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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.

What is the difference between a Marianist and a Jesuit?

The main difference is the Marianists emphasize a strong discipleship based on the mother of Jesus.  They differ in that brothers and priests are on an equal level of respect, with the priests tending to the sacramental life and the brothers tending especially to the education part of the mission, with both working together for the poor on social justice issues.  Jesuits focus on obedience to the Pope and are more individual in their expressions of community life.

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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 17, Francesca Franchina speaks with Rich DiSilvio of Massapequa, NY; architectural designer and remodeler, artist, illustrator, 'new media' developer, educational software programmer, publisher and author of The Winds of Time about the Roman/Italian influences that have shaped Western Civilization, and most pointedly modern America, including the beginning of the Republic and how America emulated it; the differences between Roman and Greek systems and societies; the importance of the mission of Christopher Columbus for civilization and the Catholic Church; how the Founders of the USA created a great Declaration and Constitution despite their own flaws, and how Jesus Christ and The Blessed Mother fit into this mix!  "With America's future and very survival in mind, the author reveals many lessons and warnings that only the past can provide."   For more information on Rich DiSilvio, a highly creative and astute Italian-American, 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.

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 and Dr. David O'Brien, Thursday, November 18, 2:30 PM on Focolare

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, November 19, 2:30 PM on Presentation of Mary

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New Exhibit!

Narrative Enchantment: Nativity Stories in Gold and Blue, works by book illustrator Ruth Sanderson on the seventh floor of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library.  Saturday, Nov. 27, through Monday, Jan. 31.  Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

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 concluded 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: Spring 2011 and Summer 2011.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend November Poetry.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest updates were: Panama and Paraguay.  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.

We have also revised Tertio Millennio Adveniente and Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary.

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Our Lady of Gypsies to Visit Lourdes Shrine
Eight Thousand Join Annual Pilgrimage
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France) August 19, 2010

The pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Gypsies to the shrine of Lourdes marks the fifty-fourth annual pilgrimage of gypsies and itinerant people to the French Marian shrine.

Some eight thousand gypsies and itinerant people are expected to attend the pilgrimage, which will culminate Tuesday with the arrival of the statue to the Marian shrine, reports the Bishops' Conference of France on its website....

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.

Our Lady the Hibakusha
Source: Catholic Worker (Jefferson, MA) August-September, 2010

This Spring I [Brian Terrell] travelled from my home in Iowa to join Catholic Workers and friends from around the country in New York to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our movement there on May 1, 1933. An added incentive for this journey was to join with activists from around the globe in witnesses for nuclear abolition on the occasion of the United Nations' Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference that began on Monday, May 3. It was at the May Day festivities that the word was passed that the archbishop of Nagasaki, Japan, who was in town to address the U.N. conference, would be celebrating the 10:15 Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral the next day and several of us decided we would attend.

At the very end of the Mass, just before the final blessing, Archbishop Takami was invited to say a few words. It was difficult to understand the archbishop's accent as he thanked the Archdiocese of New York and all of us present for our hospitality. He said something, too, referring to our blessed mother, Mary as an atomic bomb victim. As he and the other clergy processed off, the Japanese media all rushed up with their cameras to a place just to the left of the altar, a place that Martha and I could not see from our place half way down the cathedral nave.

It was not until we worked our way against the departing crowd to the front to see what was going on that we understood what the archbishop had tried to tell us. There, a few feet beyond the altar rail was a simple, low table. On this table was a charred, broken piece of sculpture that I recognized from photographs as Mary, the Hibakusha. The archbishop brought with him to New York the head that was all that was left of a full scale statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, found in the rubble of Nagasaki's Urakami (Immaculate Conception) Cathedral after that city was destroyed by an atom bomb on August 9, 1945....

Click here for complete article. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader--then scroll to page 4]

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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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