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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.

God bless you for the great work you and your team are doing.


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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The Marianum informed us that they recently examined and approved (with suggested revisions) the following Marian theses: Sisto Ciro's doctoral dissertation Il "Figlio verginale" di Maria. Per una riflessione sulle tenatiche cristologiche, ecclesiologiche e mariologische nelle "Simbolica ecclesiale" di Bruno Forte, and Campanile Andrea's Licentiate thesis, Il Messaggio di Fatima.  The Marian Library will attempt to obtain copies of these texts for our holdings.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Film About Mexico's Fight for Religious Freedom Opens in June in US

For Greater Glory offers lessons in history and catechesis. It is one of Mexico's most expensive movies ever made, with a cast of Hollywood greats. Yet, unlike many relatively big budget films about the Church, this one approaches the Catholic faith with unusual seriousness, respect and sensitivity.

Starring Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole, For Greater Glory is a compelling war film based on the true story of the Cristero War--a conflict caused by the brutal government crackdown on the Mexican Catholic Church in the 1920s.

Released at a time when religious freedom, especially for Catholics, is being attacked in the United States and elsewhere, the picture is also particularly timely....

The Cristeros, whose battle cry was "¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!" (Long live Christ the King! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe!), won a number of victories against the Federales but also suffered many losses....

For Greater Glory (Cristiada in Spanish) will open in Mexican theatres on April 20 and in American cinemas on June 1.  The hope is to bring it to European audiences as well.

Click here to see the complete article from Zenit.

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, including the First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Annunciation.

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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 28, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Barbara Trauth, Artist and Marian Sculptor, currently exhibiting at the University of Dayton's Marian Library.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara graduated from Edgecliff College with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in sculpting.  She worked as an illustrator for Gibson Greeting Cards, Shillito's Department Store, The Cincinnati Post and The Cincinnati Enquire, taught Saturday art classes at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, continued to take painting classes at the Art Academy for seventeen years while raising four children.  Learn how she envisions Mary, how she gets her inspirations, what creativity is all about, and how it meshes with Christian Spirituality as she speaks about Our Lady of the Merry Go Round, The Magnificat, The Face of Suffering, suffering and healing through art and sculpting, and experiences of silent and soothing peace.

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 27, 2012, Francesca speaks with Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Ph.D., psychotherapist, past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT), now practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA), about healing attitudes; how you can become your own friend and relate to yourself in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God's healing love.  The dialogue focuses on healing attitudes, woundedness, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Easter Ricotta Pie and Easter Bread

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 John Fletcher, CC, Thursday, March 29, 2:30 PM on Commending of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, Friday, March 30, 2:30 PM on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Reconciliation

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Artisan of Peace: The Story of Saint Charbel of Lebanon by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha, S.M., donated a copy of this article (published in The Word Among Us to The Marian Library with the following comments.

When in Lebanon I was privileged to visit the tomb of Saint Charbel at the monastery where he is buried. I found it to be very impressive, with many pilgrim visitors. Even Muslims like and revere him. Here are some excerpts from the article.

For Westerners who don't often hear "Arab" and "Christian" mentioned in the same breath, it may be strange to hear about one Arab Christian, Charbel Makhlouf, who is a canonized saint.  Charbel was a nineteenth-century monk who lived an died in Lebanon, in the mountain region where the country's famous cedars grow.  Like most Lebanese Christians today, he was a Maronite Catholic, a member of one of the great Eastern churches, which has been in union with Rome since its beginnings in the late fourth century....

On the night of January 22, 1993, Nuhad Chami, a mother of twelve, felt a special urge to pray before going to sleep.  A few months earlier, she had suffered a stroke that left her half paralyzed. Little could be done, her carotid arteries were almost completely blocked, doctors told her.  They wanted to try inserting stents in her neck, but she was afraid of the surgery.  As she prayed that night, sending up her cry to the Virgin Mary and Saint Charbel, deep repentance pierced her heart.  Afterwards, she fell asleep with an unprecedented sense of peace.... All were dumbfounded for her healing was complete and instantaneous....

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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, and Mary's Fear at the Annunciation.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were Ascension, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, The Vatican, and Yugoslavia.

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 Polish Poetry and Marian Apparitions of the Twentieth Century.  We also posted the Program for the Twenty-Third International Marian and Mariological Congress to be held in Rome next September.

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2012 Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA)

Title: The Virgin Mary in the United States and Canada Since 1900

Date: May 23-26, 2012

Location: Mount Angel Abbey Retreat House, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, OR 97373

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church.

The Mount Angel Abbey sits on a hilltop in the Williamette Valley of Oregon which provides a picturesque and contemplative setting for the monastery, seminary, and retreat house located there.

Click here for further information including the complete program and contacts (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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The Church in Arabia: I Saw People Crying with Tears of Joy
Vicar Apostolic Speaks of Leading a Church in Muslim Lands

Source: Zenit (Rome) March 23, 2012

Bishop Paul Hinder is a sixty-nine-year-old Capuchin prelate from Switzerland.  He lives in Abu Dhabi, and as the vicar apostolic of Southern Arabia, is responsible for the largest Catholic territory in the world, one covering some 3,000,000 square kilometers (1,160,000 square miles), in which there are approximately two million Christians. Mark Riedemann for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need spoke with the bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia.

... Q: What is your hope for the Catholic Church in the Gulf of Arabia?

Bishop Hinder: My hope is that we, Catholics, will not live in fear.  I hope for more tolerance.  We do not really hide in most countries.  We do not really have a problem for example in Dubai.  If someone hangs a rosary with the cross in the front mirror of a car it is not a concern....

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.

Curran and Wife Gift New Chaminade Statue to Campus
Source: Flyer News (University of Dayton), March 23, 2012

The recently installed statue of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was a gift from President Daniel Curran and his wife, Claire Renzetti, to honor the University of Dayton's religious founders....

The statue was created by Marianist Brother, Joseph Aspell, a UD Alumnus....

Click here for the complete article which includes a pictures of the statue.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of April 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 April.

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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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