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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Documentary

Nina Danino, a filmmaker from the United Kingdom, produced and directed Temenos in 1998.  Done with audio and visual effects in an experimental or avant garde style, the film was shot at locations in which Mary is said to have appeared (e.g. Lourdes, Medjugorje).  Ms. Danino has generously donated a DVD copy to the holdings of The Marian Library, and we are grateful.  Copies may be ordered from the British Film Institute.

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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 16, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with retired business executive Jack Davis about four noted women mystics and their relationship and messages given to them by the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Blessed Mother: St. Gertrude, St. Faustina, Mother Mary of Agreda (Mystical City of God) and Sr. Josefa Menendez,(The Way of Divine Love).  Jack was introduced to these teachings through, listening, reading, learning, healing via Scripture, retreats, St. Faustina, and these other teachings on the love of the hearts of Jesus and Mary.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

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 EST.

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 15, Francesca talks speaks with Elvie Richmond, Cora Foust, and callers from the listening audience about their faith traditions and cultural heritage, sharing interesting practices brought with them from their homeland in the Pacific and incorporated into their life experience in their families and spirituality in America.

N.B.: The Third Tuesday of each month of Through the Tummy to the Heart: Italian Soul Food Sprinkled With Evangelization with Francesca Franchina will highlight and feature a different ethnic group and its contributions and practices to Catholicism evolving from their traditions and cultural heritage.

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:

Sister M. Jean Frisk Thursday, February 17, 2:30 PM on Mary, Cause of Our Joy I

Sister M. Jean Frisk Friday, February 18, 2:30 PM on Mary, Cause of Our Joy II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Venerable Faustino (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Faustino, whom death took before he was able to enter the Marianist novitiate in Spain, has been declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI.  He is one of the models being proposed for World Youth Day in Madrid this summer.  Venerable Faustino, intercede for us!

Click here for more information [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF].

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Current 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 posted our comprehensive Marian Bibliography for 2010.

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Anglicans, Catholics Dialogue About Mary
Bishop Affirms Need to Explore Doctrine Further
Source: Zenit (London) February 10, 2011

As Anglican and Catholic leaders advance in dialogue about religious differences, they are attempting to understand more deeply the role of Mary, the Mother of God.

  On Wednesday, Auxiliary Bishop George Stack of Westminster addressed the Church of England general synod on this topic.  He referenced in particular the 2005 report titled Mary, Grace and Hope in Jesus Christ, presented by the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).

The prelate underlined the importance of this topic in the process of dialogue, noting that Pope John Paul II wrote in Ut Unum Sint that "the Virgin Mary, as Mother of God and Icon of the Church [...] is one of the areas in need of fuller study before a true consensus of faith can be achieved." ...

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.

Chaminade Day Mass Homily
Source: University of Dayton (Rector's Office) January 22, 2011

With the Catholic Church throughout the world, we celebrate today the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Although the readings are from the Sunday celebration, they are very appropriate for our celebration of Chaminade Day, the anniversary of Chaminade's death and his entrance into the fullness of life.  That the readings are appropriate should not surprise us since Chaminade has been declared blessed by the Church indicating that he is a model for us of living the Gospel.

Isaiah the prophet proclaims: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  He proclaims to a people in exile words of release and return.  Blessed William Joseph Chaminade would have found resonance in those words.  He too lived in a time of darkness; he too experienced exile....

Click here for the complete article [require Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF].

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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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