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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Franco Zeffirelli recently spoke at the Lateran University about his film, Jesus of Nazareth, which was shown as a six-hour miniseries on American television in 1977.  The 84-year-old Director recalled his days as a youth at Catholic school, noting that he knew Paul VI personally, when he was known as Cardinal Giovanni Montini.  Zeffirelli mentioned that Paul VI invited him to a special audience after the film's release and congratulated him.  The Pope asked how the Church might assist him.  Zeffirelli answered that he hoped his film could be shown in Russia.  The Pope responded that the blue flag of Lourdes would fly over the Red Flag at the Kremlin someday.  Zeffirelli considers the replacement of the Hammer and Sickle with the blue flag of the Russian Federation on December 8, 1991 to be a fulfillment of this prophecy.  The entire article was posted on the website in German on  November 9, 2007.

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 14, 2007, Francesca Franchina hosts Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D. President Elect of ACT (International Association of Christian Therapists) and Dr. Forrest Yankee, noted Pennsylvania Psychotherapist, key note speaker and author, who continue the teaching and discussion about Marriage regarding trust, forgiveness, self, and the other spouse. This is the third program in a series of four on Marriage: Peace or Pieces. Previous programs discussed the three-cornered approach to marriage, marriage covenant, stages of marriage and imagination, compromise etc. Call in your questions, comments, stories, 866-333-6279 (toll free).

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, November 13, 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

England, Our Lady's Dowry (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

England was called "Our Lady's Dowry" by Saint Edward when he reigned as King of England.  A dowry is a gift of money or goods brought to a marriage.  King Edward consecrated England and gave it as a gift to the Virgin Mother, Mary.

In 1601, Saint Edward established England's national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham as a new Nazareth.  Walsingham became one of the four most popular pilgrim sites of Europe in the Middle Ages.  King Henry VIII destroyed the shrine church and its revered statue of Mary.  But, in 1934, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was restored, and in 1954, the statue of Mary was crowned.

This Marian shrine is hallowed by Catholics and Anglicans alike.

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Alumni Update

Father Roten attended the 2007 Friends of the CrŤche (FOTC) Convention last week.  Father Rossier attended a Marianist Formation Workshop in Pinecreek, Florida last week.  Father Thompson is in Florida this week, serving as chaplain at a meeting of musicians.

Cynthia J. Osborne was recently hired as the new Graphics Design Specialist for ML/IMRI.  She will be working part-time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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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 concluded on November 9.

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The Mary Page Prayer Corner receives circa ten prayer intentions per day.  At present, we have 968 prayer partners plus five communities of the consecrated life who are committed to pray for the intentions listed on The Mary Page.  Please visit us at

To commemorate Native American Week, we invite you to view Father John Giuliani's Native American Madonnas.

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Lourdes: 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin
Vatican City
, November 13, 2007 (VIS)

In the Holy See Press Office this morning, the presentation took place of the program of celebrations organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France.

Participating in the press conference were Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes, Fr. Vincenzo Battaglia O.F.M., president of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, and Alessandro Pinna of UNITALSI (Italian National Union for Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines).

Bishop Perrier indicated that for the 150th anniversary a Jubilee Year will be held, due to run from December 8, 2007, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to December 8, 2008, and "to take place within the context of the new evangelization."

Concerning the possibility of a pilgrimage by the Pope to Lourdes for the 150th anniversary, Bishop Perrier confirmed that Benedict XVI would visit "though we still do not know the exact date."

"Shrines and pilgrimages," the prelate went on, "today occupy an important place in religious life, especially among people who do not habitually follow religious practices. Shrine are places of silent evangelization." In this context he indicated that a Mariological-Marian congress due to be held in Lourdes from September 4 to 8, 2008, on the theme of "the apparitions of the Virgin Mary: history faith and theology" will consider "the inducement to convert exercised by shrines in general and by Marian shrines in particular."

The bishop of Lourdes highlighted how, "in the vast mission of the Church, there are 12 fields in which Lourdes possesses special competency, thanks to its original message and to its 150 years of history.

"The mission of the Church in each of these fields," he added, "will become apparent during the Jubilee Year with pilgrimages, meetings and initiatives." For example "the mission of the Church to the sick will be made manifest thanks to the UNITALSI pilgrimages," and missions are also envisaged with volunteers, with young people, with the disabled, to appeal for unity among Christians, to call for conversion, for peace, etc.

Bishop Perrier then indicated how on February 11, 2008, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick, the first of the 18 apparitions of the Virgin to Bernadette will be commemorated (the last apparition took place on July 16, 1858, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel). A week later, on February 18, 2008, Feast of St. Bernadette, the first of the 15 consecutive apparitions will be remembered. "Our Lady asked Bernadette to come to the Grotto every day, and she kept her promise despite the difficulties."

March 25, will mark the anniversary of the 16th apparition of the Virgin. "On that day, Feast of the Annunciation," said Bishop Perrier, "the Lady finally pronounced her name: I am the Immaculate Conception."

The bishop then indicated how from July 15 to 20, 2008, to coincide with World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, various groups of young Christian artists will perform in Lourdes.

