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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.


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 is a typical example:

The website is beautiful!
Mary W.

Saint Mary (Hyde Park) Lenten Series 2010
Reflections for the Journey:
Mary: Our Mother, our Inspiration

The speakers of this year's series are all from The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

February 20 Mary and Prayer: The Magnificat, the Rosary, the Angelus Rev. Thomas A. Thompson
February 27 Marian Apparitions Rev. Johann G. Roten
March 6 Mary's Role in Salvation Sister M. Danielle Peters
March 13 Titles and Names Given to Mary Sister Jean Frisk
March 20 Mary in Art Rev. Johann G. Roten
March 27 Mary in Flowers Rev. Johann G. Roten

All sessions will take place in Robisch Hall, which is located under the church, and is handicapped-accessible from Shady Lane.
Join us between 7:30 and 8:00 am for coffee and donuts.
Speakers begin at 8:00 and conclude by 9:00 for those who wish to attend Mass.

The church is located at 2853 Erie Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information call 513-321-1207 or visit the parish website.

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Alumni Update

Ministry Update on IMRI Student, Chris Padgett

We received an email from Chris Padgett regarding his recent activities. He agreed to let us share excerpts with our readers.

I have begun doing some articles for Life Teen's website, Check out the new article that I recently did for them. Also, I signed two contracts with Servant books. One book is on spirituality for the average Joe and Jane, and the other is on Marian devotion. Both are slated to come out in 2011. I am very excited, although doing the editing is not very fun. Pray for me. I am about midway through a CD project, and am hopeful to complete it in the coming months. Anyone interested in donating towards the completion of this project would be my new hero.

I am booking into 2011 and 2012. I'd love to set something up with my colleagues in ministry. Let's chat about this more if you have time. Would you mind sending me a few contacts of friends you think would be open to my ministry? That would help out a lot. Also, I have lots of info available at including videos, talks, and booking info. Thanks so much for praying for our family. We couldn't do what we do without you!
Chris Padgett

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Religious Films in the New Catholic Encyclopedia

The New Catholic Encyclopedia plans to include a major entry on Jesus in Film and also one on Mary in Film in their 2011 Supplement. We will keep you informed as details become available.

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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, March 3, Francesca Franchina speaks with the Society of Mary General Administration, Father Manuel Cortes, S.M., Superior General, (Spain) Father André Fétis, S.M, First Assistant for Spirituality, (France) Brother Jose Maria, (Spain) Assistant for Education, Brother Ed Violet, (USA) Assistant for Temporalities visiting from Rome, Italy, accompanied by Brother Don Neff, S.M., (USA Province) about the Family of Mary focusing on The Society of Mary's Founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, the man, the mission and the Marianist charism in operation on various continents.  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 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:

Michael P. Duricy, STL, Thursday, March 4, 2:30 PM on Mary in Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

Michael P. Duricy, STL, Friday, March 5, 2:30 PM on Mary in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Causes? (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

An article about Father Emile Neubert, S.M., An Educator of Saints by Paolo Risso, was published in Missio Immaculatae International, November-December 2009. Please join me in praying that the Society of Mary will introduce Father Neubert's cause for canonization soon. Also, please pray for the causes of Father Joseph Schellhorn and Father Raymond Halter.
Maria duce!

Click here to see the full text of Risso's article on-line.

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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.

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 will conclude on March 19, 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.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, and also about a donation of art that Jan Oliver made to The Marian Library after her exhibit.  We have also updated our Korean language section with News (through 3/1/2010) and Marian Commemorations for March.

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Bombed Images of Mary to be Exhibited
Nagasaki and Guernica Join Call for Peace
Source: Zenit (Guernica, Spain), March 1, 2010

On April 26, 1937, an aerial bombing on the Basque town of Guernica killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed many buildings, including part of St. Mary's Church.

The Basque government reported that some 1,650 people were killed by German and Italian planes under the command of the nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War.

After the attack, a figure of the Virgin Mary was uncovered in the Church, destroyed except for her head, the current pastor, Father Inaki Jauregui, explained to ZENIT.

  Eight years after that attack, on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb destroyed the Urakami Cathedral, in the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

  A wooden carving inspired by Bartolomé Murillo's painting of the Immaculate Conception, which stood in the center of the altar of the cathedral, suffered a similar fate as that of the Virgin of Guernica.

  Among the ashes of the church, the head of the Immaculate Virgin figure was found with the eye sockets empty, the cheeks and hair charred and a crack next to the left eye that many interpret as a tear. At present she is known there as the 'bombed Mary'.

Next month, the two 'bombed Marys' will meet and be exhibited together for a time in the Museum of Peace in Guernica. The meeting is part of a 'pilgrimage of peace' of the Virgin of Urakami to the Basque city, on the occasion of this year's sixty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of Japan....

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.

Masterpiece Missing Marian Painting
Source: The Times (London) March 1, 2010

The art historians' hearts sank as soon as they got a proper look at the 'Van Dyke' on the wall of a Wiltshire church. The painting they had travelled hundreds of miles to see was clearly an eighteenth-century copy.

Then a much smaller, darker picture caught the eye.

Holy Trinity, the parish church of Bradford-on-Avon, is now in line for a windfall of hundreds of thousands of pounds after the portrait of Christ was identified as a previously-unknown masterpiece by the greatest early sixteenth-century Flemish artist, Quentin Metsys.

Metsys' best-known work, The Ugly Duchess, is regularly voted the most popular picture in the National Gallery; but he also produced a series of religious paintings, of which the Bradford Christ has been identified as one of the earliest and finest.

Painstaking detective work has revealed that the painting is one half of a picture that once included the Virgin Mary, sawn in half more than one hundred years ago by a greedy art dealer hoping to double his money.

Experts were able temporarily to reunite the two halves at the National Gallery where the painting was taken for further study. Although the two pieces have since been separated, art historians hope that one day they will be restored as a complete picture....

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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 March 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 March.

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Marian Events

Research in Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Title: The Virgin Mary in Opera: Apparitions and Intercessions

Date: Monday, March 15, 2010, 12:00 noon

Location: Kennedy Union Room 222 (University of Dayton campus)

Dr. Eric Street from UD's Department of Music produced this presentation with a 2009 Summer Seed Grant for research from UD's Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today (FCITT).

Please feel free to bring your lunch. The Forum will provide soft drinks and cookies. For more information, call Dr. Una Cadegan at 937-229-3468.

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

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