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Alumni Update

IMRI student, Christ Padgett sent us the following update on his recent projects.

The last few months have been busy, both for my family and in my ministry. I finished up my second semester as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University, where I taught Christian Moral Principles and Foundations of Catholicism. I truly loved it! I also recorded a couple of new tunes, which I am hoping will be put on a forthcoming CD that I'd like to entitle Beautiful Savior. Pray for me as I press forward with this endeavor.

I am praying for a couple of sponsors in order to complete the project in the coming months. This past May I spent about nine days doing ministry in Canada, going to the many Catholic high schools in Hamilton and Ontario. Over twenty-one thousand kids were reached! It was an amazing time, and Kelly Stephen was such a great guide and blessing; he even gave me a cross that had once been Henri Nouwen's.

Oklahoma, Little Rock and Long Island, NY were incredible venues in which I met many new friends and reconnected with old ones. Now the summer conferences have begun; and I am really enjoying the ministry opportunities presented there. I will be at five Steubenville youth conferences this year, so please keep me in prayer while I travel.

A few final notes: the Mary book I have been working on is almost ready to be submitted to Servant Publications. I am hoping that this will be a great blessing to many people. I am also hoping to wrap up the five remaining classes needed for my doctoral requirements at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. With these classes done I'll be free to spend a lot more of my time writing the dissertation. They do not offer financial aid here so all finances come out of pocket. Please pray this need will be addressed in a timely manner.

Finally, I am putting together my fall and spring calendar for events and would love to find a way to collaborate in ministry with you all. Being a youth evangelist is not necessarily something that is in the forefront of people's minds when one thinks of ministry; yet today's generation of youth are in desperate need of an authentic message of hope amidst the chaos. I am praying to be a part of inviting these youth into God's love, and your participation with me in this makes all the difference.

Please keep us in your prayers, and know we value your involvement in this lay-apostolate. God bless you all, and please be aware that Mary is pouring the graces of her Son upon you even now. For those of you interested, is continually being updated. You can check out the music video I did, as well as a listen to a number of interviews I've done with radio stations. I have a Twitter and Facebook account, where you may also get a bunch of information concerning my comings and goings. Thanks again. God bless.

Chris Padgett
291 Belleview blvd.
Steubenville, Oh. 43952
Cell: 941-704-3394
Music Video: I'm in Love
Interview: Making of the Music Video, etc.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Books About Mary

Sister Wendy Beckett recently completed Encounters with God: In Quest of the Ancient Icons of Mary. It is available in hardcover from amazon.  For details, read the review by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball. The Marian Library also has several videos by Sister Wendy on the subject of paintings.

Bridget Curran has also published a book on Our Lady, Miracles of Mary. To find information or to order the book, click here.  The book was recently translated into Italian.  Rights to the book have also been sold to a Brazilian publishing house and 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.

Bridget 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 was 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, July 8, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Antonio LaRocca and Father Javier Alson from Venezuela about the Blessed Mother's role in evangelization, their new religious order of Brothers and priests and the escalating world situation. 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.

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, July 9, 2:30 PM on the Meaning of the Scapular

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Power of One Hail Mary (provided by Brother Frank Deibel, S.M.)

One 'Hail Mary' well-said fills the heart of Our Lady with delight and obtains for us indescribably great graces. One Hail Mary well said gives us more graces than a thousand Hail Marys thoughtlessly said. The Hail Mary is like a mine of gold that we can always take from but never exhaust. Is it hard to say the Hail Mary well? All we have to do is to know its value and understand its meaning.

St. Jerome tells us that "the truths contained in the Hail Mary are so sublime, so wonderful that no man or Angel could fully understand them." St. Thomas Aquinas, the Prince of Theologians, "the wisest of Saints and holiest of wise men," as Leo XIII called him, preached for forty days in Rome on the Hail Mary, filling his hearers with rapture. Father F. Suarez, the holy and learned Jesuit, declared when dying that he would willingly give all the many learned books he wrote, all his life's labors, for the merit of one Hail Mary prayerfully and devoutly said. St. Mechtilde, who loved our Lady very much, was one day striving to compose a beautiful prayer in her honor. Our Lady appeared to her, with the golden letters on her breast of: "Hail Mary, full of grace." She said to her: "Desist, dear child, from your labor for no prayer you could possibly compose would give me the joy and delight of the Hail Mary."

