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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.

Hello.  I am very interested in a list of plants that we could put in my son's Catholic school's outdoor classroom, pertaining to Mary.  Thank you very much!



Donations to our Collections

Sister Jean Frisk, Assistant for Art and Special Projects at ML/IMRI, Recently informed us of the following good news.

Don Ruhl, a very tall UD alum--and devoted basketball player--is donating most of his wood-working machines and tools to us.  Mike Foley mediated this gift to us.   Harry Mushenheim, Mike, and I went to look at the items--excellent, wonderful equipment--clean and most useful to our artisans.  In addition, when Mike asked A-1 Piano Movers for an estimate to move these items, A-1 immediately offered to do this gratis!

Please thank the Heavenly Powers that assist us.  Maybe such things will inspire others to take a bigger look at helping to solve our space issues.

Other item: Jane Dunwoodie has donated LOTS of beautiful, new textiles for--of all things--making our little gift baggies.  Believe it or not, those little items were big sellers at the Stable Store.  If you have scraps, odd items, Christmasy or not--whimsical or not--bits and pieces, lacy bits, whatever ... please don't toss them out.  Let us have a chance at making a stash for next year's Stable Store.  The sales might offset the cost to purchase supplies, at least somewhat.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Recent Film About the Holy Family

Dr. Nastia Korbon and Dr. Catherine O'Brien informed us of an Italian film directed by Raffaele Mertes in 2006, La Sacra Famiglia. The Holy Family tells the historical story of how Mary met the carpenter Joseph, the Virgin birth, and the early years of Jesus the boy.  Additional information is available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).  This film is available on Region 2 DVD in PAL format from Amazon in English with Dutch subtitles by clicking here or here.

Suggested Video

Dr. Gloria Dodd informs us that the BBC aired a four-part series about the birth of Jesus shortly before last Christmas.  Click here for details on The Nativity.  Dr. Catherine O'Brien adds that this film may be ordered on DVD from Amazon Canada.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer composed by the late Pope John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, direct our choices in life, console us in the hour of trial, so that faithful to God and to us, we can face with humble boldness, the mysterious ways of the heavens to bring to the mind and heart of every person the joyful announcement of Christ, our Redeemer.  Mary, Star of Evangelization, walk with us, guide Radio Maria and be its 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 25, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with speaks with Robin Brun, Business Development Director of the Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education Office at the University of Dayton, giving listeners an insight into her work at UD with students, graduates and alumni, previewing her upcoming Radio Maria Program which will debut in February focusing on helping people who are searching for jobs, preparing for interviews, highlighting how to deal with emotional aspects of being unemployed, identifying strengths/weaknesses, effective job search strategies, preparing for interviews, negotiating job offers, and how faith and prayer can make a difference in your job search ... and much more.

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 24, 2012, Francesca talks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, and other returning Daytonians who participated in the 2012 March For Life in Washington to fight abortion and bring attention to all 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:

Michele Foley, Thursday, January 26, 2:30 PM on Mary in Hymns of the Liturgical Seasons

Michele Foley, Friday, January 26, 2:30 PM on Mary in Sacred Classical Music

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Chaminade Children by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Blessings for Chaminade Day and the conclusion of the Chaminade Year! Below is information about the brothers and sisters of Blessed William (Guillaume) Joseph Chaminade.  We are the continuation of Blessed William Joseph here and now.

In past years there was speculation and misinformation about the children of the Chaminade family.  It was generally thought that Blaise Chaminade and Catherine Bethon had thirteen children, the last of whom was William, the founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and of the Society of Mary.  After many years of patient research in the archives of Périgueux, the record was set straight by Father Herbert Kramer, a prodigious historian of Marianist beginnings.

Father Kramer learned that William Joseph Chaminade was the fourteenth of fifteen children in his family.  The information was gathered from baptismal records which gave the names of the parents and specified the date and parish where the sacrament of baptism was celebrated.

The fifteenth child never received a name.  The records of the cathedral parish of St. Front indicate only "the burial of a little child of the Chaminade family ... a baby son ... baptized at home."

Eventually Father Kramer located the records of the burial of the fifteen Chaminade children.  It should be noted that it was not common for eighteenth century records to specify the date of death.  He was unable to find the burial records for three of the children.  What heroic sacrifice and sadness for these devoted parents to experience the deaths of six, and perhaps nine, of their children over a span of ten years!

