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Staff Updates

At a private luncheon on January 26, 2011, Brother William Fackovec, S.M., received his golden watch from Dan Curran, President of the University of Dayton, in recognition of his fifty years of service at The Marian Library.  There will be an article on Bro. Bill in the upcoming issue of The Marian Library Newsletter.

At the other end of the spectrum, please join us in welcoming Jillian Slater who comes from San Francisco, California, to be Project Archivist in The Marian Library.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Film Reference

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, emailed us the following information on 12/15/2010:

I recently caught the low-budget film Night Tide starring Dennis Hopper from the early 60s.  The female lead (erroneously) believes that she is subject to a curse and turns into a murderous mermaid at the full moon.  She keeps an icon of Mary by her bedside.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Father Duane Stenzel, Priest-Director for Radio Maria USA, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 18, 2011 at the age of eighty three after a long battle with a chronic blood disorder.

Father Duane entered the Franciscan order in 1945, and was ordained a priest in 1954.  Over the years, he touched countless lives with his words of wisdom, love, understanding and encouragement.  Words could never express how much he has meant, or how much he will be missed.

We pray now for the repose of his soul and take comfort knowing that his earthly suffering has come to an end.

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 26, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Gregory Bramlage, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in Sunman, Indiana, and Father Dan Wilder of Peoria, Illinois about their recent sabbatical travels around the world where they witnessed miraculous healings through the grace of God and the faith and repentance of the people who came to their Reconciliation and Repentance Services in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Hawaii, Uganda, and India.

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, January 25, Francesca speaks with Zaid E. Jazrwi of Chicago, joyful and faith-filled young Marian pilgrimage leader and organizer, and other callers to the program about encountering Jesus and healing through the intercession of the Blessed Mother and why we need to intercede and pray for The New Evangelization.

T5H Featured Recipes: Today Francesca shares her tasty, easy-to-prepare Italian Breaded Pork Loin Butterflies with Roasted Potatoes, Onions and Green Peppers 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 Bertrand Buby, Francois Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Jean Frisk, Danielle Peters, 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 27, 2:30 PM on Chaminade on-line
Father David Fleming, S.M. Friday, January 28, 2:30 PM on the Life of Chaminade

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Good News About Neubert Books (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Father Peter Fehlner, F.I., one of the chief editors for Academy of the Immaculate, is the one we thank for promoting the translation and publication of Father Emile Neubert's books.

Mary and the Priestly Ministry is in a second printing. Devotion to Mary is "selling by the carton." [thirty four copies in each carton]  These titles had initial printings of 5,000 and 7,500 copies respectively.  Mary's Apostolic Mission is scheduled to be in print before the end of summer 2011.

Father Peter is evaluating Father Jean-Louis Barre's book about Neubert's Marian writings for translation into English.  He is also interested in reprinting other English works of Father Neubert, like Queen of Militants.  We are grateful to Father Peter and thank him profusely.

Auspice Virgine Deipara

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Last Chance to See Current Exhibits!

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 Spring 2011 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 The Marianist Corner.

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.  Please email your comments to to receive a personal reply.

We have posted a new article by Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., about Animal Nativities.

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Mary Unites Christians and Muslims
Interview with Greek Catholic Melkite Priest on Synod Follow-up
Source: Zenit (Damascus, Syria) January 21, 2011

Christians and Muslims might lack a common dogmatic base from which to discuss theology, but they share devotion and esteem for a woman who brings them together: Mary, mother of Jesus.

This reflection was offered by Father Joseph Saghbini, a priest of the Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  Father Saghbini was speaking about a December 15 conference in Damascus, sponsored by the Syrian president and Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, patriarch of Antioch for the Greek Melkite Church.  The conference was a follow-up to the synod on the Middle East held last October at the Vatican.

Some one thousand people participated--Christians and Muslims, representatives from Eastern Churches, and participants from Lebanon, Jordan and other Arab nations....

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.

Devoted to Mary
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) January 21, 2011

Long-time University donor and community advocate, Joseph B. Quatman, died January 14 at the Lima Convalescent Home in Lima, Ohio.  He was 94.

Among his legacies is the statue he funded on the lawn of Marianist Hall honoring Mary at the Feast of Cana.  As a member of the Class of 1938, Quatman also contributed to the renovation of Immaculate Conception Chapel in the mid-1980s.

Quatman was president of the American Society of Ephesus, a foundation created by his father, George B. Quatman, in 1955 to support the restoration and preservation of Christian sites in the Turkish city where many believe the Blessed Virgin Mary spent her final days.

The Society helped fund the restoration of St. John's Basilica in Ephesus, erected in the sixth century over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, and the Churches of St. Mary and St. John, known as the twin churches, which date back to approximately the year 330.  The Society also gives to The Marian Library on the University of Dayton campus....

Click here for the complete article, or call 937-229-3241 for more 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 February 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 February.

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Marian Events

Marianist Artist Tribute to Blessed Chaminade

Title: A Chaminade Tribute: An Exhibit of Marianist Artists in the Dayton Area

Date: February 1-28, 2011

Location: Roesch Library (University of Dayton)

Marianists honor the Founder on the 250th anniversary of his birth.  While their main thrust has always been finding ways to educate youth, followers of Chaminade have been encouraged to see art, and especially the visual arts, as a valid way to fulfill this mission.  They have used the visual arts in educational outreach and have been invited to develop personal talents in various areas of the arts as well.

This present exhibit presents some of these talents.

  • A. Joseph Barrish, SM
  • Christopher Conlon, SM
  • Louis Fournier, SM
  • Charles Gausling, SM
  • Bernard Hartman, SM
  • John Lemker, SM
  • Gary Marcinowski, SM
  • Donald Smith, SM
  • Charles Wanda, SM

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