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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 very much for your encouragement in my work for Mary.  It is most appreciated.



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 through November 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

Christmas Cards

John Victor sent us the following information related to his charitable organization.

Greetings from the SATH (Special Attention Towards Handicapped) Foundation

The Christmas season containing December 3, world international day for disables, is quite a busy and courageous part of the year.  Children with disabilities in the SATH Foundation get more exciting moments while preparing different cards for sale and get supported with this self-help activity.  These children get involved with lots of energy to work for themselves.  They try to prove themselves as active members of society through sharing their love and joy of Christ's birth in cards.  This is the time that we believe is most important to give our attention to these children.

Inviting you to encourage these efforts, we ask you and your friends with a humble request to buy the handmade Christmas and New year cards to give to you relatives, neighbors and friends.  These handmade cards will attract them and will also put your share for the support and energy of our children with disabilities.  This is a really great resource of funds generation for these children.  Your support will be honored and respected.  To see the samples of the cards please visit:

We will be looking forward for your response.

John Victor


Suggested Video

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us that Donna Cori Gibson's website has music videos for each station of the cross. Click here to view the fourth station, Jesus meets His Holy Mother.

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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 23, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Joseph Tedesco, SM, about giving thanks to God, being a thankful people, Thanksgiving traditions, and foods.

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 22, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Doug Schoeniniger, Ph.D., Psychotherapist, and Past President of the Association of Christian Therapists, ( about the 2011 ACT International Conference held in Philadelphia, PA regarding the keynote speakers, topics of the conference, and his workshops on research being done regarding the effects of prayer and changes in the brain due to prayer, and The Native American and William Penn's Covenant.  Also discussed: Benefits and resources of ACT membership, School and Curriculum; SEW Groups, and how prayer and ecumenism is integrated personally and communally within ACT and the various denominations and healthcare disciplines, through sharing God's love, proclamation, study of the Word of God, and healing with the heart of Jesus.

Francesca and Dr. Schoeninger share family Thanksgiving traditions/foods and Francesca shares her recipe for traditional celery/onion dressing and Frito Misto, Italian Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower.  Write to Francesca at PO Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for recipes (with a SASE), and share your ideas, recipes and questions.

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:

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, November 24, 2:30 PM on Nativity traditions

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, November 25, 2:30 PM on Mary, Our Hope

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Sound Devotions are Extensions of the Liturgy by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

How many popular songs in recent decades have extolled memories?  In addition, how often do we find ourselves and others recalling important incidents and persons of the recent or distant past?

When we stop to think about it, we are following the same human pattern when we celebrate some aspect of the official liturgy of the Church or a popular devotion.  This is part of our Christian heritage.

Memories, stories, family customs and practices, and significant persons and events in our lives are a very important part of each of us.  Recalling special persons and events, and continuing time-honored rituals with family and friends nourish the human spirit.  This stimulates us to imitate and to continue what our predecessors have achieved.

Thus it is with Jesus and his faithful followers.  We look to Mary and the saints for models and examples of how to continue in the footsteps of our Redeemer.  Therefore, we call on their help in a variety of ways.

The mystery of God becoming human and our role in this mystery is communicated to the Church not only in its official teaching, but also in its liturgy, piety, art, music, and in the religious experience of its members.

Our devotional heritage provides us with many patterns for approaching God and worshipping Jesus Christ outside of the Church's official worship, the sacred liturgy.  We insert ourselves into the ongoing plan of redemption as we make the Way of the Cross, pray the rosary, follow a novena, fast, offer particular prayers, and perform charitable actions.  However, from earliest times, devotion existed in the framework of the liturgy.  For example, devotion to Mary has always existed in the Eucharistic Liturgy and in the Liturgy of the Hours.  Mary's close association in all the mysteries of Jesus is explicitly mentioned in those liturgical prayers.

