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Thesis Defense

Father Eugene Adingra, S.M. successfully defended his S.T.L. thesis, La pertinence de foi de Marie dans les texts de l'Église les Plus anciens (Écritures) et les plus récents (Lumen Gentium et le Magistére depuis le Concile Vatican II), on June 2, 2009 at The Marian Library Reading Room.

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Alumni Update

IMRI graduate, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, is now President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary--United States (ESBVM--USA)  She currently works as a Theology Lecturer at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, [near a nice museum displaying Russian Icons] and teaches a course on Mariology.  She has also web-published an article on Byzantine art, "Drawn to the nourishing ark of sanctification," Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) and another about iconographer, Robert Andrews. Dr. Kimball was also interviewed recently for the first two podcasts Among Women on Pat Gohn's site which is up for a Catholic media award. She also reminds people of audio available on the ESBVM-USA website.  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 on-line.  The next ESBVM meeting will be held on the second Saturday in October in the Baltimore area. Details will be posted on the website. Virginia also informs us of some good personal news, the birth of granddaughter, Claire Celeste, on June 1.

Also, Sister Jean Frisk, who coordinates Art Exhibits and Special Programs at The Marian Library, is on retreat with her Schoenstatt community this week.  However, she informs us that The Marian Library Medal was honored in Schoenstatt recently.  Click here to see a photo taken in Schoenstatt (Vallendar) Germany late this past May. It shows the ML medal erected under the St. Joseph statue--put there by Father Koester.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Books About Mary

The Rev. Penelope Duckworth has completed a book titled Mary's Hours: Daily Prayers with the Mother of God, which was be published in Spring 2009 by Morehouse, a small non-profit imprint of Church Publishing in New York. The book is hard-bound and sells for around $20. They printed three thousand copies to be marketed in the U.S., but which may be sold in other areas of the Anglican communion. There are 147 pages. It is a week-long prayer book with four prayer services each day: morning; noon; evening; and night.  The author has generously donated a copy to the holdings of The Marian Library. It may be ordered from Amazon now.

Marilyn H. Fedewa gave a presentation on Mary of Agreda at last month's MSA conference, and has recently published a book on the topic, María of Ágreda: Mystical Lady in Blue. The Marian Library ordered a copy of the book for our holdings.  For more information, or to order the book, click here.

Bridget Curran has also published a book on Our Lady, Miracles of Mary. For more information, or to order the book, click here.  She also works as a filmmaker CM Film Productions in Australia which produced Weeping Women, a documentary on weeping statues of the Madonna around the world. The film will be screened at Signis' Magnificat Film Festival in Belarus on June 26.  Ms. Curran hopes to attend as representative of her company.  The Marian Library has ordered a copy of the book and the DVD for our holdings.  For more information, or to order this DVD, click here.

Lorraine Fusaro also recently donated two booklets to our collection: Mary's House and Sister Marie, a brief history of Mary's House in Ephesus and the role that Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey played in its discovery; and Why Sister Marie? Why Now?, a short biographical piece and personal reflection on her life.  Both contain a Preface written by Father Carl Schulte, C.M., a Vincentian priest from Missouri, who is now writing A Guiding Star, a biography of Sister Marie, with Lorraine's assistance.  For more information on Mary's house in Ephesus click here.  This page includes a link to Lorraine's blog dedicated to Sister Marie's cause.

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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, June 10, Francesca Franchina, speaks with Lyn Missall, former art teacher at the University of Dayton, about the history and art of Rosary-making, and about praying the Rosary in various ways on various beads. 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.

On Tuesday, June 9, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, speaks with Alice Kompar about the upcoming Homeschool Conference to be held July 10-11, 2009 at St. Peter Family Life Center, 6161 Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights, OH featuring Ginny Seuffert of Seton Home Study School speaking on The Key to Good Behavior, What Really Works, Father Martin Fox speaking on Equipping Your Children With Spiritual Armor, Father Satish Joseph speaking on Developing Truth and Principles for a Christian Teenager, and famed story-teller Jim Weiss, among others. The conference will also include a Mass celebrated by Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati, Dennis Schnurr, to be celebrated at 8:30 AM on Saturday in St. Peter Church.

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 Francois Rossier, S.M., Thursday, June 11, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Eucharist

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Anniversaries (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

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.

N.B. This year also 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.

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Current Exhibit

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 Summer 2009 semester will commence on June 15, 2009. The course schedule for Summer 2009 and beyond is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend the following: Litany of the Immaculate Heart of MaryMary, Beloved of the Trinity, and The Holy Spirit and Mary.

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.

On Friday, June 12, 10:30 A.M., COROS (Collectors of Religion on Stamps) will be at The Marian Library to view its Marian philatelic collection. The Marian Library has been a long-time subscriber to the COROS publication--The Coros Chronicle.

