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Alumni Update

On Saturday, January 17, 2009, it was made public that Benedict XVI appointed as consultors of the Pontifical Council for Culture: Father Sebastian Maria Michael S.V.D., director of the Andheri Institute of Indian Culture in Mumbai, India; Dominique Jean-Marie Lambert, professor at the University of Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium; Jean-Dominique Durand, philosopher-economist and professor of history at the State University and president of the "Fourviere" Foundation of Lyon, France; Roberto Jose Mendez Martinez, founder and co-ordinator of the Aula de Poesia of the Dulce Maria Loynaz Cultural Center in Havana, Cuba; Rita Maria Isabell Naumann of the Marian Sisters of Schönstatt, professor at the Catholic Institute and dean of studies at the Good Shepherd Seminary in Sydney, Australia; Giovanna Parravicini, cultural counsellor of the pontifical representation to the Russian Federation, and Maria Lousie Kanse Tah in Mvbida, lawyer and founder member of the Justice and Peace commission of the archdiocese of Douala, Cameroon.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Life of Christ on the BBC

During Holy Week of 2008, The Passion aired in four parts on the BBC. James Nesbitt played Jesus, and Penelope Wilton played Mary.  For more information click into the Press Release from the BBC, and an article from the Guardian.  Dr. Nastia Korbon provided me with the first link, and Dr. Catherine O'Brien provided the second, for which I am grateful.

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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 28, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with her colleagues in ACT (Association of Christian Therapists) about ACT's mission of being Eucharistically-centered, 'Healing with the heart of Jesus,' and the importance of ACT in this time of great need in the world. ACT Council Members and leaders from various parts of the country will focus on their experience in ACT, what it has done for them personally and professionally, and what their expertise is in their professions. ACT hosts an annual International Conference and regional conferences and retreats. ACT has members in the USA, Europe, Africa, India, South America and The Philippines. ACT unites doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, priests, ministers, and chaplains and those in allied health fields to grow professionally, pray together and pray with patients and clients. 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 27, 2009, Francesca Franchina discusses The Communion of Saints, The Mystical Body of Christ, and Intercessory Prayer. The Scriptural basis for praying for our loved ones who have passed on, praying with the Saints in Heaven and the poor souls in purgatory will be discussed. 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 pizza sandwiches and Sicilian-style green beans with tomatoes, eggs and provolone.

New Program: Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from The Founder of the Marianists, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world and IMRI is the site of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more by visiting The University of Dayton; The Marian Library and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.

This week's programs:

Father Tom Thompson, SM, Thursday, January 29, 2:30 PM on the Presentation of The Lord

Father Francois Rossier, SM, Friday, January 30, 2:30 PM on Mary and Ecumenism

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Encouragement offered by Chaminade to Chevaux (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

These are excerpts from a letter written by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in Bordeaux to Father John Chevaux at Saint Remy dated February 7, 1834.

It seems that your arms fall helpless when you see the young men who surround you and who have the same mission as you, full of good will but lacking in experience.  Where did you learn the twelve apostles and the seventy-two disciples drew upon their experience before working at the great undertaking that had been assigned to them?  They had good will, that is true, and that is all they had.  The disciples of our Lord had no more aptitude than the apostles.  They knew, as the apostles knew, their insufficiency only too well; but also like them, they had entire confidence in Him for the mission He had given.

Oh, how much we have degenerated!  Where then is our faith, our faith in Jesus Christ?  I have no intention here, my dear son, of humiliating you or your collaborators, but to awaken you from the kind of stupor into which you have fallen and to recall to you what you all are by your entrance into the Society of Mary.  You are real missionaries.

The education of youth, whatever form it may take, is certainly not the end you must have proposed to yourselves in consecrating yourselves entirely to God under the protection of the august Mary.  Teaching is but a means we use to fulfill our mission, to introduce everywhere, so to say, the spirit of faith and of religion and to multiply Christians.

You are all missionaries.  Fulfill your mission!  Real missionaries must in no way count on themselves alone, on their talents or their industry.  Rather they must put all their confidence in the grace of their mission and also in the protection of the Blessed Virgin, who is working at this undertaking for which she was elevated to the Divine Motherhood.

All must be well-penetrated with the importance of the salvation of souls redeemed by the price of the blood of Jesus Christ.  The principal end which all must propose to themselves, in all their efforts, but particularly in their spiritual exercises, must be the salvation of the pupils, the amendment of their failings and their progress in virtue.  The work is common to all, and each one is jointly responsible, in a certain measure, for the entire thing.

