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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.

Brother Raymond Boutin, S.M., will visit Dayton from 10/9 - 10/22 to work with our Marian stamp collection.

Father Javier Alson, S.M.C., and Father Antonio Larocca, S.M.C., of the Semacom Foundation, will also visit us here from 10/13 - 10/31.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New DVD about Marian Apparition in Ecuador

Our Lady of Good Success: History, Miracles, and Prophecies, a fifty-minute documentary video about the appearances and messages of Mary to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Quito, Edcuador is now available from Pro Multis Media.  A copy of the DVD was donated to The Marian Library by Joseph Chavez and Ruben Quezada of the Catholic Resource Center.  We are grateful to them for this contribution.

For those interested in learning more about this Marian apparition, Catholic speaker and founder of Pro Multis Media, Matthew Arnold is now available to present an entertaining and informative PowerPoint presentation on Our Lady of Good Success to your parish or group.  For more information, click here.

Suggested Video

Since October is traditionally the month of the rosary, note that in order to promote the family Rosary, the Family Theater Productions established by Father Patrick Peyton recently produced Rosary Stars: Praying the Gospel.  For more information click into  The Marian Library has a copy on DVD in our loaning library.  Also related to Father Peyton, there is an entire website dedicated to the family rosary:  Our thanks to Dr. Gloria Dodd, Rosary promoter, for providing this information.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Please listen in all this week for special Mariathon coverage that is live and local from throughout our different listening areas!  Your Radio Maria family needs your support.  Please be as generous as you can.  Radio Maria, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.  All donations made are tax-deductible.

logo for the Radio Maria Fall 2011 Mariathon

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, October 5, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Marika and Jessica Zimmerman about the Blessed Mother, the Angels, and feast days celebrated in September and October, which meshes into outreach and Catholic social action for the New Evangelization promulgated by Blessed John Paul II through his directive (in the words of Jesus) to "Set Out Into the Deep."

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, October 4, Francesca Franchina talks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA and staff members of Radio Maria Ohio about Radio Maria's World Family.  Call in with your praise reports on what God is doing in your life through Radio Maria and how the Blessed Mother blesses your day through the prayer and sharing of faith on Radio Maria.  Tune in and get info.  Call in to ask questions or share Marian information.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Fast, deliciously filling, and EZ Pizza Sandwiches.

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:

Joseph and Joanne Kepes, Thursday, October 6, 2:30 PM on Father Philip C. Hoelle, S.M. I

Joseph and Joanne Kepes, Friday, October 7, 2:30 PM on Father Philip C. Hoelle, S.M. II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary, Fatima and Islam: Does Mary Bridge Islam and Christianity? by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Excerpted below from the Spring 2011 issue of Ephemerides Mariologicae (Madrid, Spain).

Non-Muslims sometimes harbor a pejorative view of Islam.  This presentation offers a different perspective, a Marian outlook espoused by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in his book, The World's First Love, and shared by other devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary in the Muslim Holy Book

Contemporary interest in Islam and the Qur'an, its sacred book, runs high.

Among the queries raised concerning the Qur'an is the place Mary, the Mother of Jesus, occupies in Islam.  For the past two millennia, people have given many faces to Mary.  Some of the most impressive images of her are found in the Qur'an.  And ample evidence exists that the sources of its Marian references are found in earlier Christian traditions.

Mary and her son Jesus the prophet have a privileged place in the Qur'an.  Mary is the only female whose name is cited.  Her name is repeated frequently.  The expression, "Jesus, son of Mary" appears thirteen times, and "Jesus, the Messiah, son of Mary," is found three times.  About forty five times we find Mary's name or references to it.

According to the Qur'an, God made Mary and Jesus a sign, a witness to faith.  "And We made the son of Mary and his mother a portent." (Sura 23:50; Sura 21:91)

Both the Qur'an and the entire Islamic tradition consider Mary the most blessed and prominent of women.  This belief reaches back to Muhammad as noted in Musnad by Ibn Hanbal.  The founder of Islam placed Mary above even his daughter Fatimah, and said Fatimah would have been highest among women were it not for Mary.

Christianity and Islam are both missionary faiths originating among Semitic peoples.  They have this in common: belief in one God, who is just, merciful, omnipotent, omniscient, and who acts in history.  Accepting Jesus as prophet and Messiah, Islam thus elevates his mother, Mary, to a special position and role.

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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.

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.

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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 Mariology section 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 What About Our Lady of Victory?

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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 9/29/2011.

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Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA

Title: Open Meeting

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9 am - 3 pm

Location: Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA (just outside of Boston)

The ESBVM is an international society dedicated to ecumenical understanding of the mother of Christ. It was founded fifty years ago in England.  This is the first time that the ESBVM USA has held a meeting in New England.  The meeting is open and free to the public.  A lunch will be offered for a small donation.  Click here for the Meeting Announcement.

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Cardinal Kasper, Special Envoy to Speyer Cathedral Anniversary
Source: VIS (Vatican City) September 30, 2011

Made public today was a letter in which Benedict XVI appoints Cardinal Walter Kasper as his special envoy to celebrations marking the 950th anniversary of the dedication of Speyer Cathedral in Germany.

In his letter the Pope dwells on the significance the cathedral, which was built between 1030 and 1061, has had in German history, also underlining its important role in confirming the faith of the German faithful and their union with Peter's Successor.  The Holy Father likewise greets Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann of Speyer and expresses the hope that the forthcoming commemoration will be a time of grace.  He concludes by inviting participants in the forthcoming celebration to practice the great Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity, like the Virgin Mary to whom the cathedral is dedicated.

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.

International Week of Prayer and Fasting
Source: Dan Lynch (, Septemer 21, 2011

The International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for the goals of the week:

1. Bring a Conversion of Nations
2. Build a 'Culture of Life'
3. Create Peace throughout the World

The grasp of the culture of death on our world is growing stronger.  Wars, natural disasters, terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, and religious persecution are on the rise as never before.  As Christians, however, we are not to despair, but to place our hope in Christ.  Now more than ever, believers from all traditions and nationalities must unite together to pray and fast.

This week is held annually in October, the month of the holy rosary. This is our nineteenth year and it will be held from October 1-9, 2011 to pray for the goals of the week.

For more information click into

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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.

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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 submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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