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Alumni Update

Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C., will visit Dayton from July 13 - August 14. She will speak at our Summer Symposium, teach an IMRI course, and help develop the growing Chinese section of The Mary Page. She attended an Asian Mariological Conference in 2009 and sent the following follow-up information and requested prayers for these intentions.

Dear Marian friends,
I would like to personally invite you to the continuation of the series of Saturday Marian Conferences organized by Pueblo Amante de Maria Mariological Marian Society of the Philippines (PAMMMSPhil) from June to August 2010. These conferences are to be held at San Carlos Seminary Auditorium, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. Enclosed is the official invitation from PAMMMSPhil signed by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.
God bless you!
In Christ and Mary,
Father Yulito Ignacio

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marianist Book Coming Soon

An English translation of the original French Devotion a Marie by Father Emile Neubert., S.M. was made by Father Charles Miller, S.M. (GA, Rome), and will be published by Academy of the Immaculate. The small book will be in print and ready for distribution at a very reasonable price in October 2010.

Academy of the Immaculate is the publishing arm of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. This book was edited by Father Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., an ardent admirer of Father Neubert.

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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.

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.

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, July 1, 2:30 PM on Mary and Catechetics I
Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, July 2, 2:30 PM on Mary and Catechetics II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Very Special Classroom (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Brother John sent us information on the Marianist Cemetery at the University of Dayton. The article below was written by Father Joseph Stefanelli, S.M., but the careful research behind it was done by the late Brother Donald Hebeler, S.M., when he worked on campus and lived in the Alumni Hall Marianist Community at the University of Dayton.

The first Marianist cemetery in the United States is located on the campus of what is now the University of Dayton. Father Leo Meyer, founder of the American Province, obtained permission from the township authorities to lay out a private cemetery at what was then known as the 'Nazareth' convent. He chose a section of land south of the farmhouse and at the eastern end of the property. It was a secluded location away from the incursion of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Inaugurated on November 1, All Saints Day, 1854, it continued to receive departed Marianists until December of 1960.

The original cemetery was a small rectangular plot of seventy-five by eighty feet. It was surrounded by a wooden picket fence with several cedar trees on each side along the fence line. With time, the area was considerably expanded, to the north and to the east. For half a century, wooden crosses were used to mark the gravesites. In 1907, the wooden crosses were replaced by headstones. The headstones in turn were sunk level with the ground in 1971, and now probably escape the notice of many of the passers-by. But the site is marked by a large granite slab on a granite base. On the slab, erected in 1980, is a plaque reading:

The usual classroom scene of many students and one teacher is here reversed as you, the reader of these lines, stand as a solitary student before a great number of teachers, predecessors of the Marianists now laboring at the University. Here they lie in peace, still expounding to those who listen, with lessons of truth and goodness--and love of the Virgin Mary in whose service they lived and died.

May their memory inspire you as their lives inspired so many others.

Three other plaques, below the first one, contain the names of all those buried there, in the order in which their graves are located. Place of honor, with the only above-ground maker, and directly behind the granite slab, goes to little Mary Louisa Stuart. Born on February 25, 1848, she died four months and twenty days later. Daughter of John and Mary Stuart, owners of the Dewberry farm, she was originally buried in St. Henry's Cemetery (east of the present Dayton [Montgomery County] Fair Grounds). The Stuart family returned to Europe in 1850. Some twenty years later, when St. Henry's was discontinued as a cemetery and the property sold, the remains of those buried there were transferred to Calvary Cemetery. However, Brother Maximin Zehler was able to obtain permission to re-bury the coffin of the little Stuart girl in the Marianist cemetery at Nazareth, for he considered her parents as outstanding benefactors of the Brothers. He marked the spot with a small tombstone, surmounted by a smaller praying angel, and her memory has been preserved among us.

The first person to be buried in the cemetery in Dayton was an eighteen-year-old postulant from Sandusky, Ohio. Jacob Krupp died on Ash Wednesday, February 20, 1855. The last to be buried there was Brother Aloysius Kreipel, who died December 2, 1960, at the age of seventy-seven. In between, not counting the Stuart baby, 305 other persons were buried there. Of these, 284 were Marianist religious. There were also five affiliates; eight other postulants; six novices, and two students.

