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Mary in Books, Films and Music

BBC's Passion for Holy Week

London, March 17, 2008 (SIGNIS)--The BBC screened the first episode of its four-ppart drama of The Passion on BBC1 TV on Sunday, March 16 at 8 pm. The first episode got 4.1 million viewers (a 15% share of the audience). The series has been given a generally warm welcome by Church leaders.

The Passion is described by the BBC as "a bold event drama, retelling the last week in the life of Jesus Christ and written by Emmy Award winner Frank Deasy". " The Passion is an example of BBC Drama’s commitment to deliver ambitious and distinctive projects," said Jane Tranter of BBC Fiction. The four-part series will be shown throughout Holy Week on BBC 1.

The series will be available on DVD at a later date. Bible Society is producing a pack of educational materials to accompany the series for use in schools, churches and adult education.

The program has its own website:

You can also visit the Father Michael Barnes S.J. review on the Jesuit web magazine Thinking Faith.

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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 26, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father John Krumm, Beth Lang-Sletten and Caroline Adams about the gaining popularity and make up of Small Christian Communities in parishes locally and throughout the international Catholic Church focusing on the decree of Pope John Paul II and what is happening in America, Korea, South America and implementation of the SCC action plan.

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 25, 2008, Francesca Franchina addresses the traditions of "Little Easter" and the Octave of Easter and the background of Mercy Sunday, the Mercy Devotion as given to St. Faustina, and what Pope John Paul II said at her Canonization. Francesca shares good things to pray, think and eat from her Italian kitchen, sharing her family's favorite recipes for Italian Pot Roast and Baked Ziti.

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Alumni Update

Chris Padgett, a current IMRI student, sent us an update on his activities.  Being a bibliophile, he has established an on-line bookstore.  He is also working on a music video which you may examine at  He hopes to return this Summer and complete three more courses.  For more information click into his website.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary Morning Star (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

One of Mary's titles is Morning Star.  It is contained in the Litany of Loreto.  Some call the planet, Venus, which is brightest just before daybreak, the morning star.  As Venus is the star that heralds the rising sun, Mary is the morning star who lets us know that Jesus, "the radiant sun," is near.  Mary does not shine with her own power, but reflects the power of Jesus.

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Last Chance to See 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 Crèche 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 Marian News in Korean (through March 26, 2008) and added a new page of Marian art, Japanese Madonnas.

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Pontiff Mourns Death of Focolare Founder
Chiara Lubich Dies at Age 88
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 14, 2008

Benedict XVI expressed his condolences at the death of the founder of the Focolare Movement, Chiara Lubich, who died today at age 88.

The Pope sent a telegram to Father Oreste Basso, co-president of the movement, saying that it was "with deep emotion" that he learned of the news of the "pious death" of Lubich, "which came at the end of a long and fruitful life marked by her tireless love for the abandoned Jesus."

"At this moment of painful separation I remain affectionately and spiritually close to her relatives and to the entire Work of Mary--the Focolare Movement that began with her--and to those who appreciated her constant commitment for communion in the Church, for ecumenical dialogue and for fraternity among all peoples," the Holy Father added.

"I thank the Lord for the witness of her life, spent in listening to the needs of modern man in complete faithfulness to the Church and to the Pope," he said. "And, as I commend her soul to divine goodness that she may be welcomed in the bosom of the Father, I hope that those who knew and met her, admiring the wonders that God achieved through her missionary ardor, may follow her footsteps and keep her charism alive.

"With such sentiments, I invoke the maternal intercession of Mary and willingly impart my apostolic blessing to everyone."

According to the Focolare Web site, the Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will preside over a funeral Mass on Tuesday at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Lubich founded the Focolare Movement in the 1940s, discovering her call to foster unity amid the horrors of World War II. The group is now present in some 180 countries and includes members of various creeds, all dedicated to the spirituality of unity.

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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.

Join Us for our June Open House
Source: Libraries Update (University of Dayton), Spring, 2008

The University Libraries will be welcoming returning alumni and our many donors during a special open house to be held during the 2008 Reunion Weekend.  Please join us on Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., when our doors will open ...

Showing in The Marian Library will be The Hidden Life of Our Lady, Mary in the Apocryphals by artists, Jim and Celeste Lauritsen.  From their Tree of Life Studios, the couple works as artists, educators, and craft professionals, drawing upon their faith for inspiration.  Jim works in stone and wood, while Celeste uses the softer medium of fabric to convey life's journey.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy some of the permanent collections of The Marian Library including statues, two-dimensional pieces and numerous crèches.

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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

A Marian Concert with Marie Bellet

Location: Emmanuel Catholic Church, 149 Franklin Street (behind Chaminade Julienne High School)

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2008, The Vigil of the Annunciation, 7:00 p.m.

Marie will sing a tribute to Mary.  Free and open to the public.  Her CDs will be available in the basement following the concert.  Click here for more information [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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