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Thesis Defense

Father Dwight P. Campbell is scheduled to defend his S.T.D. thesis, The Historical Development and Theological Foundations of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Relation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at 10 am on Saturday, June 20, 2009, in The Marian Library Reading Room.

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Alumni Update

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Director of The Marian Library, will be away June 15-19, making the annual retreat at St. Vincent's College/Monastery, Latrobe, PA.

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of ML/IMRI, presented a program about the stamp collection at The Marian Library for the Collectors of Religion on Stamps (COROS) group on June 12.

Teresa Monaghen, doctoral candidate at the International Marian Research Institute, was featured [along with her group, Apostolic Oblates] in an article on secular institutes in the June 2009 issue of Columbia, the magazine produced by the Knights of Columbus.  She hopes to visit Dayton again in early Fall. She just finished teaching a course called, The Marian Presence in Spiritual Direction for the graduate program at Creighton and says that it was wonderful. She has one more summer course to teach there, Mary, in the Life of Saint Ignatius before heading to Rome for meetings on July 12.

Father Antonia Larocca and Father Javier also hope to return to The Marian Library soon to assist with the development of our Spanish language section, La Pagina Maria, and also to plan a new video about ML/IMRI.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Hymns to Mary

The Catholic Hymnal now offers sixty traditional hymns, published since in 1850, in Hymns to Mary, a 132-page book with lyrics and music, as well as an audio CD with Fifty Hymns to Mary at the Organ. Noel Jones has generously donated copies of each to The Marian Library.

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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 17, Francesca Franchina and Michael Duricy talk with representatives of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin (ESBVM), Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President, and Dr. Frank Romance, Vice President, about the increased interest in the role and life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in various denominations and the events, work and research in the past and in progress. 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 16, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, speaks about St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests, St. Padre Pio, the Year of the Priest declared by Pope Benedict XVI, and shares her favorite family Italian recipes for fast, healthy pasta dishes for summer enjoyment.

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:

Michael P. Duricy, M.A., S.T.L., Thursday, June 18, 2:30 PM on Mary in Film

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Friday, June 19, 2:30 PM on Mary as the Church at Prayer

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Saint Paul: Yesteryear and This Year (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Church is completing the celebration of the Pauline Year (June 29, 2008-2009) honoring the person and the teachings of the Apostle to the Gentiles on the two-thousandth anniversary of his birth.  In a brief retrospect of this special year let us consider a summary portrait of St. Paul and his magnanimous, captivating, and intense personality.

How did St. Paul do it?  What did he speak and write and do to attract so many to Christianity?  He was a dynamic evangelizer.   There is power to be found in his letters of faith proclaimed years before the gospels were composed.

Effective evangelist

Although he was addressing the people and circumstances of his time when he spoke and wrote, Paul's theological reflections and ideas resonate today.  What he said yesteryear is applicable this year.  The meaning of his letters is the same today as it was for his contemporaries.  His teaching is remarkable for its richness and appeal.  His zeal evidences dynamism and determination.

Paul was the first New Testament author, and therefore the first to record the message and meaning of Jesus' ministry on earth.  He was the first to write about baptism and Eucharist as sacraments.  Paul was Christianity's first theologian, the first to give us a theology--a systematic and detailed explanation of our faith.  Later theologians built on Paul's foundations.


St. Paul was a man of action.  He did not hesitate to address quickly an error or scandal or problem within any of the Christian communities he assisted.  Rapidly and decisively he made his position clear.  One reason he communicated so effectively with so many was his strength of will.  He was not diverted from the central purpose to which he was dedicated.


Certainly Paul was adaptable.  He wrote to the Philippians (4:11-13), "I have learned to manage with whatever I have. ... There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me."  He exhibited a determination to serve all people and to win as many as he could (1 Cor 9:19).


Despite his occasional severity, it is clearly evident that Paul's followers genuinely loved him and sacrificed for him.  The very fact that his letters have been preserved is a clear indication of admiration and love.  When Paul departed Miletus for Jerusalem, the faithful broke into tears at the thought of never seeing him again (Acts 20: 27-38).


The personal greatness of Paul and the magnitude of his achievements are of such proportions that they present an inexhaustible field of inspiration.   The Church never ceases to study his teaching and to imitate his apostolic zeal. During the Pauline Year Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly urged us to recall the phenomenal accomplishments of St. Paul's evangelizing efforts and to revitalize our own missionary spirit in fulfilling our baptismal obligation to spread the faith.

