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  News from the Marian Library

With sadness we wish to inform you of the death of Bro. Stanley Mathews, S.M., the first Rector of the University of Dayton.  He was eighty-four.   In addition to being Rector, he served as a member of the University of Dayton Board of Trustees from 1972 and, after serving nine years, was re-elected to serve until 1998.  Many may also remember that he served as a Provincial leader, and became an educator here at U.D.  

He also did much in the early years of The Marian Library. He worked there as librarian and publications coordinator with Father Ed Baumeister, Father Lawrence Monheim, and Father Phil Hoelle. He was the mover behind Marian Library Reprints and the original series of popular Marian Library Studies

On Tuesday, May 27 services will be held for Bro. Mathews.  The viewing will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on campus.  A reception will be held in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge after the services.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Neubert Translations Completed

Translations into English of two outstanding Marian works by Father Emile Neubert, S.M. (d. 1967) were completed recently.  Both books are being prepared for publication.

Father Thomas Stanley, S.M., (Dayton) translated Marie et Notre Sacerdoce and titled it Mary and the Priestly Ministry.  La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre was translated by Father Joseph Stefanelli, S.M., (Cupertino) as Mary’s Apostolic Mission and Ours.

Please pray that both books will soon be in print.  Father Neubert is still tops in popularizing matters Marian.

Already available in English is Living with Mary by the late and revered Father Emile Neubert, S.M., a booklet of one hundred pages that explains how we can be united with our Blessed Mother in our daily lives.

Living with Mary presents a simple Marian spirituality that summarizes the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and St. Louis de Montfort.  It has been popular with dedicated apostles of Mary for decades.

This work by the internationally-known Marianist Mariologist was translated from the original French by Father Thomas Stanley, S.M., more than fifty years ago, and has gone through five printings. Living with Mary is available again from the North American Center for Marianist Studies at $2.00 per copy.

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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, May 21, 2008, Francesca Franchina and Dr. Tracey Jamison, Ph.D. of Cincinnati, Ohio discuss how he became a Catholic and a Carmelite (Third Order Carmelite Discalced) by the grace of God; Contemplative prayer according to the Carmelite Doctors of the Church; St. Teresa of Avila and St. John Chrysostom; Mental and Contemplative Prayer; The Seven Mansions in the Soul and The Goal; Transforming Union with God in loving wisdom, and the full outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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, May 20, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses "The Response of the Holy Spirit to Today's Challenge of Evangelization; Ecclesial Movements and New Communities," the article written by Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the New Pentecost, The Time of Mercy and Way of Divine Love. Recipe today from Francesca's Italian Kitchen: Braccioli ala Terminese: A Stuffed Rolled Round Steak Cooked in Pasta Sauce Served With Penne Pasta and Fresh Italian Green Salad Garnished with Artichoke Hearts.

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Alumni Update

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, IMRI graduate and former President of the Mariological Society of America has been elected President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary--United States for a three-year term.  She has been serving as their Vice President.  She plans to attend this year's MSA conference in Boston while serving on their Awards Committee.  She also plans to attend the First International ESBVM-USA Congress in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania from August 11-13, 2008 where she will present "Entrance of the Theotókos into the Temple: Daughter of Zion Dwells in Heaven's Presence"

This paper will offer the Congress an exploration of the entrance of the Theotókos into the Temple in reference to the environment of Jewish mystical understanding in her time.  Examples from the Hodayot and the Temple Scrolls of Qumran, styles of mystical writing that influenced Greek apocryphal writing, will be shown to inform the meaning of the unique story of a little girl in the Temple who is fed by angels. The mystical perspective of her entry into the Temple can be seen as a demonstration of the Virgin Mary as the Daughter of Zion.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Union with Jesus and Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

This pint-sized prayer by Father John J. Olier, founder of the Sulpicians, is renowned in spiritual theology.

