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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:

Inauguration of the Via Lucis at the Fatima Shrine and Benedict XVI: The Magnificat is the Truest Interpretation of History.

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 18, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Beth Madsen, wife, mother, and Girl Scout leader, and with Maureen Pierce, wife, mother, teacher, and parish leader, regarding proper clothing for teens and children; music, video games and toys; drugs and alcohol; holding the line on discipline, ethics and morals, considering the all-out movement of mind-bending and seduction assailing families and civilization today. How does family faith development curtail negative outside influences? What part does Church and youth activities play in assisting parents to teach children and teens how to have common sense, make right decisions and develop positive leadership skills? And much more!  To participate in the program call in (during the live show) with comments, experiences, questions 866-333-6279. Toll Free.

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 17, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of America and recent discussions and the Apparition at Belpasso in Catania, Sicily; June the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the meaning and importance of favorite prayers, novenas and the work of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life.

Recipes shared today from Francesca's Italian kitchen: Italian Style picnic and cook out fare Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Green Peppers and Onions, Breaded Steak and Stuffed Pork Chops.

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Alumni Update

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., will celebrate his birthday on June 18.  Also note that Edward Breen, the late husband of Connie Breen, long-time friend of ML/IMRI, would have turned one-hundred last week [as noted in the June 10, 2008 issue of the Oakwood Register].

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Sweden and Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In Sweden's Lutheran Cathedral of Vasteras, a fresh rose will always be found on the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A favorite prayer of Saint Bridget of Sweden, co-patroness of Europe (+1373): "O Lady, by the love which you bear Jesus, help me to love him."

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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 commenced 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 9, 2008.

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Musical on Mary of Nazareth
Source: VIS (Vatican City), June 10, 2008

This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present the musical Mary of Nazareth, an ongoing story, which has been written and directed by Maria Pia Liotta.

The work--due to be premiered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June--aims "to narrate the most extraordinary story that ever occurred, giving pride of place to the figure of Mary," recounting her life "using the format of the musical which possesses a universal and direct language."

Participating in the press conference alongside Maria Pia Liotta were Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Father Stefano De Fiores, professor of Mariology.

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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.

Wanted: Rosary Makers
Source: (Louisville, Kentucky), June 4, 2008

The need for rosaries is increasing in the missions and in poor countries around the world.  There is a large need for more rosary makers.

A Californian took it upon herself to enlist new rosary makers and direct them to Our Lady's Rosary Makers in Louisville, Kentucky.  She pursued this apostolate by placing free announcements in parish church bulletins across the USA.  The results were very good.   She is no longer able to do this.  Will you help to continue this good work?

OLRM has a "Holy Rosary Apostolate Kit" available free of charge.   The kit explains how you can place free announcements in parish Sunday bulletins.

The process is simple.

Your help is needed.  If you can help, please contact the office of Our Lady’s Rosary Makers.

Telephone: (502) 968-1434
Write: OLRM, P.O. Box 37080, Louisville, KY 40233-7080

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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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