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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.



Leah Buturain, the Brehm Scholar at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, and a doctoral candidate for philosophy of theology and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary is researching the vernacular theology, devotional praxis, and visual and material culture of Marian devotion in fifteenth-century Annunciations.  She will be at The Marian Library from December 13-20, 2011, and expects to return for ongoing research in 2012.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Marian Consecration

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception recently published Father Michael Gaitley, [author of the popular book Consoling the Heart of Jesus] MIC's newest book: 33 Days to Morning Glory, a do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for Marian Consecration. For more information, or to order, click here.

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Clare Jones, Administrative Associate and Office Coordinator for ML/IMRI, will receive the diploma for her M.A. in Theological Studies at the winter commencement graduation ceremony to be held  Saturday, Dec. 17 at the University of Dayton Arena.

The University of Dayton will offer a free, live, Internet video feed of the 9:45 a.m. service to allow family and friends to participate, even if they cannot attend in person.  Please share this link with others:

Users will need to have Flash installed on their computers to watch the commencement ceremonies.  For a free download of Flash, go to

Please join us in congratulating Clare on this significant accomplishment, in thanking her for years of service here, and in wishing her a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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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 14, 2011, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation, focusing on the Blessed Mother's personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in The Mystical City of God, the auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949).  This is Part I of a three-part series on the Incarnation of our Messiah, Jesus Christ (Volume II Book 1 Chapters 14-21).  Part II will air Wednesday, December 21 (Volume II Book I Chapters 22-28).  Part III will air Wednesday, December 28th.  For your perusal, the three programs in this series [originally broadcast in Advent 2008] will cover Incarnation from Volume II pp. 146-392 in Mystical City of God.

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 13, Francesca Franchina, discusses watching, 'Preparing the Way of the Lord,' and the feast day of Santa Lucia (December 13), patron saint of Termini Imerese, Sicilia and patron of the eyes, focusing on the importance of personal devotions and intercessory prayer.  The people of Termini Imerese eat no ground wheat or flour of any kind.

Today Fran shares the traditional recipes sans ground flour for the celebration of St. Lucy Day, Cuccia (whole-grain winter wheat) and Termini Imerese Sicilian Risotto.

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 Bertrand Buby, S.M., Thursday, December 15, 2:30 PM on Mary, our Advent Person

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, December 16, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation and Visitation

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Juan Diego, Model for the Laity by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The Church celebrates the feast of Saint Juan Diego on December 9.  The canonization of Saint Juan Diego by Pope John Paul II in 2002 elicited worldwide enthusiasm for the recognition of another Christ-like lay person.  This saint of Mexico was the Virgin Mother Mary's chosen messenger of evangelization in the nascent Church of the sixteenth-century New World.  He is an illustrious example of a Christian in action.

The contemporary significance of his canonization and the occurrence at Guadalupe is multifaceted.  But the implication for the new evangelization in our day is overwhelming.  The honor bestowed on Saint Juan Diego extends the clarion call addressed to all Christians to respond actively to their baptismal vocation and consecration to collaborate with Mary in bringing Christ to all peoples.  Echoed again is the slogan of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family, "We are all missionaries of Mary."

His canonization renewed and increased the momentum of the movement to designate Juan Diego as the patron saint of the laity and lay apostles.

God's plan for salvation needs the cooperation of us all.  In the Guadalupe event, God chose to give the miraculous image of Mary, his Mother and ours, to a humble, lonely widower.  The engaging, simple story of Our Lady giving her picture to Juan Diego touches hearts and disposes them for the grace of baptism.  This is a special chapter in the evangelization of the world.  Since the beginning, God has depended on his creatures to fulfill his plan.

In the past century Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII began to re-emphasize the importance of the role of the laity.  Long before Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to renew all in Christ, the lay apostolate was a point of emphasis and concern.

One of the sixteen documents of Vatican II is the Decree on the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965), and the role of the laity is treated in several of the other documents.  Some years later Pope Paul VI sounded a prophetic call to evangelization with the apostolic exhortation On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975).  Blessed John Paul II, has preached a new evangelization and, following a Synod of Bishops, issued an apostolic exhortation on Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People (Christifideles Laici, 1989).  Pope Benedict XVI has renewed this call to action, and the Synod of bishops in 2012 will ponder this new evangelization.

