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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.

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and for sending the information.  It is very helpful.
Best wishes to you for Christmas and the new year.



Father Gregory Roth, doctoral candidate at the International Marian Research Institute, will speak at the second annual Florovsky Patristic Symposium at the Princeton Theological Seminary on February 10, 2012.  The title of his presentation is Mary and the Church in Germanos of Constantinople's Dormition Homilies.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New 'Mary App' Available

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, creators of the popular DIVINE MERCY APP, are pleased to release the MARY APP.  This FREE app offers a complete resource for information on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, in an easy to navigate format.  The app has three main chapters: Doctrine; Devotion; and Mary Plus.  Click here for details.

Suggested Video

With the anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes approaching, please consider Song of Bernadette (1943), a classic drama based on the novel by Franz Werfel which depicts the miraculous events at Lourdes.  Jennifer Jones won an Oscar for her performance as the famous visionary.  The Marian Library has three copies on VHS videotape.  This film is also available on DVD from Ignatius Press, and currently on sale.  Ignatius also offers four more recent films related to Lourdes on DVD, all currently on sale: St. Bernadette of Lourdes; Bernadette; The Passion of Bernadette; and Lourdes, a Story of Faith, Science, and Miracles.

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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 8, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Col. Herb Edwards (Ret.), Beth Lang-Sletten, Marika Zimmerman, and Ed Arnold about CREDO (Catholics in Renewal and Evangelization, Dayton, OHIO) and the CREDO Apostolate's upcoming Healing Conference and Miracle Prayer Day of Renewal on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Road, Dayton, OH 45432 with Missionaries of the New Evangelization, Father Gregory Bramlage (Indianapolis, IN) and Father Dan Wilder (Peoria,IL).  Find out how the CREDO Apostolate grew out of Coming Out of the Desert: Fanning Faith Into Flame in 2010 and about CREDO's quarterly Prayer and Praise Gatherings in April, July, and October 2012.  For more information on CREDO Apostolate, and MIRACLE PRAYER Conference and Registration see the web site:

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, February 7, 2012, Francesca talks with listeners about Listening to the Heart of Jesus and Consoling the Heart of Jesus from Sister Josefa Menendez and the writings dictated by Jesus in The Way of Divine Love as a preparation for Lenten reading, personal spiritual growth, and transformation.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Pasta Bolognese

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, February 9, 2:30 PM on Lourdes

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

What's in the Name Chaminade? by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Over the years many have questioned the origin of the name Chaminade and asked if it has a meaning.  Thanks to the dedicated research of Marianist scholars like Father Herbert Kramer and Father Joseph Verrier, we now have documented information.

Chaminade is an old family name in southern France.  From the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries we find records of persons bearing that name in or near Bordeaux.  Several were monks, one an abbot, in the monastery of Ste. Croix at Bordeaux.  In those old records the name La Caminada is the precursor of Chaminade.  Chaminade became more common in the seventeenth century.

The Meaning of Chaminade

Various historians, archivists, and archaeologists in France have attested to the origin and meaning of the name Chaminade, which evolved from Caminade. The name means presbytery, rectory, priest's house; because in those times few persons besides the bourgeois and the pastor owned a house with a chimney (cheminée in French). Even today in the region around Toulouse, France, the dialect term for rectory is caminade.

Many Chaminade Families in Périgueux

Most of the Chaminade families of Blessed William Joseph's native city resided in the cathedral parish of St. Front, where our Marianist Founder was baptized and spent his early years.  Mussidan, where he later studied and taught, was also home to many Chaminade families.

The majority of Chaminade bread-winners were craftsmen, such as shoemakers, tailors, gardeners, farmers, laborers.  Some worked in the legal profession.  Father Chaminade's father was a window-glass worker, and his grandfather was a stone worker.

Cécile Chaminade Not a Relative

For a time, some thought that the celebrated composer and pianist, Cécile Chaminade, was a descendant of Father Chaminade's family.  But this was found to be erroneous after Father Joseph Verrier pursued the question thoroughly with one of her nieces, Mme Antoinette Chaminade Lorel, who lived in Monte Carlo.

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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 or here for a virtual exhibit.

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 commenced 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 Immaculate Mary and Bernadette Soubirous.

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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 1/30/2012.

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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 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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Order of Nuns Using Art to Open Door to Faith
Superior of Missionaries of Divine Revelation Speaks of Evangelizing in Rome's Basilicas
Source: Zenit (Rome) February 2, 2012

Walking the streets of Rome recently, one cannot fail to notice sisters robed in a distinctive green habit.  They visit historic and artistic places of the capital, in particular cathedrals, abbeys and catacombs.  They are the Sisters of Divine Revelation, dedicated primarily to catechesis, and embracing a vocation to bring man to faith through the eternal and profound beauty of art.  ZENIT spoke with Mother Rebecca Nazzaro, the superior of the congregation.

ZENIT: Sister Rebecca, first of all I would like our readers to learn briefly the history of your order.

Mother Nazzaro: Our history began with the apparition of the Virgin of Tre Fontane on April 12, 1947.  The Virgin appeared to Bruno Cornacchiola, an anti-clerical Protestant, who was there with his three children to write a talk against the Madonna, which he would give the next day to an Adventist group.

Suddenly the children left and Bruno found them kneeling in front of the grotto, where he also saw a luminous point appear that came ever closer and touched his eyes.  It was the beautiful Lady who, totally covered in a green mantle, with the word of God in hand, said to him: "You persecute me, return to the holy fold--the Catholic Church--I am the Virgin of Revelation."  Hence, our charism was born from this extraordinary event....

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.

New Co-Chairs Named for Chapel Renovation and Expansion Committee
Source: Press Release (University of Dayton), December 18, 2011

The Rev. James Fitz, S.M., vice president for mission and rector, and Sandra Yocum, chair of the department of religious studies, have been named co-chairs of the chapel renovation and expansion committee, announced Daniel J. Curran, president.

They replace the Rev. Christopher Wittmann, S.M., and Claire Renzetti, who are no longer serving at the University.  Several new members will be appointed to the committee (e.g., student representatives to replace the students who have graduated).

The chapel renovation expansion project is now in the fund-raising phase.  Until the fund-raising phase is completed, the chapel will remain open.  Reservations for use are now being accepted until December 2012.

Teri Rizvi
Associate Vice-President for University Communications
University of Dayton

Click here for more information on this project.

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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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