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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

New Book of Marian Poetry

Carl Winderl, who has contributed Marian poetry in the past, recently published The Way of the Cross/La Via de la Croce, a book of Christian poetry through Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.  The book was nominated by the Conference on Christianity and Literature for their 2008 Book of the Year award.  Mary is beautifully and accurately honored by this splendid collection of poems.  To find more information or to order online go to and then click into New Releases.

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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is one example:
This is just a quick note to thank you and your colleagues at the Marian Library for welcoming me as a researcher last week.  Today, as I survey my paper-strewn desk and my overflowing in-box, I recall fondly what a rare privilege it was to spend an entire day immersed in seventeenth-century books.  What an extraordinary resource!  Thank you so much for attending to my requests for one Spanish tome after another and for making me feel so at ease.


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, August 13, 2008, Francesca Franchina talks with Presenters and Attendees at the wrap up of The Mary in the Parish Symposium hosted by the Marian Library and the International Marian Research Institute held at the University of Dayton July 21-23.   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.

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Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, webmaster for The Mary Page, will attend the ESBVM-USA's international ecumenical congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as will IMRI graduates Dr. Virginia M. Kimball and Sister Mary Catherine Nolan, O.P.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Some Saints Comment on Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Bernard of Clairvaux (+1180): In anxiety, in trouble, in danger, think of Mary, invoke her name.  Let it be always on your lips and always in your hearts.  With her as guide, we cannot be lost; with her as our intercessor we shall never despair.  Give her your hand; she will support and protect you.

Therese of Lisieux (+1897): Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much.  You can never love her enough.  And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother.

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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 Fall 2008 semester will commence on October 13.  The course schedule is now available.

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In relation to the season, note that the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA will host an international ecumenical congress in Pittsburgh from August 8-13. Please also see our resources for the celebrating the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption on August 15.

We have added the following new features: Names of Marian Icons; and What is the Meaning of the Golden Rose?  We have also updated the Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through July 27 and Korean-language features through August 5: News; Commemoration Days; and Questions and Answers.

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Cardinal Urges Devotion to Rosary and Scapular
Archbishop of Lima Puts Evangelization in Mary
Source: Zenit (Lima, Peru), July 17, 2008

Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani invited Lima's faithful to take the rosary and the Carmelite scapular to all homes in the context of the city's Great Mission.

The archbishop of Lima said this Wednesday as he presided at Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the convent of the Discalced Carmelites in Barrios Altos, on the outskirts of Lima.

The Archdiocese of Lima launched the Great Mission last April in keeping with the Continental Mission convoked by Benedict XVI in May 2006 at the shrine of Aparecida, Brazil, on opening the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopate.

Cardinal Cipriani reminded the faithful that "we have all come to this shrine to renew our dedication to the Virgin. We want to say to our Mother: Do not leave us, we need your fortitude, affection, purity, guidance and consolation."

"In this appointment we have every year in the shrine, on the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we come to fulfill our promises. Here I am, Mother! I give you my life, my marriage, my priesthood, my youth. I give them to you with all the pain, anticipation and hope. I trust in you," continued the sixty-four-year-old cardinal.

Teach others

He urged the faithful to "take on one hand, the holy rosary, and on the other, the scapular of the Virgin of Carmel," and to spread the devotion to others.

"People must be taught to pray the rosary," he said. "It must be given to them and prayed in families, in streets, in schools, in hospitals and in churches. Mary wants this. Explain to people what the promise to Mary consists of; put the scapular on them, take it to all homes."

"Lima's Great Mission is in Mary's hands; our conversion is in Mary's hands; peace in the world is in her hands; the unity of the family, the protection of life, young people are in Mary's hands," Cardinal Cipriani said. "Therefore, we must come with those two great Marian instruments: the rosary and the scapular, you will see how people will change."

Cardinal Cipriani also encouraged the faithful to approach Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with confidence and to undertake with her the Way of the Cross: "Do not forget that Mary's great secret was to be beside the Lord on the Cross. Do not be afraid when you think you cannot; love the Cross.

"She, Our Lady of Carmel, will give you the strength. It costs to be good. To love God means to stop sinning, to be faithful in marriage is an effort and struggle."

Cardinal Cipriani prayed to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the world's priests. "Mother of priests, take care of them and make them saints. May abundant vocations come, they are needed, to be able to take Jesus to all hearts."

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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.

Bus Crash North of Dallas Kills Thirteen
Source: Yahoo News, August 8, 2008

A charter bus carrying a Vietnamese Catholic group to an annual pilgrimage slammed onto its side and then skidded off a freeway early Friday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring more than forty, authorities said.

The bus smashed into a guard rail about 12:45 a.m. on a bridge that's about fifteen feet above a creek, apparently skidding along the guard rail before sliding off U.S. 75 at the far end of the bridge.

The bus came to a rest on its right side, partly on the northbound lane of the freeway and partly on the grass. The right front tire had blown out, but the cause of the wreck was under investigation.

The bus was carrying fifty-five people from Houston to Missouri. Sixteen of the survivors were reported in critical condition. ...

The Marian Days pilgrimage, which started in the late 1970s in southwest Missouri, attracts thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent each year. Many attend a large outdoor Mass each day while enjoying entertainment and camping throughout the city at night.

Sherman is about sixty-five miles north of Dallas. The wreck happened less than a mile from the spot where a trucker crossed the median and slammed into two vehicles, killing ten people in 2004.

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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!

Please note that we recently celebrated a milestone, with over one-thousand individuals now signed up on our Prayer Circle!

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of August 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 August.

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Marian Events

Consecration of University and Seminary to the Mother of God

Title: Bicentennial Marian Symposium

Date: Thursday, October 9 - Saturday, October 11, 2008

Location: Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland

Celebrate this Festival of Mary with faith-filled conferences, Sacred Music and Art, and Devotions to the Blessed Mother

For more information and to register click into

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