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The Marian Library / International Marian Research Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of a new professor: Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd.

Dr. Dodd started working with us September 1.  Cecilia Mushenheim introduced her to Roesch faculty and staff on September 6.  Please join with us in welcoming Dr. Dodd to UD.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian Literary Reference

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently sent us the following information:

Although playwright George Bernard Shaw came from an Irish Protestant background and was moderately cynical about religion, he relates in letters to friends that often on travel he would say a "Hail, Mary."  He wrote, "Of course, I don't say it in that artificial form which means nothing.  I say it in my own natural and sincere way when she shows up in ... temples and tombs."  Shaw was also quite particular about which Madonna paintings he liked and which he did not.

Many critics see the title character of Shaw's Candida (not to be confused with Voltaire's Candide) as a Madonna figure.  The play's one overt Marian reference is in Shaw's stage directions which state that in the office of Candida's husband (a Protestant minister) there is a reproduction of Titian's painting Assumption of the Virgin.  In a letter to actress Ellen Terry, Shaw says that Candida "is the Virgin Mother and nobody else."

While a few critics have interpreted the play as containing a subtle anti-Catholic message, it is more common to see Shaw as paying tribute to the more attractive features of the Mary cult.  Some performances of Candida include costume design suggesting the affinity between Candida and Madonna.

However, there are no Marian references at all in Shaw's play, Saint Joan, about Joan of Arc, though the latter is deeply respectful of Joan's spirituality.

Sources: Program notes to California Shakespeare Festival's production of Candida and other sources including the book Shaw on Religion and Arthur Ganz' study of Shaw.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

RADIO MARIA presents a broadcast of Evening Prayer Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM live from St. Anthony Church in Dayton, commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  The St. Anthony adult choir, members of the children's choir, and two trumpeters, under the direction of Mrs. Madelon Kinzig, Music Director, will lead the music and Father Chris Coleman will preside.  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 and Android 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, September 7, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Kate Wicker, mom, author and health advocate, about replacing what the media teaches us about how we should view our bodies with what God teaches us, raising healthy, happy daughters, relating to body image, eating disorders, temperance/food and more.  Kate is a Catholic wife, mother of four, and author.  When she's not eradicating her home of hazardous waste, Kate serves as a senior writer and health columnist for Faith and Family magazine.  She has written for numerous regional and national media, including Atlanta Parent, Catholic Exchange,, Catholic News Agency, Children's Ministry Magazine, Crisis Magazine, Family Fun, Fathers for Good, Pregnancy, Pittsburgh Parent, and Woman's Day.  In addition, Kate is a regular voice on the Faith and Family LIVE! podcast.  To learn more, please visit her web site,

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, September 6, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Mike Halloran, Pastor of Holy Cross, Holy Rosary and St. Adelbert Parishes, Dayton, OH, Ruth Deddens, Holy Angels' Parishioner and President of One More Soul, Dayton, OH, and Tim Francis, Founder/President of You Shall Believe Ministries, Dallas, Texas, regarding the Memorial Prayer Gathering/Evening Prayer and Concert at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Sunday, September 11 at 4 PM and the message behind the modern day Eucharistic miracles documented by world renown pathologists in the You Shall Believe multi-media presentation by Tim at 7:00 - 8:30 PM on September 11, 12, 13 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Bowen Street, Dayton, OH 45410.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Fast, deliciously-filling and easy Risotto with Melangani (rice with eggplant) and Italian breaded pork or beef steaks.

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:

Cecilia Mushenheim, Thursday, September 8, 2:30 PM on the Holy Name of Mary and her Birthday

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informed us about a recent news brief on Mary published by Catholic News Service in Duluth, Minnesota on 8/22/2011 (see below).

There is renewed interest in Mary--her role in lives of faith, how to interpret references to her in Scripture, how she is depicted in art and literature--enough to spark a second Mary in Our Day conference, this one in Duluth and held on the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15.  "Her call to holiness still echoes," explained Christian Brother Mark McVann.  "Mary continues today to be a major spiritual force and resource in the modern world."  The College of St. Scholastica hosted this second exploration of the enduring significance of the Blessed Mother.  The first was organized by St. Mary's College of California last year.  Brother Mark, a professor of theology and religious studies at St. Mary's, said the revival of interest in Mary and Marian devotions is evident in the volume of recent books on Mary, in the University of Dayton's The Mary Page on the Internet, and of enough significance that the History Channel has done a series (and now a book)--Visions of Mary--which he called excellent.  The fact that there are sparse references in the New Testament makes discussions of Mary complex and open to interpretation, he said.  In St. Luke's Gospel, we see a Mary as "open, intelligent, independent and faithful," Brother Mark said.  "Mary is more than an Old Testament saint," he added.  "She is the first one to hear the Gospel.  Mary is the first Christian disciple.... When she appears at the foot of the cross, she becomes the model for believers."

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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 Novena Prayer to Mary, Queen of Apostles.

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 Mariology on the Move and posted the Call for Papers for the 2012 MSA Conference.

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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.  Please remember them in your prayers.

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

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Lourdes to Receive Maronite Patriarch of Antioch
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France) September 6, 2011

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of Antioch and of the whole of the East will visit the Marian shrine in Lourdes for the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which is celebrated Sept. 8.

The Maronite patriarch will be received at the airport by civil and religious authorities on Thursday, and will then travel to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. There, he will preside at an 11:15 a.m. Mass.

In the afternoon, he will visit the Town Hall of Lourdes, where elected local officials and parliamentarians will hear him speak about the realities of interreligious dialogue as it is lived in Lebanon.

After a visit to the parish Church of the Sacred Heart, he will close the day by taking part in a torch-lit Marian procession, with representatives of the local Lebanese community.

The patriarch will depart Lourdes on Friday, after having visited the Notre Dame Hospitality Center in the Shrine, where very sick and handicapped persons are housed.

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.

Did veep's rosary turn into worry beads during bin Laden raid?
Source: Chicago Sun Times May 3 2011

A bit of prayer ... or did Vice President Joe Biden's rosary become a set of worry beads during the dramatic White House countdown ending the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

Biden, a devout Catholic, spent time during the countdown--which took place in the White House Situation Room--fingering a 'ring' version of the traditional rosary necklace, which he "always carries with him and got at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York," a Biden source tells Sneed.

Biden spokesman Elizabeth Alexander also tells Sneed her boss "was holding his rosary ring (which represents one decade of the rosary) at times while in the situation room on Sunday," and he keeps it with him at all times.  "The vice president is devoted to the rosary and recites it daily," the source said.  On one occasion in Chicago, when he was visiting the popular Firehouse restaurant, Biden told Dorothy O'Malley, a family friend, he never goes anywhere without it.

Rumor has it Biden once asked doctors if he could tuck his rosary under his pillow during surgery and once blasted GOPers for accusing him of not being religious. “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.”

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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