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Alumni Update

Tracy (Drufke) Goldkamp, formerly a student assistant at The Marian Library, informed us in an after-Christmas card that she and her husband welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Martha Rose, on 12/21/2008.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

DVD on John Paul II--"The Pope Who Made History"

Released around Christmas, this is billed as the most complete documentary series to date of the life and pontificate of Pope John Paul II, including exclusive footage from the Vatican Television Center. The five-DVD set comes in an elegant collector's case.

For a sneak peek and ordering information, click here:

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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, January 14, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Marianist Brother Eric Otiende, SM, a high school teacher from Africa (Zambia) doing graduate work at the University of Dayton and International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) in Educational Leadership and Mariology about his life as a Marianist, teacher, evangelization, education and vocations in Africa.  CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

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, January 13, 2009, Francesca Franchina discusses Mary, Our Jewish Mother: Star of Evangelization; Marian Consecration and basic beliefs in the Catholic tradition and shares her favorite family recipe for cannoli, the Sicilian ricotta stuffed cream horn.

We are starting a new series of shows on specifically Marian topics, each running twenty-five minutes.  The first will air Friday, 1/16/2009, at 2:30 pm EST, and discuss the schedule of talks for the new few months.  Stay tuned for more details.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Father Vincente Lopez, S.M., Another Marianist Candidate for Sainthood (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Fourteenth Marianist Candidate for Sainthood


On Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Oratory of San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, Spain, the process for the canonization of Father Vicente López, S.M., was initiated by His Excellency Antonio Ceballos, the Bishop of Cadiz.  With the bishop presiding, the ceremony included swearing in the members of the diocesan tribunal that will gather oral and written testimony about the life of Father Vicente López, S.M., and how he practiced Christian virtues to a heroic degree.  The Postulator and Vice Postulator of the cause also swore an oath to fulfill their duties faithfully.  They are, respectively, Father Antonio Gascón, S.M., and Mr. Julio Ramos, Esq.   Mr. Ramos is a retired attorney, a former student of Father Vicente, and a close associate of the Marianists.   Also in attendance were Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former Marianist Postulator General and member of the history commission for the cause, as well as many Marianists of the Cadiz area.

The cause for the canonization of Father Vicente Lopez was introduced to Bishop Antonio Ceballos of Cadiz by Father Antonio Gascón, Marianist Postulator General, on September 25, 2008.  After consulting the bishops of Western Andalucia and receiving the nihil obstat from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Bishop Ceballos approved the introduction of Father Vicente’s cause in the Diocese of Cadiz,  and charged his Vicar General, Father Guillermo Dominguez Leonsegui (former student of the Marianists and an acquaintance of Father Vicente), to set in motion the process for opening the cause.  Thus began the fourteenth process for the canonization of a Marianist.

After a long and fruitful teaching and pastoral ministry as a Marianist, Father Vicente López de Uralde Lazcano passed to his everlasting reward on September 15, 1990, at the age of 96 in Cadiz, Spain.  Born in Vitoria, Spain, in 1894, he received his elementary education from the Marianists in his native city at the School of Our Lady of the Pillar.  That school was founded by Mrs. Felicia Olave, the aunt of Father José María Salaverri, S.M., primarily to educate the children of poor workers.  When Vicente entered the Marianist postulate for the Province of Spain in Escoriaza, one of his fellow postulants was Emilio Salaverri, the father of our former superior general, Father José María.  Emilio and Vicente shared a lifelong friendship of mutual respect and affection.

Vicente professed first vows in Vitoria in 1911 and perpetual vows in Escoriaza in 1917.  At the Marianist Seminary, Fribourg, Switzerland, he studied theology and was ordained in 1925.  He returned to Spain to work as a priest in Marianist schools, and in 1928 Father Vicente was assigned to Colegio San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, where he served as a teacher and as chaplain of the oratory (public chapel) next to the school.  From 1928 until his death in 1990 he lived and worked with admirable dedication in Cadiz.  For many years he taught English to the primary school students, and among other duties was organist for the community.  To the people of Cadiz he became a legend, much loved by students, alumni, parents, and the diocesan clergy, always respected as a holy priest and comforting confessor.

From the outset Bishop Ceballos exhibited warm enthusiasm for the initiation of Father Vicente's cause because this distinguished Marianist was greatly beloved by the diocesan clergy and the faithful of Cadiz, and by all connected with Colegio San Felipe Neri.   With Bishop Ceballos the Marianists are grateful for the sanctifying presence of Father Vicente in the Marianist Family and in the Diocese of Cadiz.

May God soon bring Father Vicente to the honors of the altar.

Prayer for the Glorification of Vicente López

God, our Father,
you have called Vicente López de Uralde
to serve your Church as a Marianist priest,
under the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary,
and you made him a merciful pastor
for the reconciliation of sinners.

Grant that we, following his example,
may bear witness to our faith
with a compassionate and merciful heart,
and through his intercession grant the graces
we humbly beg of you
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!

Glory Offering: An Artist's Prayer

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Margaret Werlinger [photo at left] from November 18, 2008 through January 15, 2008. For more information, click into the article from UD's Campus Report or click here for virtual exhibit.

The artist has brought some packets of Christmas cards showing her award-winning renderings of the nativity scene.  These are available for purchase at The Marian Library for $8.50 for each set of ten with proceeds going entirely to pro-life work.

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 Spring 2009 semester will conclude on February 16. The course schedule is now available.

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We have updated Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI through 12/28/2008 and Korean-language News through 1/7/2009.  On our Korean page, we have also posted Marian Commemorations for January.

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A New Look For Vatican Christmas Liturgies
Aide: Rites Aimed at Bringing Faithful to Contemplation
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 23, 2008

The Christmas liturgical rites in St. Peter's Basilica will have some changes this year, to emphasize the contemplation of the Incarnation, reports the master of papal liturgical ceremonies.

