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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.

I am interested in exploring iconography of the Theotokos of the Life-Giving Fountain in as much detail as possible. ... Thank you very, very much!


I rarely see statues of Saint Dorothy and never an outdoor/large one. ... Thank you for this very special site on the computer.


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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mrs. Jane Britt passed away on November 3, 2010.

Her funeral Mass will be at St. Albert's, Wednesday, November 10, at Noon.

Jane and her husband, John, were tireless promoters of many projects.  In the 1990s, by her own initiative, Jane founded a group to assist and promote The Marian Library, especially in some of its printing projects.  She regularly attended all Marian Library programs and gatherings until illness slowed her down a few years ago.

In recognition of her many initiatives, she was given an honorary doctorate by U.D.  Among the organizations she founded was what are now Womanline and Caring Families.  She was also active in the civil rights movement.  She brought an overflowing optimism to all of her projects.

Give thanks to the Lord for this generous lady and remember her in your prayers.

Click here to see her obituary from the Dayton Daily News

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Alumni Update

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., long-time IMRI Professor, was interviewed for the Ask a Marianist feature in the Autumn 2010 issue of the University of Dayton Magazine. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, then scroll to page 5]  Below is an excerpt.

Father Bert Buby, S.M. '55 professor emeritus of religious studies, is recording a CD series on apocryphal Gospels this fall. It will be released by Now You Know Media in time for Christmas.

How did the four Gospels come to be considered canonical and the other lacking in authority or authenticity (apocryphal)?

Predominant leadership in early Christianity really separated itself from anything that seemed to be a threat to what they received from the apostles.  Canonical Gospels, in general, are founded on earlier traditions.  The apocryphal Gospels--literature ranging from 90 A.D. to 700 A.D.--show us the diversity in some of the outlying communities of Christianity and how they looked at leadership from a different perspective.  Soon I will be working on the Gospels of Judas and Mary Magdalene which are very interesting.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Book Signing Set for Mary's Flowers

Vincenzina Krymow, Brother Joe Barrish and Sister Jean Frisk will be signing copies of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at St. Mark's Bookshop in Centerville, Ohio.  The second edition of the award-winning book was recently released by Tau Publishing.

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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 10, Francesca Franchina speaks with Tim Francis of Dallas, TX (Encore from 9/2/10) about bleeding statues of Jesus, consecrated Eucharistic hosts examined by world-renowned pathologists in Europe and the USA, and the astounding, mystical findings by a renowned Australian lawyer and investigative television journalist and the events surrounding a South American woman stigmatist who receives locutions from Jesus and Mary that have received the imprimatur.  See  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 9, 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 Salmon Tetrazzini and stuffed eggplant 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:

Michele Foley, Thursday, November 11, 2:30 PM on the Legion of Mary

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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 will conclude on November 12, 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 Holiness and the Blessed Virgin Mary and November Poetry.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest updates were: Peru, El Salvador,and Venezuela.  Expect more countries to follow.

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 Makes Transfiguration Pilgrimage
Takes a Day for Unannounced Visit to Marian Shrine
Source: Zenit (Rocca di Mezzo, Italy) August 19, 2010

Benedict XVI spent this year's Feast of the Transfiguration following Christ's example in a particular way: He went into the mountains, where he visited a Marian shrine that marked its fourteen-hundredth anniversary this summer.

On Aug. 6, the Pope made a one-day pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of the Needy (Madonna dei Bisognosi), in the Abruzzo region of Italy, which suffered a severe earthquake in 2009.

The Holy Father went to the small shrine located in the mountains, on the border between the Italian regions of Lazio and the Abruzzi, to pray with his collaborators, explained Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office.....

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.

Second Edition of Book on Mary's Flowers Now Available
Source: Catholic Telegraph (Cincinnati, Ohio) November 3, 2010

The second edition of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow, with illustrations by Marianist Brother A. Joseph Barrish, and meditations by Sister M. Jean Frisk, has just been released by Tau Publishing.  The book is featured on the publisher's web site,

First published in 1999 in hard-cover, Mary's Flowers was subsequently published in soft-cover.

As word spread about flowers and legends associated with Mary and the gardens that honor Mary, countless Mary Gardens sprang up.  They were planted in private backyards, on windowsills and at Catholic churches and schools.

Krymow, Frisk, and Brother Joe also collaborated to produce the award-winning Healing Plants of the Bible, published in 2002.

The three collaborators will hold a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m., at St. Mark Bookshop, 895 S. Main Street in Centerville.

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

Exhibit of Medieval Art Near Paris

Title: D'or et de feu, l'art en Slovaquie à la fin du Moyen Age

Date: September 15, 2010 - January 10, 2011

Location: Musée du Moyen Age--Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny

L'exposition montrera, entre autre, l'art des retables sculptés et peints avec l'echelle de la Vierge d'Annonciation provenant de Velky Biel ainsi que le relief de la Nativité provenant de la Galerie National Slovaque.

For more information click here.  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us of this exhibit.

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