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Alumni Update

Brother William Fackovec, S.M.
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  and Teresa Monaghen are expected 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 13, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Cheryl Reichel, Principal of Incarnation School, (Centerville, OH); School Counselor, Mary Pierce, Leanne Seguin, Parent/Event Planner, and Marybeth Hicks, best-selling author of Bringing Up Geeks (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids): How to protect your kid's childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world.  CALL IN TOLL FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

Marybeth Hicks, mother, radio personality and popular syndicated website writer will present the culminating event of the GEEK'S Book Study at the Incarnation School Gymnasium in Centerville, Ohio on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

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 12, Francesca Franchina discusses the power of prayer, St. Padre Pio, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis of Assisi, and other honored and everyday saints among us; their work in evangelization, discipleship, faith formation; the Regional Prayer and Praise Fest on October 13, 2010 at St. Luke the Evangelist parish in Dayton (1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, OH 45432), the Celebration of the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila with Evening Prayer and Mass on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Ascension Church, 2025 Woodman Drive, Kettering, OH at 6:15 PM and Mass at 7:00 PM; the Dayton Rosary Rally at the University of Dayton Arena, October 10 and all the great faith-filled programs being held in Dayton and surrounding areas this fall in Beavercreek, Centerville, Kettering, and St. Mary's Ohio, and St. Leon, Indiana.  Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Gnocchi, miniature potato dumplings made in the Sicilian tradition served simply with butter, tomato or Alfredo sauce.

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 14, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Fatima

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, October 15, 2:30 PM on Praying with Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Martyrs of Spain (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Four members of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade's Society of Mary (Marianists), who were martyred in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, were beatified October 28, 2007.  Pope Benedict XVI had earlier approved their beatification along with a group of several thousand martyrs--lay, religious and clerical.  These Marianist religious are members of a religious congregation dedicated to participating in Mary's apostolic mission to bring Christ to all peoples.  They are Father Miguel Leibar, S.M. (1885-1936), Brother Florencio Arnaiz, S.M. (1909-1936), Brother Joaquin Ochoa, S.M. (1910-1936), and Brother Sabino Ayastuy, S.M. (1911-1936).  They are commemorated on November 6 in the liturgical calendar.

These Marianist martyrs were victims of religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War.  They were sought and martyred because of their faith and membership in a religious congregation, and for teaching in a noted Marianist school in Madrid, Colegio Nuestra Senora del Pilar. Brothers Florencio, Joaquin, and Sabino were executed at El Pardo, Madrid, on September 14, 1936; Father Miguel, at Vallecas, Madrid, on July 28, 1936, only several days after the beginning of hostilities.

Three Marianist Brothers martyred at Ciudad Real in 1936 were beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II.  They are Blessed Carlos Erana, S.M., Blessed Jesus Hita, S.M., and Blessed Fidel Fuidio, S.M.  These men were also exemplary Christian educators and apostles of Mary. September 18 is the day we honor them in the Church calendar.

Fifteen Marianists were martyred for their faith in 1936.  Because of the anarchy of the times, it has been difficult to gather sufficiently detailed information to introduce the causes of the other eight Marianist martyrs.  None of these martyrs were involved in politics in any way, nor did they bear arms.  These Marianists were simply religious educators standing staunchly for their Christian convictions.

A note on the severity and complexity of the Spanish Civil War may be helpful.  Though civil war erupted in 1931, the worst upheaval in Spain lasted from July 17, 1936, to April 1, 1939, and was a brutal conflict in which the Nationalists overcame the Loyalists.  The Church was a primary target of attack.

The death toll was high. Estimates of the number killed run as high as 500,000.  Included in the many ruthless massacres were twelve bishops, 283 Sisters, 2,365 monks and Brothers, and 4,184 priests.

In the reconstruction following the bloody strife, Franco built a monumental basilica church hewn from a granite ridge in the Guadarama range as a huge cavern, and topped by the world's tallest memorial cross.  This memorial known as Valle de los Caidos, Valley of the Fallen, contains the remains of about 40,000 of both sides who died in the war.  One of the Marianist martyrs of Ciudad Real, Brother Fidel Fuidio, is represented in the vast interior mosaic decorations.

Biographies of the Ciudad Real Marianist martyrs by Father Emilio Ortega, S.M., have been translated into English under a single cover.  Father Jose Maria Salaverri, S.M., a former superior general of the Marianists, has completed in Spanish a volume containing the biographies of the four Marianists martyred in Madrid.  In the latter book the introduction by Father Enrique Torres, S.M., former postulator general of the Marianist causes for sainthood, is an excellent theological reflection on the meaning of martyrdom.  The first book is available from the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, Ohio.  The book by Father Salaverri may be obtained from Brother Robert Wood at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.

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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 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 commenced 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 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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Pope Sends Rosaries He's Blessed to Chile's Miners
Cardinal Able to Tell Trapped Men of Pontiff's Prayers for Them
Source: Zenit (Copiapo, Chile) September 3, 2010

Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz celebrated Mass on Thursday near the Chilean mine where thirty three men have spent almost a month trapped 700 meters (2,300 feet) below ground.  The archbishop of Santiago, Chile, also brought a special gift for each of the miners: a rosary blessed and sent them by the Pope.

The cardinal was able to speak with the miners, telling them that on Sunday, Benedict XVI remembered them during his address before the mid-day Angelus.  The Holy Father assured his spiritual closeness to the miners and promised his prayers for their speedy rescue.  The rosaries are another way to express his affection, the cardinal explained.  "I was able to tell the miners on the telephone that I had come bringing them the thirty-three rosaries that the Pope had sent especially to them, that he himself blessed, so that he added this gesture to his words. [...]  His words that were addressed to the whole world, so that everyone would accompany us and pray for the success of this rescue operation," Cardinal Errázuriz later reported.

I also told them that "we were proud of them, of the spirit with which they face this enormous difficulty with much fortitude, with much discipline among themselves and much faith, and not only with hope but with joy," he added....

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.

A 'Mike' Found in Buffalo?
Source: New York Post (Buffalo) October 10, 2010

This unfinished painting of Jesus and Mary could be a lost Michelangelo, potentially the art find of the century. But to the upstate family on whose living-room wall it hung for years, it was just 'the Mike'.

When the kids knocked the painting off its perch with an errant tennis ball sometime in the mid-1970s, the Kober clan wrapped it up and tucked it away behind the sofa.  There it remained for twenty seven years, until Air Force Lt. Col. Martin Kober retired in 2003 and had some time on his hands.  His father gave him a task--research the family lore that the painting was really a Michelangelo....

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

Marian Retreat

Title: In the Shadow of Our Lady

Date: November 5-7, 2010

Location: Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska

A weekend retreat directed by Monsignor Andrew J. Vaccari and Teresa Monaghen, A.O., will take place at St. Benedict Center, four miles north of Schuyler on Hwy. 15.  The retreat will begin on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. and end on Sunday after lunch.  The program fee is $60.  Costs for room and board are additional.  Please register early by calling Saint Benedict Center (402) 352-8819 or visiting

In the spirit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and other saints, we will explore how to stay very close to our Lady. As Mother Teresa said, "If you do this, you can do great things for God and the good of people." A reference book that will be used on the retreat will be, Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady by Joseph Langford, MC (Our Sunday Visitor).

For questions on the retreat or transportation call or write Teresa: or 402-289-2670.

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