A certain man found joy in saying slowly the Hail Mary. The Blessed Virgin in return appeared to him smiling and announced to him the day and hour that he should die, granting him a most holy and happy death. After death a beautiful white lily grew from his mouth having written on its petals: "Hail Mary." Cesarius recounts a similar incident. A humble and holy monk lived in the monastery. His poor mind and memory were so weak that he could repeat only one prayer which was the "Hail Mary." After death a tree grew over his grave and on all its leaves was written: "Hail Mary." These beautiful legends show us how much devotion to Our Lady is valued and how much power is attributed to the Hail Mary devoutly prayed.

Each time that we say the Hail Mary we are repeating the very same words with which St. Gabriel the Archangel saluted Mary on the day of the Annunciation, when she was made Mother of the Son of God. Many graces and joys filled the soul of Mary at that moment. Now when we say the Hail Mary we offer anew all these graces and joys to Our Lady and she accepts them with immense delight. In return she gives us a share in these joys.

Once Our Lord asked St. Francis Assisi to give Him something. The Saint replied: "Dear Lord, I can give You nothing for I have already given you all, all my love." Jesus smiled and said: "Francis, give Me it all again and again. It will give Me the same pleasure." So with our dearest Mother, she accepts from us each time we say the Hail Mary the joys and delight she received from the words of St. Gabriel.

Almighty God gave His Blessed Mother all the dignity, greatness and holiness necessary to make her His own most perfect Mother. But He also gave her all the sweetness, love, tenderness and affection necessary to make her our most loving Mother. Mary is truly and really our Mother. As children when in trouble run to their mothers for help, so ought we to run at once with unbounded confidence to Mary.

St. Bernard and many Saints said that it was never, never heard at any time or in any place that Mary refused to hear the prayers of her children on earth. Why do we not realize this most consoling truth? Why refuse the love and consolation that God's Sweet Mother is offering us? Is it our lamentable ignorance which deprives us of such help and consolation. To love and trust Mary is to be happy on earth now and afterwards to be happy in Heaven.

Dr. Hugh Lammer was a staunch Protestant, with strong prejudices against the Catholic Church. One day he found an explanation of the Hail Mary and read it. He was so charmed with it that he began to say it daily. Insensibly all his anti-Catholic animosity began to disappear. He became a Catholic, a holy priest and a professor of Catholic theology in Breslau. A priest was called to the bedside of a man who was dying in despair because of his sins. Yet he refused obstinately to go to confession. As a last recourse the priest asked him to say at least the Hail Mary after which the poor man made a sincere confession and died a holy death. In England, a parish priest was asked to go and see a Protestant lady who was gravely ill, and who wished to become a Catholic. Asked if she had ever gone to a Catholic Church, or, if she had spoken to Catholics, or if she had read Catholic books? She replied, "No, no." All she could remember was that ... as a child ... she had learned from a little Catholic neighbor girl the Hail Mary, which she had continued to say every night ever since. She was baptized and before dying had the happiness of seeing her husband and children baptized.

St. Gertrude tells us in her book, Revelations, that when we thank God for the graces He has given to any Saint, we get a great share of those particular graces. What graces, then, do we not receive when we say the Hail Mary while thanking God for all the unspeakable graces He has given His Blessed Mother?

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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 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 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 will conclude on July 31, 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 additions were: Estonia; Faroe Islands; and Finland.  Expect more countries to follow.

In our section with Korean language material, we updated Marian News through July 1, 2009 and also posted Marian Commemorations for July.

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Plans Unveiled for Statue of Virgin on Land Where Shrines Were Burned
Source: The Catholic Herald, May 9, 2008

Plans have been unveiled for a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary to stand in London in reparation for the destruction of the medieval Catholic shrines during the Reformation. The work will be called "Mary Most Holy" and will stand on land alongside the River Thames at Chelsea's Embankment Gardens that was once owned by St Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who was beheaded in 1535. ...

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.

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 Bulgarian Icons Near Paris

Title: Les trésors des icônes bulgares

Date: May 12 - August 30, 2009

Location: Sainte-Chapelle of the château de Vincennes

For the first time, eighty icons from the Bulgarian National Museums, especially the Bulgarian Fine Arts National Gallery.

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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