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Alumni Update

New Book on Mary Gardens in Preparation

All copies of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, first published by St. Anthony Messenger Press in 1999, are sold out. The author, Vincenzina Krymow, a long-time volunteer research associate at The Marian Library, is gathering information for a revised edition of the book.

The revised edition will include at least two new flower legends, updates on the first five Mary Gardens in the U.S., a profile of the Mary Garden established in 2000 on the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and a report of developments in the Mary Garden movement since Mary's Flowers was first published in 1999.

The author seeks input relevant to the above topics as well as suggestions for other additions to the revised version. Suggestions and other input may be sent to the author at

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Father David Fleming speaks on Marianist Charism

Father David Fleming, S.M., Superior General of the Society of Mary, spoke about the Marianist vision for life and education on January 22, 2010. His forty-two minute presentation may be viewed on-line. PC users may need to download Windows Media Player. MAC users may need to download Flip4Mac software.

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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 10, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Matt Mauriello of Greenwich, CT, focusing on the Worldwide Apostolate of Divine Mercy and the Mercy Congresses to be held throughout the world, including various regions of the USA, to increase knowledge of the Mercy Message and Devotion given by Jesus to St. Faustina, and promoted by the late John Paul II and by Pope Benedict XVI.  Father Matt will focus on the Mercy Message and on the work of the World Apostolic Mercy Congress held April 2-6, 2008, which was attended by over seven thousand people in Rome, Italy, also the North American Congress of Mercy held in Washington, DC November 14-15, 2009 and the planned Regional Congresses to be held in coming years to make the Mercy Message of Jesus universally known.  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, February 9, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Lucille Nagy Carrol about "Unleashing Your Creative Spirit" the seven-week Red Paper Lecture Series geared toward people with life altering illnesses. This fun, hands on instructive series encourages utilization of God-given talents to help manage health related difficulties by experimenting with pastel, acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, beading, calligraphy, card making and other means. Francesca shares the recipes for Italian breaded pork chops and Italian-style sliced potatoes, with tomatoes, green peppers and onions.

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 William 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, February 11, 2:30 PM on The Message of Lourdes

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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 soon. Perhaps it will appear during the Chaminade Year in 2011.

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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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.  Click here for 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.

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 commenced 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 (with a related Prayer), The Marianist Corner, and (for Black History Month) Dark and Beautiful.

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, our list of Universities, Organizations and Learning Centers, and Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 1/31/2010).

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Lourdes Hospitaliers Celebrate 125 Years
Forty Thousand Have Served Pilgrims, Spread Marian Message
Source: Zenit (Rome), February 2, 2010

As the Hospitality of Our Lady of Lourdes association celebrates 125 years since its foundation, its president is noting that some forty thousand volunteers have served with them in that time. Antoine Tierny stated this to ZENIT while in Rome for an anniversary pilgrimage.

About one hundred of the association's directors from various national chapters gathered last week for the Jan. 28 anniversary. The pilgrimage lasted several days and ended Friday. "More than forty thousand volunteers from seventy countries of the five continents have had a turn" to serve pilgrims in Lourdes through the association, Tierny said.

In the beginning the volunteers were mainly French, but now they come from all over the world. In 2008, 3,036 Italians served as volunteers, and 2,739 French. From the United States there were 471, from the United Kingdom 429, from Ireland 311, from Germany 252 and from Belgium 72. Yet the foundation had a humble start in 1885, with only seven members, called "hospitaliers" in French, who gathered to help the sick and disabled that came to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. There has been a "notable evolution," Tierny affirmed....

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.

A Call to Lead and Serve
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, OH) January 27, 2010

The Rev. Paul Marshall, S.M., rector at the University of Dayton since 2005, has been tapped for a national leadership role with the Society of Mary (Marianists).

Marshall, 62, has been named assistant for temporalities in the Province of the United States based in St. Louis. Nearly six hundred Marianists serve in the province, which includes the U.S., Eastern Africa, India, Ireland, Mexico and Puerto Rico....

The Society of Mary is an international religious order characterized by a special devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus, and a faith that builds community through service. The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top-tier Catholic research university.

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 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

Food For the Soul Marianist Style!

Title: Planting the Seeds: Authentic Community

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Noon

Location: Kennedy Union Room 310 (University of Dayton)

Please join us as we begin the program for the spring semester on the theme of authentic community within Marianist life. Using the image of tending a garden to frame these discussions, we will begin sowing the seeds for community. This session will focus on the rich soil in which we plant seeds--how our faith traditions, our Marianist Founders, and our culture have prepared good ground for our efforts. Come watch our garden grow!

Facilitated by Carol Ramey and Patti Gehred of the North American Center for Marianist Studies. Light Luncheon provided. RSVP required by February 8, 2010. Call 937-229-2899 (i.e. 9-2899 on campus) or email Sponsored by the office of the Rector.

N.B. There will also be a program on Mary, Faith, and Justice in the Torch Lounge of UD's Kennedy Union on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 7:30-8:30 pm.  Three students will share their reflections on service projects, in light of their faith and Mary's call to us all to "Do whatever He tells you;" prizes awarded to Social Concern Clubs and Breakout trips; followed by a social; sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Marianists.

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