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  News from the Marian Library

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Emmanuel Sullivan, OCD, longtime member of the Mariological Society of America, died on April 27, 2009 (age 82) at Brighton, MA.

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."

Father Gambero will visit The Marian Library from May 14-30, and will return to teach a Patristics course at IMRI in July.

Dr. Aurelie Hagstrom from Providence College is also visiting the Marian Library from May 19-23. She may be spending her sabbatical here in the fall.

Father Antonio Larocca and Father Javier Alson also recently visited The Marian Library to assist with development of La Pagina Maria, the Spanish language section of The Mary Page website. They expect to return in July.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Panel Discussion from the recent ESBVM meeting

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, American branch, recently held its Spring meeting at the First Congregational Church of Walton, United Church of Christ, in Walton, New York. A panel discussion was held to explore the possibility of creating a model for "An Ecumenical Day of Reflection and Prayer on Mary." An audio recording of this discussion is available by clicking on the ESBVM website, The next ESBVM meeting will be held on the second Saturday in October in the Baltimore area. Details will be posted on the website.

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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 schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Sister Jean Frisk, Thursday, May 14, 2:30 PM on a renewed vision of May crowning

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, May 15, 2:30 PM on Marian Litanies

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church.

The history of theological reflection witnesses to the Church's faith and attention regarding the Virgin Mary and her mission in the history of salvation. Especially is this evident in the Western Church.

The deeper understanding of the mystery of the Theotokos, the more profound is the understanding of the mystery of Christ, of the Church, and of the vocation of humanity. Concerning Mary, everything is relative to Christ; only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery fully clear. Conversely it may generally be said that knowing Mary illuminates our appreciation of the mystery of Christ and of the Church. ...

The complete text of the article is available on-line at

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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 CoronationNo More Fatima Secrets, and May Poetry.

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.

We have revised our Rosary Information Index and added a new section on The Popes and the Rosary.

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Cardinal Bertone Visits a John Paul II Favorite
Entrusts Church to Virgin of Jasna Gora
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), May 5, 2009

Benedict XVI's secretary of state has again entrusted the Church to the Virgin Mary at one of Pope John Paul II's favorite sanctuaries: Czestochowa.

L'Osservatore Romano reported today on Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's three-day trip to Poland that ended Sunday. While there, the cardinal gave "all the problems and hopes of the Church" to the Virgin of Jasna Gora.

Cardinal Bertone made a visit to the sanctuary that houses the Black Madonna on Saturday, there praying for Benedict XVI and all bishops, priests, men and women religious and the laity so that they can "serve well every man and every people of the world."

The Vatican's semi-official daily noted that the secretary of state asked the Virgin to show the faithful "how to build peace and loving collaboration among men."

And he entrusted to her protection the "difficult situations of each society, each nation and each local Church of the world." He asked her for freedom and peace for every Christian community so that they can "fulfill their evangelizing missions."

Cardinal Bertone made a special prayer for Poland and its faithful and government leaders, so that they understand that "without God, the future of Poland cannot be improved."

On Sunday, the cardinal celebrated a solemn Mass in the sanctuary. He spoke of the importance of Czestochowa for the history of the Church and the history of Poland, noting how Cardinal Karol Wojtyla had presided over celebrations of the Virgin of Jasna Gora there.

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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.

Mary Garden: a flower-enhanced tranquil spot to reflect on the Blessed Mother
Source: Denver Catholic Register (, April 22, 2009

Picture this scenario: a little boy picks a brightly colored fuchsia and holds the blooms up to his mother’s ears. He giggles and says, "Look Mommy, earrings!" The mother smiles lovingly at her son, who is so pleased with the gift he has given her.

Now, imagine that child is Jesus and the mother is the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is just one of the many legends associated with flowers and the life of Mary. Since medieval times, hundreds of flowers have taken their name from the life, virtues and mysteries of Mary. Some writers even claim that all flowers are dedicated to her.

There is perhaps no better way to honor Mary and enjoy the beauty of nature than by spending time in a "Mary garden."

A Mary garden is an area, of any size, filled with flowers, plants or herbs either named after the Blessed Mother, or that carry a legend related to her. The garden also contains a representation of Mary--either a statue, plaque, icon, holy card or other image.

Each plant can offer a reason for reflection, inspiration or meditation.

"Sitting in a Mary garden leads me to think about Mary, and remember the stories of her life as the mother of Jesus--both the glory and the struggles," said the author of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends, and Meditations, Vincenzina Krymow. "She is the mother of all of us. I feel comforted by her presence." ...

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

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation Shrine

Title: Celebrating One Hundred Years (1909-2009): A Day of Renewal, Consolation, and Healing

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Location: Carey, Ohio

A Chartered Bus Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine, Carey, Ohio, Thursday June 18, 2009 hosted by The Daughters of The Immaculate Conception will leave Immaculate Conception Church Parking Lot (Smithville Road, Dayton, Ohio) at 7:30 AM (boarding 7:10 AM) and return approximately at 6:00 PM. Pilgrim's Mass at the Basilica, Bus Tour and Stations of the Cross on the Shrine Grounds; Exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Benediction, Healing Prayer and Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross by the Franciscan Priests and Brothers. Transportation and light breakfast enroute. Complete Lunch at the Cafeteria $8.50 or BYOL. Mail check or money order for $30 payable to Daughters of The Immaculate Conception to: DOIC c/o Francesca Franchina; PO Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238 ASAP. Your check is your reservation.

Indicate on reservation if buying luncheon. Limited seating. For more info call 937-901-4475 or 937-878-3022.

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