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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:

I was very excited to know about UD's mission to create an online environment where alumni and others can find information about the Blessed Mother. Thank you very much.


Alumni Update

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, IMRI graduate and President of the USA Chapter of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will speak at the society's congress on The Mission and Place of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be held in the U.K. from July 19-22, 2010.  The title of her talk is The Bible at the core of Marian ecumenical dialogue: What kind of exegesis has been helpful?.  For more information on the ESBVM and for details about this conference click here.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Important New Book About Marianist History

Origins of the Marianist Family: Notes on Marianist History by Father Eduardo Benlloch, S.M.
Translated from Spanish into English by Brother Robert Wood, S.M.
available from NACMS, 2010, 362 pages, paperbound, $19.95

This book is the fruit of the author's many years teaching Marianist history to the novices of Spain. It is a treasure trove of interesting biographical and historical information about the beginnings of our three Founders, the Bordeaux Sodality, the SM, the FMI, and what has grown into our entire Marianist Family.

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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, July 7, Francesca Franchina talks with Michele Foley, MA Theology, post-graduate student of Mariology at the University of Dayton's Pontifical Marian Research Institute at The Marian Library regarding Our Lady of Atonement, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Penance and the Precious Blood of Jesus.  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, July 6, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina talks about Mary and Ecumenism, the Vatican II Ecumenical Council, the writings on Ecumenism by Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Francesca shares her delicious light recipe for Pasta with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts.

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. Danielle Peters, Thursday, July 8, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Church

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Brother John Samaha tells us that the provincial office in Saint Louis has a limited supply of Stefanelli's biography pamphlets, Chaminade, Pragmatist with a Vision as well as leaflets with info on Chaminade and the text of the prayer below available for free upon request. He adds: "It would be wonderful to have the miracle now being studied approved during the Chaminade Year."

O Lord, You are constantly at work in your Church and, through individuals and communities, You manifest your Spirit for the good of your people.  In a special way You bestowed your Spirit on your servant, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade so that he might live fully according to the Gospel and with love devote himself to your saving work.  You have inspired communities of men and women to follow his example by consecrating themselves to You to serve the Church under the leadership of Mary.  We now pray to You to give us visible signs of your grace and holiness in his life by granting us special favors we ask through his intercession.  May the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.  Amen

For other information please write to the General Postulator by post at Via Latina 22, 00179 Rome, Italy or by email at

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Current 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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through June 30, 2010 as well as our list of Universities, Organizations, and Learning Centers.  In our Korean language section we have updated News through July 7, 2010 and posted Marian Commemoration Days for July. 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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Asian Conference Laments Exploitation of Women
Promotes Mary as Inspiration and Guide
Source: Zenit (Hong Kong), June 17, 2010

The East Asia Bishops' Institute on Lay Apostolate is highlighting the need for more help for victims of sexual harassment and human trafficking, as well as more awareness of how society exploits the woman's sexuality.

The recommendations come at the end of the institute's May conference on Mary, co-organized by the Office of Laity and Family of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and Taiwan's Episcopal conference.

The conference, which took place in the Diocese of Hsinchu, Taiwan, had as its theme Mary, Truly a Woman of Our Times. ...

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.

Eastman Professor Discovers Untold History of the Ave Maria in Music
Source: Press Release (University of Rochester) June 24, 2010

The Ave Maria (or 'Hail Mary') remains one of the most widely repeated prayers among the world's Christian population, especially Catholics. It has been said by the faithful both in private and in public for centuries. Many know that the prayer contains two parts. The first part derives from the Gospel of Luke; the second part (beginning Sancta Maria... [or 'Holy Mary'...]) is simply an attached petition, not based on Scripture. The second part of the prayer is thought to have emerged and been transmitted orally in the fifteenth century in various forms, later solidified with the issue of the Roman breviary in 1568.

Michael Alan Anderson, Assistant Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), has discovered that the origins of second half of the prayer - the sinner's direct plea to Mary - dates considerably earlier than commonly thought by historians. According to Anderson, who specializes in medieval and Renaissance music history, musical composers were experimenting with petitionary supplements to the Ave Maria as early as the late thirteenth century, at least 150 years before historians have recognized such additions to this central prayer....

Click here to see the complete press release.

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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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