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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Reference in Music Album

Jonathan Harvey, who has contributed material on Mary and Media in the past, informed us of Marian content in a well-known music album. Here are the details he provided:

Sting's 1986 album "...Nothing Like the Sun" has a back cover with him standing by a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The album was largely inspired by the death of his bio-mother, and is dedicated to her.

According to Wikipedia the album was influenced by two events in Sting's life: first, the death in late 1986 of his mother, which contributed to the somber tone of several songs; and second, his participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour on behalf of Amnesty International, which brought Sting to parts of Latin America that had been ravaged by civil wars, and introduced him to victims of government oppression.

Sting was in fact raised Roman Catholic. It is entirely possible that the photo is near his mother's grave, though I cannot confirm this.

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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, September 3, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with noted author Michael Brown, Pulitzer Prize Investigative Journalist and Director of the Catholic website: Spiritdaily ( about his upcoming Spiritdaily Retreat to be held Saturday, September 20, 2008 in West Chester, Ohio on recognizing evil and its deceptive counterfeit gifts; spiritual warfare, healing prayer and healing the family tree. Discussion of his new book Afterlife regarding heaven, purgatory and hell and the 2002 prophecy discussed in Tower of Light: abnormal weather patterns; signs, wonders, gifts of the Holy Spirit, prayer; sacrament and sacramentals and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  To participate in the program call in (during the live show) with comments, experiences, questions 866-333-6279. Toll Free.

N.B. The above interview originally scheduled for 9/3/2008 was not broadcast due to inclement weather.  It has been rescheduled for 9/10/2008.

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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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Father Emil Neubert, a Marian Apostle For Our Times (d. August 29, 1967) (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Who was Emile Neubert?  A French Marianist priest, small of stature, fragile of health, modest and humble. When he was a student of theology preparing for the priesthood, a doctor told his superiors that he might not be able to continue his studies because of his general physical condition. However, he lived a long life and became the most respected and most famous Marian theologian of the Society of Mary founded by the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Known throughout the world through his writings, Emile Neubert may be considered as one of the agents of the Mariology which is today noted for its rigorous and scientific character. Yet, it is not beyond the comprehension of simple believers. It is now forty years since his death (1967), yet his features and his work remain alive in the memory of his Marianist brothers. For it was he who, by his life and by his activity as a theologian, as writer and as educator, interpreted faithfully the Marian spirituality of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and spread it far beyond the institutions and associations which the latter had founded.

Neubert's name leads us almost instinctively to think of the Mother of the Lord. It can be said that, in his numerous publications, all is expressed in a Marian key. Cardinal Richaud said of him that he possessed a true charism for speaking about the Blessed Virgin. Cardinal Suenens spoke of him "as a pioneer of Marian theology presented at the level of all and inserted into practical living." That is how Emile Neubert was, and that is how we like to remember him when reading his works of Marian doctrine and spirituality. They continue to arouse enthusiasm and consensus.

Now we have the good fortune to have within our hands a publication, scholarly and profound, of his thought. Jean-Louis Barré, SM, in his doctoral thesis, La Mission de la Vierge Marie d'apres les Ecrits d'Emile Neubert (1878-1967),  presents us with a study which takes us through all of Neubert's works and which helps us to recapture the principal and clearest lines of his Marian theology.  [The book was printed in Belgium by Trinacria, 334 pages.]

Barré's work, in a way, takes us on the long journey Neubert traveled in order to achieve his full maturity as a theologian and master of the spiritual life. It was already apparent in the autobiography which is given appropriate consideration at the very beginning of the thesis.

Fundamental also are the clarifications of the theological and cultural context in which Neubert's vocation for the study of Mariology was nurtured. He well understood that engaging in a deep study of the historical sources of Christianity was not superfluous since many of those sources required further research and stricter verification. Neubert began this engagement in historical investigation in his dissertation for his doctorate, Marie dans l'Eglise anténicéenne. Fortunately, Barré, in his second chapter, passes in review the authors and the currents of thought which might have directly or indirectly influenced Neubert’s cultural and Marian formation.

