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Alumni Update

[Oblate Retrest Center]

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Professor at the International Marian Research Institute sent the following note:

I will be giving a retreat to the Marianist brothers, sisters, and priests next week. ... Please, keep this retreat in your prayers. It is in San Antonio at the Oblate Retreat Center [pictured at right]. The theme is the faith of Mary and our Marianist charism.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Another Marian song, Breath of Heaven, on YouTube

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

A completely original song about Mary by Amy Grant can be found on YouTube at

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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 29, Francesca Franchina talks with Immaculee Ilibagiza about the genocide in Rwanda, her experience during the genocide, how the Blessed Mother came before the great travail, what she requested then and what she requests now! 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 Javier Alson, S.M.C., Thursday, July 23, 2:30 PM on Servicio Mariano de Comunicacion

Father Antonio Larocca, S.M.C., Friday, July 24, 2:30 PM on Mary's Parents, Ann and Joachim

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Praying the Rosary With the Smiling Pope (by Brother John Samaha S.M.)

While some misinterpreted the Second Vatican Council as downgrading devotion to Our Lady, Bishop Albino Luciani of Vittorio Veneto, Italy (later Pope John Paul I), was concerned about his people that no longer prayed the rosary.  He continued to promote devotion to Our Lady and to the rosary.  But he urged more than superficial devotion.

At times Bishop Luciani was approached by simple faithful who asked him out of pious curiosity what title of Our Lady he liked best.  Without satisfying their curiosity he would reply with a twinkle in his eye, "If you would let me give you some advice, may I suggest that you have devotion to Our Lady of the Pots and Pans, or Our Lady of the Broom.  You see, Our Lady became a saint as a simple housewife, washing the dishes, preparing meals, peeling the potatoes, or things like that."

"What I was trying to tell them," he explained to his priests, "was that, yes, they should have great devotion to Our Lady, they must pray to her and have great confidence in her, but above all, they must imitate her virtues."

Albino Luciani, now affectionately remembered as 'The Smiling Pope' and recognized as a superb catechist, loved the rosary and was frequently seen with it in his hands.  In 1972 he wrote, "The rosary becomes a look at Mary, which grows in intensity little by little as one proceeds.  It ends by being a refrain which springs from the heart and when repeated sweetens the soul like a song. When I speak with God and Our Lady, I prefer to think myself a child rather than a grown-up.  The miter, the zucchetto, the ring disappear.  I send the grown-up on vacation, and the bishop with him, and abandon myself to the spontaneous tenderness that a child has for its papa and mama.  To be for a while before God as I am in reality, with the worst of myself and the best of myself; to let rise to the surface from the depths of my being the child I once was, who wants to laugh, to chatter, to love the Lord, and who sometimes feels the need to cry so that he may be shown mercy, helps me to pray.  The rosary, a simple and easy prayer, helps me to be a child, and I am not ashamed at all."

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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 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 updated Korean language News through 7/22/2009.

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Mark Shea: Mariology from A to Z (Part I)
Former Protestant Addresses Marian devotion
Source: Zenit (Seattle, Washington), July 16, 2009

One would think it impossible to spill any more ink about the Blessed Virgin Mary, judging from the number of Marian titles on the shelf at a local Catholic bookstore.

But when popular Catholic author Mark Shea was considering entering the Church, there were no comprehensive titles where he could address his concerns as an evangelical Protestant about Catholic Marian doctrine and devotion.

Twenty years later, that book was still missing from the shelves, so Shea set out to write it.

The result is Mary, Mother of the Son, a three-volume apologetics tool published by Catholic Answers. ...

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.

Lackner Award Winner Keeps in Touch With Mary
[excerpted from the original by Vincenzina Krymow]
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, Ohio), Summer 2009

Our Lady has been with Joseph Saliba, University of Dayton Provost, since before he was born. His mother had already lost a child during pregnancy, so his grandmother prayed to the Blessed Mother for her intercession.

After he left war-torn Lebanon for France in 1976, he kept in touch with Mary. When he lived in Bordeaux, trying out for a soccer team, he regularly walked past the Madeleine where Father William Joseph Chaminade had co-founded the first Marianist lay community. When he visited Lourdes he promised Our Lady that he would one day return with his children, and he did. [see Campus Report]

Arriving in the U.S., he enrolled at the University of Dayton on a cousin's recommendation. For Saliba, the University of Dayton, with its Marian presence, became home when he couldn't return home. He earned three engineering degrees in six years, was professor of engineering, department chair, and dean, and now holds the University's most senior academic post, that of provost.

In May he and the University's president, Daniel J. Curran, visited Saliba's native country, bringing news about UD to alumni and their families living in Lebanon and sharing their Marianist heritage. They also visited secondary schools and universities to recruit students and establish academic exchanges.

He is one of this year's two recipients of the Lackner Award, given in recognition of his noteworthy contributions to the Catholic and Marianist nature of the University.

Click here for the complete article and go to page 30.

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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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