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Alumni Update

Father Dwight Campbell, a graduate of IMRI, has formed a new priestly society, Apostles of Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, with Father Ben Reese as Co-Founder. For more information, visit their website, Father Reese is finishing up his doctoral work at the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein, now doing final editing on his dissertation, which he hopes to defend in the fall.  He was present when Father Campbell defended his 2009 STD dissertation in Dayton.

Father Campbell also sends his greetings: "Please say hello to all the folks at the Marian Library for me."

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Series of Marian articles available now

Beginning with the May 30 issue of Our Sunday Visitor is an eight-part series about the Blessed Virgin Mary by journalist, Mark Shea. Our thanks to Brother John Samaha, S.M. for providing this information.

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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, June 16, Francesca Franchina speaks with Richard Green, Treatment Coordinator and Supervisor of Family Services at the Judge Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center for Youth, and Counselor Theresa Fitzgerald of Dayton, Ohio, focusing on the mission, purposes and goals of the facility for troubled and delinquent youth who are recipients of probationary services through the Montgomery County Juvenile Court and usually not responsive to the correctional efforts offered by the public schools, various outpatient counseling services or other forms of supervision provided by the court.  What's a parent to do?  What is a community to do?  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, June 15, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina discusses much needed incessant, heartfelt prayer for peace as promoted at Fatima, Portugal in 1917, Padre Pio's Life and Lessons of Intercessory, Reparative Prayer and the recent apparitions and messages of Our Lady of Kibehoe in Rwanda, Africa before the war and genocide as well as the latest news about the war breaking out in Rwanda again. Francesca will discuss the meaning of intercessory prayer as given to us by Our Lady of Sorrows at the approved African Marian Apparition in Rwanda and what it means for the world including the USA!

Francesca shares the recipe and tradition of Pane de San Antonio (St. Anthony of Padua bread) baked, distributed and eaten on his feast day, June 13 and Pasta Pie!

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:

Brother Erik Otiende, S.M., Thursday, June 17, 2:30 PM on Mary, Model of the Church Today I Brother Erik Otiende, S.M., Friday, June 18, 2:30 PM on Mary, Model of the Church Today II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

New Plans Unveiled for World's Largest Monument (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

We've been asked to pray for the success of this project, and to help spread the word for the honor of Mary.

Dear friend of Jesus and Mary and their innocent unborn,

On this ninety-third anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, we are pleased to unveil new architectural plans [] for the pro-life shrine and great triumphal arch, at seven hundred feet tall to be the world's tallest monument, which our Association was formed to build in 2001. When Buffalo's Common Council unanimously endorsed [] the project in 2002, the Association promised that it would be "built according to high standards of architectural beauty and integrity," a promise clearly kept in the new official designs. To view these beautiful designs, and a 'flyover' video narrated by Father Frank Pavone, go to

Mary's Arch of Triumph will point us towards the 'fundamental transformation' that America, Canada and the world truly need--a change of hearts and minds, more than of laws. It will sound a global signal call to repentance and conversion, renewed faith in God, and respect for human life from conception to natural death. Originating with a dream, this great spiritual undertaking quickly gained worldwide support [] among Mary's faithful, and has been approved by many Catholic pro-life leaders [], including Father Frank Pavone, Father John Corapi, Mrs. Judie Brown, Dr. John Willke, and Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson.

The shrine project evokes Mary's revelations at Fatima on July 13, 1917, "God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart," and that, "In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph ... and an era of peace will be granted to the world." This great arch hails this coming triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. It will be seven hundred feet tall because seven is the biblical number of perfection, and Mary represents the perfection of humanity because of her humble obedience to God. Mary is revered also by Muslims, who believe in Mary's perpetual virginity; indeed, Mohammed said that Mary enjoys the highest place in heaven of all women.

