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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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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Video Clips

H2onews is a Catholic news service on a worldwide scale that creates and distributes multimedia news, every day, in eight languages. The news focuses on the life of the Church and on social and cultural events that directly pertain to Catholics living in the world.

H2onews offers its multimedia services free of charge to Catholic television, web sites and radio stations so that the Pope's words and news about the Church are available to everyone interested.

H2onews is a digital platform that lets everyone share their video professionalism because H2onews exists to give a voice to all Catholic communities worldwide.

H2onews is at the service of Catholic communication in the world, and wants to create a "network within a network."

Click into the following links to view two sample video clips with a Marian component:
Marian Icon for World Youth Day and Mary, disciple and sister.

Feel free to visit the site and explore their content.  They have many other Marian entries.  The tagline for the site is "Your Good News Source."

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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 30, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Katie Moran, Ph. D of Niles, OH, Alice Kompar, Huber Heights, OH and Kim Staggenborg of Vandalia, OH about Catholic Home Schooling; their experiences joys, trials, frustrations, stresses, strains, successes and challenges of home schooling in today's world and the upcoming Catholic Home Schooling Conference to be held in Dayton, Ohio. Discussion will include reasons why families choose to home school, choosing acceptable curriculums, spiritual aspects, socialization, lesson preparation and how their children have succeeded in pre school through college and brought success to their adult lives. Catholic Home Schooling Conference: May 16 & 17, 2008 at St. Peter's Family Life Center, Huber Heights, OH. For more information click into

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.

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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

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Look to the star.  Call upon Mary.

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary.  Let not her name depart from your lips, never allow it to leave your heart.  And that you may surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps.  With her for guide, you shall never go astray.  While invoking her, you shall never lose heart.  So long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception.  While she holds your hand, you cannot fall.  Under her protection you have nothing to fear.  If she walks before you, you shall not grow weary.  If she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.

Concerning Mary, there is never enough.

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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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We encourage you to review May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation.  Also, we have updated The Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI (through 4/27/2008), and Korean-language News (through 5/9/2008).

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Rosary is Not a Pious Practice Relegated to the Past
Source: VIS (Vatican City), May 3, 2008

This evening Benedict XVI presided at the praying of the Rosary in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major, "Marian temple par excellence," in which, as the Holy Father recalled, the image of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" is venerated.

"In the experience of my generation," he said, "May evenings evoke pleasant memories of vespertine appointments to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. ... Today we together confirm that the holy Rosary is not some pious practice relegated to the past, a prayer of distant times to be thought of nostalgically. Indeed, the Rosary is experiencing what is almost a new springtime."

"In the modern world which is so dispersive, this prayer helps us to place Christ at the centre, as did the Virgin who meditated upon everything that was said about her Son and upon what He Himself did and said. When we recite the Rosary we relive important monuments of the history of salvation, we again go over the various stages of Christ's mission. With Mary we turn our hearts to the mystery of Jesus."

"May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace that emanates from these mysteries, so that through us this grace can 'irrigate' society, starting with our everyday relationships, purifying it from many negative forces and opening it to the novelty of God.

"The Rosary," the Pope added, "when it is prayed in an authentic manner--not mechanically and superficially, but profoundly--brings peace and reconciliation. It contains the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the heart of each Hail Mary."

Pope to Visit France September 12-15
Source: Zenit (Paris), April 28, 2008

The French Episcopal conference confirmed today the dates for Benedict XVI's trip to France marking the 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions.

The Pope will arrive in Paris on Sept. 12. He is scheduled to meet with civil leaders, including President Nicolas Sarkozy. Later on, he will give a discourse directed to the world of culture.

That evening in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Holy Father will celebrate vespers with priests, deacons, religious and seminarians. Afterward, he will give an address to youth.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Pontiff will celebrate a public Mass. Also during his time in the capital city, Benedict XVI will meet with representatives of other Christian confessions, as well as Jewish and Muslim leaders, the French bishops reported.

