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Special Hours This Weekend!

For Family Weekend, The Marian Library will be open on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 P.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 Publications 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.  She also mentioned that amazon now carries a new edition of Anne Catherine Emmerich's The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  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.

On Wednesday, September 29, Francesca Franchina speaks with Joe Beyerle, and Bob O'Connor about the feasts of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory, the victory of Our Lady at the Battle of Lepanto, Italy, and the background of the annual Rosary Rally at the University of Dayton Arena, on Sunday, October 10, 2010 beginning at 3:00 PM.  Founded by Joe and Bob, the rosary rally concept has spread to other areas and makes a prayerful statement to bring families to pray for peace in the world and in hearts everywhere as the Blessed Mother requested at Fatima in 1917 to address life issues and end abortion.  Music begins at 2:30 PM followed by the Living Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction   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, September 28, Francesca Franchina speaks with Bruce Murphy, Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati about the upcoming regional Prayer and Praise Fest, RUAH, ROOTS AND RADISHES: THE GOLD OF A PERFECT REPENTANCE to be held on Wednesday October 13, 2010 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church; 1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, OH.  Sharing Faith and Foods, 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 late Pope John Paul II in the New Evangelization.  Today Francesca shares her easy to make zucchini bread and zucchini with tomatoes and onions from family recipes hailing 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.  Click here for the new audio archive!

This week's program:

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Thursday, September 30, 2:30 PM on New Light on Medjugorje

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, October 1, 2:30 PM on the feast of Mary as Protectress

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Anniversary of Marian Group (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

September 7, 2010 is the eighty-ninth anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary by Frank Duff in Dublin Ireland in 1921 at the First Vespers for the feast of the Nativity of Mary.

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Current 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.  Click here for for the virtual exhibit.  Cards and calendars will be available for purchase at The Marian Library.

A reception for the artist is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 7, in The Marian Library, and will feature live music and a discussion of the exhibit by Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., director of research and special projects 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 Fall 2010 semester will commence on October 11, 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.  See course offerings: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and Summer 2011.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend our Rosary Information Index.

We have posted the Call For Papers for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America as well as a message from current MSA President, Father Tom Buffer.  We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 9/20/2010.

We have revised and expanded our material in German and Chinese.  These are works in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of these sections.

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Radio Maria Seeing Worldwide Success
Catholic Station Now in Fifty-Four Countries
Source: Zenit (Madrid) September 28, 2010

The Catholic broadcasting company, Radio Maria, continues to grow worldwide, now present in fifty four nations with sixty five new broadcasting stations in various languages.  Recently, the Catholic chain has been welcomed in Switzerland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Three new broadcasting stations in the United States have also been incorporated to the Global Family of Radio Maria: in Washington, Boston, and an additional one in Chicago for Italian-speaking listeners.

Moreover, within the campaign United in Communion--a project of the Global Family of Radio Maria to help its expansion on the African continent--Cameroon will be the next broadcasting station to be incorporated†in the worldwide network....

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.

Obama's Devotion to the Virgin Mary: Who Knew?
Source: Politics Daily ( September 28, 2010

Somehow this slipped past the Disputations filter, but during her vacation in Spain in August, First Lady, Michelle Obama, revealed that her husband, a.k.a. President Obama, "always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet."

Mary Help of Christians is the patroness of the Salesian order of priests and nuns, and during an August 13 visit to the Spanish city of Ronda with her daughter, Sasha, the first lady stopped at the Salesian community there....

Click here for complete article.

N.B. Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, informed us about this article, along with the following comments:

This article's reporting that Obama carries an image of Mary in his wallet is genuine, though it should not be concluded that he shares all the Catholic beliefs or devotional practices regarding the Virgin Mary.  Their source is another article which they link to from the Salesian news service.  The article also contains a link to a third article suggesting that Obama is a closet Roman Catholic.  That article is, however, a piece of political satire playing off of the fact that 20% of Americans believe him to be a closet Muslim.

Also when Obama received on honorary doctorate from Notre Dame in Spring of 2009, he wore their robe with a prayer to the Virgin Mary. See csnews/article/46844.

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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 October 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 October.

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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 Sisterís 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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