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Alumni Update

IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska will lead a short course on praying with Scripture using the ancient technique called, Lectio Divina, on the four Tuesdays of February at Saint Cecilia Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information, phone 402-553-5524.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

French Films about the Magi

While visiting Paris recently, this editor and French film scholar, Dr. Nastia Korbon had the opportunity to watch a recent film about the Magi called Le Chant des Oiseaux (Birdsong in English).  A clip is available on YouTube.  Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who will co-present with me on Mary in Film at MSA in May, found a review of this film available online.

Since then I have learned (from Father Francois Rossier) of another French film about the three kings, a comedy called Les Rois Mages (The Magi Kings in English).  A clip of this film is also available on YouTube.  I just wanted to thank these colleagues for sharing their expertise, and to share with our readers some of the ongoing research taking place at the International Marian Research Institute.

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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, February 11, 2009, Francesca Franchina continues last week's talk with Dr. Sylvia Esser-Gleason, D.O. about her recent trip to Africa visiting the Congo, Rwanda, Muhororo and Burundi and her experiences working there. Dr. Sylvia worked in a war-zone hospital, helped widows and AIDS orphans, visited Sister Pat's orphanage in Rwanda, and also visited Burundi where she experienced the effects of years of warfare and witnessed what numerous Catholic groups are doing to help in the recovery process of the sufferings being endured in these places.  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.

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 Johannes G. Roten, SM, Thursday, February 12, 2:30 PM on Marian Apparitions

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

What's in a Name? (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

September 12 is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.  Mary was a popular name among the ancient Hebrews, probably in memory of Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron.  Some scholars think the name means 'beloved,' others think 'mistress' or 'lady.'

A person's name is a symbol of that person.  Certainly Mary was beloved by God, so much so that she was always in right relationship with God because she was without sin.  God also chose her to be the mother of Jesus, our Redeemer.  She always points us to God.

The power of a name comes from the power of the person, and Mary has always been our intercessor with Jesus.  We call upon her in time of need.

The feast of the Holy Name of Mary originated in Cuenca, Spain in 1513.  By 1671 the celebration of the feast had spread to all of Spain and beyond.  When the Muslim armies of Mohammed IV of Constantinople threatened Eastern Europe, John Sobieski, King of Poland, entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and marched against them.  The result was a decisive Christian victory.  In thanksgiving, Pope Innocent XI extended this feast to the universal church.

Lord our God, when your Son was dying on the altar of the cross, he gave us as our mother, the one he had chosen as his own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Grant that we who call upon the holy name of Mary, our mother, with confidence in her protection may receive strength and comfort in all our needs.

Opening prayer for the feast of the Holy Name of Mary

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Current 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.  On a related note, please see our answer to a reader's question, "Is There Marian Imagery in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?" and Semiotics, Snow White and Mary: A Mystical Rose by Any Other Name?

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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Koehler International Student Award

It is time for interested students to apply for the Koehler International Student Award.  If you know international students at the University of Dayton who would be eligible, please encourage them to apply.  The following description contains all the pertinent information.

International students (with non-immigrant visa)--undergraduate or graduate--are eligible for the Koehler Award.  The award was established by Professor Susan L. Tsui (UD Library, now retired), with the Lackner Award funds presented to her in 1995 by the UD Marianists.  The award is named in honor, now in memory, of Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., a native of Strasbourg, France, who directed The Marian Library from 1969 to 1986. He founded and directed The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) there, 1974 to 1986, and was the Director-Emeritus of The Marian Library, an IMRI professor, and an active scholar until his death on May 15, 2001.

The Koehler Award, intended to help international students purchase textbooks, consists of $100.00 (or more) in textbook credits at the campus bookstore.  The exact amount of the award and the number of individuals who receive the award each year varies, depending on the funds available.  Criteria for winning this award include financial need, a good academic record, and personal characteristics which reflect the Marianist tradition.

Candidates must submit an application form by March 6, 2009, including a brief statement about themselves (their educational goals, extracurricular and service activities, their career plans, their financial circumstances).  Applicants will also be responsible for obtaining a faculty recommendation.  (The faculty member's recommendation may be submitted by email to the chairperson of the Koehler Award Committee; it need not be lengthy.)

The application form is available online at

Questions?  Contact Cecilia Mushenheim (Chairperson, Koehler International Student Award Committee) at The Marian Library (Roesch Library, Room 708, Phone: 9-4294).

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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 commence on February 16. The course schedule is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11), and Do Whatever He Tells You.

We have also updated the following: Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 1/25/2009); Korean-language News (through 2/11/2009); Marian Apparitions of the Twentieth Century; and Pastoral Marian Organizations in the United States

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Clergy Congregation Marks Ten Years on the Web
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 9, 2008

The officials of the Congregation for the Clergy are celebrating ten years on the Web with a site dedicated to the evangelization and formation of priests, deacon and catechists.

The site,, includes documents, news and an online library in six languages.

The site was renovated, a statement from the congregation said, "so that it may more efficiently help the great network of evangelization, which, through the work of priests, deacons and catechists, the Church must accept and sustain: the Word of the Lord through the new means of communication." ...

The statement concluded: "To the Most Holy Virgin Mary, teacher of dialogue between God and men, we once again dedicate our renewed Web site, certain that she will bless our work and all those who, with true hope, approach this page with an evangelizing and apostolic spirit."

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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.

Aussie Collector Donates Nativity Collection to U.S. University
Source: Catholic News (, January 23, 2009

Dutch-born Sydney nativity collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep, has donated more than 2,300 items valued at more than $150,000, to the Marian Library at the University of Dayton in the USA.

The library, home to one of the largest collection of Nativity scenes in the United States, has received a container full of Christmas scenes and related materials, the gift of an Australian woman who spent more than thirty years amassing the collection, The Cincinnati Catholic [sic] reports.

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.

Marianist Father Johann Roten, 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 for the entire original 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 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

Food for the Soul Marianist Style

Title: Cultivating Peace, Marianist Style

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Locations: Kennedy Union Room 310 on the University of Dayton campus

The presentation, will explore the seven characteristic qualities of the Marianist response to a call to cultivate peace and justice.  We will provide details on each quality and explain how the Marianist efforts around peace and justice have been shaped by Catholic social teachings.  We will also demonstrate how to access Marianist resources on our topic. 

Since a light luncheon will be provided, RSVP is required by calling or 229-2409 or emailing

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