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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Needed: A Marian Drama which could be staged as an outdoor religious play

First Frontier, professional theater company at the Greene County amphitheater is the producing organization of the historical outdoor drama Blue Jacket. Their mission is to preserve and promote the history of the Ohio territory through artistic presentation.  They have produced Blue Jacket for twenty-six seasons and by recommendations from audiences have produced non-historical companion shows based on classic novels and short stories.  Shane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are examples.  These companion shows have been very popular and well-attended.

They are exploring a new historical drama based on the history of the Shawnee Nation.  Also under consideration is a religious outdoor drama to be performed as a companion to our new production.

If anyone has written a play about the Blessed Mother [or would be interested in doing so] please contact Timothy A. Haney, Vice-President of First Frontier, Inc., by phone at 937-372-8217 or by email at

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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 16, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Luigi Gambero, S.M., about The Blessed Virgin Mary in the writings of the Early Fathers of the Church (Patristics). Father Gambero lives in Rome, Italy, and is a member of the faculty of the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton Marian Library. A prolific writer, he has authored many books on Mary. "We are convinced that in the evangelical kerygma of the Church and from then on Christians have always paid special attention to her person and to her role in the salvific plan of God. ... Mary is a very particular witness to Jesus." He has written Mary In the Middle Ages; Mary And The Fathers of the Church (Ignatius Press) and many other books and articles. 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 15, 2008, Francesca Franchina focuses on the history of the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the significance of the Carmelite Brown Scapular as given to the Carmelites by the Blessed Mother and worn as their habit and why lay people wear the Brown Scapular. Francesca also continues discussion of living the faith and walking in the Holy Spirit through The Year of St. Paul (July 2008-July 2009) and what he teaches about the charisms through his letters in Scripture. Francesca shares her family’s favorite Italian recipes this week which include home-made Potato Gnocchi and Green Pepper/IParmigiana Cheese Frittata.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Honoring the Virgin Mary on Stamps (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Within the religious philately category we include the area of Marian philately, the specific study and collection of stamps related to the Virgin Mary. An interesting and unusual expression of reverence for Mary in the culture of modern times is the portrayal of Mary on stamps.

The first stamp commemorating Christmas was a Canadian issue on December 7, 1898.  It featured a map of the British Empire with the words "Xmas 1898."  Then throughout the twentieth century many Christmas themes appeared on stamps in a variety of countries.

The first stamp portraying Mary was issued in Bavaria on February 14, 1920.  That stamp featured the famous Marian column standing prominently on Munich's Marienplatz (Mary's Square).  The statue-monument commemorates the victory of Maximilian I over the Muslim Turks in 1620, and honors Mary as the patron of Bavaria.  Later, in 1920, Liechtenstein issued a stamp picturing Mary.

In 1936 Estonia printed the first stamp with a Nativity image.  Since that time many countries have used the Nativity theme on stamps, some annually.

The United States of America printed its first Mary stamp for Christmas 1966.  That stamp featured a classic painting by Hans Memling, the Madonna and Child.  Since then the United States has issued every year for Christmas a classic image of Mary related to the Nativity, always featuring Mary with the baby Jesus.

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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 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) 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 The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mary in the Life of the Parish Symposium.  We have updated Korean-language News through July 15 and Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through June 29.  We have also added three new features: Contemporary Marian Music; Mount Athos and Mary; and a reflection on Psalm 45 in Spanish.

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Miraculous Medal Marks One Hundred Years
Vincentians Proclaim Jubilee to Foster Devotion to Mary
Source: Zenit (Rome), July 8, 2008

The Association of the Miraculous Medal was given pontifical approval one hundred years ago today, and a centenary is beginning to mark the anniversary.

Vincentian Father Gregory Gay, superior-general of the association, announced the centenary that will run through Nov. 20, 2009, when the group will have its third international meeting.

The association, established after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure, was recognized formally on July 8, 1909. The miraculous medal was manifested by the Blessed Virgin to St. Catherine in Paris in 1830.

