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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian and sacred music

David Burke, from the contemporary choir of Mary, Our Queen, Catholic Church in Norcross, Georgia, sends us the following information:

Greetings members and affiliates of Catholic organizations!

My name is David Burke. The Mary Our Mother Foundation asked me to compose a song using the Hail Mary prayer for the organization's upcoming devotional CD project. I thought I would share the song (free) with you, especially as we approach August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To hear the song, please log on to the following website,, and scroll DOWN to the BOTTOM and click on Hail Mary Prayer.

Hope you like it. God bless.

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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, July 9, 2008, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Mark Miravalle of Franciscan University of Steubenville and Vox Populi focusing on the Blessed Mother and her Spiritual Motherhood, Mary, Mother of All Peoples, and Evangelization! 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, July 8, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses Everyday Miracles and the Miracles of St. Philomena, St. John Vianney, The Cure of Ars, and St. Padre Pio. How you can derive the benefits of 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 Italian Artichoke Salad and Pasta with Peas and Mushrooms when you are in a hurry.

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Alumni Update

Father Antonio LaRocca, S.M.C., and Father Javier Alson, S.M.C., are visiting Dayton through August 5 along with novices from their order, Servicio Mariano de Comunicacion, to continue their research at The Marian Library.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Charter For Marian Studies (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (VMISF) is one of the most important and most impressive recent documents of the Church concerning the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history.  It ranks with chapter 8 of Vatican II's Lumen Gentium, Paul VI's Marialis Cultus, Redemptoris Mater from John Paul II, and Behold Your Mother by the U.S. Bishops Conference.  VMISF is a magna carta of Mariology for the contemporary Church.  The document was issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education at the time of the second Marian Year (1987-1988).  Unfortunately, it is little-known, and has received scant attention.  Click here to read the document in its entirety.

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Current Exhibit

The Art of Illustration

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Anne Simoneau from July 1 through September 5, 2008. The Marian Library will arrange the exhibit as a series of clusters, including Mary; the brown scapular, or the brown cloth made famous by Our Lady of Mount Carmel; the Eucharist; Jesus and the saints; and children and families at prayer. For more information, click, into the June 26 article from UD's Campus News Digest.  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) 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, Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium and Paul and Mary.

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Message for Sea Sunday 2008
"Respect and Fairness for All Seafarers"
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), June 25, 2008

Here is the message released today by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers for Sea Sunday, to be observed July 13.

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Sea Sunday is annually a day set aside for the remembrance and prayer for all those who are mariners, fishers, port workers together with their families and dependents. This is therefore an opportunity for us to remember the issues that seafarers daily confront in undertaking their professional and seafaring life in the context of the pastoral care of the Apostleship of the Sea throughout the world, which is characterized also by our support for human rights, fair trade and the defense of the environment.

Coming one year after the XXII AOS World Congress, which was held in Gdynia (Poland) in 2007, this celebration will certainly give new impetus to our pledge to remain in solidarity--as stated by the theme of the Congress--with the People of the Sea as witnesses of Hope, through the Proclamation of the Word, Liturgy and Diakonia, and to promote in the maritime world a humanism inspired by Christian hope. Its introduction in the maritime environment means first and foremost the creation of a climate of respect and fairness for all seafarers.

Towards this end, the AOS has welcomed the adoption by the ILO of the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 and the Work in Fishing Convention 2007. Now that these two Conventions have been adopted, the work of all national AOS continue in order to ensure that they are ratified and implemented as quickly as possible so that they may make a genuine improvement to the lives of millions of seafarers and fishers.

However, there is one area of maritime activity which is of particular concern all over the world, that of the fishing profession. The fishing communities in fact are battling against the more negative aspects of globalization and are confronted with economic, social and ecological problems of international proportions. Everywhere AOS has to manifest solidarity with them and intensify its pastoral mission in this area, as these next years will be decisive if we want the oceans to live, the fishing communities to survive and to continue harvesting fish, on which more than one billion people rely, till now, as their main source of protein.

In this perspective Pope Benedict XVI has spoken about "the great challenge of today [that] is to 'globalize,' not just economic and commercial interests, but also the call for solidarity." This will be possible only if "the person, created in the image of God and loved by him, [is] at the centre of every economic plan to protect and administer the immense resources of creation" (Speech to Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice Foundation, May 31, 2008).

Another sad and emerging phenomenon, which must be mentioned, is piracy. In some parts of the world, this is prevalent and presents a real threat to the security of vessels and their crews. AOS therefore must support every move by the International Community and local Authorities to address this problem.

Our world celebration also gives us this year the opportunity to thank again all chaplains, pastoral agents and volunteers who are active in the AOS and who extend pastoral and practical assistance together with hospitality to all seafarers regardless of race, creed or political opinion. One of our great strengths is the number of laity who work in a voluntary capacity for the AOS in chaplaincies, together with the ongoing formation and training in so many places that continue to bear fruit.

In this respect we would like to recommend that our new Manual for Chaplains and Pastoral Agents of the Apostleship of the Sea be translated if possible in local languages under the authority of the respective national AOS. In this way this pastoral instrument, which has already proved to be an excellent guide, will benefit to an ever greater number of people.

We rejoice too--as it was stressed in Gdynia--for the ecumenical collaboration and interreligious dialogue taking place aboard ships, in the ports and in seafarers' centers. Our presence and witness express the solicitude and proximity of the Church to all those who are involved in the maritime environment, especially to the poorest and those most in need.

We pray that this celebration of Sea Sunday will enable us to renew our commitment to human promotion and evangelization. May Mary, Stella Maris, intercede for us in asking for God's grace, so that AOS may ever more remain committed to the building up of God's Kingdom in the maritime world.

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, President

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary

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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.

Divine Imagery
Source: Tribune Chronicle (Warren, OH), July 5, 2008

Exquisite works of art, little known facts about the Catholic Church and artifacts demonstrating the grandeur of the Vatican are open to the public through September 7, 2008 at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The museum is one of only three sites nationwide hosting the exhibit "Vatican Splendors from Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Swiss Guard."  It also will travel to St. Paul, Minn., and St. Petersburg, Fla. ...

The exhibit is divided into four sections, or galleries, each with a different theme.  These include:

"Foundations of the Church," which tells the story of Saint Peter and the building of the Church.  Highlights of this gallery are silk paintings of the Madonna and Jesus' face with a crown of thorns. The latter is so lifelike that guests feel like they can almost touch the droplets of blood falling from the Lord's face. ...

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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 July 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 July.

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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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