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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.

I just wanted to let you know I really loved your Easter website.  Lots of great information and I had a great time looking at it all.  Thank you and keep up the great work.


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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Raíces Marianas en Latino America, a collection of Marian essays in Spanish was recently published by San Pablo Press in Bogotá, Colombia. The text includes articles written by two IMRI Professors, Father Antonio Larocca, and Dr. Deyanira Flores.  Dr. Flores donated a copy of the book to The Marian Library.  We are grateful for her generosity.

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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

Father James H. Phalan, CSC, current MSA Vice-President, visited Dayton from March 15-17, to do research on Mary and Evangelization at The Marian Library.  While here, he mentioned that Family Theater has posted a number of religious videos on YouTube.  Just type "family theater productions" into their search box, then choose from the many clips available for display.  Several have Lenten themes (e.g. Jesus in Holy Week and Scourging at the Pillar).

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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.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA and Father John Fletcher, CC (Companions of The Cross), various Radio Maria volunteers, program presenters and callers about favorite saints and features of Radio Maria broadcasting as Radio Maria USA hosts its Spring Mariathon.  Call in to participate in the program and the Mariathon with conversation and your donation to help keep Radio Maria on the air.  Francesca shares information about Radio Maria in Italy, St. Padre Pio, and her meatless Lenten recipes shared on Through The Tummy to the Heart, her Tuesday Radio Maria Program.  Call in to receive Francesca's Favorite Recipes!

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 20, 2012, Francesca talks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA about the beginnings of Radio Maria and its worldwide broadcast and internet coverage in over sixty countries, its mission, vision, and the work of staff and numerous volunteers throughout the world as Radio Maria USA hosts a Mariathon.  Call in with your donation to help keep Radio Maria on the air.  Francesca shares her recipe for pasticerria dolce, a traditional dish served on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in some Italian households.

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:

Steve Koob, Thursday, March 22, 2:30 PM on Pro-Life Topics

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, March 23, 2:30 PM on the Feast of the Annunciation

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Mysterious Staircase by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Blessings for the feast of the great St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, and our spiritual guardian!  Enjoy this video on a miracle attributed to Saint Joseph.

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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, Reflections on Saint Joseph, and Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer.

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 posted the Program for the 2012 annual meeting of the MSA (in PDF) and the Program for the Twenty-Third International Marian and Mariological Congress to be held in Rome next September.

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Concert for the Feast of the Annunciation

Title: A Tribute to Mary in Prayer and Song

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2012 at 6 pm

Location: Emmanuel Catholic Church, 149 Franklin Street, Dayton, Ohio

There will be liturgical music, prayer, and a Living Rosary.  Admission is free and open to the general public.

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The Theology of St. Joseph
Saint Joseph's Paternity of the Son of God
Source: Zenit (Rome) March 19, 2012

Italian Father, Tarcisio Stramare, and Brazilian Father, Alberto Santiago, of the Congregation of Oblates of Saint Joseph, were appointed by their Congregation to the work of the Josephite Movement.  On the feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, ZENIT interviewed these two theologians.

ZENIT: What can you tell us about this research center you direct?

Father Tarcisio: It is called the Josephite Movement, and it was founded in 1983 by Father Angelo Renero.  Its objective is to make the figure of Saint Joseph known.  It is a commitment of the Congregation to open itself and put its charism at the disposition of others....

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.

2012 Miryam Awards
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), March 9, 2012

The three recipients of this year's Miryam Award agree that the student's voice has the power to make a measurable impact on campus and beyond.

Senior, Elizabeth Reeves, and graduate students, Alisa Bartel '10 and Alex Kreidenweis '10, will be honored for their contributions to the campus community during the Miryam Award prayer service at 4:30 pm on Monday, March 26, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of the University of Dayton.  An award ceremony and reception will follow in Chaminade Hall....

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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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