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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.

Thank you for providing this site for people looking for answers to Mary questions.


Thank you for your consideration and may God Bless you and your work.  Thank you also for all of your assistance and help in getting information about my site out to others.  Your site is very informative and covers a great deal about Marian spirituality.  I pray that it will prove to be a blessing (and provide important education) to others.  God bless you.


Position Opening

The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI), located at the University of Dayton seeks a full time Lecturer and Researcher.  This position is non-tenure track for twelve months with an anticipated start date of July 25 and is renewable annually.

This person will teach an average of five IMRI courses a year such as Introduction to Mariology, Mary and Theological Anthropology, Marian Spirituality, and Mary in the Modern Period.  Responsibilities also include conducting research in projects (annual bibliography, contributions to The Mary Page and other publications); directing students' theses and dissertations; editing IMRI-based journals.  The person in this position also helps to acquaint students with library procedures; advises students on research projects; and handles reference questions related to theology.

The successful applicant must possess a terminal degree in theology with preference given to S.T.D. with a specialization in Mariology.  The ability to interact with students from diverse international backgrounds is required.  Knowledge of and sensitivity to the Catholic tradition of the University is essential.  The requirement to be able to read several principal languages of theological literature is central to the position with preference of the languages such as French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.  Teaching experience at the graduate level, ability to edit scholarly publications, familiarity with the bibliographical databases, theological reference works, and scholarly publications in theology and Mariology is preferred.

Applications will be reviewed starting June 20, 2011, and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.  Applicants must apply at:

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university.  The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices.  We act affirmatively to recruit and hire women, traditionally under-represented minority groups, persons with disabilities and veterans.

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree in theology
Teaching experience at the graduate level
Ability to interact with students from diverse international backgrounds
Knowledge of and sensitivity to the Catholic tradition of the University
Ability to read several principal languages of theological literature

Preferred Qualifications:

S.T.D. with a specialization in Mariology
Familiarity with the bibliographical databases, theological reference works, and scholarly publications in theology and Mariology

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Father Francois Rossier, Father Tom Thompson, Sister Jean Frisk, Sister Danielle Peters, and Cecilia Mushenheim will be attending the annual meeting of the MSA from Tuesday, May 17 to Friday, May 20, 2011.  It is being held this year in Scottsdale, Arizona.  They expect to return to work in Dayton Monday, May 23.

Father Anonio Larocca and Father Javier Alson are visiting Dayton to do research at The Marian Library until May 25.

Dr. Timothy Lim Teck Ngern will be attending UD's conference on ecclesiology in the Religious Studies department this week.  He will also be doing research at The Marian Library.

Sister Celia Chua has been visiting China.  She expects to visit Dayton and teach an IMRI course in July.  She sent the following article from Agenzia Fides with interesting Marian news out of Beijing for this month of May.

Catholic communities celebrate the Marian month preparing for May 24, World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

According to information provided by Faith (the most popular Catholic website in the Chinese language) to Fides, the Chinese Catholic communities of the continent are celebrating the Marian month waiting for May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians and World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, established by Pope Benedict XVI.  As a priest of the continent said, "our path is quiet but steady, animated by missionary zeal, echoing the 'Yes' of Mary, because She did everything in silence."

In a statement signed by Archbishop Joseph Shen Bin, Bishop of the Diocese of Hai Men, consecrated on April 21 with the approval of the Holy See, the Diocese of Hai Men determined that May 9, the anniversary of the founding of the church and of the diocesan Marian Shrine of Lang Shan, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, is the "Day of Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Lang Shan."  In the solemn Mass celebrated on that day, the diocese not only celebrated the opening of the Marian month and seventy five years of foundation of the church and of the sanctuary, but also awarded the best evangelists of the year because "evangelization following the example of Mary's 'Yes,' is our top priority," said the Bishop.  The Diocesan Marian Shrine of Lang Shan is one of the twelve largest sanctuaries on the continent.  It is the largest in the northern province of Jiang Su.

Charitable work marks the Marian month of the Diocese of Wen Zhou, in the Zhe Jiang province.  On the first day of May, the diocese collected clothing for Catholics who live in the mountainous and poor area of the diocese of Xi An, in the Shaan Xi province.  On the second Sunday of the month of Mary, the Bishop of Xi An, Joseph Dang Ming Yan, distributed to needy faithful thirty-two boxes of clothes.

More than twenty-five hundred faithful from the Diocese of Jing Xian (today Heng Shui) took part in the consecration of the new church of the parish of Ping An Dian, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Merciful Jesus, on May 6.  During the ceremony, Bishop Peter Feng Xin Mao not only presided over the consecration of the new church, but also administered the Sacrament of Baptism to fourteen catechumens.

At the beginning of the Marian month, hundreds of faithful of the diocese of Zhou Zhi, in the Shaan Xi province, made the pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of China in Wu Quan Shan, which is also the Cathedral of the Diocese of Xi An, founded centuries ago.

The diocese of Xian Xian (today Cang Zhou) opened the month of Mary in the Marian Shrine of the Village of Our Lady of Lourdes.  In his homily, the diocesan Bishop urged the faithful to imitate Our Lady, and to make a further tribute devoted to the Heavenly Mother.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Music

Jerald Franklin Archer recently composed a Salve Regina setting for a concert at his parish and donated a copy of the sheet music and a digital file with the audio to The Marian Library.  It is scored for voice and organ, but could be performed by a unison choir.  He is currently in the process of composing a book of original hymn settings of the hymns of St. Liguori and the Olney Hymns of Cowper along with some new settings of the May Crowning hymns.  We are grateful to him for this contribution to our holdings.  For more information about this composer, visit the following websites: Pray The Rosary in Latin and English; Read Goffine's Devout Instructions On the Epistles and Gospels; Archer Fiddle School [Live Online Webcam Fiddle Lessons]; and The Musical Works of Jerald Franklin Archer [Free Original Sheet Music for Diverse Instruments].