Saturday afternoon, the Holy Father will travel to Lourdes, where he will give an address to the pilgrims.

Sunday, Sept. 14, the Pope will preside over a solemn Mass with the pilgrims. That afternoon, he will meet with French bishops and participate in a Eucharistic procession.

The next day, the Holy Father will administer the anointing of the sick during a Mass. He will return to Rome that Monday afternoon.

Pope Notes Secret to Happiness
Says Following God's Call Never Leads to Disappointment
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), April 28, 2008

The Pope affirmed this in a letter made public Saturday, addressed to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris. The papal message marked the one-hundredth anniversary of an annual youth pilgrimage from the province of Paris.

This year's six-day pilgrimage, destined for Lourdes, ended Sunday.

In his letter to the cardinal, who is also president of the French bishops' conference, the Holy Father mentioned that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous.

Benedict XVI called on young people to imitate Mary's response when she was "invited to follow an amazing yet disconcerting journey. Her readiness led her to experience a joy of which all previous generations had sung."

"Our 'yes' to God makes the font of true happiness gush forth," the Pope affirmed. "It frees the 'I' from everything that closes it in on itself. It brings the poverty of our lives into the richness and power of God's plan, without restricting our freedom and our responsibility. [...] It conforms our lives to Christ's own life."

The Holy Father encouraged the young "to celebrate with enthusiasm the joy of loving Christ and of believing and hoping in him, and to follow with trust the path of initiation you have before you."

"I particularly invite you to take up the witness of your ancestors in the faith, and to learn to welcome the word of God--in silence and meditation--so that it can mould your hearts and produce generous fruits in you," he added.

This pilgrimage, the Pontiff concluded, "is also a good time to allow yourselves to be asked by Christ: 'What do you want to do with your lives?' May those among you who feel the call to follow him in the priesthood or in consecrated life--as have so many young participants in these pilgrimages--reply to the Lord's call and put yourselves totally at the service of the Church, with a life completely dedicated to the Kingdom of heaven. You will never be disappointed."

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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.

Questions about Mary?
Source: University of Dayton Discovery, May, 2008

... You can search The Mary Page for vast amounts of information on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  But, if you don't find what you are looking for, you are invited to email Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., and are assured that "he or someone of his team of researchers, will try to answer your query."

That is because those at the University of Dayton's Marian Library who field questions of belief, devotion, and scholarship, take them and those who ask them very seriously.  As a Catholic university founded by the religious order, the Society of Mary, the University of Dayton takes matters of faith, reason, and the relationship of the two very seriously.

The Mary Page is an outgrowth of the University of Dayton's Marian Library, founded in 1943.  The collection of more than 150,000 books, periodicals and other items on Mary comprises works in more than fifty languages--the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on Mary.  The library is located within the University's Roesch Library, which offers scholars a collection of more than 1,250,000 volumes and extensive online resources. ...

The Marian Library's collection of rare, esoteric and scholarly works in some fifty languages shares space with an array of devotional materials including nearly 100,000 postcards, Christmas cards, holy cards and prints of various sizes depicting Mary in the art of all ages and numerous Marian shrines.  The Marian Library's collection of non-print media includes statues from around the world, Marian postage stamps, recording of Marian music, hundreds of videos, Marian medals and rosaries.

In recent years it has come to include the world's largest collection of nativity sets, or crèches.  The library has collected nearly 1,500 crèches from forty-five countries since 1994.  The collection includes styles and settings as diverse as the heritage, vision, and interpretation of the artists who created them.  Some incorporate earthen elements like cork, bamboo and moss to create natural landscapes.  Others use household items such as bread, wax, and clothespins.  Traditional mangers abound, but the Christ child can also be found in a forest, cave, and Swiss chalet.

At Dayton, such artifacts not only can inspire popular devotion, but they also can be analyzed in both theological and cultural terms, and thus, put in the light of both faith and reason. ...

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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 May 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 May.

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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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