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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Reference in Song Lyrics

Jonathan Harvey, who has contributed material on Mary and Media in the past, informed us of Marian content in a popular song. Here are the details he provided:

The Frank Sinatra recording of "Memories of You" is far better known than the Judy Garland recording, but either way, the lyrics talk about "memories" that have left a "rosary of tears." The full lyrics are online at

N.B. Along similar lines, Judy Garland recorded "The Rosary" for Life Begins for Andy Hardy though the song was cut from the 1941 film. Audio of this song was included on the 1994 laser disc set, Judy Garland: The Golden Years at M-G-M.

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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 10, 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.

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, September 9, 2008, Francesca Franchina will be discussing A Christian Reflection on the New Age: Jesus Christ The Bearer of the Water of Life prepared by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue. Francesca continues to 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 Penne Pizza Casserole and Sicilian Style Green Beans with Tomatoes, Eggs and Provolone.

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Alumni Update

Teresa Monaghen plans to visit Dayton in order to continue her studies and research this semester.  In the meantime, she invites all to join her and the Pro Sanctity movement in a pre-election novena.  For details click into

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) on Recourse to Mary in Prayer (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

In danger, anguish, or doubt, think of Mary and call upon her.
Let the name of Mary never be far from your lips or heart.
And to obtain the fruit of her prayers, do not forget the example of her life.
Following Mary, you will never lose your way.
Praying to her, you will never sink into despair.
Contemplating Mary, you will never go wrong.
With Mary's support, you will never fall.
Beneath her protection, you will never fear.
Under her guidance, you will never grow weary.
And with her help, you will reach your heavenly goal.

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Current Exhibit Extended!

The Art of Illustration

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Anne Simoneau through September 12, 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.

Sister Jean M Frisk, Assistant for Exhibits Special Programs at The Marian Library, provides the following details:

Anne Simoneau's art at The Marian Library will be up for one more week.  She has successfully treated traditional religious devotions in a contemporary and truly pleasing way.  Anne is an illustrator--mainly of children's books dealing with saints and devotion.

We have excellent quality prints ($10) of her excellent devotional art, and the same holds true for matted and framed prints ($50-$70).

Anne's show will conclude on 9/12/2008.  However, we will have her works on hand for somewhat longer.  See some of her 186 works on The Mary Page at

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.  We are accepting new students!.  The course schedule is now available.

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In relation to the season, note our reflection on The Most Holy Name of Mary, commemorated on September 12, and dear to the Society of Mary.  Also note that a celebration to commemorate Our Lady of iluva will be held in Chicago this week.  For more information call 773-776-4600.

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Laity Council Site Dedicated to Women
Web Page Continues Reflection From Vatican Conference
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), May 29, 2008

There is a need for continued reflection on the complementarity of men and women, and a new Web site aims to help fill this need, affirmed an official of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

The site launched by that Vatican dicastery is a fruit of the conference it hosted last February on "Woman and Man: The 'Humanum' in its Entirety." The Vatican conference marked the twentieth anniversary of John Paul II's apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem. Benedict XVI addressed the conference participants the day it ended.

Roco Figueroa Alvear, the pontifical council's director of its department on women, told ZENIT that the site is a consequence of the interest shown by the 280 delegates at the conference, who said it is necessary "to continue the reflection begun there, showing at the same time the importance of tightening the links between movements, associations, and concrete individuals who work for the promotion of the dignity and mission of the woman."

One of the objectives of the site is to "go deeper in anthropological questions, which spring from the original unity of the person, upon which is based the reciprocal relationship between man and woman," Figueroa said. "And this, without leaving aside the reflection about the anthropological differences between the 'feminine I' and the 'masculine I, "which, far from becoming an obstacle or a deep and insuperable abyss between man and woman, contributes the elements for a greater richness in the expression of the 'humanum' in every dimension of society."

The site was developed with a sense of being "in ecclesia," Figueroa said, "in company with all of the women who have gone before us in the faith with their testimony of holiness and life."

It also aims to take into account women who suffer.

"In finding ourselves with new cultural paradigms and new challenges," Figueroa noted, "we do not forget that there are still so many places in the world where the dignity of the woman is not recognized, and is even wounded, suffering the consequences of misery, violence and marginalization."

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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.

Vatican Suspends Priest Linked to Medjugorje Apparitions
Source: The Irish Times, September 8, 2008

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said charges against Father Tomislav Vlasic include "the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspicious mysticism, disobedience toward legitimately issued orders" and charges that he violated the sixth commandment.

Father Vlasic is the second spiritual adviser to the visionaries to be suspended from ministry. Similar action was taken against Father Jozo Zovko in 2004.

Father Vlasic has been confined to a monastery in Italy and banned from contact with the Queen of Peace community he founded, or with his lawyers without permission from his superior.

He is also banned from making public appearances, preaching and hearing confessions, and will be required to make a solemn profession of the Catholic faith.

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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 Penrhys

Title: Mair O Benrhys

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2 pm

Location: Ferndale, Rhondda (near Cardiff in South Wales)

A mountain-top interdenominational service to promote reconciliation on the 470th anniversary of the destruction of the Penrhys medieval shrine and the removal and burning of the original wooden statue of the Virgin and Child.  Other activities are planned through September 26, 2008.

For further information on this and all other Penrhys Pilgrims Festival events click into

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