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New Employee at The Marian Library

Cindy Osborne:

I am Cindy Osborne. I began working part-time as the Graphic Design Specialist in the Marian Library at the end of October. I have 8 children ranging in age from 25 through 3. I also have two beautiful grandsons, ages 6 years and 11 months. I've been full-time Mommy working from home as a graphic designer, clothing designer and seamstress for many years. I've also been a long-time volunteer for a number of pro-life organizations, a Christian music venue and in 1989 co-founded Feminists for Life of Ohio. I recently opened a boutique to sell my clothing and accessories in The Hotel Gallery in Tipp City. You can find me there on weekends. For fun my children and I attend performances by local bands and plan all winter for our favorite summer music festivals--Cornerstone Illinois and the Pro-life Music Festival in Warsaw, Indiana.

I am delighted with my job. I'm doing what I love in the midst of some of the most amazing art and surrounded by people who love the Lord. What more could I desire? These are exciting times for my children and I.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Zeffirelli recalls Paul VI's help with Jesus of Nazareth--Pope thanked Director for work

When the television miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" was released 30 years ago, Pope Paul VI personally thanked Franco Zeffirelli for his work; but the series was a success only because of the Pontiff's help, the director said.

At an Oct. 25 lecture marking the new academic year at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome, Zeffirelli recalled some of what went on behind the scenes during the filming of the more than six hours of "Jesus of Nazareth."

As a youth, Zeffirelli studied at St. Mark's Convent in Florence. There, Cardinal Giovanni Montini, then archbishop of Milan and the future Paul VI, visited a group of Christian university youth involved with Catholic Action. It was at the school that Zeffirelli got to know the future Pope.

Cardinal Montini went there frequently, the director recalled, to spend what the cardinal called "the most happy hours of his day."

The 84-year-old director related how the cardinal, who knew of the youth's aspirations to the theater, told him jokingly, "In a different era, they would have kept you from being buried in consecrated land, but now the Church has changed, so much so that we welcome you as an instrument for spreading good ideas and good hope."

"Later," Zeffirelli said, it was the Pope who, "with his discreet network of influence, brought 'Jesus of Nazareth' forward through some difficulties. In the end, this order was given: 'Zeffirelli or no one.'"

A career

As the Italian director embarked upon his career and advanced in it, he said he realized "the weapon I had in my hands and how it could be decisive for the lives of thousands of people, as much for good as for evil."

"When you have the possibility of encouraging men who suffer and of broadening their horizons of hope, you feel a responsibility that is too big for the poor man that you are," he said.

"Jesus of Nazareth" is just one of the some two dozen productions that Zeffirelli directed.

Since its debut, he affirmed, letters of thanks and affection have been nonstop. And a few notes have even recounted a decision to follow a religious vocation, thanks to the inspiration received through the film.

"I only did what I could do as the Christian that I am in the depths of my spirit," the director said.

Falling in place

According to Zeffirelli, "Jesus of Nazareth" progressed as if "it had wind in its sails."

He recalled that Elizabeth Taylor was to play the part of Mary Magdalene. But when she fell ill, Anne Bancroft replaced her. Bancroft accepted less pay than what she was accustomed to, thus saving the production money.

The director also remembered the role of Monsignor Peter Rossano, former rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, who acted as consultant during the preparation and filming in Morocco.

Zeffirelli said his own faith was invigorated with the film. He described one moment, in particular: "During the scene of the Last Supper, there was a climate of absolute silence and deep spirituality in the room, while outside, a sandstorm raged. The moment was broken by the sobbing of my co-workers.

"I want to think there was an energy outside of us, which was invoked in order to make that sublime moment. And in effect, it is one of the most beautiful and spine-tingling moments of the film."

"We suspected the intrusion of a supreme force guiding us," he added, and because of this, "everyone knew that we were doing something very important."

Thank you

Zeffirelli spoke of the moment when the Pope expressed his gratitude for the movie: "When Paul VI received me in a private audience after viewing the film in 1977, he thanked me and asked me what the Church could do for me. I told him: 'I would like this work to be brought to Russia as well.'"

"He looked at me and told me prophetically: 'Have faith; soon the flag of Our Lady will wave above the Kremlin, in place of the red one.'

"On Dec. 8, 1991, the feast of the Immaculate Conception," Zeffirelli recalled, "the red flag with the sickle and hammer that waved above the Kremlin for decades was replaced with the Russian Federation flag."

