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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 17, 2007, Francesca hosts Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D., President Elect of ACT (International Association of Christian Therapists) and noted Pennsylvania Psychotherapist, keynote speaker and author, who will teach about the three cornerstones of Christian marriage including the availability of Grace, the three way covenant, the importance of imagination and fairness, and each spouse working for self and the other.

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 16, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues the pro-life discussion on the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, the effects of artificial contraception, natural family planning (NFP), the Couple to Couple League, and other life issues. Discussion also on learning and living Christian virtues utilizing the New Catholic Catechism and the virtues as shared by Fr. Hardon, the Blessed Mother in Mystical City of God and the Queenship Publication booklet discussing the preparation for the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Francesca's Family recipes shared today are an Italian relish, (gardienere, peddicu) and pasta with broccoli.

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

The Battle of Lepanto (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Christian Europe was threatened by the Ottoman Turkish Empire in the sixteenth century.  The large and powerful Turkish fleet was poised to strike in 1571.  Pope Saint Pius V, a Dominican, called on all of Europe to pray the rosary and implore our Blessed Mother's help.

The massed fleet of several Christian countries was outnumbered five to one.  When the two fleets clashed in the Gulf of Lepanto off the coast of Greece on October 1, the tide of battle eventually turned in favor of the Christian ships and the Turks were routed in defeat.  In thanksgiving, the pope declared a new feast in honor of Our Lady of Victory.  This became the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated on October 7 in the month of the holy rosary.

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Alumni Update

Father Francois Rossier has returned from Rome after helping to staff a Marianist formation workshop.  Sophia Choi will visit The Marian Library from October 16 through November 10. Fr. John Theodore will be here from October 16 through October 30. Father R. K. Samy will also be here from November 15 to December 15.  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
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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 commenced on October 15.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have posted Benedict's thoughts on the Month of the Rosary.  We have also updated our features on Mary and Rugby and The Rosary in Image and Text.  We have also added a link to material on Marian Shrines in China.

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Cardinal Has Message For Beauty-Obsessed World
Recalls Church's Preferential Option for the Marginalized
Lourdes, France
, September 11, 2007 (Zenit)

In a world that exalts physical perfection, the Church must proclaim its preferential option for the weak and marginalized, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Cardinal Renato Martino said this today during the inauguration of the 5th Congress of European Pilgrimages and Sanctuaries, taking place through Thursday as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations in Lourdes.

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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.

Don't Use Your Noodle to Believe in God
Source: The Courier Mail (Australia), October 16, 2007

The flying spaghetti monster is on God's side, writes Erin O'Brien

Far from mocking religion, these spoof spiritual movements actually serve to highlight the importance of faith

Tom Cruise may be on a one-man mission to convert the world to Scientology in the hope that everyone will find jumping on couches as appealing as he does, but it is the tasty religion of Pastafarianism that is quickly gaining in the popularity stakes.

Pastafarians are not devoted to the culinary delights of fettuccine and ravioli. They are the followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a benevolent deity fond of piracy, meatballs and the purity of science.


All religions have stories that seek to generate a factual basis for their beliefs. But the apparent manifestations of divinity in statues of the Virgin Mary weeping blood are just as unconvincing as the Flying Spaghetti Monster's claim that a decline in the number of pirates is directly responsible for global warming.

Proving fact when it comes to religion is a very tricky business. The Pastafarians may have demonstrated that a reduction in the number of pirates does indeed coincide with rising temperatures, but that does not mean we should take up piracy to combat climate change. Religious beliefs are not meant to be based on factual evidence that can be manipulated, misinterpreted and misunderstood.

Divine intervention in the form of miracles should not be a prerequisite for believing. And the faith that something exists should not be considered proof of its existence.

By spreading the message that faith and fact are not the same thing, the Flying Spaghetti Monster reminds us all what should be at the heart of religious devotion. If we are expecting to be convinced before we can believe, then we are all of very little faith. Ramen.

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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

A Pilgrimage with Mary

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007

Place: Niobara Valley House of Renewal in Lynch, Nebraska

Topic: Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and the Pro Sanctity movement from Omaha, Nebraska, will lead a reflection during each holy hour on Mary and the Saints.

For more information or to make reservations, email Arlene at

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