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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.

Why did God require himself (Christ) to die for our sins?

"God so loved the world that he gave his only son." [John 3:16]  The fact that Jesus became human through his mother, Mary, shows us that someone who was human had to be part of the reconciliation necessary to unite the human and divine, and Jesus was the one to show us the way.  What has not been assumed--our human nature--cannot be redeemed.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Vatican Announces Creation of New Web Page

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, announced this morning the creation of a new Vatican home page that will serve as a "point of connection between several news production centers of the Holy See."

The prelate made the announcement at a press conference during the presentation of the new high definition television unit of the Vatican Television Center.

Archbishop Celli said that the new multi-media website would bring together several sources of Vatican news, such as the Vatican press office, L'Osservatore Romano newspaper, Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Center and the Fides news service of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Yet to be defined is the name of the page, as well as the timeframe for launching the new site.

It is a need "much felt by the workers," said the archbishop, although he assured that the independence of each agency will always be maintained.

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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.

Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City Metropolitan Area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local  Radio Maria USA frequencies,  and streaming on  This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at Noon EST.  Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at Noon Eastern Time.

On Wednesday, November 24, Francesca Franchina speaks  with  Sr. Beatrice Chipeta, a Rosarian Sister, and Peter Daino of Karonga, Malawi (Africa) and Tess Kunesch (Dayton) about the Lusubilo (Hope) community-based orphan care project in Malawi,  serving over nine thousand children and over eight hundred adults in sixty-six villages to improve the nutritional status of orphans and to increase food production capacity so that nutritional improvement is substantial.  Sr. Beatrice was recently awarded the prestigious Fordham University OPUS  Medal for humanitarian  entrepreneurship.  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 23, Francesca Franchina and friends talk about Thanksgiving, our prayer, our hope, and our love of the Blessed Trinity and our country, and all of the graces that flow out of "Giving thanks, and giving thanks with a grateful heart!"  Callers are encouraged to call in and share their Thanksgiving stories, traditions, and favorite foods/recipes.  Francesca will share her family's Thanksgiving menu and recipes for Antipasto, Fritto Misto (Italian Breaded Broccoli and Cauliflower), Sweet Potato Souffle, Baked Corn Casserole, Celery Bread Dressing; Mamma Longo's Crescent Rolls and Heavenly Hash.

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 Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, November 25, 2:30 PM on Mary and Apocrypha I

Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., Friday, November 26, 2:30 PM on Mary and Apocrypha II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Miscellaneous News (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

A box with a dozen copies of Father Neubert's Devotion to Mary is on its way to The Marian Library in the mail. If you wish more, I have more.  The publisher did an attractive job, and is selling the book for $5.00 per copy.  The book can be ordered from NACMS.

Devotion to Mary
by Father Emile Neubert, S.M.
Translated into English by Father Charles Miller, S.M., from the original French, second revised edition.
Published by Academy of the Immaculate, 2010, paperback, 230 pages, $5.00

A Marian classic by an internationally-acclaimed author and theologian, the book offers concrete foundations for Marian devotion by explaining its nature, importance, and practice.  This small book reflects the attractive Marian teaching of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family.

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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.  Selected nativity-related items may be purchased on-line at our Stable Store and also on-site.

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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 Advent Poetry by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.

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 What is the Story of the 'Bombed Mary'? and Divine Maternity.

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Official Closing of Tribunal
Documents Off to Vatican
Source: Alive: Marianist Culture, Faith, and Community (Saint Louis, Missouri) Fall, 2010

Evening Prayer was held at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Saint Louis that marked the official closing of the Metropolitan Tribunal in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis investigating the cure of Rachel Baumgartner Lozano, a young Saint Louis woman. Rachel was cured of terminal cancer and she, her family, and friends, believe the cure was a miracle they prayed for through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Now that the Tribunal is completed, the transcripts have been sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, which will study the documentation from a medical and a theological point of view.

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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.

Gifts of the Manger
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) November 16, 2010

The University of Dayton's libraries aren't just displaying Nativity scenes this year, they are selling them.

The Stable Store, the new gift shop for the Marian Library's annual exhibit of Nativity scenes, also called crèches, will offer Nativities from around the world.

The gift shop will be open during the Thanksgiving open house for At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Roesch Library....

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 and Renaissance Art near Paris

Title: France 1500, entre Moyen Age et Renaissance

Date: October 6, 2010 - January 10, 2011

Location: Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais

Cette exposition sera présentée à l'Art Institute of Chicago du 26 Février au 29 Mai 2011.  This exhibition includes an painting of the Annunciation done by Jean Hey between 1490 and 1495 from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ryerson/The Art Institute of Chicago.

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

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