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New Exhibit!

Fairest of All

The Marian Library gallery will show thirty works of Jan Oliver from January 30, 2009 through March 27, 2009. For more information, click into the article from UD's Campus News Digest or click here for virtual exhibit.

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 Korean-language News through 1/26/2009.  We have also posted recent news about Gianna Talone-Sullivan.  Also, given the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25, we encourage you to read Mary and Paul.

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Cardinal Bertone's Homily at Close of Family Meeting
"Love Your Children and Make Them Feel That They Are Loved"
Source: Zenit (Mexico City), January 20, 2009

Here is a translation of the homily given Sunday by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict XVI's secretary of state and papal legate to the Sixth World Meeting of Families, at the close of that event. The Wednesday-Sunday meeting was held last week in Mexico City.

... All the members of the family are implied because all should participate in the development of human and Christian values. But we cannot forget the particular responsibility that corresponds to the parents. Their attitude regarding their children should be similar to that manifested by Mary and Joseph when, according to the narration we have heard in the Gospel, they found Jesus in the temple after having lost him.

Mary and Joseph look for him with unspeakable concern. "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety" (Luke 2:48). They love their son passionately, with all of their being.

So then, dear fathers and mothers, love your children and make them feel that they are loved and appreciated, respected and understood. Feeling loved gives rise to gratitude and trust in others, in themselves and in the love of the Heavenly Father; and it is a call to respond to love with love.

Mary and Joseph live in intimacy with Jesus; but his person and his behavior are a mystery also for them. "And he said to them, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?' But they did not understand what he said to them" (Luke 2:49-50). Mary and Joseph intuit that Jesus does not belong to them; that he lives for his true Father who is God and places himself totally at the service of the mysterious divine project. Despite not understanding, they accompany him with respectful love and serve him with every solicitude. ...

May the Most Holy Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe, obtain this grace for Christian families, so that all the families of the world also benefit from it.

Oh Mary, Mother of beautiful Love, Mother of hope, Help of Christians, gather these humble supplications and give to all the families of the world that which they need to grow in sanctity, to be salt of the earth and light of the world, to be sanctuaries of life and love, of welcome and forgiveness, of human and Christian values. Amen.

Benedict XVI Made an 'Austrian'
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), January 21, 2009

Benedict XVI was made an honorary citizen today of the site of one of Europe's most important Marian shrines.

The honorary citizenship is for Mariazell in Austria. The ceremony took place adjacent to Paul VI Hall, when the Pope had finished the general audience.

Mariazell is the home of the Basilica of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which houses a statue of Our Lady believed to be miraculous. For centuries, the town has been one of Europe's principal pilgrimage sites. Today, some 1 million pilgrims visit it annually.

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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.

Czech creche has social, political overtones
Source: Campus report (University of Dayton), December 5, 2008

Wise men and shepherds are a familiar sight around Nativity scenes, but government spies?

That's what the chimney sweeps portray in a 130-piece Czechoslovakian crèche, the centerpiece of the Marian Library’s annual exhibition of Nativity scenes from around the world, said Father Johann Roten, S.M., director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.

"The government forbade people from having these scenes in their homes," Roten said. "So because chimney sweeps could get into everyone's homes to clean chimneys, the sweeps were recruited to look inside the homes for hidden scenes. Including the sweeps in the scene was really a political-religious statement about the government."

The scene, made in the 1850s, depicts the Holy Family among eighty villagers and fifty structures.

The library has added holiday hours for the exhibit, which is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; through Dec. 21.  It also will be open 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Other crèches from the library are on display through Jan. 4 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, and in the Gallery St. John at Mount Saint John, 4400 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek. Selections also are on display in museums in New Haven, Conn., and Akron, Ohio.

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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 February 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 February.

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Marian Events

Pilgrimage to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Saint Joseph's Valley

Title: Our Lady of America Pilgrimage

Date: October 6-13, 2009

Locations: Shrines of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Saints John Neumann, Katherine Drexel, and Elizabeth Seton, as well as the Lourdes Grotto, Franciscan Monastery, and the John Paul II Cultural Center.

Join Dan Lynch on a pilgrimage to respond to the reported requests of Our Lady of America for pilgrimage to the Basilica and to pray for our country's purity, peace and protection.

For more information call 888-834-6261.

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