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Alumni Update

Sidney Matias and President Dilma Rousseff

Sidney Matias, known for his Marian art and ecological commitment, recently painted the portrait of Brazil's new President, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff.  Her smiling face dominates a torso made up of the many faces and cultures that constitute the Brazilian nation.  Many of the faces pictured are gathered in the heart which ornates the center of Mrs. Rousseff's torso.  One may see in this portrait a political wish-list.  The artist expresses his hope that the new president may be a mother for the well-being of people and the natural environment.  His portrait made some of the better-known papers of Brazil and Portugal (cf. e.g.  Click here to see his 2007 exhibit at The Marian Library.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marianist Heritage Lecture

On Monday, February 7, 2011, Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, gave the annual Marianist Heritage Lecture at the University of Dayton, entitled Marianist Education: an Act of Social Justice.  For those who were unable to attend the lecture or want to hear it again, the lecture is now available in video format.  Thanks to John LeComte for the preparation of the final video format integrating pictures of Our Lady of Nazareth School in Nairobi, Kenya.  Here are the links for the two part video presentation:

part 1:
part 2:

The text for the presentation is available on the Rector's website.

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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 30, 2011, Francesca Franchina, and Jack Davis discuss Part Three of an ongoing series on Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His Love and Passion for Humanity which focuses on women religious of various religious orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus appeared to them or they experienced locutions to bring them His graced lessons relating His Great Love and Mercy for humanity which they accepted to share in His Passion. The series includes The Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great; Ssiter Josefa Menendeza (The Way of Divine Love; St. Faustina, (Diary of St. Faustina); St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque (the Sacred Heart Devotions) and other Women of Faith and how their revelations deliver the message of love from the heart of Jesus; how they are similar but different and still viable for our day.

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 29, Francesca talks with Father John Fletcher, CC, about the Companions of the Cross (CC), founded twenty-five years ago by Father Bob Bedard in Canada; Lent and Lenten practices; missions, retreats, prayer, fasting and almsgiving and Father Fletcher's new Radio Maria Program to air on Fridays at 5:30 pm titled Catholic Grab Bag with Father John.

Francesca shares her family's favorite Italian meatless Lenten dishes this week cooking up Pasta With Cauliflower or Broccoli and Pizza Fritte.  Send a SASE to Francesca at P. O. Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for these recipes and Easter Ricotta Pie.

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:

Michael Duricy, M.A., S.T.L., Thursday, March 31, 2:30 PM on Chaminade on-line

Father Francois Rossier, S.M., Friday, April 1, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation to Joseph

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

New Maronite Patriarch (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Maronite Catholics have a new patriarch. His see is in Bkerke, Lebanon, near the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon.  Jbeil is the Arabic name for Byblos.  I do not know him personally, but I did see him in St. Louis some years ago.  He has big shoes to fill.

Our Lady of Lebanon, pray for us and for him!

Click here for more details from Zenit.

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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 Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM/USA.

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.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest update was: Venezuela.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through March 23, 2011, revised expanded Marian Shrines in the United States, and posted a new article, Mother of Faith.

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Mary of Nazareth Center Set to Open
Jerusalem Patriarch to Inaugurate Complex
Source: Zenit (Nazareth) March 22, 2011

On the feast of the Annunciation, just across from the Basilica of the Annunciation, an international, interreligious center dedicated to Our Lady is set to open.  The International Mary of Nazareth Center will be inaugurated Friday by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal.

A place for biblical reflection, the center puts technology at the service of the encounter with Mary and the discovery of the Christian faith.

During the inauguration, the Mary of Nazareth Association, which built the center, will hand the keys to Father Laurent Fabre, founder of the Chemin Neuf Community, which will manage the center.

At 5 p.m., an ecumenical celebration will bring together representatives of the Churches of the Holy Land.  The following day, the center will open its doors to the public.

Click here to read 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.

Marianist Family Celebrates Mount Saint John Centennial
Source: Alive ( Spring 2011

The Marianist Family gathered last fall to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Mount Saint John in Dayton.  The day's events included an open house and a formal ceremony in Queen of Apostles Chapel.  Brother Don Neff welcomed approximately three hundred guests, including Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, who blessed a special centennial tree that would be planted on the campus.

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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 April 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 April.

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Marian Events

Celebrating Chaminade's Birthday

Title: Special Liturgy and Reception on Campus

Date: Friday, April 8, 2011

Location: University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)

The University of Dayton will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Friday, April 8, with a special liturgy and lots of birthday cake. The Most Rev. Dennis Schnurr, archbishop of Cincinnati, will preside over a 12:05 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on campus, followed by a reception in Kennedy Union and birthday cake in all the residence halls. The celebration is open to the campus community and the public. To RSVP, send an email to

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