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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, May 18, 2011, Francesca Franchina hosts this program with an open microphone with the listening audience as the guests!  Call in and be part of the program; share your Angel stories and experience, ask a question; learn all about Angels and how they help us.  Francesca focuses discussion on ANGELS ALL AROUND US; St. Michael the Archangel, our Guardian Angels, the nine choirs of Angels, and how God's Angels help us in times of danger, need and every-day life; Angels in the Bible, and how Angels accompanied the Blessed Mother throughout her life on earth (from the writings of Mary of Agreda in the books on the Life of Our Lady dictated by the Blessed Mother--The Mystical City of God); and Angels in the life of St. Padre Pio.

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, May 17, Francesca addresses the lives of the Saints and their intercession for us, living in this Time of Mercy, St. Faustina, St. Padre Pio, and Blessed John Paul II.  She will also speak with Father Neil Buchlein of West Virginia about encountering Jesus and healing through the intercession of the Blessed Mother at Medjugorge; and how his life (including a second career as a diocesan priest) has been affected by his nineteen pilgrimages there, and the effect/fruit of Marian pilgrimages.  Father Neil's website:

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods: Baked Italian Chicken Cacciatore with onions, tomatoes, potatoes and peas.  Send a SASE to Francesca at P. O. Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for recipes.

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

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, François 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, Thursday, May 19, 2:30 PM on The Mary Page website

Brother William Fackovec, S.M., Friday, May 20, 2:30 PM on The Marian Library

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Vocation of a Mother (by Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty)

The most important person on earth is a mother.
She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.
She need not.
She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral –
a dwelling for an immortal soul,
the tiny perfection of her baby's body.

The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.
They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to heaven.
Only a human mother can.

Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature.
God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation.
What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?

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Current 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 Mary's Flowers, and May, Mary's Month.

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 the following feaures: Mother of the New World; Are Lady Bugs or Lady Beetles named for the Virgin Mary?; Easter Poetry; Flowers of Our Lady; and What to think about Mary of Agreda's Mystical City of God?  We have also posted a new article, Does Baby Jesus refuse to be nursed?

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Pope to Pray Rosary with Italian Bishops During General Assembly
Source: VIS (Vatican City) May 3, 2011

Today the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household communicated the following:

"Accepting the invitation of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, the Holy Father will travel to the basilica of Saint Mary Major, Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 5:30 pm to preside over the recitation of the Holy Rosary together with the Italian bishops who will be gathered for their General Assembly.  With this prayer the Italian bishops seek to emphasize their particular connection to Italy, renewing their commitment to the Virgin Mother on the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy."

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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.

Be Firm in the Faith with Mary
Source: Holy Cross Family Ministries (North Easton, MA) April 24, 2011

[Logo for the Firm in the Faith worldwide campaign of prayer]

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We invite you to join us in a worldwide campaign of prayer, FIRM IN FAITH WITH MARY, praying the Rosary for World Youth Day on Saturdays from the beginning of May until WYD takes place in August.

Since the first World Youth Day twenty-five years ago, the event has become a very important opportunity to awaken and deepen faith for young people around the world.  This year's World Youth Day in Madrid from August 16-21 can be a great moment of grace for the New Evangelization not only of young people, but also for all throughout Europe and the world.

Aware of the importance of this event, a number of Church organizations have joined together to call the whole Church to prepare for WYD and implore for its fruitfulness by praying the Rosary.  The World Youth Day Organization in Madrid heartily endorses this initiative.

We invite you first and foremost to join us in prayer, because as we know from Jesus himself, our prayer has the power to move mountains.

Also, more than simply joining us in prayer, we invite you and we need you to help us spread the Good News of this campaign to others.  Recently we have been witness to the power of media to effect rapid socio-political change.  So let us now harness the power of media for an even greater good, the good of changing hearts and remaking our world through the grace of Christ.

For this wide promotion of FIRM IN FAITH WITH MARY we need to make full, dynamic and up-to-date use of the internet.  The campaign website, video resources, and social networking will be accessible at or in Spanish at

Also logos, banners, e-flyers, wallpapers and all the resources you will need to promote the campaign will be available for download from this page at DOWNLOADS.  As FIRM IN FAITH WITH MARY starts at the beginning of May, websites and resources will be fully available at the beginning of April.

With your help and the help of others in the Church throughout the world, we have, through God's grace, the chance to do something truly remarkable–-to create through this campaign a global, interactive community united in and through prayer.

Let us join together in the Rosary, which the soon-to-be-beatified Pope John Paul II called both his "favorite prayer" and "the Gospel made prayer."  Believing in the power of prayer and in Mary's love for us, her children, we entrust World Youth Day and our whole world to our Holy Mother through this campaign.

N.B. The above information from sent to us by Father James H. Phalan, CSC, Director of Family Rosary International and Vice-President of the Mariological Society of America.  He was recently interviewed by Father Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light TV.  This video may be viewed on-line at and runs about half an hour.

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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 directly 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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The Mary Page web site is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see What's New.

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