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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Marianists at the University of Dayton recently celebrated the jubilees of several members on campus.  Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, commemorated the golden anniversary of his profession of  religious vows, along with his colleague at ML/IMRI, Father Francois Rossier, S.M., who commemorated his silver anniversary in the order.

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

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Ave Maria sung by Hayley Westenra

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently sent us the following information:

You might find this updated version of the Ave Maria sung by New Zealand/Irish singer Hayley Westenra interesting.
[on-line at]

For the same singer (several years later) singing a traditional version, see

Here are the lyrics to the revised version.

Ave Maria
Where have you been hiding?
Don't you know we need you!
Things are looking pretty bad down here.
I know that there is beauty
Gentleness, and laughter
These are things you always stood for
Help us find them too.

Hey, there, Maria!
Santa Maria ... Maria.
May I take a liberty
And say that it's a shame to me
Not to live in harmony
We're all just hoping
Someone will step forward singing ...
Amen, Amen.

Ave Maria
Where have you been hiding?
Don't you know we need you!
Things are looking pretty bad down here.
I know you hear the fighting
See the torch we're lighting
On our quest for peace and freedom
Help us see this through.

Hey, there, Maria!
Santa Maria ... Maria.
May I take a liberty
And say that it's a shame to me
Not to live in harmony
We're all just hoping
Someone will step forward singing ...

Mr. Harvey, also provided the following background comments about Hayley Westenra.

Her first album (recorded at the age of fourteen) was one of the fastest selling classical debut albums ever, coming close to the sales of Charlotte Church's Voice of an Angel (which she in turn recorded at age of twelve).

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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:

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, May 21, 2:30 PM on the Rosary

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, May 22, 2:30 PM on The Mary Page and internet resources

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Cyber Pilgrimage (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

We read a good deal in the news about various pilgrimages and shrines and sacred places.  But in these difficult financial times, travel is out of the question for most of us.

Why not try a cyber pilgrimage?  We can enjoy the blessings and pleasures of a pilgrimage by sitting at a computer and visiting a different kind of shrine. Simply call up The Mary Page, website of The Marian Library and its International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.  Then embark on a cyber pilgrimage in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

I was flabbergasted by what I found. Acknowledged as the premier Marian website, The Mary Page is a fascinating and valuable resource about everything concerning the Mother of the Redeemer.  Encyclopedic in scope, it treats an extensive range of topics that will both inform and inspire.  This website is a veritable treasure trove of matters Marian.

Your ticket is; or enter "The Mary Page" on Google or another search engine.

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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 posted the latest version of The Marian Library Newsletter on-line [in PDF which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].  We have also updated News (through 5/18/2009) and Questions and Answers on the Korean language section of The Mary Page.

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May is the Perfect Time to Plant a Garden for Mary
[excerpted from the original by Vincenzina Krymow]
Source: Catholic Telegraph (Archdiocese of Cincinnati), May 8, 2009

As you make your way to the garden center or nursery in the next few weeks for plants and flowers to beautify your garden, consider the possibility of devoting some part of your green space to plants with a religious significance by creating a Mary Garden.

A Mary Garden can be as small as a single pot or as large as your yard or even a community botanical garden. A statue of the Blessed Mother, placed somewhere in the garden, is surrounded by plants that have a Marian significance, by their name, use or tradition.

Hundreds of herbs and flowers have a tie to Mary, so climate and soil variations need not be an obstacle to having a Mary Garden.

There are some wonderful resources for the beginning gardener. One particularly useful book, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, is Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditation, by Vincenzina Krymow, a Centerville resident.

In the book, Krymow describes the rich history of flowers named for Mary in medieval times when devotions to her encompassed all parts of daily life.  For example, marigolds, called Mary’s Gold, were placed around statues of Mary as an offering in place of coins.

Beginning in twelfth-century Europe, cloistered, circular rose gardens became popular as places to reflect on Mary's life. White, red and yellow roses symbolized the joyful, sorrowful and glorious events in Mary's life.

Mary gardens became popular in America in the 1950s, when Ed McTague and John Stokes Jr. established a non-profit organization called Mary’s Gardens, with a mission to revive the practice of devotion to Mary through gardening.  Since then homes and churches across the country as well as in other countries have embraced this practice and made it their own.

Resources for information about Mary flowers and Mary Gardens include the University of Dayton Marian Library's Mary Page website,, which now hosts the website, and

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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.

Celebrating Catholic Collections
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), May 12, 2009

The University of Dayton is celebrating the anniversaries of the U.S. Catholic Special Collection and the Marian Library--unique repositories of Catholic knowledge and learning located in the University's Roesch Library.

"These are two gems--two of the most distinctive aspects of our campus--so important to the Catholic, Marianist identity of the University of Dayton and our place as a leader in Catholic scholarship and research," said Joseph Saliba, University of Dayton provost.

Dean of Libraries Kathleen Webb said the University will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the U.S. Catholic Special Collection and the sixty-fifth anniversary of The Marian Library with a May 20 private event recognizing major donors. ...

While the U.S. Catholic Collection focuses on the Catholic church in America, the Marian Library gathers books, rosaries, statues--even postage stamps and wine labels--into its expansive collection of all things related to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

According to Father Johann Roten, S.M., director of the International Marian Research Institute/Marian Library, the collection draws researchers from throughout the U.S. and the world. The library houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on Mary in the world as well as extensive holdings of art and devotional items.

The library was founded in 1943 by the Society of Mary at the University of Dayton and now contains more than one hundred thousand books and pamphlets in more than fifty languages, ranging from the oldest, a collection of sermons printed in 1473, to new publications. The collection includes more than sixty-three thousand clippings from newspapers and magazines and more than one hundred thousand cards and prints depicting Mary in various artistic forms.

Especially dear to Roten is the library's collection of nearly two thousand Nativity scenes, also called crèches, from around the world. A sample of the crèches is on display year-round, but at Christmas, the library loans scores of the scenes to parishes and museums around the country.

Roten said library holdings reflect changing trends in devotion to Mary.

"We are seeing more presence, more acceptance and more references to Marian devotion in recent years, especially from a multicultural and diversity point of view," he said. "We are seeing a stronger Marian dimension coming from the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Africa."

Roten said recent scholarship has looked at the social role of Mary. "She's seen as a figurehead of social justice, especially in Latin America and Asia," he said. ...

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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