O Jesus, living in Mary
come to live in your servants,
with your spirit of holiness,
in the fullness of your power,
in the perfection of your ways,
in the truth of your virtues,
and in the communion of your divine mysteries.

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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 Crčche 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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In relation to the season, we encourage you to review May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation, Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium, and Mary, Beloved of the Trinity.  We have posted our answer to a reader's question, When is it permitted to use the liturgies from the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary during Lent and Advent?, and also linked to a reader's Marian poem, Japanese Madonna. We have also updated  Korean-language News (through 5/19/2008).

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Expert Explains Church's Criteria for Confirming Marian Apparitions
Source: Catholic News Agency (Rome), May 8, 2008

Salvatore M. Perrella, an expert in dogma and Mariology from the Mariunum Pontifical School in Rome, explained this week the criteria used by the Church to determine the legitimacy of Marian apparitions. His explanation comes in the wake of the Church’s approval of the apparitions of Our Lady of Laus in France.

In an article for L’Osservatore Romano, Perrella cited Jesuit Father Giandomenico Mucci to explain the difference between a vision and an apparition.  The first is of a spiritual nature, while the second is of a physical one.  That is, the seer has a real and sensible experience of the one in the apparition.

After explaining the Church’s process for verifying Marian apparitions was discussed at the Lateran Council and the Council of Trent, Perrella explained that currently "discernment about the veracity" of alleged apparitions "falls to the diocesan bishop or archbishop--and in recent times to the episcopal conference in question--and to the Pope."

He also pointed out that the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith drafted an internal and secret document on February 25, 1978, after four years of study, signed by the prefect Cardinal Franjo Seper to be used by the competent authorities" in evaluating supernatural occurrences.

Perrella went on to point out that the CDF instructed that for an investigation to proceed, "precise information" should be gathered about the various aspects of the alleged apparitions such as testimonies of conversions, theological analysis of the message of the apparitions, a medical and psychological review of the seer or visionary, including his or her educational level, an examination of their spiritual life, their level of communion with the Church, miraculous healings and occurrences, and other factors.

After a detailed examination of the numerous events related to apparitions, Perrella said, the Church "has approved a total of eleven apparitions out of 295 that have been studied--including now the twelfth, which are those of Our Lady of Laus, approved on May 4, 2008."

"Once verified and authenticated by Church authorities, the extraordinary manifestations may be freely embraced, as faith is reserved only to the public Revelation of God which ended with the death of the last Apostle," he said.

In any case, Perrella stressed, the apparitions approved by the Church only manifest the evangelical mission of Mary throughout the history of the Church, which has been to point the way to the Father's house through faith in the Lord Jesus.

Such revelations, while they help to increase faith, "do not add to the Revelation given to the Church in Sacred Scripture, but rather they help to make it current during a specific period in history," he said.

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Prayer of the Pope to Our Lady of Sheshan
Source: VIS (Vatican City), May 16, 2008

Benedict XVI has composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan to mark the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is due to be celebrated on 24 May.

In a Letter written to the faithful of the Catholic Church in China in May 2007, the Holy Father expressed the hope that 24 May, liturgical memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians who is venerated with such devotion at the Marian shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, would become a day of prayer for the Church in China.

The full text of the English-language version of the Holy Father's prayer is given below:

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title 'Help of Christians',
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.

Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said 'yes' in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.

You willingly and generously co-operated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.

From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.

Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.

Grant that your children may discern at all times, even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.

Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trails, continue to believe, to hope, to love.

May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.

In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.

Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.

Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!

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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.

New French Shrine 'could rival Lourdes'
Source: Telegraph News (Paris), May 5, 2008

The Roman Catholic Church has officially recognized a shrine in the French Alps where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a young shepherdess--the first such recognition in France for almost 150 years.

But the presence of a government minister drew instant political fire, with the French Left claiming that the country's staunchly secular values were being undermined.

