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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following comment are typical examples:

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Alumni Update

Ministry Update on IMRI Graduate, Father James Presta

We recently received an email from Father James Presta regarding his activities since graduating from IMRI's STD program which he agreed to let us share with readers.  Please note that there is also some info about another alum, Father Frank Leo and also the late Father Eamon Carroll.  Father James also had some nice words to say about our website: "Thank you for the fine job you do with The Mary Page. It is an excellent resource on the Blessed Virgin Mary; and I recommend it to my students all the time."

In the last few months, I gave a one-day workshop on "Mariology and Catholic Devotions" to the candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in Chicago.  I gave the same Mariology workshop to "Called and Gifted," which is the lay ministry formation program of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  I offered a presentation on "Mary in the Liturgy" to the Permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago during the First Annual Convocation for Permanent Deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Over one-hundred people attended the workshop. Last summer, I preached at the 116th Annual Novena to Our Lady of the Mt. Carmel in Melrose Park.  During the novena, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, one of our Auxiliary Bishops in Chicago, presided over a Papal Coronation Ceremony the Sunday before the novena.  The Mass and the novena were televised on EWTN.  I was present for the Mass and Papal Crowning of the statue of the beloved Madonna del Carmine of Melrose Park, Illinois.

This semester, I am teaching two courses here at Loyola University.  One course I teach specifically to the St. Joseph College seminarians called "Mary and the Church (Theology 315)."  At one time, this same course was taught at Loyola University Chicago by the late Father Eamon Carroll, O.Carm.  The other course I teach at Loyola is called "Introduction to Christian Theology."  I have forty Loyola students in the class.  I am considered an adjunct faculty member of Loyola's Theology Department.  This June, I will complete a four-year term on the Priest Placement Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago where I have served as Chairman of the Board.  This is a part-time position.

At the end of June 2010, I will be leaving St. Joseph College Seminary after fourteen years as Rector-President.  The Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, has graciously granted me a six-month sabbatical, beginning in July 2010 and concluding on December 31, 2010.  During the sabbatical, I will be traveling to Australia and will be hosted by my good friend and IMRI alumnus, Father Frank Leo, staying with him at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manuka.  I will also spend twelve weeks at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, doing the sabbatical program for priests.  In January 2011, I will begin a full-time member of the seminary faculty at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.  I will be teaching Mariology and other theology courses to the seminarians at Mundelein.  I will also be doing formation work and spiritual direction work.  I will also have administrative duties at the seminary.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Review of recent film on Lourdes

Generally speaking, a 'buzz' surrounding a Catholic-themed movie bodes poorly for its sacred content. With the exception of Mel Gibson's 2004 Passion, (pelted with a firestorm of criticism), the more attention a movie about religion garners, the more likely it will bash Catholics.

So when Lourdes, a film by Austrian director Jessica Hausner, premiered to accolades at the Venice Film Festival and won an award from the Atheist's Union (although I thought the atheist film prize was called Palme D'Or), I braced myself for the worst. Hausner took me completely off guard however, with this warm and very human movie, not pious, but respectful, not evangelizing, but not off-putting either.

The story revolves around a young Frenchwoman, Christine, who is wheelchair bound with what seems to be multiple sclerosis. Her arms, locked rigidly across her body, seem as confining as her metal chair. Ethereal, with big eyes and a gently wry expression, she is not a figure of pity, but almost of an other-worldly quality amidst unfamiliar surroundings.

Christine is not particularly devout and has come to Lourdes mostly for company and a change of scenery, rather than any hope of a miracle cure. She is the first to say that she "prefers cultural sites, like Rome, to religious ones" (earning my immediately sympathy). In a simple spirit of camaraderie, she joins the masses of people of every color, language and malady--spiritual or physical--gathered at Lourdes....

