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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts by Fredericka Mathewes-Green was published in April 2007 by Paraclete Press.  Dr. Virginia Kimball has provided us with a review.

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, November 7, 2007, Francesca speaks with Madonna Spaeth, LSW, NCC, Director of Caring Families, about family counseling, education, and holiday stress.

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

Our Sorrowful Mother (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Devotion to Our Sorrowful Mother (Mater Dolorosa) developed in the eleventh century.  During the Black Plague in Europe in the fourteenth century, when people needed consolation, this devotion flourished and spread.  The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on September 15.

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Alumni Update

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Sophia Choi has concluded her visit to Dayton.  She left us the following news about the foundation of two Marian schools in Korea.

In Korea today there have been founded two Marian schools.  One of them, the Busan Marian School, belongs to the Busan Catholic University.  The other is the Suwon Marian School.

The Busan Marian School was founded by Sister Francesca, Jung-soon Lee (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Many Catholics like this.  At this school, many professors teach about Mary.  Students have to take a full two semesters on Mary to receive a diploma.

The Suwon Marian School, located in the Community of Figli di Maria [Sons of Mary] of Suwon has a simpler system than the Busan Marian School.  This school began to teach in March 2007.  Father Kwang-su, Kim (the superior of that community) and Dr. Kyong-sun, Choi are the founders of this school.  Both of them studied at the Marianum in Rome.  This school gives a diploma to students every semester.  Many people could have an opportunity to take lessons about 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.

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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 updated the Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through October 21, 2007 as well as our material on Marian Music.

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On Peace, Missions and Justice
"Angelus Address in Naples"
Vatican City
, October 21, 2007 (Zenit)

Let us give these prayer intentions to Mary Most Holy, who, in the month of October we love to invoke with the title with which she is venerated at the shrine of Pompeii, not far from here: Queen of the Rosary. To her we entrust the many pilgrims who have traveled from Caserta.

May the Holy Virgin also protect those who in various ways commit themselves to the common good and the just order of society, as has been highlighted rather well during the 45th Social Week of Italian Catholics. The event is being held in these days in Pistoia and Pisa, 100 years after the first such Week, promoted above all by Giuseppe Toniolo, an illustrious figure among Christian economists.

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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.

Owners and Realtors Bury Statues of Saint Joseph to Attract Buyers
Source: The Wall Street Journal Online (, October 30, 2007

Cari Luna is Jewish by heritage and Buddhist by religion.  She meditates regularly.  Yet when she and her husband put their Brooklyn, NY house on the market this year and offers kept falling through, Ms. Luna turned to an unlikely source for help: Saint Joseph.

The Catholic Saint has long been believed to help with home-related matters.  And according to lore now spreading on the internet and among desperate home sellers, burying Saint Joseph in the yard of a home for sale promises a prompt bid. ...

Statues of Saint Joseph sold online can be as tall as twelve inches.  One, made of colored resin, portrays Saint Joseph cradling the baby Jesus.  Yet most home-sellers favor the simpler three- or four-inch replicas--most of which are made in China and often depict Saint Joseph as a carpenter. ...

Some clergy aren't sure how Saint Joseph would feel about his replica ending up on its head in the dirt and suggest displaying it somewhere in the house instead.

"I think it's much more respectful than burying the poor guy," says Msgr. Andrew Connell, the archdiocesan director of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Boston.  Some retailers, such as Mr. Weigang, owner of, also encourage buyers to put the statue in the house. ...

Catholic leaders also say that faith and devotion are necessary, in addition to burying a statue, otherwise the practice amounts to little more than superstition or magic.  But they are also enjoying the saint's newfound popularity.  "If they have a good result and they think it was Saint Joseph, it might inspire them to practice more," says Msgr. Connell.

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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 November 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

Our Virgin of the 'O' Antiphons

Date: Saturday, November 16-18, 2007

Place: The Spiritual Life Center, 7100 East 45th Street N, Wichita, Kansas 67226

Topic: Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and the Pro Sanctity movement from Omaha, Nebraska, will serve as Retreat Master for this pre-Advent weekend retreat.

For more information or to make reservations, call 316-744-0167 or email

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