Notre Dame du Laus, which already draws some 120,000 pilgrims each year, was formally acknowledged by the Vatican after three years of research into its credentials by a team of theologians, historians and psychologists.

There have been suggestions it could grow to rival Lourdes, the last place in France to receive the Church's official apparition stamp--in 1862--and which today struggles to cope with five million pilgrims each year.

About six-thousand Catholics, including more than twenty bishops and cardinals, attended a solemn Mass at the sanctuary of Benôite Rencurel--who was sixteen when she first reported seeing the Virgin Mary in 1664.

The shepherdess was described by one observer as the French champion of apparitions, because she saw the Virgin Mary around 2,500 times over fifty-four years--averaging once a week.

Hordes of pilgrims already go to the site in the hope of salvation or a cure. Most recently, a Belgian woman insisted that she had been miraculously cured of a slipped disc after visiting the shrine.

Church authorities in the southeastern town of Gap had long struggled to convince the Vatican to beatify the shepherdess--a request it refused as recently as 2003.

Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri, the Bishop of Gap, told the gathering: "I recognize the supernatural origin of the apparitions and facts experienced and recounted by Benôite Rencurel, between 1664 and 1718.

"I encourage the faithful to come and pray and to seek spiritual renewal in this sanctuary," he said.


The Pope will visit France in September to mark the 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions.

The above was condensed from the original version of the story at:'could-rival-Lourdes'.html.

Virgin Mary Miracle in Bosnia
Source:, May 19, 2008

These are difficult times: wars and rumors of wars, troubling times with the world economy.

While all of these things are happening, there is a remarkable development in Medjugorje, a small village in Bosnia. More than a million people a year are visiting the site where the Virgin Mary has appeared regularly since 1981.

The visions have affected not just Roman Catholics but Eastern Orthodox, Protestants, and even members of non-Christian religions. The local Roman Catholic bishops have tried to throw cold water on these visions. They have been unable to convince people that what is happening there isn't real. Indeed the Vatican has removed them from the process.

There have been all sorts of scientific studies of the two ladies to whom the Virgin Mary has appeared. The women have been judged to be of sound mind and are healthy psychologically. Scripture says, "By their fruits ye shall know them." There have been reports at the site of healings and conversions from the cares and anxieties of this world to a Christian lifestyle.

My son Andrew went there alone. He personally witnessed the statue of the Jesus Christ which daily sheds tears. It has been subjected to x-rays and all sorts other examinations. It is free standing, unconnected to anything. Andrew said he personally felt the tears. In addition, the sun dances as it did at the time of the Communist revolution.

The messages which the ladies have received are consistent with Scripture. That is one of the first things to be examined to be sure that what is taking place at Medjugorje is not a cult. Andrew reports that when the Virgin Mary appears to the ladies birds flock to the area and are perfectly silent. When the visions are finished the birds fly away.

The Virgin implores pilgrims to pray and fast. If enough do, the likely chastisement of this world may be averted. She also wants people to read the Bible and to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Roman Catholic Church. No one is obliged to accept that what is happening at Medjugorje is real. I recall speaking with the late Frank Shakespeare, once our ambassador to the Vatican. He went there multiple times and was profoundly moved by what he saw and personally experienced.

So while there is worldly turmoil, especially in the Middle East, it is comforting to know that there is a place of peace on this earth.

Some thirty-million people who have visited this tiny remote village are witness to the authenticity of the visions. The bitterest skeptics have turned around after visiting.

Why would the Virgin Mary choose this remote location and these two ladies? Her son Jesus Christ only knows.

Meanwhile, if you have not heard of Medjugorje up to this point, chances are very good that you will hear of it and its works as time goes on and as the situation in the world grows more difficult.

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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

Marianist Environmental Education Center presentation by Carol Ramey, NACMS Director

Topic: Mary, Model of Justice

Location: Sieben Hall at Mount Saint John (Dayton, OH)

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

For further details, click into or call 937-429-3582.

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