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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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Gift to The Marian Library

John L. Beach, who works in U.D. Food Services, recently received the Marianist Service Award.  At the ceremony on May 24, 2011, he received a work of Marian art and $1,000 which could be used for any U.D. program.  John designated that one-third ($334) go The Marian Library.  Many thanks to him for this generous donation!

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

Dear Friends,


June 24 and 25, about fifteen or twenty valiant souls are going to cycle from Dublin to Attymass, County Mayo.  I am one of them, and I hope you┤ll encourage me on my way!  It's about 150 miles.

This is a fundraising (ad)venture for the Youth and Family Evangelization Program of the Father Peyton Memorial Centre, Attymass.  We have a great retreat and outreach program that is strong and needs to grow!  We are looking for financial help now, particularly, because, as you know, Ireland┤s economy has been hard hit by crises!

I am sending this note out to a number of friends at once as a sort of open invitation for sponsors.  I don't want to burden or pressure anyone.  Rather I hope a lot of you will freely pitch in a little.  Please sponsor me with $20, $50, $100 ... whatever you might feel inspired to.  If for whatever reason you decide not to donate, please take no offence at my sending you this message.  Maybe you will think of someone else who would like to donate a little.

Please send checks payable to:

Holy Cross Family Ministries
518 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356

Attn: Director of Development

PLEASE SPECIFY, on the check or in an accompanying note: FOR FR. JIM AND PEYTON'S PEDDLERS.

In Ireland to:

The Father Peyton Memorial Centre
Ballina, Co. Mayo

PLEASE SPECIFY, on the check or in an accompanying note: FOR FR. JIM AND PEYTON'S PEDDLERS.

and also

Dear Friends,

Another friendly reminder!

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:

Here's a short video for the Campaign, created by our friends at Aid to the Church in Need, one of the sponsors of FFM:



Thank you very much for your attention.


Rev. James H. Phalan, CSC

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

EWTN program on Mary's House in Ephesus

The Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation is pleased to announce that Father Mitch Pacwa will host an EWTN Live show on SERVANT OF GOD, Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, DC, Foundress of Mary's House in Ephesus!  Father Mitch welcomes guests Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in Missouri and Erin von Uffel, DM. The show will air on JULY 13, 2011 at 8PM ET.  It re-airs Thursday 1 AM ET and 9 AM ET, Sunday 4 AM ET.  Please check your local listings for EWTN Live.

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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 8, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Andrew Cole, business man and young father of six, about raising a family in a racey world.  What is bullying all about? How do you handle bullying in the life of your young ones?  How do you teach them good manners, respect, virtue, standing up for good, and living life according to their age?

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, June 7, Francesca talks with callers about St. Michael the Archangel, angels in their lives, angel books, the necessity of discernment, angelic prayer/chaplet, and the nine choirs of angels. Call in to participate toll free (1-866-333-6279). Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael the Archangel Novena and Prayer.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.  Today's Recipes: Granita, Italian lemon ice, and Gelato, Italian ice cream
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, Franšois 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, S.M., Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM on Mary and Pentecost

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Fatima in Focus (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima took place in 1917 from May to October.  The article below appeared this year in an early May issue of Catholic San Francisco.

On May 13 the Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Like the apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe and at Lourdes, her apparitions at Fatima are known far and wide across the world in both religious and secular circles.  To appreciate more clearly the impact of Mary's appearances at Fatima, it is important for us to know something about the conditions in Portugal at the time of the appearances in 1917.  The events need to be placed in historical context.

The historical, political, social circumstances

For centuries Portugal had distinguished itself by its zeal for the spread of the Christian faith.  But in the eighteenth century the government was influenced by anti-religious ideas and, from that time, Freemasonry set about de-Christianizing the country.  At the beginning of the twentieth century, the moral and religious situation in Portugal was abysmal.  In 1911, the separation of Church and State became official.  The years from 1910 to 1913 were years of terror: priests and bishops were imprisoned or exiled; religious orders were suppressed; almost all seminaries were closed and confiscated; missions languished or were abandoned.  Freemasonry was in control. From 1910 to 1926 Portugal experienced sixteen revolutions with forty changes of government officials.

The apparitions and their message

Then, on May 13, 1917, a shining Lady appeared to three little shepherds near Fatima, a Portuguese village.  They were Jacinta, seven years old; Francisco, her brother, nine years old; and their cousin, Lucia, ten years old.  The brilliant Lady encouraged them to pray the rosary, a summary of the Gospel, and to offer acts of penance.  Then she asked them to return on the thirteenth of the next five months.  The children were faithful in coming, except for August 13, for the mayor, a Mason, had them imprisoned at that time.  He had threatened to cast them into a caldron of boiling oil if they did not reveal the secret confided to them by the Lady.

