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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.

Wishing everyone at the University of Dayton and The Marian Library every blessing for the coming Easter season.  God bless to all.


Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Rosary eBook

Skip Guinness, who studied at U.D. in the 80s, sent us the following information:
"I have an inspirational rosary link for your website.  This one is aimed at men who have difficulty with prayer."

Click here to read Running the Rosary.

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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, April 6, 2011, Francesca Franchina, speaks with Father John Fletcher, CC, and Father Carlos Martin, CC, regarding Father Martin's very special ministry teaching about the sacred relics of the Saints, treasures of the Church, and the program to be presented Wednesday April 6 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Dayton, OH after the Stations of the Cross beginning at 7:00 PM.  Following his talk, Father Carlos will exhibit over 150 relics, some of which are believed to be very very old.  Among the 150 relics will be those of St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Acquinas, St. Faustina, and one of the largest remaining pieces of the true Cross, and what is believed to be a piece of the veil of Our Lady.

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, April 5, Francesca addresses Metanoia--personal conversion and ultimate conversion of heart--discussing where we find ourselves in the deepest recesses of our spiritual walk, amid trial, temptation and turmoil, how to get out of a rut, get into prayer/faith formation, and set out into the deep without drowning.

Francesca also shares her favorite family recipes from her Italian kitchen.  This week: cooking up Sicilian-style stuffed mushrooms, and stuffed green peppers; meatless dishes that are filling comfort food, easy to prepare and delicioso!  Easter ricotta pie is also on the docket to consider for your holiday dinner.

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:

Laura M. Leming, FMI, Ph.D., Thursday, April 7, 2:30 PM on the Family of Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Appreciating John Paul "The Great": A Vocation Beyond Doctrine and Politics (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Karol Wojtyla (1920-2005) served as Pope John Paul II (1978-2007) in a lengthy, whirlwind, and remarkable papacy. April 2, 2011 marked the sixth anniversary of his death.  What do you recall about this remarkable pontiff?

John Paul II was born to lead and to inspire, to bridge the human and the divine.  More than one observer characterized him as 'man of the century' during his lifetime.  And even before his passing to eternity some commentators were assigning to him the encomium 'John Paul, the Great.'

But John Paul II also drew a considerable share of criticism and a wide variance of opinion.  Then what can we say with certainty, in the absolute, about the 264th successor of St. Peter.  Looking beyond doctrine and politics we see a truly extraordinary person.

Above all, he mattered in his period of history.  He changed the face of Europe, stopped several wars and protested others, traveled the equivalent of three-and-a-half times to the moon.  He has been seen in-person by more people than anyone else in history.  John Paul II most certainly must be numbered among the titans of his times.  This pope was a magnet for humanity.

As a 'sign of contradiction' and one who mattered in human and church arenas, he also divided.  The wide range of varying opinions might be the most convincing sign of his impact.  John Paul II made over one hundred trips outside Italy, canonized about five hundred saints, beatified about fourteen hundred, authored more than a dozen landmark encyclicals and numerous other instructions.  The list of his activities seems endless.  He exhibited boundless energy for work and for engaging people.  All of this made him famous, but it also made him controversial. His was a bruising, polarizing pontificate.

In the final analysis, we can confidently say that John Paul, deeper than his politics and his Polish Catholic cultural formation, was an extraordinary person of sterling character, a genuine mensch.  He was a strong, intelligent, caring human being.  His integrity and dedication to duty present a standard by which other leaders can be measured.

Above all, John Paul was a selfless human being in a me-first world.  Cardinal Roberto Tucci, who planned the pope's trips and briefed him hundreds of times on trips long and short, observed that never did the pope ask what conveniences or creature comforts to expect.  That indifference to himself was noticeable every time he entered the public stage.  The very motto of this dedicated apostle of Mary indicated this: Totus tuus (I am all yours).

This is the key to his personal magnetism that drew enormous crowds everywhere, even in places where his political or doctrinal stands were unpopular.  Deeper than either secular or religious concerns was his personal integrity--goodness and holiness, the qualities we prize most highly in others.  A person may be regarded as liberal or conservative, avant-garde or traditional, but let that person be decent, and that suffices.

John Paul II's authentic humanity was the source of his appeal.  The most important lesson he offered is the coherence of his own life.  When he urged Christians, in the words of Jesus, duc in altum (set off into the deep), that resonated even with those who sought different shores.

John Paul's admirers and critics alike can say of him what Shakespeare's Hamlet said of his father: "He was a man. Take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."

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Last Chance to See 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 were: Great Britain; Bulgaria; and Germany.

We have posted a new article, Mother of Faith.

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Portugal Remembers Favored Pilgrim: John Paul II
Rector of Fatima Shrine Notes Many Reasons to Give Thanks
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal) March 15, 2011

Pope John Paul II visited Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal three times: in 1982 (to thank her for saving him from near assassination on her feast day the year before), in 1991 and 2000.

Thus, the shrine is the ideal place for Portugal to remember the Polish Pontiff, and the Portuguese Episcopal Conference is inviting the faithful there to a thanksgiving celebration for his beatification. The celebration will be held on her feast day, May 13, less than two weeks after the May 1 beatification.

Father Virgílio Antunes, the rector of the Fatima Shrine, spoke about the Holy Father in the March 13 edition of Voz da Fatima (Voice of Fatima).

He observed that reading John Paul II's biography resulting from the beatification process shows a "man characterized above all by the depth of his Christian spirituality, based on an immovable faith and his constant attitude of prayer."

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.

This Man Deserves a Party
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) March 25, 2011

The University of Dayton will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8 with a special liturgy presided over by the archbishop of Cincinnati.

A colorful poster hanging in residence halls on the University of Dayton's campus says it all: "He survived a revolution, accepted a call from Mary and co-founded a community whose spirit guides UD more than two hundred years later.  This man deserves a party."

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....

Click here for the complete article.

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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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