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Alumni Update

Father John Fletcher recently visited Dayton to take IMRI courses and attend the Symposium on Mary and the Consecrated Life. Having taken our course on Mary in the Media, he is now in the process of putting together some short videos on Catholic teaching. More information on this project will be made available in the near future.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian videos on the web

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informed us about an on-line presentation of Catholic teachings about Mary rooted in Scripture.  It runs eleven minutes and is hosted by the True Faith TV website.  Click here to see it.

Judith Lungen informed us about a video showing the procession of Our Lady of Hope in Seville.  Click here to see it.

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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, August 4, Francesca Franchina speaks with Carroll High School teachers, Martha and John Saurine focusing on their family trip to Nigeria where John served as a teacher, principal, counselor and mentor to African students and families in the Family of Mary, focusing on the work and mission of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, his Marianist Mission and the challenge and joys of Catholic Education today.  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, August 3, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina focuses on introducing the Catholic Faith to those interested in learning more, RCIA, witnessing, and what you can share from your own experience about Catholicism, growing up Catholic and the Church today.  Francesca stirs up good things in the kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life's lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in the 'New Evangelization'. "Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord." in Francesca's kitchen as she shares every-day down-to-earth conversation, easy ways to evangelization and her family's Italian cooking recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, August 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and Evangelization

Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C., Friday, August 6, 2:30 PM on Mary and Evangelization

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Liturgical Year: History or Mystery? (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Church's liturgy demonstrates varied symbolism and a wide versatility in the presentation of content and meaning.  Some texts reflect history, at times so vividly the events seem current.  Sometimes the action reported pertains to the present as it petitions or proclaims grace.  Or our gaze is lifted high to the Parousia, to judgment and heaven, oriented toward the future.  The liturgical texts seemingly leap from one area of reference to another, sometimes within the same sentence.  Frequently, it is doubtful which area of concern is intended, or it may be left undecided.  How are we to absorb and gainfully employ this lively variation in proper perspective?  What does the liturgy expect of us?  Is it inviting us to recall salvation history?  Is it offering us the grace of the present?  Or is it perhaps preparing us for the life to come?

Living Liturgy

When we celebrate liturgy, we are doing the work of the People of God.  The Fathers of the Church, both East and West, taught us that liturgy is nothing less than the ongoing saving work of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, still present and operative among us through the Holy Spirit.  The great Latin Father, Pope St. Leo the Great, in the fifth century explained it in this way: "What was visible in our Redeemer has passed over into the sacraments."  In other words, what Jesus did historically during his earthly life, he continues to do sacramentally through the liturgical mysteries he celebrates in and with his Church.  Remember that 'sacraments' in the language of the Fathers refers to the mysteries of the whole, visible ministry of the Church, not just the seven sacraments in the popular, technical sense of the term.  This reminds us that Jesus is working in us and through us. In effect, each of us is a sacrament of Christ.  From the very beginning it is important that we have a clear understanding of the distinct planes, layers, or dimensions on which the liturgical drama is enacted: history, grace, and eschatology.


On the historical plane the liturgy re-presents events of the past so vividly as to make them appear as happening today–some from the Old Testament but most from the life of Christ.  As an example, consider the Christmas season.  The liturgy dramatically re-enacts Christ's advent and birth.  During four weeks it prepares us for the birth of our Savior.  In a spirit of simple, childlike longing we approach the great feast.  On Christmas day itself the liturgy leads us to the crib at Bethlehem and shows us the newborn Son of God, and speaks of a "new birth in the flesh."  This historical application concerns not only the birth of Christ, but his whole life, the entire history of salvation, and the lives of the saints.  Consequently, history is an important constituent of liturgy.


Action on the plane of grace pertains directly to us and takes place in the present.  The liturgy is operative here when it proclaims and produces God's life in our souls.  The historical plane serves as a framework for the plane of grace.  The plane of grace is the pledge of future glory and anticipates the dimension of eschatology.  On the plane of grace the Eucharistic Liturgy is paramount.  Its prayers and those of the Liturgy of the Hours reveal fully the effects of the Paschal Mystery.  While quite clear, much is left to our meditation.  The liturgy intimates its wealth to us, clothed in the garments of the history of salvation.


Many liturgical texts treat of the end of time, of the Parousia, of the next life, of heaven and hell.  It is the consummation of the other two planes or dimensions of liturgical action, the end for which they exist and were providentially planned.  Advent offers a striking example of the interplay of these three planes or dimensions.  The texts of the liturgy express longing for the first coming of Christ in the flesh in terms of history.  Always implied is Christ's coming in grace, a point frequently made explicit. In the mystery of the Mass the appearance of Christ upon the altar is awaited.  The ultimate reference, however, is to his final coming at the end of time.  We distinguish a threefold advent, although we do not always determine which one is intended in a particular liturgical reading.  Sometimes all three may be possible.  Stress may be placed now on one, now on the other, and often those at prayer choose the precise application.  It is exactly this lively tension that makes the liturgy dramatic.  To understand and differentiate these several areas of orientation is the first requirement for understanding the sacred texts.  The second task is to apply this understanding to daily life.

