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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 learned about your website from a link to nativity scenes around the world that I found on the Vatican website on YouTube.  I liked it so I inquired.  Thank you and God bless you and your community.



Bro. Tom Giardino, S.M., Named Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities

Dear Colleagues,

Brother Tom Giardino, S.M., has been named executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities, effective. Jan. 1, 2012.

For the past ten years, Brother Tom has served as executive director of the International Center for Marianist Formation.  He also recently completely a lengthy tenure on the University's board of trustees, where he chaired the mission and identity committee.

The Association of Marianist Universities is a collaborative effort of the University of Dayton, Chaminade University of Honolulu and St Mary's University to promote information sharing, mutual enrichment and development, and shared learning on the Marianist tradition of higher education. Board members include the presidents and rectors of the three universities.

Bro. Tom's position includes assisting in the formulation of AMU's strategic plan and budget; working with AMU committees; supporting board meetings; developing relationships with related groups; sharing resources on the Marianist tradition of higher education; and developing the Marianist Educational Associates.  It is a part-time position with offices on campus.  His term will end June 30, 2013.

Bro. Tom succeeds Father Jack McGrath, S.M., who served as AMU's executive director for the past year before being appointed to a three-year term as assistant district superior in India.

Please extend your prayers and best wishes to Brother Tom and Father Jack as they accept new ministries.

I wish you and your families all of God's blessings this Christmas season.


Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D.

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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.

Dr. O'Brien also informed us about a Marian television series that was recently shown on the BBC.

I noticed that a BBC series called The Nativity is now available to buy from amazon in Canada.

It was a bit controversial over here because Joseph believes that Mary has been unfaithful and he rejects her at first, and there were some claims about anti-Semitism:

Other reviewers were more positive: and

It was shown on TV in the U.K. leading up to Christmas, with the last episode on Christmas morning.  Matt Page has just mentioned it again on his Blog:

Suggested Video

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us that events involving the Pope and the Holy See have become available in French at: in addition to the service already available in Italian, English, Spanish and German.

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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.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S., past Provincial of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, currently serving as Pastor of the Downtown Dayton Cluster of Catholic Churches: Emmanuel, Holy Trinity and St. Joseph, about his new assignment, the mission and charism of the Precious Blood Brothers and Priests throughout the world [founded by St. Gaspar del Buffalo], Precious Blood Sisters, religious vocations and his call to the priesthood after being a successful florist in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Celebrate Catholic Vocations Week!  Ask someone if they ever thought about becoming a Religious Sister, Brother or Priest!

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 10, 2012,  Francesca talks with Brother Don Neff, SM, President of the Exchange Club of Dayton, OH, regarding its origin, history, national and local projects focusing on National Exchange Club programs helping youth; particularly the Exchange Club's development and presentation of programs to alleviate child abuse of all kinds including human trafficking involving child slavery/sexual abuse, educating to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effects.  Tune in to see what you can do to help in this great effort to help America and all nations become stronger by strengthening families, attitudes and behaviors toward children by "exchanging ideas" with members of The National Exchange Club.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Cassata (Italian Wedding Cake) made with Ricotta Italian Cheese, Chocolate, and Citron filling dressed with whipped cream, toasted almonds and candied cherries ... a real Sicilian Dolce Delight ala Antonio!

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:

Cecilia Mushenheim, Thursday, January 12, 2:30 PM on Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon

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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 A Biography of Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

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 Mary's Flowers and posted a new page with Finding Aids for primary source reference materials in our collections.

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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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Where Mary Fits in the Review of 2011
Why So Much Focus on Lesser Things?
Source: Zenit (Rome) December 22, 2011

The end of the year always brings list after list of the top-this and the top-that as the year comes under review.  Most popular people, most photographed women, most influential types parade across magazines and TV screens.

Pop singer Brittany Spears' ups and downs may be a palliative for reality show addiction.  Princess Diana may have been the face that launched a thousand flash bulbs and Oprah Winfrey may make or break books, movies and presidents, but that fame remains fleeting and tinged with more than a little sadness, as celebrity lives rarely live up to their own hype.

On December 8, I spent the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the North American College on the Janiculum Hill.  In this beautiful celebration, combining the ancient psalms, a Renaissance office and the prayers and voices of almost one thousand priests, prelates and seminarians, I realized that there is one name that should top the list every year, that of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

There are two more days until Christmas, and while America is obsessed with movie star babies, it seems to have overlooked the most amazing mother, model and superstar of all, Mary Mother of God....

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.

African Crèches Exhibited at K of C Museum
Source: Columbia (Rome), December, 2011

The Knights of Columbus Museum's seventh annual crèche exhibition opened November 15, 2011, featuring nativity scenes crafted by artists throughout Africa.

More than one hundred pieces, mostly from western and northeast African countries, will be on display until February 5, 2012....

Click here for the complete article, then go to page 7 [in PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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

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