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.
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
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.
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 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 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, 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 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:
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
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!
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:
We have revised and expanded our material in
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
The Hail Mary in Various Languages.
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....
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....
here for more
information on the above conference. To read an opposing viewpoint on this
controversial issue, click into
No More Fatima Secrets.
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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