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Alumni Update

Roesch Library will host a reception on October 14 to celebrate fifty years of service with the University of Dayton by Brother William Fackovec, S.M., Senior Librarian at The Marian Library! [see right]

Father Antonio Larocca and Father Javier Alson will visit the institute from October 11-28 to work on our documentary video and our Spanish material.  Sister Celia Chua will arrive on October 13 to work on our Chinese material.  Brother Raymond Boutin will be here from October 19-30 to work with our stamps.  Father Giuseppe Corradi will be back around the first part of November.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Second edition of Mary's Flowers now available

The second edition of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow, with illustrations by A. Joseph Barrish, S.M. and meditations by M. Jean Frisk, has just been released by Tau Publishing.

The award-winning book was first released in 1999 in hard cover, and 2002 in soft cover. It received a first-place award for Design and Production and a third-place award for Spirituality: Hard Cover from the Catholic Press Association in 2000.

Mary's Flowers has been called a treasury of botanical history and lore.  Thirty Mary-named flowers and their legends, as well as meditations for each flower, tell of significant moments in the life of Mary and her son, Jesus.  Illustrations based on medieval woodcuts bring each bloom to colorful life.

Copies are available at The Marian Library and from the publisher.  Mary's Flowers is featured on their website.

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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, October 6, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jane Bertke and Nan Mielke, CRE, of Holy Rosary parish in St. Mary's OH and with Thomas Smith of Idaho on Revelation in a Day to be presented Saturday, November 6, at Holy Rosary parish and Bread From Heaven a talk on the Holy Eucharist that Thomas will present on Friday evening, November 5.  A husband, father, farmer, popular teacher, and communicator, Thomas is associated with The Great Adventure Bible Study series from Ascension Press.  Thomas converted to Catholicism from Mormonism and Evangelicalism. Hear how he promises to unpack the Book of Revelation, St. John's vision on Patmos.  For seminar information call 419-394-8575.  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, October 5, 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 as their team presents RUAH, ROOTS AND RADISHES: THE GOLD OF A PERFECT REPENTANCE on Wednesday October 13, 2010 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church; 1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, Ohio. Sharing faith and foods, Francesca stirs up good things in the kitchen to think and pray about, 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 the late Pope John Paul II in the New Evangelization. Today Francesca shares her easy-to-make Italian potato, onion and green Pepper Casserole and EZ Baked Chicken 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:

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Thursday, October 7, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Victory

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

Santa Fe, NM, is celebrating the four-hundredth anniversary of the foundation and establishment of the city's first church.  Religious celebrations have centered around the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, site of the first church founded by Spanish missionaries and colonists in 1610.  The cathedral basilica houses what many say is the oldest shrine of Our Lady in the U.S.A., La Conquistadora.

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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.

A selection of crèches from our collection will be shown in a special exhibition, At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions, during the 2010 Christmas season.  Opening on Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house from 1-5 pm on November 27, 2010, the displays will run through January 31, 2011.  Exhibits will be shown on the first and second floors of Roesch Library and the crèche room of The Marian Library.  Stop by often and enjoy these marvelous gifts.

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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 originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries.  The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM,  in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio.  All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.

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, Spirituality: A Different View, and Native American Madonnas.

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 revised and expanded Mary and Multi-Cultural Studies.

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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Marian Shrines Have Much Life, Says Cardinal
Stresses Mary's Intercession for Pilgrims
Source: Zenit (Barcelona, Spain) September 9, 2010

The archbishop of Barcelona is urging the faithful to rediscover the meaning of Marian shrines, which have an abundance of life.  Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach stated that Marian shrines "are not only a vestige of the past."  "They have much life," he said.  "People go there because they feel it as their own spiritual reality, as it was for their ancestors."  

The prelate affirmed that at Marian shrines "the Virgin Mary is attentive to the requests of pilgrims; she receives them and intercedes effectively for them."

  "These shrines, as a presence of the Church, contribute to evangelization," he said, observing that these places are "also visited by persons who are non-believers and very far from the Church."  Because of this, the cardinal added, "in shrines everything that can help people to be more aware of the religious and evangelical motivation of the visits should be intensified...."

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.

'Genius Pieta definitely' done by Michelangelo
Source: The Australian (Buffalo) October 5, 2010

An unfinished painting of the Virgin Mary and Christ owned by a former pilot living near Niagara Falls is a lost masterpiece by Michelangelo, according to a biographer of the Renaissance artist. If the attribution is confirmed, the work will rank alongside only three surviving panel paintings by the Italian master, potentially making it worth more than the record $118 million so far achieved for a work of art....

Click here for 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 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

Family Rosary Rally

Date: October 10, 2010--starts at 3 pm with prelude music at 2:30

Location: University of Dayton Arena

The Family Rosary Rally is an annual prayer event organized by lay volunteers from the various parishes of the Dayton Deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The event also has the active participation of local Catholic clergy such as Father Dave Brinkmoeller as Head of the Dayton Deanery as well as many pastors from the various Catholic parishes around the Dayton area.

Admission and parking for the event is free and open to all.  You are certainly welcome to bring any in-town or out-of-town friends and relatives.

Radio Maria will broadcast this event live. Listen in on AM 1600 or FM 88.7 from the Dayton area or on-line at

For more information click here.

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