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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:

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Alumni Update

Vincenzina Krymow, our specialist on Mary Gardens and related topics, sent us the following update on her recent activities.

Glen Helen 7-18-2010 3-5 p.m. Nature Poetry Hike
Vincenzina Krymow will be reading meditations and excerpts from her books, Mary's Flowers: Legends, Gardens and Meditations and Healing Plants of the Bible: History, Lore and Meditations. All are welcome, writers and listeners alike.

The book on Mary's flowers has been out of print for a while.  However, it will be republished by Tau Publishing, a Franciscan publishing company in Phoenix. We will keep you informed about its availability.  The book on Bible plants is available through Amazon.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Film Available

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who spoke on Mary in Film at MSA 2009, and also recently gave a presentation at the Urban Mediations conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, informed us that Temenos, directed by Nina Danino in 1998, is now available through Amazon-UK.

Tom Whittaker provided the following synopsis:

"In Temenos I wanted to clear a space.  The landscape is empty yet something happens; a disquieting dimension manifests itself in this becalmed landscape.  Nature and ordinary things such as a tree or the sound of a bee acquire a heightened presence."--Nina Danino

Temenos means a sacred site or ritual precinct.  The film Temenos explores the phenomenon of visionary experience, taking the viewer to locations where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, including Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje in Croat-occupied Bosnia where the visions continue.  Nina Danino films the landscapes that have witnessed these transcendental appearances, imbuing them with a sense of the sacred.

These locations are both specific and unknown since viewers are never told where they are.  Instead they are taken on a journey, during which they experience the raw exposure of emotion and the haunting voices that appear on the soundtrack.

The operatic soprano, Catherine Bott, the Tuvan diva, Sainkho Namchylak, and the New York experimental vocalist, Shelley Hirsch, all deliver extraordinary performances.  Across the landscape these voices weep bitterly, hum gently or give vent to unearthly sounds, sounds of nature, the screams of dementia or angelic arias.

Both black-and-white and color film is used and the camera's circular panning movements give a feeling of other-worldly weightlessness.  Nina Danino herself reads from the memoirs of visionaries.

Dr. O'Brien has prepared a text about Mary in Film, The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen, which is slated for publication through Wallflower Press of London around Fall 2010.  We will keep you informed about the status of this book.

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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 21, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Luigi Gambero, SM, faculty member of the Marianum in Rome, and the pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton's Marian Library about the Holy Spirit and the Mother of Jesus in early Church documents written by the Fathers of the Church who were acquainted with the Apostles; Ecumenical Councils, Marian Dogmas, what divides and what unites; and modern-day interest in Mary as found in the writings of the late Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and of the current Pope Benedict XVI.  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 20, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina speaks with Paul Coudron about the Dayton Right to Life First Annual Bike Ride for Life (all ages welcome) to be held Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1, 2010, at the Life Enrichment Center located at 425 North Findlay St., Dayton, OH 45404 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM providing family fun, food and entertainment to promote healthy lifestyles, wholesome family life, education and most of all to save young lives. More Information at and 937-461-3625.

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:

Father François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, July 22, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Apocrypha

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, July 23, 2:30 PM on the Feast of Saints Ann and Joachim

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

[Blessed William Joseph Chaminade]

The picture at left was sent by Brother John with the comments below.  Click on it to enlarge.

Here is a Chaminade graphic that may be new for you.  I hope it will be useful, especially for the coming Chaminade Year.  I am still making efforts to tell people about it.

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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 list of Marian Shrine Addresses, and added an entire new section for Italy.

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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Pope Calls for Person-Centered Health Care
Catholic Medical Professionals Gather in Lourdes
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France), May 10, 2010

Benedict XVI is calling for a type of health care reform that brings medical professionals to lovingly focus on patients as persons in all their integrity.

The Pope made this recommendation in a message to the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, which concluded its four-day twenty-third World Congress on Sunday.

Some two thousand medical professionals from fifty countries took part in this congress-pilgrimage, held in Lourdes, France. It focused on Our Faith as Doctors....

Our Lady's presence

The president of the federation, José María Simón Castellví, told ZENIT that this year's congress was particularly marked by the spiritual elements linked to the shrine at Lourdes.

The scientific program was divided into four sessions dedicated to God the Creator, Jesus Christ the Redeemer, the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, and a last pro-life session, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

During the congress, the Federation of Catholic Doctors conferred the Science and Faith Prize, normally given to a doctor, to the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

Simón Castellví explained that the prize was in recognition of "his tireless defense of science and faith" and "this year it has been given to a bishop also because it is the Year of the Priest."

FIAMC is made up of some sixty national associations of Catholic doctors worldwide

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.

Festival of Marian Hymns
Source: Press Release from ML/IMRI (Dayton, Ohio) July, 2010

Come to a Festival of Marian Hymns, Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 PM., at the U.D. Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The Jubilee-Singers of Dayton, a group dedicated to praising God in song, will sing new settings of the well-known Marian texts. There will be congregational singing of traditional and contemporary Marian hymns, together with brief reflections on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. Sponsored by the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. All are welcome.

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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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