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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Book from IMRI Graduate

Ecce Educatrix Tua: The role of the Blessed Virgin Mary for a Pedagogy of Holiness in the Thought of John Paul II and Father Joseph Kentenich by Danielle M. Peters discusses the Apostolic Letter Novo millennio ineunte (NMI) in which John Paul II outlined the path that the Church should adopt in the third millennium. The Polish Pontiff taught that a concrete 'pedagogy of holiness' is required, including a 'spiritual path', without which "external structures will serve very little purpose (NMI 43), and invited ecclesial movements to present their original pedagogy of holiness. Peters' book highlights the Blessed Virgin Mary as educator in a pedagogy of holiness from the teachings of John Paul II and Father Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt Movement.

The author obtained her STL and STD degrees from The International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, where she now serves as an instructor and research assistant. A member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, Peters assists in the formation and inspiration of the movement in Ohio.

Click here for further information or to order the book from University Press of America.

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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, December 23, Francesca Franchina speaks with Elizabeth Dedden and friends, members of the ecclesial Catholic student movement, Communion and Liberation (CL) founded in Milan, Italy by Father Luigi Giussani in 1954. CL aims to educate young people in arriving at Christian maturity to collaborate in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life.  CL synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. Communion and Liberation is present today in about seventy countries throughout the world. The late Pope John Paul II, and now Pope Benedict XVI give support and presence to the CL around the world, building the civilization of peace and love. 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  The website 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, December 22, at 5:00 PM, Fran focuses on preparing for the Birth of Christ spiritually, as well as physically, mentally, emotionally and in the kitchen with MAMMA. Does Jesus get lost in the bustle or does He take center stage in all things?  Someone is in the kitchen with MAMMA. Who is in yours? Francesca shares her family's favorite traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner recipes for the Seven Fish Dinner, Braccioli, (stuffed round steak pin wheels), Stuffed Meat Balls, Frito Misto, Italian Breaded Veggies, and Heavenly Hash. Tune in, call in, and share your stories and 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 Johann Roten, S.M., Thursday, December 24, 2:30 PM on Christmas Tradition Meanings

Father Johann Roten, S.M., Friday, December 25, 2:30 PM on Theological Meaning of Christmas

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Alumni Update

IMRI student, Christ Padgett sent us the following update on his recent projects.

We are back from our two-week trip to Rome and Assisi! Because of my frequent flyer card I was able to get almost free tickets for my wife and I! We were also blessed by Claudio's generosity, who had a wonderful little apartment we stayed at, just outside of the central hub of Rome. I told him I would point you his way if you have a trip to Rome in your near future. He promised to spoil you. What a life-changing experience Linda and I had. During our stay we went to a papal audience, saw the bones of Saint Peter on the Scavi tour, visited almost countless churches, being especially touched by Saints Monica, Ignatius, Xavier, Peter, and Paul outside the wall, and on and on. We prayed often, drank gallons of wonderful coffee and ate way too much pizza and gelato. Assisi was breathtaking. Seeing the habits of Saints Francis and Clare was astounding, and I am still amazed at the perfect simplicity of it all. We met a wonderful man there who makes beautiful leather breviary and Bible covers, purses, etc. at his store; here's his number if you want to order any leather items: 075816773. He blessed us greatly. Linda was greatly moved by Saint Catherine of Sienna, who seemed to call out to us in a variety of ways. We attended a class at the Angelicum, where the Professor was the spiritual director of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. I was struck by his authentic interest in Linda and me, and his urgency that we pray for him. Such humility is hard to find. Two weeks was almost too long though; and we are peacefully enveloped in the crazy rhythm of Padgett life here in Steubenville. My mother was saintly in her endurance while watching the herd, and thankfully the house is still standing, although the kids spilled grandma's perfume all over the basement, and apparently an electric shock accompanies those getting out of our shower upstairs. If you want to see a lot of the Rome pictures, I will be posting them on my facebook site in coming days.

Ministry travel has been down as the holidays approach. Things pick up for me in mid-January and then it is back to 'normal'. I am putting together my 2010 plans, so please email me if you want to set something up.

