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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Marian Library includes an extensive collection of Marian materials for children.  The latest addition is The Very First Christmas, written by Louie Stowell and illustrated by Elena Temporin. This enchanting picture book takes you on a journey to the little stable where baby Jesus was born long, long ago.  Published by Usborne Publishing Limited in London, it may be ordered through their web site,, or from

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, January 2, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Deacon Ed Pratt, Seminarian Archdiocese of Cincinnati about life as a seminarian, and deacon preparing to receive Holy Orders in 2008, focusing on the importance of family and the influence of prayer and past life experiences in his decision to become a priest to serve God and people of all ages, in all situations especially in important moments of life.

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. 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

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Octave of Christmas (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

May we always profit from the prayers of the Virgin Mother Mary.
May her prayer, the gift of a mother's love,
be our joy throughout this new year.

We proclaim the Virgin Mary to be
the Mother of Christ and the Mother of the Church.

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The birth of Christ is the source of life for the Christian people,
and the birthday of the head is the birthday of the body.

--Pope St. Leo the Great

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Alumni Update

Christmas Greetings from the Dodds

Another year slips by almost as quickly as a bead in a Rosary! Since last year's letter, our Joyful Mysteries included our visit with Ennis' family in Kansas, Ennis' new job as a project researcher at Mid-American Foundation Supply Company, and Phillipino-American events such as the St. Valentine's Day party where Gloria was named "Miss Charity!" We drove to celebrate happy events with god-daughters--sponsoring Veronica Trimmer and Rosslyn Dinwiddie in Confirmation on April 14 in North Carolina and Tina Chamandy on May 12 in Maryland, as well as attending her sister (another god-daughter) Lauren's First Communion on April 28. We flew to Maryland to attend one of Gloria's niece's wedding on May 26 and then god-daughter Jessica Acosta's high school graduation in Miami, FL, on May 29. We spent a summer weekend each visiting friends in Ann Arbor, MI, and Dayton, OH, as well as touring Chicago's museums. We reconnected with friends at the meeting of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars in Washington, D.C., in September. We loved the movie "Bella" so much that we saw it twice (

We live the Luminous Mysteries with Gloria's teaching at Bishop Dwenger High School and our Legion of Mary membership with weekly meeting and service. We visit Byron Health Center, our auxiliary members, and babysit for the Women's Care Center. We rejoiced in the commitments of two new members and enjoyed a visit to the Cincinnati Senatus after auditing their books.

Since our injuries took only a few months to heal, last year we forgot to mention a Sorrowful Mystery of a driver who was looking at her cell and flew through a red light to total both cars in a head-on collision on Labor Day weekend 2006. This year's crosses included our voluntary penance of almost no sleep for two nights chaperoning some great students on the bus to and from the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on January 22, other students vandalizing our house on May 6, and Gloria's summer pro-life sidewalk counseling.

Ennis drove to Nebraska to mourn the tragic loss of both his god-parents, Uncle Rynie and Aunt Pat Cimfel, in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident on August 23.

The Glorious Mysteries still lie ahead in God's providential plan for us. Now we pray that God will bless you all richly this Christmas and through the coming New Year with many joys and lights to see how your crosses lead to your future glory!

Love and prayers,
Ennis and Gloria

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Current Exhibit!

Christmas Variations

The Marian Library gallery is showcasing works of art by Malaika Favorite in the Marian Library lounge and also the paper creches of Bill and Annie Baker. 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.

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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As we enter the New Year, please read about the Marian feast celebrated on January 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and related liturgical history.  Also note our article on the Feast of Epiphany celebrated on January 6.

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Vatican Nativity Scene Puts Joseph in Relief
Art Expert Says It Highlights Father's Role in Christ's Birth

Source: Vatican City (Zenit), December 19, 2007

The unique Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square is a reminder from our teaching Pope of a father's importance in the family, says Christian art expert, Elizabeth Lev.

This year's Nativity scene in the square, to be unveiled Christmas Eve, will have a new twist, the Vatican Secretariat of State reported last week. Rather than a manger or stable, the Nativity scene will feature the home of St. Joseph, reflecting the story of the birth of Christ depicted in St. Matthew's Gospel instead of the typical passage from St. Luke.

Lev, who is also a ZENIT columnist, said: "This Nativity is not so much a break with tradition but is presenting a new side of the Nativity, revealing a new facet.

"It is trying to represent Joseph's experience, his dream of what will happen knowing that Jesus will be born and Mary is with child. He had no idea the way it would all work out as he prepared to take on this task given to him by God through a message of an angel. So it is what he imagines in his home amid his work before it comes to pass."

"This fits Joseph and the acceptance of his call into the story," Lev continued. "Joseph is never the star of the Nativity, but his role is crucial. So this is not upsetting biblical tradition, but [giving] a different facet, looking at it in a different light."

The art historian explained: "In the Nativity accounts, a mother figure is always there, but this Nativity makes present the importance of the father figure and the fact that he is essential. It's a reminder that he wasn't born only to a mother, while providing a source of meditation during this time when we are faced with the battle against marriage and the family. It is a good way for the Church, in nonaggressive and nonpolitical way, to remind us of the basis of our understanding of family through the Holy Family.

"This is a Nativity very much of Joseph Ratzinger, a teaching Nativity. Instead of complacently laying out the characters, this year they are being laid out in a way so we have to think about what this momentous birthday means, think about the circumstance in which Jesus is born, while reminding us of Joseph's essential role."

