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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 31, 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.

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

Using Marian Sacramentals (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Carrying a rosary, wearing a scapular or medal, offering certain prayers or honoring a sacred image do not guarantee that a person will automatically go to heaven.  That belief would be superstition or presumption.  Rather, such sacramentals and practices based on faith are meant to be signs that a person is intent on trying to be holy and virtuous, and to live the way Jesus taught in the Gospel.

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Alumni Update

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
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 commenced on October 15.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have added an article on the recent Beatification of Four Marianist Martyrs.  We have also updated our section on Marian Music and also Le Page de Marie.

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On the Call to Martyrdom
"Angelus Address Following the Beatification Ceremony of 498 Spanish Martyrs from the 20th Century"
Vatican City
, October 30, 2007 (Zenit)

This martyrdom of ordinary life is a particularly important witness in the secularized societies of our time. It is the peaceful battle of love that all Christians, like Paul, have to fight tirelessly; the race to spread the Gospel that commits us until death. May Mary, Queen of Martyrs and Star of Evangelization, help us and assist us in our daily witness.

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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.

Berlin Student Finds Baroque Painting Inside Old Sofa
Source: Reuters (Yahoo! News), October 30, 2007

A Berlin student who bought a second-hand sofa bed at a flea market learned that she had been sitting on a small fortune when she found a baroque painting hidden inside the couch.  The artwork fetched $27,660 in Hamburg after the student discovered it.


Experts believe the work, entitled "Preparations for the flight to Egypt," was painted between 1605 and 1610 by an unknown artists with ties to Venetian painter, Carlo Saraceni.

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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 November.

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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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