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Alumni Update

Vincenzina Krymow, volunteer research assistant at The Marian Library, has been named one of several Professional Advisors to the Biblical Botanical Gardens Society, USA A gardener for many years, she became interested in plants of the bible after publishing her first book, Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations. She spent several years researching bible plants and the land of the bible, visiting the Holy Land as well as biblical gardens in the U.S. and Canada before publishing Healing Plants of the Bible. The book earned a first place tie in the spirituality-hard cover category of the 2003 Catholic Book Awards competition sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

In her home parish, St. Leonard Faith Community, Centerville, Ohio, Krymow started a women's spirituality study group, "Women Called to Holiness," using a series of books on spirituality for Catholic women published by the St. Anthony Messenger Press.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book About Mary

What Every Catholic Should Know about Mary -- is a fine introductory text to the Virgin Mary and to Marian devotion. The author, Terrence J. McNally, taught college English for many years, and he has devoted the last ten years to studying the literature on the Virgin Mary. He writes for Catholics and for Protestants, particularly Evangelicals, who express interest in the Virgin Mary. He well illustrates that only within the context of Scripture and the Catholic Tradition can the identify of the Virgin Mary be understood. This clear and accurate summary of Marian doctrine and devotion can do much to clarify and encourage a appreciation of the Virgin Mary's role in the life of the Church and every follower of Christ. Highly recommended -- a great gift a for college-bound student. (Available online at and

New Film About Fatima

A film about the miraculous events in Fatima, The Thirteenth Day, was recently produced. Ignatius Press will distribute the film in North America, with a release date scheduled for October 13, 2009. For more details, 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.

On Wednesday, September 16, Francesca Franchina speaks with Christi Dodson, Director of Montgomery County Right to Life, about the Life Resource Center, the continuing political struggle against abortion, parenting classes and specifically what we can do in the fight against abortion and the Respect of All Life highlighting upcoming events in the arena of life, participation in prayer gatherings and promoting life through education and action!   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, September 15, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina speaks with Maureen Pierce and Tim Francis regarding the Sorrows of Mary, Our Blessed Mother, the Marian Apparitions in Rwanda/Our Lady of Kibeho (1981-1990) and Our Lady of Fatima (1917) commenting on the Eucharistic Program at Transfiguration Parish about the scientific research on Eucharistic Miracles, and Intercessory Prayer. Francesca shares her favorite family recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. 

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:

Brother Eric Otiende, S.M., Thursday, September 17, 2:30 PM on Mary and Spirituality, Part I

Brother Eric Otiende, S.M., Friday, September 18, 2:30 PM on Mary and Spirituality, Part II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Martyrs of Spain (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Seven Marianist martyrs who were victims of religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 have been beatified. They were sought and martyred because of their faith and membership in a religious congregation, and for teaching in Marianist schools in Ciudad Real and in Madrid.

Three Marianist Brothers martyred at Ciudad Real were beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II. They are Blessed Carlos Erana, S.M., Blessed Jesus Hita, S.M., and Blessed Fidel Fuidio, S.M. These men were also exemplary Christian educators and apostles of Mary. September 18 is the day we honor them in the Church calendar.

Four Marianists gave their lives in Madrid for the same cause and were beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007: Blessed Miguel Leibar, S.M., Blessed Florencio Arnaiz, S.M., Brother Joaquin Ochoa, S.M., and Brother Sabino Ayastuy, S.M. Their feast day in the liturgical calendar is November 6.

Fifteen Marianists were martyred for their faith in 1936. Because of the anarchy of the times, it has been difficult to gather sufficiently detailed information to introduce the causes of the other eight Marianist martyrs. None of these martyrs was involved in politics in any way, nor did they bear arms. These Marianists were simply religious educators standing staunchly for their Christian convictions.

A note on the severity and complexity of the Spanish Civil War may be helpful. Though civil war erupted in 1931, the worst upheaval in Spain lasted from July 17, 1936, to April 1, 1939, and was a brutal conflict in which the Nationalists overcame the Loyalists. The Church was a primary target of attack.

The death toll was high. Estimates of the number killed run as high as five hundred thousand. Included in the many ruthless massacres were twelve bishops, 283 Sisters, 2,365 monks and Brothers, and 4,184 priests.

In the reconstruction following the bloody strife, Franco built a monumental basilica church hewn from a granite ridge in the Guadarama range as a huge cavern, and topped by the world's tallest memorial cross. This memorial known as Valle de los Caidos, Valley of the Fallen, contains the remains of about forty thousand of both sides who died in the war. One of the Marianist martyrs of Ciudad Real, Brother Fidel Fuidio, is represented in the vast interior mosaic decorations.

Biographies of the Ciudad Real Marianist martyrs by Father Emilio Ortega, S.M., have been translated into English under a single cover. Father Jose Maria Salaverri, S.M., a former superior general of the S.M., has completed in Spanish a volume containing the biographies of the four Marianists martyred in Madrid. In the latter book the introduction by Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former postulator general of the Marianist causes for sainthood, is an excellent theological reflection on the meaning of martyrdom. These books are available from the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, Ohio.

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New Exhibits!

Icons of the Electronic Age, by Katherine Osenga will be on display at The Marian Library Gallery in Roesch Library from September 14 through November 20, 2009. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214. It is free and open to the public. Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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 and Rosary Information Index.

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 expanded Various Chaplets with one new feature, The Fatima Chaplet.  We have also updated our table of Twentieth-Century Marian Apparitions.

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Five Thousand Spanish Youth Receive Their Cross
Cardinal Calls for Simplicity of Heart
Source: Zenit (Madrid, Spain), September 15, 2009

Some five thousand young people gathered at the cathedral of Almudena in Madrid on Monday to receive the World Youth Day Cross. The youth came together with the city's archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, to receive the cross in anticipation of the next youth day, which will be held in Madrid in August 2011.

Cardinal Rouco presided over a prayer vigil that marked the beginning of the cross' pilgrimage through Madrid and other Spanish cities, reported SIC agency.

In the first stop of the cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, the cardinal appealed to young people to give witness to the Lord "with courage and valor...."

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.

Marianist Award: Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), September 3, 2009

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the University of Dayton presented the 2009 Marianist Award to Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University....

During her visit to Dayton, Johnson also will have a dialogue with graduate religious studies students and meet for a discussion with forty-four faculty and staff who have been reading her most recent book.

Click here for the complete article.

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Prayer Corner Requests

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

Fall Meeting of the ESBVM-USA

Title: Carl Winderl's Poetry for Mary

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009 (Registration, presentations and lunch, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm / business meeting 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane, in York, Pennsylvania

Rev. Janyce Jorgensen, pastor at Zion Church, will host the meeting. The schedule will include presentations by Dr. Carl Winderl, Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, who will recount his spiritual journey and share his Marian poetry; Dr. Frank Romance, Vice-President of the ESBVM-USA, who will speak on "Mary and the Knights of Columbus"; and a presentation by Sister Regina Vieyra MGSpS of Immaculate Conception Church / Old St. Mary's in York, Pennsylvania, on "The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Latino tradition." The meeting is open to the public and there is no entry fee. Luncheon will be served. A business meeting will follow and all are welcome to attend.

For more information click into or contact ESBVM-USA Chapter President, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, at

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