Click here for the complete article.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Precious Blood Mission to Be Broadcast Live on Radio Maria

Parish Mission Proclaiming God's Abundant Love February 21-24, 2010 7-8:30 PM Eastern Time (6-7:30 PM Central Time) LIVE on RADIO MARIA. Listen on-line at Encore of Francesca Franchina and Friends featuring Father David Chriszt, C.PP.S. and Sister Donna Liette, C.PP.S. on Monday evening following the Mission broadcast at 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 Central Time.

9 AM Mass from St. Bernard parish will be broadcast LIVE February 21 on Radio Maria 1600 AM WULM, Springfield, Catholic radio station. Mission Presenter, Father David Chriszt, C.PP.S., will preside.

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 24, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father John Fletcher, CC, focusing on the charism of his religious order, the Companions of the Cross, his ministry, classes at The International Marian Research Institute and his burning desire for all to know how to stay close to Mary, Our Blessed Mother.  Also, what is going on in the Body of Christ in Canada?  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 23, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Roy Gassinet of Kansas City, MO, focusing on the Message of God the Father: God The Father Speaks to His Children as given to Mother Eugenia Ravasia in Italy in 1932 and other texts published and circulated by Mary's Call. Francesca shares one of her family's favorite chicken recipes from her Italian kitchen, a complete skillet supper, chicken with peas, onions and green peppers. Recipes will be posted on Radio Maria's website, or send a SASE to Francesca Franchina, P.O. Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238.

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:

Sister M. Danielle Peters, Thursday, February 25, 2:30 PM on Mary and Saint Paul

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, February 26, 2:30 PM on Mary in Mark's Gospel

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Lent, a paradigm of Christian Living (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

To see Lent only as a period of spiritual practices, penances, and self-imposed deprivations would be distorted and limited. Some understand Lent solely as a time of painful spiritual exercises accepted more or less willingly. But with reflection, and by following attentively the Lenten celebrations brought to us by the Church and its liturgy, we come to recognize that Lent is a paradigm of Christian life. We come to recognize the wisdom of St. Benedict's admonition that the lives of Christians and of the Church "ought to be a continuous Lent." Lent is a reminder of our baptismal consecration to live as 'other Christs' in our circumstances.

Lent is an important time of the liturgical year aimed at redressing Christian life. The works of Lent--prayer, almsgiving, fasting--do not have their value in themselves, as the Scriptures proclaim on Ash Wednesday and the following Thursday and Friday. All actions have a God-centered motive and aim. In encouraging us to a greater emphasis on private and liturgical prayer, during Lent the Church does so to help us recapture their rightful place in Christian life at all times.

Almsgiving and sharing, as practiced during Lent, are part of a movement of conversion regarding the use of goods. Far from jealously and selfishly keeping material goods for themselves, Christians learn to "possess them not as possessing them." They manage their possessions as good stewards, with constant concern for those less fortunate. This should not be only an occasional practice either. The ideal continues to be relevant at any time there is a need.

Primarily, fasting concerns restricting our bodily intake of food and drink. Whatever value is assigned to seasonal or even habitual fasting, it is essentially an attack on an uncontrolled appetite for earthly goods of all kinds. We are called to learn to restrain our greed for earthly goods, and to have concern for the needs of others (Is 58: 6-9). People yield easily to such an appetite, especially in countries where over-consumption is a matter of course. Not to curb the search for bodily and material satisfactions is 'pagan'. Christians seek to rectify their behavior in order to balance their everyday lifestyle in harmony with their faith and hope. Pagans think that one should "eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. But the dead are raised, and now we know that Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep." (1 Cor 15)

The lessons from Scripture proclaimed during Lent help us to raise our eyes to God and to His plan of salvation, to Christ and His mystery that brings this plan to realization, to its fulfillment here and now in the Church and in the world. Of course, this may be said of all seasons of the liturgical year. What characterizes Lenten liturgies are the density, the wealth, and the strength of the texts. Especially challenging are the Gospel readings for Christian initiation, the selected apostolic catecheses, and the remembrance of the most significant steps of salvation history. In this way, Lent proves to be catechumenal for all baptized persons and not only for those preparing for baptism. With special insistence, Lent repeats the never-ceasing call: "Become what you are."

