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Alumni Update

Sister M. Jean Frisk, I.S.S.M., of The Marian Library has won a fabulous prize for being among ten people on campus who correctly identified the mystery photo in the June 4 installment of Where's Larry? It's the rosary box in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. To view the photo, click here. Sister Jean is currently working with a group which is preparing a children's book on Mary, Hail Mary with the Beatitudes.

Father Antonio Larocca and Father Javier plan to return to The Marian Library on June 30 to assist with the development of our Spanish language section, La Pagina de Maria, and also to plan a new video about ML/IMRI.  Maria Garcia from Mexico arrived on June 24 to continue with her academic studies.  Dr. Deyanira Flores arrived on June 25. Father Luigi Gambero, S.M., will arrive on July 6 and stay until August 5.  Father Giuseppe M. Corradi, OSM (from Vincenza, Italy) will be with us from June 30 through July 7. There is a possibility of his doing a doctorate in the IMRI program.  Dr. Maura Hearden, a member of the MSA and the ESBVM-USA, plans to visit The Marian Library on June 30 for research.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Video

We recently learned of a website,, which has prophecies and revelations of Jesus and Mary from Saint Bridget in many languages as well as free videos for download on various Catholic topics.  Included among their videos is a twenty-minute presentation about The Catholic Position on the Virgin Mary

N.B. Since this site is independent of our organization, we recommend the normal precautions when downloading internet materials.

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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, July 1, Francesca Franchina will continue her talk with Sister Celia, MIC, of Montreal, Canada, about the course she is teaching at the University of Dayton's 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 30, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, speaks Joe Roales about Catholic Summer Camps for children. 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:

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, July 2, 2:30 PM on Mary, Queen of the Apostles

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, July 3, 2:30 PM on Marian Devotion and the Liturgy

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Legion of Mary and the Society of Mary (Marianists) (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

From its beginnings the Legion of Mary and its founder, Servant of God Frank Duff, has had a relationship with the Society of Mary and its spirituality. The chief Marianist influence was Father Emile Neubert, S.M., who had corresponded with Frank Duff and who wrote about the Legion of Mary in his books. Frank Duff, like St. Maximilian Kolbe , was well impressed by Neubert's My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary. Two generations later, Father Paul Hoffer, S.M., former Superior General of the Marianists and a seminarian who studied under Father Neubert, was appointed national chaplain of the Legion of Mary in France by the country's episcopal conference. Legio Mariae (New and Revised Edition, 1993), acclaimed handbook of the Legion of Mary, carries citations from three Marianist authors: Father Emile Neubert, Brother Louis Cousin, and Father Joseph Schellhorn. Father Neubert is quoted on page 113 of the handbook; Brother Louis Cousin on page 41; and Father Schellhorn on pages 70, 71, 183, 197, 235-236. The Marianist titles cited are: Marie dans le dogme by E. Neubert, S.M. Paris: Editions Spes, 1933, 303 pages; Marie notre vraie Mere by Louis Cousin, S.M. Paris: Librairie Bloud & Gay, 1923, 234 pages; Petit traite de Mariologie, a l'usage de la Societe de Marie by Joseph Schellhorn, S.M. Turnhout, Belgique: H. Proost et Cie., 1933, 123 pages.

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New Exhibit!

A Patrick Pye Retrospective

The Marian Library gallery will show works from our extensive collection of Pye's lithographs.  The exhibit will run from July 1 - September 11, 2009.  For more details click here.

We also have an ongoing exhibit of crèches through November 27, 2009.  Explore how the birth of Christ is seen around the world with The Marian Library's annual display of thirty crèches from its collection of more than fourteen hundred 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 addition was Cyprus.  Expect more countries to follow.

We updated our list of Mariological Societies and Marian centers and also our answer to a reader's question: What is the Holy Kindred?

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Prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Signatura Discusses Shrines, Cults and Kolbean Marian Theology
[excerpted from the original by Vincenzina Krymow]
Source: Inside the Vatican, June 12, 2009

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions about Marian shrines and dogma as well as other topics during a recent informal lunch with Australian ITV correspondent Andrew Rabel. A year ago, Pope Benedict XVI called Archbishop Burke to head the Apostolic Signatura, the office which oversees the correct administration of justice in the Church. Archbishop Burke was bishop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before being transferred to St. Louis and then Rome. He said he was inspired to found the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, first of all, as a means of fostering genuine Marian devotion in the Church. "In that way, I wanted also to provide a place of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Diocese of La Crosse. The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe ... speaks especially to the apostolate of the respect for human life. Our Lady of Guadalupe is, therefore, more recently and rightly known as the Mother of the Unborn. Her intercession on behalf of all human life was a particular inspiration to me in founding her shrine at La Crosse." About the unapproved Marian cult at Necedah, also in the Diocese of La Crosse, he said, "I judged that one of the reasons why unapproved seers like Mrs. Van Hoof gained so much power was the failure to promote fully authentic Marian devotion ... Being Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, in which there was a false shrine to the Blessed Mother, it seemed particularly fitting to establish a Marian shrine." Asked if he had any sympathy with the Kolbean Marian theology and its current manifestation in pushing for a final Marian dogma of Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix, he said, "I certainly am very sympathetic to the Kolbean theology by which I have been enriched for many years ... I am certainly very steeped in the whole spirituality of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ... With regard to the fifth Marian dogma, as it is often called, for my part, I believe it to be part of the ordinary teaching of the Church. Although I have no special competence in the area, I certainly am supportive of such a declaration. The teaching is part of my faith."

The interview, titled "The Overseer of Justice," appeared in Inside the Vatican Magazine Newsflash, June 12, 2009. 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 seventeen 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, Columbus, Ohio.

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

Exhibit of Religious Art in Paris

Title: Le Mont Athos et L'Empire Byzantin, trésors de la Sainte montagne

Date: 10 Avril - 5 Juillet 2009

Location: Musee du Petit Palais

Almost two hundred works of art from Mount Athos, the male-only Orthodox enclave in northern Greece, are on show at the Petit Palais in Paris until July 5. Most of the works have never previously left the peninsula, from which women--and even most female animals--have been banned since 1045. The twenty monasteries of Mount Athos house one of the largest collections of Christian art in the world. Direct access to these treasures is notoriously difficult to obtain for men, and impossible for women. But Paris has been granted the privilege of hosting this "world premiere," largely as a result of France's presidency of the EU last year. The Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dora Bakoyannis, described the exhibition as a "cultural event of the first order." "The treasures exhibited here are a part of European culture," Ms. Bakoyannis said. "A large number of these relics are going 'beyond the walls' of Mount Athos for public viewing for the first time by men and women." Previously, only two very small exhibitions of Mount Athos' artifacts have been held, both in Greece. The director of the Petit Palais, Gilles Chazal, said: "The monks of Mount Athos have been very enthusiastic in their support of this project." He added that the exhibition would be "hugely significant."

For more information click here for English or French. Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us of this exhibit.

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