Father Timothy Sauppé, a doctoral candidate at IMRI, emailed us some information on his current situation, which he allowed us to share
Work on a doctorate is still in my heart. I was transferred to a troubled parish, and will be closing our grade school this May.
After that I will have time to devote to study--God Willing. I am planning to visit Cincinnati in August, and plan to stop by and see
Father Roten. Have a blessed Easter!
Dan Lynch informed us of the re-design of his website, jkmi.com, dedicated to Jesus, under the
title, King of All Nations, and to His Mother, Mary, under the titles, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of America. Feel free to
check it out yourself and to email your comments to him at email@example.com. He tells us to expect additional features in the future too
and closed by saying, "May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection; and may the reign of Jesus, King of All
Nations, be recognized in your heart!"
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, April 21, 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 Disciples after the Resurrection of Jesus, focusing on what was
happening there while they were praying and waiting for the Paraclete and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as promised by
Jesus. (Part 3 of 3) 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 by Popes and has the Imprimatur of Archbishops.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 20, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks with Gail Horvath, Director of the
Germaine Language Center, author, publisher, and
world traveler, about her experiences in France and working with people from all over the world, interpreting, translating,
inter-cultural education' architectural trends, and saving historical buildings, focusing on
Julienne High School, its past and future in Catholic education.
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:
Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, April 22, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Old Testament
Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Friday, April 23, 2:30 PM on Mary in Jewish-Christian Dialogue
The Chaminade Vision, the Marianist Charism (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
Below is a summary view of the gift (charism) of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade to the Marianist Family and to the Church.
It is an attempt to present the special Marianist grace (charism) in a nutshell.
A charism is a special grace given to one person; but it is meant to benefit all members of the Church and meet the needs of the world.
The term comes from the Greek word meaning free gift. Every religious congregation has a charism shared by each of its members.
Chaminade's doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission and our participation with her to bring Jesus to all peoples, our charism, was clearly
researched and organized theologically and popularized in print and preaching by Father Emile Neubert, S.M.
This is our Marianist heritage. This is the challenge that all Marianists are called to live and to propagate.
The concept and reality of Mary's Apostolic Mission is the kernel of our Marianist charism. It is the watchword that encapsulates our
Marianist way of life. This is our shibboleth, which we often express in the Latin ablative absolute idiom, Maria duce.
We are called to participate in the state and mystery of Jesus, Son of Mary, in the mission of applying the merits of the Redemption,
and in Mary's maternal responsibility to apply those merits to all humankind.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in post-revolutionary France was the only noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of the nineteenth
century. Considering the tenor of those times, his contribution to Marian theology is remarkable. Commenting on those times, Monsignor
George Shea observed that the deviations of Jansenism and related controversies motivated the orthodox theologians of the seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries to nourish Marian piety. This they accomplished by broadening and deepening the doctrinal bases of Mary's
mediational role, a crucial issue in the Jansenist heresy. Monsignor Shea noted that, if we assign John Henry Newman to the latter half
of the nineteenth century, Chaminade is the only Mariologist worthy of note in the preceding fifty years.
Chaminade based his doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission on the foundational doctrines of the Mystical Body of Christ, and of Mary's
Spiritual Maternity, Coredemption, and distribution of all graces. In his own words:
Christ has ordained all concerns of religion that Mary participated and cooperated in all of them.
We do not go to Mary as our God, but we go to God through Mary, as faith tells us. He came to us through her.
Keystone of the Marianist Charism
Blessed William Joseph's teaching about Mary's Apostolic Mission is clear and straightforward. He presents nothing new and radically
different, except for his clarity and amplification, from what was held by the early Fathers of the Church. But his originality and
development are manifested in the consequences he draws from the doctrine of Mary's Spiritual Maternity regarding her present role in
the world. He clearly establishes Mary's Apostolic Mission as a corollary of her Spiritual Maternity.
In union with her Son, Mary collaborates on Calvary in redeeming all in principle. To be the true Associate of the Redeemer she must
yet apply to each of us the fruits of the Redemption in fact. Acknowledging this notion, we realize it is theologically certain.
Mary's Apostolic Mission is a particular, essential, and integral aspect of her social functions as Spiritual Mother and Associate of
This doctrine is the keystone of the Marianist charism. While Chaminade's inspiration is addressed to those who follow the Marianist
vocation to assist Mary in her Apostolic Mission, the message certainly applies to the whole of Christianity. He saw this as an
intensification of our baptismal promise, as our baptismal obligation to evangelization. The social orientation of his teaching--his
Mystical Body framework and social consciousness--focuses on the Church at large and on all society.
These words of Chaminade taken from Our Knowledge of Mary summarize the charism bequeathed to his Marianist Family and to the
We have seen Mary making use of all the rights of a Mother in regard to her Son, Who is our God, and sharing, if we may be permitted to
say so, with the Eternal Father parental claims over the Uncreated Word. We have seen her, the New Eve, fulfilling on behalf of the
human race the functions of a Spiritual Maternity, engendering in it a new life for heaven lost through the sin of Adam. We have seen
her sacrificing on Calvary the only Son of her fruitful virginity. We have seen her at the foot of the Cross, stronger than death,
associated with her Divine Son, as she had been associated in all the mysteries of His life. We have seen her from that very hour
watching over all Christians, her children, with the most tender solicitude, fulfilling on their behalf the sublime duties of a Mother.
