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Alumni Update

We recently received an email from Alejandro Canadas regarding his activities which he agreed to let us share with readers.

A very warm "Merry Christmas" to all the good people at The Marian Library from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here it is ninety eight degrees!!!  We arrived two days ago from Maryland after a nice, safe trip.  We will be here for three weeks and then go back to the US.

I am an assistant professor of Economics at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  This is my third year at the Mount.  My wife, Cynthia, is teaching Spanish at the same University and in the seminary at the Mount.  Santiago is four years old, and Camila is two. We are expecting our third child in May, 2011.

Today I was praying for you and the whole Marianist family after the holy Mass.  I hope that you are doing fine. This coming year will be a great one for the whole Marianist Family!!!  God Bless you all.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book on Marian Apparitions

A newly expanded compendium of visions of the Virgin Mary shows how the very idea of such apparitions has been met with skepticism and preoccupation within the church, from early Christian times to the present.

Experts in Mariology presented the Italian edition of the Dictionary of 'Apparitions' of the Virgin Mary translated from the original 2007 French publication with the addition of some 150 new entries, at a news conference near St. Peter's Square on December 13, 2010.

The 1,600-page volume lists more than 2,400 claims of people who, over the centuries, alleged to have seen Mary, as well as the consequences of such announcements. Only fifteen of these have been officially recognized by the church, a confirmation of the caution with which the reports have been historically received.

Click here for more details.

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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 29, 2010, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus focusing on the nine days of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God, the biographical four volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother.  This is the last of a four-part series on the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus Christ. [originally aired January 16, 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; Jean Frisk, Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy, and others 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 tentative schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the new audio archive!

This week's program:

Vincenzina Krymow, Thursday, December 30, 2:30 PM on Christmas Legends

Sister Danielle Peters, Friday, December 31, 2:30 PM on Mary, Mother of God

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Year Kicks Off January 22, 2011! (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

A full year of festivities will honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, who was born April 8, 1761, in Périgueux, France.  The Chaminade Year will run from January 22, 2011, to January 22, 2012.

A webpage of resources about Chaminade has been created [at URL]. It includes articles about Chaminade, a bibliography from NACMS, the Chaminade Year logo from the Province of the United States, images of Chaminade, liturgies and hymns, and media materials.  To obtain the logo or Chaminade images, right-click the images.  To obtain a higher resolution image, or if you have suggestions for additions to the webpage, e-mail

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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, Polish Christmas poems, and The Divine Maternity.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest update was: 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 and updated Explain 'Mary of the Nettles', German Shrines, Marian Institutes of Consecrated Life, and Marian Apparitions.

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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150th Anniversary of the Basilica in Kaohsiung
A Long Pilgrimage to Commemorate the Efforts of the First Missionaries, Opens the Celebrations
Source: Agenzia Fides (Taiwan) December 17, 2010

"Always continue the journey of the 150 years of Evangelization of Wanchin" is the theme of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the foundation and commitment to evangelization by the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Kaohsiung (also known as the 'Wanchin Basilica').  According to information gathered by Fides, the solemn opening of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the foundation, which is next year, was held on November 27, with the solemn blessing of the ten-kilogram Cross, presided over by Archbishop Peter Liu of Kaohsiung, and the 36.3 km pilgrimage on foot, carrying the Cross, to relive the difficult path of evangelization by the first missionaries, especially by Father Fernando Sainz, the Spanish Dominican missionary, who was one of the pioneers of the second evangelization of the island of Taiwan.  Over five hundred faithful, including priests and men and women religious, took part in the pilgrimage, but only fifty of them were able to make the entire journey. Despite this, its meaning is very important, as Bishop Peter Liu said, "because it symbolizes the continuation of our mission of evangelization."

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.

Wisconsin on the Map to Pray with Mary
Source: New York Times (Champion, Wisconsin) December 23, 2010

In France, the shrine at Lourdes is surrounded by hundreds of hotels and has received as many as 45,000 pilgrims in a single day.  Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico, draws millions of fervent worshipers a year.

Now, a little chapel among the dairy farms here, called Our Lady of Good Help, has joined that august company in terms of religious status, if not global fame.  This month, it became one of only about a dozen sites worldwide, and the first in the United States, where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been officially validated by the Roman Catholic Church....

"This is a gift to the believers," said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

"It would be devious to say that this was somehow pulled out of the attic to exorcise the problems of the church today," Father Roten said in a telephone interview.  "But hopefully this will have a beneficial impact on the people, showing them that there are ways of living with faith that are very pure."

Click here to see the complete article or here for related information.

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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 January 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 January.

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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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