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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

Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C. will be visiting Dayton for a few weeks working on the Chinese section of The Mary Page website. She recently attended the Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference in the Philippines.  Click here for the program and here for a summary report.

The recent lecture on "Mary and the Intellectual Life" by Father James Heft, S.M., is now available on-line.  Click here for Audio and here for Video.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Reprint of Marian Classic

In this classic text in the field of Marian scholarship, Hilda Graef provides a look at the place of Mary in the Church, and a chronological overview of the history of Marian studies. This revised and updated edition of Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion now features an extended final chapter and new introduction by Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., director of The Marian Library at the University of Dayton. This book is a must-have reference resource for Marian scholars and for lay readers curious about Mary's place in scripture and Church history.

"Those who are already familiar with Hilda Graef's classic work, Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion, will be delighted to see this scholarly research brought up to the present day ... Comprehensive, balanced, and well documented."--Mary Ann Clarahan, R.S.M., S.L.D., Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Catechesis, Catholic University of America

Click here for information on ordering from Ave Maria Press

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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, November 4, Francesca Franchina speaks with  Father John Krumm, pastor of St. Bridget’s, Xenia, OH, Tanya Stager of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Evangelization, Cecilia Bosticco, Our Lady of Sorrows, Monroe, OH, Beth Lang-Sletten of St. Luke the Evangelist,  Beavercreek and  Caroline Adams of Queen of Peace at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn, OH,  about the upcoming Archdiocese of Cincinnati Conference on Building and Sustaining Ecclesial Communities as related at the  recent World Synod of Bishops, and the emphasis by Pope Benedict XVI on the study of Scripture and the good of small christian communities.  From Face Book to Faith Book, the Archdiocesan Conference on evangelization through creating and sustaining small church communities within the parish structure will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Monroe OH. 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 Williams 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, November 5, 2:30 PM on Holiness and Mary

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, November 6, 2:30 PM on Marian Symbols in Film

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Anglican Outlook on the Virgin Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Although progress toward full Catholic and Anglican unity has been impeded by tensions caused by the ordination of an openly gay Anglican bishop, the Anglican blessing of some same-sex unions, and the acceptance of women bishops in some Anglican provinces, there is an enthusiastic meeting of the minds regarding the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history. While the dialogue is strained on some considerations, it is rich in reaching a Marian consensus. Yet, as some Traditional Anglicans seek reunion with Rome, significant progress toward full communion is evident.

The Anglican perspective on Mary--and also that of the Lutherans, Presbyterians, and some other Protestant Churches--has been consistently drawing closer to that of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. This is especially evident in the liturgical and devotional life of these Churches.

A brief, historical overview of Mary's place in Anglican practice clearly attests to this. In the sixteenth-century Reformation, England, previously known as 'Our Lady's Dowry', experienced a gradual elimination of devotion to Mary in opposition to Catholicism until almost nothing was left. The few remaining vestiges later enabled a rebirth of interest in Mary when an improved theological climate prevailed.

The movement of the 'Caroline Divines' in seventeenth century England saw a return to many Catholic values. This movement exerted a definite influence, but was not able to make significant changes in the liturgical prayers.

Came the nineteenth century and the Oxford Movement expressed the desire to enrich the devotional and liturgical life of Anglicanism. Gradually this gave rise to the demand for a complete reform and revision of liturgical texts in the twentieth century in the various Anglican Churches, especially in the Church of England. For example, the observance of August 15 was authorized as the principal feast of Our Lady in most Anglican Churches, but the title of the Assumption is avoided.

Several influences have contributed in modern times to this revival and advance. Certainly the change in ecumenical climate, especially since the Second Vatican Council, has been a major factor. In the forefront have been the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary founded in England in 1967 and its counterpart in the United States. The restoration of the ancient and revered sanctuary of Our Lady of Walsingham has played no little role. This shrine is a frequented place of pilgrimage for Anglicans, Orthodox, and Roman Catholics. The revival of sacred art and music to bring Mary to the eyes and ears of Anglican worshippers has also been effective. Even the feminist movement has led to an increase of interest in the figure of Mary in circles not touched by High Church renewal.

The coast is clear in this area of reunion. The Blessed Virgin Mary is most definitely a bridge to reunion among these Churches. Our goal and prayer: To the greater glory of God and the Virgin Mother of God.

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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  November Poetry.

We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 10/25/2009.

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African Synod
Proposition 57
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), November 2, 2009

Here is # 57 of the 57 propositions that were published unofficially Oct. 24 by the synod press office at the conclusion of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops on the theme "The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace."

Proposition 57 Mary, Our Lady of Africa

The Synod entrusted every aspect of its work to the prayerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Our Lady of Africa, Queen of Peace. Mary is our model in the ministry of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. By her obedience to the Father and her docility to the Holy Spirit, she collaborated in the mission of her Son up to his death on the cross, by which humanity is definitively reconciled to God. As a compassionate mother, Mary is a model of the ministry of Reconciliation in both mercy and love of the Church-Family of God; and Mary intercedes for her from heaven in her on-going task of transformation of Africa and its Islands.

The Synod therefore urges the Bishops and all pastoral agents of the Church in Africa and the Islands to commend their own ministries to the prayerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that they may obtain the grace to be credible witnesses of the Risen Lord and, through their service of reconciliation, justice and peace, become "the salt of the earth" and "light of the world."

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 an interview with Father Roten on video on YouTube

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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 November 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 November.

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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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