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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian and sacred music

David Burke, from the contemporary choir of Mary, Our Queen, Catholic Church in Norcross, Georgia, sends us the following information:

Dear Marian and Rosary organization members:

The Mary Our Mother (MOM) Foundation asked us to create a theme song for the Foundation's upcoming devotional CD project, which is on the Rosary. Titled "His Light Upon My Rosary," this song is also free for you to use at any of your organization’s spiritual activities. Here is the website to hear the song: (Scroll down near the bottom)

We're very grateful for all of your nice comments on the project's other song, "Hail Mary Prayer." We hope you also enjoy "His Light Upon My Rosary." If you choose to use it, we would love to know!

Thank you for your time and attention!

The Mary Page links to Mr. Burke's works from our index of Contemporary Marian Music.  See also the site which is a work in progress to hold all of his compositions,  Expect more in near the future based on the following addendum from Mr. Burke:

I'm currently recording a new Marian song, which is a theme song to the sighting of Our Lady in the 1980s when she appeared in Kibeho, Rwanda. The song will be tied in to the release of Immaculee Ilibagiza's new book: Our Lady of Kibeho - Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa. Keep an eye out for that song within a month or so.

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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, October 1, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Brother Don Neff, SM, and Father Tony Jansen, SM, about the Marianist Family focusing on The Society of Mary's Founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, The Man, The Mission and The Marianist Charism in Africa, focusing on The Marian Shrine being built in Zambia and their upcoming Sabbatical in Rome, France and Spain.   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 30, 2008, Francesca Franchina talks about Our Lady, Queen of the Angels; The Nine Choirs of Angels, and Guardian Angels and shares her recipes for Angel Food Cake Italian Style called Pane di Spange and Heavenly Hash, her family's traditional holiday dessert.

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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

Bishop John Carroll Consecrated the United States of America to Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

John Carroll (1735-1815), born in Maryland, was the first bishop of  the USA with the establishment of the first diocese in Baltimore.  Bishop John Carroll was quick to consecrate our new country to Mary. In this prayer he asks God to safeguard the young nation because of the gracious protection of Our Lady.

Most Holy Trinity, our Father in heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we place the United States of America in the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you.  Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America.  Grant us peace.  Have mercy on our President and on all the officers of our government.

Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and labor.  Protect the family life of the nation.  Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations.  Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners, and all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise and honor you and give ourselves to you.  Protect us from every harm.  Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.

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Current Exhibit

The Seasons of Our Lady

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Linda Schäpper of Orlando, Florida from September 15, 2008 through November 15, 2008.  Click to view a summary or 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.

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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 October, month of the Holy Rosary.

We have added a Marian Trilogy and also Eucharistic Acclamations for the Mass of the Divine Word composed by Marianist Brother, Howard Hughes, to our index of Contemporary Marian Music.  We have also posted the latest issue of The Marian Library Newsletter (in pdf format requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader).  We have also updated Korean-language News through September 22, 2008.

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Mary Unites Christians, Cardinal Tells Anglicans
Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Lourdes Called a Miracle
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France), September 25, 2008

Devotion to the Virgin Mary has an essential role in ecumenical dialogue and the journey to full and visible unity among Christians, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Walter Kasper affirmed this Wednesday when he presided over an ecumenical celebration in Lourdes, where Anglicans and Catholics had joined on pilgrimage. Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury gave the homily at the event. The pilgrimage began at the Anglican shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England.

"Lourdes is known for its miracles," Cardinal Kasper said. "Who would have imagined, only twenty or thirty years ago, that Catholics and Anglicans would go on pilgrimage and pray together?

"For those who are familiar with the debates and controversies of the past on Mary, between Catholics and non-Catholic Christians, for those who know the reservations of the non-Catholic world toward Marian pilgrimage sites, for all these people, today's unprecedented event is a miracle."

The cardinal contended that, in fact, Mary is an essential part of the ecumenical movement, though this topic "is neither common nor obvious among ecumenists." ...

Click here for the complete article.

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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.

Seasons of Our Lady
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), September 25, 2008

The paintings of artist Linda Schäpper will be featured this fall in the gallery of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

"The Seasons of Our Lady" features acrylic portrayals of the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, along with twenty mysteries of the rosary. The exhibit began Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 15 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.

Schäpper is an internationally known award-winning artist, who designed a huge tapestry for televised coverage of a papal Mass in Central Park in 1995 as well as a UNICEF Christmas card.

According to the artist, she works in the primitive style and utilizes various techniques of  church art, such as square, gold painted frames based on the ceiling tiles of an twelfth-century church in Zillis, Switzerland.

"I love using these old techniques because it joins me to people who loved God one-thousand years ago," she said. "I think if I met the artists of that time, we would have the same heart. Somebody told me recently that one of the most important jobs of an artist is to be a storyteller and continue carrying the story through our generation and passing it on to the next."

Other paintings break an incident from Mary's life into several stages, similar to contemporary storyboard techniques, she said. ...

Click here for the complete article, which includes pictures.

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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 October 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 October.

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Marian Events

Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the USA Fall Meeting

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008

Location: Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland

For more information click into or email Dr. Virginia Kimball.

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