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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.

In a contemporary setting, especially in a place where religion is fading into the background, what role do the church and Mary have to play in society?

Dignity of human work, dignity of owning property, dignity of the individual--this is really an area in need of globalization.  The church could really help the whole of society by promoting the compendium on social justice and peace statements in a simpler and clearer format, maybe by making them available at a lower price so more people would read them.

And how does Mary fit in?  I have a graduate student ... looking at Mary as a model of the Catholic social mission through the documents and scriptural passages and applying Catholic social teaching to the life and work of Mary.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian video on-line

NetForGod TV has posted Mary Was a Jew, a thirty-eight minute Marian documentary on their multi-lingual, multimedia website.

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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, December 15, 2010, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and The Incarnation focusing on the nine days of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother leading to the Birth of Jesus as given in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God, the biographical four volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother.  The third, fourth and fifth days of preparation following the lines of the creation is discussed.  This is Part II of a Two-Part Series on the Incarnation and Birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. [originally aired Dec 19, 2007]

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.

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, December 14, Francesca Franchina focuses on forgiveness, reconciliation, communications as a means of healing.  Waiting for Jesus becomes a hassle when you have static in relationships and family gatherings.  What can you do to help smooth relationships, assuage your own anger, and help others to get along with each other?  What does Scripture say about forgiveness?  Francesca shares her favorite recipe for eggplant rollatini.  All good stuff rolled up together, makes for congenial togetherness!

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, December 16, 2:30 PM on Mary and Advent I

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, December 17, 2:30 PM on Mary and Advent II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Publicity for The Mary Page (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Brother John sent us the following information. "The October 2010 issue of Catholic Digest mentioned The Mary Page on page 26 at the conclusion of an article titled More Praying with Mary. I hope this encourages more visitors." Below are excerpts.

There's a comfort in rhythm.  We experience it from the time we're gently rocked in our mother's arms until we find ourselves--so many years later--rocking an infant two or even three generations younger than we are....

There are a lot of Marian litanies and novenas.  One may appeal to you more than the others....

You can find more of them ... online.  (Try the University of Dayton's 'Mary Prayer Page' at or EWTN at

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Current 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.  Prints of the Madonna and Child--with matting--are available for sale at The Marian Library as well as some nicely decorated fifteen-inch artificial evergreen trees.

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, O Antiphons, and Mary and the Old Testament.

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 reactivated a feature from our Research and Publications section which shows selected personal comments from our readers about the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see comments received within the past month.  From this page, feel free to submit your own personal thoughts on Mary.

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Our Lady Appeared in 1859 to Belgian Immigrant
Source: Zenit (Green Bay, Wisconsin) December 8, 2010

On today's feast of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States, apparitions of Our Lady in Wisconsin have been given official diocesan approval.

Reading from his decree at a special Mass today at the Champion, Wisconsin, shrine, Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay stated, "I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions, and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief--although not obligatory--by the Christian faithful."

Click here for more information.

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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.

Wright Library Displays Crèches from Sister Cities
Source: The Oakwood Register (Oakwood, Ohio) December 7, 2010

Crèches from across the globe are on display at Wright Memorial Public Library now through the holiday season.  The exhibit, presented in conjunction with The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, reflects a sampling of the country's largest collection of nativity scenes....

The Marian Library's collection of contemporary crèches includes diverse settings and styles.  More than two hundred of the scenes will be on display this holiday season....

The crèches will be on display until January 6, 2011.

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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: Who else was at the Manger?

Date: Thursday, December 16, 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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