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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 a million and god bless you all!

Uri K.

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Staff Update

Brother Raymond Boutin, S.M., will be coming in this March 22 and will be with us through April 3 working on the stamp collection.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Essays Published by the ESBVM-USA

Mary for the Love and Glory of God - Essays on Mary and Ecumenism
edited by Dr. Maura Hearden and Dr. Virginia M. Kimball
Published by the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA and AuthorHouse

Here is a collection of ecumenical essays by scholars representing various Christian denominations, presented at the International Congress of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary [ESBVM] in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2008. The contributors in this book center attention on Mary, the Mother of Christ, who was the biblical disciple whose life brings us to the love and glory of God. Contributing authors are Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant. These authors are: Very Rev. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York; Dr. Robert L. Fastiggi, Professor of Sacred Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; Sister Nonna Verna Harrison, an Eastern Orthodox nun and specialist in Patristics and Orthodox Theology; Dr. Maura Hearden, a Roman Catholic scholar; Rev. Jennifer Mary Kimball, pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC in Walton, NY; Dr. Virginia Kimball, an Eastern Orthodox theologian, President of ESBVM USA; Rev. Dr. Donald Charles Lacy, United Methodist pastor and well-known ecumenical author and lecturer; Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick OSBM, a Byzantine Catholic Sister and vocation director for the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil in Uniontown, PA; Sister Mary Catherine Nolan, a Roman Catholic Dominican Sister, a Marian theologian and author of Mary's Song - Living the Timeless Prayer; Rev. Dr. Edward J. Ondrako, OFM Conv, scholar in residence at the Franciscan International Study Center in Canterbury, Kent, England and author of Progressive Illuminations - A Journey with John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1980-2005; Rev. Dr. Paul Snowden Russell III, an Anglican priest and Dean of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley, CA, and a noted Syriac scholar.

The book may be ordered by contacting
- the ESBVM USA at [instructions for ordering will be provided]
- or through

The price is $25.00 or $15.00 for ESBVM members. [postage is included when ordering through ESBVM]

All proceeds of this book go to the ESBVM USA.

Click here to see a picture of the book. [front and back covers in pdf format--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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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 23, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Sylvia Gleason, DO, about mental health care in the hospital emergency room; mental health viewed as a 'Non-Disease,' the lack of adequate insurance coverage and facilities for mental health patients, prescription drugs reaching epidemic proportions; the demand for prescription drugs fueled by advertising leading to the demand for harder drugs such as heroin; the death toll of drug abuse; its cost in dollars and personhood; and what can be done about all of these issues regarding mental health and drug abuse in general.  To participate in the program, please call 1-866-333-6279 during the live program [Toll Free].  Share your thoughts and experience.

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 22, Francesca talks with Wayne Topp, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Associate Vocational Director and Parish Youth Minister at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Cincinnati, OH about Cast Your Nets, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Youth Ministry Conference (Sunday March 27, 2011 encouraging youth to tap into area events to be recharged in the faith and build stronger bonds with the Greater Church outside their individual parishes.  Cast Your Nets features dynamic speakers, music, food and fun. Archbishop Schnurr will address the Conference which sends the message to BE BOLD, focusing on living with excitement the Catholic Faith and being willing to stand out as young disciples for Jesus.  Hear the results of the past three years. Call toll-free to take part in the program.

Francesca shares her recipe for fast, delicious, inexpensive Italian Lenten family meals: Baccala (cod fish) Stew (Baccala, potatoes, olives, onions and tomatoes and Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan using halves of Fresh Eggplant, Italian Sausage or Bread Crumbs, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese dressed with Fresh Tomato Sauce.  Share your thoughts and recipes!

This program and all Francesca's programs are archived on-line.

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 Francois Rossier, S.M., Thursday, March 24, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation to Joseph

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, March 25, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation to Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Saint Joseph in Focus: Husband of Mary and Guardian of Jesus (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

How much do we know about and appreciate the man who was the husband of the Mother of Jesus and the guardian of our Redeemer?  How do we honor him?  St. Joseph is often overlooked. Scripture says little of him.  We seem to give him scant attention.  Yet devotion to St. Joseph has deep roots in Christian tradition.

Joseph is often the overlooked member of the Holy Family.  Do you remember as children when we wrote 'J.M.J.' at the top of our papers in Catholic school?  We did that to remind ourselves to have the intention that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph had in life as we did our own work.  We pictured the members of the Holy Family side by side.

Husband of Mary

Remember that Mary and Joseph are a couple.  And Jesus is their child.  They belong together.  When separated, their significance in God's plan of salvation is clouded, because their importance lies in their relationship to each other.  While honoring the perpetual virginity of Mary, we cannot disregard Joseph's privilege and happiness of being Mary's husband.  In past centuries many works of art depicted Joseph as an old man.  Most likely this was done to disallow any threat to Mary's virginity.  This tended to undervalue the loving relationship of Mary and Joseph as husband and wife.  Despite the tendencies of her times, St. Teresa of Avila always insisted that Joseph was a young man when he married Mary.  The Divine Liturgy reinforces this positive approach regarding Joseph: "With a husband’s love he cherished Mary, the Virgin Mother of God."

Foster Father of Jesus

Since Joseph is the husband of Mary, he is also father to Jesus.  We know that he was not the physical father of Jesus.  But in the gospel account about Jesus being lost in the temple, Luke has Mary saying to Jesus: "Son, your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."  And the Divine Liturgy testifies: "With fatherly care he watched over Jesus Christ your son, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit."

