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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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Father Arokiasamy Susaimani, OSM, a current IMRI student, was recently elected as the first Provincial for the newly-erected Indian province of Aikkiya Annai (Mother of Unity) for the Order of Servants of Mary.  He asked for prayers, especially for graces to support him in the challenges of his new position.  We congratulate Father Mani and wish him well.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New website with Scripture Reflections

Father Bertrand A. Buby, S.M., a long-time Professor at IMRI, informed us of a new blog on which he posts meditations on the Bible readings from the Lectionary used daily in the liturgy.  Michael Bittner from the Marianist Provincialate created the new website, accessible at URL

Also please note that Father Buby's Mary of Galilee Trilogy is available through and that Volume II recently received a very positive review.

Suggested Video

Dr. Nastia Korbon informed us that Cecil B. De Mille's classic silent film on the life of Christ, King of Kings, is now available on DVD, digitally restored in uncut form from amazon and also through Netflix.  The Criterion Collection version includes forty-five minutes of footage omitted from the original theatrical release, adding two scenes shot in technicolor.  Dr. Korbon mentioned that two important Marian scenes also appear in the expanded version, a very moving one on Golgotha in which Mary comforts the mother of one of the crucified thieves, and another in which Our Lady meets the risen Lord.  We thank Dr. Korbon for this information.

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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.

Radio Maria needs YOU!!  Radio Maria is having a Mariathon (on-air pledge drive) this Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, 2012.  You can help by calling in your pledge of support, comments, and prayer requests to 1-888-408-0201 or online at  Please consider either a one-time gift or joining ARMS21 (Association of Radio Maria Supporters donating $21/month).  If you're interested in contributing a matching gift or grant, please contact Mary Pyper at 937-425-8773.  Radio Maria features live broadcasts of several Masses, programs and events from Ohio.  Tune in for Holy Mass from Ohio parishes on the third and fifth Sunday morning of each month.  Thank you in advance for your generous financial support and prayers for your local Catholic Radio Maria stations: 88.7 FM, Anna/West Central Ohio and 1600 AM, Springfield/Dayton.  Radio Maria ... a Christian voice in your home!

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.

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 13, 2012, Francesca talks with Mary Britt and Jenny Belokony of Dayton, OH about Forty Days For Life, a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.  The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused forty days of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, seeking God's favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life.  Tune in to see how you can participate in this great movement and the vigil to be held on abortion.

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, March 15, 2:30 PM on Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord

Father François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, March 16, 2:30 PM on the Feast of St. Joseph

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Translations of Marian Texts by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha informed us that Father James Mercer has been working on English translations of two Marian books written by Father Emile Neubert, S.M.  Brother John added that Father James is a great admirer of Father Neubert's works and a good linguist.  Mary and the Christian Family (originally Votre Maman du Ciel) has been completed and published while Mary and the Christian Educator and The Life of Mary should be finished soon.  Please pray for the success of this project.  We will keep you informed about the availability of these works.

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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.

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 concluded 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 posted a Survey of English Language Marian Websites and the Program for the 2012 annual meeting of the MSA (in PDF).

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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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The Land the Pope Will Visit: a Peak at Mexico
Our Lady of Guanajuato Brings Another Gift to Her City
Source: Zenit (Guanajuato, Mexico) March 12, 2012

Guanajuato is a magical city.  On entering it, one sees lovely colonial scenes: cobblestone streets, tunnels that evoke ancient mines and hills that are characteristic of this area of Mexico, with houses that seem to be scattered as pieces of a beautiful and original-scale model....

Here is a beautiful wooden image of the Mother of Christ. History recounts that Catholics in Granada, Spain, paid tribute to this very image of the Virgin. In the year 714, when Spain was invaded by the Moors, the city's residents, fearful of disrespect to the Virgin's image, hid it in a damp cave to ensure its safety. The image remained there for eight and a half centuries.

We know that this period of time would have been sufficient to destroy the hardest wood, but not the image of the Most Holy Virgin, which despite the unfavorable conditions and lack of ventilation, was in no way damaged. While the Muslims dominated Spain, the image of the Virgin remained hidden, but when Granada was reconquered by Catholic kings, the image was discovered in the mid-sixteenth century and given to Charles V....

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.

Conversation Piece
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), March 9, 2012

Chaminade has arrived.  After starting its journey in California, the statue of a young Father William Joseph Chaminade arrived on campus in late February and now stands in Central Mall.  A gift from University President, Daniel J. Curran, and Claire Renzetti, the statue will be dedicated April 20.  Artist, Joe Aspell '68, designed the statue.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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