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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., of the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) and Marian Library at the University of Dayton will speak on The Evangelizing Message of Our Lady of Fatima (1917/2011) at the quarterly gathering of the CREDO Apostolate (Catholics in Renewal and Evangelization Dayton Ohio) which will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church (Upper Level St. Dominic Chapel) 1440 N. Fairfield Rd, Dayton, OH 45432 from 7:00-9:00 PM.  His talk will be followed by healing prayer, fellowship and refreshments in Gilligan Hall (adjacent to St. Dominic Chapel).  Bring snacks to share.  All are welcome.  Handicap accessible.  For more information call: Bruce 937-415-3632 or Francesca at 937-901-4475.

Return to Top

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

2011 University of Dayton Marianist Award

This year's Marianist Award was presented to to Dr. Lamin Sanneh of Yale University, a scholar of world Christianity, in the Ballroom of Kennedy Union on September 1, 2011.  The presentation was accompanied by his lecture on the relationship between Christianity and Islam and followed by a reception.

Suggested Video

Since October is traditionally the month of the rosary, consider watching one of the many rosary videos available on YouTube.  Click here, to hear one example with Father Benedict Groeschel of EWTN reciting the Luminous Mysteries.  Or click here for another example, a free professional presentation of the Rosary designed for participation in which the narrator recites only the first part, so that viewers may participate and complete the prayer.  Our thanks to Dr. Gloria Dodd, Rosary promoter, for providing this information.

Return to Top

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 28, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Heidi Bratton, Catholic wife, mom of six, prolific author of faith-filled parenting books, and fifteen children's books about being a writer in a family situation and tight time frame and her new book. Homegrown Faith: Nurturing Your Catholic Family is an insightful and humorous book of weekly reflections that can be used as a personal assist or group discussion tool, published by Servant Books.

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 27, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., past President of ACT (Association of Christian Therapists), an international Christian organization for medical and mental health professionals, allied health fields, clergy and those in healing ministry focusing on the power of Christian prayer in healing and the upcoming International ACT Conference to be held in Philadelphia October 6-9, 2011.  Tune in for lots of spiritually healthy health information.  Call in to ask questions or share your experiences of health-related Christian prayer and healing ministries.  For more information see the ACT website at  Find out how you can become an ACT member or find a Christian healthcare giver in your area.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Fast, deliciously filling and EZ Mediterranean Risotto ala Antonio: Boiled or steamed rice with oven roasted cubed eggplant and sliced celery drizzled with olive oil and browned ground chuck dressed with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, Italian black olives and sliced pepperoncini (if desired).

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:

Michael Duricy, Thursday, September 29, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Angels

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, September 30, 2:30 PM on Chaminade's Understanding of Mary

Return to Top

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's Influence on Converts by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Among the religious and cultural factors that influence converts to enter into full communion with the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary holds particular prominence.  Yet she is not the possession of the Catholic Church solely, for many Protestant churches are rediscovering the presence and role of Mary in life’s pilgrimage of faith.

To believe in the ongoing prayer and care of Mary for the faithful is to find the Virgin Mother's assistance in times of transitions, of new beginnings, of wandering and searching.  Sacred Scripture shows us that Mary is the Virgin of beginnings and transitions (Annunciation, Cana, Pentecost), and the Virgin of spiritual searching (Presentation, Finding in the Temple, Cana, Calvary).  It is quite natural then to experience her motherly presence in the struggles which accompany conversion, according to Father René Laurentin in A Year of Grace with Mary.

Conversions to Catholicism develop from a complex of various factors.  They result from conviction and personal experience.  But also at play are conditions and developments in the Church and society that often help or hinder conversions.  We now look at the witness of two American converts of our times.

Dorothy Day (1897-1980)

Although baptized an Episcopalian, Dorothy Day might be characterized as an evangelical Protestant because of her involvement in the "social gospel" movement.  She was a talented journalist who espoused radical causes, wrote for socialist newspapers, and was staunch in her support of labor unions and pacificism.

Her earliest contacts with Mary came from a rosary and a small statue.  While anticipating the birth of her daughter through a common law marriage, Dorothy Day began taking instructions so that her daughter could be baptized in the Catholic Church.  "I began to think, to weigh things," she explained, "and it was at this moment that I began consciously to pray more."  She developed the habits of praying often, of carrying a rosary, and addressing the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary which had been given to her.

Deeply concerned about her daughter, Dorothy wrote that she "turned her over to the Blessed Mother."

What kind of a mother am I going to be?  I keep thinking to myself what kind of a Catholic home is she going to have with only me?  I'm a failure as a homemaker.  I'm untidy, inconsistent, undisciplined, temperamental, and I have to pray every day for final perseverance.  It is only in these last few years that it has occurred to me why my daughter never called me "mother."  The Blessed Virgin Mary is mother of my child.  No harm can ever come to her with such a mother.

With Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement, which strove to establish solidarity with the working classes through a generous and convincing witness of hospitality for the homeless and of the works of mercy.  She promoted the traditional devotions in all her communities.  She prayed the rosary "on the picket lines, in prisons, in sickness and in health."  For her the rosary was not only a devotion to Mary but also a way of indentifying with the poor who had lost hope.  "Who could have given me Our Lord but the Virgin Mary?  It was easy to pray to her, repetitious though it may seem.  Praying the rosary as I did so often, I felt that I was praying with the people of God, who held on to the physical act of the rosary as to a lifeline."

The life and spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little flower, fascinated Dorothy Day, "perhaps because she was so much like the rest of us in her ordinariness."  In fact she authored a small book about St. Therese to offer hope to those who felt their lives were meaningless.  She regarded Therese as Therese regarded Mary, for Therese abhorred writings and sermons that described "Mary's life as totally different from ours."  Dorothy believed that Therese "speaks to our condition."  Her approach, like that of St. Therese and the Blessed Virgin Mary, was to ask prayerfully at the beginning of each day, "What would you have me do?"

