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Alumni Update

IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity is presenting a series of Tuesday night talks called "At the School of Saints, 2009" at Saint Cecilia Institute in Omaha, Nebraska (e.g. "The School of Mary and the Saints" from 7-9 pm on October 27).  For more information call 402-289-2670 or email Teresa at

Her reflection on Bishop William Giaquinta was also recently published on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Book for the 'Year of the Priest'

Mary and the Priestly Ministry was released recently by the publisher, Academy of the Immaculate. The author, the late Father Emile Neubert was a beloved rector at the former Marianist International Seminary at Fribourg, Switzerland, and a noted author in the fields of spirituality and Mariology. This book has become a classic in France and in other European countries, since the original French was translated into several languages. This is its first appearance in English, which seems very appropriate for the Year of the Priest.

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.

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:

Michael P. Duricy, Thursday, October 1, 2:30 PM on Pokrov, the Feast of Mary's Protection

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Friday, October 2, 2:30 PM on Mary in Lumen Gentium

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Martyr Championed the Catholic Press (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Blessed Jacob Gapp, S.M., may well be considered another patron of the Catholic press as well as a patron of justice and peace advocates.  Because the Gestapo condemned him for his unwavering adherence to the Catholic faith and his unabashed denunciation of National Socialism (Nazism), Father Jacob Gapp was guillotined by the Nazis in Berlin at the Ploetzensee Prison on August 13, 1943.  Pope John Paul II beatified him in1996.

Before entering the Society of Mary in his native Austria, this intrepid Marianist priest had served in the Austrian army in World War I, was wounded and decorated for valor, and suffered as a prisoner of war in northern Italy.  This experience taught him to loathe war, selfishness and greed, arrogant pride, political and social injustice.  As a young Marianist religious and teacher of religion, he was unstinting as a militant advocate for the poor, the needy, and the oppressed.

This action made Father Gapp a serious irritant to the Nazis after they annexed Austria in 1938.  For his own safety and for the welfare of the Marianist school where he was teaching in Graz, his superiors moved him from place to place for parish work.  The Nazi regime forbade him to teach.  Some pupils in the Tyrol told a school inspector in October 1938 that Father Gapp explained to them the Gospel message of brotherly love and their obligation to love and respect "Frenchmen, Czechs, Jews, and communists alike, as they were all human beings."  He insisted, "God is your God, not Adolf Hitler."

Realizing that the spoken word and the printed word clearly possessed a power lacking in the sword of militarism, he employed the Catholic press as a weapon of choice.  And he read avidly to study the thorny problem of National Socialism and all its ramifications.

Imbued with the message of Pope Pius XI's encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge and the statements of the Austrian bishops, Jacob Gapp had formed a lucid and sound judgment about the utter incompatibility of National Socialism and Christianity.  In his preaching he emphasized this truth fearlessly, and he taught the uncompromising law of love for all people without reference to nationality or religion.

In a fateful sermon in his home parish of St. Lawrence at Wattens in the Tyrol on December 11, 1938, this seasoned Marianist priest staunchly defended Pope Pius XI against the attacks of the Nazis, knowing that his words were being monitored by the Gestapo.  He urged the faithful to read Catholic literature rather than Nazi propaganda, and to follow the lead of the Catholic press.  This bold move forced him to leave his native country and escape to France.  A few months later his anti-Nazi audacity required that he flee Bordeaux and enter Spain, where he assisted in several  schools and parishes served by the Marianists.  But in Spain, which had Nazi sympathies engendered during its Civil War, even among his fellow Marianists he stood alone and was misunderstood because of his rejection of the Nazi diatribe.  Yet his zeal for the cause he so fervently espoused was not diminished.

