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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following comment is a typical example:

This whole website is incredible! Thank you so very much.
Jolene B.

Alumni Update

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, has informed us about her schedule of travel and activities: "I am traveling to Nagasaki, then to Kuala Lumpur for a Marian Conference on May 15-16. By May 19, I should be back to China again." Her talk will address Mary's spirituality and the challenges faced by her as she took her role as Mother of God. She is also coordinating a team which supplies us with material in Chinese for The Mary Page.

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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 12, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Pascal Tuyisenge of North Rwanda (Africa) and Dr. Sylvia Gleason, D.O., about the High Impact project in the Congo, what is happening in Rwanda, site of the genocide, its rebuilding and picking up the pieces of life with agricultural, medical, and rebuilding projects, help from around the globe and, in particular, the USA. How Dr. Gleason brings medical help to Rwanda, Burmini and the Congo through outreach into the medical and lay communities. CALL IN TOLL FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

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 11, at 5:00 PM, Fran Francesca Franchina talks about creative problem solving in addressing communication issues: improving personal communications, interpersonal communications, family communications as the source of many conflicts, misunderstandings and temper tantrums. Listening skills, responses and prayer, how do they relate? Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Italian Wedding Soup with baby meatballs.

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 13, 2:30 PM on May Devotions

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Year in 2011 (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Good news to share and to act on as we look forward to the Chaminade Year in 2011: please take a good look at page 1 and page 3 of the attached bulletin [required Adobe Acrobat Reader] from the Marianist generalate in Rome.

The prayer leaflet for the canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade has been reprinted, but the supply is limited. It is available from the provincial office in St. Louis. If you do not have any on hand, it would be wise to request some now.

Also available from the provincialate in St. Louis are copies of the excellent pamphlet biography by Father Joseph Stefanelli, Chaminade, Pragmatist with a Vision.

Let us encourage each other as we prepare for the coming Chaminade Year. Please include this event in your planning for the 2010-2011 apostolic year. We are the lengthened shadow of Chaminade. Maria duce!

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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 Mary, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Apostles Novena, May Poetry, and No More Fatima Secrets.

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.

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Three Thousand Priests Pilgrimage in Czestochowa
Recall Clergy Killed During Wars, Communist Regime
Source: Zenit (Czestochowa, Poland), May 7, 2010

In honor of the Year for Priests, some three thousand clergy made a pilgrimage to Czestochowa, recalling their brethren murdered in World War II and during the Communist regime.

The theme of the pilgrimage echoed that of the priestly year, which ends June 19: "Fidelity of Christ, Fidelity of the Priest."

The priests were joined by fifty Polish bishops, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow and former secretary of John Paul II.

The two-day pilgrimage, which began April 30, included a prayer vigil before the Black Madonna in Jasna Gora Monastery, also known as Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Participants also offered a priestly prayer in the city's Cathedral of the Holy Family of Nazareth....

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.

Father Rossier Installed as ML/IMRI Director
Source: Libraries Update (University of Dayton) Spring 2010

Father François Rossier, S.M. was officially installed as the new Director of the University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute during a beautiful and inspiring ceremony this past January 25. The pageantry and sounds of the evening took place in the UD Chapel where Dean Kathleen Webb welcomed a standing-room-only crowd, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr, Assistant U.S. Provincial Father James Fitz, S.M., and other distinguished guests. Music was provided by the UD Chorale.

After reading the letter of appointment and administering the Oath of Fidelity, Provost Joseph Saliba presented Father Rossier with a special Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute (ML/IMRI) medallion. Father Rossier then delivered his address, Why Study Mary?, through which he addressed the importance of Mary to all Christians. "We study Mary because there is no better example that could help us to understand what it means to respond to God's revelation in Jesus Christ. We study her because she is both mother and first disciple of her son, because as such she is the concrete and complete example."

Click here for the complete article and see pages 3-4.

N.B. This issue also includes information on The Marian Library's World Nativities Collection (see page 1), and also about upcoming art exhibits at the Marian Library Gallery and at Roesch Library (see page 4).

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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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