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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.

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Dr. Gloria Dodd, IMRI Professor and long-time member of the MSA, is now serving as the President of the Legion of Mary's Dayton Curia which meets at Saint Albert the Great parish in Kettering, Ohio.  Her husband, Ennis, is President of the Legion's Praesidium, a local group.  She tells us that the Acies, the most important Legion event of the year, is scheduled for the Dayton area at 2 pm on Sunday, March 18, 2012.  Members and auxiliaries are invited to RSVP by 3/11 and to come to Saint Albert's parish with family and friends.   All are encouraged to prepare for the consecration to Jesus through Mary according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort from February 22 through March 26 and to make or renew the consecration during the ceremony at the Acies before Benediction with refreshments to follow.  For details on this Marian entrustment and the recommended preparation click here.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on Mary in Film

Since January 2007, the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) has organized a series of yearly seminars on various key aspects of the theme 'Film and Faith,' with the author as lecturer and main resource person.  CFA launched its Film and Faith book series in 2008, in time for the second yearly workshop.  Film and Mary is the fifth book in the series published by CFA, written solely or partly by film historian and reviewer, Peter Malone, MSC.  Father Malone kindly donated a copy to Michael Duricy as a reference resource for The Marian Library.  We are very grateful for this contribution.

Suggested Video

As Lent starts, please consider Secret of the Horse, a modern drama based on Christ's endurance of suffering in the Scourging at the Pillar, 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 22, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jeff Cavins, noted Catholic TV and radio personality, author, and family man, about his return to Catholicism, his blessedly-effective Great Adventure Bible Timeline and his topics for Friday evening (March 9), Forgiving When You Don't Feel Like It, and Saturday (March 10) when he presents The Bible Timeline Seminar at Incarnation Parish in Centerville, OH.  Incarnation parishioners, Ruth Reeve and Mary Bull, also join Francesca in the studio of The Marian Library at the University of Dayton.

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 21, 2012, Francesca focuses on Lent, reparation, reconciliation, healing of the heart, body, mind, and spirit; Josefa Menendez' Way of Divine Love, and the fantastic, blessed Miracle Day of Prayer held at St. Luke, the Evangelist, Church on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with Father Gregory Bramlage who taught and ministered In the Footsteps of the Lamb, hosted by The CREDO Apostolate.  Many healings are thought to have occurred.  For more information on the CREDO Apostolate Healing Retreat and Miracle Day of Prayer see

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: Heart-healthy Lenten food, Sicilian pasta with broccoli and meatless taco soup

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:

Sister M Jean Frisk, Thursday, February 23, 2:30 PM on the Life of a Marian Library Volunteer – Part I

Sister M Jean Frisk, Friday, February 24, 2:30 PM on the Life of a Marian Library Volunteer – Part II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Vatican II and Education by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Father Paul Hoffer, S.M., then Superior General of the Society of Mary, was among the council fathers and helped compose the Declaration on Christian Education.  The text below is an attempt to summarize one perspective emphasized by that document.

Vatican II's Perspective on Education

This is a summary view of The Second Vatican Council's outlook on the challenge facing Christian educators today.

The rapid progress of technology poses serious problems to the Christian educator.  On the doctrinal level there is nothing to worry about because there cannot be any contradiction between the laws of the physical world and those of the supernatural world, granted that God is the author of both.  We recognize the grandeur of technology since by it divine creation harvests new accomplishments which permit us to attain and use created goods more easily, and this sense of effectiveness also reaches into the domain of spirituality and of the apostolate.  Yet we must recognize that the type of person which technology is increasingly producing has not arrived at a balanced faith.  There exists the danger of indifference to real human problems and insensibility toward the contradiction between what may arise between faith and personal attitudes.  The passion for organization, a necessary consequence of technology and a good in itself, raises the serious danger of creating a world in which we see ourselves as similar to bees in a hive.  The bees instinctively obey the super organization of their hive.  In societies where everything is organized down to the last detail, humans are increasingly more specialized by detailed tasks, and begin blindly to obey minute regulations and repeat automatic gestures without even asking themselves why they are working.  We run the risk of becoming like the insects.  Transposed to the moral and religious level, a technological mentality engenders legalism and pharisaism.

Evidently the Christian educator must react against such a dangerous deviation.  We need to teach the sciences with competence and harbor the conviction that Christianity is as capable of spiritualizing technology as it was to incorporate Greek civilization into its synthesis.  There is need of rejecting the tendency to eliminate gradually the humanities from the school program.  Rather strive to center teaching on the formation of the person instead of on the acquisition of knowledge, on culture rather than on technology, on the unity of knowledge instead of the quantity of information.  Following the current trend would risk allowing science to become a boomerang that kills its own possessor.

One of the influential members of the American Atomic Energy Commission, Thomas E. Murphy, rightly affirmed that, "whatever be our actual needs in the scientific and technical sector, our need of wisdom is still more urgent."  [Science and technology] "... have created in our contemporary civilization problems which they themselves are unable to solve."

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Current 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.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.  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.  Click here for more information or here for a virtual exhibit.

Trauth was on hand for an artist's reception held in the Staff Lounge across the hall from the gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2012.  Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. spoke about spiritual dimensions of her art, and the artist also explained the work briefly and answered questions.  Light refreshments followed the talks.

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 conclude on March 9, 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 Czechoslovakia, Romania, Slovakia, St. Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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 and also posted the Exhibit Schedule for The Marian Library Gallery in 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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La Salle Martyrs to Be Beatified
Postulator Explains the Circumstances of Their Martyrdom
Source: Zenit (Rome) February 14, 2012

The Church has recognized the martyrdom of a numerous group of La Salle religious who worked in schools in Spain, and who will soon be beatified.

In this interview with ZENIT, the postulator of their cause, Brother Rodolfo Meoli, explains the circumstances of the life and death of these martyrs.

Brother Meoli, postulator general since 1995 of this group of brothers, is handling the case of the Servants of God who will be the new Spanish martyrs, thanks to the decrees on their martyrdom promulgated by Benedict XVI last Dec. 19.

ZENIT: Why are these religious called martyrs of the Civil War?

Brother Meoli: Be careful.  There is a notable error in calling them martyrs of the Civil War, an error that even some in the Church make.  In canonical terms, there are no martyrs of Civil Wars.  Christian martyrs are those killed for fidelity to their religious beliefs.  In fact, the religious persecution began in Spain in 1931, and the Civil War not until 1936....

ZENIT: And what about the layman who reacted to the shooting of an image of the Virgin?

Brother Meoli: There was also a numerous group from Griñón, a place close to Madrid.  There were twenty three of them, twenty one of whom were brothers plus a chaplain and a layman.  The first one to die crying out 'Hail, Christ the King' was, in fact, the layman.  They were all killed in front of the chapel and buried in the vegetable garden next door.  Those of the Sacred Heart, instead, were taken to the prison of San Antón, were they were held for almost four months.  Sentenced by a so-called people's court, it was enough to demonstrate that they were religious to sentence them to death....

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.

Worshippers See Virgin Mary of Guadalupe in Houston Tree
Source: Huffington Post (Houston, TX), February 9, 2012

Months after buying his home in Houston, Texas, Kyle Toland couldn't figure out why strangers would gather around a tree at the edge of his property and leave flowers, candles, and notes.

Worried that the tree marked the site of a recent accident, Toland finally asked a gatherer about it, and was relieved to hear his explanation: many people believe a scar in the tree's side resembles the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, KHOU News reports....

Click here for the complete article with a video clip.  The Mary Page has also posted an article on a related topic, A New Type of Apparition?

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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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