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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 James Phalan, CSC, Vice-President of the Mariological Society of America, sent the following information:

Dear Friends,

The World Youth Day Rosary Campaign continues to grow!  Please pray the Rosary each Saturday until World Youth Day, Madrid in August and invite your friends to pray too.

FIRM IN THE FAITH WITH MARY!  Please friend us on Facebook and sign up to let us know you are praying:

Thank you very much for your attention.

Also, Why Mary Today?, a video produced by Father Javier Alson and Father Antonio Larocca, was nominated for an award in the Education category at this year's International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Niepokalanow, Poland.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book Presents Fatima to Another Generation

There's a lot to the story of Fatima that many Catholics don't know, according to the author of a new book on the 1917 miracle.

In Fatima For Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope, (Ignatius Press), Father Andrew Apostoli brings the story of Fatima to a new generation.

"Catholics are learning a lot that they didn't know about Fatima," Father Apostoli told ZENIT. "A lot of good Catholics probably have a general idea ... the rough lines of it and some details, but there's a lot to the story."

Since seeing the film, Miracle of Fatima, as a young boy, Father Apostoli says that the apparitions have had a great impact on his life.

"It was such a stirring story of these little children, their courage, and the importance of the message that Mary was confiding to them."  He says that he has tried faithfully to live as Our Lady requested, namely, keeping the devotion of the Five First Saturdays.

Click here for the complete article from Zenit.  For more information visit the Fatima For Today 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, June 1, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with businessman, Mark Newman, about his journey to Catholicism from a good Baptist home and education, his experience in RCIA and ongoing conversion. Mark shares his experience of Jesus' love and great mercy and his reception into the Catholic Church and joy in launching Cross Roads, A Journey to Conversion on Radio Maria.  This new program will feature Mark and guests who will share their exciting stories of conversion to Catholicism and how Jesus and their entry or return to the Catholic Church has changed, enhanced, and is fulfilling their lives.

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 31, Francesca talks with callers from Cuba, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania about St. Michael the Archangel, Angels in their lives, Angels in the lives of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Padre Pio, and the Church; how Angels are messengers of God, and how they protect us and our loved ones.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.  Today's Recipe: Zucchini with Linguini
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:

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Thursday, June 2, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Bible Synod I

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, June 3, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Bible Synod II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Ideal Daily Prayer (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The Three O'clock Prayer has been popularized by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Marianist religious, laity, and schools since the early nineteenth century. The prayer has been slightly revised over the years, and the original author is unknown.

Lord Jesus,
we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross
with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.
We ask your pardon for our sins
which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us
in that hour of salvation
and for having given us Mary as our Mother.

Holy Virgin, take us under your protection
and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Saint John, obtain for us
the grace of taking Mary into our lives, as you did,
and of assisting her in her mission. Amen.

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

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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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Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest update was: Spain.  Expect more countries to follow.

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 and expanded Marian Organizations.

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Pope's Address to Marian group of His Youth
Nazi Power Cast Doubt on the Future of Christianity
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) May 30, 2011

Here is a translation of an address Benedict XVI gave Saturday to the Marianische Männer-Congregation Mariä Verkündung (the Sodality of Our Lady), a Marian group from Regensburg, Germany, which he himself joined as a teenager.

A cordial vergelt's Gott [God reward you] for your visit, for the gift, for the fact of having drawn out of the past a forgotten moment of my life. In fact, it is a time that is not simply in the past: admission in this Marian Congregation looks to the future, and it is never simply a time that passed. See, after seventy years, this moment is a time of today, a time that indicates the way to tomorrow. I am grateful for your having pulled out this time and I am happy.

I thank you from my heart, dear president, for your kind words, which came from the heart and go to the heart. At that period, then--they were dark times; there was the War. Hitler had subjected one country after another, Poland, Denmark, the Benelux States and France, and in April of 1941--precisely in this season seventy years ago--he had occupied Yugoslavia and Greece. It seemed that the Continent was in the hands of this power that, at the same time, cast doubt on the future of Christianity.

We had been admitted to the Congregation, but shortly after the war began against Russia, the seminary was dissolved, and the Congregation--before it was reunited, before it succeeded in coming together again--was already scattered to the four winds. Thus what was not considered an exterior moment of life nevertheless remained an interior moment of life, because it has always been clear that Catholicity cannot exist without a Marian expression, that to be Catholics means to be Marian, that this means love for the Mother, that in the Mother and by the Mother we find the Lord.

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.

A Woman of Faith
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, Ohio) May 26, 2011

Crystal Sullivan, a pastoral minister for seventeen years, has been promoted to director of campus ministry at the University of Dayton. Sullivan is the first lay leader--and the only woman--to hold the position.

The Rev. David McGuigan, S.M., campus minister for graduate students, will take on additional responsibilities as University chaplain.

Both start their new positions July 1.

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 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 June.

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Marian Events

Conference on Saint Joseph

Title: 3ème symposium français de joséphologie

Date: Octobre 7, 2011

Location: l'Abbaye St Joseph de Clairval, en Côte d'Or

Il est organisé par le CNRJ (Centre National français de Recherche sur saint Joseph) qui peut réserver votre chambre, à payer sur place avec les repas.

La Messe à l'Abbaye ayant lieu à 11 H, il y aura des conférences avant la Messe et tout l'après-midi. En conséquence, il est recommandé de coucher le 6 octobre à Flavigny, pour ne pas manquer les premières conférences.

Click here for more information.

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