Some final updates: I recently signed a contract for a book on spirituality to be released in 2010 by Servant publications. It is a work that I am very excited about; and I think you'll find it helpful. Please keep the project in your prayers. I am waiting for the approval of my book on Mary, which is potentially going to be released by Servant at the end of 2010 just before World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. The Marian text should complement the Marian emphasis of WYD. My wife and I are working on a book dealing with the Twilight phenomena too. I have been doing a number of interviews, and talks associated with these movies/books and think the book we are writing will offer a balanced approach in addressing the craze. And finally, I am wrapping up a couple reviews to send in to my patient professor at the International Marian Research Institute. I have three classes remaining before plowing through the dissertation. I am hopeful to finish this massive undertaking before the wrinkles overtake me.

For those of you we haven't seen in a while, know that we are grateful for your prayers and support. With eight kids, travel and basic life issues, we often forget how beautiful the people around us really are. We just want you to know that you are a gift from God to us. Thank you.

In conclusion, as a lay evangelist I don't have a job that offers insurance, benefits, etc. I have invested my life, and really my family has too, in the beauty of ministry. We can't do it without you. If you know of a parish, youth program or opportunity where I could be involved, please give them my info. For those of you interested in financially supporting our ministry, we would be humbly grateful. You can donate through my paypal account accessible on my website (

I don't know that I've ever done that before, because I hate the constant begging for money done by ministries, but there are times when it seem appropriate to let the needs be known. We have a great need for a reliable vehicle and some electrical issues are starting to frighten us here as well. No strings attached though, you are in our hearts. Know that Mary is pouring the graces of her Son upon you all even now. Merry Christmas everyone.

Chris and Linda Padgett

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Advent Thought From Pope Benedict XVI (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In his second encyclical, Spe Salvi, On Christian Hope, Pope Benedict concluded with this reflection about the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It aptly fits the Advent spirit of hope.

"You remain in the midst of the disciples as their Mother, the Mother of hope.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, teach us to believe, to hope, to love with you.  Show us the way to his kingdom.  Star of the Sea, shine upon us and guide us on our way."

This is a simple Advent prayer to offer each day, for Mary is truly in our midst as we reflect in her role in the mystery of salvation.  She leads us to a deeper knowledge of God and of one another.  We can have no better companion for this season than the Mother of our Lord.

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Current Exhibits

When Purple Meets All Other Colors, by Darel Sparling will be on display at The Marian Library Gallery from November 23, 2009 through January 28, 2010. Sparling's paintings present Christmas themes--the dusk and dawn of new birth, mystic stars, and trumpeting angels.  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. Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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.

N.B. Prints and postcards related to the Exhibit of Polish Madonnas by Wislawa Kwiatkowska are no longer available for purchase at The Marian Library.

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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 the Spring 2010 semester will commence on February 8, 2010. The course schedule for Spring 2010 and beyond is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Christmas Poetry and Polish Christmas poems.

We have updated our material on the art of Guido Dettoni della Grazia, which now includes a link to a YouTube video on his Maria sculptures.

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Father Cantalamessa's Third Advent Sermon
Mary, Mother and Model of the Priest
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 19, 2009

Here is the Advent reflection delivered Friday by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, for Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia. The talk was titled "Mary, Mother and Model of the Priest."

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Mary, Mother and Model of the Priest

In his letter to priests on the occasion of Holy Thursday in 1979, the first of a series during his pontificate, Pope John Paul II wrote: "In our ministerial priesthood there is the wonderful and penetrating dimension of nearness to the Mother of Christ." In this last meditation of Advent, I would like to reflect on this closeness between Mary and the priest.

There is not much talk of Mary in the New Testament. However, if we pay attention, we note that she is not absent from any of the three central events of the Christian mystery, which are: the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery and Pentecost. Mary was present at the Incarnation because it happened in her womb; she was present at the Paschal Mystery, because it is written that "standing by the cross of Jesus was Mary, his Mother," (cf. John 19:25) she was present at Pentecost, because it is written that the Apostles were "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus" (cf. Acts 1:14). Each of these three moments reveals to us something of the mysterious closeness between Mary and the priest. As we are now approaching Christmas, I would like to limit myself to the first of these, and discuss what Mary says of the priest and to the priest in the mystery of the Incarnation.

1. What Is the Relationship Between Mary and the Priest?

First of all I would like to refer to the question of the title of priest attributed to the Virgin in tradition. A writer of the end of the fifth century calls Mary "Virgin, and at the same time priest, and altar who has given us Christ--bread of Heaven for the remission of sins."[1] After this, there were frequent references to the topic of Mary as priest, which subsequently became the object of theological developments in the seventeenth century, in the French school of St. Sulpice. In it, Mary's priesthood is not placed so much in the context of a relationship with the ministerial priesthood, but rather with that of Christ.

