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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Magnificat 2008: Fourth International Catholic Festival of Christian Films and TV Programs

The International Catholic Festival of Christian Films and TV programs Magnificat 2008 screens the works of international and Belarusian masters in cinema and TV aimed at evangelization of the society and support of human values, created in various Christian traditions. Click into the Signis website for more information.

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, March 12, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jim Tibbetts of Maine, who is studying at the International Marian Research Institute, about Lenten practices of fasting and penance and how that dovetails with Marian Titles and Our Lady at Fatima.

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, March 11, 2008, Francesca Franchina continues the discussion on Lenten Prayer of Reparation, Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Hours of Reparation. She will share her Italian Recipes for Ricotta Puffs and Easter Pie.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary of Nazareth International Center (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

An international center dedicated to promoting interest in and devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus, has been established in a complex of five buildings facing the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.  This project dedicated to Marian research and pastoral service was initiated by the mayor of Nazareth, and involves Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians.  The center will pursue the study and application of the many aspects of Mary's extraordinary mystery in God's plan of salvation.  Their plan involves establishing twelve sister centers in various countries and languages around the world, including one in the USA.  Learn more about its international project by visiting its website at

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Alumni Update

Brother Raymond Boutin, S.M., is visiting Dayton from March 3 until March 15 to update and expand our material on Mary and stamps.  He resides in Quebec among several religious communities [see right].  The building for his community is shown to the left.

Click on image to enlarge.

Also, Jim Tibbetts, an IMRI graduate, is visiting Dayton this week to do research on Fatima.  He will be a guest on Radio Maria this week (see above).

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Current Exhibit

When Words Become Pictures: Our Lady Calligraphed

The Marian Library gallery is showing the works of Dayton Artist, Ann Bain, from January 15 to March 30, 2008. Click here for virtual exhibit.

Visit also our year-long Creche exhibit featuring paper nativities of Bill and Annie Baker and works of Malaika Favorite.

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214 or 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 2008 semester are scheduled to commence on June 16, 2008.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have updated Passions Plays, The Rose: A Marian Symbol, and the Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI (through February 17, 2008).  We have also added a new feature: Unveiling a UD Rosary.

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Confession Uptick at Fatima Shrine
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal), March 5, 2008

The shrine of Fatima is becoming more and more a place to find the mercy of God, says the chaplain of the Marian pilgrimage site.

Father Clemente Dotti said this to the Portuguese news agency Ecclesia on Monday when reporting that in 2007, almost ten-thousand more confessions were heard compared to the previous year.

The chaplain explained that the pastoral program of the shrine focused on the merciful love of God in 2007, and with that "we had the opportunity to show how the Mother knew to guide her children to find the mercy of God in the sacrament of reconciliation."

According to the shrine, 199,333 people confessed there in 2007--9,016 more than in 2006. Of these, 34,653 confessed in a language other than Portuguese--1,049 more than the previous year.

Father Dotti said 190 priests heard confessions at the shrine in 2007.

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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.

Entertainment News
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), March 12, 2008

The Ark, 8.35pm, ABC Radio National: Rachael Kohn presents Mary, Patroness of Australia, the story of the elegantly named Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, a Catholic Portuguese explorer in the early seventeenth century. In 1606, Pedro waded ashore on Terra Australis Incognita, promptly and ever-so-colonially renamed it the South Land of the Holy Spirit, and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. Mary must not have been listening: Pedro was standing on what is now Vanuatu. Kohn's guest is Sister Maree Farrell of the Singleton congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Let's hope her sense of direction is better than Pedro's or she'll be phoning it in from Dubbo.

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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 March 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 March.

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Marian Events

International Mariological Congress

Lourdes, September 4-8, 2008

The program is organized by the Pontifical International Marian Academy (PAMI) and can be found at

In addition to the plenary sessions (given on the PAMI website), there are three times for the presentations in the different language sections:

September 4 - 5:30 pm
September 5 - 3:30 pm
September 6 -  3:30 pm.

Those wishing to make a presentation at the English-language section should send the title plus a synopsis of the address to Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., ( by March 15, 2008.

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