However, as time progressed, new forms of honoring Mary and the saints, our heroes and models in the faith, were developed and practiced without the need of an ordained priest.  The Bible, the liturgy, and the teachings of the Church have been the wellsprings for popular devotions that are celebrated in public or in private.  From those sources, we develop other forms of celebrating God's love for us in company with Mary and the saints.

It is imperative to keep in mind that when we call Mary and the saints we are communicating also with Jesus for they lead us to him.  In honoring the saints and asking for their assistance, we honor Jesus Christ.  Christ is always our focal point.

Devotions are not meant to displace the liturgy but to extend it for special occasions and circumstances.  They complement our liturgical prayer life with other forms of expressing our dedication to God.

If we honor or seek the help of Mary and the saints, it is because they are human mirrors reflecting the goodness of God.  All this is borne out in the creed, code, and cult of our Christian faith.  What is said and believed of Jesus applies also to Mary and the saints in appropriate, lesser degrees.

Alone or in a group, in public or in private, with approved prayers or using a prayer which is spontaneous or has no special authorization, we celebrate the life and love of our Savior in many ways, most of which carry the respect of centuries: the Way of the Cross, Eucharistic adoration, honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying the mysteries of the Rosary, special hymns and practices which highlight Mary and the saints and their attachment to God, novenas, pilgrimages to shrines, applying particular titles of holiness and protection, and similar practices.  Most of us have some familiarity with such devotions.

Important to our appreciation and use of devotions is the understanding that they complement our life and further enrich our personal relationship with Jesus, sometimes directly and sometimes through the saints.

Since the second century, devotion to Mary and the saints originated as a need arose, or when a priest was not available, or when a special occasion was to be marked, or when someone was inspired.

Devotions are based on faith and need a doctrinal underpinning.  However, ordinary Christians at prayer are not concerned with theological nuance.  Theological inquiry has produced a high Christology which tended to distance Jesus from ordinary people.  He, like the Father, was king and judge.  Jesus Christ was much too threatening to approach directly.  Enter Mary and the saints.  It made much better sense to cultivate the attention of His mother and most faithful disciple, and that of the saints.  They seemed much closer to our human condition and were kindhearted enough to bend God's ear in our favor.  The Marian apparitions, even of the twentieth century, have reinforced this attitude. Mary and the saints lead to Jesus.  At all approved shrines, for example, Mary directs us to her Son in the Eucharist and in the sacraments.

In terms of devotion to Mary, every age tends to shape her image according to its own needs and desires.  Yet, there are certain constants in her image--healer, intercessor, prophet and social critic, gentlewoman who is mother, comforter, nurturer, counselor, and friend.  Mary is the perfect friend and mother for us.

The Gospel continues in Mary and the saints--and in us.  We, the Church, are the continuation of Jesus Christ in our time, place and circumstances.  Consequently, we need these saints and heroes as our models.  Christian life without the saints is unthinkable.  The saints are for the ages, ours no less than others, because they proclaim by their lives that life is worth living, that a provident God cares for us.  Mary and the saints personify this hope.

However, the accolade that "never enough honor can be given to Mary" (De Maria nunquam satis) must be placed in proper perspective and understood accordingly.  The Second Vatican Council moved in this direction by adapting Catholicism to the modern world, re-emphasizing the Biblical foundations of faith and worship, and directing us to the call of the social gospel.

Vatican II moved to correct abuses and excesses in liturgical worship and in popular devotions.  The Council undertook a theological re-shaping of the image of Mary and the popular impulses of devotion to her and to the saints.  It should be noted that in every age Mary's image tells us as much about ourselves as it does about Mary.

Balance is what we seek. Blessed Pope John XXIII once remarked: "The Madonna is not pleased when she is put above her Son."  We must not over-humanize or over-divinize the cult of Mary and the saints.  Devotion should rest on a sure theological and historical footing without neglecting the needs of our affective piety for images of Mary and the saints, who are healers, intercessors, prophets, and friends.  The saints and Mary do for the faithful what friends do for friends.  Mary does for us what mothers do for children.  What theologians may sometimes overlook, we ordinary Christians will provide.

