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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.

I recently came across your site and thought it was really great!


Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Blog about Mary Gardens and other Marian Devotions

Paula Mucha recently sent us the following information about her new site.

I started a blog tonight [Holy Saturday].  It's basic and perhaps somewhat boring, but I am anxious now to get started after such a long, long hiatus.  I want to also do a YouTube video of some of the flowers and what they mean.  I think it will take a while to get going but would like to get it started, so here's the link,  Please help so I can get this going and build a community again!  Thanks so much.

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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 27, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Susan V. Vogt, about her new book Parenting Your Adult Child: Keeping Your Faith and Your Sanity and her ongoing ministry with the worldwide Marianist Family.  Susan is an award-winning freelance writer and speaker on marriage, parenting and spirituality.  A prolific writer, Susan has also been a professional Catholic family minister for over thirty years, having served as an adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family and serves on the International Team representing the Lay Marianist Family in North America, Asia, Australia and Ireland.  She lives in Covington, KY with her husband Jim and they parent four adult children.

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 26, Francesca discusses the Mercy Novena in preparation for Mercy Sunday and the writings as dictated by Jesus of Mercy to St. M. Faustina Kowalska (Divine Mercy in My Soul) and the work of Father Jack Spaulding of Scottsdale, AZ, I Am Your Jesus of Mercy.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods: Linguine with Red Peppers.  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:

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, April 28, 2:30 PM on Schoenstatt Spirituality I

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, April 29, 2:30 PM on Schoenstatt Spirituality II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Easter Vigil Proclaims the Light of Christ (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Knowing more about the Easter Vigil helps us to understand it, appreciate it, and live the Paschal Mystery on a deeper level.


From the outset the Easter Vigil, originally and more appropriately called the Paschal Vigil, has been celebrated at night. In the beginning it was a very plain ceremony–-an assembly that ended with the breaking of the bread and an agape. One or more days of fasting preceded the Easter Vigil.

Later, as the Easter vigil developed in Rome and in places where the Roman rite was followed, this tradition added a baptismal rite, the ceremony of the lucernarium, blessing of the new fire, and a candlelight procession.

As it developed the Easter Vigil became more and more meaningful and focused. From the very first the celebration took place at night like the weekly Eucharist, because most of the faithful could not assemble during the day.

The evangelists already situated the discovery of the tomb "as the first day of the week was dawning," (Mt 28:1) "very early," (Mk 16:2; Jn 20:1) "at dawn." (Lk 24:1)  The thrust is that Jesus is the "light of the world" that came into the world as a "revelation to the Gentiles." (Lk 2:32)

Significance of the ceremony

In baptism the believer passes from death to life (Col 2:12). Ritually and really the neophyte, the newly baptized person, is plunged with Christ into death so as to come to new life with the one who "was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father." (Rom 6:4)  For this reason baptism is called 'illumination' (in Biblical Greek, photismos) and the baptized, 'illuminated'.  Light is the dominant theme.

In our day, thanks to electricity, we can have as much light as we want whenever we want it.  This was not the case in the past, when lighting the lamps in the evening was a rite.  This was generally a happy occasion, when many lamps were lit as for a banquet at the beginning of the Sabbath on a Friday evening.  Christians understood that this light which drives away the darkness is a symbol of the Christ-light.

The procession led by the Paschal Candle represents the journey of God's people no longer led by a bright cloud but by the glorious light that shines on every person coming into the world. (Jn 1:9)  This rite is most solemn in the context of the great night illuminated by the resurrected Christ.  This is eloquently explained in the solemn proclamation of the Lord's resurrection that we now call the Exsultet.

Because all lights were extinguished on Holy Thursday evening, it is necessary to light a new flame in order to celebrate a liturgy at night.  And so the ritual developed: the blessing of a new fire and the procession into the church led by the Paschal Candle as the celebrant intoned "Light of Christ!" and the faithful responded "Thanks be to God!"

