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Alumni Update

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the profession of vows as a Marianist by Brother John Samaha.  A Mass followed by a reception will be held for him and several other jubilarians at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose, California on June 14, 2009 starting at 4:00 pm.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Film on Fatima to be Released Soon

The Thirteenth Day is a new film on Fatima which is due to be released shortly. It is an exciting dramatization of the Fatima story, which focuses on the kidnapping of the children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, and culminates in a very striking rendition of the famous Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917.

The directors, Ian and Dominic Higgins, have used state-of-the-art digital effects to produce an impressionistic retelling of the Fatima story. The film was shot on location in Portugal and UK, and has a cast of over 250, while three Portuguese children play the seers. The way that the Blessed Virgin is portrayed is particularly impressive, as is the third part of the secret. So a film definitely worth keeping an eye out for!

For more details visit: where a trailer of the film can be seen.

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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.

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.

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.  Click here for the complete of schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Michael P. Duricy, Thursday, April 23, 2:30 PM on Mary and Catholic/Orthodox dialogue

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, April 3, 2:30 PM on Mary as first of the redeemed

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Contemporary Thrust in Marian Studies (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

What is the current trend in Mariology, the study of Mary in theology?   In our post-Vatican II era Marian theologians are stressing the fact that Mary is a datum of divine revelation as witnessed in Scripture, Tradition, and the official teachings of the church since patristic times.  They elaborate a Mariology that is relational and organic, meshing Mary into all aspects of theology and in all cultures.  Mary is seen in ecclesiology in connection with the mysteries of faith in the hierarchy of truths.

The cultural and anthropological aspects of Marian studies today become apparent in various paradigms, such as narrative memory, the aesthetics of beauty, and the mystery of compassion.  This is exemplified in the paradigm followed by Vatican II's Gaudium et Spes.  This approach to Mariology facilitates dialogue on the ecumenical and inter-religious levels because it opens the anthropological dimension.  This smoothes the passage from the image of the Church to the image of humankind, for Mary is the exemplar of the person who is open to God and responds in faith to His revelation.  It is necessary to follow an interdisciplinary and psychological approach rather than simply a logical paradigm.

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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 concluded on April 3, 2009. The Summer 2009 course schedule is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend the following: May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation.

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 4/20/2009, and also posted Marian Commemoration Days for April.

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Between the Sadness of the Cross and the Joy of Easter
Biblical reflection for Holy Saturday
Source: Zenit (Toronto), April 7, 2009

Holy Saturday is a day of grief and mourning, of patient waiting and hoping. With Mary and the disciples, we grieve the death of the most important member of our Christian community. The faith of Mary and the disciples was strongly challenged on that first Holy Saturday as they awaited the resurrection.

When the full impact of the death of friends and loved ones fully hits us, it has the potential to stun, dull, and crush the human heart. It can immobilize us from action and thought. If we are people without faith and hope, the experience of confusion, grief and loss has the potential to kill us.

Today we reflect on that period of confusion and silence, between the sadness of the cross and the joy of Easter. From the bewilderment of Jesus' disciples to the great faith of Mary, we examine our own lives in light of the great "Sabbath of Time" and draw courage from Mary's example to face the future with deep hope, patience, love and interior peace. ...

Click here to read the entire 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.

Bach Society to Perform Special Hymn of Mary
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio), March 27, 2009

For its next-to-last performance of the year, the Bach Society of Dayton presents The Art of the Magnificat at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road.  The concert is a collaboration between the Bach Society and the University of Dayton Marian Library.  Artwork from the library will be displayed and projected throughout the performance. ...

Sister Jean Frisk of UD's Marian Library shed further light on the joint venture.  "Prior to the concert, the Rev. Johann Roten will attempt to explain the Magnificat in art," Frisk said.  "He has decided to take along the works of artist Jan Oliver of Colorado.  She has donated these wonderful works to us.  They are currently on exhibit here at the library.  He's going to take down the exhibit and bring it to the performance. ...

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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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