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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 comments are typical examples:

Thanks and blessings to all my IMRI friends.
Steve K.

God Bless You, and Thank You.

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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Mary in Books, Films and Music

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 here. 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.

For anyone in Ireland (or with access to the internet and headphones!) you can hear my first Irish (Limerick) radio interview with John Prendergast on It's on live, 8:15 am Irish time this Saturday, March 13!

I'm nervous, so please pray for me! :)

Also coming soon is a feature in the In which I was asked some good (but full on!) questions.

The Irish edition of the book features stories on Knock and Athenry.... Thank you for all your support and prayers.

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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 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  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, 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 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

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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.
Maria duce!

The Progression of Our Founder's Cause

Diocesan Levels

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

Vatican City/Rome

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 General

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 "scientifically inexplicable"

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 Baumgartner

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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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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 US Branch of the ESBVM

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life.  We have revised and expanded The Hail Mary in Various Languages and also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 2/28/2010.

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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 Dialogue."

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.

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.

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." ...

Click here for the complete article.

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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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.

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