News from the
Marian Library
Mary in the Catholic Press Mary in the
Secular Press


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

Bro. Stan Mathews, who died Sunday, May 18, 2008, was the animating spirit and energizer of the Marian Library in the 1940's and 1950's. He was associated with the library from its beginning in 1943: even while he was in the Marianist Scholasticate, he assisted the library’s founder, Fr. Lawrence Monheim. He was a "field-worker," recording the Marian books of libraries in northern Ohio, 1945-51, one of the Marian Library’s first projects. In 1952, he was designated librarian, the first-full time worker. He edited two anthologies: The Promised Woman (1953) and the Queen of the Universe (1957): the articles were translations from European scholars and contributed to the American scene. In the introduction to one of the books he wrote: "The Marian apostolate will be as solid as the books which form the ideas of apostles." He was the managing editor of The Marianist Magazine.

His funeral will be this evening (5/27/2008), 7:00 p.m., at U.D.'s Immaculate Conception Chapel.  Click here for a memorial tribute

Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book on Mary

Please note the publication of a small new book called Song To Mary: Timeless Marian Prayers compiled by Renzo Sala, Pauline Books and Media, 64 pp., 4 x 6, $9.95. It contains nine ancient hymns to the Virgin Mary with comment and masterpiece illustrations. It is available from, and the Marian Library has ordered a copy.

Return to Top

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 28, 2008, Francesca Franchina and guests Father Francois Rossier,S.M., Michelle Foley, and Michael Duricy, discuss Mary and the New Testament; Marian Anthropology and other Marian spring and summer course offerings at the University of Dayton's International Marian Research Institute (IMRI); The Mariological Society; and The Marian Symposium to be held at U.D. July 21-23, 2008.

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 27, 2008, Francesca Franchina continues the discussion of Today's Challenge of Evangelization and the Holy Spirit; Ecclesial Movements and New Church Communities, and introduces excerpts of the stories relating to St. Teresa of Avila in the kitchen! Today Francesca focuses on "Fores and Afts of Mediterranean Cooking: Taboule and Genoese Torte."

Return to Top

Alumni Update

Michel Forest, an artist from Montreal, is visiting Dayton this week to work on crčches for the Marian Library.

Return to Top

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Good Sources of Information About the Blessed Virgin Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Please consider the following books, all of which are available at The Marian Library:

Encyclopedia of Mary by Monica and Bill Dodds, OSV Press, 334 pages, hard-cover, $24.95

Theotokos, A Theological Encyclopedia of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Michael O'Carroll, C.S.Sp., Wipf and Stock Publishers, 390 pages, soft-cover, $38.00

Dictionary of Mary, Revised and Expanded Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Corp., 552 pages, soft-cover, $9.95

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

In relation to the season, we encourage you to review May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation, and Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium.  We were also informed of the publication of a new Marian poem by Lisa Renee on the web, "Sweet Lady of May."

Return to Top

Special Envoy to Anniversary of Virgin of the Poor
Source: VIS (Vatican City), May 24, 2008

Made public today was a Letter from the Pope, written in Latin and dated March 27, to Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, appointing him as special papal envoy to celebrations marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin of the Poor, due to be held at the shrine of Banneux, Belgium on May 31.

Cardinal Danneels will be accompanied on his mission by Father Karl Gatzweiler and Father Joseph Bodeson, members of the cathedral chapter of Liege, Belgium.

May the Virgin Mary Support Christians in China
Source: VIS (Vatican City), May 25, 2008

After praying the Angelus today, the Pope addressed a special greeting to Chinese pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square, who have come to Rome from all over Italy for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which was celebrated yesterday May 24.

"I entrust to the merciful love of God those of your fellow citizens who died as a consequence of the earthquake that struck a vast area of your county," the Holy Father told them.

He then went on to renew his "personal closeness to those who are living through a period of anguish and tribulation. With the fraternal concern of everyone, may the people of those areas soon return to the normality of daily life.

"Together with you, I ask Mary Help of Christians, Our Lady of Sheshan, to support the 'commitment of those within China who, amid their daily labors, continue to believe, to hope and to love, that they may not be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus,' always being 'credible witnesses' of His love and remaining 'united to the rock of Peter upon which the Church is built'."

Return to Top

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.

'Vatican Splendors' Features Treasures
Source: The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH), May 25, 2008

It's not often the Vatican goes on a road show.  When you're one of the planet's foremost cultural and religious institutions, the world tends to come to you.  Those who want to see art commissioned by the popes or vie for a close-up look at Pope Benedict XVI's fisherman's ring generally have to brave a trip to Rome.

'Vatican Splendors From Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Swiss Guard," which opens Saturday at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, brings some of the Catholic Church's most exquisite items to the United States.  The exhibition opened in Saint Petersburg, Fla, earlier this year, and will hit St. Paul, Minn., the third and final city of the tour, in the Fall.

It is not some watered-down collection, as the exhibit's first room demonstrates.

The Madonna del Sassoferrato, a painting of the Virgin Mary that has graced many holiday cards but never been exhibited outside Rome, is one of the first works to greet visitors.  And, at the center of the room is a display case with a silver and gold reliquary said to contain the bones of St. Peter and other saints. ...

For more information, click into:

Return to Top

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!

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

Marian Events

Invitation to the launch of Bridget Curran's: Miracles of Mary

Topic: New book on Mary

Location: The Record Bookshop, 587 Newcastle Street, West Perth

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

The book is to be launched by Archbishop Hickey. For further details, contact A&U Publicity by email at

Return to Top

The Mary Page web site is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see What's New.

Return to Archive


This page, maintained by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, and created by Kris Sommers , was last modified Friday, 05/30/2008 14:55:39 EDT by Michael P. Duricy . Please send any comments to

URL for this page is