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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

New Book About Mary

The Rev. Penelope Duckworth is completing a book titled Mary's Hours: Daily Prayers with the Mother of God, which will be published in Spring 2009 by Morehouse, a small non-profit imprint of Church Publishing in New York. The book will be hard-bound and will sell for $20. They are printing three thousand copies to be marketed in the U.S., but which may be sold in other areas of the Anglican communion. There are 147 pages. It is a week-long prayer book with four services each day: morning; noon; evening; and night prayers.  The author has generously promised to donate a copy to the holdings of The Marian Library when it comes out around April, 2009.  It may be pre-ordered from Amazon now.

There are also two other books that she has published. The most recent is also a book on Mary, Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart, which was published in 2002 by Cowley Publications. It examines Mary as a prophet, theologian, matriarch, disciple, and intercessor. The Marian Library recently purchased a copy for our holdings.  At last check, copies were available through Amazon and Cokesbury.

Her first book is a book of sermons, I Am: Sermons on the Incarnation, published by Abingdon in 1998 and containing one specifically Marian sermon (fourth Sunday of Advent).  The author has generously donated a copy of this book to The Marian Library as well.  Copies are available from Amazon.

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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 18, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Brother Don Neff, S.M., focusing on changes that life brings personally, professionally and spiritually, and the importance of recognizing time for rest and change of scenery to reconcile, recommit, and reconnoiter regarding a personal re-assessment of life's direction. 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, February 17, 2009, Francesca Franchina focuses on the Blessed Mother's apostolate and mission in evangelization in the Marianist Tradition handed on by Marianist Founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade as taught and written by noted Mariologist, Father Emil Neubert, S.M., in My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary. Francesca shares her favorite recipe for the Italian dumpling gnocci from her Italian kitchen.

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 Johann G. Roten, SM, Thursday, February 19, 2:30 PM on Marian Apparitions

Father Bertrand Buby, SM, Friday, February 19, 2:30 PM on Mary and Vatican II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Ancient Carol of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

There is no rose of sych vertu, as the rose that bare Jesu. Allelulia!
For in that rose contained was, heaven and earth in lytel space. Res Miranda! [Wonderful Thing]
By that rose we may well see there be one God in persons three. Pares Forma! [Equal in Form]
The angels sungen the shepherd to: Gloria in Excelsis Deo! [Glory be to God on high]
Gaudeamus! [Let us rejoice]
Leave we all this worldly mirth, and follow we this joyful birth.
Transeamus! [Let us follow]

0ne of thirteen anonymous carols found in a Cambridge manuscript.

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

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We have posted the program the Asia Oceania Mariological Conference to be held in the Philippines next Fall as well as an invitation from the bishop who is convening it.  We expect some of our colleagues in MSA and ML/IMRI who reside in the region to attend.

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Heavenly Mother Offered Joys and Tears of Faithful
Benedict XVI Urges Seeking Comfort in Mary
Source: Zenit (Rome), December 9, 2008

The basket of roses Benedict XVI brought Our Lady on the feast of the Immaculate Conception represents both the good deeds and the difficulties that the faithful want to offer their heavenly Mother, he said.

The Pope made this comparison during his address Monday evening in Rome's Piazza de Spagna during his visit to the image of the Immaculate Conception.

The feast marked the end of the year-long 150th anniversary celebrations of Our Lady's appearances in Lourdes, where she "revealed her name, saying, 'I am the Immaculate Conception'," the Holy Father noted. ...

Click here for the entire original 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.

Sketches behind da Vinci painting may be Leonardo's
Source: Reuters (Paris), December 18, 2008

A curator at the Louvre Museum in Paris has stumbled upon some unknown drawings on the back of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that look like they might be by the Italian master himself, the Louvre said on Thursday.

The extraordinary find was made by chance, when Louvre staff unhooked Leonardo's The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne from the museum wall as part of a broad program of study and restoration of paintings by Leonardo, including the Mona Lisa.

"When the work, which is painted on wood, was unhooked, a curator noticed two barely visible drawings on the back of the painting, showing a horse's head and half a skull," the museum said.

It was such an astonishing discovery that other Louvre staff present at the time could not believe it and initially said the marks on the wood must be stains.

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne was painted in the early 1500s and no one had previously noticed the drawings--at least not to the knowledge of the Louvre. ...

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

Marianist Heritage Celebration

Title: Mary, Faith, and Justice program and social

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Locations: Kennedy Union Room Torch Lounge on the University of Dayton campus

Sponsored by campus ministry and the Marianists.  Prizes will be awarded to service clubs and breakout trip participants.

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