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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

Dr. Sophia Choi, of the Busan and Suwon Marian schools in Korea, sent us the following news item: "Bernadette Jung, who generously contributed in building our big Korean Nativity set made essentially of Korean paper (Dakjong), recently exhibited her art work with great success at the parish of Apgujungdong (Diocese of Seoul).  Jung's art is of great imaginative quality and combines the use of different sources of light with artifacts made of Dakjong paper."

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Books

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informed us of the availability of a recent book and two booklets related to Our Lady published by Eternal Life in Bardstown, Kentucky, Handbook on Guadalupe (226 pp., $12), Catechism on Redemptoris Custos by Msgr. Charles M. Mangan (56 pp., $2.50), and Catechism on Chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium by Msgr. Charles M. Mangan (47 pp., $2.50).

For more details, click into or call 1-800-842-2871.

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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, May 4, 2009, Francesca Franchina speaks with Michael Duricy, STL, and others around the USA about the Mariological Society of America (MSA), and also about the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM-USA), commonalities and interests in the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholicism and other denominations and the upcoming Mariological Conferences in May 2009. 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, May 7, 2:30 PM on Mary as teacher of spiritual life III

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Rome Marks Twentieth Anniversary of Instruction on Teaching Mariology (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

A few months ago we reached the twentieth anniversary of the landmark instruction issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education about the teaching of Mariology, that is, theology about the Blessed Virgin Mary. The letter, entitled The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, was issued by this Vatican department during 1987-1988 Marian Year proclaimed by Pope John Paul II. The instruction was directed primarily to theology instructors in seminaries and universities. To mark the anniversary, a study session jointly sponsored by the Pontifical International Marian Academy (PAMI) and the Marianum Theological Faculty was held at Rome's Antonianum University from November 28-29, 2008.

The letter of instruction is a charter for Marian studies. The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (VMISF) is one of the most important and most impressive recent documents of the Church concerning the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history. VMISF ranks with chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium (Vatican II), Marialis Cultus (Paul VI), Redemptoris Mater (John Paul II), and Behold Your Mother (U.S. Bishops). VMISF is a magna carta of Mariology for the contemporary Church. Unfortunately, it is little known and has received scant attention.

Comments on this document of high impact are available on The Mary Page along with a link to the full text of VMISF.

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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, and Galilean May.

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.  We have updated Korean language News through 5/6/2009 and Marian Thought of Benedict XVI through 4/29/2009.

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Fatima Shrine Marks Francisco's Hundredth Birthday
With Congress 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 Josť 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 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.

Click here to read the article in multiple languages.

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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/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 at 4 Mead Street in 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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