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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 found your website to be very spiritually enriching as it holds a vast treasure of information on the Blessed Mother.  Would it be possible to link your website to the one we will be constructing in the future?  Thank you.



Conclusion of the Chaminade Year

Marianist Founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade will be celebrated at each Sunday mass on January 22, 2012 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at 10 am, Noon, 6 pm, and 8 pm , and also during the 9 pm Mass in the McGuinness Multipurpose Room on the campus of the University of Dayton 300 College Park Avenue, Dayton, OH 45469.

This event in UD's Marianist Heritage Celebration is open to the public.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Mary

Dr. Judith M. Davis, a long-time member of the Mariological Society of America, who presented " 'The Imaginative Theology' of Mary in Medieval French Literature: Sermons in Song and Story" at the MSA's annual meeting in 2009, recently published her translation [with F.R.P. Akehurst] of two medieval legends, based on the text edited by Gerard Gros.  The publication, titled Our Lady's Lawsuits in L'Advocacie Notre Dame and La Chapelerie Notre Dame de Baiex, is available from the Arizona Center for Medieval Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) in Tempe, Arizona.  Dr. Davis donated a hard-cover copy to the holdings of The Marian Library, for which we are grateful.

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Now in my tenth year at the University of Dayton, I can tell you that every day I spend here is a blessing.  We are a community who asks the big questions and searches for answers together.  We are a community that knows no boundaries in service to others.  And we are a community with a vision that will change the world.  Thank you for everything you've done for the University of Dayton.  You've made a difference.  For me, you've made my time here a gift.

View Our Christmas Message
God bless you, your family and friends this holiday season.
Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D.

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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 18, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Mark Newman, RM host of CrossRoads, Father Frank Jasper, OFM, and Doug Schoeninger, Ph.D., past President of the Association of Christian Therapists ( about the annual celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity announced by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission of Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, highlighting the ecumenical ministry of Father Duane Stenzel, OFM, and his role in the beginnings of Radio Maria USA.  The theme for the 2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is: "We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ." [full scriptural text of the theme: cf. I Corinthians 15:51–58]

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 17, 2012, Francesca talks about the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI to begin October 2012 and run through the Feast of Christ the King, November, 2013, and the very relevant young people's magazine Love One Another (Issue no. 12) highlighting the opinion and findings of Italian psychiatrist, Dr. Morabito, on the dangers of certain kinds of music contributing to the increased rate of teen suicides; World Youth Day and life Issues.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Italian Skillet Chicken

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:

Jill Slater, Thursday, January 19, 2:30 PM on Faustino Perez

Father David Fleming, S.M., Friday, January 20, 2:30 PM on the Life of Chaminade

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's Influence on Us by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

"Mary does not rule us from without, but from within.  She does not change us by changing the world around us, but she changes the world around us by changing our own inner lives."

by Thomas Merton

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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 Chaminade's Story [includes video].

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 posted the Marian Library Newsletter for Winter 2012 in PDF and also updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through January 1, 2012.

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Lectures on the Figure of the Virgin Mary in Christian History and Contemporary Culture

Title: Windows on the Mother of God

Date: Wednesdays at 7 pm, January 11 - March 21, 2012 [except February 15]

Location: University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PU

The Center for Marian Studies with the Digby Stuart Research Center for Catholic Studies presents ten lectures to be held in the Duchesne Building, Room 101.  For further details, including a list of lectures and speakers, contact Dr. Sarah Jane Boss by email at or by phone at 01570 422903.

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Virgin Mary, Patron of Brazil, to Be Enthroned in Slovakia
Image Is Copy of Our Lady of Aparecida
Source: Zenit (Aparecida, Brazil) January 16, 2012

The archbishop of Aparecida will participate this week in the enthronement of an image of Our Lady of Aparecida in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis and the rector of the national shrine of Aparecida, Father Darci Jose Nicioli, will witness the enthronement of their national patron in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

Our Lady of Sorrows is the patroness of Slovakia....

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.

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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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