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IMRI student, Christ Padgett, sent the following information:

Once or twice a year I like to send out a note letting folks know what has been going on in the Padgetts' ministry and life.  So, without further delay, here are the updates:

We found out that we are expecting number nine!  The baby is a girl and we are naming her Ella.  Please pray for Linda these last few months, as well as for the baby.

Two of my books were released this year with Servant (in association with St. Anthony Messenger Press): A Spirituality You Can Live With and Wholly Mary Mother of God.  I am so excited. You can find them on Amazon or my website,

The Rosary Project was also recently released.  This is all twenty mysteries of the Rosary, along with music, songs and Scripture readings put on two CDs.  At this time, iTunes has it available for 9.99.  I'm very happy with how this turned out, and I hope people find it helpful in their prayer time.

Last week I did the audio for both books.  They will be released in the near future.  This will be nice for all those listening to books as they drive around.  These, along with a possible story on my ministry with the magazine St. Anthony's Messenger, have been wonderful new projects that I hope reach a lot of new friends.

The new talks are slated for release soon.  One is about the New Translation of the Mass and the other is on the YouCat. I am really looking forward to you hearing those.  They also have a talk I recently did on Our Lady which is slated for release as well.

This year I had the great joy of working in New Zealand!  Wonderful things happening there, and it was an honor to be a part of what God is doing.  My wife and I did a marriage retreat in Canada, and in the coming months I will be heading to Malaysia for more youth work.  Please keep us in prayer with all of the travels.  I'm getting pretty good at this flying stuff.

The summer conferences and camps just wrapped up.  Lots of travel! We recently found out our van is dead so if anyone is able to help with our transportation chaos we would be appreciative.

Final thoughts: We cannot do this without you.  Please pray for our family.  There are a lot of difficulties and needs we encounter.  If you feel the Lord inviting you to be a bit more involved in our apostolate, either financially or in other ways, please feel free to email or call for further info.  We are grateful.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Articles 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.  Vincenzina also recently had her article, Mary Gardens--Theology of the Garden, published on Rebecca Evans' Faith and Flowers website.  Vincenzina is scheduled to speak about "Black Madonnas" at 2:30 pm during our September 1 broadcast of the Living with Mary Today! series on Radio Maria.  She also posted a blog on Plants of the Bible at

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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, August 24, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks about Fatima.  What are you doing about it?  What did Mary say at Fatima in 1917, and is she still saying it?  Does the Fatima message of 1917 still need to be discussed, disseminated, taught and promoted?  If so, why?  How does this affect you, yours, where you live and the world?  Call in to share how you have been inspired, transformed, changed or helped by the Fatima Message, developing devotion to the hearts of Jesus and Mary, and to the Precious Blood of Jesus.  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, ways you can help, and what you can do from wherever you are.

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 23, Francesca Franchina talks with callers focusing on making the most of where you are and what you have; personal transformation through growing in wisdom, knowledge and the Holy Spirit, and how this is all related to baking her delicious Italian bread, puffed up, punched down and baked to perfection; spiritual growth and formation; determining God's will in your life through purifying stress; overcoming problems and challenges through pruning and discernment.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods. Today's Recipe: Italian Bread and Green Bean Italian Salad with Pepperoni and Mozzarella.

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 schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the new audio archive!

This week's programs:

Father John Phalen, CSC, Thursday, August 25, 2:30 PM on Mary at World Youth Day

Father Johann Roten, SM, Friday, August 26, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Good Help


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From the Marian Treasure Chest

HOMAGE TO FATHER EMILE NEUBERT, S.M. (1878-1967) by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

On August 29 we mark the anniversary of the entrance to eternity of Father Emile Neubert, Marianist extraordinaire.  The Marianist Family offers tribute to this outstanding Marianist who was a renowned Mariologist and collaborator with Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary, and with St. Maximilian Kolbe in promoting the honor of Mary.  And this August we also welcome the English publication of Mary's Apostolic Mission and Ours, one of Neubert’s classics.

