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Alumni Update

Father Luigi Gambero, S.M. taught The Holy Spirit and Mary in the Patristic Period at IMRI this past semester. He also recently celebrated the golden anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  To commemorate this milestone, a reception was held at The Marian Library after the annual meeting of the Council of the Institute.  Last year, he received an academic prize in Rome called, Pro Ancilla Domini. Details on this were published in issue 183 of Via Latina 22 including photos.  To view it, click here and scroll to page 2 [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Publication on Mary

Judith Lungen informed us about a new book on Mary expected out through Amazon in November 2010, Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art, and Life by Judith Dupre.  For more information, click here.

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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 program:

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, August 12, 2:30 PM on the Assumption Liturgy

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Icon of the Church in the Americas (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Brother Samaha had the above article published in the March-April, 2009 issue of Social Justice Review.  Below is an excerpt.

With her head tilted to the right, her hazel eyes are cast downward in an expression of gentleness and concern.  The mantle covering her head and shoulders is turquoise, studded with gold stars and bordered in gold.  Her hair is jet black and her complexion is olive.  She stands alone, her hands clasped in prayer, an angel at her feet.

We have all seen her image.  She is Our Lady of Guadalupe, a life-sized portrayal of the Virgin Mary as she appeared in 1531 on the cactus-cloth tilma, or cape, of St. Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant and devout convert.  This happened merely a dozen years after Hernan Cortes had conquered the land that is now Mexico for the monarchy of Spain.  Almost five centuries later the colors of that portrait have remained as vibrant as if painted this year.  The coarse, woven, cactus cloth shows no signs of fading or deterioration, although that type of material seldom lasts twenty years.

Today the image is preserved behind an impenetrable glass screen in the basilica at Mexico City.  Pilgrims can view it from a distance of twenty-five feet.  Each year more than ten million persons venerate the mysterious image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, making this shrine the most popular in the Catholic world after St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City.  The Mexican faithful refer to her lovingly as La Morenita.

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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.

In our Korean language section we have updated News through August 9, 2010 and posted Marian Commemoration Days for August.

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Loreto Grants Citizenship to Focolare Leader
Founder Received First Inspiration in Mary
Source: Zenit (Rome), November 5, 2009

The president of the Focolare movement is now an honorary citizen of the city where the Blessed Virgin's house sits--in honor of the fact that Chiara Lubich received her first inspiration to found the group within the walls of that holy house.

"This is a great moment for the city of Loreto," but also "for all those who share the plan that Chiara Lubich had in her heart: to unite institutions and politics to spirituality," said Moreno Pieroni, mayor of the Italian city.

On October 25, he opened the ceremony to grant distinguished citizenship in memory of the founder of the Focolare, to Maria Voce, the current president of the movement....

Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci of Loreto also noted the parallel between Lubich and the Blessed Mother: "Among those stones, which witnessed the incarnation of the Son of God, that intuition was born in Chiara from which infinite horizons would open, which hope to be enlarged and realized by all who have received her legacy."

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.

Father François Rossier, S.M. Named Director of ML/IMRI
Source: Via Latina 22 (Society of Mary General Administration) November, 2009

With the conclusion of the directorship of Father Johann Roten, SM last summer, The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton has a new director.  Father François Rossier, SM, for several years a member of the IMRI staff, has succeeded Father Roten as director.  We offer our congratulations to Father François and thanks to both Fathers Johann and François for their service in this important ministry....

Click here for the complete article (with photo) and scroll to page 2 [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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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:

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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