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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.

I am looking forward to the Open House on Saturday. My husband and I will attend. I have forwarded info on it to my family. Thanks and God Bless.



A doctor of philosophy student from Fuller Theological Seminary will be doing research here on Marian devotion, particularly fifteenth century, and specifically regarding the Annunciation, visual and material culture, and vernacular theology and devotional praxis.  She will be here the week of December 12-16.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Recent Lecture on Mary in Film

Laetitia Rhatigan, Mission Director at Holy Cross Family Ministries, and recent IMRI graduate, attended a lecture by Judith Dupré, author of Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life, about Mary in the Movies on October 22, 2011.  The program included "film clips and commentary on the Virgin of the silver screen, and her hold on the creative and spiritual imagination."  Our thanks to Laetitia for providing this information.

Suggested Video

Please consider Altiplano, a film called to our attention by Judith Lungen.  She calls it an "interesting film, with images of the Blessed Mother."  Click here for details from the Internet Movie Database.  This film may be rented from Netflix or purchased on DVD from amazon.

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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 30, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Pam Long, Regional Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office, Dayton, OH about her trip to Africa this past summer, visiting artisans--who design and make the unique handmade, holiday gifts of jewelry, clothing, home décor items, toys, ornaments--and farmers--who raise the coffee and chocolate from more than twenty-five developing countries for The Fair Trade Sale to be held at Bergamo/Mount St. John; 4400 Shakertown Rd.; Beavercreek, OH, 45430 on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Local-area-residents from these developing countries will provide entertainment throughout the day.  All products are sourced from a nonprofit, 100% fair trade organization to ensure that the artisans and farmers are treated with dignity and respect.  Do your Christmas shopping and help support the Fair Trade artisans and farmers!

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 29, Francesca Franchina talks with Nick Cardilino about composing music, his work with the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and the University of Dayton's Campus Ministry, the theme song he composed for NCYC Called to Glory, his new Christmas CD; his new Communion song, Hungry and Thirsty, the New Roman Missal implementation, and the theme of Hope, resonating with him this year!

Francesca shares her yummy recipe for fast, easy stuffed pizza sandwiches.  Send a SASE for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions: Francesca Franchina; P.O. Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238.

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 François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, December 1, 2:30 PM on Marialis Cultus

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, December 2, 2:30 PM on Redemptoris Mater

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Preparing for Jesus' Birthday by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

What do you do–-besides shopping–-to prepare for Christmas?  Anything that is really connected with appreciating the real meaning of Jesus' birthday?  What does Advent mean for you?  How can we prepare well for the arrival of Jesus at Christmas?  Are you familiar with any practices or customs that help make Christmas truly Christ-centered?  Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Here are some ideas to consider personally, with your family, and with friends and colleagues.  Do something really connected with the meaning of Advent to make Christmas truly Christ-centered.  Set priorities.

Daily Reading and Reflection

Set aside ten minutes or more daily to read and ponder the inspired Word of God in the daily Mass readings or in other Old Testament and New Testament stories that present the faith of the great characters, men and women, waiting in expectation for the coming of the promised Redeemer.

Receive Jesus in the Sacraments

Consider participating in Holy Mass several times during the week, or daily if possible.  Take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to receive in Holy Communion Jesus who became human like us to redeem us.

The penitential season of Advent is also a special time to receive God's mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Participate in a parish communal penance celebration.

An Advent Wreath

Each evening before the family's main meal light the appropriate candles on an Advent wreath and offer a brief Advent prayer.  This is a time-honored practice.

The symbolism of the wreath and candles presents an occasion for learning the meaning of this season.  The color of the purple candles signifies the sorrow we feel for our sins, while the pink one indicates happiness for the imminent birth of Jesus.  The evergreens symbolize the unchanging nature of God, and the circle indicates that God is eternal, without beginning or end.  The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.

