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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Book Signing of The Miracles of Mary

Bridget Curran 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.

Bridget 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.

She recently sent us the following information:

I will be doing a book signing at Gatto Christian Shop on Saturday September 12th at 10:30 am. The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary--and she's been given many names, from all over the World and across many faiths.

Gatto Christian Shop
108 Wanneroo Road Tuart Hill, Western Australia 6060
General Enquires -    Perth Office: (08) 9 345 5700

Please stop in and say hi. Whether you have the book or not, it would be great to see you!

For more information, click into the Miracles of Mary Book Group.

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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 26, Francesca Franchina talks with Rob Gohmann of Dayton, OH and Mike Derenzo of Beavercreek, OH about the history and spirituality of Kairos International Prison Ministry, Kairos Ohio, and the upcoming Kairos Retreat #39 at Lebanon Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio. Listening and love, lots of cookies, prayer, and volunteers combine to bring the love of Jesus to life.  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 25, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina addresses healing of the whole person, physically, mentally, and spiritually, and the benefits of humor in recovery and living a virtuous life. Francesca shares her favorite Italian "Soul Food" from her family recipes: Eggplant Rollatini (Stuffed Eggplant).

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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, August 27, 2:30 PM on Mary & the Old Testament

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, August 28, 2:30 PM on Mary & the New Testament

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Admiral and His Lady (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

While a maelstrom of controversy and uncertainty concerning Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) has been unleashed in recent decades, there is no doubt of the admiral’s loving relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary and his loyalty to the Church.  He was patently Mary's devoted client and servant.  This explorer may be a favorite target of self-appointed and erroneously-informed critics; yet no one can deny that his insistence on bringing missionaries with him to the New World was pivotal to the implantation of Catholicism among the natives of North, Central, and South America and improvement of their lives.

Historical setting

Born into an Italian family in Genoa, Cristoforo Colombo (his name in Italian) became an outstanding sailor even in his youth.  As a young seaman he dreamed of making a voyage to find a shorter route to the Far East because Marco Polo's land route to China was becoming more dangerous and expensive. He knew the world was not flat, and so did most educated people of his time. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain were persuaded to sponsor the expedition to secure Spain's wealth, Ferdinand's goal, and to spread the Catholic faith, Isabella's concern.

Remember that 1492 was still the Middle Ages.  The Protestant Revolt did not erupt until fifteen years later.  And later, unlike Hernán Cortés, Columbus didn't see Native Americans as slaves or enemies, but as children of God, and as potential converts, and allies of Spain.

The admiral's dedication to Mary

Columbus was a staunch champion of the doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception.  His veneration of the Mother of the Redeemer was clearly a symbol of his faith and a mainspring of his life's work of discovery.

At the very outset of his grand adventure, he recorded his devotedness to Mary by giving her name to his flagship.

Spanish seamen of that era frequently referred to their vessels by two designations: one was formal and dignified; the other was informal and casual. The nickname was generally used more popularly than the official, often religious, name of the ship.

The Niña ("Girl") derived her familiar name from her master, Juan Niño. Formally christened the Santa Clara, the caravel was almost always listed by her popular nickname. The Pinta ("Painted One") most likely bore the name of a saint, but it was probably used so seldom that no extant document lists it.

Columbus' third and largest ship had been built in Galicia and was called La Galléga. Crew members noticed her tendency to lurch when turning, and dubbed the vessel Marigalanta ("Frivolous Mary"). In May 1492, she was chartered from Juan de la Cosa of Santona. Columbus himself named her the Santa Maria.

Before setting sail from southern Spain Cristobal Colón (his name in Spanish) went to confession and received Holy Communion at Mass. His flagship was outfitted with a chapel, where Mass was offered daily.  Today the altar of that chapel is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, at the Christopher Columbus Museum.  Mathilde DeLagarde Boal inherited the altar in 1908 from her aunt, Victoria Colón, a descendant of Columbus who had preserved it at the Colón Castle in Spain.

Each day at nightfall, the admiral gathered his crew to sing the Salve Regina to salute their Protectress. Christopher Columbus emphatically demonstrated that his devotion to the Christian faith and to Mary was vital and vigorous. This is attested by the names he bestowed on lands never before seen by European eyes.

New Lands

He called his first discovery in the New World San Salvador in honor of our Holy Savior. Next he expressed his devotion to the Immaculate Conception by naming an island Santa Maria de la Concepción.

On subsequent voyages, Columbus called an archipelago east of Cuba "Our Lady's Sea" and an unusually circular island Santa Maria Rotunda. Neither of these names has been preserved in modern maps. And geographers have failed to identify the land he christened La Concepción in August 1498. Unfortunately, many names of religious and patriotic significance were later secularized.

On the return of the first voyage, difficulties multiplied. The hardships endured were much more severe than those of the westward sailing and tested the mettle of all crew members. Food was scarce and supplies rapidly diminished. More than one hurricane struck and battered the caravels mercilessly. The Santa Maria had already run aground.

Vows in times of distress

The end seemed imminent on Feb. 14, 1493. Columbus called together the crew and urged them to implore God's help.

After praying for a time, each crew member made a solemn vow to make a pilgrimage if the lot should fall to him. Columbus directed that the first act of thanksgiving be a pilgrimage to the famous Marian shrine of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in southern Spain, and that the chosen representative carry a five-pound candle. Chickpeas were used to draw lots. One was marked with a cross. Columbus himself drew the marked pea.

