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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.


Mary in Books, Films and Music

Music Video of the Christmas story

Breath of Heaven as sung by Amy Grant may be viewed with excellent footage re-creating the story of Jesus' birth online. The music video runs about five minutes and is also available on YouTube.

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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 30, Francesca Franchina speaks with Joe Roalef, Lay Salesian, Teacher and Camp Director about St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, working with children, students and adults in faith formation, teaching school, Catholic education and his summer youth camp.  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 29, at 5:00 PM, Fran focuses on the signs of the times regarding extreme weather, hurricanes, floods, snow storms on coastal areas as well as inland as experienced in the last two weeks; the importance of preparation and prayer every day as well as in times of stress and chaotic conditions; food preservation; preparing for electrical outages; staying safe and what to do in these situations to stay collected, calm, in the palm of God's hand and under the mantle of the Blessed Mother. Fran will share ideas for meal preparation in a power outage and talk about stocking your pantry for emergencies. Call in to share experiences and helpful ideas for emergency outages. Francesca shares her family's favorite recipes for Pasta with Clams and easy Italian Breaded Baked Flounder from her Italian kitchen. 

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:

Vincenzina Krymow, Thursday, December 31, 2:30 PM on Mary Gardens

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, January 1, 2:30 PM on Mary, Mother of God

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Alumni Update

Brother John Samaha sent us the following update on his recent projects.

The highlight of the past year was celebrating my sixtieth anniversary of profession of vows as a Marianist. A number of relatives and friends were able to attend the Mass and dinner in June.  Despite aging and some ailments I keep rolling along and, thank God, I can muster enough energy to be busy with some projects and be able to assist some in my community who may need a helping hand.  I am happy to have some involvement with The Marian Library and the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, my alma mater, and their website called The Mary Page; with the local Serra Clubs and Friends of Guadalupe; with promoting interest in our fourteen Marianist causes for sainthood and the coming Chaminade Year in 2011 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of our Founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.  I enjoy writing and had some articles published this past year.  A number of ideas are waiting to be written up in the coming year.  Never a dull moment.  May the love and care of the Holy Family be with you and yours throughout the coming year. 

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Student and the Man With the Rosary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

More than a hundred years ago, a man traveling in a train found himself seated next to someone who appeared to be a wealthy peasant with a rosary in his hands. "Sir," the student addressed the old man, "do you still believe that old stuff?" "Yes," the other replied, "I certainly do. What about you?" The student burst out laughing and went on: "I don't believe that silly stuff. Follow my advice: throw your rosary out the window and learn what science has to say about it." "Science? ... Maybe you could explain it to me?" replied the man humbly, with tears in his eyes. The student noticed the emotion on the face of his traveling companion and to avoid hurting his feelings further, told him: "Please give me your address, I will send you some information." Then, glancing at the business card the man had taken out of his inside pocket, the young man fell silent. The card read: Louis Pasteur, Director, Scientific Research Institute, Paris

Taken from the newspaper Vers Demain, (Towards Tomorrow), Montreal, Canada. May-June 2009)

Brother John offers the following material from the Catholic Encyclopedia as a footnote to the above story

Pasteur's faith was as genuine as his science. In his panegyric of Littré, whose fauteuil he took, he said: "Happy the man who bears within him a divinity, an ideal of beauty and obeys it; an ideal of art, an ideal of science, an ideal of country, an ideal of the virtues of the Gospel." These words are graven above his tomb in the Institut Pasteur. In his address Pasteur said further: "These are the living springs of great thoughts and great actions. Everything grows clear in the reflections from the Infinite." Some of his letters to his children breathe profound simple piety. He declared: "The more I know, the more nearly is my faith that of the Breton peasant. Could I but know all, I would have the faith of a Breton peasant woman." What he could not above all understand is the failure of scientists to recognize the demonstration of the existence of the Creator that there is in the world around us. He died with his rosary in his hand, after listening to the Life of St. Vincent de Paul which he had asked to have read to him, because he thought that his work like that of St. Vincent would do much to save suffering children.

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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 Divine Maternity, Christmas Poetry and Polish Christmas poems.

We have updated News through 12/28/2009 and also posted Marian Commemorations for January in our Korean language section.

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A Mother for the Civilization of Love
Interview with the Postulator of Saint Juan Diego's Canonization Cause
Source: Zenit (Mexico City), December 14, 2009

The civilization of love has a mother--Our Lady of Guadalupe--who appeared and affirmed that she wanted to give all of her love, that is, Jesus Christ.

This observation was made by Monsignor Eduardo Chávez Sánchez, who was the postulator for the canonization of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatotoatzin. [Saint Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.]

Monsignor Chávez, who is the coordinator of an institute for studies on the apparition, and a canon at the Basilica of Guadalupe, spoke with ZENIT about Mary's appearance and message, and what she can give society today.

ZENIT: In what sense can it be said that Our Lady of Guadalupe has built [Mexican] national identity?

Monsignor Chávez: In my opinion, Mexico was forged on Dec. 12, 1531, because she embraced all that is the Indian and Spanish identity, and from here sent a message to the whole world. She spoke in Nahuatl and put her picture on a Nahuatl tilma. Her messenger, Saint Juan Diego, was an Indian of Toltec mentality--she took much from this mentality to give Jesus' message as the true, living God. She spoke to the whole world through the Indians, without neglecting the Spanish because she is the Immaculate Conception that Spaniards understood perfectly well. She is a woman of Advent, also perfectly understood by them. We know that the Iberians celebrated the octave of the Immaculate Conception at the time of her apparition.

So she forges a new identity combining the Spanish and Indian world-visions. She sent the fruit to the whole world, that is why John Paul II called her the perfectly inculturated model of this evangelization.

ZENIT: Why is it said that the Virgin of Guadalupe is the Mother of the civilization of love?

Monsignor Chávez: She gave birth to the civilization of love because when she said to Juan Diego, "I want a little sacred house" she was talking about a church, but also about the family, that is, she spoke about the Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe said very clearly: I want to give all my love and that love is Jesus Christ. In other words, she wanted the construction not only of a material church but of the new civilization where Jesus Christ is the center, that is, love. For all these reasons, she is the forger of the civilization of love....

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.

House Uncovered in Nazareth Dating to the Time of Jesus
Source: CNN World, (Jerusalem) December 21, 2009

Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the find "sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus" in the Jewish settlement of Nazareth, where Christians believe Jesus grew up.

The find marks the first time researchers have uncovered the remains of a home in Nazareth from that time period, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said in a statement....

Christians believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived in Nazareth with her husband, Joseph. They believe Mary was in Nazareth when the angel Gabriel revealed that Mary would give birth to the son of God, a baby to be named Jesus.

A number of burial caves that date to the early Roman period also were discovered close to the inhabited area during the excavations, the authority said.

The discovery was made in the modern city of Nazareth during an excavation in advance of construction of the International Marian Center of Nazareth, which will illustrate the life of Mary.

An association in Nazareth plans to conserve and display the home's remains in the center. It will be built next to the Church of the Annunciation, which stands on the spot where Catholics believe Mary once lived.

The Church of the Annunciation is in the heart of Nazareth, above an older church and atop the ruins of a church from the Byzantine period.

In the middle of these churches is a cave that was believed in antiquity to be the home of Jesus' family. Researchers found storage pits and cisterns in the compound of the Church of the Annunciation, many of which date to the time of Jesus, Israeli archaeologists said....

Click here for the complete article.

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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 January 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 January.

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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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