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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 on Mary

Father Donald H. Calloway, MIC, has published a book based on his S.T.L. thesis for IMRI, Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina.  Available from Marian Press in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, copies may be ordered by calling 800-462-7426 or online 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, August 27, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with members of the Jack and Joanie Minardi Family which number sixty-three at the latest count! (eight children and their spouses and forty-six grandchildren!) Nancy Findley, Sue Webster and Patty Borgman focus on their lives growing up in a large family and now experiencing parenthood themselves. Discussion of Joanie's prayer and music ministry and her inspiration in their newly-formed venture "On This Day" a cutting edge family business combined with big time family living and community in this memorable year marking forty years since Humanae Vitae. The Minardi Family thrives in the Catholic Church today focusing on social and spiritual issues and activities, building community in and around extended family. Discussion: Life with offspring of all ages, music and choices 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? How do drinking, drugs, immorality stack up against Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Comparisons and contrasts in their nurturing and education and what is happening in their families today. 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, August 26, 2008, Francesca Franchina addresses the memorable quote of Jesus: "By Their Fruits You Will Know Them!" What kind of fruits are our gifts of faith and the Holy Spirit producing to bring in the harvest? Francesca shares good things to pray and think about as well as accomplish in our lives including good foods to eat from her traditional Italian kitchen. This week she shares recipes for Italian Stuffed Peaches and Strawberry Granita (Italian Ice).

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Alumni Update

Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., long-time supporter of ML/IMRI, celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on August 13, 2008. He worked in the Roesch Library for over thirty years, and in the Marian Library for about ten years, and then more as a volunteer.

He reads e-mail faithfully and usually responds. (His address is in the U.D. directory.)  There was be a birthday celebration at Mercy Siena (Tree of Life Center) on August 17 with a "light buffet."

Note also that Sister Danielle M. Peters successfully defended her S.T.D. thesis, "Behold Your Educator!" The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a Pedagogy of Holiness in the Thought of Pope John Paul II and Father Joseph Kentenich, on August 22, 2008.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Prayers Invoking Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Saint Ignatius Loyola (+1556): Jesus, show me your mother.  Mary, show me your Son.

Cardinal Rafael Merry de Val (+1930): O, Mary, my mother, how I love you!  You teach me all that I have to know and that really matters to me, for you teach me what Jesus is for me, and what I ought to be for him.

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Last Chance To See 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, 2008.  We are accepting new students!.  The course schedule is now available.

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In relation to the season, note that the Pontifical International Marian Academy (PAMI), will host an International Mariological and Marian Congress at Lourdes, France from September 4-8, 2008.  Many members of the ML/IMRI family are scheduled to attend and make presentations.

We have added the following new features: Mary, Mother of Europe; and Mary and the Flag of Europe.  We have also updated Korean-language News.

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Envoy Named for Centenary of Lithuania Apparitions
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy), August 22, 2008

Benedict XVI named the archbishop of Cologne, Germany, to be his special envoy at the four-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lithuania.

The Holy See announced Thursday the appointment of Cardinal Joachim Meisner for the Sept. 13-14 event in Siluva.

Mary appeared in Siluva in 1608 to non-Catholics. Little shepherds saw what they described as a beautiful woman, dressed in white and blue, with a baby in her arms, enveloped in gentle splendor. The Lady wept bitterly and suddenly disappeared.

Subsequently, the Virgin, again weeping, appeared to a crowd that had formed at the site where the children indicated. The town's Calvinist pastor was among the group.

An icon of the Virgin that had belonged to the village's former Catholic church was found in the place of the apparitions. The icon had remained hidden for almost one-hundred years.

In the wake of those events, and after several miraculous cures, this apparition brought Lithuania to return to the faith after eighty years of Calvinism.

The event was recognized by a papal decree published by Pius VI on Aug. 17, 1775. Siluva is now Lithuania's most important Marian shrine.

The Pope will be in France during the festivities, marking another anniversary of Marian apparitions: the 150th anniversary of the Virgin's appearances at Lourdes.

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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.

Virgin Mary's Branch Office Prey for Skeptics
Source: The Toronto Sun, August 24, 2008

It might look like the Virgin Mary, but one neighbor prefers to think of her as a guardian angel.

"I'm not upset she's there," said Eulalee Hamilton yesterday, a day after her neighbor Christopher Moreau went public with what he sees as an image of the mother of Jesus on a backyard tree. "But I'm happy there aren't all these people making a pilgrimage to my backdoor."

Moreau was sitting on his back deck one evening when he glanced at the tree and saw the image in the tree.

Moreau said yesterday he was surprised the Birchmount and Danforth Roads neighborhood wasn't crawling with the sick and infirm looking for a blessing. "We've seen that with almost every other time she has made an appearance so I wouldn't be surprised if people started coming around here."

Hamilton said, "That's fine--as long as Moreau has them as guests in his backyard and not hers."

"Chris can have all the people he wants on his back deck but I don't really want people trampling on my garden," the good-natured Hamilton said.

She said the place where the image appears is the scarring from a limb that was cut off a year ago.

"I'm not a religious person at all," Hamilton said with a laugh. "But I do pray everyday that I'm going to get home safely from work."

One neighbor, who didn't identify himself, shook his head. "It's a spot where the branch was--it's nothing."

The Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto leaves these things to faith and doesn't investigate or verify such claims.

People interpret these things in different ways and anything that allows people to reflect is positive, a spokesman said.

Moreau said he was raised Catholic but no longer goes to church, but he's happy to have Mary watching over his back deck.

Hamilton is similarly pleased but she's not counting on the gnarled tree bark healing the ill or bringing great fortune upon her and her family.

"Sometimes I look at it and I say in my head, 'Why me, God?,'" she said. "And other times I look and I say in my head, 'That's just nuts.'"

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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 September 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 September.

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Marian Events

Annual Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Title: Theotokos: Shelter of the World

Date: August 29 - September 1, 2008

Location: Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great with programs for the whole family.

For more information click into sistersofstbasil or call 724-438-8644.

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