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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, September 5, 2007, Francesca speaks with retired business executive Jack Davis about The Blessed Mother and the four volume book she dictated to Mary of Agreda: The Mystical City of God: The Life of the Blessed Mother as dictated to Mary of Agreda; Cultivating the virtues as taught by the Blessed Mother; and Jack’s witness of learning/healing via Scripture, retreats, St. Faustina and this four volume series on the Life of the Blessed Mother.

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, September 11, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion on the Blessed Mother and Evangelization, Our Lady of America's Messages about returning purity to America and our role in bringing Our Lady's Peace Plan from Heaven as given at Fatima in 1917 and Sister Mildred Neufil to fruition for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary through developing and teaching about virtues. Francesca continues to be a cut up in her kitchen and cooks up Pasta Fagioli; Granita/Gelato and other good things to eat, think and pray about! Participate in the program call in 866-333-6279 with comments, questions and your relationship and experiences with the Blessed Mother. ... How has she helped you?

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

IMRI student, Christ Padgett sent us the following update on his recent projects.

I am half way through with my doctorate in theology at the pontifical program in Dayton, OH. (IMRI), and just had a new CD come out with spirit and song called Impact, which I am very excited about. Recently the National Catholic Reporter did an article on my ministry and the new cd, which you can link to off of my website ( The Lighthouse Catholic Media (a branch of St. Joseph's communication) is putting a couple of my talks out for a new youth division of this ministry. I will update you about this more when it is complete. Finally, I was asked to MC the overflow room for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Columbus, Oh. which I am very excited about.

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Last Chance to See the 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.

For its next exhibit, The Marian Library gallery will showcase Brazilian artist Sidney Matias' art, which is infused by Marianist spirituality. Matias will be honored at a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Marian Library lounge. See

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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 Mary Gigandet's poem, Cana as well as 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.  We have also updated our material about the church's stance on Vassula Ryden and our meditation for Mary's birthday.

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On the Home and the Public Square
"Let Us Spiritually Enter Into the Holy House"

Loreto, Italy (Zenit), September 2, 2007

Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today before reciting the midday Angelus with young people gathered in Loreto.

At the close of this solemn Eucharistic celebration, let us recite, my dear young people, the Angelus, in spiritual communion with all those who are joined to us via radio and television. Loreto, after Nazareth, is the ideal place to pray meditating on the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God.

So, in this moment, my invitation is for us all to enter with our minds and hearts into the sanctuary of the Holy House, within those walls which according to tradition come from Nazareth, the place where the Virgin said "yes" to God and conceived in her own womb the Eternal Word incarnate.

Before we depart from this assembly, let us leave for a moment the "agora," the public square, and spiritually enter into the Holy House. There is a reciprocal relationship between the public square and the home. The square is large, it is open, it is the place of the encounter with others, of dialogue, of contact; home, on the other hand, is the place of meditation and interior silence, where the Word can be deeply welcomed.

To bring God into the public square, we must have received him interiorly at home, like Mary in the annunciation. And vice versa, the house is opened onto the square: This is also suggested by the fact that the Holy House has three walls, not four. It is an open home, opened onto the world, life, and also onto this agora of young Italians.

Dear friends, it is a great privilege for Italy, in this wonderful corner of the Marche, to give hospitality to the shrine of the Holy House. Be rightly proud about this and profit from it!

In the most important moments of your life come here, at least in your heart, to spiritually recollect yourselves between the walls of the Holy House. Pray to the Virgin Mary that you might obtain the light and strength of the Holy Spirit, to respond fully and generously to the voice of God. Thereby you will become true witnesses in the public square, in society, bearers of a Gospel that is not abstract but incarnate in your life.

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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.

Major Sites of Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Austria
Source: Agence France Press (Vienna), September 6, 2007

The main stops on Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Austria on September 7-9 will be the 850-year-old pilgrimage site of Mariazell, Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Heiligenkreuz monastery.

On Saturday, the pontiff will celebrate mass and evensong at Mariazell's Basilica, with some 30,000 people expected to attend.

The main pilgrimage site in the Danube region, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Vienna, Mariazell was founded in 1157 by Benedictine monks.

The site, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and celebrates its 850th anniversary this year, welcomes about a million pilgrims every year from Austria, neighbouring Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as Poland, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The original Romanesque church was modified several times throughout the centuries, first into a Gothic church and finally in 1644 into the baroque basilica which still stands today.

Associated with neither a miracle nor a vision, Mariazell's fame comes from it being "very much down-to-earth which stresses the Benedictine heritage even more," according to Father Superior Karl Schauer.

Four trees planted in 1983 for the late Pope John Paul II's visit to Mariazell had to be cut down to make space for bleachers for the pilgrims in front of the basilica. But the trees will be replaced, the Church of Austria said.

On Sunday, Benedict XVI will celebrate a morning mass at Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by an angelus prayer at noon on the square in front of the church.

St. Stephen's, which has become a symbol for Vienna, was built on the foundations of a Romanesque church and combines Gothic and Baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Construction began in 1359 and the cathedral was inaugurated in 1433. At the time, its 137-metre (450-feet) spire was the highest in Europe.

During the pontiff's visit, a laser beam will simulate a second spire that had to be truncated due to a lack of funding.

One of the last stops on the Pope's itinerary will be the Cistercian monastery in Heiligenkreuz. This will be the first papal visit to the site, some 40 kilometres southwest of Vienna.

Older even than Mariazell, dating back to 1133, Heiligenkreuz is among the most dynamic of Austria's 30 convents and monasteries and is well known for its seminary, which was founded in 1802 and was named a "papal school" under the Vatican's direct authority in February.

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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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