The Marian Library Medal Search Contact Us Prayer Corner Gallery News Courses and Degrees The Mariological Society of America About Mary


Liturgical Season   Marian Events  
Marian Library Features   Mary in the Catholic Press  
Prayer Corner   Mary in the Secular Press  
New Resources  

News Archives

Marian Library News


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

Return to Top

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

English Version of Classic Marian Text Now Available

Mary's Apostolic Mission and Ours by Father Emile Neubert, S.M.
Translated from French into English by Father Joseph Stefanelli, S.M.
Academy of the Immaculate, 2011
350 pages, laminated paper cover, 4x6 inches, $7.00

Other Neubert titles published by the Academy of the Immaculate:
Mary and the Priestly Ministry, 2009, $5.00
Devotion to Mary, 2010, $5.00

For information about discounts and bulk rates, and to order, contact:
Michael Coffey
Academy of the Immaculate
391 Hartford Ave.
Bellingham, MA 02019
tel/fax: 888-906-2742

Everyone I know to have read Father Neubert's books, whether bishop, priest, religious or lay, is enthusiastic about his Marian message.  Father Neubert is as relevant today as he was in his own time.  His books are classics and will always be in demand.  We [Franciscans of the Immaculate] are particularly delighted to be able to publish his books, since St. Maximilian Kolbe was one of Father Neubert's fans.
-- Father Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I.

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) also has copies at these prices.

Return to Top

Radio Maria from The Marian Library

RADIO MARIA presents A Tribute to Mary Concert Sunday, August 21, at 2:30 PM.  This beautiful concert was recorded last year at Holy Angels Church in Dayton and features Tammy Hemmerle, mezzo soprano, and Nick Cardilino, tenor, accompanied by John Edelmann, piano, Dr. Ritter Werner, organ, and several other talented musicians from the Dayton area.  Tune in as we honor Our Blessed Mother in song this week of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Tune in to 88.7 FM WHJM (Anna/West Central Ohio) or 1600 AM WULM (Springfield/Dayton) or listen online at where there are also free mobile apps for Blackberry, Android and iPhone users.  Radio Maria is listener supported--ask about ARMS21 at 937-425-8773.  Radio Maria ... a Christian voice in your home.

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 17, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Dwight Campbell of Wisconsin, about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, his work with Father Reese, and their new association formed with other priests to teach about and promote devotion to the Two Hearts and why it is important for this time. Reading the signs of the times is important, and intercessory prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and reconciliation are paramount. Find out what is needed and learn how you can help and what you can do from wherever you are. What is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions and how do devotion and intercessory prayer to the Two Hearts fit in? Why is Marian devotion 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 the Sacred Heart of her Son and to be under her mantle in her Immaculate Heart guided by the Holy Spirit. How can you change your outlook on life and experience 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 16, Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr. Sylvia Gleason, DO, of Dayton, OH about Project Congo, a charity helping to meet the medical and nutritional needs of the refugees and orphan population of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo [see]; the cause of the war there and what happened (what she learned and we need to know) while she and three medical students worked there this summer in the new hospital and the areas around it.  Find out what is happening there with families coping with the aftermath of war, suffering the result of warfare and poverty, and the faith dimension of the people, the priests, religious and volunteers there.  Your prayers are needed!  Find out what you can do right from your home!

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods. Today's Recipe: Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, and Italian Olive Salad/Antipasto

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 programs:

Preempted for live broadcasts of World Youth Day

Return to Top

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Why Father Neubert Wrote Mary's Apostolic Mission and Ours by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The name "Queen of Apostles" given to the Virgin Mary is more than simply an honorific title.  It corresponds to a true role of Mary in the Church of Christ.  The faithful sensed this from the beginnings of Christianity.  Consequently they loved to involve Mary in all their apostolic works.

However theologians in earlier times seldom studied and wrote about Mary's apostolic mission.  But in the last century more attention has been given to study and writing about her apostolic mission.  To name a few outstanding examples, Father Paul Verrier, S.M., at the Mariological Congress of Brussels in 1921 gave a presentation on Mary, Source of Every Apostolate; and at the International Mariological Congress of Rome in 1950, Father Godfried Geenen, O.P., reported on The Mission of Mary in Her Triumph over All the Enemies of God.  But above all it was Cardinal Leon Suenens of Belgium in his work entitled Theology of the Apostolate who speaks of this mission of Mary and draws from it practical consequences.

Yet no theologian had produced a systematic treatise on the subject until Father Emile Neubert, S.M., published Mary's Apostolic Mission and Ours.  Father Neubert touched on this subject in most of the books and articles he authored, but explained that it was not his discovery.  He inherited it from Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianist Family, who saw it as the reason for the existence of the two religious congregations he was inspired to found.  To this day the sons and daughters of Chaminade are among the chief exponents of this Marian doctrine and devotion.

In our day, when this mission of the Virgin is more clearly apparent, we recall the twofold reason for examining it more closely: to glorify the Mother of God according to the example of her Son; and to participate in the apostolic mission of his mother and ours.  We are called to live the truths of our faith, not simply to accept them.  Living our belief in Mary's apostolic mission means becoming apostles to assist her with unlimited confidence.  This is not a matter of our interests, but of Mary's interests.  With Mary success is assured.

Return to Top

Last Chance to See 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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top


In keeping with the season we suggest A Modern Martyr, Blessed Jacob Gapp, S.M., Novena Prayer to Mary, Queen of Apostles and Memorial of Mary's Queenship (August 22).

We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.

We have also revised The Liturgical Seasons With Mary.

