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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.

Many thanks for the information on Marianist art at UD.  Keep up the good work!

Brother John


Sister Celia Chua, M.I.C. will be visiting Dayton from February 1 - March 1, 2012 to work on the Chinese section of The Mary Page website and also to teach a class for IMRI, Mary and Social History.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian documentary to be released soon

The documentary, Our Lady, chronicles the life and significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her apparitions and appearances on earth, and the thirtieth anniversary of the supernatural events that have been taking place in Medjugorje, Bosnia.  Produced by Tell Tale Productions, it runs sixty minutes, and will air on VisionTV, a cable and satellite multi-faith specialty channel, based in Canada and reaching over ten million homes.  Click here for more information.

Suggested Video

Please consider You Will See, a modern drama depicting the Presentation in the Temple, from Family Theater's Manifest Mysteries series, an anthology of stories which blend contemporary drama with insights from the mysteries of the Rosary.  Click here for details, including video clips.

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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, February 1, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with regional Catholic Educators: Dr. Jim Rigg, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenith Britt, President of Catholic Central High School, Middle School, and Pre-School (Springfield), Father Jim Manning, President of Altar High School (Kettering), Mr. Matt Sableski, Principal of Carroll High School (Dayton), Mr. Dan Meixner, President of Chaminade Julienne High School (Dayton), and businessman, George Molinsky, about the state of Catholic Schools, maintaining Catholic identity, major and minor challenges in education overall and particular to Catholic education; fighting rising costs while maintaining quality overall excellent education and environments for students, retaining capable, creative, and faith-filled faculty and staff, assisting parents and students in making Catholic education affordable and desirable while developing and putting forth a curriculum conducive to Catholic education offering a wide variety of courses while dealing with ever increasing mandates from the state.

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 31, 2012, Francesca talks with Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Ph.D., Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists ( about the mission and goals of ACT, the 2012 International ACT Conference in October, focusing on the theme Listening With the Heart of Jesus; the difference between hearing and listening, highlighting the dangers of certain kinds of music contributing to the increased rate of teen suicide, offering suggestions for developing presence in listening, increasing listening skills, and how to help alleviate personal stress, stress in others and more.  Dr. Schoeninger will be Francesca's guest on T5H on the last Tuesday of each month focusing on various topics of human development, and the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional facets of healing the whole person in the Christian tradition.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Italian Stuffed Peppers

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 Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, February 2, 2:30 PM on the Presentation in Western tradition

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, Friday, February 3, 2:30 PM on the Presentation in Eastern tradition

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A message for the Chaminade Year by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

As we conclude the Chaminade Year, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade reminds us of our mission to participate with Mary in educating the young.  Below are some excerpts from a letter written by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in Bordeaux to Father John Chevaux at Saint Remy dated February 7, 1834.

It seems that your arms fall helpless when you see the young men who surround you and who have the same mission as you, full of good will but lacking in experience.  Where did you learn the twelve apostles and the seventy-two disciples drew upon their experience before working at the great undertaking that had been assigned to them?  They had good will, that is true, and that is all they had. The disciples of our Lord had no more aptitude than the apostles.  They knew, as the apostles knew, their insufficiency only too well; but also like them, they had entire confidence in Him for the mission He had given.

Oh, how much we have degenerated!  Where then is our faith, our faith in Jesus Christ?  I have no intention here, my dear son, of humiliating you or your collaborators, but to awaken you from the kind of stupor into which you have fallen and to recall to you what you all are by your entrance into the Society of Mary.  You are real missionaries.

The education of youth, whatever form it may take, is certainly not the end you must have proposed to yourselves in consecrating yourselves entirely to God under the protection of the august Mary.  Teaching is but a means we use to fulfill our mission, to introduce everywhere, so to say, the spirit of faith and of religion and to multiply Christians.

You are all missionaries.  Fulfill your mission!  Real missionaries must in no way count on themselves alone, on their talents or their industry.  Rather they must put all their confidence in the grace of their mission and also in the protection of the Blessed Virgin, who is working at this undertaking for which she was elevated to the Divine Motherhood.

All must be well penetrated with the importance of the salvation of souls redeemed by the price of the blood of Jesus Christ.  The principal end which all must propose to themselves, in all their efforts, but particularly in their spiritual exercises, must be the salvation of the pupils, the amendment of their failings and their progress in virtue.  The work is common to all, and each one is jointly responsible, in a certain measure, for the entire thing.

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New Exhibit!

Between Heaven and Earth: Small Sculptures of Our Lady

The University of Dayton's Marian Library gallery will feature an exhibit of sculptures by Cincinnati artist, Barbara Trauth, from Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, April 15, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214.

Trauth will be on hand for an artist's reception in the gallery 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

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 Candlemas Day and Mother of God of the blessed 'Thunder Candle'.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were Burundi and Nicaragua.

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 revised the material for two exhibits by Linda Schäpper, Seasons of Our Lady and Mysteries of the Rosary.

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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 Centre 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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Pope Praises neocatechumenate's Missionary Zeal
Reflects on Meaning of Liturgy
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) January 20, 2012

Benedict XVI says that the Neo-catechumenal Way is a special gift that the Holy Spirit has given our time, and he lauded the members of the Catholic lay group for their commitment to the proclamation of the Risen Christ, at the cost of abandoning personal and material safety, even leaving your own countries....

Around 11:30 a.m., accompanied by the notes of the song Mary Blessed Mary, Benedict XVI arrived, immediately met by applause and by the affectionate cry Viva il Papa! (Long live the Pope!)...

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.

Blessed Virgin Mary May Hold the Key To Unity
Source: The Star Press [Sunday Edition] (Muncie, Indiana), December 18, 2011

Is the key to Christian unity in our day and time the Blessed Virgin Mary?

For some of us, apparently few in number but growing, the answer is a rousing 'yes'. Our strongly affirmative response is built upon decades of positive signs that the six hundred million or so Protestants are taking another look at our dear Mother Mary and her place in the Christian faith.

We do this in light of the fact the ancient body of believers, both Roman Catholic and Orthodox, have given her special attention that included devotion and veneration. Such ancient groups combined number about 1.5 billion. They have consistently and persistently over the centuries given her a place second only to her son, Jesus the Christ....

This article was written by Dr. Donald Lacy, a member of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary--USA.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of February 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 February.

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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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