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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.


  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page website.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I just wanted to say thank you for this site, it is wonderful that Mary is getting around and that more people will love her and know, she is the way to her son. ... I am just glad to know this site.


Mary in Books, Films and Music

Spanish CD

Fathers Antonia Larocca and Javier Alson have donated to The Marian Library, Con Maria, Divina Pastora ..., a multimedia CD produced by Servicio Mariano de Communication about the Plenary Council held in the Archdiocese of Barqisimeto in Venzuela.  In the past, they have donated a number of similar items, which are available for loan to the general public.

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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, April 9, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His early Easter morning visit to our Blessed Mother with the Patriarchs and other Saints released from their holding place before the gates of heaven had been opened by His sacrifice on the Cross and Resurrection with City of God researcher Jack Davis. They continue to explore the Blessed Mother's life and prayer activity in the Upper Room (Cenacle) with the Apostles, Disciples and Holy Women, as dictated by the Blessed Virgin Mary and written by Mary of Agreda in City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God; translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of City of God. Good Study, if you have the volumes follow along; pages and paragraphs given for your convenience and meditation.

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, April 8, 2008, Francesca continues discussion on St. Faustina, a Polish sister and the Mercy messages, prayer chaplet and novena as dictated to her in the 1930's by our Jesus of Mercy. What you can do to help the world situation, intecede for your family, friends and others Jesus wants to bring into His Body and bring to Heaven ... How to save souls, and help yourself at the same time. Recipes today from Francesca's Italian Kitchen: Italian Wedding Soup Made Easy and Stuffed Pizza Rolls!

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Alumni Update

Fathers Antonio Larocca and Javier Alson have arrived in Dayton, and plan to stay for three weeks doing research at The Marian Library.

Also, Teresa Monaghen plans to visit Dayton for a couple of weeks starting April 9.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary and the Mississippi River (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette, S. J., explored the Mississippi River with Louis Joliet.  The Mississippi River was originally named Conception by the missionary Father Marquette, who had a deep devotion to the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

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Next Exhibit!

The Hidden Life of Our Lady, Mary in the Apocryphals

The Marian Library gallery will show the mixed media works of the Jim and Celeste Lauritsen from April until June 27, 2008.  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.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

Visit also our year-long Crche 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 Shrines in India; Marian Pastoral Organizations; The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Various Kinds of Rosaries and Chaplets; Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI (through March 23, 2008); and Korean-language News (through April 5, 2008).  We have also posted our answers to two new questions from readers: How often Does Mary Speak in the Bible?; and Who is "Our Lady of Prosperity?".

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Excerpts from Cardinal Bertone's Homily at the Funeral of Chiara Lubich
Source: Zenit (Coimbra, Portugal), April 2, 2008

... In order to present the Gospel unabridged to children and youth, Chiara founded the Movement "Youth for Unity." ... "Mariapolis," Mary's city, is the name that Chiara Lubich chose to give to the meetings and proposals of a society renewed by Gospel love.

Why should they be called Mary's City? Because for Chiara, Our Lady was "the most precious key for entering the Gospel." And perhaps this is why she was able to highlight the Church's own "Marian profile" effectively and constructively. Chiara decided to entrust her work to Mary by giving it her own name: "Work of Mary." The Work, Chiara therefore affirmed, "will remain on the earth like another Mary: totally Gospel, nothing but the Gospel and, since it is the Gospel, it will never die." And how would it be possible not to imagine that the Holy Virgin herself accompanied Chiara on her arrival at the quay of eternity?

Postulator Named to Sister Lucia's Cause
at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 18, 2008

Spanish Father Ildefonso Moriones was named the postulator of the cause of beatification of Sister Lucia, one of the three Fatima visionaries.

Father Moriones was named by Bishop Albino Cleto of Coimbra, the general postulator for the Order of Discalced Carmelites. According to the diocesan news service, the Vatican has already approved the appointment.

In February, on the third anniversary of Sister Lucia's death, Benedict XVI dispensed the five-year waiting period established by Canon Law to open her cause of beatification. A vice postulator is still to be named.

The dispensation of the five-year waiting period has been given in only two other cases: Pope John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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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.

Michael Palin's New Europe: War and Peace
Source: Herald Sun (Australia), April 5, 2008

This new series of Palin's travel show with a difference--it has a sense of humor--sees him trek around Eastern Europe, now becoming a popular travel destination. He finds a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina where twenty-five million tourists have hiked to see the place where teenagers claimed they met and spoke to the Virgin Mary.

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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 April 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 April.

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Marian Events

MSA 2008--The Fifty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America.

Topic: Cooperation of the Virgin Mary in Redemption

Location: Stonehill College (Easton, Massachusetts)

Date: May 20-23, 2008

For further details, click into the conference brochure (which includes the full program), or visit the MSA website. The Registration Form is also available online (in PDF format, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader as does the brochure).

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