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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

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM USA, who has contributed many religious poems to The Mary Page and other Catholic sites, has recently received attention on the internet for some of them.  For details, click into or (then search for Kimball).

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Film About Lourdes

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who gave a presentation on recent Marian films at last year's MSA meeting, informed us about Lourdes, a film recently shown at the Venice Film Festival.  For more details on this film, 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.

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:

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, September 10, 2:30 PM on Our Lady's Birthday

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

New Hymn in Honor of Blessed Junipero Serra (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Messages From Father Serra, words and music by Sister Suzanne Toolan, R.S.M. The refrain theme is taken from his motto, Siempre adelante; nunca atras, Always go forward; never turn back. Sister Suzanne wrote this for District 31 of the Serra Club (San Jose-Monterey Dioceses) and it was used for the first time at Mission San Carlos Borromeo, Carmel, CA, August 21, 2009, to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Serra's death. He is buried in the sanctuary of the mission church.

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Last Chance to see 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.

Our next exhibit, Icons of the Electronic Age, by Katie Osenga, will run run September 14 - November 20, 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.

UD Marian and Roesch Libraries Online Giving Page

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  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 posted new articles about three images of Mary: Our Lady of Chaminade (in Hawaii); Our Lady of Mahdu (in Sri Lanka); and Madonna in a Dress Covered with Wheat Ears.

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Pilgrimage Shows Conflict Overcome
Italians, Slovenians, and Austrians Meet at Shrine
Source: Zenit (Udine, Italy), August 31, 2009

Our Lady of Graces in Udine has brought three peoples together, characterized by common historical roots and bitter conflict.

On Aug. 29, pilgrims from the Dioceses of Gorizia and Udine, Italy; Lubiana, Maribor and Koper, Slovenia, and Klagenfurt and Graz, Austria, went on pilgrimage together to Udine's shrine of the Virgin of Graces.

Bishops Alois Schwartz of Gurk-Klagenfurt, Alojzij Uran of Lubliana, and Metod Pirih of Koper were among the pilgrims.

This is the twenty-seventh year for the annual pilgrimage, which was begun by then Bishop Alfredo Battisti of Udine, as a sign of reconciliation between three peoples with common historical roots, who suffered bitter conflict during the last century. ...

Click here for the complete article.

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TThe 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.

Dayton COROS Meeting (June 12, 2009)
Source: The COROS Chronicle, August 2009

Dayton, Ohio was the center of attention for COROS members from near and far on the occasion of the National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS) of the American Topical Association (ATA) from June 12-14, 2009 ... A highlight of the NTSS was our visit to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute located at the University of Dayton.  Our gracious host was the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of the center.  It was an extraordinary event in the history of COROS ...

Special mention should be made of Brother Raymond Boutin, the Canadian Marianist who planned The Marian Library's philatelic exhibit, also working periodically in Dayton, and Michael Duricy, who manages The Mary Page website that now has Marian stamps from over fifty countries.

The ATA National Topical Stamp Show was held at the Dayton Convention Center, and was an excellent venue for COROSians to meet for a tour, meeting, seminars, and an evening dinner ... The COROS Day started out with a 10:30 am tour of The Marian Library located in Roesch Library of the University of Dayton campus.  Ten COROSians viewed the Madonna statues and the Marian Philatelic display.  Part of the tour included one of the art museums focusing on the display of Nativity scenes from the Crèche Collection of The Marian Library.  Father Johann Roten led our tour and later came to our meeting and joined our COROS society. ...

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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 September 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 September.

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Marian Events

Rosary Evangelization Apostolate

Title: "Sacrament of Mercy" Conference

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Location: Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, W284 N404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha, WI 53188

A whole day of powerful speakers, worship, Holy Mass, opportunities for confession, and more!  Father Donald H. Calloway, MIC, graduate of the International Marian Research Institute, will speak at the conference.  Sponsored by the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate and Schoenstatt.  The goal is a 'personal encounter with Jesus'.

For more information click into or call 414-570-4389.

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