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Father Thomas Buffer, STD, current President of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), sent the following information to us by email:

A Message from the President

August 24, 2011

Dear MSA members,

Greetings in Christ and Our Lady.  I write to the MSA membership to update everyone on recent developments.  Before I begin, may I ask you to do the same?  If you have a new physical or email address, please help us keep our contact information current.  Corrections and updates may be sent to the Secretariat; contact information will be found at the end of this email.  We also welcome news about your recent activity related to Marian studies, spirituality, and devotion.

Our Vice-President, Fr. James H. Phalan, CSC, has recently returned from the celebration of World Youth Day in Madrid, full of youthful fervor.  Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, SM, continues as Secretary and Editor of Marian Studies.  Ably assisted by Cecilia Mushenheim, he has just brought forth Marian Studies 2007, and the 2008 number is in the works, with a target date of October 31.  Other Administrative Council members are: Fr. John Phalen, CSC, Sr. M. Jean Frisk, Dr. Catherine Mary O'Brien, Sr. Donna Maria Moses, OP, Laetitia Rhatigan, and Dr. Robert Fastiggi.  Sr. Donna Maria maintains the outstanding MSA website, where you may find the email addresses and phone numbers of all officers and council members.

The May, 2011 annual meeting of the Society in Scottsdale, Arizona was a very fulfilling experience.  We heard some excellent presentations related to the conference theme, Mary in the United States and Canada up to 1900.  We were honored by a visit from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, who celebrated Mass for us and attended the dinner.  Our 2012 annual meeting in Mt. Angel, Oregon, will continue exploration of this year s theme, under the title, Mary in the United States and Canada since 1900.  Once again I beg your assistance in the promotion of our annual meeting.  Naturally, we very much would like you to attend in person.  Also, I urge you to forward the attached Call for Papers to anyone you know who may have an interest in the meeting, but especially to scholars, faculties of theology, and learned societies.  We hope to repeat the success of the most recent meeting by attracting highly-qualified presenters.  Details on dates and location of the 2012 meeting will be found on the MSA website

In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Thomas Buffer, STD
President, MSA (2010-2012)

MSA Secretariat
The Marian Library
The University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390
Phone: (937) 229-4294 FAX: (937) 229-4258

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Marian Devotions

Marian Devotions in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier is now available from Amazon.

This lavishly illustrated book suggests many ways to incorporate Marian devotion into family life.  Many of the main Marian feasts are incorporated into the book, and each feast is presented with a brief outline, some history, and various suggestions for a family celebration.  Since there are literally hundreds of feasts honoring Our Lady, only some of the most well-known were featured in this book.

Click here to receive more information or here to order.

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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 31, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Scott Hahn, Catholic scholar and apologist, Professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Founder/Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, internationally-known speaker, prolific writer, media personality, and family man, about his conversion to Catholicism, and his speaking dates around the world (including in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio on September 7/8 in honor or Our Lady's Birthday.  See his website for upcoming events:

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 30, Francesca Franchina discusses living in the time of mercy, focusing on the messages of St. Faustina received from Jesus of Mercy and how important trust is in our lives.  What are the results of doubting the promises made by Jesus?  Can we really console Jesus? Why is this necessary?  Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, writes all about this in his new book Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius published by Marian Press, Stockbridge, MA.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods. Today's Recipe: Baked Ziti with fresh tomatoes, 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:

Vincenzina Krymow, Thursday, August 25, 2:30 PM on Black Madonnas

Father Thomas A. Thompson, SM, Friday, August 26, 2:30 PM on Marian Months


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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Maybe you have already seen and heard this Chaminade rap.  Carol Ramey, director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, explained the origin for us (see below).  Congratulations to Brother Daniel Pajuelo, Province of Spain!  This is great for our Chaminade Year.
Brother John Samaha, SM

Dear Brother John,

This video was made by Brother Daniel Pajuelo, SM, originally from Valencia, Spain, who is now in the Seminary.  He is a computer engineer by training and is also a rapper and premier person in social networking.  He has done a lot with the website for Spain.

He visited us about two weeks ago.  He is quite talented and deeply committed to promoting Marianist life.  He taught us a lot about using the internet for formation and education during his brief visit.  His video is all over the Internet.  Teenagers and young adults are loving it!

Glad that you found it.


Brother John also received the note below from Joe Melendez, a rapper and teacher at Chaminade Prep in West Hills, CA.

This video was made by Marianist Brother, SM DANI, (a.k.a. Dani Pajuelo Vazquez).  I spent some time with him this summer in Dayton and we did a collaboration show at a local bar/club in Dayton.  After that show Dani invited me to perform with him in Spain in front of the Apostolic Nunciature for the Pope's arrival on the nineteenth!  It was great and Dani brought out Marianists from Spain and France!

Peace, Joe

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New Exhibit!

Icons in Needle and Thread

The Marian Library Gallery is featuring With Needle and Thread, Beaded Portraits of Mother and Child, an exhibit of works by Nancy Goes, from September 6 - November 11 on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or with special arrangements by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214.  Click here for more information.

N.B. We also have a permanent crèche exhibit and 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 and expanded Polish Poetry and Mary, Beloved of the Trinity.

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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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Letter of Encouragement to Directors of Shrines
"A Great Treasure in the Life of the Church."

Source: Zenit (Vatican City) August 22, 2011

Here is the letter of encouragement sent Aug. 15 by the Congregation for Clergy to the rectors of shrines. The letter is signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza and Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, the dicastery's prefect and secretary, respectively.

I would like to convey my cordial greetings to each one of you, which I willingly extend to all those who assist you in the pastoral care of shrines, along with an expression of my sincere gratitude for the attentive dedication with which you come to the assistance of the pastoral needs of the pilgrims who approach the places of worship entrusted to your care in ever greater numbers from every part of the world....

Moreover, let shrines not forget, faithful to their glorious tradition, to be engaged in works of charity and assistance, human development, protecting the rights of the human person, the challenge of justice, all according to the social doctrine of the Church.  It would also be good if there developed around them cultural initiatives, such as congresses, seminars, exhibitions, exhibitions, shows, and artistic events on religious themes.  In this way shrines will also become promoters of culture, both high and popular, contributing to the cultural project directed in the Church's Christian understanding.

In this way the Church, under the direction of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, through whom Grace itself communicates itself to humanity in need of redemption, prepares herself in every part of the world for the coming of the Savior.  Shrines, those places where we go to seek, to hear, and to pray will become, mysteriously, places in which we will really be touched by God through His Word, the sacraments of Reconciliation and of the Eucharist, the intercession of the Mother of God, and of the saints....

In thanking each Rector once more for the dedication and pastoral charity with which they carry out their ministry, so that each Sanctuary may become an ever more loving sign of the presence of the Incarnate Word, may you be assured of the most cordial closeness of the Lord, under the gaze of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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.

Walk, Pray, Email
Source: University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) August 13 2011

When Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., attends Mass on Saturday, Aug. 13, it won't be only because it's his 103rd birthday.

It's also Deibel's eighty-fifth jubilee--the celebration of the day eighty-five years ago that he took his first vows as a brother in the Society of Mary.  He and other Marianists celebrating their anniversaries will be honored with a Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the University of Dayton's Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a reception and banquet.

At 103, Deibel is the oldest vowed religious man known by the National Religious Retirement Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He taught at Catholic high schools in Ohio for two decades, coming to the University of Dayton in 1954 as an assistant librarian in the University's library and holding that position for nearly fifty years.

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.

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of September 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 September.

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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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