For Dorothy Day, Mary and Joseph shared in the plight and insecurity of the poor.  During the Great Depression she wrote, "What security did the Blessed Virgin herself have as she fled in the night with the Baby in her arms to go into a strange country?  She probably wondered whether St. Joseph would be able to obtain work in a foreign land, how they would get along, and anticipated the loneliness of being without friends, her cousin, St. Elizabeth, her kinfolk."  At another time she recalled, "St. Bonaventure says Our Lady worked in Egypt to earn the family's daily bread because St. Joseph could not earn enough.  It was all part of the humiliation of poverty for St. Joseph."  She realized that the Holy Family definitely shared the lot of the poor.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

The conversion of Thomas Merton led to a prolific writing apostolate, and he was widely followed and celebrated.  His parents were artists with little religious interest. Educated in France and England, his interest in religious questions grew out of his study of literature and philosophy.  In 1938 he entered the Catholic Church, and later became a Trappist monk at the Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky.  His talented pen produced voluminous writings in a personal style on topics pertaining to monastic spirituality, mysticism, racial justice, and peace.

Merton's references to the Virgin Mary are personal and deep, a response to a mystical attraction.  The Seven Storey Mountain is the autobiographical account of his early life and conversion.  One passage concerns his departure from England to a new life in New York City.  He describes his experience of Mary's guidance at this turning point in his life in these striking words.

Lady, when on that night I left the Island that was once your England, your love went with me, although I could not know it....  I was not sure where I was going, and I could not see what I would do when I got to New York.  But you saw further and clearer than I, and you opened the seas before my ship, whose track led me across the waters to a place I had never dreamed of, and which even then you were preparing for me to be my rescue and my shelter and my home.  And when I thought there was no God and no love and no mercy, you were leading me all the while in the midst of His love and His mercy, and taking me, without my knowing anything about it, to the house that would find me in the secret of His face.  Glorious Mother of God, shall I ever again distrust you?

At crucial points in his life he actively sought the presence of Mary and her direction.  When discerning his vocation to the priesthood he embarked on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre in Cuba.

There you are, Caridad del Cobre.  It is you that I have come to see; you will ask Christ to make me his priest, and I will give you my heart, Lady; and if you will obtain for me this priesthood, I will remember you at my first Mass in such a way that the Mass will be for you and offered through you in gratitude to the Holy Trinity, Who has used your love to win me this grace.

Bewildered in the struggle to decide about becoming a Trappist, he turned naturally to the Mother of Jesus as any child would turn to his mother.  "I give this whole Advent, every minute, to the Blessed Virgin, begging her to help me and bring me to her house at Gethsemane to be her loving child and servant, a child of God in silence and labor and sacrifice and obscurity."  After ordination to the diaconate he wrote, "Our Lady has taken possession of my heart.  Maybe, after all, she is the big grace of the diaconate."

For Thomas Merton, Mary is always persuading from within.  "Mary does not rule us from without, but from within.  She does not change us by changing the world around us, but she changes the world around us by first changing our own inner lives."  Thus was Merton's journey of faith with Mary.

Return to Top

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.

At the Manger Thanksgiving Open House: No Place Like Home

Save the Date, Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 1-5 pm.  You are invited to the Roesch and Marian Libraries!  Enjoy an all new selection of world Nativities in three featured exhibitions with children's activities, refreshments, live entertainment, and our Stable Store.  Bring your family and friends to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season.

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.

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 October Poems, Month of the Holy Rosary, and Rosary Information Index.

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, as well as information about our Prayer Circle, and a hymn composed by Brother Howard Hughes, S.M., in honor of the Chaminade Year.

Return to Top


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.  The program will be 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

Return to Top


Pontiff: Say "Yes" to God's Plan
Reflects on Attitude of Mary, Mother of Christ
Source: Zenit (Freiburg, Germany) September 25, 2011

In reflecting on the Mary's "yes" to God's plans for her to be the mother of God, Benedict XVI is inviting the faithful to adhere to God's plan without fear.

The Pope reflected on Mary's "yes" today, before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered at the Freiburg airport, and after celebrating the last public Mass of his four-day state visit to his native Germany.

The Angelus, the Holy Father began, "constantly reminds us of the historical beginnings of our salvation."

He explained: "The Archangel Gabriel presents God's plan of salvation to the Virgin Mary, by which she was to become the Mother of the Redeemer.  Mary was fearful, but the angel of the Lord spoke a word of comfort to her: 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.'  So Mary is able to respond with her great 'yes'."

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.

Ask a Marianist
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, OH) Autumn, 2011

How busy can a brother be?  Right now, Brother Tom Pieper, S.M. '67, is filling in as resident campus minister at Marycrest while still ministering to the needs of Stuart Hall, where he has worked for fifteen years.

Question (from Nick Pohlman): How has the renovation of the Chapel of Saint Joseph the Worker enhance the campus ministry in Stuart Hall?

Answer: Our chapel moved from the back of Meyer Hall to the front where the dryers and washers were located.  The chapel used to be a rectangle with burnt orange carpeting.  Now, when you walk in, it's a beautiful sacred space to have liturgy and pray--stained glass, sacred furnishings, and wooden liturgical pieces made by Brother Gary Marcinowski.  Because of its location, many more students have come to celebrate.  It's a great sign of our Marianist and Catholic presence.

Click here for the complete article.

Return to Top

Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of October 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 October.

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 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 Thursday, 12/15/2011 14:59:48 EST by Michael Duricy . Please send any comments to

URL for this page is