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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mary of Nazareth by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, Alpha Books, Penguin Group, 2006, 345 pages, paperbound, $18.95.  This is a reverent exploration of the life and world of the Mother of Jesus and her continuing impact in the modern world.

The Catholic Companion to Mary by Mary Kathleen Glavich, S.N.D., Acta Publications, 2007, 176 pages, paperbound, $9.95.  The book integrates Marian doctrine and devotion to bring Mary into sharper focus.

Ask for these books at your local bookstore and at your library.  They are virtual treasure troves of information and inspiration, and are interestingly written.

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 19, 2007, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and The Incarnation focusing on the nine days of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother leading to the Birth of Jesus as given in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God, the biographical four volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother. The third, fourth and fifth days of preparation following the lines of the creation is discussed. This is Part II of a Two-Part Series on the Incarnation and Birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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 18, 2007, Francesca Franchina Fran shares parts of her talk, Our Lady of the Second Advent, given to attendees at St Henry's Prayer Breakfast on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. Continuing the discussion of our Blessed Mother and 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 THROUGH THE TUMMY AIRS EVERY TUESDAY BUT THE FIRST TUESDAY. Christmas Eve Dinner, seven fish and the recipes of Bracciole, and Italian crullers with honey are shared.

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; a former US Marine, he attended Saint Francis Seminary and participated in the M. Div program. He was 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

Never Enough About Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

De Maria nunquam satis.  Never enough is said or written about Mary.  This was the reminder of great Marian devotees like Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.  Resolve to learn more about the Mother of God, our spiritual Mother, and to converse with her more often.

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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.

Twenty-Four 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 Fall 2007 semester concluded on November 9.

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We have created a Korean-language page of material provided by Sophia Choi and will continue adding material in the future.  We have also posted information about the plenary indulgence being granted in relation to the anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions.  To help celebrate the season, please view our Christmas Novena, Christmas Poem, and Advent Calendar.

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Church Wants Shrine as No-Combat Zone
Source: Rome (Zenit), December 12, 2007

The Church in Sri Lanka is asking that the Marian shrine of Madhu, located in the midst of areas plagued by conflict, be respected as a zone of peace.

Madhu was damaged last month by bombings in an area disputed by the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. Three shells damaged the shrine, frequented by Catholics and also by Buddhists and Hindus. In the bombing, a four-year-old child died and a seventy-six-year-old woman was injured.

Father Emilianuspillai Santhiapillai, director of the sanctuary, told the agency Eglises d'Asie of the Paris Foreign Missions: "I called Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar, and the bombings stopped about fifteen or twenty minutes later."

The shrine is dependent on the Diocese of Mannar. The bishop contacted civil authorities and Archbishop Oswald Gomis of Colombo and Archbishop Mario Zenari, nuncio in Sri Lanka.

Church leaders sent a message to leaders of the two groups in conflict, asking them to stop all violence in the neighborhood of the sanctuary.

In the November bombing, the shells exploded within the sanctuary compound, "just five meters [16.4 feet] from my office, about fifteen meters from the statue of the Virgin Mary and about twenty from the residences of the sanctuary's pastoral workers," reported Father Santhiapillai.

The child hit by shrapnel died on the way to the hospital in Kilinochichi.

A bomb in November 1999 in the area took the lives of forty-four people.

Beginning to Look Like Christmas at Saint Peter's
Source: Vatican City (Zenit), December 13, 2007

The Nativity scene, which will be unveiled on Christmas Eve, has seventeen life-size statues. Of these, nine are the original figures donated by St. Vincent Pallotti for the Nativity scene in the Roman Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in 1842. The other eight figures were added over the years. As in 2006, the Italian province of Trento has provided more sculpted wooden figures and animals, as well as household utensils for the depiction of daily life.

From Dec. 19 to Feb. 2, Paul VI Hall will also be adorned with a tree and a Nativity scene designed by Mexican artists. The figures of the Nativity scene are in the Novo Hispanic Baroque style, while the tree decorations are the work of Mexican traditional craftsmen. The Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will also include four Mexican Baroque angels. This initiative, titled "Mexican Christmas in the Vatican," has been organized to mark the fifteenth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See. The display will be inaugurated by Benedict XVI on Dec. 19.

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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.

At ninety-nine, tech-savvy Marianist uses computer three to four hours a day
Source: Catholic News Service (, December 12, 2007

"Maybe I should be reading more," mused Marianist Brother Francis Deibel.

The ninety-nine-year-old brother may have a point. Each day he spends up to four hours at his computer exchanging e-mails with more than one-hundred contacts.

"Lately I've been getting too many e-mails," added Brother Deibel, who thinks too many older people are afraid of technology and computers. "I try to open and read all of them, but sometimes they are too numerous."

He begins his computer time by forwarding readings about the saint of the day. "I send this information to all my Marianist contacts," he said. He then spends hours answering personal e-mails and deleting junk e-mails.

Brother Deibel has been a Marianist since 1926--one year before the first "talkie" feature film.

"I began using a computer when it was just a bunch of wires put together," he said. He refined his skills in classes at the University of Dayton, where he worked for forty-eight years as a librarian. He also credits eighty-six-year-old Marianist Brother Bill Callahan, whom Brother Deibel calls his "young" friend, with teaching him additional skills.

Brother Deibel started e-mailing in 1990 and he says he has used his computer daily ever since. His e-mail address book has four groups: Marianists, relatives, "something else," and "all." The size of his groups are growing, too.

"When I learn of a new e-mail address for someone I know, I'll add it to my list, if it is OK with that person. It doesn't cost extra to add them, so I go ahead and do it," he said.

Brother Deibel said it's possible for all of his fellow senior citizens to pick up the technological tricks of the trade.

"I would encourage old people not to be afraid of the computer," he said. "Too many old people are, but there is nothing to be afraid of. It's just like a typewriter. It won't talk back at you! Learn how to use it. Don't lose time watching TV. Using the computer is much more personal and enjoyable."

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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 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

The First International ESBVM USA Congress

Title: Daughter of Zion: Mother of the New Creation

Date: August 11-13, 2008

Topic: You are invited to the first ever International Congress to be held by the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA [ESBVM USA], on Monday, August 11, to Wednesday evening, August 13. In the tradition of the ESBVM USA, we hope to present stimulating papers which foster "listening" and "communicating." The Congress includes ecumenical prayer together, visits to houses of worship, sightseeing, and time for social interaction and engagement. Our meeting space will be held in the Newman Library at the National Institute for Newman Studies, located adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We have invited a number of scholars from different traditions to participate.

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