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

I thank you for your gracious hospitality and your generous giving of your time and expertise to us all.  ... Everyone was in agreement about their enjoyment of the tour, the explanation of the library, and most of all, the royal treatment you and your colleagues gave to each one of us. ... May the Lord continue to bless your ministry at the university.

Mary Lou S. (Saint Nicholas Church)

Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book About Mary

Queenship Publications recently released The Seven Sorrows of China, by Mark Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, who traveled to China last Summer and saw first-hand the daily struggles of people there.  The book much Marian content.

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, October 3, 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.

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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Marian Trivia

A Conquistador and Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Hernando Cortes (+1547), a Spanish conqueror of Mexico shortly after its discovery in the New World, seemed to remain close to the Virgin Mary in his lifetime.  Some say that he presented to the Guadalupe shrine in southern Spain a gold scorpion set with rubies, emeralds, and pearls, in gratitude to Mary for saving him from a scorpion bite.

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Alumni Update

Father Francois Rossier is in Rome helping to staff a Marianist formation workshop.  He plans to fly back to Dayton on October 14.  Sophia Choi will visit The Marian Library on October 16.

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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 posted two new articles on Marianist Father Emile Neubert: An Educator of Saints; and Tribute to Emile Neubert, S.M., as well as a meditation on October, the month of the Rosary and a prayer to John Paul II.

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Chapel Designed to Inspire Holy Families
Cardinal Bertone Celebrates Dedication Mass
Vatican City
, September 13, 2007 (Zenit)

The newly dedicated chapel in the Palace of the Governorate of Vatican City calls for the sanctification of families by offering the example of the Holy Family.  This is explained in the decree of dedication, signed by the archpriest of Saint Peter's and vicar general of the Pope for Vatican City, Archbishop Angelo Comastri.  The chapel is dedicated to Mary, Mother of the Family, and was dedicated on Wednesday by the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.


The Church's mission is to promote the family, the prelate said, since the life of each person is marked by his family for good or for bad.  "I think it was a true inspiration to dedicate this image to Our Lady, to Mary, Mother of the Family," he concluded.  "Today I believe that only the Church can launch the challenge of the family to the world, the true family."  Benedict XVI visited the chapel last May 31, and blessed the recently restored image of Our Lady by Francesco Melanzio located on the main altar.  That day, the Holy Father met with the large group of people who work in the various offices of Vatican City State.

Sister Lucia's Last Moments
Mother Superior Says Visionary Was Filled With Light
, September 25, 2007 (Zenit)

When Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's book about the last Fatima visionary was presented, guests got a chance to watch a video about Sister Lucia's final moments, related by her Mother Superior.  At Friday's presentation of "L'Ultima Veggente di Fatima" (The Last Fatima Visionary), written by the Pope's secretary of state, those in attendance saw a video reporting on the Convent of Coimbra, in Portugal, where Sister Lucia lived for the last 57 years of her life.  The visionary occupied the same cell during all those decades, and from there "she flew to heaven," said the superior of the Carmelite community, Sister Maria Celina of Jesus Crucified.

First impression

Recalling her first impressions of Sister Lucia, the superior said, "When I entered, it took me eight days to recognize Sister Lucia. When one of the sisters asked me: 'Mother, should I bring you a piece of bread to eat tonight?' I said to myself that this could not be Sister Lucia. And yet it was her."  Sister Maria Celina recalled how the visionary would stand at the end of the path leading to a statue of the Blessed Virgin, and scold her cousins who also witnessed the apparitions, "You went to heaven and left me here alone."

The superior said that Sister Lucia always denied any talk of a "fourth secret of Fatima." Sister Lucia would say of people who spread rumors of the alleged secret that "they are never satisfied; that they should do what Our Lady asked, that this is the most important thing. When someone would say: ‘Sister Lucia, they say there is another secret' […] she would look at them ironically. 'If there is one,' she would say, 'I wish they would tell it to me: I know of no other secrets.'"

Sister Maria Celina said that the visionary was never satisfied with the image made of Our Lady.  "The image of Our Lady was not how she wanted it," the superior said. "Sometimes she seemed ugly to her because it did not correspond to her exact memories; it was not what the artist derived from her description. It is somewhat like what happened with St. Bernadette."

Joyous nun

Sister Maria Celina described Sister Lucia as a woman religious who "emanated joy."  "I lived with her for 28 years and I saw a person who, the older she got, the more she developed an evangelical childhood," she said. "She seemed again to be the child who had the apparitions in the Cova de Ira. The heavier her body became, the lighter her spirit became."  Speaking of Sister Lucia's last hours, the superior said: "When she needed assistance we placed her bed at the center of the cell and we were around her, together with the bishop of Leiria-Fatima. I was kneeling down next to her. Sister Lucia looked at everyone and then looked at me at the end. It was a long look, but in her eyes there was a deep light, which I carry in my soul. "I pray to her always and I know she prays for us. There are things that have no need of words: A gesture or a thought is sufficient. Sister Lucia had a hearing problem. Now she doesn’t anymore. Now she understands everything without words."

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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.

Bas-reliefs of Korean images of Mary dedicated at national shrine
Source: Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.), September 26, 2007

The words "Pyung-hwa-ga Yoroboon-gwa hahm-ke" ("Peace be with you") greeted Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl as he welcomed Korean Catholics from Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Philadelphia, New York and beyond to a special Mass Sept. 22. Commemorating 100 years of their ancestors' migration, Korean-American Catholic pilgrims filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Sept. 22 dedication of two bas-reliefs that symbolize the permanence of their place in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul, South Korea, joined Archbishop Wuerl, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington Va., and Msgr. Walter Rossi, basilica rector, along with nearly 50 priest concelebrants for the afternoon Mass. "It is significant that the Korean immigrants have endeavored to dedicate these art pieces here in this most American church," said Cardinal Cheong. "I understand this as a sign of the fact that Korean-Americans are no longer outsiders but have become active members of the American Catholic Church."

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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 October 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 October.

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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 God’s 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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