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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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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book About Mary

Lourima Publications in Australia recently released Ellis Ryan's Discover the Awesome Power of the Rosary.  The author has donated a copy to The Marian Library.  For more information, email the publishers at

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 26, 2007, Francesca discusses the theological and cardinal virtues and their necessity of learning and living them, continuing discussion with retired IBM Executive Jack Davis about The Mystical City of God, The Life of the Blessed Mother as dictated to Blessed Mary of Agreda by the Blessed Mother. Call in with your comments, questions and experience of reading Mystical City of God and trials and triumphs of living virtue.

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 25, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the work of Angels; Forgiveness, purity of body, mind and spirit; we are what we eat, drink, think and do; overcoming bad habits and gaining virtue through DBM and the work of the Angels. Francesca shares her favorite family recipe for Sicilian Risotto and Broccoli Frittata.

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

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball will lecture on Icons--Revealing the Mystery of God at the Athenaeum of Ohio on Saturday, September 29.  For more details click into

Teresa Monaghen and Msgr. Andrew Vaccari will host a retreat this weekend, Praying with the Gospel of John: In the Light of the Liturgy, at the Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska.  For more details call 402-289-2670, 402-553-4418 or email

Mildred Sutton, recently celebrated her 95th birthday.  She has served The Marian Library as a volunteer for a half century and continues to do so.  We offer her our congratulations, thanks and best wishes for more good and faithful years.

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Current 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 was honored at a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Marian Library lounge. Click here for a 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 will commence on October 15.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have updated our prayer to Our Lady of China and also our answer to a reader's question, Was Mary like other women in her biological cycle?

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Vatican Prepares World Congress on Woman
To Mark Twenty Years since Mulieris Dignitatem
Vatican City, September 24, 2007

Women from the world over will gather in Rome next year to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of John Paul II's apostolic letter on the dignity of women.  The congress, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will be titles "Woman and Man, the Fullness of What is Human," and will take place February 7-9, 2008.  Rocio Figueroa, organizer of the event and the director of the pontifical council's section on women, told Zenit that the congress will gather a wide array of women to reflect on the letter, "Mulieris Dignitatem," published on August 15, 1988.


Figueroa said that participation in the congress is by invitation only, and that about 250 people will be invited.  Speakers for the congress have not yet been announced, but Figueroa said that topics for the various talks will focus on themes such as John Paul II's letter on women, Mary and the women of the Gospel, the Christian vision of women and feminine anthropology.


The conference will also address the situation of women in various situations and cultures.  Talks will be given on promoting the dignity of women in Asia, the role of women in faith education in Africa, the dignity of women in a technological and consumerist society such as the United States, and the integral formation of women in Latin America.  Figueroa explained, "One of the objectives will be to study in-depth the new cultural paradigms such as the reduction of women to objects of consumption, the ideology of gender and the rejection of motherhood and family, as well as women in the world of work."

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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.

Build the Marian Shrine
Source: Father Antonio Jansen, S.M. (Lusaka, Africa)

After more than two decades of using the temporary shelter for the Marian shrine, the church has now embarked on building a more modern and permanent structure for the Marian shrine.  The total cost of the construction work is $819,000.  Outstanding works to complete the project stand at $344,000.  The shrine has been under construction since January 2005 and can be completed by January 2008.

Mary's shrine will lead pilgrims to her son, glorious and triumphant over evil.  Pilgrims will be able to pray in silent adoration and draw renewed strength in the real presence of Christ.  It will also be a center for promoting a sense of vocation and foster a personal response to God's call as well as a venue for charitable works.  The archdiocesan shrine in Lukasa is already taking care of orphans as part of its charitable work.  The shrine will also serve as a center for ecumenical dialogue and a place for prayer for the unity of all people.

Those wishing to contribute to this worthwhile Marianist project may contact Joe Merkel, S.M. at 4425 West Pine Boulevard in Saint Louis, Missouri (63108-2301).  There is an account for the Marian Shrine Project in Zambia.

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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

Family Rosary Rally

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2007

Place: University of Dayton Arena

Mission Statement: To bring families and their clergy together in a public place to praise God and honor His Blessed Mother. Hopefully these prayers will be instrumental in bringing our families and the church closer to God, heal the many wounds in our community and the world today, and bring Godís peace to all nations!

The Family Rosary Rally is a newly instituted annual prayer event organized by lay volunteers from the various parishes of the Dayton Deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The event also has the active participation of local Catholic clergy such as Rev. Fr. Dave Brinkmoeller as Head of the Dayton Deanery as well as many pastors from the various Catholic parishes around the Dayton area. The event also has the official blessing and support of The Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarcyzk, Archbishop of Cincinnati. The admission and parking for the event is free and open to all. You are certainly welcome to bring any in-town or out-of-town friends and relatives.  For more information contact Joe Beyerle at 937-434-4139 or Bob O'Connor at 937-434-9587.

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