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The Marian Library Receives Major Donation

Father Antonio Soldà, S.M. recently donated a quality facsimile of Ufficio della Madonna [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

Father Antonio Larocca, S.M.C. and Father Javier Alson, S.M.C. will end their visit to The Marian Library on Oct. 28.  Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C. will be visiting Dayton for a few weeks working on the Chinese section of The Mary Page website.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Radio Maria Puts Prayer on the Air

Radio Maria, an international Catholic broadcasting service, is spreading Christian prayer, faith formation and human values throughout the globe. Father Francisco Palacios, editorial head of the World Family of Radio Maria, spoke with ZENIT in Rome. The directors were gathered close to the Eternal City this week for an international meeting on the theme "Servants of the Church with Mary" at the Shrine of Collevalenza.

The priest explained that the network challenges the "prevailing models of communication, because in an ever-more-secularized world estranged from God, Radio Maria practices and takes prayer everywhere."

The service is currently present in five continents, with fifty-eight radio stations in some fifty countries. It has an average of thirty million listeners daily, and it is continually spreading to new areas.

Father Palacios affirmed that the radio service's work "is not a unilateral action; we pray and invite our listeners to pray and meditate with us."

Click here for the complete article from Zenit.

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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 28, Francesca Franchina speaks with speaks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, about the Radio Mariathon, its purpose and means of involvement and her trip to Rome, with National Coordinator, Jill Thomas, to meet with the Radio Maria World Family in early October, the discussions, liturgical celebrations and side trips to Assisi and other Holy Places in Italy.  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 27, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Andrew Cole, host of Fatherhood Speaks About Our Lady, Family and Radio Maria's ministry to family, evangelization, and prayer during the Radio Mariathon. Francesca shares a recipe from her famous Italian kitchen where she cooks up good things to eat and think about. The recipe today is Eggplant A La Terminese (Sicilian Style Eggplant) which will be posted on the Radio Maria website linked above.

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:

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, October 29, 2:30 PM on Marian Prayer

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, October 30, 2:30 PM on Mary and Holiness

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Classic book about Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Father Tom Stanley at Mercy Siena made a fine translation into English of Father Emile Neubert's Marie et Notre Sacerdoce. Father Peter Damien Fehlner's Franciscans of the Immaculata published the English version. You can find more info on the NACMS website. This would make a great gift for priests and religious in this 'Year of the Priest'.

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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 posted a new feature under Mary and Controversial Issues, Balthasar--a Mysogenist?.  We have also updated Korean language News through 10/27/2009 and posted Marian Commemorations for November.

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Grace Before Beauty; Withering Roots
Rome Welcomes Grace Kelly Exhibit
Source: Zenit (Rome), October 22, 2009

The nostalgia for summer brought on by the first chilly days of Roman autumn finds an echo in a touching exhibit that opened last Friday. "The Grace Kelly Years" will be at the Palazzo Ruspoli until Feb. 26, 2010, and features photos, videos, clothes and other mementos from the extraordinary life of a beloved American actress turned European Princess.  ...

Despite requests by Alfred Hitchcock and others to lure her back on screen, Princess Grace only returned in front of a camera shortly before her death for Family Theater, a production company founded in 1947 by an old friend, Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton.

Princess Grace was filmed reciting the rosary in St. Peter's Basilica, a legacy greater than even her fabulous jewels exhibited in the show. Unfortunately, this work is not even mentioned by the curators, despite the fact that it was her first appearance on film in twenty-five years.

Photos of the Prince and Princess of Monaco with the Pope flank images of the couple visiting with the Kennedys. But the show ignores the Catholic connection between Monaco and the Holy See, which have shared diplomatic relations since 1861.

Nor does it recount how in 1954, the one-hundredth anniversary of the Immaculate Conception, Prince Rainier made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, to pray to Mary for a suitable wife. Several years later, Princess Grace revealed that her confirmation name was Bernadette, for the French girl to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared in Lourdes. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the prince's pilgrimage, Princess Grace would also visit Lourdes in thanksgiving.

Princess Grace died in a car accident on Sept. 14, 1982, and was buried in the cathedral of San Nicola in Montecarlo (also dedicated to the Immaculate Conception), the same church that welcomed her for the "Wedding of the Century," twenty-six years earlier. The show evokes a sad nostalgia, not for the glamour queen of a modern fairy tale, but for an age when leaders remembered that noblesse oblige and a person's life were weighed in more than chiffon and jewels.

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.

Making Mary More Loved
Source: UD Stories, October, 2009

In the more than twenty years that Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., has headed The International Marian Research Institute and The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, he has added thousands of books, printed materials, and artwork on Mary, the mother of Jesus. The library now houses the largest collection of printed material on Mary in the world, and it's home to one of the biggest collections of Nativity scenes in the country. Father Roten, who is stepping down as director of the institute and library, did something else too--he took Mary digital and the Marian Research Institute global. ...

Click here for the complete article which includes an interview with Father Roten on video.

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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

Daughters of the Immaculate Conception Mini-Retreat

Title: Daughters and Disciples in the Company and School of Mary

Date: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Thursday, November 12, 2009

Location: St. John Marianist Family Room at Mount St. John (Dayton, Ohio)

A Mini-Retreat hosted  by The Daughters of the Immaculate Conception  9:00 AM-2:30 PM  Thursday, November 12, 2009; Mount St. John Marianist Family Room; 4435 E. Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430, celebrating the role of faith-filled Catholic women with Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C Ph.D. of Toronto Canada, a faculty member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. Donation $10 includes light breakfast and lunch; Mail to: Daughters of the Immaculate Conception; 1201 Rose Bower Ave, Dayton, OH 45429 by November 9th. Convenient parking handicap accessible

For more info: E Mail or call 937-901-4475 or 937-427-9029.

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