Participating in and continuing honored practices of devotion are an important part of our faith-life.  Devotions are touchstones of faith.  They are part of our Christian heritage.

Remember, and be faithful.

N.B. This article was published recently in the Messenger of Mary Immaculate by the Conventual Franciscans' Kolbe Press.

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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, we suggest Advent Poetry, by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball

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 information on our International Crèche Collection and also posted two new articles, The Merits of a 'Marian Blog'?, and Mary, a Woman of Gratuitousness and Human Development.

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STARS 2011

Title: Mary at the Crossroads of Theology and Anthropology

Date: November 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Location: Recital Hall of the Jesse Phillips Humanities Center on the campus of the University of Dayton

UD's Office For Research will presents a series of seminar talks called Spotlight on Technology Arts Research and Scholarship (STARS)

Father François Rossier, S.M., Executive Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute will speak about the Virgin Mary.

Call 937-229-3515 for more information or click here.

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Leading a Church Out of Communist Ashes
Romanian Bishop Tells of Growing Up Under Persecution
Source: Zenit (Rome) November 18, 2011

The story of the persecution of the Greek Catholic Church in Romania is without parallel in the twentieth century, or any century for that matter.  Before Communism was introduced in 1948, the Greek Catholic Church numbered some 1.5 million members.  After fifty years of severe persecution, that number is today reduced to about 700,000.

Mark Riedemann for Where God Weeps, in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need, spoke with the bishop of Cluj-Gherla in Romania, Bishop Florentin Crihalmeanu.

Q: Your Excellency, you were ordained a bishop in 1997.  What was your reaction when you learned about your new appointment?

Bishop Crihalmeanu: It was very interesting because the nuncio did not say anything.  I traveled to Bucharest on his invitation.  He was asking me normal questions when suddenly he said: "You know Pope John Paul II has appointed you bishop."  It was a silent moment. I said: "Look, I'm afraid I'm not perhaps the right person to do it."  I tried to somehow distance myself from the idea.  Finally, it was the words of Nuncio Janusz Bolonek from Poland who said: "You can do many good things for the people," which suddenly changed my mind and convinced me.  It altered my perspective of the position and the heavy cross of being a bishop.  I said I would think about it.  He said "No, you have to give me the answer now.  When you go out from this house it is either yes or no."  I said I had to consult my spiritual director, he said: "No, you have to make the decision now."

Q: Was that wise?

I think yes because it was at the spur of the moment.  Then I asked him, I said: "Please give me some moments to pray before answering."  He said: "Yes, it's now 12 and we have lunch at 12:30.  So you have the time to pray.  Please go to the chapel and take your time."  So I went to the chapel and I thought to myself about what to pray.  I decided that I should start with a decade of the rosary; it is certain that Mary would intercede.  Afterward I raised my eyes and looked upon the door of the tabernacle and I saw Christ smiling while breaking the bread.  So I thought that this was a sign.  I returned to the nuncio and said yes....

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.

Brother Frank Deibel, 103, Celebrated as Oldest Vowed Catholic Male Religious
Source: Alive (, Fall/Winter, 2011

Brother Frank Deibel celebrated his 103rd birthday on August 13--the same day he celebrated eighty-five years of religious profession.  He is the oldest vowed Catholic male religious in the United States, according to the National Religious Retirement Office.  Brother Frank is accustomed to being asked the secret of his longevity.  His answer is short: Take a walk every day, love Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and live a good life.

Brother Frank spent the first two decades as a Marianist teaching in high schools in Ohio.  In 1954 he became assistant librarian at the University of Dayton, a position he held for nearly fifty years.

Brother Frank now resides at Mercy Siena Retirement Community in Dayton, Ohio.

For the complete article, click here for Alive magazine on-line, then scroll to page 20 [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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