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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I cannot remember the search term I put into Google, but I was looking at the returned website addresses to find something authoritative. When I saw "" as part of your website address I knew I would find great information. I was born and raised in Dayton. I went to prayer meetings in the chapel and one of my children was baptized in the chapel.

Your website is wonderful beyond words. I doubt that I will ever be able to read everything, but I want to, and, I know now, that if I have a question regarding Mary, I can come to the dear Marianist. How wonderful and comforting. You are an answer to a prayer that I had not even uttered yet. Mary's good!

Great thanks to you for your wonderful website organization. I am so happy to learn more about Mary. I am a Catholic who has always loved Mary, but I'm experiencing a current explosion of love and devotion to her. Thank you so much. I will be at your website devotedly.

I am sure that Mary is grateful to you for the knowledge you disseminate to the world.

Sarah S.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

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 12, 2007, Francesca speaks with Sr, Danielle Peters and lay leader Carol Lis and other members of the Schoenstatt Movement attached to Schoenstatt Heights, a religious house in Madison, Wisconsin. The movement Carol represents and coordinates is worldwide, but as close as many area homes, where traveling shrines come and go, or home shrines honoring "Mother Thrice Admirable" have been set up.

Schoenstatt is an international apostolic movement founded by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in Germany in 1914; the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored under the title of Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt; the movement includes priests, religious and laity who all make a covenant of love with Mary; there are more than 130 exact replicas around the world of the original shrine in Germany; each center promotes a program of lay, Marian spiritual development. There are 7 Schoenstatt Shrines in the USA: Wisconsin, Texas, New York, Minnesota.

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

Sister M. Jean Frisk will speak on "Reading Magisterial Documents about Mary" at a symposium, on "The Role of Mary in the Church", along with Father Bert Buby, S.M. (on "Mary in the Scriptures") and others at Ohio Dominican University from 8 am - noon on October 7.  Click here more more details.

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Next Exhibit!

For its next exhibit, With The Eyes of the Heart, The Marian Library gallery will showcase Brazilian artist Sidney Matias' art, which is infused by Marianist spirituality. The exhibit will run from September 17 - November 17.  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 will commence on October 15.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have updated our list of all dissertations completed at IMRI through 8/24/2007.

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On the Peace that Christ Brought
Excerpted from Benedict's Angelus Address

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, August 19, 2007

The Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, shared the struggle of her son Jesus against the evil one, to the point of spiritual martyrdom, and she continues to share this struggle until the end of time. Let us invoke her maternal intercession that she may help us always to be faithful witnesses to Christís peace, never giving in to compromises with evil.

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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.

Mixed Media; Arts and Culture
Source: The Age (Melbourne, Australia), September 5, 2007

Hitting a nerve

TURKEY Creek artist Shirley Purdie has taken out the latest Blake Prize for Religious Art - winning the $15,000 prize for an ochre and pigment painting recreating stories told to her as a child of the stations of the cross in Warmun country. But most of the attention has fallen on Luke Sullivan and Priscilla Bracks, whose works have attracted criticisms from the likes of Prime Minister John Howard and Cardinal George Pell. Sullivan depicts the Virgin Mary wearing a burka and Bracks has Osama bin Laden looking like Jesus. The chairman of the Blake Prize, Reverend Rod Pattenden, says he thinks there is "a real nerve being hit" and that the controversy is "an indication of why art is such a powerful means of exploring cultural and religious difference."

The works are on show at Sydney's National Art School Gallery until September 29.

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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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