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Alumni Update

We recently received an email from Sister Marie Azzarello regarding her activities which she agreed to let us share with readers.

Life is gift.  I had a four month sabbatical (Sept 2009 - Jan 2010) at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, adjacent to San Francisco.  I feel so privileged to have had this time.  Three weeks after I came home I was at my sister's bed side with her family in Toronto as her breath ebbed away.  I am so grateful to have been there; but I truly miss this great woman.

My first book, Mary, the First Disciple, A Guide for Transforming Today's Church has had a wide audience, especially across Canada.  It did get into the US, Japan, Central America, England, Macau, and China.  Claretian Publications bought the rights to publish it in English in the Philippines.  At the invitation of the Anglican Bishop of Montreal, I was privileged to give his annual Anglican clergy retreat based on my book in Feb. 2008.  He bought copies for all his clergy.  That is a plus I would say.  Also, I did several workshops on the topic.

My second book, Mary and the Maternal face of God, Reimagining ourselves as Church, was a seed in the last pages of the first.  However, the new book stands on its own.  In the last chapter I propose that reflection on images of the Black Madonna and her Son offer us a means of transformation.  I included five beautiful images in color in the book.  I made a pilgrimage through Central France to visit shrines in May 2007.  The book launch will be January 26, 2011 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at our Mother House in Montreal.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Twenty-sixth International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Niepokalanow, Poland (2011)

The Catholic Film Association invites you to participate in this festival and would be grateful for submissions-no later than January 31, 2011 - of feature films, documentary and amateur films, radio, television and multimedia programs and web pages.  Detailed information on the festival, the application form, etc., are on-line at and

We are also inviting people to the multimedia contest, Chopin in the XXI Century, organized on the occasion of the two-hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth. The deadline is January 15, 2011.  For details, click into

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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, January 5, 2011, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss material from Volume I of Mystical City of God by Blessed Mary of Agreda regarding the Jewish rite of Circumcision, the visit of the Magi, the feast of Epiphany, etc.  This is the first of a three-part series. [originally aired January 6, 2010]

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:

Michael Duricy, S.T.L. Thursday, January 6, 2:30 PM on Epiphany East and West

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, Friday, January 7, 2:30 PM on Eastern Feasts

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Christmas 2010 (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

You and those especially dear to you are included in my Christmas novena of prayer.  I pray that we will always have room in our hearts for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at Christmas and throughout the New Year of 2011.

Although I am not able to send an individual greeting to each, I want you be to assured that I hold you in my heart and memory and prayer always.  Various circumstances and deteriorating handwriting make me resort to typing and email.

The past year brought me to my eightieth birthday, and the coming year of 2011 brings us the Chaminade Year, which marks the 250th birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family.  God's care and love for us is certainly in evidence.

May Jesus live in our hearts always!

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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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Material on iinternational stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest updates were: France and Greece.  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 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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Holy Father Bestows a Prize on Marian Academy of India
Source: VIS (Vatican City) December 17, 2010

Yesterday evening at the Palazzo of San Pio X, the Pontifical Academies held their fifteenth public session on the theme: The Assumption of Mary, a Sign of Consolation and of Sure Hope.

During the session Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. read out a message sent by the Pope to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Coordinating Council of the Pontifical Academies, and to participants.

"The fifteenth public session," the Pope wrote, "was organized by the Pontifical International Marian Academy and the Pontifical Academy of Mary Immaculate which, most opportunely, wanted this solemn meeting to recall the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Dogma of the Assumption."

Benedict XVI recalls how "Vatican Council II, in its Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, taught that Mary is a sign of sure hope and consolation for the People of God on their pilgrimage through history."

"The Fathers and Doctors of the Church, echoing the shared feeling of the faithful and reflecting upon what the liturgy celebrates, proclaimed Mary's singular privilege and illustrated her shining beauty, which supports and nourishes our hope," the Pope wrote.

"Theological and spiritual reflections," he goes on, "the liturgy, Marian devotion, and artistic representations are really all part of the same thing, a complete and effective message capable of arousing wonder in our eyes, of touching our heart, of stimulating our mind to an even deeper understanding of the mystery of Mary, in whom we see our own destiny and hope clearly reflected and announced."

In this context, the holy Father invites the scholars "to follow the via pulchritudinis," expressing the hope that, "even in our own day, thanks to greater collaboration between theologians, liturgists and artists, more incisive and effective messages may be presented for people's contemplation and admiration."

Accepting a suggestion made by the Coordinating Council of the Pontifical Academies, Benedict XVI also announces that this year he is assigning the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academies Prize to the Marian Academy of India, represented by its president Father Kulandaisamy Raya, and to Luis Alberto Esteves dos Santos Casimiro, for his doctoral dissertation on the Annunciation in sixteenth-century Portuguese painting.

The Holy Father concluded by saying: "Furthermore, as a sign of appreciation and encouragement, I wish to present the pontifical medal to the Gen Verde group, part of the Focolari movement, for its artistic undertakings so strongly impregnated with Gospel values and open to dialogue between peoples and cultures."

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Here Comes La Madonna
Source: (Umbria, Italy) December 7, 2010

No, Madonna is not arriving in Assisi but la Madonna is – or so the children believe.

As darkness creeps in on December 7, the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the men of the Comunità Montana (Forestry Service) light a huge bonfire in front of the massive fourteenth-century Papal fortress, La Rocca Maggiore, towering over Assisi.  They roast sausages on the fire and offer them with hot mulled wine to 'the locals' gathered around the fire.  According to tradition, this bonfire lights the way for the angels who are flying in Mary's home from Nazareth!

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

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

Start the New Year on the Right Foot

Title: Discernment Retreat

Date: January 21-23, 2011

Location: Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska

Are you searching for meaning, trying to make good decisions, making an important life choice in the next year, choosing a marriage partner, changing jobs, going back to school or considering vowed life as an option for the future?  This retreat will cover St. Ignatius' rules for discernment and St. Benedict's wise advice for a personal rule of life.  The retreat is a great resource at any age in order to make 'God-centered' choices in daily life.  For answers to your questions on the retreat content, call Teresa at 402-289-2670 or

On January 21 - 23, 2011, a Discernment Retreat, directed by IMRI student Teresa Monaghen, AO, Father Thomas Leitner, OSB, and a team of consecrated life members will take place at St. Benedict Center, 4 mi. N. of Schuyler on Hwy. 15.  The retreat begins on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday after lunch.  The program fee is $60.  The costs for room and board are additional.  Please register early by calling the Saint Benedict Center at (402) 352-8819.

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