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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 are typical examples:

The Mary Page is more than super splendid.  Our students in the Mary Rediscovered course all appreciate the site!


We added the wonderful African batiks to our gallery today--you can see them at at the end of the show. Thanks again, very much, for all your help.

Mary Ann

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Alumni Update

We recently received the following email from IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen.  Please pray for her and her community.

Dear Friends and Family,

Our 18,000 square-foot barn/Activity Center, burned to the ground on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  It was our main place for camp and youth activities and a part of our lives for the last twenty years!  Unbelievable, seems like 9-11.

We are all safe and we will soon begin to plan what we need to do next.  There seems to be no visible cause.  Everything was in order, but in the space of a few minutes our very large barn (where we held our camps and all our retreats for young people) went up in flames, and because it was large and open, it burned very well ... to the maximum!  We are still without water, but hopefully we can get that fixed soon.

Rebuilding will take a little time and insurance will help us.  Your prayers are much appreciated.  There is much hope; and we must be sowers of hope, especially in these difficult times for everyone!!

Teresa and community

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Reference in Smallville

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently emailed us the following information on 10/13/2010:

In the Season Ten (and final season) episode Three which aired on 10/8/2010 [The episode title is Supergirl], both the principal villain and one of the good guys (Green Arrow) were seen praying in the same Catholic church near a painting of the crucified Jesus with Mary next to him on his left. The painting is a familiar classic, but I can't place it offhand, and is of no help on this, and has no screenshots of the scene inside the church. (Indeed their episode summary fails to mention that they are both in the very same church.)

The episode can be viewed on for the price of about a dollar, and on a site that makes you take a promotional offer to watch the episode.

The broad idea seems to be that the villain is a sanctimonious hypocrite whose self-righteousness is a mask for corruption, but Oliver Queen's piety is sincere and honest. The episode contains material unsuitable for younger children.

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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, November 3, Francesca Franchina speaks with Tim Bete, Communications Director for St. Mary's Development Corporation in Dayton, OH, about the launching of their Thanksgiving Project, a writing/video/pictorial competition focusing on being thankful for our dwelling places and the opportunity to help people find suitable housing in times of need and waning health which includes Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Services, Residential Services and Independent Living Apartments.  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, November 2, Francesca Francesca Franchina speaks with Zaid E. Jazrawi of Chicago, joyful and joy-filled young Marian pilgrimage leader and organizer about encountering Jesus and healing through the intercession of the Blessed Mother and how his life has made a complete turn around in the last three years as he initiated to bring the message of Catholicism, Jesus and the Blessed Mother to the world.

T5H Featured Recipes: Today Francesca shares her tasty, easy to make Italian Wedding Soup and Minestrone from her favorite 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 François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, November 4, 2:30 PM on Mary and Intercession I

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, November 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and Intercession II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8, 1761 is coming up soon.  Commemorations will include an exhibit at U.D. by Marianist artists in February 2011 as a tribute to Father Chaminade.

Brother Samaha also provided us with excerpts of the booklet used at Father Chaminade's Beatification ceremony on September 3, 2000. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view]

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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.

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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 Mary's Holiness.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest updates were: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted Marian Commemoration Days for November in Korean and also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through October 31, 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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Mary's Golden Age
Conference Marks Seventieth Anniversary of Pius XII Encyclical
Source: Zenit (Rome) October 28, 2009

Pius XII today is often associated with the debate surrounding his assistance to Jews during World War II.  But as his first encyclical turned seventy this month, a conference was held to reflect on one of the truly momentous contributions of this Pope to history: his Marian devotion and doctrine.

The Tuesday conference marked the anniversary of Summi Pontificatus, as well as considering other topics of Pius XII's pontificate and magisterial teachings.  The meeting, organized by the Pope Pacelli Committee and the journal Cultura & Libri, took place in Rome's Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls.

Father Stefano De Fiores spoke on Pius XII and Mariology.  Other themes included the encyclical Mediator Dei on sacred liturgy, Pius XII and World War II, ecclesiology, and this Pope's bioethics.  The full texts of the speakers' talks will be published in a special issue of Cultura & Libri....

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.

Where Christmas Begins
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) October 28, 2010

Nativities from Africa and the African-American tradition will be spotlighted in the Marian Library's annual Christmas exhibits on the University of Dayton campus and around the area.

University libraries will welcome the season with a free open house for the premiere of At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions, an exhibit of more than two hundred Nativity scenes, also called crèches, on display through Jan. 31....

The Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., Marian Library director of research and special projects, said the Nativity scene tradition is fairly new in Africa, but is growing as the influence of the Catholic church grows in areas such as Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Zimbabwe....

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 November 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 November.

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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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