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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:

Twelve Hours of the Virgin of Fatima in Rome and Fatima, spiritual oasis for the world.

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 11, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with family businessman, Andrew Cole, of Covington, Kentucky, regarding family selection of proper clothing and toys; guarding against the all-out movement of seduction and pornography assailing civilization today. What can families do about this insidiousness? How can families shine as beacons of light as promulgated by Pope John Paul II in The Culture of Life? Andrew Cole is the father of six children, is affiliated with campus ministry at Eastern Kentucky University, and hosts Fatherhood Speaks on Radio Maria.

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, June 10, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the power of prayer in every day life, Liturgy of the Hours, Scripture and getting into the rhythm of everyday life and prayer, and living life in the Holy Spirit. Francesca shares recipes for Gelato, Granita (Lemon Ice and Italian Ice Cream) and her family favorite, Italian Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, Onions, and Green Peppers to pack for a picnic or pot luck.

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Alumni Update

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. and Father Francois Rossier, S.M. are away on retreat this week at Ender's Island in Connecticut.  Sister M. Jean Frisk is also away on retreat until June 17.

Sister Francesca Lee, who works with Sophia Choi at the Marian School in Seoul and Busan, is visiting The Marian Library until August.  Also, Father Gregory Roth, who completed his STL in 1998, has returned to IMRI to work on an STD thesis on Germanus of Constantinople.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Different Marian Shrine--Consider a Cyber Pilgrimage (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

You can enjoy the blessings and pleasures of a pilgrimage by sitting at your computer and visiting a different kind of shrine.  Simply call up The Mary Page, website of The Marian Library and its International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton in the USA.   Then embark on a cyber pilgrimage in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Acknowledged as the premier Marian website, The Mary Page is a fascinating and valuable resource about everything concerning the Mother of the Redeemer.  Encyclopedic in scope, it treats an extensive range of topics that will both inform and inspire the pilgrim inquirer.  This website is a veritable treasure trove of matters Marian.

Your ticket is or enter "The Mary Page" on Google or another search engine.

N.B. Zenit recently posted a review of The Mary Page by Salesian Sister, Marie Gannon, in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

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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 CrŤche 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 Summer Time with Mary, and Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium.  Also, we have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through May 30, 2008, and Korean-language News through June 1, 2008.  We have added a new section to our Korean-language resources, monthly Marian Commemorations, currently for June.  We have also posted the Call for Papers for next year's MSA conference.

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Fifth Dogma a Marian Antidote
Interview with Syro-Malabar Cardinal Vithayathil
Source: Zenit (Kerala, India), May 21, 2008

An antidote to the challenges facing the Church and society today is the glorification of Mary through the proclamation of a fifth Marian dogma, says Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

Cardinal Vithayathil, major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, is one of the five cardinals who sent a letter in January inviting prelates worldwide to join them in petitioning Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma they said would "proclaim the full Christian truth about Mary."

The text includes the petition that asks the Pope to proclaim Mary as "the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race."

In this interview with ZENIT, Cardinal Vithayathil, who turns eighty-one on May 29, comments on the effect the proclamation of the dogma could have on interreligious and ecumenical dialogue, and the possible fruits he foresees could result.

The Syro-Malabar Church is made up of about 3.5 million of India's sixteen million Catholics.

Q: Does the Syro-Malabar rite have a particularly generous devotion to Our Lady?

Cardinal Vithayathil: Yes, the Syro-Malabar Catholics have a great tradition of intense devotion to Our Lady. There is a belief among them that the apostle St. Thomas who first preached the Gospel to their ancestors had brought with him a replica of the picture of the Blessed Virgin supposedly painted by the Evangelist Luke. Centuries before the Portuguese missionaries arrived, there were many churches dedicated to Our Lady in Malabar.

It is true that some of the liturgical books brought down from Babylon by some of the Chaldean bishops contained certain Nestorian formulae, but these in no way lessened the Marian devotion of the Syro-Malabar Catholics who were never greatly concerned with the great theological and Christological disputes.

Pope John Paul II has asserted that the Syro-Malabar Catholics were never formally separated from the Sea of St. Peter during the twenty centuries of their existence.

During the three centuries that the Latin Carmelite bishops from Europe ruled the Syro-Malabar Church, there was a deepening of devotion to Our Lady among the Syro-Malabars. Practically every member of the community wore the brown Carmelite scapular and recited the family rosary everyday.