At the time of his martyrdom at Rome, Paul was a relative unknown while the emperor Nero's notoriety was widespread.  Yet, as one historian has observed, "the day would come when people would call their children Paul and their dogs Nero."

See also Paul and Mary

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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 commenced 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 Mary.

Our section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been revised.  The latest updates were Andorra and Austria.  Expect more countries to follow.

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. The Dayton Daily News published an article about The Marian Library on June 7, 2009 which is available on-line. The Spring 2009 issue of The Marian Library Newsletter is also available on-line, including the list of 'Friends of The Marian Library' who donated to us in 2008. We have also updated Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through May 31, 2009, and Korean language News through 6/19/2009.

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Pope: Mary's Conception Points to Basic Truths
Says She is Reflection of Beauty That Saves the World
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), Dec. 9, 2009

Benedict XVI says the feast of the Immaculate Conception points to two fundamental Christian beliefs: original sin, and Christ's triumph over it.

The Pope said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when he prayed the Angelus with crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Christ's victory over sin "shines sublimely in Mary Most Holy," the Holy Father affirmed.

"The existence of what the Church calls 'original sin' is, sadly, a crushing truth, suffice it to look around us and above all in our interior," he noted. "The experience of evil is, in fact, so consistent, that it imposes itself and makes us ask the question: From whence does it come? [...] If God, who is absolute goodness, has created everything, where does evil come from?"

The Pontiff explained that Genesis offers the answer to these questions: "God created everything so that it would exist, in particular he created man in his own image.  He did not create death; rather, the latter entered the world because of the envy of the devil, who, rebelling against God, also attracted men with deceit, inducing them to rebellion."

This, Benedict XVI continued, is the "drama of freedom, which God accepts totally out of love." However, from the beginning, God promised that the head of the ancient servant would be crushed.

The Holy Father said that in God's eyes, the "Woman predestined to be mother of the Redeemer [...] always had a face and name: 'full of grace', as the Angel called her when visiting her in Nazareth."

Thus, the Pope added, "In Mary Immaculate we contemplate the reflection of the Beauty that saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the face of Christ. In Mary, this beauty is totally pure, humble, free of all pride and presumption.". ...

Click here for the complete article.

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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.

Honoring Our Catholic and Marianist Collections
Source: Libraries Update (University of Dayton), Spring, 2009

The Marian Library is celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary in this academic year. It has undergone a remarkable transformation since it was dedicated in 1943. When the Library opened, the collection consisted of a single book, and the Library's primary focus was to identify the location of Marian books. Today, the Library's collection is expansive and comprehensive. Once existing primarily as a resource for printed Marian materials, it has become a rich repository of all things Mary, providing a wealth of information for scholars and researchers.

While the changes over the years have been significant, one thing has remained constant: the support from volunteers and donors that undergirds the Marian Library. In the early days of the Library, many Marianist priests and brothers led initiatives to find titles and acquire books. By building awareness for the Library’s mission, connections were made with many ardent supporters from around the world who helped the Library's collection grow. Father Lawrence Monheim, Brother Stanley Matthews, Father Theodore Koehler, Brother William Fackovec, and Father Edmund Baumeister deserve special recognition for the long-standing contributions they made to the Library. ...

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

Marian Conference

Title: Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Date: June 26-27, 2009

Location: Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, SC

Plenty of seats are still available (there are 2060 seats in the Peace Center for Performing Arts theater). On-site registration will be available at the Peace Center during the conference. For registrations made prior to the conference by mail, a registration card will be mailed as confirmation; the card will be used to obtain the name badge, conference program and other enclosures in a conference bag.

There will be two lines for admittance to the conference; one for pre-paid registrations and a second line for on-site registrations. The cost is the same whether mailed or purchased on-site. Early mailed registrations are appreciated and will speed access to the conference on Friday. All seats are open-seating, except for the box seats on all levels, which are reserved. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase throughout the conference at the Peace Center for Performing Arts. Limited financial assistance available for those who would, otherwise, not be able to attend. Please call or send a written request.

For more info, click into, or call Carleen Maher at 864-255-5646.

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