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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.

Thank you.  The Mary Page looks good!

Brother John


Dr. Michael Carter brought eighteen students from his class on Guadalupe to The Marian Library on 2/1/2012.  Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., spoke to the group about resources in The Marian Library, including videos on Guadalupe.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Suggested Video

With Lent approaching, please consider Haunted Heart, a modern drama based on the suffering Christ endured in the Crowning with Thorns, 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 15, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Sister Celia Chua, MIC (Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception), of Montreal, Canada, an IMRI Faculty Member (Pontifical International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton's Marian Library about the annual World Day of the Sick and its three consistent themes celebrated every year on the feast of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, France, on February 11 since 1992; the pertinent Vatican Message of Pope Benedict XVI; Sacraments of Healing and the Scriptures; the importance of the Catholic Sacraments of the Sick; the writings of St. Augustine and the spirituality of Lourdes celebrated February 11 based on Sister Celia's writings and experiences with the sick, citing passages from Father Henri Nouewen's book relating his pilgrimage to Lourdes!

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 14, 2012, Francesca speaks with Father Gregory Bramlage who will teach and minister In The Footsteps of The Lamb, at the CREDO Apostolate Healing Conference and Miracle Prayer Day at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Rd. Dayton, OH 45432 on Saturday February 18 from 9-4 PM about Scripture, the steps to help us experience the Healing Power of the Kingdom of Jesus, the mission and goals of Missionaries of the New Evangelization; his experiences in various countries from South America to Africa, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Europe, and the USA; his most recent trip to Guatemala, and what happened last weekend at The Word of God Community in Gaithersburg, MD.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Italian Minestrone and heart-healthy taco soup from her family's favorite recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia

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:

Michael Duricy, Thursday, February 16, 2:30 PM on the Academic Program at IMRI

Father John Fletcher, CC, Friday, February 17, 2:30 PM on Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Year of Faith--October 2012 to November 2013 by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

A good event to anticipate and prepare for.  The Marianist Family could implement some of the suggestions from Vatican Information Services.  The review and study of the Vatican II documents are important to initial formation and continuing formation programs.  Chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church) deserves special attention.

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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 Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.

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 our retrospective on the art of Beverly Stoller and expanded our collection of Polish Poetry.

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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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World Day of the Sick: the Vatican's Voice
Pontifical Council President on Commemorating Health Care Ministry
Source: Zenit (Rome) February 10, 2012

Saturday is the World Day of the Sick.  For the Catholic Church this day has a symbolic meaning that goes beyond the civil aspect, because Christianity was born and spread in the world thanks to the evangelical charity that commits all to care for and share in the plight of the suffering.

The day coincides with the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and it reminds us that Mary never abandons humanity.  It is precisely she, in fact, who is the most effective mediator of the needs of humans, and our greatest consolation....

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.

Glassblowers' Christmas
Source: The Cullet (Sandwich, Massachusetts), Fall, 2011

The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present over thirty nativity scenes on loan from private individuals as well as from The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.  The Museum will exhibit a selection designed to promote the study and understanding of art, culture, and religion, as well as the Christmas story itself.

Nativity scenes are a part of many a family's holiday displays.  We are fortunate to have a number of examples from local collectors.  From the rare to reflections of pop culture the fanciful displays will be sure to delight....

Click here for the complete article. [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

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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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