At each meeting, the Lady revealed to them a little more of God's designs.  She foretold future misfortunes which they were to keep secret for the time being, and which were recently revealed by the sole survivor, Lucia.  These had to do with an even more terrible war than the current one of 1914-1918.  The Lady asked for the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for only through her could the aid of God come to the world.  On the last apparition, that of October 13, she promised a great miracle which everyone would be able to see.

Curiosity drew ever larger numbers that accompanied the little visionaries to each meeting: there were some twenty-five thousand to thirty thousand on September 13; about seventy thousand on October 13.

That day, on which the great miracle promised by the Virgin Mary was to take place, rain poured all morning.  The crowd was soaked.  But at noon the skies cleared. Mary appeared to the three shepherds and revealed her name: the Lady of the Rosary.  She asked that people be converted and pray.  Then, in sight of the seventy thousand spectators, the sun, which had just appeared through the clouds, began to rotate or spin three times.  Each rotation lasted three or four minutes, illuminating the trees, the crowd, the earth, with all the colors of a rainbow.  Then it zigzagged in the sky and descended as though to fall into the crowd.  People fell to the ground crying for mercy.  Then the sun returned to its proper place.  The spectators noticed that their clothes were completely dry.

News of this miracle, witnessed by seventy thousand people, including a number hostile to religion, spread like wildfire throughout Portugal and made a tremendous impression.  The material miracle was but a sign of another miracle, the enlightenment of souls and the conversion of the country.

The aftermath

Less than two weeks after the last apparition, a first sign of a new attitude manifested itself in the protest by an influential antichristian newspaper against a sacrilegious attack by a group of sectarians at Fatima.  In 1918, the bishops were recalled from exile and were able to hold a meeting at Lisbon.  The military chaplaincy was reinstated and relations with the Holy See reestablished.  At that point, the Masonic lodges had the president of the Republic of Portugal assassinated.  They sought to reinstate the control of the anti-clericals, but their efforts failed.

In 1926, the first National Council was held. In 1928, the renowned Oliveira Salazar rose to power.  He was an outstanding Catholic and a great statesman, the providential man for the financial, civil, political, and religious restoration of Portugal.

In 1936 a great new danger menaced the land.  The Russian Bolshevists decided to establish atheistic communism in Spain and Portugal in order to spread it more successfully in the east and in the west, throughout all Christian Europe.  We know what success they had in Spain. Portugal seemed unable to resist their activity, organized with satanic cleverness.  To dispel the danger, the bishops saw salvation only in the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In 1936, they promised, by what was termed an anticommunist oath, to make a pilgrimage of the entire nation to Fatima if Portugal were preserved from the peril which was threatening it.

While, on the other side of the frontier in Spain, the 'Reds' were massacring, profaning, pillaging, burning priests and men and women religious and churches and convents, trying to extirpate the last vestiges of Christianity, Portugal enjoyed the most profound peace.  And so, in 1938, an enormous pilgrimage of a half-million faithful was on route to Fatima to thank the Virgin for her miraculous protection.

In 1940, Portugal signed with the Holy See the most perfect concordat, from the Christian point of view, ever in recent times.  The faith is proclaimed throughout the entire country with pride, the sacraments are frequented, Catholic Action flourished, ecclesiastical vocations multiplied.  In eight years the number of religious had quadrupled. In keeping with the prediction of the Virgin at Fatima, the Second World War was much more horrible than the first.  Yet, though most of the nations of the world were involved in the indescribable calamities and anguish, Portugal continued with its tranquil life under the protection of Mary.

The Church's action

The ecclesiastical inquiry into the facts of Fatima was opened in November of 1917.  However, because of circumstances, a verdict was rendered only thirteen years later, on October 13, 1930. Meanwhile, pilgrims continued to arrive, always more numerous, and usually on the thirteenth of each month.  Cures were taking place. In 1926, a board of review was established similar to the one at Lourdes.  More than a thousand cures, scientifically unexplainable, had been registered by 1955.

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, the ecclesiastical authority judged the moment suitable for revealing in part what Our Lady of the Rosary had asked Lucia to keep secret for the time being.

In his radio message of October 31, 1942, to the pilgrims gathered at Fatima, Pope Pius XII consecrated the Church and the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  He renewed this consecration the following December 8 in Rome.  The bishops of the whole world also made this consecration for their individual dioceses on March 28, 1943.  We know that the Pope Pius XII confided to Cardinal Tedeschini that he himself had seen the solar phenomenon on October 30 and 31, and on November 1 and 8, 1954, on the occasion of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption.

