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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

I love The Mary Page.  It is always my first recommendation to anyone interested in Mary.



Father James H. Phalan, CSC, Vice-President of the Mariological Society of America, recently sent the following information:

Dear Friends,

I have just left Manila where something important has just started. I really want you to know about it.  A MILLION ROSES FOR THE WORLD is underway.

It may not be headline news all around the world, but it just as important as any news story today.  In the airport I was looking at CNN: all sorts of bad news going in bad directions.  A MILLION ROSES FOR THE WORLD IS GOOD NEWS that trusts in the Lord who will lead us to good.

Born in Manila, this campaign calls Filipinos all over the world to a Rosary for Peace for two hundred days until May 31, every day for a different country.  That's GOOD NEWS ABOUT SOMETHING POWERFUL!

The Lord says, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I."  Unity in prayer is powerful!

There are already hundreds of thousands committed.  It is hoped soon to have a million praying--"a million roses."  The call is particularly to Filipinos, but the organizers IN NO WAY want to exclude anyone, and are DELIGHTED to have the support of any and all brothers and sisters in this prayer!  Maybe we could be two or even ten million "roses"!


All the information you need is on-line at: [under construction].

You can SIGN UP and keep updated about what country to pray for there too.  If you "like" the Facebook page you'll get daily updates about the country of the day:!/AMillionRosesfortheWorld.

If you already pray the Rosary each day, this doesn't mean you have to pray it twice.  Rather unite yourself with the prayer of people around the world as you offer the Country of the Day in your daily Rosary.

I hope that some of you will share this news with your friends!  And please SIGN UP so we have a sense of how many are joining us.

A MILLION ROSES FOR THE WORLD is the inspiration of a number of leaders of the Church in the Philippines.  It has been endorsed by the Philippine Catholic Bishops and it is organized by Family Rosary of the Philippines, a branch of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Father Jim

Rev. James H. Phalan, CSC
Director, Family Rosary International
Holy Cross Family Ministries

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Materials on the Rosary

Summa Enterprises offers meditative rosary CDs as well as books which present the spiritual wisdom of Saints like Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Sienna.  Click here to visit their website which includes audio clips from their CDs.

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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 26, 2011, focuses on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, the climate that sets the tone for the Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day, and how parents and grandparents can make a difference in the spiritual lives of the young through the liturgical feasts and seasons of the Church.  So, what's a purgatory cake?  Tune in to find out and share your stories and tried and true ideas.

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 25, Francesca Franchina talks with Jack Gibes, Chicago family and business man, about re/creation in the Christian sense; Christian marriage, bringing up children, and living in a Christ-centered home at any age; what constitutes a Christ-centered home in the Catholic tradition, focusing on prayer, attitudes, structure, virtue, discipline, family values and family fun.  Call in, share your views, ideas, and concerns.  Open Mic on Family, Faith, and Foods.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Oven-roasted Italian stuffed peppers with Italian oven-browned garlic potatoes bathed in olive oil, a quick, deliciously-filling and EZ Mediterranean dinner.

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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, October 27, 2:30 PM on Preparing for the New Translation of the Missal

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, October 28, 2:30 PM on Marian Texts in the New Missal

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Rosary in the Park blog post by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John informed us of some Marian News from Hawaii which he thought worth mentioning on The Mary Page.  The material was posted on-line by Mrs. Esther Gefroh of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Click here to see the article about the Annual Rosary in the Park sponsored by the Honolulu Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima.

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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 will conclude on October 28, 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 October Poetry, Native American Madonnas, and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were: Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; and Malta. Expect more countries to follow.

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, also expanded our collection of Polish Poetry, and added a Summary Report on the Asia Oceania Mariological Conference held in the Philippines last month.

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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 [under construction].

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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Follow Up: Marian Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament
Source: Zenit (Rome) October 18, 2011

In the wake of our column of Oct. 4, a reader wrote: I understand that praying the rosary during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is perfectly fine. But can we pray the rosary with the leader before the altar of the Virgin on the side, while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the central altar?

There are no official rules to cover such a situation, probably because it never occurred to anybody that this would arise.

I would say that liturgical logic would avoid this arrangement.  By remaining at the side altar, the leader would inevitably draw attention away from the Blessed Sacrament.  This would be unfortunate, since the act of adoration of Christ's divine presence always holds precedence over the act of veneration toward an image of his Blessed Mother.

This is no lack of respect toward Mary, as she is most honored and most pleased whenever her Son is adored.

At the same time, there is no contradiction in adoring the Son while simultaneously venerating the Mother if an image is present in the vicinity of the Blessed Sacrament exposed, especially if the rosary takes place on a Marian feast.

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.

No Place like Home
Source: University of Dayton News (Dayton, OH), October 18, 2011

At the Manger--No Place like Home will display Nativity sets that show the many ways different cultures depict the physical structure of Christ's first home.

University Libraries will welcome the season with a free open house to unveil the new exhibit of more than two hundred crèches from around the world, drawn from the collection of the University's Marian Library, on display from November 26, 2011 through January 29, 2012 at Roesch Library.

... Several community locations also will feature crèche displays from the University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which holds the largest collection in the world of printed materials on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The collection includes nearly three thousand crèches as well as Marian art from around the world....

Click here to read the entire article which includes an embedded video of the exhibit from YouTube.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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