For more than a quarter century Father Neubert served as rector of the Marianist International Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland.  Earlier, his groundbreaking dissertation about the patristic theology on Mary in the pre-Nicene Church was hailed as the first doctoral dissertation in theology centered on the Blessed Virgin Mary.  His Marian scholarship and writing earned him membership in the Pontifical International Marian Academy based in Rome, and singular recognition in Mariological Society of France.  He also enjoyed the reputation of a valued spiritual director.  Father Peter Resch, one of his former students, characterized him as the "foremost doctor of Mariology among the sons of William Joseph Chaminade."

A fellow countryman and contemporary, Most Reverend Paul Richaud, Archbishop of Paris, wrote to Father Neubert these thoughts of appreciation when the original French edition of La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre first appeared in 1956.  "It is always a grace for me to read your work.  You excel in clear and simple words which contain a solid and profound teaching.  Our dear Father Chaminade ... has bequeathed to you a real charisma for speaking of the Blessed Virgin.  Drawing close to Mary under your guidance means approaching with ease and in complete security to the very channel of grace....  [This particular book] underscores an aspect of devotion to the Blessed Virgin which has not been sufficiently emphasized and responds in a most suitable way to the concerns of today's Christians....  You show the chosen and irreplaceable role which Mary holds in any apostolic endeavor."

Archbishop Richaud stated further: "'Do whatever he tells you.'  It is only the Mother who can make us attentive and responsive to Jesus' directives....  The apostolate is an art.  Everything depends on the way it is done.  It is only the Mother of Jesus who knows the ways of Jesus....  The apostolate is a sublime form of parenting.  It is only the Mother of souls ... who can obtain for us this grace."

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) has in stock this new English translation and other English editions of books by Father Emile Neubert.

Dipping into the works of Father Neubert and using them to enhance our Marianist apostolic life is a way of offering our homage of respect and affection for this revered apostle of Mary.

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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.

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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 Poems for Ordinary Time.

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.

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Asia Oceania Mariological Conference 2

Title: Mary and the New Evangelization of Asia: A Perspective of Human Development

Date: September 7-13, 2011

Location: Lipa, Philippines

IMRI Professors, Sister Celia Chua, MIC and Sister Isabell Naumann, as well as IMRI student, Father R. K. Samy, will attend and speak at this conference.

Click here for the tentative schedule of conference events [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Pope's Homily at Closing Youth Day Mass
"The World Needs the Witness of Your Faith, It Surely Needs God."

Source: Zenit (Madrid, Spain) August 21, 2011

... Dear young people, I pray for you with heartfelt affection.  I commend all of you to the Virgin Mary and I ask her to accompany you always by her maternal intercession and to teach you how to remain faithful to God's word.  I ask you to pray for the Pope, so that, as the Successor of Peter, he may always confirm his brothers and sisters in the faith.  May all of us in the Church, pastors and faithful alike, draw closer to the Lord each day.  May we grow in holiness of life and be effective witnesses to the truth that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind and the living source of our hope.  Amen.

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.

iPray: Sisters Praying with Technology
Source: Immaculata University (Immaculata, PA) August 13 2011

As a faculty member in IU's Theology department, Sister Sheila Galligan, knows a thing or two about God's grace, and about how to introduce students to innovative ways of communicating with their Higher Power.  "Two interesting discoveries became the springboard for including a Virtual Prayer Chapel on each of my ANGEL course homepage," said Sister Sheila.  "I was fascinated by the way that the Vatican and Villanova University had teamed up to produce a spectacular virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.

"Secondly, I noted that many students in the Insights and Images: Mary Rediscovered course expressed appreciation for the special tab titled 'Marian Prayer Corner.'  So I created a Virtual Prayer Chapel that provides links to sites such as, Sacred Space, Creighton University's online ministry, and the Mary Page Prayer Corner...."

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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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