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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Review of The Passion on BBC Television

Father Peter Malone, MSC, has posted an online review of the Life of Christ series which was shown on the BCC during Holy Week 2008 on the Signis website.  He also recently published Film and Faith, a book on religion and cinema.  Click here for details.

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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 23, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the super abundant spiritual explosion experienced through The Holy Father's Apostolic visit to the USA, the welcome, liturgies, talks to various groups, concentrating on his message to youth with John Popp, Director of Religious Education at Emmanuel Parish in Dayton, Ohio, who was present and received the Apostolic Blessing.

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 22, 2008, Francesca discusses the power of prayer, sharing prayer and faith with those in distress, grief and hardship relating the excruciating experience of Robert Rogers who lost his entire young family in a flash flood in Kansas in 2003. Prayers for healing the world situation, families, schools, youth. How to save souls, and help yourself and family at the same time. Recipes today from Francesca's Italian Kitchen: Italian Style Stuffed Zucchini with Sausage, Scampi and Garlic Bread.

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Alumni Update

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, vice president of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and IMRI graduate, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Society at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia [suburb of Washington, D.C.] on May 10 at 10 am.  Dr. Kimball will speak on “Mary, the Mother of Christ: How can today’s young adults relate to Mary’s motherhood?”  As a professor of Mariology for over ten years and as the mother of nine children, six of them now young women with careers and family, she speaks from experience in considering this question.  Dr. Kimball will address the problem of radical feminism, today’s secular world and its impact on women’s lives, economic pressures that make it hard for today’s young adults and young married couples to realize the vocation of Christian family and parenthood.  She will probe how contemporary viewpoints influence young women in their understanding of the motherhood of Mary and their own call to motherhood.  What can people who love Mary say to these young adults?  How do we explain Mary to this contemporary Christian world?  How does Mary give them hope?

ESBVM is open to all who are interested to attend.  The ESBVM-UK has just published a new collection of ecumenical papers on the Virgin Mary, entitled Mary for Time and Eternity, published by Gracewing Publishers in England.  Dr. Kimball contributed to this collection with a paper entitled "The Immaculate Conception in the ecumenical dialogue with Orthodoxy: how the term theosis can inform convergence." Dr. Kimball is an adjunct professor of Theology at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  Also, she is a past president of the Mariological Society of America.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Information on Father Emile Neubert, S.M. (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

August 29 of last year marked the fortieth anniversary of the death of Father Neubert.  The year 2007 also marked the centenary of the completion of his doctoral dissertation, Marie dans l'Eglise anteniceenne.  Available in The Marian Library, this dissertation about Mary in the theology of the Fathers of the Church before the council of Nicea, was the first doctoral dissertation in theology centered on the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Two of his books, Marie et Notre Sacerdoce and La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre, will soon be translated into English. The Mary Page recently posted an article about Father Neubert written by Father Thomas A. Stanley, S.M., as a memorial to him, Our Lady's Dolphin.

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Current 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 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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With Mary's month approaching we encourage you to review May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation.  We have also updated The Hail Mary in Various Languages, and Marian and Related Links.

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Benedict XVI's Address to U.S. Bishops
"The People of This Country Are Known for Their Great Vitality and Creativity
Source: Zenit (Washington D.C.), April 16, 2008

Here are excerpts of the text of the address Benedict XVI gave to the bishops of the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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Dear Brother Bishops,

It gives me great joy to greet you today, at the start of my visit to this country, and I thank Cardinal George for the gracious words he has addressed to me on your behalf. I want to thank all of you, especially the Officers of the Episcopal Conference, for the hard work that has gone into the preparation of this visit. My grateful appreciation goes also to the staff and volunteers of the National Shrine, who have welcomed us here this evening. American Catholics are noted for their loyal devotion to the see of Peter. My pastoral visit here is an opportunity to strengthen further the bonds of communion that unite us. We began by celebrating Evening Prayer in this Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a shrine of special significance to American Catholics, right in the heart of your capital city. Gathered in prayer with Mary, Mother of Jesus, we lovingly commend to our heavenly Father the people of God in every part of the United States.


Time spent in prayer is never wasted, however urgent the duties that press upon us from every side. Adoration of Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament prolongs and intensifies the union with him that is established through the Eucharistic celebration (cf. Sacramentum Caritatis, 66). Contemplation of the mysteries of the Rosary releases all their saving power, and it conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus Christ (cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 11, 15). Fidelity to the Liturgy of the Hours ensures that the whole of our day is sanctified, and it continually reminds us of the need to remain focused on doing God's work, however many pressures and distractions may arise from the task at hand. Thus our devotion helps us to speak and act in persona Christi, to teach, govern and sanctify the faithful in the name of Jesus, to bring his reconciliation, his healing and his love to all his beloved brothers and sisters. This radical configuration to Christ, the Good Shepherd, lies at the heart of our pastoral ministry, and if we open ourselves through prayer to the power of the Spirit, he will give us the gifts we need to carry out our daunting task, so that we need never "be anxious how to speak or what to say" (Mt 10:19).

As I conclude my words to you this evening, I commend the Church in your country most particularly to the maternal care and intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. May she who carried within her womb the hope of all the nations intercede for the people of this country, so that all may be made new in Jesus Christ her Son. My dear Brother Bishops, I assure each of you here present of my deep friendship and my participation in your pastoral concerns. To all of you, and to your clergy, religious and lay faithful, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in the Risen Lord.


Finally, I think you know from experience that most of your brother priests are happy in their vocation. What I said in my address about the importance of unity and cooperation within the presbyterate applies here too. There is a need for all of us to move beyond sterile divisions, disagreements and preconceptions, and to listen together to the voice of the Spirit who is guiding the Church into a future of hope. Each of us knows how important priestly fraternity has been in our lives. That fraternity is not only a precious possession, but also an immense resource for the renewal of the priesthood and the raising up of new vocations. I would close by encouraging you to foster opportunities for ever greater dialogue and fraternal encounter among your priests, and especially the younger priests. I am convinced that this will bear great fruit for their own enrichment, for the increase of their love for the priesthood and the Church, and for the effectiveness of their apostolate.

Dear Brother Bishops. with these few observations, I once more encourage all of you in your ministry to the faithful entrusted to your pastoral care, and I commend you to the loving intercession of Mary Immaculate, Mother of the Church.

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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.

Koehler Award Winners
Source: Roesch Library Online Grapevine, May, 2008

The Rev. Theodore Koehler, S.M., International Student Award was established by Prof. Susan L. Tsui of the University of Dayton Library, with funds from the Lackner Award which was presented to her in 1995 by the Marianists of the University of Dayton. Her own experience as an international student inspired this award. The Koehler Award is administered by a standing committee of the University of Dayton Libraries.  The recipients of this year's award were announced at a reception held in the Roesch Library Gallery on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm.  There were three winners this year: Zied Gaieb (first-year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering), Omar Memon (graduate student in Aerospace Engineering), and Sunwoong Park (graduate student in Psychology).

Also worth noting, on April 14, 2008, the Rector's Office at U.D. announced the recipients of this year's Marianist Service Award, Herbert Schotz of Dining Services, and Jill Talley of the University Honors and Scholars Program.

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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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