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We recently received an email from Sister Marie Azzarello regarding her activities which she agreed to let us share with readers.


Many of you know that we sold our residence in Verdun, Quebec and moved June 28.  The summer has been full.  Now I'm preparing, visa in hand, to leave for Troyes, France, September 14, for two years.  There I will live with four sisters of my community, all Canadian born.

In 1981, prior to the canonization of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Bishop of Troyes asked our Congregation's leadership to establish a community in Troyes, Marguerite's native home.

Our Congregation, the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal, was founded in 1659 in Montreal, Canada.  While we have missions in several countries, we had never been in France.

Thirty-one years later, this little community in Troyes thrives.  Along with pastoral ministry, the sisters and associates are an ongoing presence to people at Centre Cultural Marguerite Bourgeoys.  You can check the center online and also have a virtual tour of Troyes.  Another CND group lives in the village of Estissac, one hour away.

Once grounded in my new environment, I hope not only to be a listening presence to all who come to the Centre but also to offer group reflections on Mary and Visitation-Pentecost spirituality as a way of being in the world today.  My publications: Mary the First Disciple, A Guide for Transforming Today's Church and Mary, the Maternal Face of God, Reimagining Ourselves as Church will be good sources.

My address there is:

Marie Azzarello, CND
R閟idence Marguerite-de-Troyes
5, rue Charbonnet
10 000 Troyes, France
TEL: 011- 33𣛨 25-8009-57

My e-mail address remains the same.

Let us hold one another in heart.  Spirits cross miles.

Love, Marie

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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.

Shaw preferred paintings of the Madonna that showed her as active and intelligent. He liked Titian's Assumption of the Madonna but not Raphael's Dresden Madonna. He regarded that latter as merely a wet nurse, comely, and with no intelligence.

Shaw was particularly taken with the way Mary is portrayed in Luke's Gospel and once said that the Saviour conquered the world through the Madonna of Luke's Gospel.

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

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 14, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Immaculee Ilibagiza, author, motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2007 Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award, about her experiences during the genocide in Rwanda, Africa, her books Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, and Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa, and the upcoming Freedom and Healing Through Forgiveness conference featuring Immaculee to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 in St. Leon, IN [812-623-8007] hosted by Father Gregory Bramlage and the Word of God Prayer Ministry, an outreach of Missionaries of the New Evangelization. []

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 13, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Dwight Campbell, Co-Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Wisconsin about Our Lady of Sorrows, the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Fast, deliciously filling, and easy Italian Stuffed Green Peppers and Frito Misto.

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 Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, September 15, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Sorrows

Sister M Jean Frisk, Friday, September 16, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Angels

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the following comments on August 13.

Blessings for the feast of Blessed Jakob Gapp!  Here is some information about him.  May he soon be canonized.
Bro. John

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Current 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 or here for a virtual exhibit.

N.B. We also have a permanent cr鑓he exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library cr鑓he 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 September Poetry.

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 posted the Call for Papers for the 2012 MSA Conference, and Our Lady of Light.

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Retreat with Dr. Donald Charles Lacy

Title: An Ecumenical Affirmation: the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9 am - 4 pm

Location: John XXIII Retreat Center, Hartford City, Indiana

Spend the day enriching your experience of Mary in your life.  Led by Dr. Donald C. Lacy who perceives the Blessed Virgin Mary as the key to Christian Unity in our day.  Mary, he believes, is a blend of power and holiness, second only to her Son.  Her primary greatness lies in being chosen to be the Mother of Jesus and uniquely used to draw others to her Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  Dr. Lacy is a native Hoosier who has served as a United Methodist Minister across the state for more than fifty years.  He has spoken and written much about Mary and her place in the Christian faith.  Fee: $35  Register by 9/27/11

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Angelus Address on the Feast of the Assumption
"Mary Was the First to Take into Her Arms the Son of God ... Now She Is the First to Be Next to Him"
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy) August 16, 2011

At the heart of the month of August, Christians of the East and West celebrate jointly the Feast of the Assumption to Heaven of Mary Most Holy.  In the Catholic Church, the dogma of the Assumption--as was noted--was proclaimed during the Holy Year of 1950 by my venerable predecessor the Servant of God Pope Pius XII.  This memorial, however, sinks its roots in the faith of the early centuries of the Church.

In the East, the feast is still called today the "Dormition of the Virgin."  In an ancient mosaic of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, which is inspired precisely by the Eastern icon of the Dormition, the Apostles are pictured.  Alerted by angels of the earthly end of the Mother of Jesus, they gather around the Virgin's bed.  At the center is Jesus who holds a little girl in his arms: It is Mary, become 'little' for the Kingdom, and led by the Lord to Heaven.

In the passage of St. Luke's Gospel for today's liturgy, we read that "in those days Mary rose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah." (Luke 1:39)  In those days Mary went in haste from Galilee to a small city near Jerusalem, to go and meet her cousin Elizabeth.  Today we contemplate her going up to the mountain of God and entering into the heavenly Jerusalem, "clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." (Revelation 12:1)

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.

Beauty and Beads Displayed in New Exhibit
Source: Flyer News (Dayton, OH) September 11, 2011

The newest exhibit in the University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery displays traditional religious icons of Mary and the child Jesus in the finery of beadwork, gems and embroidery.

Fiber artist Nancy Goes' exhibition, With Needle and Thread--Beaded Portraits of Mother and Child, is on display now through Friday, Nov. 11, in The Marian Library Gallery, located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.

All of Goes' art featured in the exhibit is crafted in fine embroidery, beading and collage.  Goes said celebration and contemplation are the guiding themes of her work.

"I celebrate the joys of life in God's created universe and contemplate the mystery of His revelation in Jesus Christ," Goes said in her artist statement.  "As a woman and mother I have been strongly attracted to the icons of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.  She is the ultimate role model for the Christian woman.  She is the epitome of sacrificial and unconditional love."

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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