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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


Alumni Update

August 13, 2009 was the 101st birthday of Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., a retired University librarian who lives in the Mercy Siena Gardens community in Dayton. He worked in the Roesch Library for over thirty years, and in The Marian Library for about ten years, and then more as a volunteer. He was mentioned on the Today show on NBC by Willard Scott on his birthday and also mentioned in the 8/13/2009 edition of Campus News Digest, the weekly digest of campus news for the University of Dayton.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Young Adult Celebrities Reflect on the Power of the Rosary

Rosary Stars: Praying the Gospel is a new DVD from Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, featuring twenty-one young adult celebrities praying the Rosary and reflecting on the importance and power of their Catholic faith, prayer and the Rosary in their lives.

Family Theater Productions is a member of Holy Cross Family Ministries, whose international headquarters is in Easton, Mass.  The DVD sells for $19.95, plus shipping and handling, and can be ordered online from Holy Cross Family Ministries at or by calling 1-800-299-PRAY (7729). To view a trailer, go to

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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, August 19, Francesca Franchina speaks with Tom Perazzo from Cursillo of Cincinnati, Ohio about everyday life experience of deepening personal relationships with Jesus, family, and friends through experiencing a Cursillo movement weekend.  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, August 18, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina, will speak on considering virtue in an un-virtuous world.

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, August 20, 2:30 PM on Mary, Queen of Apostles

Sister Danielle Peters., Friday, August 21, 2:30 PM on Mary's Queenship

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Year 2011 (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The year 2011 will be observed by the Marianist Family as a Chaminade Year to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8, 1761.

Below are some ideas that may suggest better ways for you and your community to celebrate this first Chaminade Year.

1. Commission translations into other than the original languages key writings by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Father Emile Neubert about Chaminade, and others.

2. Print these translations, and also make them available on CD and DVD and web sites.

3. Gather the best of all the Chaminade images (portraits, drawings, etc.). Make them available in print and also online in reproducible form.

4. Develop a press kit with information and photos of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade that will help make him known better and promote his cause for canonization.

5. Develop new efforts and renew old efforts to promote Chaminade's cause. Distribute the prayer leaflet.

6. Include information about Chaminade and the Chaminade Year in the publications and websites of our schools, parishes, ministries.

7. Encourage use of the Three O'clock Prayer and the Marianist Doxology. Distribute printed cards with these prayers and the image of Blessed William Joseph.

8. Plan annual and seasonal retreats around Chaminade/Marianist themes.

9. Initiate an anticipation of the 175th anniversary in 2014 of Chaminade's letter dated August 24, 1839, to the retreat masters of 1839. Re-issue the letter with old and new commentaries in both print and electronic formats.

10. Organize efforts to have articles and information about Blessed William Joseph Chaminade published in periodicals (newspapers, magazines, newsletters) and web sites.

11. Ask our Marianist artists to design one or more logos to use on printed materials and on web sites.

12. For special mailings order custom-made Chaminade postage stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.

13. Revive and use the hymns and songs honoring Chaminade. Choose one or two to use regularly at community services and social observances.

14. Compose a special prayer in honor of Blessed William Joseph for use during the Chaminade Year.

15. Propose texts from the writings of our Founder for community discussion and meditation and preaching.

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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 Fall 2009 semester will commence on October 12, 2009. The course schedule for Fall 2009 and beyond is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend the following: Marian Poetry in Ordinary Time and The Memorial of Mary's Queenship (August 22).

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 Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through July 20, 2009.  In our Korean language section, we have updated News through 8/14/2009 and also posted Marian Commemoration Days for August.  We also posted a new feature on Our Lady of Chaminade. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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Mary's "Yes" and Our "Yes"
She Has Been 'Elevated' to the Place From Which the Son Had 'Come Down'
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy), August 17, 2009

Yesterday we celebrated the great feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven and today we read in the Gospel these words from Jesus: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven." (John 6:51) We cannot remain indifferent to this parallel, which revolves around the symbol of "heaven." Mary has been "elevated" to the place from which the Son had "come down."  ...

This mystery, this feast of God begins here below: It is a mystery of faith, hope and love, which is celebrated in the liturgy, especially the Eucharistic [liturgy], and is expressed in fraternal communion and service to our neighbor. Let us ask the holy Virgin to help us to always with faith nourish ourselves on the Bread of eternal life to experience already on earth the joy of heaven. ...

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.

The Marian Library--IMRI
Source: Libraries' Guide, (University of Dayton) Fall, 2009

The Marian Library received its largest single gift recently from Australian collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep.  Employees and volunteers have been busy processing the gift which includes over twenty-three hundred items.  A selection of crèches from this outstanding donation will be unveiled in a special exhibition during the 2009 Christmas season.  Opening on Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house, the displays will run through mid-January.  Exhibits will be shown on the first and second floors of Roesch Library and the crèche room of The Marian Library.  Stop by often and enjoy these marvelous gifts.

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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 August 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 August.

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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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