Our new official plans feature a Cross within the Arch, the upright member being a bank of four high-speed elevators, the cross-member being a lower observation deck/refreshment area 425 feet high and holding four hundred people comfortably. Covered with gold-tinted glass, the Cross will be softly illuminated at night. The Holy Innocents Shrine below the Arch will seat over seven hundred. The 635 foot high upper observation deck, with twelve windows bearing the names of the twelve Apostles, will hold eight hundred comfortably. From there, secondary elevators and stairs will access the Chapel of the Triumph, 655 feet high and seating 275. The Arch's blue, star-embossed dome is topped by an illuminated cross pattée having a representation of a white Eucharistic host in its center. The Arch is covered with gold pre-finished aluminum metal cladding. Its forecourt will feature a monumental, golden statue of the Holy Family, and classical columns supporting lintels on which titles of Mary in the great Litany of Loreto are engraved in gold.

We are continuing to raise funds (projected cost: $85 to $100,000,000) through our website [], our toll-free number (1-866-205-6512), and a mail campaign, and we are searching for a site in the Diocese of Buffalo, NY where the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, entered America triumphantly on December 8, 1947 when "200,000 people lined the streets and welcomed Our Lady" [see History page at].

This great tribute to Jesus and Mary, and proclamation of the sanctity of human life, wherever it is located, is certain to attract and inspire millions of pilgrims and tourists from around the world annually. Mary's glorious Arch of Triumph is destined quickly to become an international icon, boldly, though silently, proclaiming the dignity and sanctity of human life, born and unborn, and extolling the oft-neglected virtues of purity, faith and obedience to God.

To be a part of this great movement for the cause of life and renewal of society, please donate online today at, or by calling us toll free 1-866-205-6512. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

May Jesus and Mary always bless and protect you and yours!
For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart,
Laurence D. Behr


Official Drawings, Specifications and Flyover Video:
Project origins, read article at:
Fatima apparitions and messages:

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Last Chance to See Current 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 commenced 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 Celebrating Mary in Ordinary Time and The Heart of Mary.

We have revised and expanded Polish Poems and Mary, Beloved of the Trinity. We have also 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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Worldwide Rosary Rally to Offer Prayer for Priests
Source: Zenit (New York), June 10, 2010

Next week, a worldwide rosary relay event will unite participants around the globe to pray for priests.

The June 19 event, sponsored by Worldpriest, will begin in Brisbane, Australia, and will continue at Marian shrines through Japan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, the Levant and the Middle East, South Africa, Bosnia, Italy, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, England, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and the United States.

The faithful are invited to participate by praying a decade of the rosary for priests at a scheduled time, thereby marking the end of the Year for Priests with a twenty-four-hour prayer relay. Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, Ireland, episcopal advisor to Worldpriest, affirmed the "great potential" of this event, which "will bring many spiritual benefits to all involved."

Worldpriest planned this relay as "an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry; that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God's grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support; and finally that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord's flock to the safe pastures of his kingdom."

For more information:

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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.

'Scan' of Baby Jesus Plunges Churches into Abortion Debate
Source: The Times (London) June 9, 2010

Protestant Churches are joining forces in an advertising campaign that shows a scan of "baby Jesus in the Virgin Mary's womb," complete with halo.

The poster campaign, which will feature on billboards nationally over Christmas, reads: "He's on His way. Christmas starts with Christ."

Created by advertising executives from the Church of England, Methodist, United Reformed and Baptist Churches, the campaign risks plunging Protestant Churches into the abortion debate with its imagery of an unborn child. The baby in the adverts is a composite made up of many baby scans.

The Roman Catholic Church, which opposes abortion, is not represented in

John Smeaton, the director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, said: "This advertisement sends a powerful message to everyone in Britain where 570 babies are killed every day in the womb, 365 days a year, under the Abortion Act. Whenever we kill an unborn child in an abortion, we are killing Jesus.

"It may seem very early to be talking about Christmas, but we'd like to make this one of the largest church Christmas campaigns ever." ...

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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 June with Mary:

Marian Events

IMRI Summer Symposium

Title: Mary in the Consecrated Life

Date: July 27-29, 2010

Location: University of Dayton

A Symposium for representatives of the consecrated life to explore Marian charism today.

For more information click here.

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