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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.

Sam Mitchell from the Josephinum will be visiting on Thursday, Nov.12.

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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 11, Francesca Franchina speaks with Sister Celia Chua, MIC, of Montreal, Canada and Michael Duricy, both on staff and faculty at the University of Dayton's Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute about The Mary Page listings of organizations, Marian Shrines, Mary in the Media, and also the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception (DOIC) Retreat on November 12, 2009 in Dayton to celebrate the one-hundredth year Founding Celebration of the DOIC.  Sister Celia will address the women gathered at the day of renewal at Mount St. John in Dayton, Ohio focusing on Daughters and Disciples in the Company and School of Mary.  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, November 11, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with a representative of Human Life International about the recent passage of the Suback Amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the reprehensible effects of the Health Reform Measure in the news at this time. The evils of abortion, and the importance of increased prayer, and intercession in answer to the pleas of the Blessed Mother in many approved apparitions of long ago and far away and in our day will be discussed. Francesca will share one of her family's favorite baked pasta and Italian sausage recipes from her Italian kitchen

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 Francois Rossier, S.M., Thursday, November 12, 2:30 PM on Mary in the Gospel of Luke

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Pamphlet in French (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Several years ago Father Joseph Stefanelli composed an excellent pamphlet about the Founder of the Society of Mary, with the title Chaminade, Pragmatist With a Vision. Father Antonio Solda added good photographs and printed it in Italy.  It has been widely distributed and used.  Copies may be obtained from Brother Robert Resing at the Provincial Administration in St. Louis. This would be interesting for reading in classes of students studying the English language.

Father Robert Witwicki translated this booklet into French as Chaminde, Visionaire et Realiste. The French edition was also printed in Italy in color with attractive photos.  This booklet will be very useful for the coming Chaminade Year in 2011 to honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Both students and adults will find it interesting and inspiring.  Copies of this French edition are available from Brother Jean-Paul Ounsa at the Provincial Administration in Paris. Let us use this publication to promote interest in our Founder and his cause for canonization, especially during the Chaminade Year.

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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 will conclude on November 20, 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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 10/25/2009 and also posted a new feature about Polish creches, Clothes Maketh Man??

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Pope Recalls Paul VI's Marian Devotion
Proclaimed Mary as Mother of Church
Source: Zenit (Brescia, Italy), November 8, 2009

Pope Paul VI's priesthood was under the protection of Mary and devotion to her accompanied him for his whole life, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope spoke of his predecessor today before praying the midday Angelus with crowds who attended a Mass the Holy Father celebrated in Brescia, where Giovanni Montini was born. Benedict XVI made a one-day trip to Paul VI's birthplace today.

With a brief discourse, the German Pontiff highlighted a particular contribution Paul VI made to Marian devotion.

"His November. 21, 1964, address at the closing of the third session of the Second Vatican Council is memorable," the Pope said. During that session of the council the Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, was promulgated. The document had, as Paul VI noted, 'an entire chapter dedicated to the Madonna as its apex and crown.' ...

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.

Our Crush on Creches
Source: Campus Report, (University of Dayton) November 6, 2009

The Marian Library celebrates the Christmas season with a community open house showcasing a 2008 gift that nearly doubled the library's collection of Nativity scenes At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions will be the public's first look at two hundred of the over two thousand Nativities from Australian collector, Elisabeth van Mullekom. ...

Click here for the complete issue in PDF, including creche images.

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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 9. Convenient parking; handicap accessible

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

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