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

Thank you so much for the tour of The Marian Library and crèche collection.  It was a wonderful experience.  God bless you always.



IMRI Student, Teresa Monaghen, recently sent the following information:

Pro Sanctity Sponsored Retreat
St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE
November 4 – 6, 2011
The God Who Loves Stories

Make the whole retreat or come for Saturday or part of the weekend.  Car-pooling from Omaha can be arranged!

It is said that God created us because He loves stories and that we tell stories because we love God.  This weekend is designed to deepen our love of Scripture.  It will help us grow in the use of Lectio Divina, and explore the exciting and fascinating adventure into the mind of a loving God who speaks through the heart of nature and human experience.

There will be an opportunity for silence, spiritual direction, and delightful presentations on how to pray the Scriptures with your whole heart, mind and soul!  Pope Benedict XVI said this way of praying will cause a 'springtime' to our spiritual lives!  So wake up and join us, it is NOT too late to sign up!

Monsignor Andrew J. Vaccari is the pastor of Mary, Mother of Jesus Parish in Brooklyn, New York.  He preaches retreats, days of prayer, and conferences, and is the National Spiritual Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement.  Msgr. Vaccari has a wealth of experience leading men and women in living and loving Holy Scripture!

Teresa Monaghen, AO, the Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Apostolic Oblates, director of the Pro Sanctity Center, holds an STB in Theology from Rome and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha.  Teresa has thirty-six years of experience giving retreats and spiritual direction to people of all ages and backgrounds.

When attending this program you can earn a credit for your ongoing professional development and education through the University of San Diego.  Alternatively, you can read a book recommended by the presenter, write a paper about it and also earn a semester extension credit.  Each retreat or book earns one unit of graduate extension credit.  Please contact us at the retreat for more information.

Let me know NOW and I will sign you up!  Teresa - e-mail: - or pick up a flyer at our website:

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian video

Dr. Nastia Korbon informed us about a video recently released on DVD related to the topic of Mary's Immaculate Conception, Blessed Duns Scotus: Defender of the Immaculate Conception, directed by Fernando Muraca and available from Amazon.  Our thanks to Dr. Korbon for providing this information.  The Marian Library plans to obtain a copy for our holdings.

Suggested Video

Since Advent approaches, consider watching Nativity: Art and Spirit of the Crèche.  Click here to view the trailer on YouTube or here to order a DVD copy.  Our thanks to Dr. Gloria Dodd for providing this information.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer composed by the late Pope John Paul II for Radio Maria

Dear Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength and courage to follow the secret inroads of the airways, keeping faith in God and mankind, so that we may bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.  Mary, guiding star of the new evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as its guide and protector.

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, November 2, 2011, talks with artist/sculptress Yolanda Bello of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Mary Popp of Dayton, Ohio, founder of SPORCH, focusing on the world of art and artists, liturgical and church art, the climate that sets a tone for appreciating inspired Catholic art propelling artists into the realm of evangelization and discipleship.  How can parents, grandparents, teachers and artists make a difference in the lives of their young and in their own lives through the liturgical feasts and seasons of the Church and the art that accompanies them, or should accompany them?  What Christian art can do in their homes, schools, offices and the marketplace.  Tune in to find out and share your art experiences, stories and tried-and-true ideas about art and sacramentals.

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, November 1, Francesca Franchina talks with listeners about their favorite saints, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, commemorating our patrons and deceased.  What we can do to improve our prayer life which influences how we live our day-to-day life.  What constitutes a Christ centered life?  What is a home in the Catholic tradition?  Also more on prayer, attitudes, sacramentals, and virtue.  Call in, share your views, ideas, concerns.  Open mic on Family, Faith and Foods.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
Today's Recipe: Pasta fagioli featuring black eyed peas.  This is a quick, deliciously-filling, inexpensive, and EZ Mediterranean 'down home' 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 Johann G. Roten, SM, Thursday, November 3, 2:30 PM on Mary in Catechisms

Father John Fletcher, CC, Friday, November 4, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Communion of Saints

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Chaminade Legacy by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The Society of Mary (Marianists) has proclaimed 2011 a Chaminade Year to mark the 250th anniversary of their Founder's birth in 1761. Various observances have been planned from the feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on January 22, 2011 to January 22, 2012....

The legacy of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade is a rich, apostolic Marian spirituality of living and working inunion with Jesus and Mary. Recognized as the nineteenth century apostle of Mary, he is acknowledged as the most noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of the nineteenth century. He had the facility of relating doctrine to ministry and mission, and he emphasized the relevance of Mary's role in the life of Christians. As Jesus chose Mary to cooperate with him in the salvation of the human race, Mary asks each Christian to participate in her apostolic mission to bring the grace of redemption to each person. His was an applied pastoral theology inviting us to live fully our baptismal commitment...

The entire article excerpted above was published on pp. 13-18 of the May/June 2011 issue of Missio Immaculatae International, a bimonthly magazine published in English by the Franciscans of the Immaculate which has been very good in publishing information about Marianist topics.  The magazine is printed in full color on coated paper with good layout.  This article included an aerial photo of the UD campus on page 15, with the following caption: "The University of Dayton, the most famous Marianist foundation in the world.  In the center, the Roesch Library building whose seventh floor is reserved for The Marian Library."

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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.  Click here for a related article (see pp. 2-3).

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 concluded 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 through Summer 2012.

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In keeping with the season we suggest Holiness and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were: Moldova; Monaco; Netherlands; and Norway.  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 Mary in Various English Language Catechisms, and Jesus as a Child [in PDF].

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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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Marian Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament
Source: Zenit (Rome) October 4, 2011

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: In a number of countries we pray the rosary and the litany of the saints with the Blessed Sacrament exposed.  When we believe Jesus Christ, who is fully alive, is present in the Blessed Sacrament, is it right to pray the rosary or a litany in which we address our prayers to Mary?  When Christ is present before us, why should we take a roundabout way through Mary to Jesus, instead of praying directly to Jesus himself?  I would be very grateful to hear from you because I am quite disturbed when this happens in my church.  I love the Blessed Mother and pray to her, but sometimes I feel that we give more importance to her than to Jesus.

A: This is a question that often arises and which we have addressed on other occasions, most extensively a year ago on Oct. 26, 2010.

In synthesis, we referred to a Jan. 15, 1997, response to a doubt from the Congregation for Divine Worship (Prot no. 2287/96/L), which clarified that it is permitted to publicly pray the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament exposed.  The aforementioned document also covers the motivations behind this practice.

We could add that there is no contradiction in praying the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament.  Although the rosary is ostensibly a Marian prayer, it is also deeply centered on Christ through the contemplation of the mysteries.  Indeed it is significant that among the luminous mysteries introduced by Blessed John Paul II is precisely the institution of the Eucharist....

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.

Tiny Relic Comes to Light
Source: The Age (Melbourne, Australia), November 1, 2011

A tiny, exquisitely-made box found on an excavated street in east Jerusalem is a token of Christian faith from 1400 years ago, Israeli archaeologists say.  The box, carved from the bone of a cow, horse or camel, decorated with a cross on the lid and measuring 2 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters, was probably carried by a Christian believer about the end of the sixth century AD, according to Yana Tchekhanovets, of the Israel Antiquities Authority.  When the lid is removed, two portraits are visible in paint and gold leaf.  The man and woman are probably Christian saints and possibly Jesus and the Virgin Mary.  The relic was found in the City of David excavation, in what is today the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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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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