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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

The Miracle Mysteries on ABC's Primetime Nightline

Bill Weir travels to places where people claim to have seen the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see Episode 2 on-line [running time: 42:07].  We are grateful to Cilla Shindell, Director of Media Relations at the University of Dayton, for providing us with this information.

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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.

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.

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:

Jillian Slater, Thursday, August 11, 2:30 PM on the Legendary Origins of Marian Shrines

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

New Maronite Chapel at the Immaculate Conception Shrine by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John recently emailed us the following information.

Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Eparchy of St. Maron (Brooklyn) told me that pictures of the new Maronite chapel (side altar) of Our Lady of Lebanon in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. are available.  Click here to read the Press Release [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].  To request photos or get more information, contact John Kurey at the chancery in Brooklyn.  The postal address is 109 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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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.

N.B. We now have a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections.

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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 What About Mary's Death.

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 our material on the status of the Marian apparitions reported in Cuapa, Nicaragua.

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Fatima Outdoor Mass

Title: Our Lady of Fatima Event--USA 2011

Date: Friday, August 12, 2011, 7:30 pm

Location: Maria Stein Spiritual Center, 2365 Saint John's Road, Maria Stein, Ohio

Fatima Event 2011 will be held at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein on Friday evening, August 12, 2011.  Father Barry Stechschulte, Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity Cluster Parish, will be celebrating the Holy Mass beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Father Barry was born and raised in Minster, Ohio.  After dark, a candle-light Rosary will take form on the grounds as each prayer is recited.  The program will conclude with a candle-light procession around the grounds.  Candles and holders will be available.

Click here for more information.

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Catholic Film Festival Hails Mirabile Dictu
Christians Called to Say--and See--Beautiful Things

Source: Zenit (Rome) May 10, 2011

An international Catholic film festival will be held this week in Rome, seeking to give visibility to the faith with the idea that art is a "weapon of evangelization."

At a press conference Monday, the second Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival was announced to begin Wednesday and run through May 21. The first was held in 2010.

... Among the finalists in the various categories ... Duns Scoto, written and directed by Fernando Muraca based on a book about the medieval philosopher Blessed Duns Scotus by Father Stefano Maria Manelli.

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.

Maronite Chapel to Open at Shrine
Source: Catholic Herald (Arlington, VA) July 2011

A Maronite chapel will open at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. this fall. The chapel will honor the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Lebanon and has been spearheaded by the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, New York.

Click here to read the complete article, or here for information on the Annual Assumption Pilgrimage to the Maronite Shrine to Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio.

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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 in the news.

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