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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, October 10, 2007, Francesca continues discussion with Jack Davis on virtues focusing on the theological virtues, citing the work of Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The New Catholic Catechism, and the writing of Blessed Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God as dictated by 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, October 8, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses Pope Paul VI Encyclical Humanae Vitae and Life Issues, the dangers of artificial contraception and Catholic teachings on contraception as found in The New Catholic Catechism. She shares her favorite family recipe for Lasagna and a Jewish Pasta Dolce: Noodle Kugel.

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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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain in 1492 on the feast of Our Lady of Angels to demonstrate that the world is round.  Admiral Columbus commanded a fleet of three ships.  He sailed on the flagship, the Santa Maria, whose full name was Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Each evening, at his directive, the crews on all three ships sang the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen), the liturgical night prayer hymn.

The sailing party first sighted land on the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, a national patroness of Spain, on October 12.  Columbus named that piece of land, San Salvador Island.  The second island he discovered he named Santa Maria de la Concepcion.

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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. Rosalba Ruiz, a graduate student, from California State University will be here on October 22-24 doing research for her thesis on the Virgin Mary.

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Current Exhibit!

With The Eyes of the Heart

The Marian Library gallery is showcasing 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.

24 wonderful Christmas cards per box available

During the Christmas season, the Marian Library will be sponsoring a show of twenty-four works of art from the Pontifical Institute, Holy Childhood Association.  These works were chosen from 10,000 entries!  The Association sent us lots of cards in the hopes that we would sell them at $10 per box of twenty-four.  They are large, fine quality cards! All funds will be sent to the Association--a mission society for the care of children.

To see what they look like click into
See more about this at:

For more information contact Sister M. Jean Frisk at 937-229-4254.

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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 information on the status of the Army of Mary, a meditation on The Rosary in Image and Text, and our answer to a question about Our Lady and Parrots.  We have also updated our list of Benedict's Marian Sayings through the end of September and a Prayer to Our Lady of Coromoto.

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Pontifical Envoys to Fatima and Saint-Remi
Vatican City
, September 29, 2007 (Zenit)

Made public today was a Letter from the Pope to Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., naming him as pontifical legate to the solemn closing celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, due to be held on October 12 and 13.

Cardinal Bertone will be accompanied on his mission by Fr. Jorge Manuel Faria Garda, vicar general of the diocese of Lerida-Fatima; Fr. Luciano Coelho Cristino, dean of the Chapter of Canons; Msgr. Luigi Roberto Cona, secretary of the apostolic nunciature to Portugal, and by Fr. Lech Piechota, official of the Secretariat of State.

Also made public today was a Letter from the Pope to Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, appointing him as special papal envoy to celebrations marking the millennium of the construction of the basilica of Saint-Remi, due to be held in Reims, France, on October 7. Cardinal Danneels will be accompanied on his mission by Msgr. Jules Massin, titular canon, archpriest emeritus of the basilica of Saint-Remi and former chancellor of the archbishopric, and by Fr. Andre Rousselle, archpriest emeritus of the basilica of Saint-Remi.


Benedict XVI hopes that the closing celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions will lead "to a renewed spiritual life and to the witness of faith."  The Pope said this in a letter sent to his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who will attend the celebrations in Portugal on Oct. 12-13 as the papal envoy.  The letter, published Saturday by the Holy See in Latin, expresses the desire that pilgrims participating in the closing ceremonies "can preserve in their souls the commitment to charity in daily life."  The celebrations mark the anniversary of the last of Mary's apparitions to three shepherd children in 1917.

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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.

Police recover stolen Leonardo painting
Source: Associated Press (Yahoo! News.), October 4, 2007

Detectives on Thursday recovered a Leonardo da Vinci painting that was stolen from a Scottish castle in a daring daylight raid four years ago.

Officers raided an address in Glasgow and seized "Madonna with the Yarnwinder," Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway police said. Three men from England and one man from Scotland were arrested.

The painting appeared on the FBI's 10 most-wanted list of stolen art and on the Art Loss Register's list of stolen masterpieces, where it was valued at $65 million.

Police said art experts had confirmed the recovered painting was the Leonardo masterpiece, stolen from Drumlanrig Castle in southern Scotland in August 2003.

The lead investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Mickey Dalgleish, said the painting had been tracked down in a combined operation by Scottish police and national crime agencies, with help from the public.

"We are extremely pleased to recover the 'Madonna with the Yarnwinder' painting," he said.

"Madonna with the Yarnwinder" was stolen from the castle while it was on public display. Two thieves posing as tourists overpowered a guide before escaping with the painting.

The oil-on-wood painting, which shows the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus on her lap holding a cross-shaped spindle for yarn, is one of several versions of the same scene painted between 1500 and 1510.

Some scholars have suggested the painting is the work of Leonardo's assistants, but Scottish experts have said that the central figures of the Madonna and child are the artist's own work, and that the overall design is likely to be his.

Drumlanrig Castle, which houses one of the finest private art collections in Britain, also contains masterpieces by Rembrandt and Holbein. The structure, completed in 1691, is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Scotland and is home to one of Scotland's richest landowners, the Duke of Buccleuch.

The painting had been in the Buccleuch family for more than 200 years. Its recovery comes a month after the death at 83 of the ninth Duke of Buccleuch. He was succeeded by his son.

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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

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.  For 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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