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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.

May God bless you and your work with the Marian Library and Research Institute.

Father Joseph

Position Opening

Doctoral Assistantship toward STD in Mariology

Date: Three years starting in summer 2012
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Open to: graduates with an STL degree in Catholic Theology interested in Marian studies

Applications are invited immediately for a postgraduate assistantship in Mariology at the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI), commencing summer semester 2012.  This assistantship, which offers a stipend of $17,000 per year as well as tuition remission and benefits, will be awarded on a three-year basis.

IMRI is seeking a graduate with an STL degree in Catholic theology who is interested in obtaining the terminal canonical STD degree with specialization in Marian Studies.

The recipient will be expected to work twenty hours per week for the institute, to complete IMRI courses toward the STD degree, and to possess very good skills in English.

Applications consisting of CV, academic transcripts, two references—one academic, one ecclesial, and a cover letter detailing experience and interests should reach Father François Rossier, S.M., Executive Director, The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, 300 College Park Ave, Dayton, OH 45469-1390 by May 31, 2012.

Click here for details on IMRI's academic program or call 937-229-4214 with other questions.  Father Rossier may also be reached by email.

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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Don Ruhl, a volunteer working with our crèches, passed away on February 21, 2012.  In January 2012, we received a donation from him to our collections.  Please include him and his family in your prayers.  Click here to see his obituary.

We also learned that William Kiefer, owner of St. Mark's Bookshop, Marianist Lay Affiliate, and friend of The Marian Library, passed away on March 7, 2012.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.  Father Bertrand Buby sent the obituary which we are reproducing below.

William Joseph Kiefer died March 7 at Mercy Siena.  Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. 30, 1925. He graduated from the University of Dayton (bac.) and Western Reserve. (S.L.A.)  Bill was an educator, a librarian, and author of three books.  He served the civic community on education boards for over fifteen years.  He and his beloved wife, Marie, owned St. Mark's Bookshop (Dayton and Centerville) for forty-four years.  After Marie's death in 2007, Bill continued with the stores until 2011.  Both Bill and Marie were Marianist Lay Affiliates.  Visitation will take place at Westbrock Funeral Home, 1712 Wayne Avenue from 3-5 P.M. on Sunday, March 11.  The Mass of Christian Burial is to be celebrated on Monday, at 10 A.M. at St. Joseph Church on E. 2nd Street.  Donations may be made to Marianist Mission.

Also, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the ESBVM-USA, informed us of the death of one of their board members, Dr. Donald Charles Lacy, on February 27, 2012.  Please remember him and his family in your prayers.  Click here to see the testimonial she wrote about him.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New DVD on Our Lady of Walsingham

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us that Mary's Dowry Productions has released a DVD production on Our Lady of Walsingham which includes portrayals of Richeldis de Faverches, telling the story of how the Holy House of Walsingham and the Shrine of Our Lady came to be.  Click here for details.

Suggested Video

During the season of Lent, please consider The Hero, a compelling modern drama about a high school football star's struggle with drinking that leads to tragedy interwoven with the story of Jesus' Crucifixion 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, March 7, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Bonnie Borel and Mary Britt of Dayton's 40 Days 4 Life, and with Dr. Brian Clowes, Director of Research and Training at Human Life International, (HLI), co-author of The Case Against Condoms with His Eminence, Alfonso Cardinal Lopez.  Dr. Clowes is the guest speaker for the evening vigil at the abortuary on Stroop Road and will speak to Sinclair students hosted by the Traditional Values Club at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

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, March 6, 2012, Francesca talks about Sister Josefa Menendez, consoling the heart of Jesus (The Way of Divine Love), St. Margaret Mary, the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and praying for the poor souls in Purgatory.

Francesca's Favorite Recipe for Today: meatless veggie dish: Lendicce (Lentils Sicilian Style, over pasta or rice or with spinach as a vegetable dish or hot 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:

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, March 8, 2:30 PM on Lenten Mystery Plays

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Father Joseph Schellhorn, S.M. by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Below is an English translation by Father Tom Stanley of the Preface of the biography of Father Joseph Schellhorn by Father Emile Neubert.  In addition to the Preface there are eight chapters.  After beginning the translation, Father Stanley became ill and was unable to continue the translation.  It was suggested that the cause for canonization of Father Schellhorn be introduced, but no action has been taken yet.  He certainly deserves our interest and attention.  Perhaps this information will help to stimulate interest.

