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The Rev. Benedict D. O'Cinnsealaigh, born 1964, a native of Dublin, Ireland, was appointed by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr as the thirty-fifth president of the Athenaeum of Ohio and rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary of the West, assuming his duties on July 1, 2011.  The son of Gerry and Martha, he is the oldest of five children and the proud uncle of ten nieces and nephews.  He holds a diploma in humanities (philosophy) from All Hallows College, Dublin; a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI), Dayton.

Father O'Cinnsealaigh was ordained a priest in 1993 and came to Ohio to pursue post-graduate studies in theology at IMRI.  During that time he was a resident and later parochial vicar at St. Albert the Great Church, Kettering.  He became a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2000, while serving at Holy Angels Church and Lehman Catholic High School in Sydney, Ohio.

In 2000 Father O'Cinnsealaigh joined the Athenaeum Faculty as director of the deacon formation program, served on the seminary formation team, and was assistant professor of systematic theology.  He served as seminary formation director from 2004-2011.  In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor and that same year was named to the recently-created Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Chair in Systematic Theology.

Father O'Cinnsealaigh has served the greater Cincinnati community as a police chaplain; has taught and formed lay ecclesial ministers, deacons, and priests to serve the region; and has taught and exercised pastoral ministry throughout the Archdiocese and beyond.  Proud and grateful to his adopted home, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2000 while remaining a loyal son or Ireland.

The Athenaeum held its Graduation on Sunday, October 16, 2011, which included the installation of Father Ben as President/Rector.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Occupy Rome Destroys Statue of Mary

The Vatican has condemned Saturday's violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed.

"When I came down, I saw that the entrance door had been smashed in," the church's parish priest, Father Giuseppe Ciucci, was quoted by Italian media as saying.

"The Virgin Mary's statue, which was at the entrance, had been taken away and I saw it had been thrown into the street and smashed," he said.

"I went into the sacristy and I saw that the door there was also destroyed.  The large crucifix at the entrance had been vandalized," he added.

Hundreds of protesters torched cars, smashed banks and hurled rocks at police during the clashes.  Tens of thousands of people had been protesting against government cutbacks and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

For video footage of the vandalism, click here.

Suggested Video

Since October is traditionally the month of the rosary, Dr. Gloria Dodd, Rosary promoter, suggested featuring famous promoters of this prayer.  KTO TV's website has posted a French-language documentary video on-line about Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, author of Secret of the Rosary.  The Marian Library also has several films related to this Saint in the holdings of our lending library.

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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, October 19, 2011, speaks with Beth Lang-Sletten, Catholic wife, mom of three grown chidren--a doctoral student and two sons serving in the US Air Force--and faith-filled parish leader, about the upcoming New Life Retreat at St. Luke The Evangelist Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH 45432 to be held the last \ weekend of October.  Find out what you can expect at the Retreat and how you can attend.

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 18, Francesca Franchina talks with Gaylene Baier, RN, spiritual director and 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 which focuses on the power of Christian prayer in healing--about the gift of healing, Marian apparitions and the world situation with droughts in Texas, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and her experiences in Betania, Venezuela.  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, visit the ACT web site at  Find out how you can become an ACT member or to 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, sliced celery drizzled with olive oil, and browned ground chuck dressed with freshly- grated Parmesan cheese [add 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:

Father John Fletcher, Thursday, October 6, 2:30 PM on the Rosary I

Father John Fletcher, Friday, October 7, 2:30 PM on the Rosary II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Our Lady of the Pillar by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

October 12 is the commemorative feast of Our Lady of the Pillar.  This feast is of special importance to all Marianists.  It was at this renowned shrine in Saragossa, Spain, that Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, exiled from France 1797-1800, was inspired by Our Lady to found the Marianist Family.

Each year on the Sunday closest to this feast, October 9 this year, the entire Marianist Family across the world observes the Marianist World Day of Prayer.  Please join with us in spirit in this Chaminade Year at the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar for a moment of prayer for all Marianists and their ministries.  Thank you.  Our Lady of the Pillar, pray for us!
Brother 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.

Culture and Religion in Armenia

The Marian Library is also presenting an exhibit of photos taken by Robert Breen in the First Floor Gallery of Roesch Library from October 7 - November 11, 2011.  To see a virtual exhibit of these photographs, visit his website,, then click on Armenia.

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.  Click here for details including a video.

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 commenced 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 Native American Madonnas and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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 also expanded our collection of Polish Poetry.

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Rosary Campaign in the Philippines

Title: A Million Roses for the World

Date: Started October 10, 2011 and will continue for two hundred days

Location: Family Rosary Crusade in the Philippines

A significant campaign to get commitments from a million people, primarily Filipinos, to pray the Rosary for two hundred days, each day for a different country!  Visit their official website for more details.

The Family Rosary Crusade also recently celebrated its sixtieth anniversary with a large Rosary Rally in the Philippines on October 8, 2011.  Father James H. Phalan, CSC, currently MSA Vice President, attended the event.  Click here for more information. 

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Pontiff to Mark Feast of Guadalupe with Special Mass
Gesture of Solidarity to Peoples of Latin America
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) October 14, 2011

Benedict XVI will celebrate a special Mass for the peoples of Latin America this December on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Vatican reported Thursday that the Mass, to be held Dec. 12 in St. Peter's Basilica, is a a gesture of the concern, affection and solidarity felt by the Holy Father toward the peoples and nations of the 'Continent of Hope,' as it has been called by Roman Pontiffs from Paul VI to Benedict XVI.  The bicentennial of independence has been celebrated across Latin America this year.

The statement noted that Latin Americans represent forty per cent of the baptized of the Catholic Church, and are united in filial devotion to Most Holy Mary, while their local Churches remain in faithful communion with the See of Peter.

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.

Praise From Vatican City
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, OH), October 3, 2011

The newspaper of the Vatican has heaped high praise on a book by a University of Dayton librarian and faculty member about the history of the legendary Vatican Library.

Nicoletta Hary's book stands out as a "the most painstaking, important and detailed reconstruction of one of the most crucial turning points in the modern history of the Vatican Library," according to Paolo Vian, writing in the Aug. 25 Italian daily edition and the Sept. 7 English-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano, where it appears in a double-page spread.  The article is available online in both languages.  The English version can be viewed at the L'Osservatore Romano website.

... "Nicoletta Hary’s work is a wonderful study of the cooperation between two diverse agencies--the Vatican Library and the secular American philanthropic and library science community," said the Rev. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., director of The Marian Library.  "This is an uplifting story of people from vastly different backgrounds who recognized the value of the Vatican Library collection and who worked together to bring the 'library of the popes' into the modern age."

Click here to read the entire article which includes a photograph of Dr. Hary.

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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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