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Alumni Update

Father Luigi Gambero, SM, well-known scholar and teacher in the area of Mariology, was recently selected to receive the prestigious Premio René Laurentin--Pro Ancilla Domini award from the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Mariology (Marianum) in Rome).  The award will be bestowed at the conclusion of the International Mariological Symposium to be held next October.  In a recent letter to Father Luigi, the Superior General, Father Manuel Cortés, SM, said: "Thank you for the long years of study, research, and teaching that you have dedicated to Mariology, contributing to the formation of many generations of students and to the dissemination of knowledge of the person of Mary ... The entire Society of Mary joins me in expressing our appreciation for your work, which is a source of pride for all the members of the congregation."

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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

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.

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

On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Greg Rhem Manager of Documentary Acquisitions HBO Documentary Films, (NYNY) Emmy Award Winner Dan Junge, Director Just-Media Films (Denver, CO, David Stang, (Denver, CO) Barbara Stang Richardson,Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdN,  and Bro Don Neff, SM about the newly-released documentary They Killed Sister Dorothy!  Sister Dorothy Stang, SND de Namur, a native of Dayton, OH and graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton, was killed in  the Brazilian Rainforest  February 12, 2005 because she fought the good fight against lawlessness and corruption destroying the  Amazon Rainforest.  Previous to Sister Dorothy’s death, more than 772 Anawim were murdered over land conflicts, illegal infringement and logging in the past thirty years and only seven cases came to trial.  The documentary will debut Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm ET/PT  exclusively on  HBO2 and replay March 28 (4:30 PM March 31 (2:45 pm) and April 5 (7:00 am) on HBO2.  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.

Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) 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 talks with Sister Ann Shields and Father David Zink, about Evangelization and the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Radio Maria Lenten Retreat on "Hope!" in Sidney, OH on Friday, March 27, 2009 at Holy Angels Church. Sister Ann Shields, internationally-known inspirational speaker, writer, and daily program presenter on Radio Maria will speak at 7:30 pm following the Opening Mass (at 6:00 pm) and talk by Father David Zink, pastor of Saint Nicholas Parish (Osgood) and Saint Louis Parish (North Star). It is an open retreat, so all are welcome to attend! T5H will share information on the meaning and importance of Marian Consecration and of Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in every home in light of the Papal Encyclical written by Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas. "You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain." (Isaias12:3) Francesca will be stirring up Pasta Casa this week and sharing her recipe for homemade pasta, another 'Franchina Family Favorite.' Past Recipes: Italian Bread, Foccacia; Italian Minestrone with Ditalini; Sicilian Wedding Cakes; Cuccidatti (stuffed cookies) and Pasta con Piselli (Pasta with Peas.) Write for recipes, include a SASE and mail to Francesca Franchina, P.O. BOX 3238, DAYTON, OH 45401-3238. FRANCESCA WANTS TO MEET YOU AT THE RETREAT AT HOLY ANGELS CHURCH! MAMMA FRANCESCA’S RECIPES WILL BE AVAILABLE! 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, S.M., Thursday, March 26, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, March 27, 2:30 PM on the Infancy Gospels

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Sub Tuum Praesidium (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

This is the oldest extant prayer and hymn to the Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God.  The earliest text of this hymn is found in a Coptic Christmas liturgy of the third century, written in Greek and dated approximately 250. It is rendered in English in these words.

Beneath your compassion, we take refuge, O Mother of God.
Do not despise our petitions in time of trouble, but rescue us from dangers,
only pure, only blessed one.

Around the eleventh century a Latin translation developed, and later, this common English translation became popular.

We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

In the last quarter of the twentieth century the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) produced this new translation.

We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.
Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

Members of the Marianist Family add the following Marianist doxology.

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 Extended!

Fairest of All

The Marian Library gallery will show thirty works of Jan Oliver from January 30, 2009 through June 26, 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 will conclude on April 3. 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, Passion Plays, and Mary in Doctrine: The Divine Maternity.

We have Korean-language Marian News through 3/20/2009.  The program for this year's annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America is now available online as is information on the large collection of nativity scenes from Australian recently donated to The Marian Library.

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Spirit of Lourdes Hits Streets of Rome
Cardinal Bertone Closes Jubilee Marking Apparition Anniversary
Source: Zenit (Rome), December 9, 2008

Mary is the mother who takes care of her sick children in any circumstance, says Benedict XVI's secretary of state, encouraging the faithful to always turn their gaze toward her.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said this of Our Lady on Monday when he celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major a Mass marking the end of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Mary's apparitions in Lourdes.

"Let us look at her always, in every circumstance," he said, "in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death."

A pilgrim image of Our Lady of Lourdes had arrived at the basilica the Saturday before, after journeying through various Italian cities and the streets of Rome. Thousands of pilgrims, many ill or disabled, came to visit her.

Several volunteers from an Italian group that transports the ill to Lourdes and other international shrines were on hand to welcome the pilgrims.

"The atmosphere in Lourdes is always exceptional," Andreina Ferrouchi, one of the volunteers, told ZENIT. "And to live it again in Rome is even more exceptional. That's why it's an honor to have her in our home."

During the anniversary year, some nine million pilgrims visited the shrine at Lourdes.

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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' Guide (University of Dayton), Fall 2008

On October 20, 1943, Father John A. Elbert, SM, President of the University of Dayton, formally inaugurated The Marian Library by presenting his book, Devotion to Mary in the Twentieth Century to the library's first director, Father Lawrence Monheim, SM.  The library now has over eighty-five thousand books and materials related to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The collection includes: commentaries from early, medieval, and contemporary authors on the Marian texts in the Bible; homilies; sermons; books on the art, architecture, and iconography of Marian churches and shrines; and studies on the many ways Marian symbols are part of the world's cultures.  The library also has collections of statues, medals, stamps, postcards, videos, and CDs of Marian music.  Allied with The Marian Library is the International Marian Research Institute.  Founded in 1975, this academic pontifical program is empowered to grant theological degrees with specialization in Marian studies.  All are welcome to the library, especially to its ongoing exhibits of contemporary Marian art and the Crèche Room with its continuous display of Christmas nativity sets from all over the world.

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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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