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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

Father Matthew Morry, O.P., a longtime member and a past president of the MSA, died peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2008, feast of Corpus Christi, after a lengthy struggle with a form of bone cancer. Father Morry was the founder and leading force behind the New England Region of the MSA. May he rest in peace.

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:

Mary unites East and West and The Rosary of the Youth.

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, June 4, 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.

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Alumni Update

Chris Padgett, an IMRI student, sent us the following update on his activities:

Over the years, many have heard me tell stories about my children, especially Koble. Some of the stories are free for folks to enjoy on the podcast, which you can sign up for on iTunes (type in Chris Padgett). In addition to the audio version, I put a couple video links down for you to enjoy, and a couple are of my kids. One is of Hannah driving for the first time, and the other is Kolbe a couple of years ago during a Christmas play. Let me know what you think!

I also included an announcement about the new talk Lighthouse Catholic Media just released, which some have received already. It complements the book that Linda and I did with Servant Books, Not Ready For Marriage, Not Ready for Sex. The talk is great for teens struggling with purity. Linda and I tell about our journey.

If you know of anyone who could use me as a speaker/musician, please forward the info. along. I have some slow months and would love to fill my schedule in. Much of what I do is because of people spreading the word about this apostolate, and for that I am grateful. Any way you can assist us will be greatly appreciated.

Finally, please keep us in prayer these next few months. I am hoping to complete the majority of my required doctoral classes this summer, as well as finish a book on Our Lady. The music video I did in Cleveland for the song I'm in Love (on the CD Impact) will be out very soon for all to enjoy.  We are always trying to use the time we've been given to reach as many as possible; It is nice to know you have been there cheering us on along the way.

For more information, visit his website,

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's Message to Juan Diego (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

"Let not your heart be disturbed.  Do not fear that sickness, or any other anguish.  Am I not here, who am your Mother?  Are you not under my protection?  Am I not your health?  Are you not happily within my fold?  What else do you wish? Do not grieve or be disturbed by anything."

Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego (1531)

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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 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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In relation to the season, we encourage you to review Memorial of Mary's Immaculate Heart, and Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium.  Also, we have update our section on Marian Shrines in the Philippines and posted new Marian Music composed for World Youth Day [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Envoy Named for Anniversary of Belgian Apparitions
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), May 26, 2008

Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin of the Poor.

The appointment was announced in a March 27 Latin-language letter to the cardinal, made public last Saturday.

The anniversary celebrations are to be held at the shrine of Banneux, Belgium, this Saturday.

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

From January 15 to March 2, 1933, Our Lady appeared eight times to Mariette Beco, calling herself the Virgin of the Poor.

Delving Behind Marian Devotion
Father Lombardi Reflects on Day of Prayer for China
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), May 25, 2008

Love of Mary is not something sentimental but is a gift from Christ on the cross, said a Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, affirmed this on the latest episode of the weekly Vatican Television program "Octava Dies."

Love of Mary, Father Lombardi explained, "is not sentimental devotion, or worse, sentimental mythology. It is a matter of finding in the Mother of Jesus the way to put the incarnation of God back at the center of our life and--as Pope Benedict added--at the center of our age and our cities.

"Drawing from the contemplation of Christ, we can 'irrigate' society, beginning with everyday relationships. We can purify society of many negative forces, opening it to the newness of God."

Father Lombardi noted how Benedict XVI marked May 24 as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. May 24 is the feast of Mary, Help of Christians, venerated at the shrine of Sheshan near Shanghai.

The spokesman reflected on how the prayers of the universal Church focused on the Asian country. "In Marian prayer, our horizons become universal," he said. "The dying Christ entrusted us all to the care of his Mother.

"Chinese Catholics aspire with perseverance to be able to express their faith in complete freedom.

"[T]he Chinese people have recently suffered the terrible tragedy of an earthquake. [...] We look to this country, which has the largest population in the world, with fraternity and solidarity, with a true desire for its human and spiritual welfare."

"It is right to hope for a serene relationship between the Holy See and China so that the Church [there] can truly be Chinese and truly Catholic at the same time," Father Lombardi concluded. "Positive signs are not lacking. Let us ask that the Mother of China, of Asia, of the Church, to accompany and look with favor upon its journey."

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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.

Guard on China's Faithful
Source: The Advertiser (Australia), May 26, 2008

Bells clanged, children played and police kept watch as pilgrims flocked to one of China's most revered Catholic shrines yesterday, the day Pope Benedict designated World Day of Prayer for China.

"There are fewer people than last year," seminary student Wu, thirty, said as he welcomed worshippers into the 150-year-old Sheshan Cathedral, about a forty-five-minute drive from Shanghai.

"The Government made sure to keep order this year."

May is the month Chinese Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary. It is the peak season for the country's faithful to visit Sheshan. Authorities restricted attendance this year, fearing social unrest after March's protests in Tibet and before Beijing's August Olympic Games, the Catholic media said.

Tensions heightened after Benedict penned a prayer asking the Chinese be allowed to freely express their faith and allegiance.

"Sustain all those in China who amid their daily trials continue to believe, to hope, to love," the prayer says. "May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world."

About eleven-thousand of an estimated twelve million Catholics visited the shrine last year. That has dwindled to five-thousand as roadblocks prevented gatherings.

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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 June 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 June.

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Marian Events

Symposium Sponsored by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute

Title: Mary in the Life of the Parish

Date: July 21-23, 2008

A compelling Symposium for Priests and Pastoral Ministers will be held at The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio (overnight accommodations on campus).  Topics will include Catechesis, Liturgy, Outreach, Shrines, Apparitions, and Devotions. The program will include a concert of contemporary and traditional music, a banquet, and fellowship with parishes from across the Midwest.

For more information please email Father Francois Rossier, S.M. at or phone him or Michelle Foley at 937-229-4214 or click here.

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