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It is with great sadness that we inform you that John Stokes, long-time supporter of ML/IMRI, died on November 14, 2007. We plan to webpost a longer feature on him in the near future.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

NACMS (North American Center for Marianist Studies) has just published the Autobiography of Father Emile Neubert, Marianist.

The translation from French into English was made by Father Thomas Stanley, S.M., who personally knew Father Neubert.

The inspirational memoir is s superb tribute to a saintly and magnificent Marianist, who was a renowned Mariologist, spiritual director, teacher, and preacher.

This tribute was planned for 2007, the fortieth anniversary of Father Neubertís death and the hundredth anniversary of the acceptance of his doctoral dissertation about Mary in the pre-Nicene Church.  This doctoral thesis was the first to research a strictly Mariological topic.

NACMS has produced an attractive soft cover edition with four interesting appendices for this Neubert anniversary year.

The book may be ordered from NACMS by logging onto

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 28, 2007, Francesca Franchina hosts Part Four of Marriage: Peace or Pieces with marriage counselors and psychotherapists Dr. Doug Schoeninger of Pennsylvania and Dr. Forrest Yankee of Florida focusing on Trust, building on the topics already discussed of the Marriage Covenant, The Five Stages of Marriage, Forgiveness, Prayer, Compromise and Personal Differences. Dr. Yankee is the President of the Association of Christian Therapists [see] and Dr. Schoeninger is the President Elect.

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 27, 2007, Francesca Franchina discusses evangelization and intercession focusing on various types of individual and community prayer including the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Consecration, and starting prayer groups and small Christian Communities. Francesca shares the recipes for Turkey Tetrazzini and good old fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup with Parmesan Cheese.

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

Oldest Marian Shrine in U.S.A. (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The first Marian shrine in the United States was established at Saint Augustine, Florida, around 1602.  The shrine is devoted to Our Lady of Milk and Safe Delivery (Nuestra Senora de Leche y Buen Parto).  A statue depicting The Virgin Mother breast feeding the infant Jesus was brought from Spain and enshrined in a small chapel built on the very spot where the explorer, Menendez, landed in 1566.  The image is sometimes called Our Lady of Florida.

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Current Exhibit!

Christmas Variations

The Marian Library gallery is showcasing the works of Malaika Favorite 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 concluded on November 9.

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Clara In, a renowned artist from Seoul, Korea, recently donated an exquisite paper Madonna to The Marian Library.  We have posted an image of this piece and of several other similar pieces along with information about Clara In.  Click here to view.

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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

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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.

Himala Musical Goes to China
Source: BusinessWorld, November 26, 2007

Tanghalang Pilipino's production of Himala the Musicale had been invited as the official Philippine entry to the Asian Contemporary Theater Festival in Shanghai, People's Republic of China this November.

A moving story about faith and faithfulness, truth and delusion, Himala the Musicale is based on the landmark film by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal about a young woman, Elsa, who claims to have spoken to the Virgin Mary during an eclipse and begins to exhibit healing powers.

Written by Ricky Lee with music and lyrics by Vincent de Jesus, the musical adaptation has won Aliw Awards for director Soxie Topacio and lead performer May Bayot, who plays Elsa.

Also in the cast of outstanding performers are Isay Alvarez (as the prostitute Nimia), Cynthia Culig-Guico (as Chayong), Mia Bolanos (as Aling Saling), Lionel Guico (as Orly), Jay Cruz (as Pilo), Bong Embile (as Igmeng Bugaw), and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actor's Company. Gino Gonzales designs the production while Dennis Marasigan is technical director.

Himala the Musicale performed at the Drama Salon of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre on Nov. 22 and 23. Tanghalang Pilipino's participation in the festival is made possible with the cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai.

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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

Marianist Martyrs Celebration

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Place: Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton

Topic: Please join the UD community and the Marianist family in celebrating the recent beatification (first step in the process of canonization, or official recognition of sainthood by the Catholic Church) of the Marianist Martyrs of Madrid, Father Miguel Leibar Garray, Brother Sabino Ayastuy Errasti, Brother Joaquin Ochoa Salazar, and Brother Florencio Arnaiz Cejudo.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this special prayer service.

For more information contact Emily Strand at 937-229-5750.

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