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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 18, Francesca Franchina speaks with Christy Dodson, Director of Dayton and Montgomery County Right to Life, Joe Olier, Youth Minister at Church of the Ascension, and John Popp, Youth Minister of Emmanuel Church in Dayton, focusing on what is going on in Right to Life, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, positive outcomes of youth in ministry gatherings.  Small Church Communities and the National Catholic Youth Conference being held this weekend in Kansas City.  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 17, at 5:00 PM, Fran focuses on the teachings available through visiting old Catholic Parishes, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Small Church Community Conference, Evangelization, and Our Lady of Hope. She shares recipes for Chick Pea Dip and Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Figs and Dates for holiday entertaining from her family's favorite recipes.

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 19, 2:30 PM on Mary in the Gospel of John

Sister M. Danielle Peters, Friday, November 20, 2:30 PM on Presentation of Mary in the Temple

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Gudielines For Teaching Mariology (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Two years ago we reached the twentieth anniversary of the landmark instruction issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education about the teaching of Mariology, that is, the theology about the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The letter, entitled The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (VMISF), was issued by this Vatican department during the 1987-1988 Marian Year proclaimed by Pope John Paul II. The instruction was directed primarily to theology instructors in seminaries and universities. To mark the anniversary a study session jointly sponsored by the Pontifical International Marian Academy and the Marianum Theological Faculty was held at Rome's Antonianum University November 28-29, 2008.

The letter of instruction is a charter for Marian studies.  The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation is one of the most important and most impressive recent documents of the Church concerning the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history. VMISF ranks with chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium (Vatican II), Marialis Cultus (Paul VI), Redemptoris Mater (John Paul II), and Behold Your Mother (U.S. Bishops). VMISF is a magna carta of Mariology for the contemporary Church. Unfortunately it is little known and has received scant attention.

This document of high impact may be found on The Mary Page ( by clicking on "Resources" and then selecting the second item under "1. Marian Magisterial Documents."

Contemporary thrust in Marian studies

What is the current trend in Mariology, the study of Mary in theology?  In our post-Vatican II era Marian theologians are stressing the fact that Mary is a datum of divine revelation as witnessed in Scripture, Tradition, and the official teachings of the church since patristic times.  They elaborate a Mariology that is relational and organic, meshing Mary in all aspects of theology and in all cultures.  Mary is seen in ecclesiology in connection with the mysteries of faith in the hierarchy of truth.

The cultural and anthropological aspects of Marian studies today become apparent in various paradigms, such as narrative memory, the aesthetics of beauty, and the mystery of compassion.  This is exemplified in the paradigm followed by Vatican II's Gaudium et Spes.  This approach to Mariology facilitates dialogue on the ecumenical and interreligious levels because it opens the anthropological dimension.  This smoothes the passage from the image of the Church to the image of humankind, for Mary is the exemplar of the person who is open to God and responds in faith to His revelation.  It is necessary to follow an interdisciplinary and psychological approach rather than simply a logical paradigm.

Effect of VMISF

An attempt to measure the effectiveness of the Vatican instruction about teaching Mariology, The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, was made in 2008 (i.e. the twentieth anniversary of the document's issuance) by Professor Sieme Laoul of the Marianum Theology Faculty in Rome.

A survey of 282 Catholic seminaries and universities worldwide revealed that 68% include a course about Mariology in their theology curriculum, as directed by the Vatican authorities.  Either by neglect or lack of qualified instructors, 32% have not yet complied with the directive. Among the institutions that have complied, 60% offer separate courses in Marian theology, while the   other 40% include Mariology in another area of study, such as ecclesiology or Christology.

In general, these statistics are encouraging.  They indicate that more and more Mariology is being taught as an academic subject in theology programs.  And this is what the 1988 Marian Year letter of instruction was seeking to achieve.

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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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Making a Saint
Europe's True Foundations
Source: Zenit (Rome, Italy), November 12, 2009

... Italy no longer crusades with armies, but with a far more powerful weapon, her long-standing tradition of art and culture. During these heated debates about the crucifix in classrooms, Italy issued a visually sumptuous reminder to the European Union of the Christian roots of every nation in Europe, and of the continent itself.

Power and Grace: The Patron Saints of Europe is a unique exhibition on display in Rome in the Palazzo Venezia until Jan. 31. Over one hundred works by artists ranging from El Greco to Hans Memling, Caravaggio to Mantegna and Titian to Murillo stand side by side with Eastern icons and snippets from the most famous films about saints.

The show--co-sponsored by the highest level of Italian government and the Church hierarchy--was opened by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on Oct. 7 (incidentally the feast of the Holy Rosary and the commemoration of the battle of Lepanto, where secular and Church forces fought side by side to save the Christian life of Europe from Turkish aggression). ...

The first room is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Glowing stained glass, a tender Russian icon of Mother and son and the dazzling vision by Murillo of the Immaculate Conception testify to Europe's Marian devotion across both space and time. ...

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.

Everything Begins With Mary
Source: Campus News Digest, (University of Dayton) November 12, 2009

In the twenty-one years that the Rev. 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 items to the library, stepped up research about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and dramatically increased the institute's academic program. Roten, who is stepping down as director of the institute did something else too—he took Mary digital and the Marian institute global.

"We have many different means to make Mary better known, more loved, better served," Roten said. "Our academic program, research and the library are the basis for what we do. Based on these wonderful tools, we transfer that information about Mary into an electronic means. "The library is—and I don't think that I am exaggerating—the most important, the most comprehensive one dedicated to Mary in the world," Roten said.  ...

Click here for the complete article, including a link to a video interview with Father Roten.

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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

Spanish Mass on Campus

Title: Feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence

Date: 9:00 pm, Thursday, November 19, 2009

Location: Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel in Marycrest Hall (University of Dayton)

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence with Mass in Spanish in Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel in Marycrest Hall. Worship aids will be provided for non-Spanish speakers, and preaching will be in English. All are welcome!

For more info call Jeremy Helmes at 937-229-3973 or email him at

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