News from the
Marian Library
Mary in the Catholic Press Mary in the
Secular Press


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.


Alumni Update

New Book from IMRI Graduate

Father Donald Calloway, MIC, who completed his STL thesis on Sister Faustina at The International Marian Research Institute in 2005, recently published a book telling his conversion story, No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy. The book is available for purchase from amazon.  Father Donald offers the following comments about his text:

Greetings friends,

I want to let you know that my new book is now available. It is titled "No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy" and is a testimony to God's mercy and love. I pray this book touches many hearts and brings back many lukewarm and fallen away souls to Jesus and Mary. If you have someone in your family who is away from God, this book just may help them experience a change of heart and come back to Jesus. The back cover has endorsements from Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Peter Kreeft. The book is available either through my website or

In Jesus and Mary,
Father Donald Calloway, MIC

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Vatican Statement on New Media

Made public today was the Holy Father's Message for the forty-fourth World Day of Social Communications, which will be celebrated on May 24 and has as its theme: "The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: new media at the service of the Word." The Message, published in various languages, is dated January 24, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists.

Excerpts from the English-language version are given below:

"Church communities have always used the modern media for fostering communication, engagement with society and, increasingly, for encouraging dialogue at a wider level. Yet the recent, explosive growth and greater social impact of these media make them all the more important for a fruitful priestly ministry.

"All priests have as their primary duty the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, and the communication of His saving grace in the Sacraments. ... Responding adequately to this challenge amid today's cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. ... Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word.

"Priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different 'voices' provided by the digital marketplace. Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources."

For the full text of the Press Release from the Vatican Information Service, click here.

Return to Top

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 27, Francesca Franchina discusses Project Britestar and the Yellow Ribbon project with Sue O'Rear who seeks to help troubled teens contemplating suicide to realize that help is available.  Sue gives talks to teens in high schools as a preventative measure against increased suicide risk for all ages.  Discussion continues regarding 'Anger Management' with the Director of Caring Families, Dayton, OH, Donna Spaeth, MSW, focusing on how to manage emotions, develop effective communications and skills for dealing with conflict and avoiding domestic violence.  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, January 26, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Jenn Giroux, Director of One More Soul and Jill Stanek about activities in the Pro-Life movement and with One More Soul; the new move and increased interest towards large families, Humanae Vitae, natural family planning and cooking Italian for large families. Francesca and Jenn share favorite Italian family recipes that are fast, filling, inexpensive and nutritious.

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 G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, January 28, 2:30 PM on Faith

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, January 29, 2:30 PM on the Presentation of the Lord

Return to Top

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Special Marianist Anniversaries (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Below is a list of Marianist anniversaries to anticipate. May they renew us as lengthened shadows of Chaminade and our Marianist forebears.

2010--225th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, May 14
2011--250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph, April 8
2014--175th anniversary of the Founder's letter of August 24, 1839, to the retreat masters, our magna carta
2016--200th anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate by Venerable Adele and Blessed William Joseph, May 25
2017--200th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Mary by Blessed William Joseph, October 2

Return to Top

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 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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

In keeping with the season, we recommend Distinctive Traits of Marianist Spirituality [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] and The Marianist Corner.

We have updated the Student Guide to our Academic Program as well as our lists of Marian Pastoral Organizations in the USA and Marian Magisterial Documents available on the Internet.

Return to Top

Vatican Stamp to Help Haiti
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), January 26, 2010

The Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office will donate the proceeds of the next stamp it issues to Haiti, which was devastated earlier this month by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

The stamp, which was already set to be released prior to the quake, will be dedicated to the 1,500th anniversary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, more commonly known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Mentorella.

The shrine, located in the Prenestini mountains about thirty four miles northeast of Vatican City, is a spot that both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI traveled to shortly after being elected Pope.

The shrine dates back to the time of Constantine the Great, and is one of the first Marian shrines in Italy. St. Benedict of Nursia founded the monastery a little over a century later....

Click here for the complete article.

Return to Top

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.

A New Leader in Marian Studies
Source: Campus News Digest, (University of Dayton) January 15, 2010

A Marianist priest with a global perspective was installed Jan. 25 as the new executive director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, a world-renowned center of scholarship and learning about Mary, the mother of Christ.

The Rev. François Rossier, S.M., was installed in a formal ceremony and prayer service at 5 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel, attended by University and church officials, including the new Archbishop of Cincinnati, Dennis Schnurr, and the Rev. Jim Fitz, assistant provincial of the Society of Mary. A reception followed at 6 p.m. in Kennedy Union's Torch Lounge.

As part of the installation, Rossier gave a talk about the study of Mary at the University titled "Why Study Mary?"

"There is a renewal of interest in Mary around the world," Rossier said. "She's the most written-about woman in the entire human history, and she's an emblem of Catholic tradition and identity.

"Through the Marian Library and Institute, we can help make her accessible to people around the world. There is a great desire to be better acquainted with her by many people of faith," Rossier said....

Click here for the complete article.

Return to Top

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!

Return to Top

Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of February 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 February.

Return to Top

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,

Return to Top

The Mary Page web site is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see What's New.

Return to Archive


This page, maintained by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, and created by Kris Sommers , was last modified Tuesday, 02/02/2010 14:42:28 EST by Michael P. Duricy . Please send any comments to

URL for this page is