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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.

A Blessed New Year 2012 to you and the works of The Marian Library.



IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, sent us an update of her situation, which is excerpted below.

Blessings to all,

I wish to inform you of what God has done and is doing at the renewed Pro Sanctity Center in Elkhorn.  It is truly beautiful and many are already clamoring to use our new building when it is ready.  We are painting, placing tile and putting in cabinets.  Heat and air-conditioning will be ready to turn on too, at the appropriate times of course.  It won't be long before it is all done!  Many details related to furnishings will need to be attended to, but the Lord has blessed us with good progress thus far!

If you know someone who might be interested in our work, let me know by email so that I can contact them or send them material.

God bless you.


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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on the Stations of the Cross

Via Dolorosa: A Contemplative Journey to Calvary (2011) by E. Mary Christie, author of The Story of Mary-Mother of Love and other religious works, is now available from Mother's House Publishing in Colorado Springs.  This text includes the personal reflections of the author on the Passion of Christ as well as numerous images, many in color.

The author consulted The Marian Library during her research and has generously donated a copy of the book to our holdings, for which we are most grateful.

Suggested Video

Judith Lungen informed us about a music video on YouTube about Shrine Madonnas.  Click here for more information on this topic.

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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, January 4, 2012, Francesca Franchina focuses on the Scripture from St. Matthew the Evangelist concerning: the Magi Astrologers, Kings Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, the Three Kings from the East, searching for the new King signaled by the new Star of Bethlehem; and the background and teaching of the Christmas Carol, We Three Kings of Orients Are asking listeners to delineate and search out their own personal epiphanies.

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, January 3, 2012,  Francesca shares information on the New Year, designated as the Year of Faith, personal and world change, the New Evangelization, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the writings of Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap., the Papal Household Preacher.  From her kitchen she relates the history and her recipe for cannoli 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:

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, January 5, 2:30 PM on Family Traditions and the Three Kings I

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, January 6, 2:30 PM on Family Traditions and the Three Kings II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Invitation to Marianist Writers by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Father Louis Maximilian Smith, F.I., is the editor of Missio Immaculatae International (a Marian bimonthly published in English in the USA).  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 Emile 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.

Father Louis Maximilian resides in New Bedford, MA, and his e-mail address is:

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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 Southern Charm: Santos, Bultos, and Nichos 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 Spring 2012 semester will commence on February 6, 2012.

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 Divine Maternity.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were: Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Republic of the Congo.

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 also revised our material on Marian Flowers.

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Marianist Heritage Celebration

Title: Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon Celebration

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of Dayton

Mass in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by lunch reception in Torch Lounge.  Open to Public.

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Jerusalem Patriarch's Christmas Message
"The Earthly Motherland of Jesus Needs You and You Need Her."
Source: Zenit (Jerusalem) December 22, 2011

Here is the Christmas message from His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem:

Dear friends present here, dear faithful of the Holy Land (in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus); I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of hope and peace in your hearts, in your families and your countries.  I welcome our Bishops here present: Bishop Giacinto Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel; and Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem. I also welcome Father David Neuhaus, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel for the Hebrew-speaking Christian community, and I thank them for all their work....

We want a just and comprehensive peace to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  We adhere to the position taken by the Holy See, clearly acknowledging the two-state solution with security and internationally recognized borders.  I often say that to be with one of the parties does not mean to be against the other.  We are for the welfare and interests of the whole world: peace, security, mutual respect and dignity.  The journey has begun but the process is long and tedious.  I firmly believe and even more today, that negotiation is the best way to resolve the conflict....

Dear friends, I renew my sincere wishes for peace.  Let us pray that Mary, Mother of Christ, the Prince of Peace, intercede for our Holy Land.  May Christmas fill you with joy.

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.

Basilica of Saint Mary Major Damaged
Source: UPI (Rome), December 19, 2011

Doors and a historic portrait were damaged at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and a homeless man was arrested as a suspect, police said.

A vandal climbed over two railings, one about nineteen feet high, damaged church doors with a rock, knocked off six 'badges' of saints, and seriously damaged a portrait of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, ANSA reported Monday....

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of January 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 January.

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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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