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Thesis Defense

Father Dwight P. Campbell successfully defended 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, on Saturday, June 20, 2009, in The Marian Library Reading Room.

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Alumni Update

Dr. Sophia Choi recently gave a presentation on Mary to a group of parishioners in Woolsan.  She also sent us recent Marian News in Korean.

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the profession of vows as a Marianist by Brother John Samaha.  A Mass followed by a reception was held for him and several other jubilarians at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose, California on June 14, 2009.  Click here for details.

Father Antonia Larocca and Father Javier also plan to return to The Marian Library on June 30 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.

New Book About Mary

Bridget Curran has published a book on Our Lady, Miracles of Mary. For more information, or to order the book, click here.  The book has already been translated into Italian.  Rights to the book have also recently been sold to a Brazilian publishing house.  It will be translated into Portuguese with new material on Nossa Senhora Aparecida, Our Lady of Aparecida.  We will keep you posted on its progress and availability.

She also works as a filmmaker for 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.  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.

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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 24, Francesca Franchina talks with Sister Celia, MIC, of Montreal, Canada about the course she is teaching at the University of Dayton International Marian Research Institute, "Mary and Asian Christian Spirituality," focusing on teaching about the Blessed Mother in the Orient. 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 23, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, speaks with members of Hi MaKairos, at their annual Fellowship Float. Hi MaKairos ("A beatiful island in a safe harbor.") is a Small Church Community that meets weekly to study the Readings for the following Sunday involving Scripture Study, practical application and growing together in fellowship and support. Francesca gathers the recipes from the gathering and shares her favorite Italian summer recipes, Mozzarella Salad, Chicken Artichoke Salad and Chocolate Ricotta Cheese Pie with the listeners.

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 M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, June 25, 2:30 PM on Our National Patronage, Part I

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, June 26, 2:30 PM on Our National Patronage, Part II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Our Lady of Loreto (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

According to an ancient tradition, the shrine the Holy House of Loreto preserves the house of Our Lady at Nazareth. That earthly home of Our Lady consisted of two pieces: a cave carved out of the rock (venerated now in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth), and a stone house in front of it. According to tradition, in 1291, when the Crusaders were finally driven from Palestine with the loss of the port of Acre, Our Lady's house of stone was transported "through an angelic ministry," first to Illyria and then (December 10, 1294) to the region of Loreto (often rendered as Loretto in English), presently in the Province of Ancona, Italy.

Today, in view of new documentary evidence resulting from archeological diggings underneath the Holy House (1962-1965), and of philological and iconographic studies, there is growing support for the hypothesis that the stones of the Holy House were transferred to Loreto aboard ship and through human ingenuity.

Indeed, a recently-discovered document dated September of 1294 affirms that Niceforo Angelo, ruler of Epirus, when giving his daughter Ithamar in marriage to Filippo di Taranto, fourth son of Charles II d'Anjou, King of Naples, presented him with a set of dowry gifts among which appears clearly: "The holy stones taken from the house of Our Lady, the Virgin Mother of God."

This information accords well with what certain other studies, at the beginning of this century, say about what was written in certain documents in the Vatican Archives (but which cannot now be found) according to which the above-mentioned Byzantine family of Angelo, or De Angelis, in the thirteenth century, saved the stones of the Holy House of Nazareth from destruction by the Muslims and had them transported to Loreto, there to be re-assembled.

Some archeological finds also support the document of 1294: two coins (found under the Holy House) of Guido de La Roche, Duke of Athens from 1287 to 1308 (the period of the transfer of the Holy House), son of Elena Angelo (Ithamar's cousin) and a vassal of Filippo de Taranto; a writing on a stone of the Holy House which might be read as Ateneorum, that is, 'from Athens', referring to the well-known geographical location of the Angelo family; a coin of Ladislaus of Angiò-Durazzo (grand nephew of Filippo di Taranto and King of Naples from 1386 to 1414), found between stones of the Holy House together with five small crosses of reddish cloth of the Crusaders or, more probably, of horsemen of a military order which, in the middle ages, defended the Holy Land and the relics. They were found together with the remains of an ostrich egg, which easily can be associated with Palestine and a symbolism pointing to the mystery of the Incarnation.

