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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New song about the Nativity now available

Mara Levine recently collaborated with Joe Jencks on a beautiful cover for Bob Franke's moving song about the nativity Straw Against the Chill. She is trying to find ways to help finance this recent project, and also to make this beautiful song available to everyone! Mara generously donated several copies to The Marian Library. The song is now available for purchase. Click here to listen to the full song. Click here to preview a short sample, read a description, or order a digital download for $0.99.  To order a copy on CD for $5 plus $2 shipping, call Mara at 732-549-9722.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Radio Maria Airs Harp Concert

Do you find yourselves already missing the beautiful sounds of Christmas, this final week of the season? Tune in to Radio Maria TONIGHT, Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30 PM EST/6:30 PM CST for the Harpin' Holidays concert by the very talented Dayton Area Harp Ensemble. This concert was recorded live at Precious Blood Church, just this past Sunday as a special celebration of the Epiphany.

Many of you know the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble's gifted coordinator, Bobbie Strohbar. Joining her to present this concert are six other harpists as well as guest performers playing flute, violin, cello, and percussion. Ron Kindell is the ensemble's conductor. This concert is well worth your time!

Those in the Anna, OH area can listen on 88.7 FM WHJM north of I-70. Those outside of the Springfield, OH area, keep in mind that 1600 AM WULM is a dawn-to-dusk station. After dark, you can pick it up in the immediate Springfield area, but it's always loud and clear over our live internet stream at

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, January 6, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss writing from Mystical City of God by Blessed Mary of Agreda, Volume 1, as dictated by the Blessed Mother, regarding the Jewish Rite of Circumcision;  Why it was deemed necessary for Jesus; Mary's Instruction from on High; The Visit of the Magi Kings and the Feast of the Epiphany. (Imprimatur 1902 by M. Rev. H. J. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne, IN from the original authorized Spanish Edition, and for the new edition reprinted from the original without change in 1949 by M. Rev. Edwin V. Byrne, D.D., Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM).  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.

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:

Cecilia Mushenheim, Thursday, January 7, 2:30 PM on Adele, Mary, and the Marianists

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

2010 Contest of the Pontifical Academies in Mariology (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

- The contest is open to institutions, university students and artists who make meaningful contribution to the development of Mariological artistic and scientific expressions (theology, liturgy, literature, history, etc.).
- University students may enter with a doctoral thesis already approved by their respective University or Faculty.
- Candidates from institutions must present documentation (in duplicate) that attests to the scientific and/or artistic work accomplished for the development of Mariology and for the formation of students and researchers.
- Every author's works must be submitted in duplicate and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and must be sent from the respective Faculty or Mariological Society.
- Candidates must submit entries by March 31, 2010 to the secretariat of one of the two host academies.
- The Committee that will choose the candidates will be comprised of experts from the two academies.
- The prize, consisting of €20,000, will be presented during the annual public session of the Pontifical Academies, organized by the Pontifical Council of Culture.

For more information, click here.

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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.

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

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Excavation Uncovers Nazareth Home from Jesus' Time
Provides Unprecedented Window into Ancient Lifestyles
Source: Zenit (Nazareth), December 21, 2009

Excavations in Nazareth have uncovered an unprecedented discovery: the remains of a family home from Jesus' time.

A press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority announced today that this finding "is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth and thereby sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus."

This discovery is giving archaeologists new information about the way of life in Nazareth during Jesus' time.

Yardenna Alexandre, the authority's excavation director, explained, "The building that we found is small and modest and it is most likely typical of the dwellings in Nazareth in that period.

"From the few written sources that there are, we know that in the first century Nazareth was a small Jewish village, located inside a valley. Until now a number of tombs from the time of Jesus were found in Nazareth; however, no settlement remains have been discovered that are attributed to this period."

The discovery was made during excavations linked to the construction of the International Marian Center of Nazareth, which is being carried out by the Association Mary of Nazareth.

The center is being built next to the Church of the Annunciation, which tradition holds as the site where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived....

Click here for the complete article. For further information, contact Yoli Shwartz, Israeli Antiquities Authority Spokesperson, by phone at 972-52-5991888 or by email at

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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.

The Hidden Lady
Source: Liverpool Daily Echo, January 2, 2010

Visitors to Liverpool Cathedral often marvel at the grandeur of the Well, the Nave Bridge and the spectacular views from the tower, but there is one part of the cathedral that is sometimes overlooked--yet it is the oldest part of the building, with its own unique identity.

The Lady Chapel, which is due to celebrate its centenary in June, was the first part of the cathedral to be consecrated (on St. Peter's day 1910), and all services were held there for the first fourteen years of the cathedral's life until the main part was finished and consecrated in 1924.

It is at the east end of the building, and can be reached by a staircase from a gallery opening out of the south quire aisle. It also has its own main entrance from outside, on the Queen's Walk which runs alongside the cathedral.

"The Lady Chapel is probably the least well-known part of the cathedral," says Val Jackson, cathedral archivist.

"However, it holds a special place in the heart of the congregation and clergy, and it is used for services that require a more intimate feel, such as baptisms and weddings. The Lady Chapel is like a parish church attached to the main cathedral. It even has its own organ built by Henry Willis and Sons. Visitors to the cathedral are often very taken with the style and feel of the Lady Chapel. They comment that it is a bit of a hidden gem.

"The Lady Chapel is noted for a more elaborate style than the rest of the cathedral, reflecting the collaboration between designer, G. F Bodley, and architect, Giles Gilbert Scott. It is also home to the fifteenth-century statue of the Virgin Mary by the Italian sculptor, Giovanni della Robbia. Liverpool and Portsmouth Cathedrals are the only church buildings in the UK to hold examples of his work. Those who do know the Lady Chapel also recognize its importance as an historical and social statement about the rights of women. Its staircase and atrium house the 'Noble Women' windows, twenty-three stained glass panels commemorating women who made an important contribution to society throughout history. They include Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Fry, Grace Darling, Catherine Gladstone, and Susanna Wesley. Alongside these and the likes of poets Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are Josephine Butler, Agnes Jones and Kitty Wilkinson--all social reformers with important links to Liverpool. The windows were designed by J. W Brown and installed in 1910. Val says, "The dedication of the windows to 'noble women' was very forward thinking. Women did not even have the vote until 1918, and the cathedral Stained Glass Committee consisted exclusively of men. The windows reflect a strong commitment to honoring the contribution of these women to society; and they also include women of great significance to Liverpool."

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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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