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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska is presenting two series of programs on Spirit Catholic Radio, KVSS FM 88.9 (soon to be FM 102.7), Mary, the Saints, and the Spiritual Life, every Wednesday at 7 am (CST), and Holiness Helper Hour, every Friday at 10 am (CST). For more information, or to listen on-line, click into She hopes to visit The Marian Library in the near future.

Also, Dr. Deirdre de la Cruz, Assistant Professor, Asian languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, will be visiting The Marian Library from March 10-13 to do research. She specializes in Filipino Marian devotion.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Catholic Multimedia Resources on the Internet

The U.S. bishops' conference is offering resources on their website to help people live the Lenten season that begins today.

The site focuses on themes from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, including what we believe, what we celebrate, how we live and how we pray. It includes teaching on prayer, the sacraments and the passion and resurrection of Christ.

It offers video meditations, using pictures of the crucified Christ and Michelangelo's Pieta, as well as an audio podcast based on Pope John Paul II's Stations of the Cross.

It features a video and a question-and-answer section about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

The bishops offer daily meditations, in text, audio and video segments, as well as other resources for deepening in prayer and sacramental life.

Source: (Washington, D.C., 2/25/2009)

On a related note, videos of Pope Benedict XVI praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in Saint Peter's Basilica are available on-line at YouTube: Annunciation; Visitation; Nativity; Presentation of Jesus; and Finding in the Temple.

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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, March 4, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jenny Belokonny, Mary Britt and Bonnie Ebolet about Forty Days For Life, a peaceful prayerful campaign to end abortion locally, nationally and globally  from the grassroots, one city at a time. Forty Days seeks to reach out to educate the community regarding abortion. The campaign has three main parts: prayer, fasting and community outreach including daily prayerful vigils at abortuaries. The Spring Campaign (February 25 - April 5) has participation in more than 138 cities around the USA. Call in to share your experience and find out how you can participate on the day and time of your choice. Archdiocese of Cincinnati Coadjutor Archbishop Schnurr will pray the rosary at the Kettering, OH Abortuary on E. Stroop Road at 1:30 PM on Wednesday March 4. Activities for Christian Unity Week (March 16-20) focus on participation of ecumenical groups; and Dr. William Brennan of St. Louis University will speak on the dehumanization of 'abortion speak' on April 5 at 2:00 PM at the Stroop Road Abortuary. Already babies have been saved. Forty Days For Life also reaches out to post-abortive women and to men who have fathered aborted children. Through organizations like Silent No More and Project Rachel, women are given loving encouragement to seek forgiveness and be healed. 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 Thomas A. Thompson, SM, Thursday, March 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and Lent

Sister Danielle Peters, Friday, March 6, 2:30 PM on John Paul II and Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Special Marianist Anniversaries (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

2011--250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph (April 8)

2014--175th anniversary of the Founder's letter of August 24, 1839, to the retreat masters (the magna carta of the Marianist order)

2016--200th anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate by Venerable Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon and Chaminade

2017--200th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Mary by Blessed William Joseph

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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.]

Mary's Gardens, the website of the late John S. Stokes, Jr. is in the process of being migrated to The Mary Page in accord with his bequest.  His children have also donated related physical holdings to The Marian Library.  Click here for more information.

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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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In keeping with the season, we recommend Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM/USA.

In our Korean-language section, we have updated News (through 3/3/2009) and also posted Marian Commemorations for the month of March. We have also posted our comprehensive multi-lingual Marian Bibliography for 2008.

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Catholics Decry anti-Christianity in Israel
Protest "Horrible Offenses" on TV
Source: Zenit (Jerusalem), February 19, 2009

Leaders of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land are condemning the "revolting attacks" against Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, broadcast by Israel's Channel 10 television.

A joint communiqué issued Wednesday explains, "In these days, during a night show on Channel 10, a series of horrible offenses were launched against our faith and consequently against us Christians."

The communiqué was signed by the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem and the Franciscan custos of the Holy Land, among others.

"The show directed its attacks to the holiest figures of our Christian belief in an attempt, as the director of the show himself specifically declared, to destroy Christianity," the communiqué stated.

"Channel 10 was used to desecrate the holiest figures of Christianity, offending hundreds of thousands of Christian Israeli citizens and many millions of Christians all over the world as well," the Catholic leaders lamented.

Channel 10 began its activities in 2002. ...

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.

Christmas Creches
Source: University of Dayton Magazine, Winter, 2008-09

'Twas the season.  In between trips to packed malls and obligatory parties you didn't have time for, we hope you slowed down, took a look around and counted your blessings.  Among ours: access to the world's largest creche collection.  In January, we added six hundred more, a donation from Elisabeth Van Mullekon-Cserep of Australia.

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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

Exhibition of the Altenburg Collection

Title: From Siena to Florence, the Italian Primitives

Date: 3/11 - 6/21/2009

Location: Jacquemart-André Museum (Paris, France)

Considered to be one of the largest collections of Italian Primitives outside Italy, the exceptional works collected during the nineteenth century by Bernard von Lindenau are to be shown for the first time in Paris, from March 11 to June 21, 2009, at the Jacquemart-André Museum.

You will be able to admire the remarkable refinement of Lippo Memmi's Virgin and Child Enthroned, the sparkling colors of the Ascension of the Virgin by Sano di Pietro and the sweetness of the Virgin and Child by Liberale di Verona.

For more information click here for English or French.  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us of this exhibit..

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