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The Marian Library Receives Major Donation

Father Antonio Soldà, S.M. recently donated a quality facsimile of Ufficio della Madnonna [Office of the Virgin Mary] to our holdings. The original text is document 3781 in the Vatican Latin collection.  The boxed set also includes a second text which is a study of the Latin document.  This is a tremendous and wonderful gift; and we wish to thank Father Soldà for this contribution and to wish him many blessings.

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Alumni Update

Aurelie A. Hagstrom, a professor from Providence College, is visiting The Marian Library through October 26 for research purposes. Cecilia Dorger from the University of Louisville and Dr. Judith Davis, who spoke at MSA 2009, were here on Tuesday, October 20, to do research. Dr. Wendy Wright from Creighton University will be here October. 21-25, also for the purpose of research.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Studies

Proceedings for the 2006 National Conference of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) are now available. The journals for 2007, 2008, and 2009 are in preparation now.  For information on the availability of issues of Marian Studies, 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:

Fr. Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, October 22, 2:30 PM on Mary in the Writings of Saint Paul

Fr. François Rosier, S.M., Friday, October 23, 2:30 PM on Mary in the Apocrypha

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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 people. 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 of the Pillar, and Rosary Information Index. Also, since the University of Dayton is celebrating Native American Peoples Week, we suggest that you review Native American Madonnas.

We have updated our list of completed IMRI Dissertations (through 10/13/2009) and Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 9/28/2009).  We have also posted a new feature, Mary and Multi-Cultural Studies.

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Synod Entrusted to Our Lady of the Rosary
Pope Confirms Value of This Prayer, Urges Praying It Daily
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), October 7, 2009

Benedict XVI today entrusted the synod on Africa under way at the Vatican to Our Lady of the Rosary. Noting today's feast of this devotion to the Virgin Mary and the work of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, the Pope asked the faithful, "Unite with me in entrusting this important event in the life of the Church to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary. "Through the ministry of the Church may the people of Africa recover the paths that lead to reconciliation, justice and peace." ...

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.

Class Notes
Source: University of Dayton Magazine, Autumn, 2009

Brother John Samaha, S.M. '52 (EDS) celebrates his sixtieth anniversary as a Marianist in 2009. During those years, he has taught elementary, secondary, and adult students, and held various diocesan administrative assistantships in California and Washington, as well as abroad in Lebanon. Since retiring, John has been an adult religious educator and a volunteer adjunct staff member at UD's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. He also has been a longtime member of the Mariological Society of America and the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. John lives in Cupertino, California.

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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

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, M.I.C, 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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