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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 do you think is the future of Catholicism in China and South (even North) Korea?

From listening to the Chinese Catholics here in the United States, it will be a difficult and long journey before Catholics will be able to have the same freedom of expression that they have in Taiwan or southern Korea. Communist authorities control the Catholic expression of faith in public.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Live From Medjugorje!  MaryTV Broadcast Debut

Dennis and Cathy Nolan prayed the rosary live over the internet from atop the MaryTV building August 4 and 5, 2010.  Behind them viewers could see the ongoing Youth Festival, Saint James church, Mount Podbrdo, and Mount Krizevac.  It was truly a historic day for everyone around the world who desires to come to Medjugorje but is unable to do so....

Tom smiled as he described the privilege of being called to help spread Our Lady's message.

"Now we need to do it inside, where there's electricity and we can have a big enough connection to the internet that we can transmit broadcast quality to the TV stations that want it."

Cathy Nolan said she is also thrilled to be a part of MaryTV....

Everything that aired live on MaryTV will be archived and is accessible at

Source: Medjugorje Magazine Fall 2010

Click here for more information on the Vatican's investigation of the Medjugorje phenomenon.

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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, December 1, Francesca Franchina speaks with Barbara Murray, Faith Formation Director, Mary Williams, Delores Altunes, from St. Luke the Evangelist Parish; Beavercreek, OH about the Advent by Candlelight Encounter and the Marian Evening of Reflection for Women held at their Parish Center in collaboration with other hostesses from the parishes of St. Helen, Ascension and Immaculate Conception, and Nanette Gresham of the Miami Valley Women's Center about the DREAM Project highlighting the wholly holy inauguration of Advent 2010. To learn more of The Project 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 30, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Clifton E. Bishop of Bethlehem, PA , popular retreat director, chaplain, and health educator, about Advent 2010 and planning a "Mary Advent and Christmas Holy Days."  The holidays promise healing, hope and renewal, but some encounter depression, desolateness and separation.  How do we find solace, comfort and joy in the midst of hustle and bustle, encountering the Mother of Joy and her Son, Jesus, activating and living the Word in everyday life?  Father Clifton, a priest in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, grew up a Baptist and converted to Catholicism through a correspondence course on Catholicism while in high school.  He became a Franciscan Friar and later became a diocesan parish priest.  He is an adjunct professor and serves as chaplain of the Holy Family Senior Living and Assisted Living Center in the Archdiocese of Allentown, PA.

T5H Featured Recipes: Francesca shares her tasty, easy to make Sicilian spicy olives; Baked mostaccioli with ricotta and meatballs; zingy garlic bread with olive oil/parmesan cheese; and Italian green bean/artichoke salad with pepperoni pieces and mozzarella cubes 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 Nathan Cromly, Thursday, December 2, 2:30 PM on Mary and Hope

Father Nathan Cromly, Friday, December 3, 2:30 PM on Mary and Love

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

The October 2010 issue of Catholic Digest mentions The Mary Page on page twenty-six at the conclusion of an article titled "More Praying with Mary."  I hope this encourages more visitors.

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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.

Dean Webb informed us that UD Advancement paid for the creation of a lovely video featuring the Marian Library's crèche collection and the singing of Nick Cardilino (UD Campus Ministry). Mike Kurtz (from UD's video production group) filmed and edited the video. Father Roten, Jean Frisk, Katy Kelly, and our volunteer, Violette-Anne Onfroy-Curley, helped get everything ready.

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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 and Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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 revised and expanded our section on Marian Shrines.  We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through November 29, 2010.

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Homily in Honor of Legion of Mary Founder
"The Church in Ireland Is on a Path of Renewal"
Source: Zenit (Dublin) November 27, 2010

Here are the notes from a homily given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin on November 20 at the thirtieth anniversary Mass in commemoration of the servant of God, Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary.

Frank Duff died thirty years ago.  This quiet, personally-unassuming man, in quiet, simple, external circumstances in Dublin, on September 7, 1921 established a movement of prayer, Christian care and Marian spirituality.  The Legion of Mary is a movement which has spread worldwide and has enriched the Church in many parts of the world, especially at moments in which the Church was experiencing difficulty and persecution....

Frank Duff founded the Legion of Mary in 1921 at a critical moment in Irish history.  It was a time of political uncertainty which eventually would explode into civil war.  It was a time in which this city was marked by very harsh poverty and also of widespread moral impoverishment. Frank Duff was a man who, in the face of a major social challenge, did something.  He did not write a Letter to the Editor. He gathered like-minded men and women around him into a movement of spiritual renewal, prayer and Christian service.  He was not discouraged either by the size of the challenge or by the paucity of his means.  He was a man of the Church--misunderstood by many in the Church, including Archbishops of Dublin. Like Mary, his model, he never flinched. Frank Duff pondered the Word of God day by day and through him then the Lord worked great things.

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.

Ranch Shrine Site of Devotion
Source: Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland) November 16, 2010

On a ranch thirteen miles from the remote high-desert town of Lakeview, Oregon, a shrine to Mary stands.  It's been visited by pilgrims from as far as Scotland and Africa.

The private Queen of Peace Shrine was built on the ranch of Leo and Anna Mae Albertson, members of St. Patrick Parish here.

Built in 1976, it's a family shrine, but people from all over the U.S. and a few from overseas have come to pray the rosary. Many say their prayers have been answered.

The shrine faces the rising sun and Mary's face and gown are radiant at dawn, as the morning sun peaks over the Warner Mountains.

Leo is eighty-six and still healthy.  When reached in November, he had just been out elk hunting.

The shrine is open by appointment only May-September by calling 541-947-0972.

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 December 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 December.

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Marian Events

At the Manger Lecture Series

Title: From the Bible to Santa Claus

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Location: Roesch Library Room 042, University of Dayton

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of Research and Special Projects at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, will lead a three-part lecture series at the Roesch Library.  All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and will last thirty minutes with time following for a question-and-answer session.  Lectures are free. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

For more information click here.

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