Play Kris Kringle

The spirit of caring and giving for another member of a family or group is another revered Advent custom.  Each family member draws the name of another family member written on a slip of paper, for whom he or she will secretly play the role of Kris Kringle (Santa Claus), or Christkindl (the Christ Child).  The person whose name was drawn is now in the special care of the Kris Kringle or Christkindl, who will perform acts of kindness for the person and perhaps offer a special gift at Christmas.  On Christmas Eve each tries to guess who played Kris Kringle for them.

Other Advent Practices

Keep an Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas.  A door or window is opened every day of Advent to reveal some aspect of the season in an image or text.  Such a calendar can be purchased at a religious bookstore, or another option would be simply to mark each day on an ordinary calendar.

Make a Jesse Tree to trace the family tree of Jesus.  This is done by making ornaments to symbolize the ancestors of Jesus, beginning with Jesse, the father of King David.  The tree can be made of an actual limb, felt or burlap, or construction paper.  Many can participate in such a project.

Putting Straw in the Manger is another Advent practice in which the family and other groups can participate.  Each time a good deed or a work of mercy is performed a piece of straw is placed in the manger.  Opportunities abound for doing good deeds or works of mercy for the needy at home, at school, at work, in the neighborhood, in the parish.  The straw symbolizing our charity will provide a warm and comfortable crib for Baby Jesus on Christmas morning.

Information and materials for Advent practices are generally obtainable at religious bookstores.

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Current Exhibits

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

You are invited to the Roesch and Marian Libraries!  Enjoy an all new selection of world Nativities in three featured exhibitions from November 26, 2011 - January 29, 2012.  Click here for details including a video.

We are also currently exhibiting A Tribute to Arturo Olivas in The Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.

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, and Jesus as a Child.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were: Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland; and Portugal.  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 about the Legion of Mary: Concluding Prayer; Mary's Legion; and What is the Legion of Mary?.

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Pop Opera on Christmas in the Dayton Area

Title: Nativity

Date: December 17, 2011 at 2 pm, and 7:30 pm

Location: Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene; 1850 North Fairfield Road; Dayton, Ohio

One day-only!  Tickets are $20 each, but group rates are available.

Proceeds benefit 'Njoy-it-all Camp,  a program of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children's.

Call the Box Office at 937-426-3926 or click here to see the Press Release.

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Nativity Scene in Saint Peter's Square to be Dedicated to Mary
Source: VIS (Vatican City) December 2, 2011

This Christmas, the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will be dedicated Mary, the Mother of God, also in view of the beatification earlier this year of John Paul II, who was profoundly devoted to Our Lady.

Standing next to the manger in the nativity scene, which will be inaugurated on December 24, are a number of buildings recreated in the architectural style of biblical Palestine, where the events of Mary's life took place, such as the Annunciation, the meeting with her cousin Elizabeth, and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  The figures in the grotto itself come from the nativity scene created by St. Vincent Pallotti for the Roman church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in 1842.

The Christmas tree, which will be raised next to the obelisk, is a spruce from the Zakarpattia region in Ukraine, 30.5 meters high and with a trunk of 56 centimeters in diameter.  Its more than 700 branches will be decorated with 2,500 silver-and-gold-colored baubles illuminated by white and yellow lights.

The tree, a gift from the Republic of Ukraine, will be raised on December 5 and inaugurated on December 16 in the presence of the bishops of that nation.

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.

Crèche Exhibit at Wright Library
Source: Oakwood Register (, November 30, 2011

Crèches, (crafted nativity scenes) from around the globe, will be on display at Wright Memorial Public Library starting Wednesday, November 30.  The crèches are on loan from the collection of the University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which includes thousands of nativities reflecting a variety of customs and traditions.  During each Christmas season, hundreds of sets from their large and diverse crèche collection are shown in exhibits on campus, throughout the community, and around the world.

Oakwood, through the support of Oakwood Sister City Association and Friends of Wright Library, is fortunate to receive several sets for display.

The free exhibit will be on display through the month of December during regular library hours.  The library is open 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, and 1 to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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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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