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Marian Multimedia Website

Father James Phalan, C.S.C., MSA member and Director of Family Rosary International, informed us of a 'virtual chapel' developed by their branch in Spain.  The site contains multilingual, multimedia, and Marian content.  Click here to enter through their splash page. We will keep you informed about developing features like a daily Gospel and material about World Youth Day.

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Thesis Defense

Elizabeth M. Farley successfully defended her S.T.L. thesis, Mary, the Mother of Jesus at the Wedding of Cana: The Principal Interpretations by the Latin Fathers from the second-eighth centuries, on February 21, 2011 in the Reading Room of The Marian Library.

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Alumni Update

We recently received the following news about IMRI graduate, Father Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh.

On Monday, February 14, 2011, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr appointed the Rev. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh the thirty-fifth president/rector of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary, effective July 1, 2011. At the same time, the archbishop thanked outgoing president/rector, the Rev. Edward P. Smith, for his seven years of service. Father Smith is expected to be assume pastoral duties in a diocesan parish. The archbishop also created the position of vice rector and appointed the Rev. Anthony R. Brausch, an instructor of philosophy, to fill the post. The changes were announced at the Athenaeum, 6616 Beechmont Ave., in Mount Washington.

"During his term as rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary and president of the Athenaeum," Archbishop Schnurr said, "I am asking Father Benedict to give special attention to recruiting more dioceses to send their seminarians here, while continuing the spiritual, human and liturgical formation of our seminarians and growing the Athenaeum's role in the diocese as a center of education and training both for the work of the lay ecclesial ministry and for outreach and evangelization to teachers and families."

"I want to reiterate my commitment to Mount St. Mary's and the Athenaeum, and to the stated goal of this institution to become one of the premier institutions in the Church in the United States for the education and formation of priests and laity. In order to pursue these initiatives with the attention they deserve ... (after discussion with Father O'Cinnsealaigh), I am appointing Father Anthony Brausch as vice rector."

Since 2004, Father O'Cinnsealaigh has served as director of seminary formation at the Athenaeum of Ohio's Mount St. Mary's Seminary, the third oldest Catholic seminary in the United States.

"I feel very fortunate to have served at Mount St. Mary's with Father Smith for the last eleven years," said Father O’Cinnsealaigh.  "He has been very effective in his ministry here and has been a kind and insightful mentor.  I hope I can build on his work as he has built on the good work of those who went before him."

"I feel somewhat anxious about taking on this new ministry, but being surrounded by so many good, faithful, and competent collaborators is encouraging and also exciting.  The archbishop has a dynamic vision for the Athenaeum and the seminary, and the next few years should prove to be exciting and hopefully fruitful for the Church."  Father Benedict noted that while he is thousands of miles from his immediate family in Ireland, "I have a family here" at the Athenaeum and throughout the archdiocese....

Father O'Cinnsealaigh, forty-seven, is a native of Dublin, Ireland.  He is the oldest of five children and his parents, siblings and nieces and nephews all live in Dublin.  Besides his roll as director of seminary formation, he also has served as director of permanent diaconate formation and as assistant professor of theology since 2000.  He holds the recently-created Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Chair in Systematic Theology.  He also  holds a diploma in humanities (philosophy) from All Hallows College, Dublin; a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; a licentiate in sacred theology and a doctorate in sacred theology from the International Marian Research Institute, Dayton.

Prior to being assigned to the Athenaeum, Father O'Cinnsealaigh was assistant pastor of Holy Angels Parish, Sidney, Ohio, while also serving a head of the religion department and campus minister at Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney.  He earlier served as assistant pastor at St. Albert the Great Parish, Kettering....

Click here to read the complete article (and see a picture of Father Benedict).

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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 23, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Tony Krishak, Paulist Priest, Diocese of Trenton, NJ, Director of Internet services for Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington DC, and adjunct professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University in Maryland, along with Father John Krumm, pastor of St. Bridget's Parish in Xenia, Ohio, and Tanya Stagers, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Office of Evangelization, about Small Church Communities, their place in evangelization and discipleship, the importance of being rooted in God's word, and the spirituality of discipleship and the upcoming Diocesan Small Church Communities Formation Day on March 19, 2011 (to be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411 N. Fairfield Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45432).  For added seminar information and registration call call 513-421-3131 and/or see the website:  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 22, Francesca speaks with Zaid Jazrawi of Wisconsin ( about the popular Marian pilgrimages he leads for youth, young adults and families, Marian apparitions and sites, Marian dogmas, the hearts of Jesus and Mary, discernment and commitment to God's holy will, and effects on audiences he speaks to throughout the USA and abroad.  Bette Davis of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville, Ohio also guests, focusing on the annual St. Francis of Assisi parish women's retreat at Bergamo Center for Life-long Learning in Beavercreek, Ohio February 25-27, 2011, featuring Melba Fisher, Lay-Marianist from San Antonio, Texas, addressing the 8 virtues of Jesus! (Growing in Virtue and Living It).  Today Francesca shares her easy-to-make Italian pizza fritte and stuffed pizza sandwiches from her family's favorite store of recipes in the traditions hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

