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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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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page website.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I have used your site many times and find it to be the most thorough repository for Marian information anywhere. May God bless you, the board of directors, staff, students, professors and volunteers of The Marian Library and the University of Dayton.


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:

Children's Pilgrimage to the Cova da Iria at the Fatima Shrine and Wax Museum in Fatima, Portugal.

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 stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, 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 25, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Nick Cardilino, accomplished musician, song writer, and singer, regarding his music and music choices for youth and young people. Nick talks about cutting CDs, writing music, topping the charts and meeting other prominent Christian musicians focusing on the creative process and college ministry at the University of Dayton. Discussion of life with teens, their music and choices they make in recreation and dress. How does family faith development measure up to negative outside influences and increase positive creative thought and activities? What happens when teens go off to college? What is happening in Campus Ministry in Catholic universities and state schools? How do drinking, drugs, and immorality stack up against adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, service projects and Christian college households? 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 24, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses how to talk to an atheist about Christianity, Christian creativity, the power of prayer in every day life, living the lessons of Scripture, and living life in the Holy Spirit. Francesca shares the recipe for Olive Oil Cake and Green Pepper Frittata.

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Alumni Update

Brother Beda Ahn, S.M., graduate of IMRI, visited India in May for the meeting of Asian Regional Superiors [for Korea, Japan, India, and the Philippines] for translating and support. He plans to visit The Marian Library in Dayton soon, and stay through July 14, 2008. His next assignment will be as Director of the Korean Marian Library.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Catechesis by Rosary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Consider the rosary as a catechetical tool.  This thought arises from many bishops and lay catechists and all the religious and lay educator groups in between.

Religious educators and parents often comment that many today--youth and adults--are lacking in Christian formation.  A certain religious illiteracy has infiltrated the family, school, and society in general.  Children especially lack a strong basic understanding of fundamentals of our faith and of how to pray.  The challenge is clear for catechists at all age levels.  In addition, we must remember that faith and virtue are caught more than taught.  We must model what we teach.  We must echo Christ; resound faith, hope, and charity by walking the talk.

Catechists and parents often seek new methods, programs, and books of religious instruction, and we are at a loss for knowing any.  But one sure-fired and time-tested method is centuries old, tried and true, and easy to handle--the rosary.

If youngsters and adults learn the rosary, they are learning the basics of the Christian faith as well as learning how to pray.  They would know from memory the Apostles' Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be--the latter three lifted literally from the Gospel.  By praying the rosary they would be reviewing the fundamental truths handed on by Jesus and practicing the art of praying.  By teaching the rosary we help others to learn that prayer is simple, Biblical, done in union with our Mother Mary, and leads us to become absorbed in the mysteries of the life of Christ and of salvation history.

To know how to pray the twenty mysteries of the rosary means that we know the basics about the life of Jesus and his teachings--his life, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension; the meaning of Jesusí Incarnation and Redemption.  This challenges us to ponder what these mysteries mean for us today.  In reality the rosary is a compendium of the Gospel; it is the Gospel strung on beads.

The rosary is not a panacea. It does not solve all the challenges of catechesis and faith formation.  But it is one effective catechetical tool for teaching and praying.  In the past noted saints and teachers have utilized it successfully.  Let's try again.

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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) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air 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 Apparitions of the Twentieth Century, What is the latest News about Kibeho (Rwanda)?, Mariological Societies and Marian Centers, and Korean-language News through June 23, 2008.

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Mary Musical to Premiere in Vatican
Highlights Virgin's Ongoing Role in History
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), June 10, 2008

A musical about the Virgin Mary and her ongoing role in history has gained the sponsorship of various Vatican officials and organizations.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state, and the Pontifical Councils of Culture and Social Communications are sponsoring "Mary of Nazareth: A Story That Continues."

The work will premiere June 17 in Paul VI Hall.