Entering the mystery of the liturgy

How do we accomplish so beneficial a task?  From the outset we must be convinced that the liturgy is concerned primarily with the present.  The past or future are only symbols or signposts of today's outpouring of grace.  The chief function of the liturgy is to bring us divine life now.  However, the present may be disguised in the raiment of the past or the future.  Looking at the Advent liturgy again, we notice that the texts speak at length about the first coming of Christ, the Incarnation.  This deserves our serious consideration and grateful remembrance as we mine the spiritual value.  But to make Advent a sentimental preview of Christmas would be a mistake.  And this is the misdirection of civic and commercial observances.  There is much more to Advent and Christmas. We no longer yearn for Christ's first coming because it is past.  But we can put such desire in the service of grace.  Through grace Christ comes to us in a manner symbolized by his first coming.  His earthly life and work foreshadowed his work in the Church and in our souls.  Every year we should long for and prepare for his coming in grace, using the history and symbols of his first coming, his birth and infancy.  Although grace is already within us, grace can come to us again and again in fuller measure.

In the Mass the liturgy attains its closest contact with the present.  In the Mass not only are the Body and Blood of Christ present, but also the Divine High Priest and Lamb of God appears on the altar, fulfilling the symbols of his earthly life.  By the Eucharist history becomes present and hope becomes reality.  The past and future become actual before our eyes.  What we read as past history and what we await as future hope merge into a holy now and a blessed today in the Mass.  Essential to the celebration and application of the liturgy is knowing that in the mystery of the Mass we transpose to the present everything relating to past or future.  The people of the early Church lived with the expectation of the second coming of Christ constantly in mind.  With the passing of centuries interest shifted to the present.  Yet many eschatological texts are found in the liturgy.  However, the liturgy does not suggest we dream away the present and live only in the future.  When presenting to us the final times, it is admonishing us to strip our hearts of fleeting earthly attachments and to anchor them where true joy is found.  Thus the frequent repetition of the Lord's admonition to be watchful and ready always for his coming.  His final coming is anticipated in the Eucharistic mystery enacted before us now.

The Mass-mystery embodies all

Consequently, the Eucharistic liturgy is the focal point to which all phases of the liturgy converge.  Again recalling the Advent liturgy, we find in the Mass the symbol of Christ's first coming taking on reality, his second coming is anticipated, and he comes to us in grace.  The human soul becomes the scene of that three-fold advent.  Jesus appears on the altar, visits us in Holy Communion, and enlightens our darkness through the glory and grace of his presence.  Liturgy is no ethereal intangible.  It is as absolute as birth and judgment and death.  Our desire for the coming of the newborn into the crib of our hearts is not empty sentiment.  Underlying it is the solid truth of the "new birth of the Only-begotten in the flesh." (Vigil of Christmas)  The sacramental interpretation of the Eucharist presents a veritable treasury of grace embodying all that is proper to the work of redemption--commemorative, eschatological, or sacramental portent.  Through the liturgy we receive our true treasure, the pearl of divine life.  Truly the Church year is a year of grace.  Is the liturgical year history or mystery?  It's not a case of either-or, but one of both-and.

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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 concluded on July 29, 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: Fall 2010.

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We have posted the Call For Papers for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through July 26, 2010.

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Papal Trip to Portugal Has Marian Touch
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), May 4, 2010

Benedict XVI's trip to Portugal this May 11-14 will have a Marian emphasis, says the director of the Vatican press office.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi presented today the program of the Pope's fifteenth apostolic visit outside Italy.

The Holy Father will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the beatification of the little shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto who, together with their cousin Lucia dos Santos, who died in 2005, were the witnesses of Our Lady's apparitions in 1917.

Benedict XVI will be the third Pope to visit the Fatima shrine, after Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II's three trips in 1982, 1991 and 2000.

For Father Lombardi, Fatima is "a Marian shrine in which events occurred with which Benedict XVI has been personally concerned in a very profound way, also from the point of view of theology and spirituality." As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he wrote a document on the event, published in 2000.

"And, of course, Fatima is a place where one extends one's gaze for a meditation on history," said Father Lombardi....

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.

At the Manger Returns as an Annual Tradition
Source: Roesch Library Grapevine (University of Dayton) August, 2010

During each Christmas season, our crèche collection is exhibited on campus and throughout the community. The local At the Manger exhibits and activities have become an annual event.

Things will kick off this year with a family-oriented open house event from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 27th. Last year's open house brought in over one thousand people. We anticipant that many or more this year. This free event which is open to the public will include children's activities, refreshments, live entertainment and more.

This year, our featured first-floor gallery exhibit will celebrate the wonderful traditions of the African continent and of Americans of African descent. Nationally-known local artist, Willis 'Bing' Davis, will be creating his own interpretation of the Nativity in an original work and setting that will be shown among twenty-five other crèches. Additional exhibits in the UD Libraries on the second floor and in the Marian Library gallery and crèche museum room will be shown as will others at various local venues.

Here at the UD Libraries, At the Manger will run through January 31, 2011. Start to spread the word!

Click here for the complete article [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, then scroll to page 2].

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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 August 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 August.

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Marian Events

Annual Assumption Pilgrimage

Date: August 13-15, 2010

Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon (North Jackson, Ohio)

Forty-fifth annual pilgrimage for the feast of Mary's Assumption at the Maronite shrine

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