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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

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. and Father François Rossier, S.M. will represent ML/IMRI at the XVII Simposio Internazionale Mariologico from October 6-9, 2009.  Father Luigi Gambero, S.M. will receive the Pro Ancilla Domini award at that conference.

Aurelie A. Hagstrom, a professor from Providence College, will visit The Marian Library from October 12-26 for research purposes.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Signis Statement on Jessica Hausner's recent film, Lourdes

For  almost 150 years, Lourdes has been an important centre for pilgrimage and prayer.  The story of Bernadette Soubirous, the apparitions of Mary, the digging of the spring, the abundance of water as well as the many cures and healings are well-known because of the experiences of the faithful, the questions of skeptics like Emile Zola as well as Franz Werfel's book, The Song of Bernadette, and the 1943 film version with Jennifer Jones.  Bernadette also featured in two French films, Bernadette (1988) and The Passion of Bernadette (1989), directed by Jean Delannoy, with Sydney Penny in the title role.

The new film, Lourdes, is a project written and directed by Austrian Jessica Hausner who has a Catholic background.  However, she does not approach the subject from an explicit Catholic point of view.  Rather, she wanted to put on the screen the Lourdes pilgrimage experience and to raise the issues of the nature of God, the possibility of miracles and the 'fairness' of God in granting healing to some and not to others.  The film-makers discussed the project with the bishop of Tarbes, where Lourdes is situated, and received collaboration during the making from the shrine authorities.  It is certainly a film Catholics can be comfortable with, the presentation of devotion and faith, the range of perspectives of the pilgrims themselves, the experience of healings.

The questions the film raises are those that believers and non-believers must ask.   The film shows a group of pilgrims, with their chaplain and assistants from the Order of Malta, following the rituals of the visit to Lourdes: the grotto, the Eucharistic blessing, confession, processions, bathing in the water...  The central character, Christine, has severe MS and is paralyzed.  She has come with some devotion but, principally, for a trip.  The elderly lady she shares a room with is prayerful and solicitous for her.  During the pilgrimage, Christine feels a growing strength and seems to be healed.  There are various responses from the group, joy and suspicion, and the film is open-ended concerning Christine's future....

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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, October 7, Francesca Franchina speaks with Joe Beyerle, Bob O’Connor, Debbie Goldberg and Cindy Hill about the Annual Rosary Rally at The University of Dayton Arena, Sunday, October 11, 2009 beginning at 3:00 PM. Founded by Joe and Bob, the Rosary Rally concept has spread to other areas and makes a prayerful statement to bring families to pray for peace in the world and in hearts everywhere and to end abortion. Music begins at 2:30 PM followed by the Living Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Archdiocese of Cincinnati Co-Adjutor Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will preside. The history of the rally, how it got started and is spreading to other areas will be discussed along with the background feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  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.

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, October 8, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of the Rosary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Poem About Chaminade (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

James Metcalfe was a widely-published poet-journalist in the 1940s and 1950s.  The poem below, William Joseph Chaminade, was composed by him for the centenary of Chaminade's death, which was celebrated in 1950.

Her great apostle on this earth
he lived in much restraint
And in the patience of his soul
he truly was a saint.

For Chaminade endured his cross
and always in his heart
Our Lady of the Pillar was
the most important part.

To fire men with fervor
and to bend their humble knees
In recognition of Our Lord
and of His mysteries.

From Saragossa to Bordeaux
to our United States
And unto all the world he fought
against religious hates.

That all might honor Mary
and receive their rich reward
In glory and salvation through
the Mother of Our Lord.

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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  October Poetry, Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of Pompeii, and Rosary Information Index.

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Papal Message to Venezuelan Bishops
Encourage a Profound Life of Faith and Prayer
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), June 30, 2009

Benedict XVI concluded the address delivered June 8 upon receiving the bishops of Venezuela, who were in Rome for their five-yearly visit, as follows: "I end with a word of hope and encouragement to you in your task; you may always count on my support, concern and spiritual closeness. Please convey my affectionate greeting to all the members of your particular Churches; to the Bishops emeritus, the priests, the religious and the lay faithful, especially married couples, young people, the elderly and those who are suffering. With these sentiments and as I invoke the protection of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Coromoto, so deeply loved throughout Venezuela, I cordially impart to you the Apostolic Blessing."

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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.

At Three Inches Tall, La Morenita Casts a Big Shadow in Honduran Crisis
Source: Wall Street Journal Abstracts, October 2, 2009

More and more despairing Hondurans are calling on the Virgin of Suyapa for help to resolve the political standoff over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster. The three-inch statuette of the Virgin Mary made of dark wood was found on a hillside in 1747 and nicknamed La Morenita, or Little Dark One. It is credited with many miracles over the years.

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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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