Chapter three, on the track of Marie dans le dogme, devoted itself to a properly dogmatic theology concerning the Mother of God, as elaborated by Neubert. It does so with abundant presentation and a rich investigation. Chapter four deals with the slender volume Mon Idéal: Jésus, Fils de Marie. It is truly a masterpiece of Marian spirituality showing how Neubert offers the believer, in the person of the Mother of God, a precious and enthusiastic guide for walking safely along the path to Christian holiness.

In conclusion, Barré, in chapter five, presents an overview of the reception which, even today, is given to Neubert's writings and of the spiritual fruits which they produce not only among the spiritual descendants of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade but in the entire Church. Its proof, among others, is the translations into many languages in which Neubert's works have been published.

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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 Crèche 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 and 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 and the Flag of Europe.  We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 8/24/2008.

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Pontiff Lauds Youth-Sponsored Marian Event
Encourages Them To Follow Our Lady's Footsteps
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), August 20, 2008

Benedict XVI is telling young people that following in the footsteps of Mary is a path that will not disappoint. The Pope said this in a message he sent to the First International Marian Festival, held Thursday through Monday in Paray-le-Monial, France.

The initiative was launched by young people between the ages of twenty and thirty-five, one of whom told ZENIT that they had "experienced a moving meeting with the Mother of God that has changed our lives profoundly. Some were already believers, but others were not." In his message sent through the secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father "assured all the participants of his spiritual closeness," and said he was "pleased to see them gathered around the Heart of Jesus, under the guidance of Our Lady." "Through her pilgrimage of faith and charity on earth, the Virgin Mary reveals in her person the true face of the Church, bride and handmaid of the Lord," he said. "In the journey of the People of God toward holiness, Mary was the first to start on the road. She is also the first to have received the crown of everlasting glory, having been raised to heaven in body and soul by the power of God." The Bishop of Rome invited young people to have "the courage to go forward, following in the footsteps of the Virgin Mary, with the sole object of giving themselves to God and neighbor." "You may be sure you will not be disappointed," he said.

Promoting Mary

Some of the youth who helped organize the festival have also developed other Marian initiatives. For example, one youth founded a group called "Abba," dedicated to weekly Eucharistic adoration with Our Lady. Another young man founded the Heart of Jesus and Mary Rosary Group, which prays a living rosary in the chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris and other parishes of the French capital. This first international festival, which was attended by several thousand people, was organized with the cooperation of the Emmanuel Community. That community provides spiritual support for pilgrimages to the town where the festival was held: Paray-le-Monial. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), who received revelations from the Lord about his Sacred Heart, lived there.

The festival was also attended by several Church leaders, including retired Archbishop Henri Teissier of Algiers, Algeria, and Father Giovanni d'Ercole, of the Vatican Secretariat of State. The youth also intended during the festival to discover and help promote new Marian communities that have emerged around the world.

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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.

Mary, Mary, How Does Your Garden Grow?
Source: The Compass (Green Bay, Wisconsin), August 15, 2008

It's something many children do: give flowers to their mothers.

And, in a way, that is what Jesus is doing now, through his brothers and sisters at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral--giving flowers to his mother through a Mary garden.

Mary gardens officially trace back to fifteenth century St. Mary Gardens in Scotland and England, but may actually be derived from monastery cloister gardens from four centuries earlier. They are filled with flowers that are named for Mary or have a legend about her connected with them.

Whatever the origin, Marcy Pfeifer, a member of the cathedral parish, heard about Mary gardens while looking for a way to spruce up the worn yard and overgrown bushes around the parish office and cathedral church. ...

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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

Our Lady of Šiluva Four-Hundredth Anniversary (1608-2008)

Title: A Celebration of Our Lady's Call to Return to Jesus Christ

Date: September 8 - September 14, 2008

Location: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago, Illinois

For more information call 773-776-4600.

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