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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.
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.
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.
Recently, Dr. Sophia Choi spoke about Mary to the Faithful of Sangok parish in Korea. They celebrated Songmo e Bam (which means 'the night of our Lady') with a Mass.
Mary in Books, Films and Music
The Ave Maria sung by Beyonce
Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently sent us the following information:
Beyonce has an Ave Maria song of her own which is on YouTube at
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.
Francesca Franchina, speaks with Dale Nieberding, Director of Good Shepherd Ministry, in Dayton, Ohio about its history and mission: To restore the lives of people who live with histories of incarceration through addictions of all sorts, especially drug and alcohol abuse, focusing on Good Shepherd's outreach of care including their Transitional Housing Program with fully furnished, shared apartments, Bible Study, job coaching and referrals, food, furniture, clothing pantries, case management and more! 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 radiomaria.us [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 www.radiomaria.us from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at email@example.com. 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.
T5H will return on Tuesday, June 9, at 5:00 PM with homeschooler Alice Kompar, mother of six and nationally-known speaker for the annual Home Schooling Conference to be held in Dayton, Ohio in July, 2009.
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 marypage.org. 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 Francois Rossier, S.M., Thursday, June 4, 2:30 PM on Mary on Pentecost and after
Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, June 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Trinity
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 themarypage.org; or enter "The Mary Page" on Google or another search engine.
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.
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: lapagedemarie.org; lapaginademaria.org; marypage.org; themarypage.org; marypage.udayton.edu; campus.udayton.edu/mary; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site, www.udayton.edu/mary, remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net 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.
International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the Summer 2009 semester will commence on June 15, 2009. The Summer 2009 course schedule is now available.
Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mary, Beloved of the Trinity, and The Holy Spirit and Mary.
We have posted the latest version of The Marian Library Newsletter on-line [in PDF which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]. In our Korean section, we have updated News through 6/4/2009, and also posted Marian Commemoration Days for June.
Mary is Really the Woman Who Listens
Following a Lenten tradition, Benedict XVI met Feb. 26 with parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome for a question-and-answer session. Here is a translation of the seventh and final questions and the Holy Father's answers.
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[Father William M. Cassone:]
Holy Father, I am Father William M. Cassone, of the Community of Schoenstatt Fathers in Rome, parish vicar in the parish of Italy's patron saints, St. Francis and St. Catherine, in Trastevere.
Following the synod on the Word of God, reflecting on Proposition 55, "Maria, Mater Dei et Mater Fidei," I wonder how we could improve the relationship between the Word of God and Marian devotion, be it in the priestly spiritual life or in pastoral action. Two images are helpful to me: the Annunciation for listening and the Visitation for the proclamation. I would like to ask you, Your Holiness, to enlighten us with your teaching on this subject. Thank you for this gift.
I think that you yourself have answered your question. Mary is really the woman who listens: We see it in the meeting with the angel, and we see it again in all the scenes of her life, from the wedding at Cana to the cross and to the day of Pentecost, when she was in the midst of the Apostles precisely to receive the Spirit. She is the symbol of openness, of the Church that awaits the coming of the Holy Spirit.
At the moment of the proclamation we can already have an attitude of listening--a true listening--a listening that is internalized, which does not simply say yes, but which assimilates the Word, takes the Word, and then follows with true obedience, as if it were an internalized Word, that is, converted into a Word in me and for me, almost the form of my life. This seems very beautiful to me: to see this active listening, a listening that attracts the Word so that it enters and becomes Word in me, reflecting on it and accepting it in the depth of my heart. Thus the Word becomes incarnate.
We see the same in the Magnificat. We know that it is a fabric made up of words of the Old Testament. We see that Mary is really a woman who listens, who knew the Scriptures in her heart. She did not just know some texts, but was so identified with the Word that the words of the Old Testament became synthesized, a song in her heart and on her lips. We see that her life was really penetrated by the Word, she had entered the Word, had assimilated it and it had become life in her, transforming itself again in a Word of praise and proclamation of the greatness of God.
Referring to Mary, I think that St. Luke says at least three times, perhaps four times, that she assimilated and kept the Word in her heart. For the Fathers, she was the model of the Church, the model of the believer that keeps the Word, bears the Word in himself; who does not just read it or interpret it with his intelligence in order to know what happened at that time, what the philological problems are. All this is interesting and important, but it is more important to listen to the Word that is kept and that becomes Word in me, life and the Lord's presence in me. That is why I find the connection important between Mariology and theology of the Word, of which the synodal fathers spoke and of which we shall speak in the post-synodal document.
It is obvious: The Virgin is the word of listening, silent word, but also word of praise, of proclamation, because in listening, the Word again becomes flesh and thus becomes the presence of God's greatness.
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.
Chaminade's Cause for Canonization
Five years ago on May 19, Rachel Lozano had a Nerf-football-sized tumor removed from the middle of her back. When doctors discovered the mass--the third in her short life--she was expected to live only days or weeks.
But inexplicably, the tumor had stopped growing. The normally aggressive cancer died, leaving the organs around it untouched.
"It was pretty astounding," said her oncologist, Dr. Bob Bergamini. He's unaware of anyone with her diagnosis surviving a second recurrence. Reaching her five-year anniversary on Tuesday made her a medical anomaly.
"That's been the traditional mark at which we say people are cured," Bergamini says. "We really think the tumor is gone for good."
Rachel's survival is so amazing that the Marianist order of Catholic brothers and priests plans to present her case to the Archdiocese of St. Louis as a miracle, attributed to their founder, William Joseph Chaminade. Rachel, 26, grew up in a Marianist parish, Our Lady of the Pillar in Creve Coeur, and prayed for Chaminade's intervention throughout her illness.
Chaminade has attained two of the three steps to sainthood. If he is credited with another miracle, he would be canonized. ...
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Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of June 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 June.
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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