Return to Top


Marian Conference at Queen of Peace Center

Title: Second Annual Midwest Divine Mercy/Marian Conference

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Location: Trinity Heights Queen of Peace, 2511 33rd Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51108

IMRI graduate, Father Donald Calloway, MIC, will speak about the priesthood, devotion to Mary, and his own moving conversion story (as told in his latest No Turning Back: A Witness to the Virgin Mary).  He will be joined by Joan and Dave Maroney, Dr. Bryan Thatcher, and Father David Hemann.

Click here for more information.

Return to Top


Empress of the Americas Headed to London
Our Lady of Guadalupe to End Nine-month Tour at Westminster

Source: Zenit (London) December 6, 2010

A full-scale replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is concluding a nine-month tour of England and Wales, making its final stop at Westminster Cathedral.

The image will be in London for Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the anniversary of her appearance in Mexico to St. Juan Diego in 1531.

... The England-Wales novena tour began in March 2010 at Westminster Cathedral Hall.  From there, Archbishop Nichols granted Edmund Adamus, the designated temporary custodian of the image, authority to seek permission of each diocesan bishop to allow the image to be welcomed in his diocese for devotional purposes for the cause of the Gospel of Life, the protection of the unborn, the sanctity of families and the peace of the nation.

Click here to read the complete article.

Return to Top


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.

At 103, Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., is a Primer on How to Live
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH) August 13 2011

Brother Frank Deibel is obviously accustomed to being asked the secret of his longevity.  It doesn't take him long to recite the list: take a walk every day, love Jesus, Mary and Joseph, live a good life.  But he never forgets to give credit where it's due: "I'm not bragging about it," he adds emphatically.  "He's doing it!"

Today, the oldest known vowed religious Catholic man in the United States will celebrate two milestone events--his 103rd birthday and the 85th anniversary of taking vows as a brother in the Society of Mary (Marianist).  He will be honored today at a Mass and banquet at the University of Dayton.

Spend even a few minutes with Brother Frank at the Mercy Siena Retirement Community and it's obvious there's one more secret to his long life: his total involvement and interest in those around him.

The walls and tabletops in his cozy room at Mercy Siena Gardens are covered with his treasures: stacks of books and religious paintings, piles of videos including South Pacific and John Wayne films, dozens of snapshots with friends and family, his favorite prayers and even a picture of Kate Middleton in her wedding gown.

"I have about one hundred people on my email list, but not all of them write back," explains Brother Frank, who spends hours each day on his computer and enjoys visiting those who are ill at the neighboring Mercy Siena nursing home.

Father Tom Schroer, director of the Marianist community at Mercy Siena, describes Brother Frank as both humble and thoughtful, a "prayerful and spiritual person.  He is grateful for anything that I do for him," says Schroer.  "Often after a conversation with him in his room, he will ask me to bless him before I leave.  He doesn't complain and is a low-maintenance person."

Within minutes of meeting a newcomer, Brother Frank will hand them a booklet on praying the rosary and his calling card, on which he's pictured in a bright-yellow shirt and vest.  "Dear One," it reads, "Thanks for your visit today with the Ole Boy. He appreciates seeing his loyal friends."

Judging from the photo gallery on his wall, there are lots of them.  A particular favorite is Kathy Hytla, a new bride.  Brother Frank was thrilled to attend her recent wedding, especially tickled that after taking her vows and before heading to the reception line, the bride walked down the aisle to give Brother Frank a kiss.  "He is an extremely special part of our lives," says Hytla, who has been visiting her friend for the past six years and says it's always a joy.  "He shares emails and jokes and always has a prayer card or sentimental thought to pass out.  He is an amazing individual who is a role model to me."

Born on Aug. 13, 1908, Brother Frank was one of five children and recalls a childhood spent reading The Rover Boys series on the front steps of his Columbus home.  He has a vivid memory of an incident from the third grade.

"We had a course in penmanship and I wasn't a good writer and Sister slapped my writing hand with a ruler," he says, carefully spelling out the name of the sister in question.  In the seventh grade, after a Marianist brother came to his school to talk about vocation, he decided to enter the Society of Mary.  He professed his first vows in 1926.

"For some reason, I had a strong desire to save my soul and I thought to become a Marianist would be one good way to do that."  He'll never forget hearing the Benediction on his very first evening at the Marianist high school at Mount St. John in Dayton.  "I thought I was in heaven, I was so glad to be there," he says.

After seven years of schooling as postulant, novice, and college student, Brother Frank graduated from the University of Dayton and began teaching English, Latin, and religion at Catholic high schools throughout Ohio.  In 1954, he became an assistant librarian at the University of Dayton's libraries, a position he maintained for nearly fifty years.  In addition to being a reference librarian, he also supervised the students who worked at the library, and keeps in touch with many of them.

Over 103 years, Brother Frank has both observed and embraced some dramatic changes in the Church.  "The Church has become more open by changing the Latin to native tongues," he believes.  "When it was in Latin, unless you knew Latin, you couldn't understand all the words.  Now you know what's happening and can follow more carefully."

Today, he is one of 427 Marianist brothers in the world.  Few young men, he says, are choosing to follow in his footsteps.  "Some years ago, the pope stressed that lay people also had a responsible job in the Church," he says, "so many who thought about becoming religious decided if they could do a good job (for the Church) as a married man, they would do that."

But Brother Frank, always current, insists that's a good thing.  "It made the lay people realize they are important too, it's not just sisters and brothers and priests that are the Church. It's the whole shebang."

N.B. Brother Frank worked at The Marian Library for many years just prior to retirement.  All of us here wish him the very best and ask our readers to remember him in their prayers.  May God grant him many years.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

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!

Return to Top


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

Return to Archive


This page, maintained by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, and created by Ann Zlotnik , was last modified Monday, 08/29/2011 13:51:27 EDT by Michael Duricy . Please send any comments to

URL for this page is