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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 22, 2007, Francesca talks with Father Bert Buby SM about The Queenship of Mary and his ministries with the Chinese and Korean Catholics in Dayton, Ohio. Father Bert is the author of many Marian books and articles and teaches Mariology at the International Marian Research Institute.

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 21, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses evangelization and "Italian Soul Food" from the various regions of Italy. This week's discussion is on Our Lady of America, Fr. Stephan Gobbi, St. Padre Pio and their means of evangelization and the recipes shared from Francesca's kitchen are from the summer's garden harvest using zucchini, tomatoes, pasta and fruit.

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

Brother Frank Deibel (see photo at right from the 8/15/2007 issue of The Bordeaux Chronicle), long-time volunteer at The Marian Library, recently celebrated his 99th birthday.  He is now the oldest living Marianist.

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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 article on the Queenship of Mary as well as our answer to a reader's question on the Marian title, Ladder of Leaven.

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Lourdes is Home to French Bishops, says Prelate
Shrine Prepares for 150th Anniversary of Apparitions

Lourdes, France (Zenit), August 16, 2007

The Marian shrine of Lourdes is a second home for the bishops of France, according to the archbishop of Toulouse.

Archbishop Robert Jean Louis Le Gall, speaking at a Mass held at the shrine's grotto on Wednesday, the feast of the Assumption, said that "the French bishops, in particular, love to return to Lourdes."

He confirmed that Benedict XVI accepted the bishops' invitation to visit Lourdes as part of the celebrations marking 150 years since Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the French town from Feb. 11 to July 16, 1858. No date has been announced for the visit.

Archbishop Le Gall said in his homily that even though "the signs seen by St. Bernadette have ceased, Our Lady continues to visit this site of the Immaculate Conception to which we are ever attached."

The 61-year-old archbishop said that the French bishops' conference has held its plenary assembly in Lourdes twice, and that the bishops "will also return here for diocesan pilgrimages" throughout the Jubilee year.

"Archbishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes has welcomed us by saying that Lourdes is the second residence for bishops," he added.

Jubilee events

The jubilee year commemorating the apparitions, with the theme of "The Church in Mission Nourished by the Eucharist," will commence Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Perrier has invited all of the ecclesial communities to place themselves under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Immaculate Conception and St. Bernadette, and to unite in praying the preparation prayer for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions.

The bishop of Lourdes declared: "You are all members of the grand family of Lourdes. Wherever you are, recite the preparation prayer for the Jubilee. You will form with us a community of intercontinental Marian prayer."

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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.

A Thousand Rosary Rallies
Source:, July 13, 2007

MIRA--20 United Decades

An invitation to those who are not already members:

Now you can pray ONE Mystery of the Rosary in union with 19 others and partake in a full TWENTY decade cycle daily. Let us form groups wherein each person concentrates on a different Mystery, to form a 20-Decade 'Living' Rosary.

We all know that the call to prayer--especially the Rosary--has been constantly echoed. It's time for a little less speculation and a LOT more action to bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

*** MIRA--20 United Decades--a Living Rosary for 2005 &Beyond ***

"Providing a platform so that all involved may continue to do their work in the vineyard and still have time to pray."

Anyone wishing to participate can simply contact: MIRALINDA7@CS.COM

(PLEASE contact the above address to be sure your request to join is honored.)

PAPALLY ENDORSED *Living* Rosary Associations, that allow an individual to *unite* with others - by focusing on a *single* decade while contributing to a full *twenty* decade Rosary, make incorporating the Rosary into your Prayer life simple and meaningful.

"In these days of evil, confusion, division, and modernism, what a mighty force for good the Living Rosary will be! We battle today not the evil of man but the principalities and powers of all hell. The Holy Rosary prayed faithfully, strengthened by the unity of association, will render all the attacks of Satan impotent!"

For more details about "The Living Rosary" click into:

Invitation to join this Living Rosary extended to Roman Catholics, as well as to Latin Rite and Eastern Rite Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians.

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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

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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