In the summer of 1942 the beleaguered Father Jacob Gapp visited the British consulate in Valencia to inquire about a visa to England.  He also wanted to learn what was really happening in Germany and in Nazi-occupied Europe, especially concerning the Church.  The consulate staff gave him a stack of newspapers and magazines. Among them were copies of The Tablet, a weekly journal edited by Catholic laity in London.  The Tablet provided reports about the persecution of the Church, internment camps, pastoral letters like that of the Bishop of Calahorra in Spain criticizing the Nazi ideology, and objective reports from the war fronts.  Shunning the biased propaganda material, Father Jacob began to distribute The Tablet, returning regularly to the consulate for new copies.

Shadowed by the Nazis over the years, he was arrested through a deceptive trap that lured him across the border into occupied France, where the Gestapo arrested him and hustled him to prison in Berlin.  In January 1943, for two long and intense days he was interrogated nonstop by the Gestapo.  Jacob Gapp welcomed the opportunity to present his case.  The Gestapo interrogators were particularly interested in his visits to the British consulate in Valencia, and in the "subversive propaganda against the Fatherland" he had repeatedly collected there and distributed.  Calmly and firmly the prisoner explained that The Tablet was not propaganda: "It is a good, Catholic journal.  The writing is sound, and I even intended to subscribe."

Willingly and vigorously, the martyr-to-be not only admitted he consistently opposed the Nazi regime and all it represented, but also explained when and why he had done so.  He virtually flew in the face of the interrogators.  His reasoning and candor stunned the Nazi agents.  First and foremost, he was a Marianist religious and Catholic priest, conscience-bound to place God before Caesar.  Since the Nazis were bent on destroying the Church, he was convinced it was his duty to blaze a trail of resistance and opposition, to educate with truth, and to be a role model of fidelity.

For his honesty and integrity Father Jacob Gapp was sentenced to death for treason and guillotined.  His body was destroyed because the Gestapo feared the people would revere him as a martyr.  Reportedly Heinrich Himmler, the cunning manipulator of the Nazi leadership, expressed the opinion that Germany would win World War II without difficulty if there were a million party members as committed as Jacob Gapp.  Even the enemy admired his tenacious and unstinting adherence to conviction.

Today we honor Blessed Jacob Gapp as a modern-day champion of the Catholic press, which strives to be a source of truthful reporting. Because he respected the Catholic press as the vehicle the Church employs to reveal the Good News for our day, we are invited to call on him to help us to appreciate and promote a more effective Catholic press–-print and electronic--with a wider readership, and to use the Catholic press as he did for the cause of truth and justice.

As the Church regards St. Francis de Sales as patron of the Catholic press, who intercedes for writers and publishers, we can call on Blessed Jacob Gapp as a patron for readers of the Catholic press. We can request him to assist all who turn to the Catholic press for a reliable source of information.

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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.

We have posted an article on Our Lady of Victory.  We have also updated News through 10/1/2009 and posted Marian Commemorations for October in our Korean language section.

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Children Invited to Worldwide Holy Hour
Adults Called to Bring Youth to Eucharist
Source: Zenit (Washington, D.C.), September 16, 2009

On Oct. 2, children across the globe will gather in their parishes and chapels to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. A press release from the World Apostolate of Fatima announced the upcoming seventh annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour. The event, sponsored by Children of the Eucharist, a program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, will invite children worldwide to follow the example of the young shepherds of Fatima who were taught by Our Lady and the angels to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. In Washington, D.C., at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, some four thousand school children will gather with Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Eucharistic hour. The prelate will lead the holy hour at 10 a.m., which will be broadcast live to some 140 countries by the Eternal World Television Network...."

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.

'There Is No Ideal Woman'
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), September 30, 2009

The theologian who received the University of Dayton's 2009 Marianist Award in September says the portrayal of Mary as the ideal woman and the maternal face of God may be a disservice to both men and women.

"An adequate theology of Mary must be clear on this point: There is no such thing as the eternal feminine; there is no essential feminine nature; there is no ideal woman," said Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the ecumenical American Theological Society....

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 October 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 October.

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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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