Paramatta's Preparations
Source: Sydney, Australia (Zenit), December 21, 2007

Many people equate Sydney with the Harbor Bridge or the Opera House, but the metropolitan area is comprised of many cities and suburbs. The second biggest of these is Parramatta, which is looking forward to billeting some 20,000 young pilgrims for the week of World Youth Day next July.

Last weekend the cross and icon were passed from the Australian Catholic Vietnamese Community into the hands of the Parramatta youth at the Mount Schoenstatt Shrine in Mulgoa--an exact replica of the original in Germany.

Under the blazing afternoon sun, the pathway leading to the shrine was lined by a huge group of young pilgrims, highlighting the many migrant communities within the diocese.

The team on the ground coordinated the event to focus on connecting the importance of Mary to the cross.

On receiving these twin symbols of World Youth Day, the youth on the site processed into the little chapel where the Schoenstatt prayer of consecration to Mary was offered and the commitment to Jesus and his mother was underlined.

A group of ten young members of the Schoenstatt movement proceeded to perform a dance based on the Annunciation. The piece presented all the struggles of contemporary popular culture and the peace we may discover when we turn back to Christ--something Mary can help us to do.

Sarah, who played the role of Mary, said that her group wanted to "show how we need to praise Our Lady also because she leads us to her Son [...] and helps us put our problems at the foot of the cross where she once stood herself."

The location was indicative of the natural cathedral that Australia is--with the native plants circumventing the shrine and the musical undertones produced by masses of chirping cicadas.

A youth fest followed in the evening where young people engaged in prayer, testimony and worship. Kristine Ismirlian from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, concluded her testimony with, "It is not you that carries the cross; it is the cross that carries you."

Father Chris de Souza, episcopal vicar for formation, led the young people in a reflection on the World Youth Day theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8). Students from Nagle College at Blacktown created a vivid and artistic impression of the theme. This was on display in the Schoenstatt hall.

A highlight of the weekend was a sleep-out under the stars and an all-night vigil that included prayer, songs and reflection. This concluded with a dawn Mass on Sunday.

Another high point was a dramatic portrayal of the Stations of the Cross, performed by the young people from St. Bernadette's Parish, Castle Hill. This group was first recognized as reverent interpreters of the Passion back in July when the cross and icon were also met by bikers and boaters.

More than six-hundred people lined the banks of the Parramatta River to welcome the spectacular symbols of the world's biggest youth event, which arrived on the front deck of a Rivercat catamaran (boat).

With the crowd singing "God is great" and "Alleluia," a group of young Catholics carried the cross and icon from the wharf to the north bank of the Parramatta River where Bishop Kevin Manning of Parramatta commissioned them.

"On behalf of the Catholic people of Parramatta Diocese, I welcome the cross and icon of Mary, the Mother of God, both universal symbols of Christian love and Catholic faith," Bishop Manning said. "With confidence in the young people of the world, and especially the young men and women of Parramatta Diocese, we pledge ourselves to support them in their pilgrimage of faith, their thirst for justice, and their solidarity with young people in all corners of the globe."

After the ceremony, members of the Australian troupe of God's Squad Christian Motorcycle Club formed a motorcade on their Harley Davidsons to escort the cross and icon to St. Patrick's Church in Blacktown where 2,500 people attended a youth Mass.

Dave Hansen, a Catholic, is the president of the group's Sydney chapter. He said the club is an active Christian ministry that puts itself in the bike scene as an "outreach of hope": "We feel we're doing the same mission that Jesus started when he went out to people at the very margins."

"In addition to our primary biker ministry, we like to support broader events like World Youth Day," Dave said. "With regard to evangelization, I like to quote from St. Francis, 'Preach the Gospel at all times--sometimes even with words.'"

The cross and icon will return to an Parramatta on March 16, Palm Sunday, for a morning Mass at the cathedral followed by a day of celebrations before they hand them over to the young students at Our Lady of Lebanon College in the Maronite Diocese of Harris Park.

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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.

Concert Series Ends on a Golden Note
Source: The Advertiser (Australia), December 22, 2007

The Christian story is apparently a renewable energy source, along with the sun, the winds and the waves.

From "Away in a Manger" to the B Minor Mass, composers--believers, agnostics, don't-knowers--have been inspired to put words about the birth, life and death of Jesus to music.

Syntony completed their Alchemy concert series with Gold, works that glowed with the lustre of pure, rust-proof, 24-carat aurum.

Six singers in various combinations proclaimed The Word in Rorate Caeli by Jacob Handl, Taverner's funny and provocative Today the Virgin (wherein Mary doth protest too much, trying to explain her baby bump to Joseph) and two motets by Tomas Luis da Victoria.

For "Five Carols" from Quem Quaeritis, it took the liberty of allocating two lower voices--originally scored for children, later for unbroken female voices--to tenor Ben Whittall and counter tenor Matthew Rutty.

With sopranos Emma Horwood and Bridget Warnes, they gave an intelligent, if alternative reading of these lovely pieces.

Michael Milton led a six-piece ensemble comprising strings and harpsichord, plus Tim Keenihan tootling on a bright, sweet piccolo trumpet, for the final Vivaldi Gloria.

Four matching pairs of singers managed all the solos and choruses between them--just as well as many other goes at this old indestructible with quadruple the choir.

Let's add the power of song to our list of renewable energy sources.

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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 January 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 January.

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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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