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Prayer Request

Brian Insley, son of IMRI student, Vern Insley, recently sent us the following information, about his father, asking that we mention it on The Mary Page: "Please include my father's situation in News on your website. One of the key elements of recovery is to show him how many people care and are praying for him."

Many of you may not know, but on March 27, 2010 my father Vern Insley had a stroke. He is currently at Ochsner Elmwood Rehabilitation Center and progressing toward recovery. We have established the following website to keep you updated on his progress. There is a guest book where you can leave messages that we can share with him. Please feel free to forward this to others that would be interested. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in the difficult time.

Dear Family and Friends,
To keep you up-to-date on Vern Insley, I created a CaringBridge website. You can follow Vern's progress and show your support.

Visit Vern's website in two easy ways:

1. Visit the CaringBridge website by clicking the link below.

2. Enter the website name, verninsley, at

When you visit you'll be asked to log in, because I've chosen to keep the site private.

Show your support for Vern

• Visit and keep up to date.
• Leave a message in the guestbook.
• Receive e-mail notifications when the journal is updated.

Thank you.

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Alumni Update

Doctor Virginia M. Kimball, IMRI graduate and MSA member, co-hosted an inter-generational day of prayer and reflection for mothers and daughters called "A Day With Mary" in Walton, New York on Saturday, April 10, 2010. She is currently President of the USA branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM), and will lead an open discussion on Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue at the group's spring meeting, to be held in Vienna, Virginia on May 1, 2010.  It will be held at Our Lady of Good Council Parish, near Washington, D.C.

She also recently web-published articles on the Society of Biblical Literature Teacher Newsletter, The Bible and Ancient Liturgy, and The Lament of the Virgin in the Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Service.  Each of these is in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Poland

The President and the Vice President of the Catholic Film Association, organizers of this event, sent us the following information:

Today we invite you to the Niepokalanow festival, which begins with a Solemn Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan of Warsaw, on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 11 am. On Thursday and Friday there will be screenings of films nominated for awards, meetings and discussions of authors and participants of the Festival and fair of the DVDs and CDs. On Saturday, May 29, for a 'Day of Chopin' related to the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of of this composer, festival participants will visit Zelazowa Wola, the birth place of Chopin, Brochów, where he was baptized, Mokas Cottage, and Sochaczew. In the evening there will be a theater performance and film screenings related to the life of Frederic Chopin. For details, click into

On Sunday, May 30, between 9 and 11 am, screening of the multimedia programs, short internet films and websites will take place. The closing ceremony of the festival will take place on Sunday, May 30, at 1 pm. with the presentation of an award to Julian Kulentego for "Media in the service of the Gospel" and also awards for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the festival to honor individuals and organizations with medals of merit.

On behalf of the Catholic Film Association and St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe Franciscan Monastery, we are inviting to Niepokalanow all friends and supporters of the festival, and we look forward to their memories (printed or audiovisual).

Information on all entries, 173 films, and forty radio programs from 20 countries, along with details of the festival, video recordings of patron speeches and lists of benefactors are available on-line at The lists of nominees for awards and a detailed agenda of the festival screening will be published in the late April, 2010.

We cordially invite you on behalf of the Catholic Film Association and the festival organizers, Danuta Stachyra, President of CFA, and Zygmunt Gutowski, Vice President of CFA, mobile (+48) 206 602126.

N.B. Our website, The Mary Page, and our documentary video on ML/IMRI, All Generations Will Call Her Blessed, have received awards at this festival in the past.

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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, April 14, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jack Davis, continuing the discussion of what was happening in the Upper Room with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Holy Women, the Apostles, and other Disciples, after the Resurrection of Jesus and considering the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven and what was happening there while they prayed and waited for the Paraclete promised by Jesus. This information is private revelation as dictated to Sister Mary of Agreda of Spain, by the Blessed Mother in The Mystical City of God.  This is not dogma or doctrine of the Catholic Church, but has been released for the faithful to read and pray over.  The text has been read by popes and has the imprimatur of Archbishops.

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 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, April 13, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Kay Dodds, National Coordinator of Changing Hearts 2010, a prayer project being conducted throughout the world, one heart at a time, to change the tide of the world situation through prayer, citing Scripture, and involving all the media possible and all denominations and various faiths.

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, Thursday, April 15, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Catholic-Orthodox Dialogues

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, April 16, 2:30 PM on Mary and Recent Developments in Ecumenism

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Chaminade Legacy (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Society of Mary (Marianists) has proclaimed 2011 a Chaminade Year to mark the 250th anniversary of their Founder's birth in 1761. From the feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on January 22, 2011, to January 22, 2012, various observances are planned.

Biographical highlights

Born in Perigueux, France, near Bordeaux on April 8, 1761, William was the fourteenth of the fifteen children of Blaise Chaminade, a cloth merchant, and Catherine Bethon. At confirmation he chose the name of Joseph, and thereafter signed his name W. Joseph Chaminade, so ardent was his admiration for the spouse of Mary and guardian of Jesus. In 1771 he entered the minor seminary program at the College of Mussidan. After ordination in 1785 he and two older brothers who were priests assumed the administration and taught at the College of Mussidan.

With the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 his peaceful life turned into the stuff from which adventure stories are developed. Refusing to swear allegiance to the Civil Constitution, which rejected papal authority and aimed to establish a national church, Chaminade was driven into hiding to avoid exile or the guillotine. Fleeing to the larger city of Bordeaux with a price on his head, he disguised himself as a peddler to continue ministering to the underground Church. Numerous hair-raising experiences and narrow escapes from capture caused him to muse that several times only the thickness of a board shielded him from the guillotine.

