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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following are typical examples.

I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the wealth of information that you provide on your resources/documents site ... may God bless you all abundantly.  You are in my prayers!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


I really appreciate your support and would love to do some kind of collaboration with your wonderful site in the future.


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Staff Update

Jill Slater started on January 10, 2011 as Project Archivist in The Marian Library.  She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelors in Visual and Public Art from California State University, Monterey Bay.  Before coming to UD, she worked as a project archivist for the International Transactional Analysis Association and completed archive internships at NASA Ames Research Center and the Internet Archive.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Blog

Pieter van den Bos has been maintaining a blog about the Virgin Mary since last summer. Click here to see All About Mary.

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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, March 2, 2011, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss St. Gertrude the Great, her life and revelations: Part Two of a five-part series on Women of Faith: Five Great Women Religious, focusing on women religious of various orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus appeared to them and brought them graced lessons of His great love and mercy which they accepted in order to share in His Passion.  St. Gertrude the Great, Sr. Josefa Menendez (Way of Divine Love), Mary of Agreda (Mystical City of God), St. Mary Faustina (Diary), and St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque (the Sacred Heart devotions) are featured.  See how their revelations are alike but the message of love and the heart of Jesus is different, though still viable for our day.  This series will be presented every other Wednesday throughout Lent.  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, March 1, Francesca discusses St. Padre Pio, his life, ministry and spirituality, the history of the Carmelite Brown Scapular and instruction to Padre Pio's spiritual children in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the meaning of wearing it, the 1917 Marian prophecy at Fatima, and living our Catholic faith in the Holy Spirit.

Francesca shares her family's favorite Italian recipes this week: Italian Fried Pepper Frittata and Baked Penne with Italian Sausage.

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:

Michele Foley Thursday, March 3, 2:30 PM on Father Phillip Hoelle, S.M.

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. March 4, 2:30 PM on Father Theodore Koehler, S.M.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

What is a litany?

A litany is a type of prayer in the form of a responsive petition.  This prayer form became popular in the Middle Ages.  A prayer leader proclaimed a series of invocations and the congregation alternated with responses.

The litany form of supplication comes from the Litany of Saints, which was used in Europe as early as the seventh century.  In that litany, Mary heads the list of saints and is invoked three times.  These invocations are retained in her own litany.  Over the centuries, a number of litanies became popular prayers to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Name of Jesus, St. Joseph, and several directed to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  These are still used today and are found in official prayer books.

Several different Marian litanies appeared in the twelfth century and became popular devotional practices over the following centuries.  Their origins are often uncertain, and from time to time, additions and improvements were made.  Besides being recited prayers, many litanies are also sung or chanted.  And today new litanies are still being composed.

The alternation of admiring tribute and confident supplication makes the litany a prayer both simple and replete.

Litany of Loreto

Many Marian litanies are in use, but the best-known litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is more commonly known as the Litany of Loreto.  Because this litany was adopted by the famous Shrine of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, as indicated by a 1558 shrine record, the pilgrims who visited the shrine took to their home countries around the world this popular name for the prayer.

The origins of the Litany of Loreto are uncertain.  It may date from the fifth century, but more likely it was composed in its present form between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, and first printed in a prayer book influenced by St. Peter Canisius in 1551.  The original approval was granted in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V.

The list of praises to Mary owes much to the Akathist Hymn of the Byzantine Churches.  As circumstances changed, invocations were added or dropped, and the litany is still being revised in our lifetime.

Newest invocations: Mother of the Church and Queen of Families

In 1980 "Mother of the Church" was inserted into the Litany of Loreto after "Mother of Christ" and before "Mother of Divine Grace."  At the close of the third session of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 Pope Paul VI officially declared this new Marian title: "For the glory of the Blessed Virgin and our consolation, we proclaim Mary most holy as 'Mother of the Church', that is, of the whole People of God, both of the faithful and of the pastors who all call her their most loving Mother."  Pope John Paul II explained that this "stresses the complete motherhood of Mary toward Christ and toward the Church, as Mother of the Head and Mother of the members of the Mystical Body."

John Paul II authorized in 1995 the use of "Queen of Families" to be inserted after "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary" and before "Queen of Peace."  This flows naturally from the fact that Mary is Mother of the Church, including the Domestic Church--the family.  The late pope pointed out that "Mary called herself the 'handmaid of the Lord' (Lk 1:38).  Through obedience to the Word of God she accepted her lofty, yet not easy, vocation as wife and mother in the family of Nazareth.  Putting herself at God's service, she also put herself at the service of others: a service of love.... We invoke her as 'Queen'. For her to reign is to serve. Her service is to reign."

Holy Mary, pray for us!

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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 will conclude on March 11, 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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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: Litanies; Meditations; Polish Poems; and Prayers to Saint Joseph.  We have also posted Marian Commemoration Days for March in Korean and updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through February 28, 2011.

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Benedict XVI Remembers Our Lady Who Appeared to Juan Diego
Source: Zenit (Mexico City) December 13, 2010

In celebration of Sunday's feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the shrine that houses the miraculous image of Mary received more than six million pilgrims.

Annually, this basilica in Mexico City receives an average of twenty-two million.  Almost thirty per cent of that number made their visit to Our Lady between last Friday and Sunday.

It is estimated that on Sunday, an average of ninety-five thousand pilgrims entered the basilica every hour.  They had to be content with spending just a few seconds under the miraculous cape where 479 years ago the image of the Virgin was imprinted, after the first bishop of Mexico City, Franciscan Friar Juan de Zumarraga, asked Juan Diego for a sign that his visions were true....

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.

Library Collections Now in 3D!
Source: Libraries Update (University of Dayton) Spring, 2011

View multi-dimensional objects as if you are holding them in your hand!  With our new View360 feature on Digital@UDayton you can rotate and examine objects virtually.  The Libraries have digitized thirty-three items to provide a 360-degree image for each one (e.g. plaster sculpture of of Our Lady of Czestochowa from The Marian Library).  The View360 feature provides a virtual experience of touching and examining an object from all angles, revealing the dimensional perspectives of each object.  The Libraries embarked on this digitization project to provide access to the numerous 3D works in our unique collection....

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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 March 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 March.

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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 - March 6, 2011

Location: Roesch Library (University of Dayton)

Marianists honor their 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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