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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.

Also, Dr. Sophia Choi recently lectured to Sisters of the order, Serve di Maria di Galeazza, on the following topics: Marian Doctrine; Mary in Liturgy; Marian Devotion; and Marian Prayers.  She informed us of the death of Korea's first Catholic Cardinal, Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, on February 20, adding that: "He was very good priest. He worked hard especially for the people in difficulty."  For more information click into the following links provided by Dr. Choi: First Korean Cardinal Dies at age 86 Pope Sends Condolences for South Korean Cardinal; and Religious Leaders Remember Cardinal Kim.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Controversy over Program on Israeli TV

The Holy See is denouncing the offensive portrayal of Jesus and his Blessed Mother on a commercial channel of Israeli television.

A Vatican press office communiqué noted Friday that Catholic leaders in the Holy Land "publicly expressed the disappointment and protest of Christians in regard to the recent broadcasts on Israeli private television Channel 10 in which the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary are ridiculed with blasphemous words and images."

In continued, "Government officials, who were immediately contacted by the apostolic nuncio, promptly assured their intervention with the aim of stopping these broadcasts and obtaining public apologies from the station."

The Holy See assured Holy Land Christians of its solidarity, affirming that the "vulgar and offensive act of intolerance of the religious sentiments of believers in Christ is deplored." The statement also noted "the very grave offense against the children of Israel, which Jesus and Mary of Nazareth were."

Source: (Vatican City, 2/22/2009)

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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 25, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Tom Mayor, corporate and church media consultant; film maker and family man weaving together concepts utilizing media as a means of education for the family and evangelization of the world.  Discussion centers on recognizing personal God-given gifts used in business, family and the church to further one's relationship with God and others. Tom is the Creator/Owner of The Message Shop, a member of Transfiguration Parish in West Milton, OH, and has worked with Father Robert Barron, Father David Simonetti, and Patrick Madrid in producing DVDs and retreat materials. The Message Shop's mission is to proclaim the Gospel through the production and distribution of educational media programs utilizing modern communication technology to share the truth of Jesus Christ. 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 24, 2009, Francesca Franchina continues discussion of My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary, by Father Emil Neubert, SM; Lenten writings of Pope John Paul II; Lenten practices for the family including Stations of the Cross for Children and planning Lenten meals, sharing her favorite meatless recipes for Italian Macaroni and Cheese and Quick/Easy Italian Tuna Salad.

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 Bertrand Buby, SM, Thursday, February 26, 2:30 PM on Mary and Vatican II

Father Bertrand Buby, SM, Friday, February 27, 2:30 PM on Mary and Vatican II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Ideal Lenten Prayer (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Three O'clock Prayer has been popularized by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Marianist religious, laity, and schools since the early nineteenth century. The prayer has been slightly revised over the years, and the original author is unknown.

Lord Jesus,
we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross
with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.

We ask your pardon for our sins,
which are the cause of your death.

We thank you for remembering us in that hour of salvation,
and for having given us Mary as our Mother.

Holy Virgin, take us under your protection,
and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Saint John, obtain for us
the grace of taking Mary into our lives, as you did,
and of assisting her in her mission.  Amen.

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin 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 commenced on February 16. The course schedule is now available.

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We have posted an article about Tolkien and Mary based on research of the later Father Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm.

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Franchising to Evangelize
Interview with the Director of Mary of Nazareth International
Source: Zenit (Nazareth), February 19, 2009

The construction of the Mary of Nazareth International Center is part of an evangelization project to publicize the mystery of the Mother of God through technology, explains the project's director.

In this interview with ZENIT, Olivier Bonnassies speaks about the scope of the project that aims to spread knowledge and love of Mary worldwide through associate centers.

Q: What is the Mary of Nazareth project?

Bonnassies: On Mar. 25, 2007, feast of the Annunciation, the first stone of the Mary of Nazareth International Center was laid in Nazareth. The [then] Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, accompanied by bishops of all the traditional Christian churches in the Holy Land, presided over this moving ceremony, during which the apostolic nuncio transmitted Benedict XVI's blessing.

Never before had the Christian churches of the Holy Land, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, joined in this way to support a project. It is a small miracle!" said Bishop Marcuzzo of Nazareth, sent as a delegate by the Episcopal conference of the Holy Land to support the project.

And, he added: "This initiative makes me very happy; it will be useful for the Church in the Holy Land, for pilgrims and also for the universal Church, because it will motivate us in a very practical way to address the great mystery of the Incarnation, and Mary's sublime place in the heart of the Christian community!"

Work is under way to actualize the center, which will offer pilgrims, tourists and the inhabitants of the Holy Land a unique place, with several modules, to discover not only Mary, but also the principles of the Christian faith. They will [be completed] in just over a year; the inauguration is foreseen in 2010. ...

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.

News about Anglican Marian Order
Source: The Tilma (Society of Mary Newsletter--Diocese of Dallas and Fort Worth), February, 2009

As always, we had a great meeting at Saint Francis in Dallas.  Father Allen always has something interesting to share.  This time he talked to us about the Feast of the Presentation, or the Feast of the Circumcision as he put it.  Because of a conflict with another group meeting at Saint Francis at the same time we were there, it was a 'brown bag' meeting; but our dear Lois Holmberg feted us with delicious  pies for desert.

I have some interesting things to share with you this month, which were sent to me by, George Batts, a member of our Ward who actually lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and Brother John Samaha, a member of a Roman Catholic religious order, popularly known as Marianists.  It was also George who actually put me in touch with Brother John.  There are two web sites that I know you will enjoy.  The first is The Mary Page at  It is about all things Mary and you will love it.  The second is the website for the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary--United States at  Their last President was Bill Ryon, an Anglican and a member of Saint Paul's on K Street in Washington, D.C., like most of the national officers of our own Society of Mary.  Father Yost and I agree that it would be a good thing for our Ward to join ESBVM, but you can also join as independent members if you'd like. ...

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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 March 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 March.

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Marian Events

Summer Courses on Mary

Title: M.A. in Christian Spirituality and Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreat

Date: Summer 2009

Location: Creighton University (Omaha, NE)

The above is a summer-only program of graduate-level courses that combine solid academic content with personal appropriation of the content of Christian faith through prayer and worship and application of these to one's life and ministry.

The courses with a Marian emphasis, taught by IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, are:
CSP 721: The Marian Dimension of Spiritual Direction on June 8-13, Mon.-Sat.;
and CSP 722: Mary in the Life of Saint Ignatius on July 6-11, Mon.-Sat.

For more information. click here and scroll to the desired courses.

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