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

Dear Friends,

Let Blessed John Paul II help you understand the Rosary with this fine video clip that our friends at Salt and Light, sponsors of FFM, created for the FIRM IN THE FAITH WITH MARY Campaign: ... and PRAY THE ROSARY TODAY AND EACH SATURDAY FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY until the event in August.

As we get closer to the time, let us be ever more united in prayer. Please pass the word and invite your friends to pray with us.


God bless you all.

Father Jim

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

ABC News Nightline Takes Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Ken Breakall, a long-time volunteer with The Marian Library, sent us the following information.

Nightline is a weeknight news magazine show on ABC that comes on after local news.  ABC's Nightline will be airing a multi-part series covering matters of faith.  One part of this series will be a documentary focusing solely on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the role that Our Lady plays in faith (expected air date July 13, 2011).  Please note that Father Donald Calloway, a graduate of IMRI, is mentioned in article linked at left which summarizes the program and will appear in the show.

This program will be exploring the history, theology, and unparalleled importance of the Blessed Virgin to Christians and even non-Christians throughout history.  ABC will be traveling to Israel, Rome, Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Wisconsin, and to Medjugorje.

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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, July 13, 2011, Francesca Franchina discusses Marian topics related to evangelization: Mary Star of Evangelization, Why Mary Today?, the effect of Marian Apparitions and increased interest on the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in Redemption with Father Antonio Larocca, SMC, of Venezuela, other guests and callers.

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, July 12, Francesca discusses the theology and devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, for the month devoted to the Most Precious Blood.  Part II: How to get rid of evil thoughts and deadly sins?

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.  Today's Recipe: Granita, Italian lemon ice, and Gelato, Italian ice cream.

Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael the Archangel and Precious Blood of Jesus Novena and Prayer or for Francesca's Italian Recipe of the Week.

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 one of the two sites 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, July 14, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Mount Carmel I

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, July 15, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Mount Carmel II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Class Notes: Golden Flyers (in the Summer 2011 issue of University of Dayton Magazine)

Brother John Samaha, S.M., '52 (EDS)

Brother John lives at the Marianist Center in Cupertino, California.  He writes "each issue of the magazine is eye-catching, interesting, and informative.  Each issue brings back memories of times I spent at UD studying or helping at The Marian Library/IMRI and the great people I encountered on campus.  Since I can no longer travel, the magazine keeps me connected with my alma mater.  Of the twenty-eight Marianists in our community, eleven of us are UD Golden alums.  As time and energy permit, I continue my interest in teaching by writing articles and speaking to local groups about a variety of religious topics."

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Current Exhibit

Wonder Works on Paper

The Marian Library Gallery is featuring works by Donna Pierce-Clark.  The exhibit will run from June 27 - August 26 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 more information or here for a 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 conclude on July 22, 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 and beyond.

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In keeping with the season we suggest The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16) and Marian Poetry for Ordinary Time.

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 Benedict XVI through 6/26/2011 and posted a new article, Mary, Let There Be Beauty.

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Pro Life Day at Guadalupe Shrine

Title: A Day of Prayer, Remembrance and Hope

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011

Center for Peace and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6601 Ireland Road, Windsor, OH 44099

The missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will visit the Shrine on July 16, 2011.  Marian commentator, Fred Sokol, will speak on the connection between the image and the pro-life cause.

For more information, call Vanessa Griffin Campbell or Sandra Gay-Chapman at 216-696-6525 ext. 3010/3020 or click here for the complete program [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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Benedict XVI Visits John Paul II Exhibit
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) July 8, 2011

Before leaving the Vatican for Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI on Wednesday visited an exhibit dedicated to Blessed John Paul II.

The Vatican exhibit brings viewers through the life of the Polish Pontiff using pictures, images and other items, which span from his childhood to his funeral, to the canonical process that culminated in his beatification.

The exhibition shows the kayak used in the 60s by then Auxiliary Bishop Karol Wojtyła of Krakow.  It includes his ski boots, too, and a stone from the Zakrzowek quarries; the badge of a Solvay worker, where he worked during World War II; and the reproduction of a manifesto of a literary evening in which he participated.

Also on display is the request for admission to diaconal ordination, dated Oct. 13, 1946, and a permit to have a bike obtained in June of 1956.  There is the scapular of the Virgin of Carmel that he always wore, his amber rosary, his priestly cassock, his Episcopal ring and some of his literary works translated into several languages.

Benedict XVI was also able to see images of the May 13, 1981, assassination attempt, and sections dedicated to jubilees and World Youth Days, including the original wooden cross entrusted by John Paul II to young people at Easter of 1984.

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 new book paints a loving portrait of the life of Father Philip Hoelle, S.M., a Marianist priest who shaped countless lives over nine decades.
Book Signing 3-7 P.M. July 15 at 3-7P.M. St. Mark's bookshop Centerville
Source: University of Dayton News July 8, 2011

A Kettering couple has published a biography of a beloved Marianist priest who quietly inspired countless lives.

Joseph and Joanne Kepes will sign copies of their newly published book, Philip C. Hoelle, S.M.: Servant Priest, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at St. Mark Bookshop in Centerville.

Before the Rev. Philip C. Hoelle, S.M., died in 2005 at the age of 93, he founded the Dakota Center in west Dayton, co-founded the Dayton Christian-Jewish Dialogue and helped build the University of Dayton's Marian Library into the world's largest repository of printed material about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In 1993, the University of Dayton's National Alumni Association awarded him the Christian Service Award.  He was the first recipient of the Dakota Center's Founder's Award for thirty years of service to minority youth.

The Rev. Bertrand Buby, S.M., professor emeritus of religious studies who teaches in the International Marian Research Institute on campus, calls the book a "lively, accurate and clear narrative" that paints a memorable portrait of a quiet, modest priest who "truly helped Mary carry out her mission of bringing Jesus to others."

The book is available online through the North American Center for Marianist Studies ( and at St. Mark Bookshop, 895 S. Main St., in Centerville.

For media interviews or more information, contact Joseph and Joanne Kepes at 937-434-2580

Click here to see the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of July 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 July.

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Prayer Corner

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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