Recession, then development

Over the centuries this celebration underwent some problems and waned in significance.  As late as the thirteenth century the liturgy was still not entirely structured.  Since the seventh century there had been a general decline, and this event was celebrated early in the day on Holy Saturday.  When Pope St. Pius V reformed the Missal in the sixteenth century following the Council of Trent, he forbade the celebration of the Eucharist after midday.  Consequently, on Holy Saturday morning in churches brightened with sunlight and a barely perceptible flame on the Easter Candle, the celebrant sang, "O night truly blessed!"  In addition, very few people were able to attend this long liturgy on Holy Saturday morning.  This added to its diminished appreciation.

The Biblical, patristic, theological, and liturgical renewal that began to swell in the 1920s indicated the unacceptability of this condition and the impoverishment of the Easter celebration.  In 1951 Pope Pius XII authorized the celebration of the Easter vigil during the evening hours of Holy Saturday, and revised the rites to foster greater congregational participation.  Then in 1955 he decreed that the Easter Vigil must take place at night.  In our day we follow the "Missal of Pope Paul VI" promulgated in 1969 following the Second Vatican Council.

Today the Easter vigil has four parts: 1) the blessing of the fire, procession of the Easter Candle, and the chanting of the Exultet; 2) the Liturgy of the Word; 3) the baptismal liturgy, which includes at least the blessing of the water and the renewal of baptismal vows; 4) culminates in the Eucharistic liturgy.

This solemn celebration of the Lord's resurrection is the zenith of the liturgical year, 'the solemnity of solemnities'.

The challenge

While the spoken word is very important in the liturgy, we are called to be more alert to the symbolism, both in things and in actions.  We are asked to approach with a receptive attitude, ready to be engaged in a way that appeals both to the mind and to the heart, to one's whole being.  We are invited to look attentively on the realities present in signs that cannot be fully captured in words.  This is how we are called to participate fully in the Easter Vigil.

The Easter Vigil invites us to action--to go forth and reflect the light of the resurrected Christ to the world around us.

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New Exhibit!

Drawn on Copper: The Year in the Company of Mary and the Saints

The Marian Library Gallery is featuring works on copper by Rosemary Scott-Fishburn related to Mary and the Saints.  The exhibit will run from April 25 - June 17 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 937-229-4214.  Click here for a virtual exhibit or here for an article.

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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 Easter Poetry and A Pope for 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.

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Thousands of Youth Follow John Paul II Pilgrimage
Eighty Disabled Young People Join Trip to Poland
Source: Zenit (Rome) April 12, 2011

On Friday, thousands of youth began a pilgrimage in Krakow, Poland, to keep a promise and walk in the footsteps of John Paul II.

The first stage of the pilgrimage organized by UNITALSI (the National Italian Union for Transporting the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines) was the Marian shrine of Czestochowa.  There they left a cross that last year they had placed on the Pope's tomb in Rome to stress their commitment to go to his land....

Antonio Diella recalled "the words that the Holy Father said to me on the occasion of the centenary of UNITALSI in 2003: He recommended courage and patience."

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.

Father Duane Stenzel (1927-2011)--In Memoriam
Source: Trumpet (Radio Maria USA) April-May, 2011

It's been three months now since Father Duane Stenzel, O.F.M., our beloved program/spiritual director for the past nine years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 18, 2011.

Father Duane joined the Franciscan order in 1945, was ordained a priest in 1954, and had an amazing and far-reaching ministry.  He touched lives in the classroom, on the road, in conferences all over the US, and all around the world through the airwaves of Radio Maria.

It is very painful to experience the loss of such a great and holy priest and member of this family.  He was such a source of comfort, peace, and wisdom for all of the Radio Maria family that his loss will be deeply felt for years to come.

However, in this time of pain, we take comfort knowing that this holy man's earthly suffering has now ended, and even now, he is experiencing the beatific vision of God the Father.

We have now another holy intercessor in heaven to pray for us and the continued growth of Radio Maria.

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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 May 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 May.

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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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