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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 went to the site--WOW... I really liked the image you noted by Yolanda Lopez. ... Thank you so much.

Sharon L.

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, October 24, 2007, Francesca speaks with Brother Don Neff, SM and Father Frank Kenney, SM about The Blessed Mother and why she is honored as the Mother Of God; and Father’s ministry of teaching and healing via Scripture, prayer gatherings, and Brother Don Neff’s experience of The Family of Mary and Small Christian Communities as given to Blessed William Joseph Chaminade to rebuild the Church in France and their meaning for us today. Call in with your comments, questions and experience of being a Child of Mary.

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 23, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues discussion about morality, ethics and virtues, developing the virtues and using them to live a Christian life effectively and gracefully. Francesca continues to share her favorite Italian family recipes and cooks up Pasta Fagioli and shares the recipe for Stromboli, Calzones (Stuffed Pizza).

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

Reason and the Rosary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

As he boarded a train in France, a university student seated himself next to an elderly gentleman praying the rosary.  The young man remarked as he settled in his seat, "I don't believe in such silly things.  Take my advice and throw the rosary out the window.  Learn what science has to say."

"Science? I don't understand," replied the old man.  "Maybe you can explain it to me."

"Give me your address and I'll send you some information," offered the student.  Fumbling in his pocket, the old man pulled out his business card.  The student looked at the card and blushed with embarrassment.  The card read: Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris.

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Alumni Update

Father Thomas Thompson has returned from his sabbatical.  Sophia Choi is visiting The Marian Library November 10. Fr. John Theodore will be here from through October 30. Father R. K. Samy will also be here from November 15 to December 15.

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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 added articles on the following: Lutheran Rosary; Anglican Rosary; Fourth Fatima Secret; and a Novena and Chaplet related to Medjugorje.

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Month of the Rosary
"A Means for Contemplating Jesus"
Vatican City
, October 7, 2007 (Zenit)

This first Sunday of October offers us two reasons for prayer and reflection: the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is today, and the commitment to missions, to which this month is dedicated in a special way.

The traditional image of the Madonna of the Rosary depicts Mary holding the child Jesus in her arm and giving the rosary to St. Dominic. This significant iconography shows that the rosary is a means given by the Virgin for contemplating Jesus and, meditating on his life, for loving and following him always more faithfully. ...

With special care we prepare to celebrate, on Oct. 21, the World Mission Day, which will have as its theme "All the Churches for All the World." ...

With pleasure I recall also that 150 years ago five priests and a layman of the Institute of Don Mazza in Verona departed for Africa, for present-day Sudan. Among them was St. Daniel Comboni, future bishop of central Africa and patron of the people of that region, whose liturgical memorial is Oct. 10.

We entrust all missionaries to the intercession of these pioneers of the Gospel and to the many other canonized and beatified missionaries, and especially to the maternal protection of the Queen of the Holy Rosary.

O Mary, help us to remember that every Christian is called to be a proclaimer of the Gospel by his word and by his life.

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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.

Cancer Man 'Cured' at Home of Virgin Mary
Source: The Mirror (Eire Edition), October 23, 2007

An Irishman has claimed he was cured of cancer at the "home" of the Virgin Mary. Six years ago, Liam O'Sullivan visited an ancient stone house in Ephesus, Turkey, believed by some to be the house of the mother of Christ. The 69-year-old was then suffering from leukemia, was wheelchair bound, and depended on his wife to feed, clothe and bathe him.

He believes he was miraculously cured when he prayed to Mary after he took communion at the shrine. After Father Tarcy Mathias completed the ritual, Liam fell to his knees and beseeched the Virgin to heal him.

He said: "I asked Mary for a better quality of life. The whole place went cold, like a freezer. It was a lovely feeling. I just improved and improved."

Liam, who is now extremely active, has moved to Kusadasi near the site of the "miracle." He has never returned to the Irish doctors who told him he was going to die. The stone relic, known as Meryem Ana Evi, has not been authenticated by the Vatican but is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Liam is not the only person who believes they were cured there. Two years ago, a cancer victim from Cork named Sharon claimed praying at the ruin defeated the killer disease.

The "Virgin's house" is owned by the Turkish government. It charges each visitor EUR6.50 to pray there--a fee which has enraged some local priests.


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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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