The "path of the Jubilee" which the pilgrims will be invited to follow, symbolically leads from Baptism to the Eucharist and includes four stages: the parish baptistery where Bernadette was baptized; the hut where her family lived which, "with its poverty and darkness, is a cause for reflection on the paradoxical nature of divine preferences;" the road to the grotto; and the chapel of the hospice where Bernadette received First Communion on June 3, 1858.

Numerous publications are appearing to coincide with the Jubilee, intended for people of all ages and from all Christian backgrounds. The event will also be celebrated with a Jubilee Mass composed by Br. Jean Paul Lecot, musical director of the Shrine of Lourdes. On December 8, in homage to John Paul II, the inauguration will take place of mosaics representing the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary on the facade of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the work of Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik.

It is expected that some eight million pilgrims will visit Lourdes for the Jubilee Year.

Patrons for Youth Day 2008
Vatican City
, November 10, 2007 (Zenit)

L'Osservatore Romano published the list of patrons chosen for WYD '08, to be held in Sydney in July.

The Virgin Mary under the title of "Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians," protector of Australia, is the first of the ten patrons. The organizers are encouraging youth to consecrate themselves to the Virgin of the Southern Cross with the spirit of John Paul II's motto, "Totus Tuus."

The remaining nine are: John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Saint Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Mary McKillop, the first Australian woman to be canonized, St. Peter Chanel, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Goretti and another Oceanian, Blessed Peter To Rot, a lay catechist from Papua New Guinea, the son of a tribal chief, who was martyred in a Japanese concentration camp at the end of World War II.

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World's Most Famous Shrine Celebrates 150 Years of Healing
Pope Benedict Announces Visit for May 2008; Website Launched for Media Inquiries
Source: Melinda Henson (, November 5, 2007

The Grotto of Lourdes, located in southern France, is the most visited Christian shrine in the world, attracting over 6 million pilgrims each year.  The spot where Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous, a French peasant girl, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2008.   Lourdes attracts visitors from all faiths seeking healing and spiritual peace. Here visitors bathe in the famous healing waters, uncovered by St. Bernadette during her apparitions.  More than 67 medical cures have been documented by medical experts over the last 150 years.

The principal event for the Lourdes Jubilee Year, running from Dec. 8, 2007 to Dec. 8, 2008, will be the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the shrine at Lourdes at the end of May 2008.  In the United States, the main event will be the celebration of Mass by Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on February 11, 2008 (the date of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette).  This Mass, to be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will also mark the World Day of the Sick.

A new website,, has been established to help others learn more about the shrine in Lourdes as well as the Virgin Maryís apparitions to St. Bernadette.   The website is also designed to help national and international media prepare for the popeís trip and answer basic questions about the shrine and local celebrations to be held within the United States.  The website is sponsored by Friends of Lourdes USA. Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, is the organizationís Honorary Chairman.

To find out more about Lourdes 150th Anniversary Celebration, go to

Russian Iconostasis Marks Centenary
Source: The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), November 8, 2007

A Moscow-made iconostasis that spent time in Matsuyama and Tokyo before moving to Osaka celebrates its 100th anniversary this year at Osaka Orthodox Church in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The iconostasis--a kind of screen or partition that metaphorically separates heaven and earth in an Orthodox church--was made in 1907, after the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), and sent to Japan to honor the Russian prisoners of war who died here.

Surviving iconostases from the period are very rare, and experts say the example in Osaka has been well preserved and is of the finest quality.

The church will hold a ceremony celebrating the anniversary Saturday and Sunday.

The iconostasis, 7 meters high and 9 meters wide, features 22 oil-painted icons, including Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Annunciation. The icons are still pristine and depict aspects of Christian worship characteristic of the Baroque style.

Tsukuba University examined the iconostasis in September and discovered it was made of zinc.

According to documents held by the Orthodox Church in Japan, the iconostasis was ordered by a Russian philanthropist and made by Vasily Pavlovich Guryanov (1866-1920), who ran an icon workshop in Moscow. Guryanov was a leading artist in the field and is known to have repaired the 15th-century icon masterpiece "Trinity" by Andrei Rublev.

The philanthropist had the iconostasis sent to Matsuyama, where a prison camp for Russian soldiers who were captured during the Russo-Japanese War was located. In 1908 a Russian Orthodox church was built to honor the 98 soldiers who died at the camp, and the iconostasis also was installed.

However, the Holy Resurrection Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in Japan collapsed in the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and the Matsuyama church and the iconostasis were transferred to the Tokyo site. After the cathedral was rebuilt, the church served as a chapel.

In 1945, the Osaka Orthodox Church was destroyed during an air raid, and in 1962, the current Osaka church was built in Suita to replace the one that was destroyed. At the time, the iconostasis was moved from Tokyo to the new church.

The work is believed to be the only Guryanov iconostasis in Japan.

Masaaki Mizukuchi, 45, a priest at the Osaka church, said: "This is a special year for the iconostasis, which has survived war and traveled a long way. I hope people will learn about its history."

Michitaka Suzuki, an associate professor of Okayama University and a historian of Western art, said: "After the Russian Revolution, icons were rejected and destroyed. However, they've recently been reevaluated. The Osaka iconostasis is characteristic of the last days of the imperial regime. As a work of art and a historical asset, it's highly valuable."

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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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