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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 is a typical example.

Wishing everyone at the University of Dayton and The Marian Library every blessing for the coming Easter season.  God bless to all.  The Mary Page at the University of Dayton has lots of suggestions from devotional to theological; along with prayers, images, documents and much more, and is regularly updated.


Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Blog at National Catholic Reporter

In the Marian Blog, NCR books editor, Arthur Jones, invites a discussion on envisioning Mary, the mother of Jesus, in twenty-first-century terms.  Paulist Press this month releases Jones' own book, Mary, a Mother Waiting, Raising the Messiah.  Jones describes his book as an exploration of the mother-son relationship of Mary and Jesus during the 'hidden years', until she eases him front and center into his ministry at Cana.  You can also follow the Marian Blog on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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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 13, 2011, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss part four of their series, 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 orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to them or who experienced locutions to bring them graced lessons about His great love and mercy for humanity which they accepted in order to share in His Passion.  This week: Sister Josefa Menendez, (Way of Divine Love); How Jesus came to Josefa in the nights of her life and left her His Crown, His Cross to share in His Passion and love of humanity; and how we can share in His great Passion and love today through our intercessions, reparatory prayer, and sacrifices.

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 12, Francesca talks with Danuta Romanowski and Carol Svisco saluting Poland and Polish Americans, their faith and fortitude through tragedy and triumph, the good, the sad and the jubilation and how Catholicism and their deep abiding faith has brought them to the now.  Discussion about the history of Poland, the Catholic Church, traditions, foods, St. Faustina, the Mercy Devotion, Pope John Paul II's Beatification on Mercy Sunday, and the effect of all these on the world. Polish Lenten and Easter traditions, customs and foods are shared.

Francesca also shares her favorite family recipes from her Italian kitchen.  Easter ricotta pie is on the docket to consider for your holiday dinner.  Send a SASE to Francesca at P. O. Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for recipes like 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:

Father Bertrand Buby, Thursday, April 14, 2:30 PM Chaminade on Mary and the Old Testament

Father Bertrand Buby, Friday, April 15, 2:30 PM Chaminade on Mary and the New Testament

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Chaminade Legacy (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

The Society of Mary (Marianists) has proclaimed 2011 a Chaminade Year to mark the 250th anniversary of their Founder's birth in 1761. From the feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on January 22, 2011, to January 22, 2012, various observances are planned.

Biographical highlights

Born in Perigueux, France, near Bordeaux on April 8, 1761, William was the fourteenth of the fifteen children of Blaise Chaminade, a cloth merchant, and Catherine Bethon.  At confirmation he chose the name of Joseph, and thereafter signed his name W. Joseph Chaminade, so ardent was his admiration for the spouse of Mary and guardian of Jesus.  In 1771 he entered the minor seminary program at the College of Mussidan.  After ordination in 1785 he and two older brothers who were priests assumed the administration of and taught at the College of Mussidan.

With the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 his peaceful life turned into the stuff from which adventure stories are developed. Refusing to swear allegiance to the Civil Constitution, which rejected papal authority and aimed to establish a national church, Chaminade was driven into hiding to avoid exile or the guillotine.  Fleeing to the larger city of Bordeaux with a price on his head, he disguised himself as a peddler to continue ministering to the underground Church.  Numerous hair-raising experiences and narrow escapes from capture caused him to muse that several times only the thickness of a board shielded him from the guillotine.

As the revolution waned, Chaminade emerged from hiding only to be forced into exile at Zaragoza, Spain, in 1797 for three years.  There he worked to support himself and spent many hours in prayer at the great shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar, where he was inspired with a vision for the re-evangelization of France.  A special message from Mary helped him conceive of a family of religious and laity that would participate with Mary in her apostolic mission to bring Jesus to others.

While in exile, Chaminade's prayer and discussions about restoring the faith in his homeland convinced him to emphasize the concept of mission: his future collaborators would be a religious family in permanent mission employing new forms of apostolate to multiply Christians.

