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

Dear Friends,

In about a month the Catholic Church will celebrate a wonderful event that will bring together more than one million young people from every continent to deepen and share their faith and hope in Our Lord Jesus.  World Youth Day, Madrid, August 16-21, will be a great moment to proclaim the Gospel, the Good News. to the whole world.

To prepare for this event, since the beginning of May thousands of people across the globe have been joined in a campaign to pray for the gifts of Holy Spirit.  This initiative, FIRM IN THE FAITH WITH MARY, invites people everywhere to PRAY THE ROSARY ON SATURDAYS for WORLD YOUTH DAY.  It is a simple but powerful act, done in deep faith.

Please visit  Through this website you will find many fine resources to help you pray and to grow closer to Christ with Mary.

FIRM IN THE FAITH WITH MARY has full approval and support of the World Youth Day Organization in Madrid and the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for Social Communications of the Vatican.

Many people in many countries are united in prayer.  PLEASE HELP STRENGTHEN THIS EFFORT by inviting more people of all ages to pray on the Saturdays that remain.  Please share this message verbally, by email, in your parishes: however you can.

Please use social networks and other media.  You can post something like: World Youth Day, Madrid, August 16-21 is almost here: a great event for celebrating our Faith in Christ!  Pray the Rosary each Saturday for it: see FIRM IN THE FAITH WITH MARY:

Thank you and God bless you for your support.

Rev. James Phalan, CSC

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Article on Mary Gardens

Vincenzina Krymow, our local subject matter expert on Mary Gardens and Marian flowers, posted Early U.S. Mary Gardens, an article based on her July 1 presentation on Radio Maria in the blogspot section of Paula Mucha's Marian Devotions website.  We expect more blog posts and Radio Maria presentations from Vincenzina and will keep our readers informed.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Summer is traditionally a slow time for donations but this year is even slower!  We urgently need your help to pay the bills and make necessary repairs.  Please pray about how you are being called to help Our Blessed Mother reach those in need.  If we give, she will surely multiply our blessings.  She always does!  Just click here to donate and pass this info on to friends and family on your email list.  TODAY you can HELP Radio Maria with your donations, prayers, and sacrifices and help save souls.  Thank you for generously answering her call!

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, August 3, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Father John Fletcher, CC, about Marian pilgrimages, what to expect on a pilgrimage, how to plan one, the benefits of a pilgrimage, and what is going on across the world in the world of Marian apparitions, especially as the Blessed Mother appeared in Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, Fatima, (Children: Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia) Lourdes (St. Bernadette), Betania, Venezuela (Maria Esperanza) in Catania, Sicily with Rosario Toscano and even reportedly in our own Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Our Lady of America to Sister Mildred Neufil a Precious Blood Sister.  Also to be discussed: the power of the rosary, why Marian devotion is so important, and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to her Son and to be guided by the Holy Spirit; Why Marian spirituality?; What is going on in Medjugorje?; Is it still under discernment and are people still flocking to the area and changing their outlook on life and experiencing a change of heart?

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, August 2, Francesca Franchina discusses the power of prayer and how Jesus, the Blessed Mother and the Saints help us in personal matters, individually and collectively, in families and communities. Fran will chat about the talks and tips given to Presentation Bible Institute attendees last week in Cincinnati, OH (featuring Father Tom Forrest, internationally-known Redemptorist priest and evangelizer, who preached on Evangelization, Prayer and Jesus' Scipture promises). Learn what he said and more! Check out the dedication and blessing of the Shrine of St. Philomena in Navarro, OH at St. Clements' Church on August 14th. Tune in to the program for more details. To learn more and download a free book of Precious Blood Prayers and other materials/devotions as given to Barnabas, a Nigerian seminarian by Jesus (with nihil obstat) see

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.  Today's Recipe: Pasta with Cauliflower and Italian Tiramasu.

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, 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:

Michael Duricy, M.A., S.T.L., Thursday, August 4, 2:30 PM on the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

Michael Duricy, M.A., S.T.L., Friday, August 5, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of the Snows

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

International Ecumenical Marian Center in Nazareth Opens by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Recently I received a mailing about the dedication of the Mary of Nazareth Center in Nazareth, which was dedicated March 25 and is now in full operation (see below).  For more information click into the website for Marie de Nazareth (MDN).

The International Mary of Nazareth Center (CIMDN) in Nazareth is a new project of the MDN Association.  Ecumenical in its approach, the aim is to show Mary in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim world by means of contemporary audio-visual techniques.  A one-hour visit can include the terraced biblical gardens and chapel on the roof, with wonderful views over Nazareth.  There will also be a café and gift shop.

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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 Fall 2011 semester will commence on October 10, 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 our course offerings for Fall 2011 and beyond.

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In keeping with the season we suggest Our Lady of the Snows and Salus Populi Romani.

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 Benedict XVI through July 26, 2011.   We have also revised Various Marian Documents and added the tentative program for the upcoming Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

Title: Forty-Sixth Annual Assumption Pilgrimage

Date: August 13-15, 2011

Location: Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine, 2759 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson, Ohio

Join us for the Feast of Our Lady's Assumption on August 13, 14, and 15, a Pilgrimage that brings many blessings and spiritual renewal to those who come from both far and near.

Click here for the Pilgrimage Brochure with Schedule [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Pope Entrusts Italy to Virgin's Protection
Source: VIS (Rome) May 27, 2011

Yesterday afternoon in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Benedict XVI presided over the praying of the Rosary together with the bishops of Italy, entrusting the people of Italy to the Virgin.  The Italian bishops were gathered for a General Assembly on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the political unification of Italy.

After praying the Luminous Mysteries, Benedict XVI addressed the Italian bishops, recalling that this basilica "is the first in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God," and that on January 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II opened the Holy Door "entrusting the Jubilee Year to Mary.  Today we also wish to cross the threshold of this Most Holy 'Door', which is Christ, and we ask the Virgin Mary to sustain our journey and to intercede for us."

"The dispositions of the Virgin's heart--listening, receptiveness, humility, faithfulness, praise, and waiting--", he said, "correspond to the inner provisions and the gestures that shape Christian life.  Aware that they express what God desires of the Church, they are what nourish her."

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.

Shrines to the Virgin Mary bloom around Los Angeles
Source: (New Hampshire) July 30, 2011

Every Friday, Margarita Jimenez comes to see the Virgin in the parking lot, where kids scream, cars honk and the air stinks of exhaust.

She turns to the scene of chaos and asks: "Anyone want to pray with me?"

No one responds, but she pulls out her rosary beads, bows her head and begins.  She knows that in the City of Angels, others share her devotion.

Click here to read the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of August 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 August.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's new.

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