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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


  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 a series of programs on Spirit Catholic Radio, KVSS FM (88.9, 98.3, 102.7, and 103.1 in the Omaha area), Mary, the Saints, and the Spiritual Life, every Wednesday at 7 am (CST). For more information, or to listen on-line, click into She is visiting The Marian Library to do research this week.

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

Forty More Days With Mary by Frank Padilla

The author invites all to a forty-day pilgrimage with Mary. This book is a sequel to the author's first book on Mary, Forty Days with Mary.  Frank Padilla is the Servant General of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL). Frank and his wife Gerry are members of the Pontifical Council for the Family. CFC-FFL is a lay Catholic ecclesial movement that is evangelistic and missionary. Its work is to renew the family and to defend life.

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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 11, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Psychologist Father Tom Schroer, S.M., Ph.D. about Scripture and Dreams, the Language of Dreams, and Spiritual Growth. 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, March 10, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Bonnie Lay of Achieve International about Healing the Organization; Lent and healing to achieve peace within individuals, families and the Church through the familiar Lenten practices of prayer, sacrifice, almsgiving, reconciliation, reparation and renewal. Francesca shares her favorite Italian recipes for Polenta and Pasta Fagioli.  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:

Sister Danielle Peters, Thursday, March 12, 2:30 PM on Benedict XVI and Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

2009--65th anniversary of The Marian Library

2010--35th anniversary of the International Marian Research Institute Pontifical College

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

2013--70th anniversary of The Marian Library

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

2015--40th anniversary of the International Marian Research Institute Pontifical College

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

2018--75th anniversary of The Marian Library

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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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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 Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 2/27/2009), as well as expanding our collection of Polish Poems.

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Pope: Mary's Conception Points to Basic Truths
Says She is Reflection of Beauty That Saves the World
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 9, 2008

Benedict XVI says the feast of the Immaculate Conception points to two fundamental Christian beliefs: original sin, and Christ's triumph over it.

The Pope said this Monday, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when he prayed the Angelus with crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Christ's victory over sin "shines sublimely in Mary Most Holy," the Holy Father affirmed.

"The existence of what the Church calls 'original sin' is, sadly, a crushing truth, suffice it to look around us and above all in our interior," he noted. "The experience of evil is, in fact, so consistent, that it imposes itself and makes us ask the question: From whence does it come? [...] If God, who is absolute goodness, has created everything, where does evil come from?"

The Pontiff explained that Genesis offers the answer to these questions: "God created everything so that it would exist; in particular he created man in his own image; he did not create death, rather, the latter entered the world because of the envy of the devil, who, rebelling against God, also attracted men with deceit, inducing them to rebellion."

This, Benedict XVI continued, is the "drama of freedom, which God accepts totally out of love." However, from the beginning, God promised that the head of the ancient servant would be crushed.

The Holy Father said that in God's eyes, the "Woman predestined to be mother of the Redeemer [...] always had a face and name: 'full of grace', as the Angel called her when visiting her in Nazareth."

Thus, the Pope added, "in Mary Immaculate we contemplate the reflection of the Beauty that saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the face of Christ. In Mary, this beauty is totally pure, humble, free of all pride and presumption."

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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.

Founder of Loreto Order Was a Woman Ahead of Her Time
Source: The West Australian (Perth), March 9, 2009

The name Mary Ward may not be immediately familiar but those who recognize it know she was a woman ahead of her time--by four centuries.

She challenged the prevailing view in the Catholic Church that women should join only contemplative orders and have no role outside the cloisters. Instead, she dreamt of a women's order like the Jesuits to work in the community and particularly in the education of girls.

Mary Ward was founder of the Catholic Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, better known as the Loreto sisters. This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the order's foundation.

She died in 1645, but surviving her is a network of schools in every continent and thousands of students learning under the umbrella of the Loreto sisters. The sisters have been in Perth since 1897, first opening a school in Adelaide Terrace which later moved to Claremont, and another in Nedlands. In 1977, the Claremont school was amalgamated with the Jesuit St Louis to become John XXIII College. The Nedlands primary school still operates.

Mary Ward was born in Yorkshire during the Catholic persecutions. Three of her uncles were conspirators in the failed Gunpowder Plot, which aimed to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Practicing her faith was dangerous in England and so she went to France to pursue her vocation. On a visit to England in 1609 she received a "Glory Vision," which spelt out what God wanted of her.

She returned to France and with her devoted followers, known as the English Ladies, set up schools and communities in many European countries, arousing furious opposition from the Catholic hierarchy. She believed that education led to freedom.

The institute was suppressed by Pope Urban and she was accused of being a heretic and imprisoned in 1631. While locked up, she corresponded in secret with her supporters using the time-honored method of writing with lemon juice. She fought on, the heresy charges were dropped and eventually she returned to England, where she died. Her supporters continued her work, but it was not until 1877 that the institute received the approval of the Church. There was no formal acknowledgement of her as its founder until 1909.

It is said that at her funeral judgment was passed not by the Catholic Church but by a voice from the crowd: "There was never such a woman, no, not ever."

Pope Pius said of her in 1951: "Mary Ward, that incomparable woman whom England, in her darkest and most sanguinary hour, gave to the Church."

Her legacy will be honored around the world this year with a pilgrimage to Rome and to European places significant in her life. In Perth, events will include a past students' reunions at JTC on March 20 and a Eucharist on May 22.

Sister Marge Finlay, Provincial of the Loreto Order in WA, said the celebrations would honor Mary Ward's visions, values, spirituality and prophetic response in a twenty-first century context. "Her message for the contemporary church was not a cry for equality with men but a call for the recognition of what women could do," she said.

In Perth there are eleven Loreto sisters--130 in Australia--who also help in a night shelter for homeless women in Fremantle, perform chaplaincy in prisons and hospitals and pastoral ministry in remote and rural towns. There is an interfaith women's circle in Perth with Christian, Muslim and Jewish participants.

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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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