If one might think that Joseph's fatherhood was not quite real or effective because he did not physically procreate Jesus, let that person speak with adoptive parents, especially those who have conceived a child of their own and adopted others.  They will let you know how real Joseph's fatherhood is.

Head of the Holy Family

Joseph played a very important role as Jesus "grew in wisdom, age, and grace before God and men."  In the Jewish tradition children were, until the age of five or so, in the special care and tutelage of their mothers.  But beyond that age children came under the special guidance of their fathers.  Joseph by duty and privilege was the rabbi of the Holy Family to teach Jesus the Jewish faith and practices.  Joseph led his family in the worship of God in their home at Nazareth.

At meal times both Mary and Jesus looked to Joseph at the head of the table to offer the prayer of blessing.  Each year when the great evening of the Passover was celebrated, the youngster Jesus played his role and addressed the ritual question to Joseph: "Father, why is this night different from every other night?"  Then he listened with his Mother to Joseph's narration of the glorious events of the Exodus and the explanation of the meaning of the paschal lamb. Later, Jesus would hear John the Baptizer proclaim him, the Son of Joseph and Mary, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.

When Jesus was of age, Joseph introduced him to synagogue worship.  Jesus was faithful to the synagogue rituals throughout his life. Joseph also taught Jesus the skills of a carpenter.  Through the practice of this trade Jesus supported himself and his Mother after Joseph's death.

Jesus' human experience of fatherhood was drawn from his relationship with Joseph, his own earthly father.  When Jesus said, "What father would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf or a poisonous snake when he asks for a fish?" surely he had in mind how kind and gentle Joseph was to him as he was growing.

When Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son, Joseph must have been the model of that loving father.  As Jesus described how the father hugged and kissed the son who had been lost, perhaps he was recalling how Joseph hugged and kissed him after he had been lost in the temple for three days.

When Jesus taught us how to pray, he began with the same loving title with which he had addressed Joseph all his life, abba.  His deep affection for Joseph is evident in the circumstances of the gospel. Joseph made a profound impression on Jesus.

St. Joseph's relation to us

Has Joseph made an impression on us?  How do we think of St. Joseph, honor him, and pray to him?  Do we appreciate the special place he has in Christian spirituality and in our own heritage?  Let us revere wholeheartedly the husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, the patron of the universal Church.  After all, he is the man who is closest to Christ.

Blessings for the feast [March 19] of our great patriarch, St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus!
May St. Joseph protect our families.

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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 Akathistos of the Annunciation to Mary and Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary.

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 revised Litany of the Infant Jesus.

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Archbishop Arguelles' Appeal for Support for Pro-Life Rally (Mar.25, at Luneta)
Source: Archdiocese of Lipa (Lipa City, Philippines) March 19, 2011

The afternoon of March 11, 2011 shocked the world with the news that a killer quake rocked northern Japan.  The following hours and days--besides the expected strong aftershocks--published disturbing news of massive devastation wrought by the dreadful Tsunami.  The risk of a nuclear mishap intensifies the global anxiety.  Previous to these, the escalating wars in the Middle East and North Africa, the erratic climate conditions, the floods in several places, and so many other man-made and natural disasters upset the entire planet.  In the local scene a more acute peril persistently shows its hideous countenance while somehow dodging everyone's attention: the reproductive health bill being forced for the last ten years into becoming a law.  The leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines had always counseled the faithful and all men and women of good will about the dangers of the culture of death, the ill effects of which are already very obvious in many dying nations.  Yet this fact is not being openly told. Neither is the fact being revealed that a lot of money from outside sources are poured into the country precisely to assure the passage of the killer policies.

In the light of these recent and foreboding tragedies, His Eminence Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales calls for A Prayer Rally for Life on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Day of the Unborn, from four in the afternoon to eight in the evening at the Luneta.  I appeal to all Marian Groups to heed the plea of the Cardinal.  Gather all children and devotees around the Blessed Virgin Mother because it is the opponent of the WOMAN who is at the center of this great danger to humanity.  Let us heed the plea of the Blessed Mother: PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!  Our country, indeed the whole world, is in great peril.  We need the help of God!!!

Thank you for your cooperation and your sacrifice.

Archbishop Ramón C. Argüelles
Solemnity of St. Joseph, 2011

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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.

University Libraries Awards Ceremony
Source: University Libraries (University of Dayton) March 17, 2011

Please join the Klick, Koehler, and Ruhlman Award Committees in honoring the recipients for 2011. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 3:00 pm in the Roesch Library first floor FlexSpace.

Refreshments will be served.

Brother W. Klick Award Koehler International Student Award Brother Frank Ruhlman Award
Katie Ertle Annea Hapciu Margaret Malach
Amy Sullivan Zhengfang Yang  
  Likey Gaboutou  

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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

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus

Title: Solemnity of the Annunciation Vigil Mass

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Location: Saint Rita of Cascia Church (Dayton, Ohio)

6:45 pm Prelude Music

7:00 pm Solemnity of the Annunciation Vigil Mass
Celebrant and Homilist: Rev. William O'Donnell, CPPS, Pastor St. Rita of Cascia and Precious Blood Parishes
Expectant Mothers are invited to come forward for a special blessing during Mass.

8:10 pm "Why Celebrate the Annunciation and Incarnation?"
By Steve Koob, PhD, Director of One More Soul

Sponsored by St Rita's and Precious Blood Parishes, Queen of Martyrs Parish, the International Marian Research Institute, Knights of Columbus, Radio Maria, One More Soul, and the Incarnation and Proception Trust.

Refreshments in the parish center.  Click here to see the Flyer in pdf [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

For more information contact Steve Koob by phone at 937-626-0027 or email at

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