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Alumni Update

IMRI graduate, Father Frank Leo, sent us the following update on his recent activities.

I am the Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature (Embassy of the Holy See) in Canberra, Australia. I've been here since October 2008.  Give my best to the Staff and hope to see you soon.  God bless.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book About Marianist History

Faustino Perez-Manglano Magro
Diario y otros escritos
Madrid, PPC, 2010
313 pp., mas illustraciones
Edited by Enrique Torres Rojas, S.M.
Preface by Most Rev. Carlos Osoro, Archbishop of Valencia

This book contains all the extant writings of Faustino: his diary, his recollections, his notes and letters.  The editor provides a brief description or introduction for each document.  In addition to a brief biographical sketch, three appendices offer a graphological analysis, a select bibliography, and a family tree.

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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 14, Francesca Franchina speaks with Damian Stayne, founder of Cor et Lumen Christi Community, based in London, England, about the power of God's Word operating through his ministry of preaching, physical healing, deliverance, prophecy and evangelization which has taken him to all five continents, leading training schools in various aspects of the Christian life and his upcoming conference, Word Power, a two-day event empowering Christians to step into their prophetic anointing by experiencing and ministering the prophetic living Word of God in the Power of the Holy Spirit--hosted by Father Gregory Bramlage and by the Word of God Prayer Ministry at St. Leon, Indiana on August 7-8, 2010. A graduate of Surrey University in England, Damian led the 2009 Catholic Charismatic Conference Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church, at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.   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 13, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion of the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium, the Blessed Mother in Ecumenism, the ecumenical writings of Pope John Paul II, and what has been accomplished since Vatican II in dialogue between Anglicans and other denominations.  Francesca shares her favorite recipes for Risotto Ala Terminese, a Sicilian stuffed-rice entree that is easily transported to a picnic, reunion or just enjoyed at a family gathering.  Easy and Delicious.  Truly a Franchina Family Favorite!

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 Celia Chua, M.I.C., Thursday, July 15, 2:30 PM on Mary and Inter-religious Dialogue

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, July 16, 2:30 PM on the Meaning of the Scapular

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Images (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The picture at left is Our Lady of the Pillar at the entrance of the Marianist Center, Cupertino, CA [Carrara marble from Italy]. Donated about sixty years ago by the parents of the late Brother Vincent Steele.

The picture at right is an oil-painted portrait of Father Chaminade by Brother Nicholas Waldeck, S.M. (1895-1979). Brother Nick did many portraits of Father Chaminade and many scenes from his life.

Brother Jim Leahy, S.M. took these pictures. He may be reached 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 posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the ESBVM Congress, Mission and the Place of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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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Mother Leads Rosary at Son's Beatification
Poles Celebrate Memory of Priest, Martyr of Communism
Source: Zenit (Warsaw, Poland), June 7, 2010

Armed only with "truth, justice and charity," Father Jerzy Popieluszko sought to maintain and give witness to his freedom of conscience as a citizen and a priest.

This was how the Polish priest was described by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, when he presided over Sunday's beatification of Father Popieluszko.

The priest's mother, Marianna Popieluszko, led a rosary prayed before the Mass....

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.

'Behold Your Mother', Mary
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, Ohio) Summer, 2010

Why is a Jewish woman who lived two millennia ago portrayed in so many ways by so many people?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, sometimes appears Mediterranean; sometimes, northern European; sometimes, African; sometimes, Asian. Her skin takes on all the hues of humanity. Her dress varies, too. Our Lady of Guadalupe is dressed as an Aztec princess; Our Lady of La Salette is dressed in French clothes.

This phenomenon about the only person who was with Jesus both at his birth and at his death makes sense to Father François Rossier, S.M., who on Jan. 25, 2010 was installed as executive director of the University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, succeeding Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., who headed the institute for more than twenty years.

The explanation lies in Mary's relationship to Jesus and to us. In the mentality of the ancient Mediterranean world, according to Rossier, a newborn child was not recognized as a full human being. That came only with time, with education; in Latin, the word for education is humanitas. "Education," Rossier says, "is what made a newborn child a human being."

Click here to see the complete issue in pdf [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].
The article includes several parts and many images and may be found on pages 10-13.

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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

Graduate Program in Christian Spirituality

Title: Marian Spirituality (CSP 715)

Date: July 19-31, 2010

Location: Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)

IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, MA, STB, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska will lead a course that will explore Mary as mother and teacher of the spiritual life e.g., Mary and the Holy Spirit, Mary's virtues, Mary as first disciple of the Lord, as Servant of the Lord, and as Model of the Church. This course likewise studies the various expressions of Mary's place in the universal call to holiness, e.g. the Marian thread in the lives of the Saints with a special emphasis on the new Saints and Blesseds of Pope John Paul II.

CSP 715: Marian Spirituality (1 or 2) Ms.Teresa Monaghen July 19 - 24; Mon - Sat. for 1 credit. July 26 - 31; Mon - Sat. for 1 credit. Take separately for one credit or together for 2 credits.

Creighton University • 2500 California Plaza • Omaha NE • 68178 402-280-2700

For more information click here.

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