The first professed religious to be interred in the cemetery was Brother Joseph Radinger. He died on January 19, 1861, at the age of forty-nine. The first 'professed-in-America' Brother to die was Louis Curiec. Curiec was born (March 15, 1825) in France, but professed his first vows as a Marianist in Dayton, August 21, 1850. He was the second person to profess vows as a Marianist in the United States (Brother Nicholas Bohn, who preceded him alphabetically, being the first).

Less than four years after his profession, Curiec was assigned (January, 1854) to the St. Joseph Orphan Asylum in downtown Cincinnati as a cook. He died there November 21, 1854, and was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Price Hill, Cincinnati. Only around 1885 were his remains transferred to the cemetery in Dayton.

Neither of the first two Marianists to come to America is buried at the University. Father Leo Meyer left Dayton November 29, 1862, and stopped in Cleveland and New York on his way back to France. He departed New York December 19, and arrived at Le Havre on New Year's Day, 1863. He spent his declining years at St. Remy, died there January 30, 1868, and was buried in the Brothers' cemetery there. An attempt was made by the American administration in 1909 to have his remains brought from France to Nazareth. However, the General Administration, taking into account the antipathetic political climate in France at the time, did not think the civil authorities would look favorably on such a proposal.

Father Meyer's companion, when he came to America in 1849, had been Brother Charles Schulz. He had joined the Brothers of Mary just two years earlier, at the age of twenty-seven. He left the Marianists in 1851 to become a Jesuit Brother. He served in a number of different posts and died August 6, 1907, at Marquette University, at the age of eighty-seven.

Of the second group of Marianist 'pioneers', Brothers John Stinzi, Maximin Zehler, and Andrew Edel are buried at Nazareth. Brother Damien Litz was the last of the pioneers to die, and was buried in San Antonio.

Among the professed religious whose remains are presently on the U.D. campus there are 266 Brothers and nineteen The names include five who held the position of Provincial, either of the American Province or of the Cincinnati Province: John Reinbolt, Landelin Beck, George Meyer, Bernard O'Reilly, Lawrence Yeske.

The list also contains noted names of Marianist chroniclers or historians: John Garvin, Edward Knust, Edward Gorman, John Brueck, Herman Jaske, Thomas Mooney, Paul O'Brien, George Ruppel, William Wehrle, George Meyer, Charles Preisinger among others.

The five affiliates were: Francis Daeges (1845-1933), John Callanan (1846-1933), Francis Herner (1866-1940), and two former religious who returned as laymen to live and die in Marianist communities: Edward Orschell (1872-1939); and Nicholas Joerns (1851-1933).

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New Exhibit!

The Marian Library will feature artwork by Nancy L. Campbell, a Minnesota-based artist who uses black-and-white photography to explore the relationship between mother and baby. Mother and Madonna: Photography of Madonna and Child will be on display June 28 through August 27 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public. Hours for The Marian Library are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214. Click here for virtual exhibit.

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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We have revised our material on the Golden Rose. 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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Irish Youth Meet at Shrine for Fellowship Festival
Our Lady Draws Young People to Pilgrimage Site
Source: Zenit (Knock, Ireland), June 24, 2010

A three-day festival of faith and fellowship begins Friday for youth from around Ireland. The Shrine of Our Lady of Knock is the site for the annual event, this year focused on Walk by Faith. The three-day program includes talks, workshops, prayer, reflection and music. 

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam and Bishop Christopher Jones of Elphin will take part in the event. Bishop Jones opens the festival on Friday.

"The festival presents young people with the exciting opportunity of gathering with others to reflect on their Christian faith and the significance it has in our life journey," Bishop Jones said. "We pray that it will help many young people to discover in their lives a lively, loving relationship with Jesus Christ and his church." ...

Click here for the complete article or here for more information on Knock Fest 2010.

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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.

Thoroughly Modern Mary
Source: The Times (London) June 5, 2010

Rosie Goldsmith begins a week of short programs in which she examines the place of the Virgin Mary in the modern world. Among those inveighing for and against the Mother of Christ are Ann Widdecombe and Richard Dawkins (guess which sides they are on).

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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 July with Mary:

  • Summer Time 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 July.

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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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