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Alumni Update

IMRI graduate, Dr. Gloria Falcao Dodd, is now working on a book review and publishing her dissertation.  She sent us the following article on a modern media interpretation of Mary.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Brian Hiatt quotes Bono as saying "Magnificent was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach. "There's this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion and all the things I find really difficult," Bono says. "All music for me is worship of one kind or another." Dick Staub of writes "Magnificent" recalls the prayer of the Virgin Mary in the Gospel of Luke: "Magnificent, Magnificent, I was born, I was born to be with you in this space and time. I was born, I was born to sing for you. I didn't have a choice but to lift you up and sing whatever song you wanted me to. I give you back my voice from the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise ... Only love, only love can leave such a mark, but only love, only love can heal such a scar."

The Magnificat [Latin: magnifies], also called the Canticle of Mary, is recorded in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55). It is the Virgin Mary's joyous prayer in response to her cousin Elizabeth's greeting (Luke 1:41-45). This great hymn forms part of the Church's prayer in the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours). When it is recited as part of the Divine Office, it is followed by the Gloria Patri ("Glory be"). The traditional sung Magnificat is Latin plainchant. One of the hymn's most glorious musical renditions is the version of by J.S. Bach.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Magnificat as "the song both of the Mother of God and of the Church" and explains this prayer's significance:

Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the Incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ's conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, His Body. In the faith of His humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance He had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made "full of grace" responds by offering her whole being: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to Thy word." Fiat: this is Christian prayer: to be wholly God's because He is wholly ours.

The Prayer

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm: He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

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Jonathan Harvey, a frequent contributor to The Mary Page (see immediately below for example) added the following comments on the topic:

One tie-in magazine to the album says the lyrics to Magnificent are inspired both by Bach and Cole Porter, and the lyric is about two lovers trying to turn their life into worship. Bach of course, did set the Magnificat to music.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Another Interesting Ave Maria on YouTube

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently sent us the following information:

Like the Hayley Westenra number, but unlike the Beyonce number, this is again new lyrics to the traditional Schubert melody. However, unlike the Westenra number, the lyrics are in German and need a translation:

The following is a loose translation supplied by the poster

Ave Maria! Maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden's pleading
from these rocks, stark and wild,
my prayer shall be wafted to thee.
We shall sleep safely till morning,
though men be ever so cruel.
O Maiden, see a maiden's distress,
O Mother, hear a suppliant child.

Ave Maria, undefiled!
When we upon this rock lie down
to slumber, and they protection covers us,
the hard stone will seem soft to us.
If thou smilest, the scent of roses will float
through this murky cavern,
O Mother, hear a child's petition,
O maiden, 'tis a maid that calls!

Ave Maria, Maiden pure,
the demons of the earth and air,
driven forth by thy gracious glance
cannot stay here with us.
We will calmly bow to fate
since they holy comfort hovers over us.
Mayest thou be favorably inclined to the maiden,
to the child that pleads for her father!

German original

Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild,
Erhöre einer Jungfrau Flehen,
Aus diesem Felsen starr und wild
Soll mein Gebet zu dir hinwehen.
Wir schlafen sicher bis zum Morgen,
Ob Menschen noch so grausam sind.
O Jungfrau, sieh der Jungfrau Sorgen,
O Mutter, hör ein bittend Kind!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unbefleckt!
Wenn wir auf diesen Fels hinsinken
Zum Schlaf, und uns dein Schutz bedeckt
Wird weich der harte Fels uns dünken.
Du lächelst, Rosendüfte wehen
In dieser dumpfen Felsenkluft,
O Mutter, höre Kindes Flehen,
O Jungfrau, eine Jungfrau ruft!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
Der Erde und der Luft Dämonen,
Von deines Auges Huld verjagt,
Sie können hier nicht bei uns wohnen,
Wir woll'n uns still dem Schicksal beugen,
Da uns dein heil'ger Trost anweht;
Der Jungfrau wolle hold dich neigen,
Dem Kind, das für den Vater fleht.
Ave Maria!

