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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

Aurelie A. Hagstrom, a professor from Providence College, will visit The Marian Library from October 12-26 for research purposes. Dr. Wendy Wright from Creighton University will be also be here for the purpose of research from October 21-25.

Jim Tibbetts is visiting Dayton this week to take IMRI courses.  He recently married and is planning to settle in Schenectady, New York with Ann Marie.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

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 14, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, MD , Steve Koob, Co-Founder of One More Soul and Ruth Deddens, Board Member of One More Soul regarding the perils of abortion and contraception to a woman's health, the benefits of nursing and carrying babies to full term delivery. Dr. Lanfranchi, a native of New Jersey  is an accomplished medical doctor, surgeon and Co-founder/Vice President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. She has extensively researched the causes contributing to breast cancer and will share astounding information that is not shared with women by most gynecologists and obstetricians.   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, October 13, at 5:00 PM, Fran addresses the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the upcoming  Rosary Rally, Siege of Jericho-America, and the very special Holy Spirit Rosary, and  Devotion to the Holy Face. Francesca shares her favorite recipe from her Italian kitchen: Linguini with Zucchini.

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:

Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, October 15, 2:30 PM on the Rosary: School of Prayer

Fr. Bertrand Buby, S.M., Friday, October 16, 2:30 PM on Mary in the Writings of Saint Paul

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Musical Version of the Ave Maria in Spanish (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Click here for a Spanish version of the Ave Maria (Hail Mary) that was widely sung in the California Missions. This music was most likely composed by Franciscan Padre Narciso Duran at Mission San Jose (now Fremont, CA), probably around 1815. Padre Duran, a trained musician, went from mission to mission teaching music to the natives peoples. He may also have influenced mission art and architecture. The musical score was prepared by the late Brother Paul Wessling, S.M., more than fifty years ago, and was published in the Marianist Hymnal which he compiled. The second tenor line is the melody.

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Current Exhibit

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, At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions, during the 2009 Christmas season.  Opening on Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house from 1-4 pm on November 28, 2009, the displays will run through January 24, 2010.  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 commenced 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 at Fatima, Children's Rosary Campaign, and Rosary Information Index.

We have updated our list of completed IMRI Dissertations (through 10/13/2009) and Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 9/28/2009)

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Angelus Address in Brno, Czech Republic
"May Mary Keep the Flame of Faith Alive in All of You"
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), September 27, 2009

... Moravia is blessed with a number of Marian shrines that are visited by crowds of pilgrims throughout the year. At this moment I should like to make a pilgrimage in spirit to the mountainous forest shrine of Hostýn, where you venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary as your protectress. May Mary keep the flame of faith alive in all of you, a faith that is nourished by traditions of popular piety with deep roots in the past, which you rightly take care to maintain, so that the warmth of family conviviality in villages and towns may not be lost. At times one cannot help noticing, with a certain nostalgia, that the pace of modern life tends to diminish some elements of a rich heritage of faith. Yet it is important not to lose sight of the ideal expressed by traditional customs, and above all to maintain the spiritual patrimony inherited from your forebears, to guard it and to make it answer to the needs of the present day. May the Virgin Mary assist you in this, as we renew the entrustment to her of your Church and of the entire Czech nation.

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.

Virgin Mary 'To Appear'
Source: The Mirror (Eire Edition), October 7, 2009

The Virgin Mary will appear this weekend, a psychic claimed yesterday. Joe Coleman, from Dublin, said the apparition at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, will be the "biggest statement she has ever made on this earth." He added: "She asked the Church to listen to her again and has asked me to call out to the clergy and pray for them to show grace to her children."

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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

Annual Lecture on Faith and Culture

Title: Mary and the Intellectual Life

Date: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Location: Sears Recital Hall (University of Dayton)

The Office of the Provost invites the University community to attend a presentation Mary and the Intellectual Life by Rev. James L. Heft, S.M. Father Heft is currently President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and Alton M. Brooks Professor at the University of Southern California. He was formerly Provost and most recently University Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton.

For more information click here or call Carol Farrell at 229-2105.

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