The medal shows Our Lady standing on a globe with her arms outstretched and with the rays of light streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure is the inscription: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. The back of the medal has twelve stars encircling a large "M" from which arises a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. One heart is encircled in thorns and the other is pierced by a sword.

In a letter titled One Hundred Years of Pilgrimage With Mary, United With Jesus in the Poor Through the Miraculous Medal, Father Gay invited those who follow the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul to mark the centenary.

The letter recalls the progress of the miraculous medal association in its one hundred years of existence. It noted that the principal apostolate has been prayer to promote a greater devotion of the Virgin Mary.

"The association has developed this apostolate of prayer and evangelization by way of the home visits where, in a family environment, persons of faith and good will fall in love with the Lord Jesus through an intimate closeness to his mother Mary," Father Gay explained.

"In the more recent history of the association, a service-apostolate has been developed in imitation of Mary who visited her cousin Elizabeth, giving the consolation that only the God of life can give to anyone in need," he added.

"Without a doubt, it has been Mary, through her intercession, who has blessed this journey," Father Gay stated. "We pray that she continue to accompany us in the jubilee year. ... We invite all the members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal and other members of the Vincentian Family to develop activities to promote a greater devotion to our mother, Mary, and a greater love for the poor, doing all that we do for the greater honor and glory of God."

Pope's Lourdes Schedule Confirmed
Will Give Six Homilies and Three Major Discourses
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), July 4, 2008

Benedict XVI's trip to France for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes is set to include six homilies and three major discourses.

The Vatican released today the official program of the Pope's Sept. 12-15 trip.

The Holy Father will depart from Rome at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, landing in Paris two hours later.

The welcome ceremony and courtesy visit to President Nicolas Sarkozy will he held in the Elysee Palace at 12:25 p.m., followed by a meeting with the authorities of state to whom the Pope will deliver a discourse.

At 5 p.m. he is due to meet with delegates from the local Jewish community at the apostolic nunciature in Paris, after which he will travel to the city's College des Bernardins, where he will encounter representatives from the world of culture.

He will then preside at vespers in the cathedral of Notre Dame with priests, religious, seminarians and deacons, and greet young people gathered in front of the building.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Pontiff will make a brief visit to the Institut de France before going on to celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. on the Esplanade des Invalides.

At 4:30 p.m., he is scheduled to travel by plane to Lourdes where he will visit the Church of the Sacred Heart and the house of visionary Bernadette Soubirous.

He will then proceed to the grotto. At 9:30 p.m. he is due to close the torchlight Marian procession on the esplanade of the Shrine of Lourdes.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, on the Meadow in Lourdes, Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions, then pray the Angelus. At 5.15 p.m. he is due to meet with French bishops and, an hour later, to address participants in a Eucharistic procession on the Meadow.

At 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, the Pope will visit the Oratory of the Hospital in Lourdes, then celebrate Mass for the sick in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The departure ceremony is due to take place at 12:30 p.m. The Holy Father's plane is scheduled to arrive in Rome at 5:15 p.m.

N.B. On Saturday, July 5, 2008, it was made public that Benedict appointed Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, as his special envoy to preside at the International Mariological Marian Congress due to be held in Lourdes, France from September 4-8.

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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.

Papal Reflection as the Masses Gather
Source: The Australian, July 15, 2008

As the masses of pilgrims gathered together to sing, dance and celebrate their Catholicism in the heart of Sydney, the man who will lead their celebrations spent his time in contemplation and isolation.

Far from the crowds that mobbed the World Youth Day cross as it completed its year-long journey to the city, Pope Benedict XVI walked in quiet seclusion through the Australian bush, at a retreat on the urban fringe.

For two days the Eighty-one-year-old pontiff will stay at a hostel run by the Catholic order Opus Dei where he will recuperate, pray and ready himself for a mass on Sunday for half a million devout young followers. On Thursday he will greet the pilgrims for the first time, when he makes his way across Sydney harbour by boat to the Barangaroo foreshore. But until then, he will rest.