Our Knowledge of Mary further records Chaminade's thought on the Apostolic Mission of the New Eve.
Mary's exalted mission does not end on Calvary. ... Is she not the New Eve, and as such, necessary to her children? ... Her maternal
solicitude must extend over the Church to edify and to instruct the faithful, and to guide them aright along the rugged roads of a
Nor does the sublime mission of Mary end with her entrance into glory. Even in heaven she continues to cooperate in the work of
regeneration, for all things are done through Mary, and every good gift comes to us through her. Jesus proves to us the fact that His
Mother is the New Eve, as truly as He is the New Adam.
On this point, the doctrine of the Church leaves no doubt. We have her testimony in the words of her accepted oracles.
In reality, this is the practical meaning of our baptismal call and confirmation pledge to evangelization, to put the Good News into
Neubert's Integration and Synthesis of Chaminade's Mariology
Recent writings of theologians and popes have stressed the universal role of Mary. Outstanding among those writers and preachers is
Father Emile Neubert, S.M. An increasing awareness of the universality of Mary's relation to all persons and to the apostolate of the
Church is plainly evident in the teaching of the ordinary magisterium.
Although Mary's Apostolic Mission has not been explicitly and officially defined, it has clearly been stressed in recent teaching and
in papal pronouncements on Mary's Spiritual Motherhood, Coredemption, distribution of grace, and Queenship. It is contained and implied
in these other Marian doctrines.
Chaminade taught explicitly the apostolic role of Mary and our obligation to participate in it. Neubert and other Marianist writers
have expanded and integrated this teaching. They made it clear that Mary's maternal responsibility is a continuous mission and not a
single act which ended on Calvary. The apostolic responsibility of her Spiritual Maternity is part of her vocation--and ours.
The social and apostolic dimensions of Marian doctrine and devotion continue to unfold. The dynamic relations of Mary to us are both
personal and communitarian. She concerns herself with the welfare of individuals and also of social institutions, with the entire
Mystical Body of Christ--laity, religious, and clergy. More plainly this understanding is coming to the fore.
In pulling together Father Chaminade's position and couching it in precise theological terms, Father Neubert formulated this cogent
conclusion, identifying Mary's Apostolic Mission. In La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre he explains:
These comparisons between Mary's Apostolic Mission and her role of Mother, Coredemptrix, and Distributor of all graces permit us to
affirm that this Mission is revealed. It does not follow as a simple logical consequence of these three functions of Mary which are
revealed, but as a particular aspect, as an integral part of them, to the point of being identified with them. Under another name it is
simply her role of Coredemptrix and above all of Mother and Distributor of graces. It shares, consequently, in the certitude of these
three functions, and we can say that it is revealed as truly as these three are, even if Tradition had never spoken explicitly of an
Apostolic Mission of Mary. Provided that the idea has been revealed, the name need not be.
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
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.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners.
items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News.
Catholic.net 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
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:
The International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje met for its first session on March 26, 2010. The Commission, presided over by
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, His Holiness' vicar general emeritus for the diocese of Rome, is composed of the following members:
Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples;
Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, president of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina;
Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and vice-president of the Council of European Bishops' Conference;
Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Msgr. Tony Anatrella, psychoanalyst and specialist in Social Psychiatry;
Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, professor of Fundamental Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy;
Father David Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Father Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas, O.F.M. Conv., relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Father Salvatore M. Perrella, O.S.M., teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology;
and Father Achim Schutz, professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Lateran University as secretary.
Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as additional secretary.
Other experts have also participated in the commission's work:
Father Franjo Topic, professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo;
Father Mijo Nikic, S.J., professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the
Society of Jesus in Zagreb,
Father Mihaly Szentmartoni, S.J., professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University,
and Sister Veronica Nela Gaspar, professor of Theology at Rijeka.
As announced previously, the work of the Commission will be carried out with the utmost reserve. Its conclusions will be submitted
to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for study.
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.
A Year Blessed Beyond Measure
Source: The Crèche Letter (Dayton, Ohio) March 2010
On January 25 and February 15, 2010, the volunteers, who worked hands-on so loyally and lovingly to make
Crèches International a success
in 2009, met at the workshop where the nativities are processed at the University of Dayton.
The purpose of the meetings was to look back and to think forward. ... now we want to share with you how so many in some way contributed
to the workflow, being a docent, the finances, and the general support of Crèches International....
Another reason for meeting was to somewhat restructure the workflow in order to handle more efficiently the growth of the outreach.
Volunteers stepped forward to take charge of planning and projects.
To know that the Little Lord Jesus was honored, and to look forward to a continuance, simply was a reason to rejoice.
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!
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
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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