The Third Tuesday of Each month will highlight a different ethnic culture, featuring their faith histories, cultures and traditions: March-Ireland; April-Poland.

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 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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. Thursday, February 24, 2:30 PM on Marianist Spirituality I

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. February 25, 2:30 PM on Marianist Spirituality II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Prayer of Dedication to Mary's Apostolic Mission (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Brother Samaha suggests that we recite the following prayer during this commemorative year asking for apostolic filial piety according to the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

O Good Jesus,
help us to love Mary,
your physical Mother and our spiritual Mother,
as you love her
and wish her to be loved.

Mary, our Mother,
help us to respond
as faithful disciples
to the call of Jesus.
In the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade,
help us to participate faithfully in your apostolic mission
to present Jesus to the world about us
as you did and still do today.

We ask this grace in the name of Jesus, Son of Mary.
May Jesus and Mary lead us into union with the Triune God.

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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 [Black History Month] season, we recommend An Annotated Bibliography for Books on Black Madonnas and Dark and Beautiful.

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 expanded the following features: Marian Shrines From Around the World--Information and Locations (especially France and the United States).  We have also posted our comprehensive Marian Bibliography for 2010.

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Church Recognizes Marian Fraternity
Established in Lima as Society of Apostolic Life
Source: Zenit (Lima, Peru) February 17, 2011

A Marian congregation founded in 1991 has been recognized by the Church as a Society of Apostolic Life of Diocesan Right in the archdiocese of Lima.

   The Marian Fraternity of Reconciliation (MFR) received this status on Jan. 21.  Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, archbishop of Lima, that day gave the decree of approval to Alejandra Keen von Wuthenau, Superior General of the community, accompanied by some members of the governing council.  The cardinal also approved the community's constitutions.

He encouraged the Fraternas--as the members of the MFR are known--to "live their lives as a constant donation because it is for this that we consecrate ourselves in the Church, to give ourselves to others, to serve others and to take the faith to them."

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.

Homily at Vespers of the Blessed Mother
Ceremonies for the Opening of the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey
Source: Bishop Finn (Kansas City-Saint Joseph) January 21, 2011

The Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich retold her mystical experiences of the life of the Blessed Virgin, describing in astounding detail the little stone house which overlooked the Bay at Ephesus.  These accounts stirred the heart of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey, who already loved our Blessed Mother deeply.  Sister Marie prevailed over the skepticism of her Vincentian co-workers, persuading the scholarly priests to scour the hot dusty slopes of Nightingale Mountain.  Mary herself, it seemed, refreshed the seekers in the cool waters of a spring God had first provided for the Mother of Jesus and St. John the Evangelist.

Fathers Poulin and Jung were compelled by the sincerity and humility of Sister Marie, the holiness they saw in her and that which draws us together tonight in this unlikely place to ask God's grace and blessing on a new journey, the study of Sister Marie's life and work.

Adelle Louise Marie de Mandat-Grancey, as a young lady, determined to leave the world and the family she loved dearly.  She wanted to be among the simple maids she had observed in the streets of Paris, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul.  At Rue du Bac, where Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal had appeared to Catherine Laboure, she was formed more fully in the humility and generous faith that was, early on, a hallmark of her life.  Near Paris she cared for orphans.  She gathered youth in the catechesis of the Children of Mary.  When the need was great she went to Turkey, and in time, was pressed into service as Superior.

When God had prepared her, He acquired her will and her heart so that the gift of Meryem Ana Evi, Mary's House, could be revealed to the world.  Sister Marie acquired the property with the help of her family, and she and her Vincentian spiritual fathers carried forward the excavations and restorations.  They prayed there and walked the path of the Cross which was once traversed by the Lady of Sorrows herself.  Today it is visited by Popes, and it is the place of prayer and devotion to millions of children of Mary each year:  Christians and Muslims together.  They adorn its walkways with their petitions to the Mother of God, Theotokos, and to the Lady of the Koran....

Click here for the complete article [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF] or here for related news about Mary's House in Ephesus.

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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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