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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.

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

Film About the Life of Mary Coming Soon

In MGM's Mary, Mother of Christ, Camilla Belle stars as the mother of Jesus Christ while co-stars include Al Pacino, Jessica Lange, Peter O'Toole, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film is expected to be released on Good Friday (4/2/2010).

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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 24, Francesca Franchina speaks with Beth Lang-Sletten, Caroline Adams, and Ann Williams, LMT, about what is going on in the Catholic Church in Renewal, Revival, and Retreats; small Christian communities; Lenten practices; and Coming Out of the Desert: Fanning Faith into Flame, an Easter-to-Pentecost program with parish priests and lay people for evangelization and discipleship, discovering and utilizing innate gifts, developing a new and fresh relationship with God, living life according to God's plan with the Resurrection joy of Jesus and the Holy Spirit that is planned in Dayton, OH on Thursdays from Easter until Pentecost (i.e. April 8-May 20, 2010) at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 4500 Ackerman Blvd. Kettering, OH 45429. For more information call the parish at 937 434-9272.  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:

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, March 25, 2:30 PM on Annunciation of the Lord

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, March 26, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Infancy Gospels

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Feast of Saint Joseph (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

A blessed feast of St. Joseph [March 19]!  This is a solemnity, a feast of the highest rank, to honor the husband of Mary and the guardian of our Redeemer. In addition to being the Patron of the Universal Church and of several countries, he is the second principal patron of the Society of Mary (Marianists), my religious family.

For more information click here to read, Like Wife, Like Husband.

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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 concluded on March 19, 2010!

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions (summer, fall, and spring). See course offerings:

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Lenten Poetic Meditations and, for March 25, Greeting of the Angel, both by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, about the Spring meeting of the US branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM USA) in Vienna, Virginia on May 1, 2010, as well as the program and registration form for this year's annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) to be held from May 18-21, 2010 in Huntington, New York.

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Vatican Forms Medjugorje Study Commission
Led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 17, 2010

The Vatican announced today that it has formed a commission to look into the phenomenon of Medjugorje, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six young people have said they have had visions of Mary since the early 80s.

A short communique issued by the Vatican press office indicated that, "An international investigative commission on Medjugorje has been constituted, under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini and dependent upon the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

"Said commission--made up of cardinals, bishops, specialists and experts--will work privately, submitting the results of its work to the authority of the dicastery," added the text.

Beginning in 1981, six children of Medjugorje, a hamlet of a few houses located twenty kilometers (twelve miles) from Mostar, said they had seen the Blessed Virgin on a nearby hill.

Since then, the hamlet has become part of the world circuit of pilgrimages, drawing at least fifteen million people. Prayer meetings and associations of all kinds have started worldwide....

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.

Enduring Icons: Faithful Recall the 'Weeping Mary'
Source: Newsday (New York) March 16, 2010

Though fifty years have passed, Pagona Catsounis vividly remembers looking up during her daily prayers in her Island Park home to see the icon of the Virgin Mary appearing to weep.

"I was so scared," said Catsounis, then eighteen, a new bride and a recent immigrant to Long Island from her native Athens.

Catsounis said she and her husband, Peter, kept the strange occurrence to themselves for several days, worried it could be a sign of something bad to come. Then they called their priest at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead.

Within days, their tiny apartment was overrun with both believers and skeptics who wanted to see the lithograph of the weeping Virgin.

"The police closed our street because so many people were lined up," Catsounis recalled last week.

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the day Catsounis says the icon began weeping. Since the spring of 1960, the icon has been kept at the church on Cathedral Avenue. Anniversary services there last night and today were expected to draw scores of people of many faiths who say the icon changed their lives.

"It's unbelievable," said the Rev. Luke Melackrinos, dean of the cathedral. "There are still miracles being performed to this day...."

Click here to read 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 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

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus

Title: Mass for the Solemnity Followed by a Lecture

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6:45 pm

Location: St. Mary Church (Dayton, Ohio)

A musical prelude will take place at 6:45 pm with Mass scheduled to start at 7 pm.  Rev. Francis Tandoh, CSSp, will celebrate and give the homily. Refreshments will follow Mass in the Church hall.  Father Bertrand Buby, SM, will speak on Mary in the non-canonical Protogospel of James starting around 8:15 pm.  Please come and help honor Mary as the Mother of our Savior.  Contact Steve Koop at 626-0027 for additional information, or click here to see the flyer [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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