A Priest dedicated to Mary
Father Joseph Schellhorn

Nice, May 30, 1896, Saturday of the Ember Days of Pentecost.
Gathered in the Cathedral choir are thirty-one seminarians robed in surplice and alb, standing before Bishop Matthieu-Victor Balain who is about to begin the Rite of Holy Orders.  At the end of a group of nine deacons who will be elevated to the priesthood is a pale, very thin and frail young candidate, Joseph Schellhorn.

He is a Marianist religious from the Institut Stanislas in Cannes.  For five years now he has hovered between life and death.  The three doctors who treated him and all the confreres who lived with him have predicted he would never attain the priesthood.  He, however, never lost hope and continually prayed: "May I be ordained a priest, celebrate Mass and then die."  That was his dream.  His dream is about to become a reality.  But can he endure the fatigue of this long ceremony?  His director is there, closeby, watching him uneasily, ready to help him if he collapses.

The sacramental rite proceeds normally and the young candidate participates to the end without too much difficulty.  Despite the predictions he has become a priest!

The next morning, in the chapel of the Institut Stanislas, he celebrates his first Mass, a celebration for which he prayed so many years.  Now he can die in peace.

Bale, forty years later, October 28, 1935, ten minutes after four in the morning.
On the second floor of the rectory of Saint Mary's parish a dying man gives up his soul to God.  He is surrounded by his brother, his two sisters, two of his brother priests and a religious nurse.  As soon as his body is made ready for viewing, many people gather around it to pray, not so much to recommend him to God's mercy as to ask him to obtain God's mercy for them.

They touched rosaries, medals, prayer books, and holy cards to his body.  They were delighted to get these 'relics.'  "A saint is dead" was proclaimed not only in Bale but also in all the continents of the world when his confreres and other acquaintances learned of his death.  People observed how his life was a constant miracle ever since his ordination at Nice and how this priest, always in poor health, achieved a workload that would have exhausted three healthy men and exercised an influence more penetrating and widespread that that of a hundred priests together.

Did his work end with his life?  Judging from all God-given indications, it seems not.  The driving aspiration and greatest happiness of Father Schellhorn was to preach filial piety towards the Blessed Virgin Mary, an all-inclusive filial piety practiced to the highest degree.  No doubt he continues this apostolate but in a more extended manner than was possible during his earthly existence.  May these pages help him carry out this mission!

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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 2/27/2012.  We also revised and expanded our material on Marian Dogmas and Polish Poetry and posted a new article on Chaminade and Mary.

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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.  Please note that MSA Councilor, Dr. Catherine M. O'Brien, will lecture there on Mary in Film next Wednesday (3/14/2012).

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Cuban Bishops Preparing Warm Papal Welcome
Propose Three Days of Prayer and Mission
Source: Zenit (Havana) May 1, 2012

In a message to all Cubans today, the bishops of Cuba invite them to receive the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, with affection and enthusiasm as one who comes in the name of the Lord.

The bishops confirm the Pope's itinerary for the March 26-28 pastoral visit to Cuba, and exhort all the faithful to take part in the two celebrations of Holy Mass, which will take place in Santiago de Cuba and Havana.

The Pontiff will arrive in Santiago de Cuba on Monday, March 26 at 2 pm.  Mass in Antonio Maceo Square will take place at 5:30 pm.  On Tuesday morning, March 27, the Holy Father will visit the image of the Virgin of Charity in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Cobre.  At 9:30 am, he will travel to Havana, where he will celebrate Mass on Wednesday the 28th at 9 am in Jose Marti Square....

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.

Smashing Mary
Source: Catholic Exchange (Rome), February 17, 2012

I have a friend, a Catholic businessman, who owns several hotels.  He is not wealthy, but has done well, especially as an Eastern European immigrant who decades ago barely escaped death at the hands of communism.  He has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.  So much so that he has a statue of Mary outside each of his hotels....

Recently, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement expressed their hatred of the Mother of Christ.  This happened among the Occupy brethren in Rome, no less--just outside the Vatican.  These fighters for economic and social justice removed a statue of Mary and smashed it into smithereens in the street.  She lay there, broken in shards....

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March 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 March.

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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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