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, December 5, 2007, Francesca Franchina talks with Cori Thibodeau Regional Director of the Catholic Social Action Office in Dayton, Ohio, Barb Kozlowski - Program Director at Bergamo Lifelong Center for Learning and Mount St. John and Cheryl Griffin--local organizers and participants in the Fair Trade Program around the world focusing on the crops and artifacts made by Fair Trade farmers, workers and artisans who are faithful, hard working but impoverished people around the world who are guaranteed fair wages by the CRS Fair Trade network. The CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Fair Trade Network handles and distributes all kinds of fairly traded products; e.g., coffee, tea, chocolate, hand made items, handicrafts, baskets and many other items. Fair Trade Sales around the world feature Christmas articles, linens and jewelry which can also be purchased on line and ordered through catalogues. In Dayton the Fair Trade Sale will be held at Mount St. John, Bergamo Center on Shaker Town Pike at Research Park. (835)

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, December 11, 2007, Francesca Franchina will continue her discussion of Intercessory Prayer, Prayer of Reparation, Prayer Language of the Holy Spirit, Prayer of Thanksgiving and Adoration. Francesca will share Advent customs and her recipes for Advent and Christmas highlighting Our Lady of Guadalupe and Santa Lucia. St. Lucy is the patron of the eyes, find out what the people of Termini Imerese, Sicilia her family's village of deep-sea fishermen and their relatives all over the world still do and eat on the Feast of Santa Lucia! THROUGH THE TUMMY the Tumy AIRS EVERY TUESDAY BUT THE FIRST TUESDAY.

Fran has informed us about a new program on Radio Maria. Thy Kingdom Come will air on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 pm EST (2-3 Central Time).

Father Ed Wade CC (Companion of The Cross) Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston Texas, Founding Member and First Director of The Fraternity of Priests headquartered in Steubenville, Ohio hosts a weekly hour program on Radio Maria addressing the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Marian Teaching in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Ed shares how people of all ages are experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit and utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in personal and Church ministries and how lapsed Catholics are returning to the faith in great numbers and being empowered with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Informative and Inspiring Teachings, Lively Discussion, Engaging Talk and more!

Father Ed Wade CC was born in Pennsylvania; Former US Marine; Attended Saint Francis Seminary and participated in the M. Div program. Ordained in 1972 for the diocese of Camden, New Jersey where he was a parish priest for seven years. He was released from Archdiocesan parish ministry in 1979 to work full time in evangelization giving parish missions and speaking at Catholic Charismatic Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gibraltar, Germany, England,Wales, Scotland, Prague, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

Father Ed also worked at the University of Steubenville in student life and evangelization and spent three years in Belfast, North Ireland working with an ecumenical community for reconciliation. He joined the Companions of the Cross Community in 1993. His Mission is Marian, Magisterial, Eucharistic and Charismatic Evangelization. Father Ed is the Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas, the largest Catholic Charismatic Center in the World built at the request of the Bishop of Houston. Marsha Morthland Radio Maria Presenter (Family Spirit Alive! Mondays 11:30-12:30 PM EST) also teaches at the CCC. Radio Maria also broadcasts Hispanic programming in Spanish at the Center to the Houston, Texas area.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marian Significance of the EU Flag (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The flag of the European Union (EU) shows a circle of twelve stars on a blue background.  The flag was designed by Arsene Heitz, who took inspiration for the flag from the image on the Miraculous Medal as well as the woman with a crown of twelve stars in the Book or Revelation (chapter 12).  Heitz has been deeply devoted to Mary, praying the rosary with his wife daily.

Coincidentally, the flag was officially adopted on December 8, 1955, the feast of Mary's Immaculate Conception.  The design was acceptable to non-Catholic countries because the number twelve is commonly understood as a symbol of fullness.

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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 Fall 2007 semester concluded on November 9.

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In harmony with the current season, we encourage you to view Marian poetry for December, and to join in our Novena in preparation for the Feast of Mary's Immaculate Conception on December 8.  Also, please note that we have updated our Directory of Marian apparitions reported in the twentieth century.

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150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of The Virgin
Source: Vatican City (VIS on, November 13, 2007

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 twelve 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 eighteen 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.

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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.

Mary's Garden Progress
Source: Marcy Pfeifer, November 12, 2007

On Sunday November 11, a group planted Mary's Stars and Church Steeple bulbs in the Mary Garden at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The sun was shining.  The weather was warmish (for November!), and many interested people came to see the progress of the garden, planting a bulb or two while they were there.  It was great! ... Now the garden will be quiet until Spring, but we'll have Christmas lights and some evergreens to keep it lovely during winter!  Over winter we'll finalize our choices for plants and anxiously wait for spring planting.

The Message of Christmas
The Marian Library's world-renowned collection of nativity scenes from around the world are popping up all over town this Christmas
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), November 27, 2007

A three-foot-tall metallic foil church façade from Poland reflects gold, silver, ruby and emerald light, and hides a tiny Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus at its center. A few feet away, dwarfing the tiny figures, tall marionettes from Slovakia are suspended by strings, literally bring the Christmas story to life.

