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Staff Update

Second edition of Mary's Flowers now available

The second edition of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow, with illustrations by A. Joseph Barrish, S.M. and meditations by M. Jean Frisk, has just been released by Tau Publishing.

The award-winning book was first released in 1999 in hard cover, and 2002 in soft cover. It received a first-place award for Design and Production and a third-place award for Spirituality: Hard Cover from the Catholic Press Association in 2000.

Mary's Flowers has been called a treasury of botanical history and lore.  Thirty Mary-named flowers and their legends, as well as meditations for each flower, tell of significant moments in the life of Mary and her son, Jesus.  Illustrations based on medieval woodcuts bring each bloom to colorful life.

Copies are available at The Marian Library and from the publisher.  Mary's Flowers is featured on their website.

Vincenzina, a long-time volunteer at ML/IMRI, tells us that above text is currently being published and promoted on the Franciscan Journey website.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Video on-line

We received the following information from Joyce Guccione by email shortly shortly after New Year's Day.

In honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, you are invited to spend 3 1/2 minutes in contemplation at
May Our Lady smile upon you and bless you always.

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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, February 9, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Mark Danis, OCDS, and Frances Harry, OCDS, about their new Radio Maria program, Carmelite Conversations which will debut on Monday February 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM on Radio Maria. Carmelite Conversations will focus on the teachings of Carmelite Spirituality and their application to busy lives, combining contemplative prayer with service to the Church while helping listeners to progress in holiness.  Various prayer modes, Carmelite Saints and the Role of the Blessed Mother will be the focus of the new program.

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, February 8, Francesca talks with Father John Fletcher, CC, and the Joyful Lambs of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Elvie Richmond, Cora Foust, Sylvia McBain, Dorothy McPhillips, and Marika Zimmerman, focusing on "What in the world is going on?" and the importance of Catholic ethnic-based family traditions coupled with Marian Consecration and the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus relative to Pius XII's encyclical, Haurietis Aquas ["You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain." (Isaias 12:3)].  Francesca will stir up Filipino food this week, garnering the recipe for Pancip, a traditional Filipino favorite dish of rice noodles, minced mixed veggies flavored with pork, chicken or shrimp, from Elvie and Cora, her good-cooking hosts.  Filipino food is delicious, and this dish is easy, fast and filling.  Try it, you'll love it!

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:

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. Thursday, February 10, 2:30 PM on Apparition Developments

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

Pauline Books and Media publishes the Encounter the Saints series for young people. Over thirty brief paperbacks have appeared in this popular series, and two cover important Marian subjects.

Journeys with Mary, Apparitions of Our Lady by Zerlina De Santis
Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe by Josephine Nobissa

Journeys with Mary explains nine apparitions approved by the Church and shows how Mary leads us to God through Jesus, her Son.

Although written for youth, adults will also find these books interesting and informative reading.

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New Exhibit!

Song of Songs: In Memory of Henry Setter

The Marian Library Gallery is featuring the work of Henry Setter '51, a prolific illustrator, sculptor and art educator who died in 2009.  The exhibit runs through Friday, April 15, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.  Call 229-4214.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

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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 commenced 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 [Chaminade Year] season, we recommend The Marianist Corner and the on-line video Blessed William Joseph Chaminade: His Life and His Legacy.

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 or try finding answers with the Search utility for The Mary Page.

We have revised and updated the following features: Marian Shrines From Around the World--Information and Locations (especially Argentina); Marian Publications and Newsletters; and Marian Library Videos.  We have also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 1/30/2011.

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Nazareth: Patrimony of Humanity?
Mary as Model for Islam, Christianity
Source: Zenit (Nazareth) December 6, 2010

An international colloquium dedicated to Nazareth could be the first step toward officially declaring the city as patrimony of humanity, says the mayor of that locale.

Ramiz Jaraisy, that city's mayor, said this after the Nov. 21-24 colloquium on Nazareth: Archeology, History, and Cultural Patrimony, reported the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

  The initiative was organized by the Mary of Nazareth Association, the International Mary of Nazareth Center and the Nazareth Cultural and Tourism Association, with the support of the Israeli Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the French Cultural Center of Nazareth and the Italian Cultural Center of Haifa.

  Among the authorities attending this research session were the ambassador of France to Israel, Christophe Bigot, and the patriarchal vicar for Israel, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo....

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.

Song of Songs Exhibit Opens at Roesch
Source: Flyer News (University of Dayton) February 2, 2011

From Tuesday Feb. 1, through Friday, April 15, The Marian Library on the seventh floor of Roesch Library will feature a former UD professor's more than seventy black-and-white ink drawings and sculptures depicting a symbol of human love.

Song of Songs: A Henry Setter Retrospective, a free exhibit open to the public, displays art contemporarily envisioning the Old Testament's epic love story, the Song of Songs.

In the Bible, the Song of Songs, portrays a lover going to seek his beloved, according to Sister Jean Frisk of The Marian Library.

"Coming to see the drawings helps one to see how a person visualizes the spoken word of God," Frisk said.  "When people come to the exhibit, they will see a person's great love for art and for the Scriptures."

Click here for the complete article, or call 937-229-4214 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

Click here for more information on the exhibit.

N.B. Many of these works are for sale.  The Dean's office has information for those who would wish to make a purchase.  When the Dean's office is not open (i.e. RL 204), information will be available through Access Services.

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