Of great interest, also, are some graffiti carved into the stone of the Holy House, quite similar to those found at Nazareth.

Perhaps it was from the name of Angelo d'Epiro that there arose the popular version of the transfer of the Holy House "through an angelic ministry."

Whatever may be the truth about the transport of the Holy House, through an angelic ministry or through human ingenuity also inspired from on high, it is clear that Loreto has a very special tie with the dwelling place of Mary in Nazareth.

Translated into English from the original Italian of Father Giuseppe Santarelli by Father Joseph Stefanelli, S.M., and edited by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

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Last Chance to See 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?

We also have an ongoing exhibit of creches through November 27, 2009.  Explore how the birth of Christ is seen around the world with The Marian Library's annual display of thirty creches from its collection of more than 1,400 Nativity scenes. This year, the exhibit highlights a 130-piece hand-carved Czechoslovakian village from the 1850s, created at a time when depictions of the Nativity were suppressed. More than eighty villagers are depicted, including two government spies in disguise.

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: Marian Poetry in Ordinary Time.

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

We posted a new annotated bibliography on Black Madonnas and also revised our annotated bibliography on Icons.

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Spirit of Lourdes Hits Streets of Rome
Cardinal Bertone Closes Jubilee Marking Apparition Anniversary
Source: Zenit (Rome), Dec. 9, 2009

Mary is the mother who takes care of her sick children in any circumstance, says Benedict XVI's secretary of state, encouraging the faithful to always turn their gaze toward her.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said this of Our Lady on Monday when he celebrated in the Basilica of St. Mary Major a Mass marking the end of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Mary's apparitions in Lourdes.

"Let us look at her always, in every circumstance," he said, "in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death."

A pilgrim image of Our Lady of Lourdes had arrived at the basilica the Saturday before, after journeying through various Italian cities and the streets of Rome. Thousands of pilgrims, many ill or disabled, came to visit her.

Several volunteers from an Italian group that transports the ill to Lourdes and other international shrines were on hand to welcome the pilgrims.

"The atmosphere in Lourdes is always exceptional," Andreina Ferrouchi, one of the volunteers, told ZENIT. "And to live it again in Rome is even more exceptional. That's why it's an honor to have her in our home."

During the anniversary year, some nine million pilgrims visited the shrine at Lourdes.

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.

Saint John's Bible Exhibit Comes to Columbus
Source: Press Release (Tina Butler, Director), May 28, 2009

The Martin de Porres Center will exhibit 17 giclée prints from The Saint John's Bible from June 8 to July 17, 2009.

Commissioned by the Benedictine monks at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, the Bible is being created by a group of scribes and artists in a Scriptorium in Wales. The project's artistic director is Donald Jackson, one of the world's foremost calligraphers, who holds the position of Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords. When completed, the Bible will have a permanent home at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville.

The Saint John's Bible is incorporating many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it is being written on vellum using quills, natural hand-made inks, hand ground pigments, and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf, and platinum. Even so, it is employing the modern, English translation, the New Revised Standard Version, as well as contemporary scripts and illumination.

The Martin de Porres Center will offer two programs--one on July 10 and another July 11--in conjunction with the exhibit, featuring presentations by Mary van Balen-Holt, author of several books and a periodic column published in The Catholic Times, who has just returned from an academic year of writing at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. Complete information about these events and directions to the Center are available on the center's web site at or by calling 614.416.1920.

To view the exhibit at other times, please call 614.416.1910 for an appointment. The center is located at St. Mary of the Springs, 2330 Airport Drive.

For more information call Director Tina Butler at 614-416-1920 or click here.

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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 July 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 July.

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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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