Next year's annual Conference of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) will be held in Plymouth, Michigan from May 18-21, 2010.  Deadline to respond to the "Call for Papers" is October 1, 2009.

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Mariology in a Historical Perspective
Interview With Father Paul Haffner, Professor and Author
Source: Zenit (Rome), Dec. 5, 2004

The modern world's difficulty in accepting the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is a fruit of the many false and incomplete philosophies it lives with, says a theologian.

Father Paul Haffner, a theology professor at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, made that point in an interview with ZENIT.

The London native, whose book The Mystery of Mary was recently published by Gracewing in Great Britain, and Hillenbrand Books in the United States, shared some insights with ZENIT.

Q: Why did you feel it was necessary to write a book on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception?

Father Haffner: The book is not only on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This book is published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the definition, by Pope Blessed Pius IX, of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.

In this book I have tried to offer a clear, structured overview of theology and doctrine concerning Mary, within a historical perspective. It is the author's conviction that the foundation for fruitful devotion to the Mother of God starts from sound doctrine based in Scripture and Tradition, and is nurtured by good theology. ...

Click here for the complete article.

Below is some recent material from Edward Pentin which supplements the above:

Love for Life

In this month of Mary, and with increasing threats to the most vulnerable in many parts of the globe, what does a leading Mariologist have to say about the crucial importance of Our Lady in the world today?

To find out, I sat down this week with Father Paul Haffner, a professor of theology at the Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum here in Rome and, as it happens, the author of a book called The Mystery of Mary, just translated into Italian. The book, whose latest English edition was published last year, is an introduction to Mariology, but also covers more advanced material.

Father Haffner said that Mary is central today in our battles with secularism and, to see how, one needs to refer to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at places such as Lourdes, Fatima and La Salette. Although the content of these apparitions vary, they commonly warn and help her sons and daughters in the face of many trials and dangers. They also adhere to the Gospel, and all involve prayer, charity and self-denial, Father Haffner said.

"Those aspects are extremely important in a world that is selfishly frenetic, seeking its own destruction," he explained. "So, as I say in my book, Mary encourages a love of life from the first moment of conception--a doctrine safeguarded by the Immaculate Conception--right until the natural end, which God decides. For Mary, that was the moment of her Assumption, which was also decided by God.

"The dignity of the body, the theology of the body, is also guaranteed by Mary's perspective," he continued. "But I would say that the Marian approach is by no means incidental or marginal, but central to theology." He added that, for this reason, those who don't fully embrace the Marian perspective "don't fully embrace Christ."

Father Haffner is very keen to promote what he calls "two frontier doctrines": Mary as co-redemptor with Christ and as universal mediatrix. He said these are longstanding Church traditions which, although not yet dogma, are found implicitly in Scripture and explicitly among the works of the early Church Fathers, some doctors of the medieval Church, and in papal teaching.

Mary as co-redemptor helps us today, he said, because it shows us how God is very generous with those who work with Him. For those who love God, Father Haffner continued, "God gives, he cooperates, so there's this working together which is very strong in the Christian tradition." He stressed it doesn't mean Mary is on the same level as Christ, "but she perfectly cooperates with the redemption, and is a model for the rest of us who very imperfectly cooperate."

Father Haffner said Mary also helps come to a better understanding of women's role in the world and in the Church. Mary's image gives us a balanced picture of "motherhood, the importance of virginity, of being Christ-centred," he explained. Finally, he explained how, through Mary's intercession, mankind is guided toward safeguarding the family, to justice and peace, and concern for the poor.

Pope John Paul II, well known for his devotion to Our Lady, devised seven prayers to be said to her for each day of the week. Here, to close, is his one for today (Thursday):

"Take from all our hearts the selfishness that sours relationships and keeps us centered only on ourselves. Give us hearts aflame with charity and filled with love. Make us, like the apostle John who was commended to your care, loving children of our heavenly Father, conscious always of your maternal presence in our lives."

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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.

U.D. Library has largest collection of material about Virgin Mary
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH), June 7, 2009

Bet you didn't know that the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is right here in Dayton, Ohio.

"Despite the fact that it regularly draws folks from around the world, The Marian Library at the University of Dayton remains one of the Miami Valley's hidden treasures. And you don’t have to be Catholic to find it fascinating."

Our local collection of printed materials is even larger than the Vatican's with items ranging from rare handwritten books and newspaper clippings to postage stamps and holy cards.

The library is also home to thousands of non-print items pertaining to Mary--medals and statues, rosaries, Christmas cards, wine labels and more than two thousand nativity scenes reflecting countries and cultures around the globe. ...

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 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.

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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 en route. 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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