, 2007.  For more details click into the center's website.  Sister Jean will also be presenting a symposium, The Role of Mary in the Church, along with Father Bert Buby, S.M. and others at Ohio Dominican University from 8 am - noon on October 7.  Click here more more details.

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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 a poem written by Dr. Virginia Kimball for Mary's Assumption, Death is Swallowed Up as well as her reflection on the Dormition icon, and also an article on Mary's Assumption in Art.

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Modeling Mary
Dayton, Ohio (U. D. Campus News), July 23, 2007

On the feast that marks the Blessed Virgin Mary's passage into heaven (the Assumption), the University of Dayton will dedicate a new 11-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, UD's newest student residence 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 can't walk past the statue and not see it," said Quatman, who worked with members of the Society of Mary (Marianists), the religious order that founded UD, in choosing the statue's 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 the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of the International Marian Research Institute at UD. "It's a depiction of Mary that is younger, active and more present."

A nearly 5-foot wine jar sits by Mary's left hand; her right hand beckons in a welcoming gesture, drawing the viewer closer. Mary's 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 Mary's warmth of hospitality and welcome," said the Rev. 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 (rituals) 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. "It's a social location that's 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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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.

Jews, Catholics bid farewell to Cardinal
Source: Associated Press, August 10, 2007

A sacred Jewish prayer read beneath the sculpted saints of Notre Dame Cathedral opened funeral proceedings Friday for Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, who was born Jewish and converted to Roman Catholicism as a boy.

Lustiger, who lost his mother in the Holocaust and later devoted himself to healing the wounds between Catholics and Jews, had requested that his funeral include both faiths. He died Sunday at age 80 in a Paris hospice.

Hundreds of people, including prominent Jewish leaders of France, Holocaust survivors and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered to see Lustiger's coffin carried through the crowd and placed on the stone square in front of the 12th century Notre Dame.

Lustiger's grandnephew read a psalm in Hebrew and French, and placed a bowl of earth gathered from meaningful Jewish and Christian sites in the Holy Land.

An 83-year-old Nazi death camp survivor and cousin of the cardinal, Arno Lustiger, then led the reading of the Mourner's Kaddish, among a series of prayers central to Jewish worship.

Lustiger's successor Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois said Lustiger "wanted the members of his family, Jews and Christians, and his friends to say some traditional prayers for the dead."

The ceremony then moved inside the landmark cathedral, where Vingt-Trois led a funeral Mass.

Hundreds gathered outside despite the drizzly chill to watch the ceremony on huge screens.

One mourner carried a sign reading "Sons and Daughters of the Deported Jews of France." Some 75,000 Jews were deported from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and fewer than 3,000 survived.

Lustiger's faith remained complex throughout his life - he never rejected his Jewish identity, and the multifaith funeral appeared to be a symbol of that.

"He always claimed he was still a Jew, which caused a certain amount of anxiety and concern within parts of the Jewish community," said Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, president of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

It is "highly unusual" for the Mourner's Kaddish to be read among mourners for a convert from Judaism, said Rabbi Joel Roth, an expert on Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.

"It's important to emphasize that it's not possible to be both Jewish and Catholic," he said. "That is what this could suggest to some people."

Lustiger's coffin will be placed in Notre Dame's crypt.

Sarkozy, whose grandfather was Jewish but who was raised Catholic, interrupted his U.S. vacation to attend Lustiger's funeral, before jetting back to Maine for lunch the next day with President Bush.

Aaron Lustiger was born in 1926 in Paris to Polish immigrant parents who ran a hosiery shop. As an adolescent, he was sent to the town of Orleans, 80 miles south of the capital, to take refuge from the occupying Nazis. There, Lustiger, who was not a practicing Jew, converted to Catholicism at the age of 14, taking the name Jean-Marie.

He was ordained a priest in 1954, and served as chaplain to students at the Sorbonne University. Lustiger climbed up the church hierarchy before becoming archbishop of Paris, a post he held for 24 years before stepping down in 2005.

Lustiger remained a grassroots figure, creating a Christian radio station, Radio Notre Dame, in 1981 and expounding on issues from the August 2003 heat wave that killed thousands of people in France to the building of a united Europe.

He also respected his Jewish heritage.

"For me, it was never for an instant a question of denying my Jewish identity. On the contrary," he said in "Le Choix de Dieu" (The Choice of God), conversations published in 1987.

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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

Fall Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA

Date: October 13, 2007, 10 am - 3 pm

Place: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Topic: Significance of Marian Apparitions, especially the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Miracle of Sun at Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917.

For more information click into the ESBVM web site.

Also, note that the Society also plans to hold an international conference in August, 2008.  Fore more information see the links below.

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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