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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mrs. Mildred Sutton, a longtime friend of The Marian Library and IMRI, passed away on August 27, 2010. She volunteered her services to the Marian Library for the last fifty years.  The Marian Library was closed until noon on Monday, August 30, 2010, to honor her memory and to allow members of the staff to attend her funeral.  Click here for the complete Death Notice.

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:

Thanks again for all your work with this project!


Alumni Update

IMRI student, Christ Padgett sent us the following update on his recent projects.

First, some wonderful news: after almost a decade of having people go to the wrong website, trying to find me, Chris Padgett (the one who owned the .com website) decided to sell me the .com site.  I am so relieved.  I have had a lot of kids over the years try to get in touch with me, only to send their notes to the wrong email.  Thanks to my webmaster, Carson Weber, for working all of the kinks out of the system.  You can now get me at or even email me at  GLORY!

Second, I have pretty much finished my doctoral classes at IMRI.  Finishing up a few papers and beginning my dissertation will be a bit difficult, but the light is at the end of the tunnel.  With eight kids, traveling around the world, writing music and books, and the thousand of other unexpected realities of family life I consider this a major achievement.  Hoping to have my ecclesial degree in hand soon.

Third, I began teaching a course at Franciscan University on Christian marriage.  What a joy!  I truly love teaching and find this class to be so necessary.  It's wonderful to be back on campus.

Fourth, I finished up the final edits of A Spirituality One Can Live With.  This should be slated for release with Servant publications the beginning of 2011.  I am very excited for you to read it.  I will be finishing up the final edits on the Mary book which is slated for release the end of 2011 with Servant.  Keep this in prayer if you would.

Fifth, my travel picks up this fall, thanks be to God.  If you have any friends in ministry and can pass my name along to them, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book on the Rosary

Paulus in Brazil recently published a booklet about the mysteries of the rosary in Portuguese, Mistérios de Terço. Sidney Matias provided the illustrations. The Marian Library has a copy in our holdings.

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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, September 1, Radio Maria will rebroadcast the program from August 18, 2010.  Francesca Franchina talks with Josh Englefield, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Beavercreek, Ohio, and students who participated in the St. Luke Summer 2010 Parish Youth Initiatives.  All three activities offered the high school youth an experience with Christ that deepened their faith. Students relate their experiences on their mission trip to Harlan, Kentucky, where they re-habbed homes, their journey to the Franciscan University Youth Conference in Steubenville, Ohio, with two thousand students from all over the USA culminating in Cross Training which ran for a week at the parish designed to engage dialogue in the small group, to give witness talks, to conduct activities and games, and be topped off with an inter-generational brunch which they prepared and hosted for parish members along with table talk and a day-long canoe trip.  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 31, at 5:00 PM, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion from last week on Fatima and reparation.

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:

Sister M. Danielle Peters, Thursday, September 2, 2:30 PM on Mary as Educator I

Sister M. Danielle Peters, Friday, September 3, 2:30 PM on Mary as Educator II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Year of Chaminade at Saint Mary's University (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Brother Samaha sent us the following information recently.

The information below contains some of the plans for celebrating the Chaminade Year at our Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. These are good initiatives.  I hope that all other schools and parishes will also develop appropriate activities.  For this we pray.

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Through a series of prayer experiences, social events, and focused discussion among administration, faculty, and staff, we hope to continue integrating Chaminade's ideal into university life.

We have invited several members of the faculty and staff to help us explore various aspects of the Marianist/Catholic dimension of the university.

  • StMU as expression of Marianist Mission--Dr. Cotrell
  • Faith and Reason--Dean Erevelles
  • Integration and Education--Dr. Martinez
  • Chaminades' Ideal in Education--Rev. Wosman
  • Education to change the world--Dr. Vega
  • Education as a means to justice and peace--Dr. Neiheisel
  • Chaminade's Birth and our life as educators--Rev. Leies

We will celebrate our life together and invite the community to socials:

  • September 2 to celebrate the beginning of the year
  • January 20 to enjoy the fruits of our Marianist Heritage
  • March 8 (Fat Tuesday) to gather to celebrate each other
  • April 7 will be our celebration of Father Chaminade's birth. [NB--His birthdate is April 8 but that's Oyster Bake.]

Our campus-wide Eucharists will integrate things Marianist into our prayer life.  As well, we'll mark with prayer various feasts important to the Marianist tradition.

The VPMI's Catholic Intellectual Traditions will highlight themes concerning the Marianist tradition in education. things Marianist will sponsor some discussions covering several topics of interest to the community.

Details of all these events will be published as they approach.  We hope you can get involved as your schedules permit.

Thanks in advance for your support.

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New Exhibit!

The Marian Library will feature artwork by MB Hopkins, a Dayton-based artist. Seething and Soothing: The Madonna Between Hope and Havoc will be on display September 7 through November 12 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.

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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 a new article, The Motherly Presence of the Virgin Mary in the Local Church of Nagasaki.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through August 29, 2010.

We have also 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 section.

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Shrine of Mentorella Marks 1,500th Anniversary
Pope Sends Cardinal Re as His Envoy
Source: Zenit (Rome), August 22, 2010

Benedict XVI named Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, retired prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, as his special envoy to the August 29 celebration of the 1,500th anniversary of the Marian shrine at Mentorella.

The Shrine of Holy Mary of the Graces, which is situated about thirty miles from Rome, is on what is believed to be the site of the conversion of St. Eustachius (also known as Eustace). Prior to becoming a Christian, Eustachius was a centurion in the Roman army under the Emperor Trajan and had the name Placidus....

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.

Renew and Rebuild the City with Our Lady!
Source: August 29, 2010

As New Orleans celebrates the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this weekend, the city has enjoyed a renewal and rebuilding of many buildings, homes and lives.  It is reported that 80% of the city's population has been replaced.  With a city filled with such a dichotomy of beliefs, there is a strong Catholic presence but also a strong occult presence with voodoo shops and tarot cards lining Jackson Square directly across the street from St. Louis Cathedral.  There is also a 'decadence' presence with the Southern Decadence Parade, informally known as 'Gay Mardi Gras', which is about to take place traditionally the following week and continuing into Labor Day.  This parade has gone on for fourteen years bringing in gay and lesbian crowds which match or exceed Mardi Gras crowds.  The city is also awaiting President Obama's visit to Xavier University, a Catholic university on Sunday; but Bishop Aymond of New Orleans will not be in attendance as he was never consulted by the university about the presidential visit.

There still is a spirit of renewal and rebuilding for the city and the entire state of Louisiana after all the turmoil of the past several years with, not only the recent hurricanes, but the oil spill in the gulf as well.  Part of that renewal and rebuilding was done this Saturday [8/28] which made history, and that was the "enthronement of a relic, image of Our Lady of Guadalupe!"  It is an exact image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was touched to the true image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City of which there are only a couple dozen like it in the world....

Click here for the complete article.

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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 September 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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