As the revolution waned, Chaminade emerged from hiding only to be forced into exile at Zaragoza, Spain, in 1797 for three years. There he worked to support himself and spent many hours in prayer at the great shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar, where he was inspired with a vision for the re-evangelization of France. A special message from Mary helped him conceive of a family of religious and laity that would participate with Mary in her apostolic mission to bring Jesus to others. While in exile, Chaminade's prayer and discussions about restoring the faith in his homeland convinced him to emphasize the concept of mission: his future collaborators would be a religious family in permanent mission employing new forms of apostolate to multiply Christians.

Apostolic vision

When Blessed William Joseph returned to Bordeaux in 1800 he opened an oratory and immediately attracted interested faithful, especially youth, to worship services and faith formation discussion. Within a year he formed a group of clerics and laity which became the nucleus for his famous and influential apostolic sodality consecrated to Mary Immaculate. From this grew the Daughters of Mary Immaculate founded in 1816, followed by the Society of Mary in 1817. The Marianist Family was born and the Marianist Movement launched. Chaminade was reading the signs of the times and responding with imagination to adapt the Gospel to new needs. New circumstances required new approaches. He was heralding the age of Mary and ushering in the age of the laity. This apostolic genius said simply that he was looking for a new fulcrum for the lever that moves the modern world. As the work of the Marianists developed in the establishment and management of Christian schools and teacher training colleges, and the formation of lay-managed faith communities, the Society of Mary reached out to North America. In 1849 the first Marianists came to Ohio in the USA and laid the foundations for the present University of Dayton the following year. After a long, arduous, and faithful life that touched many persons and works, Father William Joseph Chaminade was taken to his everlasting home with God on January 22, 1850.

Cause for canonization

The Marianist founder was proclaimed worthy of public veneration in recognition of the holiness of his life when Pope John Paul II beatified him on September 2, 2000. That action culminated a process of investigation begun in 1909. Pope Paul VI in 1973 declared him 'venerable'. The miracle required for beatification was the cure of Elena Otero of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1991. This miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was approved in 1998. Elena Otero was present at her intercessor's beatification in Rome.

Spiritual legacy

His legacy is a rich, apostolic Marian spirituality of living and working in union with Jesus and Mary. Recognized as the nineteenth-century apostle of Mary, he is acknowledged as the most noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of that century. He had the facility of relating doctrine to ministry and mission, and emphasized the relevance of Mary's role in the life of Christians. As Jesus chose Mary to cooperate with him in the salvation of the human race, Mary asks each Christian to participate in her apostolic mission to bring the grace of redemption to each person. His was an applied, pastoral theology inviting us to live fully our baptismal commitment. A favorite Gospel dictum was Mary's directive to the waiters at the marriage feast of Cana, "Do whatever he tells you," (Jn 2:5) because Blessed William Joseph Chaminade firmly believed that we are all missionaries of Mary. He directed his followers to do everything under Mary's guidance, to radiate Christ. The Marianist Family invites you to join them in honoring their founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, and to share in his spiritual vision.

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New Exhibit!

Form Seeking Expression--Marian Artistic Creations, by Christina Saj, will be on display from April 19 - June 18, 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 Summer 2010 semester will commence on June 7, 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 Easter Poetry.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, and also 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.

We have expanded our material in German and Chinese.  These are works in progress, so expect more content soon.  Also, feel free to let us know what you think of these new sections.

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Fatima Shrine Vandalized
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal), January 12, 2010

  The church of the Holy Trinity and four statues at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima were vandalized early Sunday morning. In a press release Monday, officials from the shrine announced that in the early hours of Sunday morning, four statutes on the sides of the church as well as the church itself were painted with graffiti.

In the John Paul II plaza, statutes of Popes John Paul II and Paul VI were painted. In the Pius XII plaza, statues of Pope Pius XII and Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva were painted....

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.

Modern Quixote on a Mission from God
Source: The Australian January/February 2010

An elderly ex-monk has built a cathedral, by hand, out of scrap

For the first forty years no one seemed to notice the man collecting bricks. Almost invisibly, the scrap material mounted on a patch of land outside Madrid--a pile of crooked bricks, a tangle of steel wire--until, eventually, something remarkable began to take form.

Justo Gallego Martinez was building a cathedral. And he was building it by himself.

Don Justo, as he is referred to, has no architectural training and, now at age eighty-five, little time left to complete his surreal and spiraling magnum opus. What he does have is blind faith, a self-sacrificing desire to honor the Virgin Mary, and a staggering disregard for health and safety regulations.

As his Cathedral for Our Lady of the Pillar nears completion, its bold, blue cupola dominating the skyline of the surrounding suburbs, the man known as El Loco is finally being taken seriously....

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 April 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 April.

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Marian Events

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus

Title: Sainte Russie: Russian Art from the Origins to Pierre le Grand, Christian Russia from the Ninth to Eighteenth Century

Date: March 5-May 24, 2010

Location: Musée de Louvre (Paris, France)

An exceptional exhibition which shows Orthodox sacred art and links between Byzance and the medieval occident. There are many icons [e.g. Mary as Protectress), but also mosaics, embroideries, and liturgical art. The exhibition was organized because it is a year of cultural relations linking Russia and France

For more information click here.  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us of this exhibit.

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