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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:
We maintain several links to The Mary Page on the site. On the Learn more about Mary page, we update a link each month to your Marian Commemoration page. We also include a link for the Hail Mary in Various Languages page, and on our How to Pray the Rosary page, we have a link to The Mary Page Home page. You have a beautiful site. The images are exquisite, and the resources you provide are a wealth of information. Visiting your site is always such a rewarding, inspiring experience. Thank you for providing Mary with such a lovely tribute, and for providing us with such a great resource. I wish you many blessings and great success in this new year.


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 9, 2008, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation focusing on the nine days (novena) of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother leading to the Birth of Jesus as dictated in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God by the Blessed Mother. This is Part III of a series of four on the Incarnation and Birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ relating how God the Father took Mary to Heaven and showed her the seven days of Creation and days eight and nine when she was given special graces to prepare and empowered her to be the Virgin Mother of the Messiah as prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures. Part IV airs January 16: The Annunciation and Nativity of the 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, January 8, 2008, Francesca shares information on the importance of "prayer of the heart" as taught by St. Teresa of Avila and why the Church prays The Divine Office AKA Liturgy of the Hours. Fran also shares ideas on how pasta and veggies team up for a healthy heart and good eating.

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 (2:00-3:00 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

What's in a Name? (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In several Asian countries, Mary is known by names that mean "the one who hears all cries."

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Alumni Update

Discernment Retreat--Learning from the masters, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Benedict
January 18-20, 2008 at the Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska

Teresa Monaghen, AO, IMRI student and the Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, holds an STB in Theology from Rome and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha. Teresa has thirty years experience giving retreats and spiritual direction to people of all ages and backgrounds. She will lead you in an explanation of the Rules of Discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola and other masters of the spiritual life. Reflection on how to say "Yes" to the Lord in the spirit of Mary will also be included!

A team of clergy and consecrated life members will also present various aspects of discernment, share life stories and give a chance for personal input and reflection.

For more information email Teresa at

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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:
Click here to see the winners for 2006 of the Annual Christmas Artwork Contest.

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 updated our material on The Hail Mary in Various Languages, our Korean-language material, our page of Christmas Music, and our list of Marian Pastoral Organizations.

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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 six 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 sixty-seven 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.

Source: The Daily Telegraph (Australia), January 7, 2008

Saint Bernadette

Born Marie-Bernarde Soubirous in Lourdes in 1844. At fourteen, the daughter of a miller reported visions of the Virgin Mary and passed on her wishes. Bernadette became a Catholic nun and lived until 1879, beset by painful illness.

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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

New Community of Order of Discalced Carmelites Secular Forming

Title: Knowing God So That God Can Be Known

Date: January 13, 2008

Topic: Want to know more about prayer and Carmelite spirituality? Want to know more about bringing others to prayer? Then you need to check this out! You are invited to join the newly formed Mother of Good Counsel Carmelite Community (OCDS) at St. Peter's Church Family Life Center, 6161 Chambersburg Rd. Dayton, OH 45424 on Sunday, January 13, 2008 and the second Sunday of each month from 1:00 - 4:30 PM, to learn more about the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in our area, and the spirituality and writings of Discalced Carmelite Saints (St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux) concluding with Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, and Benediction.

This OCDS Community has been formed with the permission and encouragement of Archbishop Pilarczyk, Father Simone, Father Taylor and the Carmelite Provincial Delegate.

For more information please contact Frances Harry by phone at 937-236-9313 or by email at

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