At the end of the nineteenth century a true and proper devotion to the Virgin-priest spread, and St. Pius X even accorded an indulgence to its relative practice. However, when the danger was perceived of confusing the priesthood of Mary with the ministerial priesthood, the magisterium of the Church became reticent and two interventions of the Holy Office practically put an end to such devotion.[2]

After the council, the priesthood of Mary is still spoken of, but it is no longer linked to the ministerial priesthood nor to the supreme priesthood of Christ, but rather to the universal priesthood of the faithful. As figure and first fruits of the Church, she possessed in a personal way that "royal priesthood," (1 Peter 2:9) that all the baptized possess in a collective way.

What can we retain of this long tradition that associates Mary to the priest and what meaning can we give to the "closeness " between Mary and the priest affirmed by John Paul II? It seems to me that what remains is the analogy or the correspondence between the different dimensions of the mystery of salvation. What Mary was once and for all times on the plane of historical reality, the priest is ever anew on the plane of the sacramental reality.

In this connection we can understand the words of Paul VI: "What relationship and what distinctions are there between the maternity of Mary, rendered universal by the dignity and charity of the role given to her by God on the plane of redemption, and the apostolic priesthood, constituted by the Lord to be an instrument of salvific communication between God and men? Mary gives Christ to humanity; and the priesthood also gives Christ to humanity, but in a different way, as is clear; Mary through the Incarnation and through the effusion of grace, of which God filled her; the priesthood through the powers of the sacred order."[3]

The analogy between Mary and the priest can be expressed thus: Mary, through the power of the Holy Spirit, conceived Christ and, after nourishing him and carrying him in her womb, gave birth to him in Bethlehem; the priest, anointed and consecrated in the Holy Spirit at ordination, is also called to be filled with Christ to be able to give birth to him and have him be born in souls through the proclamation of the word and the administration of the sacraments.

In this connection, the relationship between Mary and the priest has a long tradition behind it, much more authoritative than the notion of Mary-priest. Taking up a thought of St. Augustine [4], the Second Vatican Council wrote: "[The Church is] converted into Mother, because with preaching and baptism she engenders a new and immortal life in her children conceived by the work of the Holy Spirit and born of God."[5] ...


[1] "Ps. Epiphany, Homily in praise of the Blessed Virgin," (PG 43, 497)
[2] Cf. On the questions, R. Laurentin, Mary--ecclesiology--priesthood, Paris 1952; art. "Sacerdoti" in the New Dictionary of Mariology, Ed. Paoline 1985, 1231-1242.
[3] Paul VI, General Audience, Oct. 7, 1964.
[4] St. Augustine, Sermons, 72 A, 8 (Misc. Aug. I, p.164).
[5] Lumen Gentium, 64. ...

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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.

Why the Sign of Our Lady Reigns Over Europe
Source: The Catholic Herald, December 4, 2009

Belgium is a wonderful country but one can't always tell that when in Brussels. This city is the least example of how wonderful the country as a whole is. I don't think even the residents of Brussels want to be there.

I walked across one of the many plazas scattered throughout this, one of the three capitals of the European Union, when I spied a shop festooned completely, in and out, with the European Union flag. The EU symbol is so ubiquitous throughout Europe that one can barely register it consciously.

I've always been impressed with the clean layout and design of the European Union's flag. Its subfusc, cerulean blue is coincidently my favourite colour. It's the blue present in the sky just as the sun is about to rise. Personally, I've always associated that particular shade of blue with the Blessed Mother.

I stepped into the store and nearly mowed down a tiny Belgian lady who was the proprietress. She recognised my accent immediately and asked me what brought me to Belgium. I told her I was on a pilgrimage and her eyes immediately widened.

"Oh! Oh! Oh!" she yelled in Walloon-laced English. "I thought no one would bring that up! Did you know the EU symbol is from the Bible?" ...

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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 December 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 December.

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Marian Events

Anniversary Year of Devotion to Our Lady of Good Success

Title: Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso

Date: February 2, 2010 through February 2, 2011

Location: Monastery of the Immaculate Conception (Quito, Ecuador)

We invite you to participate in the four-hundredth anniversary year of the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador and the public veneration of the miraculous statue which resides in the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception (Conceptionist Sisters).

For more info call the The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success at 262-567-0920, email them at or visit their website,

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