Apostolic vision

When Blessed William Joseph returned to Bordeaux in 1800 he opened an oratory and immediately attracted interested faithful, especially youth, to worship services and faith formation discussions.  Within a year he formed a group of clerics and laity which became the nucleus for his famous and influential apostolic sodality consecrated to Mary Immaculate.  From this grew the Daughters of Mary Immaculate founded in 1816, followed by the Society of Mary in 1817.  The Marianist Family was born and the Marianist Movement launched.

Chaminade was reading the signs of the times and responding with imagination to adapt the Gospel to new needs.  New circumstances required new approaches.  He was heralding the age of Mary and ushering in the age of the laity. This apostolic genius said simply that he was looking for a new fulcrum for the lever that moves the modern world.

As the work of the Marianists developed in the establishment and management of Christian schools and teacher training colleges, and the formation of lay-managed faith communities, the Society of Mary reached out to North America.  In 1849 the first Marianists came to Ohio in the USA and laid the foundations for the present University of Dayton the following year.

After a long, arduous, and faithful life that touched many persons and works, Father William Joseph Chaminade was taken to his everlasting home with God on January 22, 1850.

Cause for canonization

The Marianist founder was proclaimed worthy of public veneration in recognition of the holiness of his life when Pope John Paul II beatified him on September 2, 2000.  That action culminated a process of investigation begun in 1909.  Pope Paul VI in 1973 declared him 'venerable'.  The miracle required for beatification was the cure of Elena Otero of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1991.  This miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was approved in 1998. E lena Otero was present at her intercessor's beatification in Rome.  Currently a second miraculous cure of a young woman in St. Louis, Missouri, is being studied.

Spiritual legacy

His legacy is a rich, apostolic Marian spirituality of living and working in union with Jesus and Mary.  Recognized as the nineteenth-century apostle of Mary, he is acknowledged as the most noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of that century.  He had the facility of relating doctrine to ministry and mission, and emphasized the relevance of Mary's role in the life of Christians.  As Jesus chose Mary to cooperate with him in the salvation of the human race, Mary asks each Christian to participate in her apostolic mission to bring the grace of redemption to each person.  His was an applied, pastoral theology inviting us to live fully our baptismal commitment.

A favorite Gospel dictum was Mary's directive to the waiters at the marriage feast of Cana, "Do whatever he tells you." (Jn 2:5), because Blessed William Joseph Chaminade firmly believed that we are all missionaries of Mary.  He directed his followers to do everything under Mary's guidance, to radiate Christ.

The Marianist Family invites you to join them in honoring their founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, and to share in his spiritual vision.

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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 Summer 2011 semester will commence on June 6, 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, Passion Poetry, Passion Plays, and the Passion on Stamps.

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; Germany; and Venezuela.

We have revised the research database on Mary in Films and also our material on Marian Shrines in India.

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Solemn Mass Honors 950th Anniversary of Walsingham
Former Anglicans Thankful for New Patron
Source: Zenit (London) April 1, 2011

A solemn pontifical Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster marked the 950th anniversary of the foundation of the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The shrine was established in 1061, the year in which tradition holds that the Virgin Mary appeared to Lady Richeldde Faverches.  It became an important pilgrimage site of the Middle Ages, but was destroyed during the Reformation.

It was restored in 1897 and now there are both a Roman Catholic shrine and an Anglican shrine at the site.

At last Saturday's solemn Mass, Archbishop Nichols was joined by the papal nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, and the retired archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor....

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.

Celebrating Chaminade
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton) April 8, 2011

See a slideshow on FaceBook of April 8 campus events recognizing the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

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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

MSA Annual Meeting

Title: The Virgin Mary in the United States and Canada

Date: May 17-20, 2011

Location: Franciscan Renewal Center (Scottsdale, Arizona)

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) holds an annual three-day meeting. The place of the meeting, themes and speakers are determined by the Administrative Council. Suggestions for future annual meetings are appreciated. Particularly welcome are offers from groups who wish to host an annual meeting. Anyone may attend the sessions of the annual meetings. The annual meeting usually includes a presidential address, five or or six presentations; and a survey of recent Marian publications, focusing primarily on books and articles in English, but including recent writings on Mary in other languages as well. The proceedings of the annual meeting are published in Marian Studies. All members receive a copy and subscriptions are also available.

Click here to see the program in PDF format [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] for this year's meeting.

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