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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 for helping me so much.  I hope that all is well with you.



Father John Fletcher, a Graduate Assistant at ML/IMRI, sent us the following information on his other duties.

Hi Everyone,

For those who don't know me, I'm a new regional priest director of Radio Maria and my name is Father John Fletcher.  I've meant to send a letter of introduction for some time now, but have never been able to get it done yet.

For the sake of this email, I'd like to simply ask everyone involved with Radio Maria to join together in prayer for a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe which starts today.  I know it's really late to make this request but I've been very busy with Radio Maria duties.  So, in honor of Our Blessed Mother, and for the sake of Radio Maria, please join in this beautiful novena.

Thank you and may God bless you all!

Father John Fletcher, CC
Regional Priest Director
Radio Maria USA

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Mary in Film

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, Councilor for the Mariological Society of America, informed us that her book, The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen, has been published by Wallflower/Columbia University Press.  Dr. O'Brien has generously donated a copy to The Marian Library, and another to Mike Duricy.  To the best of my knowledge, her text is the only substantial work on this topic available at this time, and I recommend it to anyone interested in Mary and cinema.  For more information, or to order a copy, click here.

Suggested Video

Please note that Family Theater Productions has re-mastered their film about the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, including the birth of Jesus, onto DVD.  For more information, or to purchase a copy, click into  The Marian Library has a copy on hand in our loaning library.  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, December 7, 2011, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Chris Coleman, Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, and Angie McGraw, Director of Development for St. Anthony Parish and School in Dayton, OH about St. Anthony's rich history and one-hundredth-anniversary year, Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Schools, Archbishop Binzer's Visit, the Child Development Center, the parish website and Volunteer Spotlight [featuring Sister Mary D'Amico, SNDdeN], growing up in St. Anthony, teaching, volunteer of note; the Archdiocesan Fund for Retired Religious and Father Coleman's adventures on pilgrimages and trips to various countries.

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, December 6, Francesca Franchina, speaks with Zaid E. Jazrowi of Chicago, joyful and joy-filled young Marian pilgrimage leader and organizer, about encountering Jesus and healing through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, and how his life has made a complete turn-around in the last three years as he initiated to bring the message of Catholicism, Jesus and the Blessed Mother to the world. [Encore--Originally broadcast on November 2, 2010]

Today Francesca shares her tasty, easy-to-make Italian Wedding Soup and Minestrone from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini- Imerese, Sicilia.

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, December 8, 2:30 PM on Mary's Immaculate Conception

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Icon of the Church in the Americas by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

With her head tilted to the right, her hazel eyes are cast downward in an expression of gentleness and concern.  The mantle covering her head and shoulders is turquoise, studded with gold stars and bordered in gold.  Her hair is jet black and her complexion is olive.  She stands alone, her hands clasped in prayer, an angel at her feet.

We have all seen her image.  She is Our Lady of Guadalupe, a life-sized portrayal of the Virgin Mary as she appeared in 1531 on the cactus-cloth tilma, or cape, of St. Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant and devout convert.  This happened merely a dozen years after Hernan Cortes had conquered the land that is now Mexico for the monarchy of Spain.  Almost five centuries later, the colors of that portrait have remained as vibrant as if painted this year.  The coarse, woven, cactus cloth shows no signs of fading or deterioration, although that type of material seldom lasts twenty years.

Today the image is preserved behind an impenetrable glass screen in the basilica at Mexico City.  Pilgrims can view it from a distance of twenty-five feet.  Each year more than ten million persons venerate the mysterious image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, making this shrine the most popular in the Catholic world, after St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.  The Mexican faithful refer to her lovingly as La Morenita.

In 1979 when Pope John Paul II visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he acknowledged the enduring appeal of this unique portrait, addressing the Virgin directly: "When the first missionaries who reached America ... taught the rudiments of the Christian faith, they also taught love for you, the Mother of Jesus and of all people.  And ever since the time that the Indian, Juan Diego, spoke of the sweet Lady of Tepeyac, you, Mother of Guadalupe, have entered decisively into the Christian life of the people of Mexico."

Accounts abound of the miraculous events attributed to the Virgin of Guadalupe.  In the early seventeenth century, when floods almost destroyed Mexico City, her image escaped unharmed.  In 1921 during the Mexican Revolution, a bomb was planted in flowers placed before the altar behind which the image hung.  When the bomb exploded, no one was hurt, but the altar was badly damaged.  Yet not even the glass covering the picture was broken.

This venerable icon has come to be regarded widely as the national symbol of Mexico.  Her image is found everywhere, even in unlikely places.

Forty years after La Morenita appeared to St. Juan Diego, she may have been responsible for a significant turning point in the history of Western civilization.  Throughout Europe, copies of the holy image had been circulated.  One of the first copies was given to Admiral Giovanni Andrea Doria, grandnephew of the renowned Admiral, Andrea Doria.  The young admiral took the picture aboard his flagship when he assumed command of a flotilla of ships sailing from Genoa to the Gulf of Lepanto.  Some three hundred Turkish Muslim ships stood in battle array blocking entrance to the Gulf.  A Christian massed navy of almost the same number of ships attempted to meet the Turks head on, but were outmaneuvered by the Turkish force.

Doria's squadron was cut off from the rest of the Christian fleet.  At this crucial hour, Doria went to his cabin and knelt in prayer before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  He implored her to save his men and his ships.  Miraculously by nightfall the tide of battle turned.  One Turkish squadron was captured, and others were thrown into panic and disarray.  Much of the Turkish fleet was destroyed.  That day fifteen thousand Christians enslaved in the Turks' galleys were freed.  The Christian victory in the Battle of Lepanto was the last great naval battle fought under oars.

To this day Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to work wonders large and small, noticed and unnoticed.

The greater, ongoing miracle is how the lives of millions are touched by Our Mother of Guadalupe.

Celebrate the Empress of the Americas on December 12.

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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, History of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, 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 Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 11/30/2011 as well as our collection of Polish Poems and our Marian Book Reviews.  We also posted the tentative schedule for PAMI's International Mariological-Marian Congress, to be held in Rome next September.

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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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Benedict XVI Attends First Sermon of Advent
Source: VIS (Vatican City) December 2, 2011

At 9 a.m. today, the Pope and the pontifical family attended the first sermon of Advent delivered by Father Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., preacher of the Pontifical Household, on the theme: "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news."

This year's sermons, which are taking place in the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, focus on the general topic of evangelization, in view of next year's Synod of Bishops on the same subject.  Particular attention will be given to four historical periods in which missionary efforts accelerated or resumed: (1) the second half of the third century when vast sectors of the Roman empire were converted, thanks to the efforts of bishops; (2) the sixth to ninth centuries, during which the monks worked for the re-evangelization of Europe following barbarian invasions; (3) the sixteenth century with the discovery and conversion of the peoples of the New World through the apostolate of the friars; and (4) our own day, when the Church is committed to re-evangelizing a secularized West though the commitment of the lay faithful.

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.

Crèches from Marian Library Collection on Display Through December
Source: (Oakwood, Ohio), December 5, 2011

The Friends of Wright Library, in partnership with the Crèches International Committee, and Oakwood Sister Cities, have organized an exhibit of crèches for display at Wright Library during the holiday season. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the country's largest collection of nativity scenes or crèches, owning more than 2,500 sets. The collection of contemporary sets represents nearly forty-five countries and includes styles and settings as diverse as the heritage, vision and interpretation of the artists around the world who created them.

Click here for the complete article.

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

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