The harbour was yesterday the focus of the first major event of the week-long celebration.

The forty kilogram wooden World Youth Day cross and the accompanying icon, a picture of the Madonna with child, were brought to the city by devout youth after travelling through almost every diocese in Australia.

The pilgrims shouldered the cross and carried it on to the Manly ferry, in the howling wind.

From Circular Quay, pilgrims carried the cross up Pitt Street to Belmore Park, transforming Sydney's CBD into a sea of movement and song.

Curious office workers pressed their faces against glass windows to watch.

Those who could get close enough to the wooden cross pressed their fingers against it, and wept.

Jesus Garcia, age seventeen, from Laredo, Texas, touched the cross, and felt that the experience had brought him and his mother together.

"We have problems at home," he said. "But she just told me how much she feels about me and I told her, too. We've never done that before in our lives. It's all because of the cross."

The cross was accompanied on its journey by Christian rappers, and happy clappers. A Spanish speaker with dark hair and doe-like eyes sang a beatific version of Ave Maria, which was something to behold but then, too, there were boisterous young Australians chanting: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!"

Australia's Catholic leader, Cardinal George Pell, used the opportunity presented by the arrival of the cross to encourage the young to get married and have many Catholic children.

"No Western country is producing enough babies to keep the population stable, no Western country," Dr. Pell said, at his first press conference since the arrival in Australia of the Pope.

"In many cases there is an increase in divorce and there is an increase in serial monogamy."

On his plane ride to Australia, the Pope alluded to the problem of climate change, saying Catholics had a responsibility to protect Creation.

Dr. Pell wouldn't argue with that, but he did say: "I myself am a little bit of a sceptic, but that means I'm open to evidence. I'm a bit of a sceptic about the claim that human activity is likely to produce a man-made catastrophe.

"I'm pretty certain if you look at the figures the temperature dropped worldwide in the last twelve months, but check that for yourself."

He did not address the matter of clergy abuse, but the Pope is likely to do that while in Sydney.

"We are keen to make a very difficult situation better; it's very hard to know how to do it," Dr. Pell said.

For the hundreds who gathered in Sydney to see the cross arrive, it was an emotional journey.

Italian pilgrim Stefania Condemi, age thirty-four, said: "I felt so emotional while touching the cross. I prayed for my brother, who is disabled, when I touched it. I hope to help him with my faith in God."

Ania Karwowska, age twenty-one, from Poland, wept upon touching the cross. "I feel I found my way--and it's the right way," she said.

Bishop Julien Porteous welcomed the Cross and the icon to Sydney. The cross had travelled seventy-thousand km across Australia, through churches, football grounds and even pubs on its journey.

" When people come to the cross, they have this very special personal moment," he told The Australian. "The cross is almost like a conductor that takes them to God. That's a very special moment of grace for them."

Seminarian Greg Morgan, age twenty-one, who is the youngest trainee priest for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, said World Youth Day had the power to "change the church" in Australia.

"It's a great gift to be alive at this time," he said. "As young priests, we're faced with the very difficult task of evangelising a secular society in which God has been eradicated. I really think it can change the church. I think we'll (see) the fruits of World Youth Day very soon after."

Orthodox Christian office worker Gary Pavlis, who accompanied the cross to Belmore Park, said World Youth Day unified people of all faiths. "It's great to see all the young people about enjoying themselves. There's enough bad stuff in the world so this has got to be good."

The World Youth Day crucifix was given by Pope John Paul II to the youth of the world in 1984 as a sign of Jesus Christ's love for humanity.

It has since travelled to every continent on earth, and has been accompanied by the icon--a painted portrait of the Holy Virgin--since 2003.

The cross and icon have been in Australia since July 1 last year. They stayed in St John's College overnight and will be present again at the Opening Mass today.

N.B. The Mary Page has posted Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Marian music composed by Rev. Geoffrey Abdallah for parish use during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney. This file is in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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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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