Father Kramer constructed this table of the fifteen Chaminade children in the Chaminade family.

Children in the Chaminade Family

Date of Baptism Church Name Date and Place of Burial
Dec. 4, 1743 St. Front Gaspard ?
Feb. 7, 1745 St. Front Jean Baptiste 1790, Mussidan
Jan. 10, 1746 St. Front Marie Oct. 4, 1747, Perigueux
Jan. 19, 1747 St. Front Blaise Nov. 2, 1822, St. Astier
Apr. 1, 1748 St. Front Marguerite ?
May 16, 1750 St. Front Lucrece July 9, 1826, Bordeaux
Aug. 26, 1751 St. Silain Louis Jean July 5, 1753, Perigueux
Feb. 9, 1753 St. Silain Jean Joseph Aug. 10, 1759 Perigueux
Mar. 31, 1754 St. Front Marie Rose ?
Oct. 13, 1755 St. Silain Blaise Francois Oct. 18, 1843 Perigueux
Mar. 4, 1757 St. Silain Jeanne Rose Aug. 9, 1759, Perigueux
Mar. 11, 1758 St. Silain Blaise Louis Apr. 28, 1808, Bordeaux
Oct. 24, 1759 St. Silain Ursule Lucrece Aug. 25, 1763, Perigueux
Apr. 8, 1761 St. Silain Guillaume Jan. 24, 1850, Bordeaux
Dec. 16, 1762 at home unnamed boy Dec. 17, 1762, Perigueux

The only one of William Joseph's six sisters to survive childhood was Lucrece. She was eleven years older than he, and always held him in deep affection. After the death of her husband in 1781, within a year of their marriage, she lived with and cared for her parents. In her mother's last years Lucrece was with her in Bordeaux. She also took care of William's domestic needs for fifteen years before her death in 1826 at the age of seventy-six.

The only surviving brother to reach an advanced age was Francois, several years older than William. Francois took over their father's cloth business. From the time when William became the business manager of the school at Mussidan, the two brothers remained in close touch, especially through correspondence. Francois assisted William with purchases for the school, and with general business advice.

The four other surviving Chaminade sons became priests.

Born Died
Jean Baptiste, 1745, Jesuit [until the suppression of the order] 1790, Mussidan, age 45
Blaise, 1747, Recollect 1822, St. Astier, age 75
Louis, 1758, Diocesan priest 1808, Bordeaux, age 50
Guillaume, 1761, Founder of F.M.I. and of S.M. 1850, Bordeaux, age 89

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Last Chance to See 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 Doctrine.

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 have posted updated versions of Father Denis Vincent Wiseman's thorough papers on the four Marian dogmas, Divine Maternity, Perpetual Virginity, Immaculate Conception, and Assumption.  These are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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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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Benedict XVI's Address to US Bishops on Ad Limina Visit
Legitimate Separation of Church and State Cannot Be Taken to Mean That the Church Must Be Silent
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) January 19, 2012

Here is the text of the address Benedict XVI gave today to the bishops of Washington, D.C., and surrounding regions, who are at the Vatican for their ad limina visit.

Dear Brother Bishops,

I greet all of you with fraternal affection and I pray that this pilgrimage of spiritual renewal and deepened communion will confirm you in faith and commitment to your task as Pastors of the Church in the United States of America.  As you know, it is my intention in the course of this year to reflect with you on some of the spiritual and cultural challenges of the new evangelization....

It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church's public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.  The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.  Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.  Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices.  Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience....

Dear Brother Bishops, in these brief remarks I have wished to touch upon some of the pressing issues which you face in your service to the Gospel and their significance for the evangelization of American culture.  No one who looks at these issues realistically can ignore the genuine difficulties which the Church encounters at the present moment.  Yet in faith we can take heart from the growing awareness of the need to preserve a civil order clearly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as from the promise offered by a new generation of Catholics whose experience and convictions will have a decisive role in renewing the Church's presence and witness in American society.  The hope which these signs of the times give us is itself a reason to renew our efforts to mobilize the intellectual and moral resources of the entire Catholic community in the service of the evangelization of American culture and the building of the civilization of love.  With great affection I commend all of you, and the flock entrusted to your care, to the prayers of Mary, Mother of Hope, and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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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