In the apostolic constitution "Romani Pontifices," which erected the Syro-Malabar hierarchy, Pope Pius XI gives as a reason for the flourishing of the community the singular devotion of the Syro-Malabar faithful toward the Blessed Virgin Mary ("Singularem erga Beatissimam Virginem Mariam pietatem").

I believe that this Marian devotion is the reason why today 70% of all missionaries in India are children of the Syro-Malabar Church, and this Church with a population of only 3.8 million faithful can ordain 250 priests every year.

Q: Why do you think that the time is opportune for the declaration of a fifth Marian dogma?

Cardinal Vithayathil: Mary has through private revelations like those at Lourdes, Fatima, etc., made known that in the sad situations of the world today God wishes as an antidote the glorification of his mother through the recitation of the holy rosary, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, etc.

The fifth Marian dogma would certainly improve the world situation through the prayers of Mary to her divine Son. Many believe that the danger of Marxist Communism was averted by the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, Fatima, etc., and the consequent increase in devotion to Mary.

The greatest threat that the Catholic Church faces today is consumerist relativism that has greatly affected the Western Church and even the Churches in Asia. I believe that it can be overcome by honoring Our Lady with the proposed dogma.

Q: The principal objection posed against the solemn definition of a fifth Marian dogma is the Church's mission of ecumenism. Do you think this Marian declaration would hurt the ecumenical cause for the Church?

Cardinal Vithayathil: Not only will the solemn definition never hurt the ecumenical movement, but it will positively enhance it. I feel that it is Godís will that we should honor Our Lady in a special way at this juncture of world history. Only good can come out of doing Godís will. We should follow prudence born out of faith and not merely worldly prudence.

Almighty God is the Lord of history and he can always overcome the effects of disunity caused by human weakness. The Hindu communities in India are extremely open to the concept of "Mother," and they enthusiastically participate in the Marian devotions of the Catholic Church. The Orthodox Churches with whom we live together, already believe in this doctrine.

Q: As major archbishop of an Eastern Church, do you believe a new Marian dogma would hurt East-West relations, or distance our relationship with the Orthodox Church?

Cardinal Vithayathil: I can say that any honor given to Mary short of adoration given only to God will not cause any setback in Catholic-Orthodox relations because the contents of the proposed dogma is already part of the faith of the Orthodox Christians, though not dogmatically expressed. It may sour Catholic-Protestant relations, but Our Lady knows how to heal this.

The truth of the proposed definition is in a true sense derived from God's choice of Mary as the mother of God and the mother of all human beings.

Q: What fruits do you foresee for the Church and the world coming from a solemn definition of Maryís spiritual motherhood in her roles as co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate?

Cardinal Vithayathil: I foresee many fruits for the Church and the world as a result of the solemn definition of this dogma. It will bring more peace built on justice in the world. It will give a new spurt to evangelization. It will bring about greater devotion to Mary and confidence in her intercessory power.

It will make Catholics realize that just as Mary, through the merits of Jesus Christ, has become co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate for the whole human race, we too share in Maryís threefold roles for the salvation of humankind.

Even though the content of the proposed definition is clearly taught by the Fathers and doctors of the Church, such as St. Alphonsus Liguori in his work "Glories of Mary," an infallible definition by the Pope will help deepen the confidence of the people of God in Maryís role as co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate.

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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.

Miracles of Mary book's author reveals nature of her love
Source: The Record (Perth, Australia), June 4, 2008

The launch of The Miracles of Mary at The Record Bookshop on May 29 revealed the mother of God working in Bridget Curran's ordinary life to reveal herself to the young writer.

The Miracles of Mary:
Everyday Encounters of Beauty and Grace
Available from The Record Bookshop
RRP: $22.95

Bridget Curran, 28, renewed her faith in a big way in 2000, but still had serious reservations about the Churchís perceived obsession with Mary. In fact, she nearly left the Catholic Church because of this.

So when Allen & Unwin's Maggie Hamilton contacted her after seeing her blog on the Catholic Youth Ministry website, she did not want to write a book on Mary, of all people.

She was so "blocked" in her feelings towards Mary that she could barely bring herself to pray the Rosary.

"This book was Our Lady's way of helping me appreciate and understand her better," she told The Record. Bridget always wanted to be a writer since she was a little girl--"apart from a dream of being a 'nun-gypsy-princess' ..."

But having grown up and started working for a film production company, she let that dream go, and the approach from Allen & Unwin was an opportunity to fulfil that dream.

This is apparent in the book's style. Accounts of devotions to Mary and miracles attributed to her from around the world are written simply, as if being read as a child's bedtime story, yet it has deep theological implications that are easily understood as acts of love. ...

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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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