The impact of Fatima

The message of Fatima has been heard in Portugal, and Mary's goodness has marvelously repaid it.  Has it been heard in the rest of the world  Certainly not enough.  Otherwise wars among nations by armies, and 'cold wars', and fratricides within countries would have ended long ago.

However, not all have turned a deaf ear.  The message of Fatima has been received in part, at least, by a great number of Christians.  Devotion to the rosary continues to gain favor and reaches into many countries.  As has been said, all the dioceses of the world have been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the bishops.  The visits of the Pilgrim Virgin statues have been received with tremendous enthusiasm not only by Catholic populations, but by Protestants and Muslims as well.

The message of Fatima has moved many and has contributed to making our era an 'Age of Mary'.  It has not spoken its final word.  What that word will be depends on the cooperation which Our Lady of Fatima receives from us.  She extends this call and invitation to each of us.

The words of Franz Werfel about Lourdes apply also to Fatima: "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.  For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible."

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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 commenced 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 Queen of Apostles Novena and Mary, Beloved of the Trinity.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page.  The latest update was: Hungary.  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 updated Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI through 5/31/2011.

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Children Invited to Fatima to Contemplate God
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal) June 6, 2011

Children will be invited to contemplate God this week during the 2011 Children's Pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

The two-day pilgrimage, which begins Thursday, has as its theme Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I Adore You!

Father VirgÝlio Antunes, the rector of the Fatima shrine and organizer of the Children's Pilgrimage, said in a statement that the goal of the event is "to develop in children the attitude of adoring God, Most Holy Trinity."

"For the believer," he explained, "the attitude of adoration is the recognition of the transcendence of God; it is the acceptance of his mystery; the desire to profoundly honor and glorify him."

During the pilgrimage, the children will have an opportunity to learn to contemplate God's transcendence in the small and great things of life and of the world.

On June 9 they will visit the places of the Angel's apparitions, make a floral offering to the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions and attend a celebration, entitled With the Angel, We Adore the Lord, in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

On June 10, a national holiday in Portugal, the two main events will be titled All of Creation Praises the Lord. and You Are My Treasure, Lord.  At 10 a.m. the rosary will be prayed, and at 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated.

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.

Maronites to Gain Presence at National Marian Shrine
Source: Press Release (Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn) June 2, 2011

Construction has begun on a new Maronite Chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, who has spearheaded the project, announced that the chapel will be named in honor of Our Lady of Lebanon.  "The Maronite Chapel will be a unique, Middle Eastern Catholic presence at the Shrine," the Maronite Eparchy wrote in a press release.  "It will also place the Maronite Church in America in the context of the Universal Church for all Shrine visitors, and appropriately recognize the rich tradition and legacy of the Maronite Church and her devotion to Our Lady."

The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is the preeminent Marian shrine in the United States, attracting nearly a million visitors a year.

The new chapel was designed by master artist, Louis R. DiCocco III, the president of St. Jude Liturgical Arts Studio of Havertown, Pennsylvania, who also worked on the Chapel of Our Lady of La Vang in the national shrine.

The interior of the chapel will reflect the aesthetic of the intimate stone churches of Lebanon.  A Syriac Cross will adorn the altar, as it does in many ancient churches in Syria and Lebanon, and a Cedar of Lebanon will sprawl out across the tile floor.

St. Maron and Our Lady of Lebanon flank the entrance to the Chapel.  Behind the altar, worshippers will see the four evangelists, the Crucifixion scene, and the Virgin and Child, taken from a sixth-century illustrated Book of the Gospels, the Rabboula.

The dedication for the new chapel is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 23, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C. and the fiftieth priestly ordination anniversary of Chorbishop Seely Beggiani, the seminary's rector.

The new chapel is part of a three-year project undertaken by the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn to financially support seminarians and retired priests, strengthen the missions, and renovate the eparchy's cathedral in Brooklyn.

On May 12, Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, and Chorbishop Michael G. Thomas, the Eparchy's Vicar General and Chancellor, held a benefit dinner in Washington, D.C. with Cardinal Donald Wuerl as the featured speaker.

The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn consists of forty parishes and missions located in sixteen states along the East Coast, as well as a seminary in Washington, D.C., a monastery for contemplative monks, and a convent for religious sisters.

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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

Images of the Virgin Mary Across Two Millennia

Title: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Date: 10:30 am-3:30 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2011

Location: Digby Stuart Chapel, Roehampton University (main campus), Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH

A Study Day with Dr. Geri Parlby

For more information contact Dr. Sarah Jane Boss by phone at 020-8392 3176 or by email at

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