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Sidney Matias, well-known Brasilian artist and long-time member of the Marianist family, recently lost his mother to cancer. All along the relentless battle for life of many years, Sidney stood by his mother helping, hoping and praying. Steeped in solid Christian faith, they both learned the heart wrenching lesson of letting go, letting God--not in bitterness but in valiant surrender to life to come and never cease. Here is Sidney's tribute to his mother.

After six years of intense fighting, being in the last forty five days, terrible days of much suffering, fear and pain ... my sweet, blessed Mother, rested in peace (September 30).

Throughout this time, fear took over me.  The last night in the hospital was checked every minute for the suffering and agony.  So God commanded the last moments with his power.  In my arms and smothered with blood (due to heavy bleeding from the bowel), she stopped breathing.

Fulfill the wish of God.  My mother bravely bore the weight of the cross itself, without complaint, without rejecting ... bravely.  Also as a son, I have done my duty bravely accepting my cross.  Until the last second I was beside her.  After much pain and horror, my mother enjoys a true desert, the glory of eternal life in peace, real peace, dignity, and respect of those who fear God.  An interesting fact is that the night before the final event, my blessed mother, even full of morphine and powerful sedatives, removed her oxygen mask and took from the sister Ana Lucia (Marianist), a promise to take communion at the Eucharist.  Evidence of true faith.

With these words, thank you for your prayers and support received during these years.  Thank God!!!!!  Thanks to all my friends.

Sidney Matias, the painter and artist, is a joyful messenger of the beauty of God's creation.  In a recent exhibit at The Marian Library he presented the many faces of Our Lady with a fresh look spiked with humor, Franciscan light-heartedness, and a shot of green consciousness.  He recently published illustrations of the mysteries of the rosary.

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Alumni Update

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

French Marian Song on YouTube

Couronnée d'étoiles [crowned with stars] may be found on YouTube with the title Couronnée d'étoiles, Nous te saluons  It lasts four minutes and thirty eight seconds.  It is from the Grenoble [a city in the Alpes] choir.  Click here to listen.  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for providing us with this information.

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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.

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.

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, October 21, 2:30 PM on The Rosary I

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, October 22, 2:30 PM on The Rosary II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Year--2011 (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8, 1761

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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 along with introductory comments from his predecessor, Father Johann Roten.

We have revised and expanded our collection of Polish Poetry and our lists of Pastoral Marian Organizations in the USA and Artists.

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 Grants Indulgence for Cuban Patron Pilgrimage
Celebrations Begin for Our Lady of Cobre Fourth Centenary
Source: Zenit (Havana, Cuba) August 17, 2010

Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence to those taking part in a pilgrimage and national mission in honor of the fourth centenary of Our Lady of Cobre, Cuba's patron.

The image of the virgin--a wooden statue about a foot high--was discovered in 1612 by three fishermen: a slave and two native Indians.

Pope Benedict XV proclaimed Our Lady of Charity of Cobre patron of the island in 1916.  Pope John Paul II crowned the statue of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre during his visit to the island in 1998, proclaiming her the "Mother of Reconciliation" for Cuba.

In preparation for the four-hundredth anniversary of the image, which will be marked in 2012, a pilgrimage is already underway as the image of the Virgin travels throughout the country, reported a communiqué from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba....

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.

Local Artist Featured at The Marian Library
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio) October 14, 2010

Her affinity for Mary began in 2005 with a horrendous real-life incident. MB Hopkins has been painting the Madonna ever since.

An exhibit of her paintings and rosaries, Seething and Soothing: The Madonna Between Hope and Havoc has just opened at the University of Dayton's Marian Library and will run through Nov. 12.

Hopkins is a Springfield native who was an illustrator and designer at the Dayton Daily News before taking leave earlier this year. The Wright State University fine arts graduate's work reflects two of her great passions: human rights activism and painting. Her work has been exhibited throughout the area and is represented in a number of private collections....

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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