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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.

Thanks and blessings

Steve K.

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Staff Update

Seven communities of Sisters representing the consecrated life within the Church serve at the University of Dayton in various ways.  The Sisters Serving on Campus, eleven employed Sisters, occasionally meet over dinner to encourage and support one another and to simply keep in touch.  Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, takes the lead in bonding the Sisters together.  This year, she and Laura Leming, Marianist Sister, wondered if the Sisters couldn't be highlighted in a major display window of the much-trafficked Kennedy Union on campus.  March, often known in the US as month to foster vocations, had a one-week opening.

Each community provided a large poster that features the community as such.  Next to the large poster, a smaller poster features the Sister employed on campus.  On the individual poster one finds her picture, name, title, and a sentence she wished to share with the UD community.

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute employs three of these Sisters: Sister Phyllis Gronotte, a Beech Grove Benedictine, Sister M. Danielle Peters, and Sister M. Jean Frisk, both Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.  Everyone is welcome to come meet our Sisters.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Video On-line

It is with great joy that the Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation, share with you their new five-minute film, Servant of God, Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey.  The video may also be viewed on YouTube.  Click here for more information about Mary's House and Ephesus.

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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.

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.

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 17, 2:30 PM on Chaminade and Saint Joseph I

Michele Foley, Friday, March 18, 2:30 PM on Chaminade and Saint Joseph II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Lebanon Celebrates March 25 as a Holiday for Muslims and Christians (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Since 2010, Christians and Muslims in Lebanon have shared the feast of Mary's Annunciation as a national holiday.  For the three years prior to 2010 Muhammad Al-Sammak, secretary general of the Christian-Muslim Committee for Dialogue, and his colleagues had worked on this project with the Lebanese government to make the March 25 feast of the Annunciation a national feast day.  Lebanese government authorities have issued a formal decree in this regard.

For many centuries Christianity and Islam have coexisted peacefully in Lebanon.  At times, especially in recent decades, outside political factions from other countries have tried to upset that balance, but the Christians and Muslims native to Lebanon are determined to resist such disturbance.  This is a free choice, since they have built a common life on the basis of this choice.  Both religious groups recognize the differences and work together to create a culture founded on living together in understanding and respect.

Al-Sammak indicated that some Muslims from various countries confuse what is really religious and what is a national or local tradition to which religious identity is given. This often leads to misunderstanding of Islam and Islamophobia.

Few Christian realize that Muslims hold the Virgin Mary in high esteem. Mary is mentioned frequently, over thirty times, in the Qur'an.

During the past century the people of Lebanon have observed two official national religious holidays: Ramadan for the Muslims and Mary's Assumption for the Christians.  Now a shared religious feast will be observed on March 25 by both religions.  Muslim-Christian dialogue groups gather on March 25 to honor Mary's Annunciation, reciting verses from the Gospel and from the Qur'an about Mary, and discussing what is common to Christianity and Islam.

Now with the endorsement of former and current Lebanese government leaders, March 25, the feast of Mary's Annunciation has been formalized as a shared national day of celebration for both Muslims and Christians.

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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 concluded 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 for Summer 2011.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Prayers to Saint Joseph (feast day--March 19).

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 expanded our listing of Polish Poems.

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Celebrate the Chaminade Year
A Message from the Rector, Rev. James Fitz, S.M., to the Campus Community
Source: Rector's Office (University of Dayton) January 21, 2011

We invite the campus community to celebrate the Chaminade Year and rejoice in the 250th birthday of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.  This international celebration will include a year's worth of events.  To help raise awareness of Chaminade Year, we ask the U.D. community to join us for the kick off with a Mass for Chaminade Day  on January 22  in the RecPlex ... and join us for other January Chaminade Year events (e.g. Blessed Chaminade banner dedication 3 p.m. on January 24, in the lobby of Kennedy Union, Founders' Dinner on January 27, in the Kennedy Union ballroom).  Please visit throughout the year for events schedule, information and resources.  Blessed Chaminade's life and vision inspire us as a community of faith and a community of transformation to learn, lead, and serve.  Let us give thanks and celebrate his legacy.

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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.

At the Manger: An Annual Tradition
Source: Libraries' Update (University of Dayton) Spring 2011

The Libraries celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by exhibiting its collection of crèches on campus and in locations around Dayton.

In 2010, the featured exhibit, African Symphony celebrated the wonderful traditions of Africa and Americans of African descent.  A Stable Store and Lecture series added to the At the Manger experience.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 26, 2011 and join us at our Thanksgiving Open House to kick off the new exhibit.  The 2011 exhibit, There's No Place Like Home, will showcase crèches that prominently feature a physical structure such as a stable, a house, or a hut.  As always, the Open House will be a free event with activities for children, refreshments, and entertainment.

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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

Celebrate the Annunciation/Incarnation

Title: A Tribute to Mary in Prayer and Song

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011

Location: Queen of Martyrs Church (Dayton, Ohio)

This evening service will open with the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary acted out simply but beautifully by the children from the Queen of Martyrs Parish Family Faith Formation group.

The second half of the program will be a musical presentation featuring Marian hymns, plus arias by Bach, Pergolesi and Abt, that will meditate on various aspects of the life of the Blessed Mother.  The soloist in this presentation will be the lyric soprano, Stephanie Lytle, who is an adjunct professor in voice at Sinclair Community College.  She will be assisted by Moira Levant, a well-known violinist and composer in Dayton, and J. Ritter Werner, who is the organist at Queen of Martyrs.

Refreshments and fellowship to follow.  Click here to see the Flyer in pdf [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

Also, please join in celebrating the Solemnity Vigil Mass of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus at St. Rita of Cascia Church, on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm (with prelude music at 6:45 and Rev William O'Donnell, CPPS, as celebrant and homilist).  Click here to see the Flyer in pdf [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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