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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

A dedicated friend and volunteer of The Marian Library for fifty years, Mrs. Mildred Sutton has given countless hours toward organizing clippings of interesting items from diocesan papers and other publications. The "Sutton File" contains over fifty-six thousand items and is an indispensable source for replying to Marian devotion questions. For more information click into the Roesch Library Newsletter for Spring 2009 [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Lectures available on CD

Mary, the Mother of Jesus is an insightful series of twenty-four talks (on eight Audio CDs) by world-renowned Mary scholar, Father Bertrand Buby, S.M. S.T.D., long-time Professor at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.  For the first time ever, you can all learn about Mary with one of the world's leading experts as your personal guide and teacher.  Father Bert will instill in you the fervor to grow in your understanding and love of Mary.

For more details, click into or call 1-800-955.3904.

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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 29, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Curtis Kneblik, Director of Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal in West Milton, OH about applying Scripture readings in everyday life, Scripture and spiritual growth, understanding the language of the Bible, Lectio Divina made easy and more based on a course he designed and teaches, Praying the Bible for Ordinary People.  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.

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 schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Sister Danielle Peters, Thursday, April 30, 2:30 PM on Mary as teacher of spiritual life I

Sister Danielle Peters, Friday, May 1, 2:30 PM on Mary as teacher of spiritual life II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Effect of The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

An attempt to measure the effectiveness of the Vatican instruction about teaching Mariology, The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, was made in 2008 (for the twentieth anniversary of the document's issuance) by Professor Sieme Laoul of the Marianum Theology Faculty in Rome.

A survey of 282 Catholic seminaries and universities worldwide revealed that 68% include a course about Mariology in their theology curriculum, as directed by the Vatican authorities.  Either by neglect or lack of qualified instructors, 32% have not yet complied with the directive. Among the institutions that have complied, 60% offer separate courses in Marian theology, while the other 40% include Mariology in another area of study, such as ecclesiology or Christology.

In general, these statistics are encouraging.  They indicate that more and more Mariology is being taught as an academic subject in theology programs.  And this is what the 1988 Marian Year letter of instruction is seeking to achieve.

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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.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to About Mary page.  The latest updates were Andorra and Austria.  Expect more countries to follow.

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 May.

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Cardinal Saraiva to Commemorate Our Lady of Europe
Source: VIS (Vatican City), April 25, 2009

Made public today was a letter from the Holy Father to Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, appointing him as special papal envoy to the closing celebrations of the Jubilee Year marking the seventh centenary of veneration of Our Lady of Europe. The event is due to take place in Gibraltar on May 5. The letter, written in Latin, is dated March 31.

The cardinal will be accompanied on his mission by two members of the clergy of the diocese of Gibraltar: Msgr. Paul Charles Bear, vicar general, Father Charles Azzopardi, apostolic vicar for youth.

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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.

Taking Mary to the Air
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), April 21, 2009

From the top floor of the Roesch Library, the knowledge and expertise about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, that resides at the University is being heard around the world.

Through a new partnership, the faculty and staff of the Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute are broadcasting several shows weekly to more than fifty countries through Radio Maria, an international network of Catholic radio stations.

"It's a wonderful way to broadcast the University of Dayton's message," said Father Johann Roten, S.M., director of the institute. "It allows us to have another way to spread the message of theology nationally and internationally as well as disseminate Catholic and Marianist values."

Roten and other faculty host a weekly program called Living with Mary Today!, which explores a variety of Marian themes including Mary and ecumenism, the founding of the Society of Mary, Marian apparitions, and Mary and suffering. ...

Click here for the complete 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 May 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 May.

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Marian Events

Spring Meeting of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, USA Chapter

Title: Development of a Model for an Ecumenical "Day with Mary"

Date: Saturday May 9, 2009, 9 am - 4 pm

Location: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 4 Mead Street, Walton, New York

The program will feature Rev. Dr. Donald Charles Lacy, Methodist pastor and author; Dr. Maura Hearden, Roman Catholic ecumenical Mariologist at De Sales University; Rev. Dr. Janyce Jorgensen, Lutheran minister and professor of Ecumenical Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltmore, Maryland; Rev . Jennifer Juliano, pastor of the Walton church; and Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, Eastern Orthodox professor of Theology at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. The program will include a full presentation on Roman Catholic/Methodist dialogue on the Virgin Mary by Dr. Hearden and Lutheran ecumenical Mariology by Dr. Jorgensen. Also, an open discussion will be held on developing a model for a day of Marian prayer and reflection for Protestant churches. Everyone is invited and the program is free. A donation for lunch will be accepted. Membership in ESBVM, an international society, is $20 per year.

Program information and travel directions are provided on

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