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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.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Bach Society of Dayton Presents The Art of the Magnificat

On Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm, the Bach Society of Dayton with soloists and orchestra will perform the Magnificat in D of J. S. Bach and the Magnificat by John Rutter.  This concert will take place at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, at Stroop across from Kettering Hospital.  Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute will present a Concert Preview at 3 pm.  For ticket information, call 937-294-BACH.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Please note that Radio Maria is running their Spring 'Mariathon' this week.  Since they are entirely supported by their listeners, we encourage people to support them at this time.  Donations can be made online at; or call 1-888-408-0201 to make a pledge.

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 18, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Principal Mike Kirry, Associate Frank Sporlich, Fifth Grade Science Teacher Christine Evans, Bro. Don Neff, SM and students Mikaela Hadaway, Marie Ferneding, Rachel Herman, Catherine Miller (Eighth grade) and Fourth graders Emily Kennebeck, Maggie Caulfield, Alec Warren, Seth Jones and Claire Evans of St. Albert the Great Catholic Elementary School in Kettering, Ohio about their involvement in the Project Maria House in Africa. PMH supports single mothers and their children in Nairobi, Kenya through student-led fundraising class projects relating to Christian social awareness concepts found in Scripture; The Beatitudes contributing to their social justice awareness/activity; giving graced purpose to their charitable works and creative entrepreneurial projects.  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.

Special Lenten Speaker Event

Sister Ann Shields, Internationally-known Author and Conference Speaker
Father David Zink, Host of Truths of Our Faith
Holy Angels in Sidney, Ohio--Friday, March 27, 2009
Hosted by Radio Maria--88.7 FM, Anna, OH and 1600 AM, Springfield/Dayton

Sister Ann Shields, host of the radio series Food for the Journey heard daily at 7:30am and 1:30pm on Radio Maria, your local Catholic Radio Station , will be the featured speaker at an Evening Lenten Retreat on Friday, March 27, 2009 at Holy Angels Catholic Church; 324 S. Ohio St.; Sidney, OH; presented by Radio Maria International Satellite Radio Network. The evening of retreat will open with Mass celebrated at 6:00 PM by Father David Zink, host of Truths of Our Faith heard Tuesdays at 10 am.

Sister Ann Shields will speak at 7:30 PM on "Lent, Personal Renewal, and Hope in the Midst of Suffering." Sister Ann Shields has delivered her powerful testimony throughout the world touching hearts and changing lives.

"An Evening with Sister Ann Shields" Radio Maria International Satellite Radio Network airing on 88.7 FM, Anna, OH (Northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati) and 1600 AM, Springfield / Dayton, OH.

Call 419-628-8870 for more information regarding this deeply personal, spiritual, and faith filled Lenten Retreat or click into or

Fran's 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 17, 2009, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Bonnie Lay of Achieve International about St. Patrick, Healing the Body of Christ, Evangelization, Lent, and Healing Prayer to Achieve peace within individuals, families, the Church and the world through Reconciliation, Reparation, Spiritual Renewal, Resuscitation, Prayer, Dialogue, and Discernment. Francesca shares her favorite Italian recipes for Polenta, Irish Soda Bread and Stuffed Mulligani.  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 M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, March 19, 2:30 PM on Mary and Family

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, March 20, 2:30 PM on Saint Joseph

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Go to Joseph!  The Place of Saint Joseph in Our Lives (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Given the prominence of his name in the history and geography of Christian society, St. Joseph naturally arouses our attention and commends our respect.

Since the feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19 in the Church's liturgical calendar, March has traditionally been observed as the month of St. Joseph.  May 1 we honor St. Joseph the Worker, a feast intended to highlight the dignity of every working person and the blessing of work as a means of improving the lives of all.  These devotional observances remind us to recall the importance of Joseph's place in God's plan of salvation, and to renew our intercession for his assistance and protection.  In reality the head of the Holy Family is a man for all seasons.

Joseph's Place in Christianity

Joseph of Nazareth shared like no other being except Mary in the mystery of the Incarnation, God becoming human.  He was significantly involved in this sacred event of our salvation.  Joseph was God's choice to be the husband of Mary and the guardian of Jesus.

Little is known of St. Joseph.  The infancy narratives in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke contain the only factual information about him in the Bible.  Through Joseph's genealogy Jesus was heir to the Davidic promise.  This established the Savior's Jewishness, his messianic character, his historic reality.  Spiritually this indicates that Joseph shows us how we can receive the promised Savior, give him a place of dignity in our lives, offer him a family, and protect him.

The Gospel identifies Joseph as a carpenter.  The Greek expression of the Gospel, techton, refers to a worker in wood, someone who made articles needed for village life, either domestic use or outdoor work, like frames for small buildings, simple furniture, and plows.

God manifested his will about the marriage of Joseph and Mary in a special way.  Joseph was certainly not the physical father of Jesus.  The virginal conception of the Savior was the cause of great anxiety for Joseph, but he was relieved of this upset by a mystical dream.

Catholic theologians and Biblical scholars have shown that Mary's vow or promise of virginity was not incompatible with the Jewish mentality and practice of the time.  The mystery of the Incarnation also exalted Joseph's virginity.

In the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, Joseph is called a parent and father when the Temple mysteries are recorded.  His fatherhood is restricted to a legal context since the Presentation and the Passover were legal obligations.  Significantly, he is not called father until the Child is born and the birth proclaimed by a heavenly sign.

As Mary cooperated by faith and obedience, so did Joseph, who "did as the angel of the Lord commanded him."

