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Alumni Update

Grace Crivello and Darren Lecroix, student workers at The Marian Library for years, will graduate from UD this semester. They plan to continue their education in law school, and also tell us that they are engaged to be married. We wish them the best for their future. Grace tells us "Thank you for the well wishes. I hope to come back to visit sometime!"

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Marian Activities--Girl Scout Marian Medal

A patron emailed Father Roten the following comments which he felt were worth sharing.

Hello Rev. Roten. I am working with Becky A. who is leading our GS troop to a Marian Medal. Our girls completed Chapter 2, activity 8B--Family Devotion. I have attached several of our girls' drawings of their family devotion to Mary [see below]. We were hoping they might get published in your News section on Marian activities. Thirteen girls from St. Ursula Villa School, 8th grade, received their Marian Medal on February 28, 2010. We've really enjoyed our past 18 month journey!

Thank You, Judy M.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Mary, First Disciple eConference

On behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishop's Commission, Commission for Mission and Faith Formation and the Broken Bay Institute, I am writing to invite you and your community to participate in the upcoming eConference Mary - First Disciple on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

The eConference will provide an excellent and totally free faith formation experience for clergy, parishioners, students, staff and parents. Father Francis Moloney SDB, key presenter, will explore with us his deep reflections and insights into Mary as disciple, woman and mother.

The IT requirements for this eConference are very simple--a venue with broadband internet access, data projector, screen and a set of speakers. We will provide you with the ongoing support and necessary resources to make this a successful event.

This is a free gift to the Church, there is no cost to you.

For more information about how to run an eConference and to view our two previous eConferences, please visit and

Twenty Six countries have viewed our previous eConferences. The eConference is recorded and then instantly archived after the live webcast. To view the eConference please go to

I look forward to hearing from you.

God Bless, Virginia Ryan, email:

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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 28, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Antonio LaRocca and Father Javier Alson from Venezuela about Mary and Pentecost, the importance of prayer, the meaning of familiar prayers and combining all these in the New Evangelization as called for by the late Popes, Blessed John XXIII and Venerable John Paul II.

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 27, at 5:00 PM, Fran speaks about the Association of Christian Therapists, the Holy Spirit and healing prayer. Fran shares recipes from her Italian kitchen for Cannoli and Manicotti.

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 Danielle Peters, Thursday, April 29, 2:30 PM on Mary and Spirituality I

Sister Danielle Peters, Friday, April 30, 2:30 PM on Mary and Spirituality II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Virgin Mary's Priestly Role (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Can Mary be regarded as a priest? What is meant by Mary's priestly role? Questions like these are frequently raised by interested inquirers. A clear and affirmative response can be given.

Catholic theology indicates that Mary participates in a secondary manner in the mediation of Jesus Christ between God and humanity. This means that she also participates in his priesthood. The sacerdotal quality of her mission is a function of being Mother of the Messiah, an integral part of her mission.

Very little of substance has been written on the subject, but there is ample basis for this truth in Catholic tradition. Two good sources of information are provided by noted French theologians: Marie, l'Eglise, et le Sacerdoce by Rene Laurentin, and Marie et Notre Sacerdoce by Emile Neubert, S.M. (English edition: Mary and the Priestly Ministry). They clearly elaborate that Mary is the Mother and Associate of Christ the Priest.

By the Middle Ages, this idea was in theological works, and St. Bernard in the twelfth century had already expressed it forthrightly. In the next century, the writings of an unidentified Pseudo-Albert (originally thought to be St. Albert the Great) proposed the concept of socia Christi, Associate of Christ, in all its fullness. By the seventeenth century the Spanish and French schools of spirituality expanded the concept. In the following century the French school, influenced strongly by Father Jean Jacques Olier, invoked Mary as the model of the priest and honored her as Virgo sacerdos, Virgin Priest.

By the latter half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, two popes, Blessed Pius IX and St. Pius X recognized Mary as Associate of Christ in the divine sacrifice, and used the expression 'Virgin Priest', because Mary possesses as much dignity and grace as are found in the priesthood. What is properly sacerdotal in Mary's mission results from being the Mother of Christ, our High Priest, and the Associate of Christ, our High Priest, in his sacrifice. She is not the equivalent of an ordained priest but occupies a special category.

Christ is a priest in virtue of his human nature. Christ received his human nature from Mary, thus establishing the Son of God as our High Priest. What enabled Christ to be our High Priest is the humanity he received from his Mother. If Mary had refused the invitation of the Angel Gabriel, the Son of God would still be our God and Creator, but not our Savior and our Priest. Mary is the Associate given to Christ as a helper like to himself. Consequently this office of the Virgin Mary refers to the priesthood of Christ, and not to the ministry of ordained priests. Mary was chosen from the human race to be associated with Christ in the work of our Redemption. She contributed with him and through him to the appeasement of God and the securing of grace for us by her presence at the foot of the cross (material element), and by the abandonment of her maternal rights over the body of Jesus and by the union of her will and her sufferings with the will and sufferings of her Son in his sacrifice (spiritual element).

Consequently, her cooperation with Christ can certainly be called sacerdotal. Unfortunately, modern languages do not have a proper term to express this clearly.

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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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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, 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 [directions and info], 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.

We have revised and expanded our material in German.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Also, feel free to let us know what you think of this new section.  We have also revised and expanded Black Madonnas: Still Black and Still Venerated.

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Pope Blesses Mary Image That Survived Nagasaki Bomb
Statue is on a Pilgrimage of Peace
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), April 21, 2010

Benedict XVI today blessed a statue of the Virgin Mary that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. The wooden statue was housed in the Urakami Cathedral, which was the largest Catholic church in East Asia. It had been built on a site where Christians had for years endured persecution.

Though disfigured by the bomb, the intact head of the statue was found among the cathedral ruins. Now, the statue is on a peace pilgrimage to Spain and the United States, passing today through Rome, where the Pope blessed it at the end of the general audience....

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.

Faith of the Heart
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) April 21, 2010

The Rev. James Fitz, S.M., assistant provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States since 2002, has been named rector at the University of Dayton. In his new role, the University of Dayton alumnus will focus his efforts on sustaining and strengthening the University's strong Catholic and Marianist character. The rector's position is a joint appointment between the president and the provincial.

The Rev. Joseph Kozar, S.M., assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, has been named assistant rector, a new position. Kozar, who has taught in the department of religious studies for twenty-five years, will serve as a liaison between the offices of the rector and provost, focusing on faculty initiatives.

Click here for the complete 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 May 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 May.

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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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