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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.

Are you still running?

I started running in 1970 and was still moving at a slow jog until a few years ago. I am not running because of a hip replacement; however, I do try to run from my superiors.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New BBC Nativity

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who spoke on Mary in Film at MSA 2009, informs us that the BBC has made a version of The Nativity that will be screened in the U.K. in four parts during Christmas week.  There is a trailer on YouTube at

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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 22, 2010, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation focusing on the nine days (novena) of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother leading to the Birth of Jesus as dictated in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God by the Blessed Mother.  This is Part III of a series of four on the Incarnation and Birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ relating how God the Father took Mary to Heaven and showed her the seven days of Creation and days eight and nine when she was given special graces to prepare and empowered her to be the Virgin Mother of the Messiah as prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures. [originally aired January 9, 2008]

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.

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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, December 23, 2:30 PM on Mary and Christmas I

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, December 24, 2:30 PM on Mary and Christmas II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Recommended Book (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

This easy-to-read paperback engagingly presents the Guadalupe story.  I strongly recommend it for young and older readers.  It would make a good and inexpensive gift item.

Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
by Josephine Nobisso
Pauline Books and Media
2002, 114 pages, $7.95

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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.  Having opened 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 will commence on February 7, 2011.

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 Christmas Poetry and Polish Christmas poems.

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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Mexico Artisans Donate Nativity Scene to Vatican
Featured in Vatican Museum Exhibit
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) December 17, 2010

Artisans from Guanajuato, Mexico, were in Rome this week to present a hand-crafted nativity scene to Benedict XVI, and to view a special exhibition in the Vatican Museums featuring Mexican artisanship.

On Wednesday, the Mexican artisans presented to Benedict XVI the life-size nativity scene featuring wax figures and a replica of the facade of the church of the town of Dolores Hidalgo, which was placed in the courtyard of Paul VI Hall.

During the general audience, the Pontiff greeted in a particular manner "the members of the Mexican Catholic community of Rome, as well as the craftsmen from Guanajuato, who are accompanied by the governor of that state and the Archbishop of Leon, whom I thank for the gift of the artistic crib."

Also on Wednesday, the Vatican Museums opened the exhibition titled "Mexican Christmas in the Vatican, Presence of the State of Guanajuato."

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.

Celebrate Chaminade
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton) December 17, 2010

On Chaminade Day, Jan. 22, 2011, the Marianist family around the world will begin a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade's birth.

To mark the occasion, the Marianist Family of the Dayton/Cincinnati area will gather to celebrate the Eucharist at the University of Dayton's RecPlex. The Mass will observe the Third Sunday in Ordinary time.

For more information, call 937-229-2223, or click here to see the 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

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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