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Alumni Update

Father Buby Receives Award

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., long-time instructor at The International Marian Research Institute, recently received a teaching award for CDs that he recently made. For details see the text immediately below. Let us all remember Father Bert in our prayers.

Just a few days ago I opened a package from NowYouKnowMedia and found out that it was sent on December 16, 2009. I had been away both from home and the office.  It arrived before Christmas.  To my astonishment it was an award for two CDs that I did for them in 2009. One was dedicated to the person of Mary: twenty-four talks, each of which took twenty-five minutes.  The other set was on the Book of Revelation in twelve talks of the same length. Here is the citation on the beautiful glass trophy that is triangular and has an octagonal base:

Now You Know Media
Teaching Excellence Award
Fr. Bertrand A. Buby, S.M.

The producer, Michael Bloom, included this on his card to me:

Dear Father Buby,
Congratulations! You were chosen by Now You Know Media Staff and customers for the 2009 "Teaching Excellence Award." Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

In a subsequent email, Michael said, "Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. Few are chosen and fewer are invited by staff and customers to do another series. You did an exceptionally outstanding job.  ... We would love to do a series on the Apocrypha with you."

Mary in Books, Films and Music

A Book for Healing and Restoring English-Speaking Cultures to God through Mary, Our Mother and Teacher

The Blessed Virgin Mary in England: A Mary Catechism with Pilgrimage to Her Holy Shrines by Brother Anthony Josemaria, FI, is now available through the Franciscans of the Immaculata. Volume I is suitable for a year-long course in adult catechesis based on England's unique heritage as 'Our Lady's Dowry', and her place in Scripture and Tradition. Volume II covers Pilgrimage to England's Marian Shrines (and much more). For further information or to order, click into

This project is a fund raiser for the Academy of the Immaculate. All profits go directly to the worldwide Mission of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, especially for use in Africa where poverty is dire and widespread.

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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, January 13, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis continue their discussion on the visit of the Magi; as written in Volume 1 of the four volumes of Mystical City of God by Blessed Mary of Agreda as dictated by the Blessed Mother. Hear what Our Lady was thinking, praying and hearing after the birth of Jesus, conversations with Jesus, Saint Joseph and those who came to visit and pay homage to the new-born King during these times. (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:

Danielle Peters, Thursday, January 14, 2:30 PM on Mary's Role in Salvation History I

Danielle Peters, Friday, January 15, 2:30 PM on Mary's Role in Salvation History II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

New Translations of Books by Father Emile Neubert, S.M. (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

This is a brief progress report or update on the current status of the English translations done recently of several books by Father Emile Neubert.

Academy of the Immaculate, publishing house of the Franciscans of the Immaculata (FI) in the USA, has accepted the English translation of three of Neubert's books). This religious congregation, followers of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, are, like Saint Maximilian, great admirers of Father Neubert's Marian writings.

Mary and the Priestly Ministry (Marie et Notre Sacerdoce), translated by Father Tom Stanley, is in print and on the market now. I understand that it has had a good reception, and the publisher is trying to arrange book reviews. The retail price is very reasonable, and the bulk rate is downright low. I hope the Society of Mary will also publicize it and promote its use. Although addressed to priests, the message is applicable to all the baptized.

Marian Devotion (Devotion a Marie), translated by Father Charlie Miller, is ready for the printer and should be ready in plenty of time for the Chaminade Year in 2011.

Mary's Apostolic Mission (La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre), translated by Father Joe Stefanelli, will be examined and edited by Father Peter Fehlner, FI, (one of the publisher's editors) beginning next month. Perhaps it will appear during the Chaminade Year.

Please do all you can to publicize and promote these new publications.

NACMS also has copies of Mary and the Priestly Ministry for sale, as does The Marian Library.

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Last Chance to See 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 Distinctive Traits of Marianist Spirituality [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] and The Marianist Corner.

We have posted the latest issue of The Marian Library Newsletter [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] and also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 12/25/2009.

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Mary, Model and Paradigm of Belief for Christians
Reflection for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Source: Zenit (Toronto), December 23, 2009

The Christian New Year is celebrated on Jan. 1, one week after the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Jan. 1 has been given several different names that reveal something of the nature of the feast.

First of all, the Christian New Year is within the Octave of Christmas (i.e., eight days after the birth of Jesus.) Before the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus or the Naming of Jesus (Holy Name of Jesus) was celebrated on this date to commemorate the Gospel account of Jesus' circumcision according to the ritual prescriptions of the Mosaic law, thus becoming officially a member of the people of the covenant: "At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus." (Luke 2:21-24)

Following the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council, Jan. 1 has now been known as the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of the Lord, and it has also been designated as the World Day of Prayer for Peace.

We may wonder if New Year's Day has accumulated so many different meanings that people no longer pay attention to the feast. Is it also not true that the atmosphere of revelry attached to New Year's Eve hardly leaves anyone with the energy, desire or willingness to consider New Year's Day as a religious feast? Let us consider some of the biblical foundations for the various meanings attached to the Christian New Year....

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.

Mad About Marianist Heritage Month
Source: Campus Report, (University of Dayton) January 8, 2010

January is not just for resolutions. It's also about Marianist heritage. "Marianist Heritage Month is the University's celebration of its Marianist beginnings," said Maureen O’Rourke, coordinator of Marianist activities and scholarship.

A featured event includes the Jan. 25 installation of Father François Rossier, S.M., as executive director of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. The 5 p.m. prayer service in Immaculate Conception Chapel will include Rossier's lecture Why Study Mary? A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in Torch Lounge.

... Other events include a volunteer service panel supper, and special services for Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and William Joseph Chaminade. "There is a spirit that is unique to UD," O'Rourke said. "Our heritage is one that we share with Marianists around the world. Marianist Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate who and how we are."

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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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