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  News from the Marian Library

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

New Book: Proper Marian Devotion

Dr. Sophia Choi informs us that the Committee for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea published Proper Marian Devotion (ISBN 978-89-7228-421-5 03230) in English on February 11, 2009. The book had already been published in Korean in 2006. Its contents are as follows:


Chapter 1. History of Marian Devotion

Chapter 2. Dogmas on the Blessed Virgin Mary

a) The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (Theotokos)
b) The Blessed Virgin Mary, Ever-Virgin
c) The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception
d) The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Assumption

Chapter 3. Prayers and the Months Manifesting Marian Devotion

a) Hail Mary (Ave Maria)
b) Angelus
c) Holy Rosary
d) Litany of Our Lady
e) Song of Mary (Magnificat)
f) Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary: Akathistos
g) Holy Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary
h) Holy Month of the Holy Rosary

Chapter 4. False Marian Devotions

a) Patristic Age
b) Middle Ages
c) Modern Age
d) False Marian devotions in Korea Today

(1) Anti-Marianism of the Protestants
(2) False Marian Devotions in the Catholic Church

A. Marian Devotion of Theresa Hwang of Sangju with Private Revelations
B. The False Marian Devotion of Sanctification of the so-called Miracles or Private Revelations of Naju
C. Marian Devotion connected with Bayside
D. Popular Devotions based on Pseudo-Spiritualism

Chapter 5. Proper Marian Devotion


Addendum 1. Magnificat
Addendum 2. Akathistos


Price: 4,000won / $6
Where to buy: Catholic Conference of Korea
Telephone: 82-2-460-7582, 7583
Fax: 82-2-460-7585
Website (home page):

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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, April 1, 2009, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss "The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus" from the writings of Sister Mary of Agreda  as dictated by the Blessed Mother in her biography Mystical City of God. Part One: Hear what Our Lady was doing during the time of preparation, during and after the Passion and death of Jesus. 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 31, 2009, Francesca Franchina dialogues with John F. Zaino, Vice President of the National Men of the Sacred Heart and President of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Men of the Sacred Heart about the Founder and Mission of the organization. Learn what the Men of the Sacred Heart and The Joyful Lambs of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary can and will do to help you! Francesca and John continue their ongoing discussion of the importance of First Fridays and the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes, businesses and schools, Evangelization through daily/weekly Holy Hours, Prayer of Intercession, Prayer of the Heart and Healing, Prayer of Reparation, Prayer of Thanksgiving and Adoration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Learn of the many books and websites to help you!  Francesca also shares her family's favorite recipes for Easter Sunday Dinner: Italian-style Roasted Leg of Lamb; Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce/Green Peas/Ham, Italian Green Bean Salad, Fritto Misto, and Easter Ricotta Pie. Send a SASE (#10) for Easter Recipes and or other recipes shared on T5H. 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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, April 2, 2:30 PM on the Virginity of Mary

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, April 3, 2:30 PM on the O.T. as Mary's pre-story

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Prayer to Mary by Saint Ephrem (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Fill my mouth, O Mary, with the grace of your gentleness.
Enlighten my intelligence, you who have been filled with God's favor.
Then my tongue will cheerfully sing your praises, especially the prayer of the angel,
who announced salvation to the world, and the remedy and protection of all people.

Accept that I, your little servant, praise you, and tell you, and tell you softly once more: Rejoice, Mary, full of grace.

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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 Summer 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, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Mary in Doctrine: The Virginity of Mary.

The program for this year's annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) is now available online along with a letter from the MSA President.  In our Korean section, we have updated News through 3/31/2009, and also posted Marian Commemoration Days for April.

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Fatima Shrine Marks the Centennial of Francisco's Birth
With Conference on Spirituality of Children
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal), March 25, 2009

The one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Blessed Francisco Marto, one of the three visionaries of Our Lady of Fatima, will be marked this June with a congress on the spirituality of children.

The congress, titled "Francisco Marto: To Grow for the Gift," will be held June 18-20 at the Paul VI Pastoral Center of Fatima, and will conclude a year of events that have marked the Blessed's birth centennial.

Cardinal José Policarpo, patriarch of Lisbon, will close the congress with an address on the challenges that children face in society.

In a letter announcing the congress this week, the event organizers said the event will be reflect "on the figure of this child, perceiving the challenges that it might pose to the living of the faith, and opening horizons for us to reflect on the role of children in the context of Christian spirituality."

In addition to speaking about Francisco Marto's personality and the message of Fatima, several subjects related to children will be addressed, such as music, literature, spirituality, catechesis, legal protection, theology and pastoral care.

The year marking the centenary of Francisco Marto's birth was set for June 10, 2008, through June 10, 2009, to coincide with the second day of the two-day national Children's Pilgrimage to Fatima. The blessed was born on June 11, 1909.

Francisco and his sister Jacinta were beatified by John Paul II in Fatima, in 2000. They witnessed, along with their cousin, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917.

For more information in multiple languages click into

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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.

Hilary Clinton leaves flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, asks 'Who painted it?'
Source: Catholic News Agency (Mexico City, Mexico), March 27, 2009

During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers "on behalf of the American people," after asking who painted the famous image.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of Saint Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary's eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image's lack of decay.

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked "who painted it?" to which Msgr. Monroy responded "God!" ...

Click here to read the entire article.

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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 April 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 April.

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Marian Events

Filippo and Fillpino Lippi Exhibit

Title: The Renaissance in Prato

Date: March 25 - August 2, 2009

Location: Musée de Luxembourg in Paris, France

This exhibition brings together some fifty paintings and sculptures created between the fourteenth and the sixteenth centuries, which have never been shown in France (some of them never went out of Italy). Those works come from the Prato City Museum, housed in the Palazzo Pretorio, now closed for refurbishment, as well as from other institutions of the same region. It will provide a unique opportunity to discover the rich artistic heritage of a city which incontestably was an important artistic centre during that period, thanks notably to the stylistic innovations brought about by Filippo, and later by Filippino Lippi during their respective sojourns in Prato. It will thus allow one to appreciate the Lippis' influence in the creation of an innovative style, la Maniera, elaborated with their closest collaborators (mainly Fra Diamante and Domenico di Zanobi) and then relayed by their followers (Tommaso di Piero, aka il Trombetto, Luca Signorelli, Zanobi Poggini, Raffaellino del Garbo, among others). The prominent role of sculptors will also be underlined in a special section devoted to altars meant for private devotion (Donatello, Da Maiaono, della Robbia).

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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