The admiral selected a second renowned shrine of Our Lady for pilgrimage, Santa Maria de Loreto in Ancona, Italy. This time the cross-marked pea was drawn by seaman Pedro de Villa. Columbus promised to defray the expenses for this long pilgrimage.

Yet another lot was drawn, and this bound the admiral to spend a night in prayer at the church of Santa Clara de Moguer, home port of the Niña. To conclude this intense time of prayerful intercession, Columbus bound himself and the entire crew to go in their shirts in thankful visit to the first church of the Virgin Mary they encountered when they reached land.

Almost miraculously they rode out the storm, survived the damage and continued homeward.

But more danger awaited them. Two weeks later, on March 3, howling winds split their sails and threatened to rip them from the masts. Again the crew stormed heaven and drew lots for the pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Santa Maria de la Cinta in Huelva, the port from which they had departed on the historic and world-changing voyage. Again the lot fell upon Columbus. It appeared that Our Lady was intervening to bring the admiral to her shrines.

This was an age in which people were quick to take vows during times of distress, only to forget them when trouble subsided and calm was restored. Not so Columbus.

Landing at the Azores on Feb. 17 or 18, 1493, he reminded his men of their obligation. Walking barefoot in their shirts led by Columbus, they went in procession to a small chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  Mass was celebrated for them by a local priest. For most of the day Columbus remained at the chapel in prayer.

The admiral's faithfulness

When they reached Spain, Columbus was honored by the monarch and hailed by the common people. But in this hour of triumph he was faithful to his vows. Traveling south from Barcelona to Seville, he went by way of the monastery and shrine of Santa Maria de Guadalupe on the slope of the Sierra de Estremadura. Not only did Columbus make the promised pilgrimage, but on the second voyage he named an island Guadipea because its mountains resembled those behind Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

Until his life's end, Columbus actively promoted the honor of Mary and her veneration. In 1498, he executed a formal document for the disposition of his property and future income. One of the major bequests was made for the establishment of a church on Española to be named Santa Maria de la Concepción. Seven years later, he stipulated in his last will and testament the specific site for the proposed church. Sadly, the memorial to Mary was never erected. Spanish rulers failed to honor their contract with Columbus and his estate did not have enough funds to materialize his wishes.

In his waning years, Columbus' dedication to Mary was evidenced even more openly. Frequently, be wore the white cord of a Franciscan, and at least on one occasion appeared in the full habit of the sons of St. Francis of Assisi.

His ties with the Franciscans were close and genuine. He sought them out for their guidance and moral support, and the friars influenced his devotion to Mary and her Immaculate Conception.

In the fifteenth century, the theological opponents of the mystery of the Immaculate Conception were varied and vocal. But the Franciscans were early and ardent supporters of the doctrine. As early as 1263, the Franciscans celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Since 1484, Columbus enjoyed close relations with noted Franciscans. They had befriended him in his darkest hour, successfully interceded for him at court, and persuaded Isabella to sponsor his first voyage. It was the friary of Santa Maria de la Rábida in Huelva that offered him the strongest support.

In time of distress, the admiral turned to Mary for aid, and she responded.  Is it too much to conjecture that a major motive in his unparalleled career of discovery was his desire to lay new treasures at the feet of his Lady?

No wonder, then, that more than a century and a quarter ago the Servant of God, Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, chose the intrepid navigator and admiral as model for the fraternal order of Catholic gentlemen. This is reflected in the page one report of the May 25, 1878, edition of the Connecticut Catholic: "As American Catholics, we do not know of anyone who more deserves our grateful remembrance than the great and noble man--the pious, zealous, and the faithful Catholic--the enterprising navigator, and the large-hearted sailor, Christopher Columbus--'the Christ-bearing dove' as his name signifies."

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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: Polish Poetry, Karol Wojtyla and Poland's Marian Tradition, and Our Lady of Czestochowa (August 26).

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 26, 2009.  We also posted a new feature on Our Lady of Chaminade [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] as well as our answer to a reader's question: Explain the symbolism of certain 'Marian flowers'.

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Science Can't Explain Guadalupe
Time and Accidents Have Not Destroyed Marian Image
Source: Zenit (Phoenix, Arizona), August 21, 2009

A physicist who has spent years researching the tilma bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is affirming that there is no scientific explanation for the phenomenon. Adolfo Orozco stated this in a presentation given at an International Marian Congress that took place Aug. 6-8 in Phoenix. The congress, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Phoenix Diocese, and the Institute of Guadalupan Studies, was dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Orozco gave a presentation on the image of the Virgin imprinted on St. Juan Diego's tilma, stating that it is "completely outside" any scientific explanation. ...

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.

Aloe's 'Mary' has its Joseph
Diogo Morgado joins cast including Al Pacino
Source: Hollywood Reporter, (THR.COM) August 5, 2009

Portuguese actor, Diogo Morgado, has been cast as Joseph in Aloe Entertainment's Mary, Mother of Christ. He joins Camilla Belle, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole and Julia Ormond in the action drama about the biblical journey of young Mary and Joseph during the terrible reign of Herod the Great. James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) is directing from a script by Barbara Nicolosi and The Passion of the Christ co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

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 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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