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Alumni Update

Father James Presta, S.T.D., an IMRI graduate, will be concluding his term as Rector-President of Saint Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University on June 30, 2010. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and the Faculty, Staff, and Seminarians there cordially invite you to a Mass and Reception on Sunday, May 9, 2010. The Mass will take place at 3:00 pm at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago, followed by an open house reception in the parish gym until 7:30 pm. Priests attending are invited to concelebrate. For more information or questions, please call 773-973-9720.

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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 12:00 - 1:00 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, May 5, Francesca Franchina speaks with Beth Lang-Sletten, Caroline Adams, and Marika, Jessica, and David Zimmerman, about the role of prayer in conflict management and resolution, and also about the Coming out of the Desert talks which are being held at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Kettering, Ohio.

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, May 4, at 5:00 PM, Fran Francesca Franchina talks about the role of prayer in creative problem solving, discovering the root of personal problem situations, and designing a plan to solve problems through prayer and intervention. Fran shares recipes for artichokes prepared several ways, as frittatas (omelettes), fresh green salads, as an antipasto, frito misto (breaded and fried and boiled with fresh lemons and lemon juice).

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 M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, May 6, 2:30 PM on May Crowning

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, April 30, 2:30 PM on the Marian Rosary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Appreciating John Paul, 'the Great': A Vocation Beyond Doctrine and Politics (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Karol Wojtyla (1920-2005) served as Pope John Paul II (1978-2007) in a lengthy, whirlwind, and remarkable papacy. April 2, 2010 marked the fifth anniversary of his death. What do you recall about this remarkable pontiff?

John Paul II was born to lead and to inspire, to bridge the human and the divine. More than one observer characterized him as 'man of the century' during his lifetime. And even before his passing to eternity some commentators were assigning to him the encomium 'John Paul the Great'.

But John Paul II also drew a considerable share of criticism and a wide variance of opinion. Then what can we say with certainty, in the absolute, about the 264th successor of St. Peter? Looking beyond doctrine and politics we see a truly extraordinary person.

Above all, he mattered in his period of history. He changed the face of Europe, stopped several wars and protested others, traveled the equivalent of three-and-a-half times to the moon. He has been seen in person by more people than anyone else in history. John Paul II most certainly must be numbered among the titans of his times. This pope was a magnet for humanity.

As a 'sign of contradiction' and one who mattered in human and church arenas, he also divided. The wide range of varying opinions might be the most convincing sign of his impact. John Paul II made over one hundred trips outside Italy, canonized about five hundred saints, beatified about fourteen-hundred, authored more than a dozen landmark encyclicals and numerous other instructions. The list of his activities seems endless. He exhibited boundless energy for work and for engaging people. All of this made him famous, but it also made him controversial. His was a bruising, polarizing pontificate.

In the final analysis, we can confidently say that John Paul, deeper than his politics and his Polish Catholic cultural formation, was an extraordinary person of sterling character, a genuine mensch. He was a strong, intelligent, caring human being. His integrity and dedication to duty present a standard by which other leaders can be measured.

Above all, John Paul was a selfless human being in a me-first world. Cardinal Roberto Tucci, who planned the Pope's trips and briefed him hundreds of times on trips long and short, observed that never did the Pope ask what conveniences or creature comforts to expect. That indifference to himself was noticeable every time he entered the public stage. The very motto of this dedicated apostle of Mary indicated this: Totus tuus (I am all yours).

This is the key to his personal magnetism that drew enormous crowds everywhere, even in places where his political or doctrinal stands were unpopular. Deeper than either secular or religious concerns was his personal integrity--goodness and holiness, the qualities we prize most highly in others. A person may be regarded as liberal or conservative, avant-garde or traditional, but let that person be decent, and that suffices.

John Paul II's authentic humanity was the source of his appeal. The most important lesson he offered is the coherence of his own life. When he urged Christians, in the words of Jesus, duc in altum (set off into the deep), that resonated even with those who sought different shores.

John Paul's admirers and critics alike can say of him what Shakespeare's Hamlet said of his father: "He was a man. Take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."

N.B. As a complement to these comments about the late John Paul II, enjoy this video on his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. It is very well done and universal in expression!

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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 and Coronation of Mary.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, and 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.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this new section.  We have also revised and expanded The Hail Mary in Various Languages.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI (through 4/28/2010) as well as our Korean language section with News (through 5/3/2010) and Marian Commemorations for May.

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Rosary Goes to Death Row
UK Charities Sending Booklets to Zambia
Source: Zenit (London), April 23, 2010

Zambian prisoners, including those on death row, will be able to learn to pray the rosary, as the result of an initiative from two United Kingdom charities.

The U.K. office of Aid to the Church in Need and the rosary charity, Crown of Thorns, will be sending some sixteen-hundred rosary booklets to Kamfinsa State Prison and Kabwe Maximum Security Prison.

Lisa de Quay, chief executive of Crown of Thorns, explained to Aid to the Church in Need that contact with the prisoners probably initiated with a visiting chaplain who distributed prayer cards explaining the rosary....

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.

Rome Symposium in May 2010: "The Fatima Challenge"
Source: The Fatima Crusader (Ontario, Canada) Spring 2010

Excerpts from an interview with Father Nicholas Gruner:

"The Fatima Challenge" is a five-day symposium we will hold in Rome starting May 3, 2010. It is our goal to gather writers, experts, publishers, etc., on the Fatima message.

Now there are points on which Fatima writers agree, and there are points on which they do not agree.

Practically everyone who deals with Fatima accepts that Our Lady appeared six times in 1917; that she spoke to the children; that she asked us to pray the rosary every day, etc.

What is not agreed upon is whether the Consecration of Russia has been done according to the requests of Our Lady; whether the Vatican has released the full Third Secret; and whether the Message of Fatima is still urgent for our time....

Click here for more information on the above conference.  To read an opposing viewpoint on this controversial issue, click into No More Fatima Secrets.

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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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