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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.
Mary and Prayer: The Magnificat, the Rosary, the Angelus
Rev. Thomas A. Thompson
Rev. Johann G. Roten
Mary's Role in Salvation
Sister M. Danielle Peters
Titles and Names Given to Mary
Sister Jean Frisk
Mary in Art
Rev. Johann G. Roten
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
Irish edition of book on Marian miracles now available.
Bridget Curran has published a book on Our Lady, Miracles of Mary. To find
more information, or to order the book, click
The book has also been translated into Italian. An Irish edition is now available with new material on Knock and Atheny. The author
has sent us some information about this new edition (see below). A translation into Portuguese is also in process. We will keep you
posted on its progress and availability.
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.
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 10, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jim Gruden, LPM and Senior Design Engineer; Family Man and Youth Minister, and
with Father Ken Sommers, S.M., about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's annual "Answer the Call" men's conference on the theme of
"Overcoming Obstacles in Relationships" to be held Saturday March 20 at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Father Sommers
key role in the beginning of "Answer the Call" and Jim's talk at the conference focusing on "The Transforming Power
of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a person's life"
will be highlighted. 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 radiomaria.us 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 radiomaria.us from
anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments,
suggestions at email@example.com. 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, March 9, at 5:00 PM, Fran focuses on Lenten Practices, the Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, Living in God's
Will and "The Father Speaks to His Children": communicated to Sister Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio, a childhood friend of Pope John XXIII. Francesca shares her
family's favorite Italian recipe of Shrimp Risotto and Baked Green Peppers with Rice, Egg, Butter and Italian Cheese.
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 marypage.org. 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 Jean Frisk, Thursday, March 11, 2:30 PM on Mary and Suffering
History of the Process for the Glorification of William Joseph Chaminade (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
Below is a chronology of progress in the canonization process of Blessed William Joseph. Remember that we celebrate the 225th
anniversary of the priestly ordination of Blessed William Joseph in 2010 on May 14, 1785.
The Progression of Our Founder's Cause
A. Diocesan Processes
1. 1909-1912 in Bordeaux, France
2. 1909-1912 in Vitoria, Spain
B. Interrogation Commissions
1. 1910 in Auch and Paris, France
2. 1910 in Malines, Belgium
C. 1911-1914 Examination of his writings
D. 1911-1912 Process on the Absence of Public Veneration
December 13, 1916 Decree recognizing the orthodoxy of the writings of the Servant of God
May 18, 1918 Decree introducing the cause in Rome
June 7, 1919 Decree recognizing the absence of public veneration
June 22, 1926 Decree declaring the validity of the diocesan processes
July 21, 1931 Congregation examines the virtues of the Servant of God; decides to hold another session
November 24, 1936 In the second session the Congregation returns the case to the Historical Section for the
study of some particular points
1968 Father Vincent Vasey, S.M., Postulator of the Cause, asks the Historical Section to complete the requested study
July 14, 1970 Historical Section completes its report
February 6, 1973 A special meeting of the consulting theologians of the Congregation is
favorable to declaring the heroicity of the virtues of the Servant of God
June 5, 1973 The cardinals and bishops of the Congregation agree on the heroicity of virtues
October 18, 1973 Pope Paul VI ratifies the decision and in an official decree announces to the world that
"on the strength of all the evidence, the Servant of God William Joseph Chaminade practiced to a heroic degree the theological
virtues of faith, hope, and charity toward God and toward his neighbor, and also the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance,
and fortitude." Declared Venerable.
1995-1996 Exploratory process in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the reported miracle guided by Father Enrique Torres, S.M., Postulator
October 11, 1996 Decree validating the diocesan inquiry about the reported miracle
November 20, 1997 First medical consultation by the Congregation
November 19, 1998 Second medical consultation
January 14, 1999 Medical Council considers the healing of Elena Otero as
March 1999 Exposition of the Miracle presented to the Congregation
May 11, 1999 Congress of Theologians and Promoter of the Faith considered the cure of Elena Otero as
a miracle attributed to Venerable Chaminade
October 5, 1999 Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation voted unanimously in favor of the miraculous
healing of Elena Otero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 20, 1999 Promulgation of the Decree of Approbation of the miracle
September 3, 2000 Pope John Paul II beatified Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in Rome
2008-2009 GA and Archdiocesan initiation of the process in St. Louis and at the Vatican to authenticate a miraculous cure of Rachel
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marypage.udayton.edu; campus.udayton.edu/mary; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site,
www.udayton.edu/mary, remains active as well.
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return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
Radio Maria broadcasts
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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
Marian Feast Named Holiday for Muslims, Christians
Interview With Mohammad Al-Samma
Source: Zenit (Rome), March 1, 2010
Christians and Muslims in Lebanon are looking forward to sharing the Feast of the Annunciation as a national holiday, says the
secretary general of the Christian-Muslim Committee for Dialogue.
Mohammad Al-Sammak said this in an interview with ZENIT while he was in Rome for a February 22 conference on the theme,
"The Future is Living Together: Christians and Muslims in the Middle East in
It was organized by the Sant'Egidio Community, an international Catholic organization that focuses on prayer, spreading the
Gospel, ecumenism, and dialogue with other religions and non-believers....
ZENIT: The Lebanese government decreed the Feast of the Annunciation as a common feast for Christians and Muslims. In what measure can
such initiatives, especially when they are promoted by the state, promote coexistence?
Al-Sammak: This is one of the achievements that we are proud of and that we have been working on for the past three years.
For three years we have been organizing on March 25 a Muslim-Christian gathering centered on Mary, reciting verses from the Gospel and
from the Qur'an that regard Mary, seeking to show what is common to Islam and Christianity.
Last year from the podium of the former Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, I personally declared his agreement and his approval of the
declaration of March 25 as a Muslim and Christian feast day. The idea was that on this day everyone must continue to work, because the
former prime minister said: "I want the Lebanese to work one day more not one day less."
My brothers and I of the Christian-Muslim Committee for Dialogue (of which I am the secretary general) accepted the decision, because
we wanted in any case to dedicate this day to Muslims and Christians. Last week we met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and we again
proposed this idea to him, and he immediately supported it. And forty-eight hours later a decree was issued that declared March 25 a
national holiday and a day of celebration: a day of [interreligious] work for both Muslims and Christians.
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.
Virgin Mary icon 'crying tears of oil' in France
Source: The Times (London) March 1, 2010
Esat Altindagoglu has been inundated with more than fifty visitors a day hoping to see the
'miracle' at his house near Paris.
The one-foot-high painting was given to his wife, Sevin, by a Lebanese priest on her birthday in 2006, the Turkish-born salesman said.
It began weeping oil on February 12 this year, and had been 'crying' every day since, he claimed.
He said: "As word spread, people started arriving from France, then from all over Europe." ...
Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us about this phenomenon. She
reports that FR3 covered the story on French television on 3/6/2010 and sums up their broadcast as follows:
In the department of Val D'Oise in the town of Garges les Gonesse, in the house of a Greek Orthodox-Catholic family
there is an icon of the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus in her arms which has been giving oil for fifteen days. People are coming to see it,
even Muslim people. [In this town there are many Muslim people.] One man said that one of his family members was healed from a sickness
thanks to this oil. People take the oil with cotton wool to take it home. There were close shots of this oil coming from the icon in
this report for the news on TV. It is quite impressive. When the members of the family try to take the icon off the wall, it does not
give oil anymore.
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