Lent is a paschal journey because it leads us to the Easter celebrations. It has a fixed place in the liturgical calendar, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Thursday before the evening Mass. But Christian life is wholly paschal because it is an exodus toward our eternal Father. From this point of view, Lent is a parable of the lives of Christians and a paradigm of the Church. What is experienced intensely for forty days must give new and enduring dynamism to our lives in all the days of the Lord.

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Current 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: 937-229-4294).

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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 Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM/USA., and (for Black History Month) Dark and Beautiful.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 1/31/2010).  We have also posted a presentation about Mariology which was given by Father Francois Rossier when he was installed as Director of ML/IMRI on January 25, 2010, Why Study Mary?

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Where There's Suffering, There's Mary
A Reflection for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Source: Zenit (Steubenville, OH), February 10, 2010

On Feb. 11, 1858, the Immaculate One appeared to a true anawim, a 'blessed poor of the Lord' from the mountain town of Lourdes--fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.

Beside the River Gave in the grotto of Massabielle, Aquero [meaning 'that One']--as Bernadette first referred to her in her local patois dialect--appeared with rosary in hand to convey a global message of prayer and penance in reparation to God for sin and for the conversion of sinners.

After the instruction by the Lady to dig for water, which caused a stream from which a supernatural generosity of miracles would flow down to our own day, Bernadette received the great Marian self-revelation which would awe the faithful and bewilder the theologian: "I am the Immaculate Conception."

...Whatever our present ailment or cross may be, Our Lady of Lourdes is the universal Mediatrix of healing and persevering grace, universally for all humanity, and personally for you and for me. Where there is suffering and sickness, there is the Mother hovering in wait to mediate graces of consolation, healing, and courage according to the Father's perfect will, contingent only upon our fiat to her. Whatever the present ailment or cross may be, Our Lady of Lourdes is the universal Mediatrix of healing grace and peace, universally for all humanity, and personally for you.

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.

Rossier Installed as Marian Library Director
Source: University of Dayton Campus Report (Dayton, OH) February 5, 2010

The story of Christianity begins with Mary, when she said 'yes' to the message of the angel, agreed to become the mother of Jesus and thus became his first disciple.

That was the message of Father François Rossier, S.M., during his talk January 25 at the ceremony installing him as executive director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton....

Below is an excerpt of the talk by Father François Rossier, S.M., at his installation ceremony. The entire speech can be downloaded at from the "Directories and Documents" tab.

... Of all the witnesses of Jesus, Mary is the only one who was present both at the birth and at the death of the Messiah. Of all those who welcomed the coming of the Word into our world, she is the one most impacted by the Incarnation. She was even physically transformed by it. Of all the followers of Jesus, she is the only one who resembled him even physically, that is concretely.

In Mary, we have the full and concrete revelation of how a human creature is to respond to the full revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Karl Rahner describes Mary as the 'perfect Christian'. Mary's example is not only the perfect one, it is also the first one, the inaugural one, the foundational one....

Click here for the complete article. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader--Go to page one for a photo or page three for the full text of the 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

Theological Convention

Title: Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest

Date: March 11-12, 2010

Location: Pontifical Lateran University

Those principally invited to this Theological Convention, entitled Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest, are: Bishops who are the Presidents of Clergy Commissions, all Bishops who have a particular responsibility for the formation of their priests, Supreme Moderators of Clerical Institutes and Associations, Formators of Clergy, and Priests themselves, who are first and foremost responsible for their permanent formation. (For information and registration: fax +39 06 69884845, E-mail

N.B. There will be a presentation related to Mary at 11:45 am during the program on Thursday.

Mariology and Priestly Identity: Mons. M. Bordoni, Pontifical Lateran University, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy of Theology

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