Our times need strong and dedicated Christian lay persons more than ever before.  All fields of human progress are directed by the laity.  Competence in the social, commercial, and political spheres is in the hands of the laity.  Only they can bring the spirit of the gospel into these arenas.  In the words of Paul VI, lay persons are "the bridge to the modern world."

Recognizing the ancient truth and the new need, Vatican II issued an official decree on the apostolate of the laity.  For the first time in the history of the Church a conciliar document expounded the concept that the lay person is indispensable to the mission of the Church, that to be a real Christian is to be an apostle.

The experience of Juan Diego shows that the inspirational grace of the Holy Spirit for a great work may first come to a lay person, and that the chosen person then cooperates with the competent authorities.  Juan Diego's humble compliance with an unwelcome and embarrassing mission paved the way for an abundant bestowal of God's blessings.  In addition, the event clearly indicates that a layman pushed his point with a hierarch.  The bishop needed convincing, and Mary told Juan Diego to go back and try again.  Mary clearly indicated to Juan Diego that he was necessary for the execution of heaven's plan.

Peoples of the emerging nations are able to identify very easily with Juan Diego.  He was humble and poor, not enmeshed in political or cultural history.  In our time lay persons will be the primary field workers in evangelizing.  Juan Diego, who has universal appeal, would be an inspiration for them and an example for those with whom they work.  His life story is a perfect example of how God's plans often require lay apostles, and how far-reaching the results can be.  Our Blessed Mother promised, "I will make you worthy of the trouble you have taken."  Saint Juan Diego is genuinely worthy to be patron of lay apostles, for he was the only person on earth to whom the greatest laywoman of all time gave her own picture.

A movement was launched more than a decade ago under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Mexico City to nominate Juan Diego as patron of lay apostles.  His canonization and the call for new evangelization lend new impetus to the momentum already in progress.

The sterling example of Saint Juan Diego inspires us to activate the continuing action of baptismal grace to be the "salt of the earth," "the light on the lamp-stand," the "leaven in the mass," and to "proclaim the Good News by word and deed."

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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, Our Lady of Guadalupe Meditation, and Divine Maternity.

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 posted our multilingual Marian Bibliography for 2010.

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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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Our Lady of Guadalupe Guides and Unites Latin America
Mexican Primate Explains Her Importance
Source: Zenit (Rome) December 13, 2011

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop primate of Mexico City, was with Benedict XVI on Monday for a special Mass in the Vatican on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The cardinal spoke with ZENIT shortly before the con-celebration, which also commemorated the bicentennial of the independence of a number of Latin American countries.

Cardinal Rivera explained the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe for Mexico.  "Our Lady of Guadalupe is part of the birth of our country because we were a divided people and Our Lady of Guadalupe came and gathered and united us, leading to the birth of the Mexican people."

"It was not just one isolated act," he continued, "she has accompanied us through our independence and the revolutionary period and in the most important moments of the Church in Mexico.  For this reason she has become for us our Mother, our Queen, our guide." 

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.

Nativity Exhibit Shows Homes of Baby Jesus
Source: Flyer News (University of Dayton), December 9, 2011

Since the mid-1990s, the University of Dayton Libraries has presented an annual exhibit of nativities from around the world.

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions is open now through January 29, 2012, on the first, second, and seventh floors of Roesch Library.

According to Jane Dunwoodie, assistant to the Dean of University Libraries, the libraries delve into different themes each year.

In this year's theme, No Place like Home, each set represents a home of some sort such as a barn, church or shed, said Jean Frisk, assistant for art and special projects at The Marian Library....

Frisk said it is a wonderful thing to draw attention to the true meaning of Christmas and what it represents, Jesus, the greatest gift to the world. This exhibit is meant to honor and remember that meaning, and to keep focused on his salvation, she said.

For more information, call 937-229-4221 or visit

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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