The two Nativity scenes, also called crèches, along with scores of others, are on public view this Christmas season at the University of Dayton's Marian Library and in other locations in the Dayton area. Selections from the library's collection of about 1,500 Nativity scenes, one of the largest in the U.S., are on loan to the Dayton Art Institute, Bergamo Center in Beavercreek, Ohio, the UD campus and several local parishes.

The library's collection reaches more people each year, said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of the International Marian Research Institute. The loaned displays allow the community to enjoy the artistry and diversity of the crèches and at the same time, remind people that these scenes are more than art pieces, he said.

"We like to make sure what we have in our holdings are useful," Roten said. "The Nativity scenes from so many countries help to announce the message of Christmas."

Paper is the theme of the Marian Library's gallery display this year, which includes 106 antique crèches on loan from Pennsylvania collector Bill Baker. Baker's collection includes three-dimensional pop-up scenes, some dating from 1880. The Marian Library display is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Nov. 26 on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. It will run for a full year.

Thirty crèches will showcase secondary figures in Nativity scenes including townspeople, animals, wise men and other visitors at the Dayton Art Institute from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Jan. 6 in a collection titled, "Who Else Was at the Nativity?"

"We want to show who else was at the manger," Roten said. "Most cultures have very distinctive ways in which an important event is greeted, and those are expressed in ways that are unique to that culture."

crèches at the art institute will showcase visitors to the Nativity from a number of different cultures and regions. Different animals, townspeople and protectors can be seen, reflecting the values and practices of each culture.

One crèche from Iceland includes 13 Yulemen, mystical, mischievous people known for causing trouble who come one by one and who are expelled by the light of Christmas, according to Sister M. Jean Frisk, S.S.M, director of special projects for the library.

Instead of shepherds, angels and wise men Jesus, Mary and Joseph are joined by crocodiles and polar bears. Political conflict is expressed in a scene from the Chiapas region of southern Mexico, where revolutionaries in black and red carrying guns and backpacks gather to be with the similarly dressed Holy Family.

The Bergamo Center in Beavercreek, Ohio, a Catholic, Marianist retreat and conference center, will display 30 crèches in a collection titled "Christmas Around the World," a global village theme. The display is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 4400 Shakertown Road.

The library's crèche collection also will be displayed in more than 30 locations across the UD campus in academic and administrative offices including the schools of law and engineering, and the president's and provost's offices.

"Once you start looking at them, it's amazing how many from different countries there are," said Tim Stonecash, assistant dean of the School of Law. "When I grew up, I had my little Nativity scene as a child ... and I had that vision in my mind. When you go over to the library, you think, 'Wow, look at the possibilities. Look at what kids in Russia or Ireland must have grown up looking at.'

"I think it helps people here feel good about the Christmas season and the special meaning it has for the faculty, staff and students and those visiting the law school," Stonecash said.

The library's crèches also are on view at parishes in the Dayton area and other Ohio cities.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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Marian Events

Fran Franchina to Speak at Dayton-area Prayer Breakfast

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2007 9:00 Mass followed by the Prayer Breakfast and talk

Place: Saint Henry Church on Springboro Pike across from the Cox Arboretum

Topic: "Our Lady and The Second Advent: By Her Fiat The Blessed Mother Gave Jesus To The World! What Are You Doing By Yours?" will be the focus of the talk given by Francesca Franchina MS Ed. at St. Henry's Prayer Breakfast, in the parish PAC Center on Springboro Pike in West Carrollton, Ohio on Saturday, December 8, 2007 beginning with Mass at St. Henry Church at 9:00 AM. Francesca will focus on the various prayer forms and the importance of private and communal intercessory prayer modeled and given to us by the Blessed Mother. Francesca is the President of The Daughters of The Immaculate Conception, Director of The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Center and The Joyful Lambs of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. A native Daytonian, Fran is the mother of five grown sons, writer, frequent speaker and independent radio/television producer with current programs heard on The World Family Radio Maria Network. (Francesca and Friends airs on Wednesdays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST and Through the Tummy To The Heart: Italian Soul Food Sprinkled With Evangelization airs Tuesdays 5:00-5:45 PM EST on and locally in the Northern Archdiocese on WHJM 88.7 FM)

Mass at 9:00 AM at St. Henry Church, followed by the Prayer Breakfast and Marian Talk in the parish center. NO charge but reservations are necessary for the breakfast, contact the parish:

St. Henry Parish. 6696 Springboro Pike Dayton, Ohio 45449

PHONE: (937) 434-9231

For more information contact Fran by email at

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