These changes, according to Monsignor Guido Marini, have the objective "not of doing new things," but rather of using existing liturgical symbols "in a new way."

Monsignor Marini explained these changes to L'Osservatore Romano, pointing out that the Christmas liturgical celebrations "should bring the faithful to contemplation of the mystery of the Incarnation." He affirmed that "everything should contribute to stirring up awe: the words, the gestures, the silence, the music, the signs, the songs--the rite in its entirety."

Among the changes is the placement of a sculpture of the Virgin and Child Jesus on a throne traditionally displayed on the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This year it will be placed next to the altar of confession for a longer period, from Christmas Eve until the feast of the Epiphany.

This change emphasizes that "Christmas time is a Marian time," explained the monsignor. The Virgin Mary does not take attention away from the mystery of the Son of God made man. On the contrary, he said, "she helps us to understand the mystery in its true significance."

Importance will be given to the time of preparation for the celebration, such that "the alternation of readings, prayer and music will help to prepare the souls of all those present for a climate of adequate reflection." Along the same lines, there will also be a brief moment of silence after the homily of the Holy Father and after the distribution of Communion.

On Christmas Eve, as in past years, there will be a prayer vigil in preparation for Mass, but this year it will be enriched with the singing of the ancient text that announces the historical birth of the Savior, the Christmas Proclamation of the Birth of Christ from the Roman Martyrology, which will not be sung during the Eucharistic celebration. Instead, it will be the last part of the vigil and will begin the opening procession for Mass.

Monsignor Marini continued, "In the singing of the Gloria, after the Holy Father's intonation, the bells will ring with the accompaniment of the organ, but there will not be the traditional rite of the offering of flowers from children who represent the various continents. This offering will be moved to the end of the Eucharistic celebration, when the Pontiff goes to the Nativity scene in order to place the image of the Child Jesus there."

During the blessing urbi et orbi, the Pope will not wear a cope, the master of papal liturgical ceremonies further mentioned. "He opted for the shorter cape with the stole, as it is a solemn benediction that is not connected to a particular rite," he explained.

This year, on the feast of the baptism of the Lord, the Pope will celebrate Mass in the Sistine Chapel. "It will once again be celebrated on the old altar in order not to alter the beauty and harmony of this architectural jewel, preserving its structure from the celebrative perspective," the monsignor affirmed.

He added, "This implies that at some moments the Pope will turn around to face the crucifix, along with the faithful, thereby underlining the correct orientation of the Eucharistic celebration: the orientation to the Lord."

Monsignor Marini pointed out that the languages chosen for the readings and the prayers of the faithful will reflect the participation of people coming from the various countries of the world, while the Latin used in the celebration will "express the unity and catholicity included in the diversity" of those people of various tongues.

He continued, "After the singing of Vespers on the last day of the year, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the singing of the 'Te Deum' of thanksgiving and the subsequent Eucharistic benediction, which will show the centrality of adoration in the life of the Church."

During the Mass of Jan. 1, children and adults from Lebanon will take part in the presentation of the gifts and the prayers of the faithful.

For the solemnity of the Epiphany, the Pope will again wear a chasuble from Paul VI, "in order to underline once more the necessary balance in the liturgical use of new and old things."

Monsignor Marini observed that "the birth of Jesus is not only an event of the past," but rather "an event that still today is alive and present in the liturgical celebration. Because of this, Christmas is characterized by joy."

"The encounter with the mystery of God, when it is authentic, cannot fail to provoke a change in existence," he explained. He underlined the importance that the rite "shine brightly and therefore be able to make everyone participants in the mystery we celebrate."

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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.

Gifts From Down Under
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), January 8, 2009

Christmas is over, but the University of Dayton's Marian Library is unwrapping a big gift--not from the East via three men on camels, but from Down Under via container ship and freight trucks.

The University of Dayton's Marian Library, home to one of the largest collections of Nativity scenes in the U.S., is unpacking a container full of Christmas scenes and related materials, the gift of an Australian woman who spent more than thirty years amassing the collection.

It's the largest single gift ever received by the library, which already has more than 1,600 Nativities, also called crèches, and is recognized as the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, said that Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep has donated more than 2,300 items, valued at more than $150,000 to the library. ...

Click here to see the entire article.

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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!

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of January 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 January.

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Marian Events

Knights to Honor Our Lady in Phoenix

Title: First Annual Marian Conference on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Date: August 6-9, 2009

Location: Knights of Columbus Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona

The Knights of Columbus plan to conclude their annual convention this August with a First International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The events--including a congress and a festival--are expected to draw twenty thousand people from the United States and Mexico. The event is co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Diocese of Phoenix, the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Center for Guadalupan Studies.

"The centrality of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Americas as 'the Christian Hemisphere' is clearly evident throughout North and South America," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who will speak both at the Marian Congress and at the Guadalupe Festival. "Her message today is one that has as much importance and meaning today as it did nearly five-hundred years ago."

Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored as the Empress of the Americas and devotion to her is widespread throughout the hemisphere, and in a particular way throughout Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

The lectures will focus on the meaning of the message, some of the scientifically inexplicable aspects of the image, and the relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in today's world. Speakers include José Aste Tonsmann from Peru, who has done extensive studies of the reflections in the image's eyes; Monsignor Eduardo Chávez, who oversaw the cause for canonization of St. Juan Diego--the visionary who saw Our Lady in 1531; and other experts on key elements of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message.

The Guadalupe Festival will feature an afternoon of music, prayer and speeches by notables including actor Eduardo Verastegui, best-selling author Imaculee Ilibagiza, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. Performers at the festival will include Irish singer Dana, a mariachi band and matachina dancers.

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