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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 one example:

I have posted an excerpt from Father Wiseman's thesis on my website,, with references to Marian Library Studies.  Thank you for allowing this to happen.

In the Lord, Tom M.

Alumni Update

Sister M. Danielle Peters, S.T.D., Coordinator of Academic Programs for IMRI, will speak at a conference on the Theology of the Rosary to be held in Norwood, Ohio on October 1-2, 2010.  A Schoenstatt Sister of Mary and an instructor at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, she will speak on "The Teaching of Pope John Paul II in Rosarium Virginis Mariae."  For details, click here. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Website Coming for Marian Order

Sister Maria Consolatrice, FI, sent us advance notice about a new website,, that will be available soon with information about their Marian order.

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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 25, Francesca Franchina talks with businessman, Tim Francis of Dallas, Texas, a young Catholic family man, about Science Tests Faith and Reasons To Believe, the DVD and book by Australian Attorney, Ron Tesoriero, and renowned Australian investigative journalist, Mike Willesee, reporting and documenting miracles of the Holy Eucharist turning to living flesh and blood, bleeding statues, real tears and real blood and supernatural things going on all over the world which are being tested in noted pathology labs to show how heaven is speaking to humanity: "There is a God and Jesus became human for our salvation."  Tim, an enthusiastic and powerful speaker and native of New Carlisle, Ohio, grew up in Sacred Heart Parish.  He travels extensively throughout the USA to arrange and conduct presentations of this well-documented investigative study.  Tim first conducted the program on September 8, 2009 at Transfiguration Church in West Milton, Ohio where a new DVD was recorded which is now available.  See more of Tim and also live footage filmed while the investigation and study of these phenomena were occurring.  Click here for more information.  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 24, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Jack Buchner, D. Min., Faith Formation Director of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Maryland, regarding his book and acclaimed presentation, The St. Monica Ministry, which evolved from the highly-successful Come Home program for returning folks who have been 'on leave' from the Catholic Church.  Dr. Buchner created this book and program to help caring Catholics who have family members and friends in this situation.  He will present this program at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio, on Sunday August 29, 2010 from 2:00-4:30 PM.  For more information see the parish website.  Today Francesca shares her favorite recipe for chicken cacciatore alla Termini Imerese, Sicilia and a simply delicious Ricotta pie.

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, August 26, 2:30 PM on the Assumption Dogma

Sister M. Danielle Peters, Friday, August 27, 2:30 PM on the Assumption Dogma

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Catholic websites (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Brother Samaha sent us the following information recently.

The following paragraphs offer some interesting news.  The summaries of the social encyclicals can be a good resource, especially for students.

Summaries of Social Encyclicals Now Available
Our website,, now has summaries of the Church's social encyclicals–writings from the Pope and Vatican that clarify and develop the Church's social teachings.  Starting with Rerum Novarum by Leo XIII in 1891, the new section summarizes the historical context of the encyclical and highlights the major topics of each.  You can then link to the actual text of the encyclical at the Vatican's website.

New Mother Teresa Stamp
The United States Postal Service will honor the life and work of the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta with the dedication of a new stamp on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at a ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  To see the stamp and read more about the unveiling click here.

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Last Chance To See 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.

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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 as well as information about a recent donation of valuable art to our holdings, Our Mother, a painting done by the late by Edward B. Ostendorf.

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Pope Sends Golden Rose to Our Lady in Argentina
Statue Valued by Indigenous Population
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), August 23, 2010

In addition to sending a special envoy to the centenary celebrations for the Argentinean Diocese of Catamarca, Benedict XVI also gave the eleventh Golden Rose of his pontificate to Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Valley there.  Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, archbishop of Santiago, Chile, represented the Pope at the centenary celebrations on Saturday.

The image of the Virgin to receive the rose is a 42-centimeter (16-inch) marble statue that dates back to original Spanish missionaries of South America.  The native population developed strong devotion to Our Lady in this representation, and over the years, various miracles have been attributed to her....

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.

Marian Congress Report
Source: Sister Celia Chua, MIC August 2010

It was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 15-16, 2010.  The theme, Mary - Model Disciple for Mission, was chosen by the two organizers: the Legion of Mary; and the Charismatic Groups of Malaysia, supported and endorsed by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam of Malaysia.

The two-day Marian conference was well attended by more than fifteen hundred participants.  The majority were lay people with a few religious women and priests coming from different parts of the country. Malaysia is indeed multicultural (Malay, Indian, Chinese, and others) and multilingual.  At the opening ceremony, Archbishop Pakiam emphasized the place of Mary, the model disciple in the mission of Christians.  He said, "We cannot do away with Mary and hope to be true and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  He who said 'Behold your mother' when the disciple took her as his own continues to give the same invitation to each one of us today."

Furthermore, Jenny Tan, the president of the Legion of Mary in Malaysia and the chair person of the organizing body pointed out, "True Devotion to Mary must comprise love for the Eucharist and the services of souls.  Mary without motherhood and Christian without discipleship would be analogous ideas.  Both would be incomplete, unreal, unsubstantial, and false to the Divine intention.  The only effective method of offering ourselves as disciple is to undertake discipleship.  That step taken, at once Mary embraces our activity and incorporates it in her motherhood."

I was among the five invited speakers.  The topics assigned to me were: Mary pondered them in her heart and She (Mary) was there in the Upper Room.  In both conferences, Mary's attitudes and her roles as a mother and disciple of Jesus according to the Gospel were the highlights for our reflection to help us take Mary as our model.  The logo of this Marian Congress inspired the two days of delivered conferences and became the focal point.  Like Mary and with Mary, a beloved disciple is one who loves God and others with her heart and with her head.  In order to live the many challenges of discipleship in our world today, we learn to empty our hearts of what is not of God to make room for God's word and to embrace others.  With the power of the Holy Spirit, the transforming process of the first community, which took place in the upper room, was accompanied and sustained by the presence of Mary simply because she was there.

[Marian Congress in Malaysia]
[Marian Congress in Malaysia]
[Marian Congress in Malaysia]

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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

Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary - USA

Title: ESBVM-USA Fall 2010 Meeting

Date: October 2, 2010

Location: My Sister's Place Women's Center   Baltimore, Maryland

9 am                   Registration, coffee and tea

9:15 am              Rev. Joshua D. Genig, St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Illinois Virgin Mary in the Lutheran Tradition

10:15 am            Report, ESBVM Seventeenth International Congress, Garstang, Lancashire, UK and other news.

10:30 am            She knew trouble: loneliness, hatred, fear and sorrow; and Mary was her name.
Dedicated to the mothers at "My Sister's Place Women's Center"
Dr. Virginia Kimball, ESBVM-USA President

11:30 am            Break for lunch, to be shared at My Sister’s Place
Those wishing lunch will be given a lunch card for $10.00 donation (for My Sister's Place).
Lunchtime shared with women at the center.  Lunch also available at area restaurants.

1 pm [SHARP]   Tour of the Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD [Right next door]

[Tour and day's events will be concluded at 2 pm.]

Click here for more information.

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