Since Joseph's death is not mentioned in the New Testament, Biblical scholars assume that he died before Jesus' public ministry, or before Jesus' passion and death.  Otherwise why should Mary be entrusted to John?

Doctrine and Devotion Flourish

From the earliest centuries of Christianity, St. Augustine and other Fathers of the Church wrote of St. Joseph.  But the theology of his vocation, dignity, holiness, and intercessory power began to flower in medieval times; and the seventeenth century was a golden age for the development of Josephology.  The enthusiasm of St. Teresa of Avila for St. Joseph was remarkable, vividly expressed in her writings, and perpetuated in the twelve convents she founded in his honor.

All the popes of modern times, from Blessed Pius IX in the nineteenth century until our present Holy Father have issued substantial teaching about St. Joseph in their official documents.

The Popes Weigh In

Years before his passage to eternity Pope John Paul II added to this rich body of doctrine in 1989 with his inspirational letter, Guardian of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Custos).  This instruction affords us another occasion to recall the importance of St. Joseph in God's plan of salvation and to review what makes him special, not only for us personally, but for the Universal Church.  John Paul II's pastoral letter, an apostolic exhortation, deals with the person and mission of St. Joseph in the life of Christ and of the Church.

John Paul II opened Guardian of the Redeemer with this explanation: "Inspired by the Gospel, the Fathers of the Church from earliest times stressed that just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ's upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ's Mystical Body, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model."  Consequently, he continued, "On the centenary of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical letter Quamquam Pluries (1889) and in line with the veneration given to St. Joseph over the centuries, I wish to offer some…reflections concerning him to whose care God entrusted his most precious treasures."  This John Paul II does in an instruction of several dozen pages with a brief chapter devoted to each of the following topics: the Gospel portrait of Joseph, Joseph as guardian of the mystery of God, Joseph as just man and husband, work as an expression of love, the primacy of the interior life, and Joseph as the patron of the Church in our day.   Thus he continued in the example of his distinguished papal predecessors.

By the decree Quemadmodum Deus (1870) Blessed Pius IX proclaimed Joseph Patron of the Church; and in his apostolic letter Inclytum Patriarcham he explained why and outlined a theology of Joseph.

The sketch of Pius IX was developed by his successor in Quamqaum Pluries, and that encyclical letter of Leo XIII is the most important document on St. Joseph up to Custos Redemptoris of John Paul II.

Pope St. Pius X (Joseph Sarto) acted pastorally by composing a prayer to his personal patron and by approving the Litany of St. Joseph.

In 1920, Pope Benedict XV issued a motu proprio to honor the golden jubilee of the proclamation of Joseph's universal patronage of the Church.

Pope Pius XI spoke often in his addresses of the merits, dignity, and power of St. Joseph, and invoked him as special protector against atheistic communism in the encyclical Divini Redemptoris (1937).

Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, 1955, and composed a prayer about this title.

In his apostolic letter Le Voci (1961) Blessed John XXIII summarized the teachings of his predecessors and named St. Joseph "Protector of the Second Vatican Council."   On his own initiative, during the first session of Vatican II, Pope John XXIII included Joseph's name in the Roman Canon (First Eucharistic Prayer) of the Mass.

In a similar vein, Pope Paul VI extolled Joseph in the life of the Church in his teachings.

Conclusion: The Beat Goes On

Now, in our day, Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) continues in his teaching and preaching to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors to enhance the centuries-old appreciation of St. Joseph.  And we can expect more.

As a result of this honored tradition, the accommodated Biblical directive (Gn 41:55) still rings true for all God's people: "Go to 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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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 the following: Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM/USA; Marian Shrines in Ireland and the Chaplet of Saint Patrick for the Feast of Saint Patrick (March 17); and Guardian of the Redeemer for the Feast of Saint Joseph (March 19).

We have posted a review of a fine new Marian book, Stories From Mary's Touch, and also expanded our collection of Polish Poems.

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Envoy Named for Our Lady of Europe Event
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 9, 2009

The retired prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes will represent Benedict XVI at the closing of the jubilee year convoked for the seven-hundredth anniversary of the devotion to Our Lady of Europe.

Cardinal José Saraiva Martins will represent the Pope at the May 5 event to be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, located in the British territory of Gibraltar at the southernmost part of the Iberian Peninsula.

The shrine includes a converted mosque and the devotion to Our Lady there dates back to the conquest of the Moors in 1462.

A small statute of Our Lady and the Christ Child survived the centuries there, despite various pirate raids.

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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.

International Marian Research Institute
Source: Libraries' Update (University of Dayton), Spring2009

The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) is one of the world's premier Marian information and research centers.  Since 1975, it has served researchers and students from around the world who come to study and use the collections of The Marian Library.  IMRI was a natural outgrowth of The Marian Library, the world's largest collection of printed materials on the Virgin Mary.

Students may work toward advanced pontifical degrees, earn a certificate in Marian studies, or gain credit hours toward a master's degree granted by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton.  IMRI has a worldwide mission to make the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, better known, loved, and served.

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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

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of the Lord

Title: "Living a Consistent Ethic of Life"

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Location: Our Lady of Mercy Church [220 West Siebenthaler Ave., off N. Main St. in Dayton, Ohio]

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Director of The Marian Library will speak about the Catholic position on life issues at 8:15 pm after the celebration of Mass for the Solemnity which will begin at 7 pm with Father Del Staigers as Presider and Homilist.  Refreshments and display to follow in the parish basement after Mass.  For additional information, click into, or contact Steve by phone at 937-279-5433 or by email at

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