The musical is written and directed by Maria Pia Liotta. The music is written by Stelvio Cipriani and soprano Alma Manera plays the role of Mary of Nazareth. Some forty actors, twelve ballet dancers and the orchestra of the Calabrian Theater "Francesco Cilea" also participate.

The initiative was presented today in the Vatican press office, in the presence of Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

"We are all aware that Mary is known for her role in the life of Christ the Lord and in the life of the Church, but it pleases me to highlight how she has presented and communicated to us the Word of God made flesh among men," Archbishop Celli said. "That is why I like the title of this work, 'A Story That Continues.'

"It is Mary who continues to carry out this role--in the world and in the Church--of communicating her son to men." The dicastery "is happy to see this work and to give it its sponsorship," he affirmed.

The show tells the story of Mary as daughter, spouse and mother, without misinterpreting Scripture, "but with some poetic license." It seeks to show Mary as "an ideal bridge between yesterday, today and always: a story that continues," a statement from the producers explained.

History's most famous

Father Stefano Di Fiores, a Marian theologian, oversaw the doctrinal content of the musical. During the presentation, he explained the initiative's spiritual meaning.

He said that there are many ways to consider who is Mary and how she is introduced in a musical.

"Mary is truly the most famous woman in history, ... not only has she filled art with her person," but she "has inspired" so many people, he noted.

"Even the media have opened to the Marian topic," Father Di Fiores said, "at first considering the theme as something devotional," but eventually "seeing Mary as a very living figure, much loved by the people; [a woman] with whom is shared the sorrows, sufferings and hopes of so many women around the world, especially in the Catholic, but also in the Muslim world."

Because, "this veneration of the Virgin Mary" is, so to speak, shared, "it is a point of contact with all religions--because Mary represents not only a point in the spiritual history of Israel," but also in that of the world, the Marian theologian stressed.

"If we wonder how we should respond to a God, who reveals himself, we cannot but go to Mary, who is an example in Islam, an example of the Lord's poor and an example of total self-giving to God who reveals himself," he continued. "We respond through faith, and Mary is blessed because she believed."

Star of hope

In this Marian approach, Father Di Fiores suggested a rereading of the encyclical Spe Salvi, in which Benedict XVI indicated Mary as the person who can be the "star of hope" that shines reflecting the light of Christ. She who "with her 'yes' opened the door of our world to God himself."

In his explanation of the musical, Father Di Fiores specified: "The present tendency is no longer that of the glories of Mary, but rather that of Mary, woman of our days, ... close to us.

"This line of 'humanization' of the figure of Mary is perceived in the musical Mary of Nazareth according to the intuition of Maria Pia Liotta, who with extreme sensitivity, has captured the need to bring the figure of the Virgin closer to our time, showing her historical image of humble Jewish woman."

The show does not "trivialize" Mary, Father Di Fiores added. It enables one to "perceive her mystery of woman who lives according to the rhythm of God and of his Word: 'Your voice is my life,' [soprano] Alma [Manera] sings."

The Italian Senate, the Lazio Region and the Roman and Calabrian municipalities are also sponsors of the musical, produced by AIRAM: Cultura e Comunicazione.

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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.

SFX Cathedral Garden Update
Source: Marcy Pfeifer (Green Bay, Wisconsin), June 17, 2008

The SFX Cathedral Mary's Garden in Green Bay is blooming!

We completed planting and are now enjoying the lovely flowers for Our Lady. It has been wonderful to meet the help God sent for this project, to see their talents at work.

Her arbor is covered with red roses, marigolds and blue petunias, as well as thrift, lilies, dianthus and spiderwort surround her ...

It has been especially wonderful to be there, tending the garden "in the background," when passers-by stop to pray and visit her garden! We've seen young, old, couples... stop to kneel, talk with her ... It is really beautiful!

Today, June 17, work began on installing the Rosary Path in our Rosary Garden. It is a complicated project, but with good workers to complete it, they expect to finish by June 24 ... and then a little landscaping of the Mystery of the Rosary beds (inside the path) and we'll plant! I'll keep you updated!

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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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