N.B. Mr. Harvey sent the following information about the text above:

These are actually the !*original*! lyrics to Schubert's Ave Maria (from an opera) which were !*later*! set to the classical "Ave Maria" lyrics familiar from the rosary.

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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 15, Francesca Franchina speaks with Brother Robert K. Moriarty, SM; Ph.D, Director of QUEST originating in the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT; Caroline Adams and Beth Lang-Sletten of Beavercreek and Fairborn, OH and others calling in from various parts of the USA focusing on Ecclesial Communities as purported by Pope Benedict XVI, the Mission and Purpose of these Small Christian Communities (SCC) and the upcoming NAPRC Conference in Erie, PA.  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, July 14, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, focuses on The Sorrowful Mother addressing approved Apparitions at Kibehoe (Rwanda); Akita, Japan; Belpasso, Sicily and Fostoria, Ohio as related to Our Lady and the Seven Dolors. Francesca shares her favorite family recipes for a delicious pasta dish made with your home-grown garden veggies and Granita (Italian Lemon Ice).

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, July 16, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, July 17, 2:30 PM on Mary, Image of the Church

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Faustino's Cause Moves Forward (by Brother John Samaha S.M.)

The Vatican Congregation for Saints has begun the intense study of the virtues of Servant of God Faustino Perez-Manglano, Marianist sodalist and aspirant who lived and died in Valencia, Spain. Father Jose Maria Salaverri, vice-postulator of the cause, reported that a select committee of eight theologians are studying the Positio to determine whether Faustino practiced virtue to a heroic degree. Each will submit a written report, and the committee will discuss the reports in a meeting scheduled for November. Please pray for the successful outcome of this study and the meeting to follow. We hope this will advance Faustino's cause another step and lead to his being declared "venerable." Please pray and sacrifice for this progress.  Faustino is an admirable example of a student who absorbed the Marianist ideal in the course of his education during difficult social times.

NACMS has a 100-page biography about Faustino in English: Maybe God Will Speak to Me, The Story of Faustino Perez-Manglano by Father Jose Maria Salaverri, S.M.  Father Salaverri knew Faustino personally and was his spiritual guide at the Marianist high school in Valencia, Spain.

For more information of to order the book click here to contact NACMS by email.

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Current 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 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 Lady of Mount Carmel; and What is a Scapular?

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.

We have posted Dr. Virginia Kimball's review of a recent book on weeping Madonnas, Why Does She Cry?, by Father George Papadeas.

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Comic Book Characters Present Aparecida Message
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), July 15, 2009

The Vatican official overseeing Latin America is offering lessons from the 2007 general conference of bishops in a medium everyone can appreciate: as a comic book.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, presented "¡Somos discípulos misioneros!" (We Are Missionary Disciples), as a tool for spreading the conclusions of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. Benedict XVI inaugurated that event near the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil in May 2007. ...

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.

Provost's Path
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), June 30, 2009

Can you go home again?

A man of deep faith, Provost Joe Saliba found the answer in the example of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who never hesitated when she answered the call of God.

It's a resounding yes.

"It was like I never left. Nothing has changed, and everything has changed," said Saliba after recently returning to Lebanon after twenty-eight years. "In my heart and brain, I knew that this is still my home. All the memories kept tumbling down at once. My adrenaline level must have been skyrocketing. ...

For a week in May--a month fittingly devoted to Mary--Saliba made the overdue pilgrimage to his homeland. "I was filled with apprehension and hope. You wonder why it was you who was able to leave and not them? Why was God's dream different for you? Many in my family are poor, but unbelievably happy. They opened their hearts and minds. …When I showed up, they were so proud of me. They couldn't get enough of me. I couldn't get enough of them."

Yes, you can go home again.

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 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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