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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.


Alumni Update

New Books from IMRI Graduates

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

Along similar lines, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, IMRI graduate and President of the USA Chapter of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, informed us that she recently published a paperback version  of her S.T.D. dissertation, Liturgical Illuminations: Discovering Received Tradition in the Eastern Orthros of Feasts of the Theotokos through AuthorHouse.  Copies are available through amazon.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Song on YouTube

A performance by the late Georges Brassens, a well-known French musician, of La Prière, [The Prayer] is available on YouTube. The lyrics are sung in French along with a transcript of the words in that language. Brassens adapted the lyrics from a poem about the rosary written by Francis Jammes, Les Mystères douloureux. [The Agonies of Christ]  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for providing us with this information

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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, February 3, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dan Meixner, President of Chaminade Julienne High School, and Social Studies/Psychology teacher, Jim Sparrow, about Catholic Education and the overall mission of Catholic Schools, focusing on how the mission is being accomplished through rigorous academics, public profession of the Catholic faith, the corporal works of Mercy and building on the mission of permitting God's justice to shine for the world to see and experience at C.J. in Dayton, Ohio.  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:

Fr Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, February 4, 2:30 PM on Marian Art, Architecture & Shrines

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, February 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Priesthood

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianists on the Road to Sainthood (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

"We are called to be a people of saints." (Chaminade)

Here is a list of our prospective Marianist saints.


Father William Joseph Chaminade 1 1761-1850, January 22
Brother Carlos Eraña 2 1884-1936, September 18
Brother Jesús Hita 2 1900-1936, September 18
Brother Fidel Fuidio 2 1880-1936, September 18
Father Miguel Leibar 3 1885-1936, November 6
Brother Florencio Arnáiz 3 1909-1936, November 6
Brother Joaquín Ochoa 3 1910-1936, November 6
Brother Sabino Ayastuy 3 1911-1936, November 6
Father Jakob Gapp 4 1897-1943, August 13


Mother Adele de Batz de Trenquélleon 1 (Mother Marie of the Conception) 1789-1828, January 10
Mother Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous 1 1754-1836, September 14


Faustino Pérez-Manglano 5 1946-1963, March 3
Father Domingo Lázaro 1877-1935, February 22
Father Vicente Lopez de Uralde 1894-1990, September 15

1 Founders
2 Civil War Martyrs in Ciudad Real
3 Civil War Martyrs in Madrid
4 World War II Martyr in Berlin
5 Consecrated Marianist Sodalist and Aspirant

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New Exhibit!

And Mary Alit in Postmodernity--Small Marian Sculptures, by Melanie Weaver, MFA, Professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, will be on display from February 1 - April 9, 2010 in The Marian Library.

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.

The works of Darel Sparling, our past exhibit at The Marian Library, are for sale at half price.  The artist uses the proceeds of his work to help fund production and distribution on The Jesus Film in China.  The works can still be seen at The Marian Library.

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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Koehler International Student Award

It is time for interested students to apply for the Koehler International Student Award.  If you know international students at the University of Dayton who would be eligible, please encourage them to apply.  The following description contains all the pertinent information.

International students (with non-immigrant visa)--undergraduate or graduate--are eligible for the Koehler Award.  The award was established by Professor Susan L. Tsui (UD Library, now retired), with the Lackner Award funds presented to her in 1995 by the UD Marianists.  The award is named in honor, now in memory, of Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., a native of Strasbourg, France, who directed The Marian Library from 1969 to 1986. He founded and directed The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) there, 1974 to 1986, and was the Director-Emeritus of The Marian Library, an IMRI professor, and an active scholar until his death on May 15, 2001.

The Koehler Award, intended to help international students purchase textbooks, consists of $100.00 or more in textbook credits at the campus bookstore.  The exact amount of the award and the number of individuals who receive the award each year varies, depending on the funds available.  Criteria for winning this award include a good academic record, financial need, and personal characteristics which reflect the Marianist tradition.

Candidates must submit an application form by February 26, 2010.  This form includes a request for a brief statement about themselves (their educational goals, extracurricular and service activities, their career plans, their financial circumstances).  Applicants will also be responsible for obtaining a faculty recommendation.  (The faculty member's recommendation may be submitted by email to the chairperson of the Koehler Award Committee; it need not be lengthy.)

The application form is available online at

Questions?  Contact Cecilia Mushenheim (Chairperson, Koehler International Student Award Committee) at The Marian Library (Roesch Library, Room 708, Phone: 9-4294).

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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], Our Lady of Lourdes, and The Marianist Corner.

We have updated News through 2/2/2010 and also posted Marian Commemorations for February in our Korean language section. We have also updated our Marian Magisterial Documents Index.

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Postulator's Book Reveals Details on John Paul II
Publishes 114 Testimonies
Source: Zenit (Rome), January 28, 2010

Pope John Paul II was the same in public and in private: "transparent, sincere, integral," according to the postulator of his canonization cause.

Monsignor Slawomir Oder made this reflection Tuesday when he presented a volume that he has written in collaboration with Saverio Gaeta. It presents more than one hundred testimonies related to the Polish Pontiff's cause for canonization.

Why He Is a Saint: The True John Paul II Explained by the Postulator of the Cause of Beatification was presented in Rome with a presentation from the leader of the Vatican's saint congregation, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins....

The prelate also pointed out the Pope's profound devotion to Mary and mentioned the "joy," the "happiness" that John Paul II felt in the year 2000, after the beatification of the shepherds of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, on May 13.

A witness stated that when asked, "Do you see the Virgin?" the Pope answered, "No, but I hear her." Another witness, though, said John Paul II confided that he "saw" her....

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.

Library Serves to Educate, Preserve Marianist History
Source: Flyer News, (University of Dayton) January 22, 2010

With nearly 75,000 books and more than 150,000 articles and pamphlets, The Marian Library, located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library contains the world's largest collection of printed materials about the Virgin Mary....

The goal of The Marian Library is to gather and present information about the Virgin Mary in order to increase people's knowledge of Mary, Jesus, the church, and Christian life.

"There is a renewal of interest in Mary around the world," Rev. Francois Rossier, director of the Marian institute said in a UD press release. "She's the most written about woman in the entire human history, and she's an emblem of Catholic tradition and identity....

Click here for the complete article. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader--go to page 4]

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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 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.

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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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