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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

Two New Marian Films From Family Theater

Family Theater Productions premiered its two latest dramas, Assumptions and Finding Mary, at a Hollywood screening and reception at Harmony Gold Preview House on March 27 and in broadcasts March 28-30 by several Catholic TV outlets across the country.

The films are the newest episodes in Family Theater Productions' Manifest Mysteries anthology, ten half-hour dramas that connect the Mysteries of the Rosary directly to the dramatic experiences of fictional teen protagonists. ...

Click here for further details.

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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 8, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Josh Wineberg of Elizabeth New Life Center, Dayton, Ohio about his work in high school and middle schools teaching character building leadership skills, positive thinking, drug, alcohol and sexual  abstinence through after school peer mentoring programs in secondary and middle schools through a faith-based organization CBAE (Community Based Abstinence Education) Grant. The program promotes discussion with teens about life, the choices they make in growing to maturity in their school work, social life, recreation, music and dress. How does family faith development measure up to negative outside influences and influence positive creative thinking and activities?  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

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, graduate of IMRI and former President of the Mariological Society of America, is now the President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA.  Click here for her summary of their recent activities.  She also sent us reviews of two recent Marian books, Mary for Time and Eternity, and The Beauty of Mary.

Dr. Kimball will Chair the ESBVM Fall Meeting to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore Maryland.  For more information click into or email Virginia.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Call Upon Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Persecutions and similar adversities have caused the Christian faithful to migrate soon after they began form communities in the Near East, Middle East, and Mediterranean Basin.  They fled their homelands to seek a safe haven elsewhere.  As the Muslim invasions mounted,  challenges persisted through the Umayyad, Fatimide, and Mamlouk dynasties and continued through the duration of the Ottoman Empire (fifteenth to the twentieth centuries).  The difficulties of the last two centuries were no less aggravating not only for Eastern Christians, but also for Christian communities all over Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe.   The two World Wars, the civil strife that erupted in Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, India, Indonesia, and conflicts in other countries have continued the flow of emigrants.  Oppression, famine, strife, lack of job opportunities, and other hardships again forced Christians to migrate not only to neighboring Middle Eastern countries, but also to Europe, to the Americas, and to Oceania.

Always and everywhere the Blessed Virgin Mary was part of Christian  life as the faithful persevered and established parishes and communities in their new worlds.  Generations later the immigrants of the expanded Church and their progeny still maintain their precious heritage and strive to solidify their communities.  The immigrants of today strive to preserve their religious heritage and spirituality as they celebrate their rich liturgical and para-liturgical services, and make efforts to hand on their respective traditions.  Among these celebrations is a variety of sound and appropriate devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  But often the young do not understand the deeper special significance, and need some instruction and assistance toward that end. It is important to enlighten our younger generation about these and other revered Marian devotions received from our ancestors, and to realize why they placed themselves under the mantle of our Blessed Mother's protection.

The Church is both Apostolic and Marian, built upon the Apostles and the love of the Virgin Mary.  Our Church has journeyed over the ages with the Virgin Mary, whose icon is engraved in every heart and honored in every home.  Every morning and every evening and in every difficulty our people naturally sigh a prayer to our Blessed Mother.  Everywhere the icon of the Virgin Mary is our constant companion.

Christ-like devotion to Mary highlights her relationship to her Son, to the life of the Church, and to each of us personally.  This manifests itself in our liturgical practices and various devotions.  If prayer, liturgical prayer in particular, is the true expression of faith, then all Christian of the East and of the West  exhibit special veneration of Mary stemming from the Scriptures, the teachings of the Fathers of the Church, and the faith of its people.  As Mother of our Redeemer she is also the spiritual mother of each of us, and leads us to her Son.

Realizing this underscores the importance and need to return to and delve into the sources of our Marian heritage.  This will energize our veneration of her and strengthen our filial attachment to her.  This attachment to Mary is the attachment of children to a mother, and inspires us to have for her a shrine in every town, an icon in every home, and filial love for her in every heart.

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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 reflections on October, month of the Holy Rosary, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Our Lady of Victory.

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 October 1, 2008 as well as posting Marian Commemorations for October in Korean.

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Cardinal Levada's Greeting to Synodal Assembly
"The Word of God is Active and Alive"
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), October 7, 2008

It is in a spirit of faith and Christian joy that we find ourselves united here to celebrate together this XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, called by Your Holiness. We will have the opportunity to debate with each other, but, above all, to come together in collegial communion to listen to the Word of life that God has entrusted to the loving and authoritative care of His Church, so that she may proclaim it with courage and conviction, to people near and far.

We would like to express our gratitude to you for having chosen such an important and delicate theme. We are, in fact, asked to reflect upon "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church." Everyone is aware of the importance of this topic and its centrality in the life of the Church and in our very Christian identity. In fact, the life and mission of the Church are founded on the Word of God, they are nourished by it and they express it, since they are the soul of theology, and, at the same time, the inspiration for the whole of Christian existence. This Word of God, intended for all believers, requires special veneration and obedience, so that it may also be welcomed as an urgent call to the full communion of the followers of Christ. ...

As we begin the work of this Synodal Assembly, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, let us turn our gaze to Christ, the light of the world and our only Teacher. May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Word Incarnate, intercede on our behalf. Bless us, Holy Father, so that the beauty, purity and truth of the Word of God may reach all men and women of our time through our pastoral charity, our evangelical courage and our joyful responsibility for the Christian message.

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.

Water into wine, and vice versa
Source: The Gazette (Montreal), October 8, 2008

Free sparkling chilled white wine flows from the main fountain in the village square during the annual Marino Grape Festival.

So when mayor Adriano Palozzi, priests and locals gathered around the fountain following a prayer of thanks to the Virgin Mary--with plastic glasses at the ready for Marino--they were left disappointed as, instead of fresh wine, out poured the usual water.

Then came the shout of Miracolo from one house overlooking the square and a local rushed out on to her balcony to announce that wine was flowing from her kitchen tap.

Due to a technical error the pipes from the local vineyard were switched to the domestic supply feeding homes in Marino, in the Alban Hills, south of Rome.

Yesterday workmen were fixing the problem while the event was the talk of the region.

Mayor Palozzi said: "People were calling it a miracle, which it wasn't. It was a mistake."

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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

Family Rosary Rally

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2008

Location: University of Dayton Arena

Families from throughout the Dayton Deanery will gather together at UD Arena for this powerful public family prayer event of Eucharistic Adoration and Marian prayer for peace, vocations and respect for life.  The Rally begins at 3:00 pm with prelude music starting at 2:45 pm.  For more information click into or phone Cindy Hill at 937-427-1747.

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