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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 discusses the Marian Symposium hosted by the Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute in July, 2006 with Michael Duricy, focusing on the variety of presenters and their backgrounds, topics discussed and The Mary Page vast content.

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 28, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses Our Lady of Pompeii, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Bartolo Longo and Padre Pio's recommended Rosary Novena to his spiritual children and shares her recipes for a pasta casserole, Italian Pork Chops and Potatoes, Italian Salad and Dessert, Granita and Gelato.

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

To celebrate his twentieth year in The Marian Library, our Director, Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. is taking a religious sabbatical through October 15, 2007.  Among other things, he will be attending a two-month renewal program in Manziana, Italy which the Marianist Province makes available to its members.  Father Tom also provided the English translations for two books which were recently published, The Mother of the Lord: Memory Presence, Hope, from the Pontifical International Marian Academy ( Society of Saint Paul/Alba House, 2007), and The Blesseds: Carlos, Jesus, Fidel, Marianists (North American Center for Marianist Studies, 2007).

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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 our answer to a reader's question, Who is Our Lady of Regla?  We have also posted Father Roten's homily for the dedication of UD's statue of Our Lady of Cana on August 15, 2007.  Video taken by U.D. Facilities Management during the installation of the statue outside Marianist Hall may also be viewed online through Campus Digest.

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Papal Delegate Named for Fatima Event
Vatican City (Zenit), August 16, 2007

Benedict XVI named Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, as his delegate to attend the closing celebrations marking 90 years since the last Marian apparition in Fatima.

The celebrations will take place Oct. 12-13, coinciding with the sixth Marian apparition to three Portuguese shepherd children: Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.

Mary appeared to the children for the last time in Cova da Iria, close to Fatima, on Oct. 13, 1917. She said: "I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the rosary every day."

On that occasion, an estimated crowd of 70,000 witnessed what is know as the miracle of the sun--the sun appeared to dance in the sky and radiate various colors of light before plunging toward the earth and then returning to its normal place.

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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.

Assumption Feast Procession in Kremlin
Source: Itar/Tass (Moscow), August 28, 2007

Moscow Kremlin on Tuesday became the site of Russia's main Cross-bearing procession, as the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the feast of Assumption of Our Lady, one of the twelve major holidays in the liturgical practice of Eastern Orthodoxy.

The Kremlin compound includes the Cathedral of Ascension, constructed in 1476 as the coronation church of Russian monarchs and patriarchs. Before the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, the Assumption Cathedral had a special position on the list of Russian churches as cathedral number one.

Tuesday's Cross-bearing procession brought together about 2,000 believers and numerous foreign tourists, who seemed quite glad to join one of the major religious ceremonies of the year, to get sprinkled with holy water along with the Russians and to listen to the hymns sung by the choir of the famous St Sergius/Holy Trinity monastery.

The feast had a number of special guests--the Director of the Kremlin Museum Yelena Gagarina, the president of the government-controlled weaponry exporting corporation Rosoboronexport, Sergei Chemezov, and five Roman Catholic bishops who are making a private visit to Moscow.

Alexy II said in a message of congratulations to Christians that believers always feel especial closeness to the Virgin Mary on the day of Assumption.

"Recall how many prayers people say in front of the icons of the Queen of the Heaven," he said. "Recall the requests we make to Her in times of trouble, trial and sickness--and the assistance we get from Her."

"The Virgin imparts warmth to us with her motherly love," Alexy II said. "Each of us should be worthy of Her prayers for us, and then Her love and intercession will support us in everyday life," Alexy II said.

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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 September 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 September.

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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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