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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.

God bless you and your ministry.



Mary Leonard, oldest daughter of John and Jane Britt, is making a documentary about her parents' efforts in civil rights, and the lifesaving work of Womanline.  John earned his STD from IMRI in 1993, and Jane was a long-time supporter of the institute.  Interviews are being scheduled at both Saint Albert Church and areas around the University of Dayton to be held on November 21, 22, and 28.  If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Mary by phone at 360-632-1623 or by email at  Written comments and stories are also welcome.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Videos

Dr. Nastia Korbon informed us about two videos recently released on DVD related to the Virgin Mary: Une femme nommée Marie, directed by Robert Hossein and available from; and La Vierge d'El Rocio, available from La Procure.  Our thanks to Dr. Korbon for providing this information.  The Marian Library plans to obtain copies for our holdings.

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Father John Fletcher informed us about a noteworthy media presentation.  A prominent Cardinal in the Catholic Church will be hosting a Medjugorje event in his cathedral and making it publicly available to the world over the internet.  For clarification, note that the Church has not finished its investigation into the phenomena of Medjugorje.  Until that time, the apparitions can be said only to be allegedly happening.  Here are the details.

Announcing an Evening of Prayer November 17 at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna Celebrating thirty years of Apparitions in Medjugorje--Live at MARYTV.TV

You are invited to be present for an evening of prayer, witness, Holy Mass (Presider and Homilist, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn), and Our Lady's alleged apparition to Medjugorje visionary, Ivan Dragicevic, on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna.  Milona von Habsburg-De-Rambures will again be translating for MARY TV.

Go to: at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time* (apparition at 12:40 pm EST).  MARY TV will be streaming the evening live in both English and Spanish!

Here is the schedule for November 17, 2011:

10:00 AM EST: (4:00 PM Vienna time) Testimonies from Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary's Meals, Char Vance from the US (and others coming from Medjugorje)
11:30 AM EST: Testimony from reported Medjugorje visionary, Ivan Dragicevic (5:30 PM Vienna time)
12:00 Noon EST: Rosary (6:00 PM Vienna time)
12:40 PM EST: Our Lady's reported apparition to Ivan (6:40 PM Vienna time)
1:00 PM EST: Mass (Presider and Homilist, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, 7:00 PM Vienna time) 2:00 PM EST: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (8:00 PM Vienna time)
3:00 PM EST: Adoration ends (9:00 PM Vienna time)

To be part of this special event at St. Stephen's Cathedral on Thursday, November 17, go to: and click the "Live Event Link."

MARY TV will be streaming live in both English and Spanish (Recordings of the live event in St. Stephen's will continue to be available on Mary TV's website.)

At last year's event, September 23, 2010, Cardinal Schoenborn welcomed alleged visionaries Marija Pavlovic Lunetti and Ivan Dragicevic: "Dear Marija, Dear Ivan, thank you--first of all--that you came!  Thank you that you came again!  Thank you for your service across so many years--for your work--for your service of being messengers of the Gospa.  You bring us--children of this world, children of humanity--her love and her presence, and may God pay you back one hundred fold for what you are doing tirelessly!"

Last year there were 398,546 successful log-in requests to Mary TV's webpage to pray with Our Lady on September 23, 2010 in St. Stephen's Cathedral.  The reported apparition, testimonies, Mass, etc., can still be watched in the video library at  Ivan told us that Our Lady was very joyful and that she blessed everyone praying with her.  He said: "Tonight Our Lady tells us all 'Thank you, dear children, that you have accepted my messages, that you live my messages.  Thank you, dear children, that you will be my missionaries, my apostles, who will bring the message out into the world!  Thank you, dear children, that you will be the carriers of the good news, of the beautiful news, of the happy news.  Thank you that you will pray with me!'"

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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 16, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Jewish people about faith and their decisions to become Catholics, citing the books of Roy Schoeman, author of Salvation is from the Jews, and about the conversion stories of Hebrew Catholics which he has compiled in Honey from the Rock: Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ.

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 15, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Dan Wilder, full-time missionary priest from Peoria, IL, about the New Evangelization, promoting the reading and acting upon the Word of God, praying with expectant Faith, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and many highlights of the recent healing and prayer mission to Venezuela and Kenya with Father Gregory Bramlage and team members, sharing God's love with brothers and sisters through proclamation of the Word, Repentance, Renunciation of Evil, Forgiveness, and surrendering to the Father's Will.

Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.

This week's 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:

Sister M Jean Frisk, Thursday, November 17, 2:30 PM on Saintly Co-founders of the Schoenstatt Movement

Sister M Jean Frisk, Friday, November 18, 2:30 PM on Father Joseph Kentenich

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Invitation to Marianist Writers

Father Louis Maximilian Smith, F.I., is the editor of Missio Immaculatae International (a Marian bimonthly published in English in the US). He invites the Marianists and their associates to submit quality articles that would appeal to the general Catholic public.

This periodical has published several articles by and about Marianists. The Franciscans of the Immaculate have a special admiration for our Father Neubert and his writings. Father Neubert and St. Maximilian Kolbe were contemporaries and corresponded with each other. St. Maximilian translated My Ideal into Polish and published it in Poland.

Sent to Rome in 1912 to gain doctorates in philosophy and theology, he discovered a year before ordination in 1918 that six of his confreres shared his dream of enlisting and forming others to bring Jesus to the world under the auspices of Mary Immaculate.  Together they founded the Militia of the Immaculate, a special type of sodality, on October 17, 1917, four days after Mary's last apparition and the miracle of the sun at Fatima in Portugal.  The foundation of this spiritual militia occurred just two weeks before the Bolshevik revolution in Russia when a very different militia, the Communist party, was set up in no less than the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin.  Its aim was just the contrary: to detach the world from the Kingship of Jesus Christ.

Father Louis Maximilian is in New Bedford, MA, and his email address is:

You may wish to request a sample copy of the magazine.

Maria duce!

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

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Current 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.  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 of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated by UD in November, we suggest "Exploration and Wonder," art by Malaika Favorite.

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 updated and expanded our collection of Polish Poetry.  Also, note that The Marian Library has an account on Flickr.

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Nativity Displays at Transfiguration Center

Title: Into the Silence

Date: Starts November 27, 2011 and will continue through January 1, 2012

Location: Transfiguration Center, 3505 Calumet, Ludlow Falls, Ohio 45339

Ponder the great mystery of the Christmas with beautiful, sacred crèches from around the world.

Call 937-698-7180 for more information.

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Cubans, Mexicans React to News They Might Welcome the Pope
Church Leaders Note Faithful Are Longing for Papal Visit
Source: Zenit (Mexico City) November 11, 2011

The Churches in Cuba and in Mexico are excitedly considering the news that Benedict XVI might be a guest of honor this spring.  Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, announced Thursday that the Pope is considering a trip to Mexico and Cuba in early 2012.  The secretary-general of the Mexican bishops' conference said the visit would respond to a great longing among the Mexican people and the Holy Father himself....

"It is excellent news and a great privilege to be able to count on the presence of His Holiness in the Jubilee Year on the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, patroness of Cuba," the cardinal's spokesman told the Efe agency.  Cardinal Ortega has spoken of a "new relationship" between the Church and the Cuban government.

The Church has been playing a key role in mediating the release of political prisoners, with more than one hundred already being released.  And the cardinal said this better Church-state relationship is reflected in the pilgrimage of the image of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, which is visiting some three hundred sites on the island--something considered impossible since the 1959 revolution.

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.

A Place to Honor Mary
Source: Alive (, Fall/Winter, 2011

Forty-two years in the making, a Marian shrine in Zambia has become a place for spiritual renewal and forgiveness....

In 1969, Marianist Father Anthony Jansen arrived in Zambia, a country in Southern Africa.  He had been called to serve as a chaplain at Matero Boys Secondary School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Lusaka, the capital.

That same year, the Archbishop of Lusaka began soliciting people to help build a permanent Marian shrine for the Archdiocese.  Father Anthony and a handful of others embraced the challenge--one that began a forty-two-year journey.

This summer, with the consecration of a permanent structure, the journey was completed.  Along the way, they galvanized the support of local parishes and nurtured a devotional and pilgrimage tradition that has enriched the faith of families and the lives of those who gave so much to this effort.

For the complete article, click here for Alive magazine on-line, then scroll to page 13 [requires Adobe Acrobat reader].

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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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