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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 all.  Greetings to all the people in IMRI.

Father Alex

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 2012 Awards Ceremony for University Libraries was held on March 28.  The following students received the Student International Award in honor of Father Theodore Koehler: Linjiang Gui; Zi Ouyang; and Jaya Chandra Ramadugu.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Ballet with Marian Content

Judith Lungen, informed us about El Penitente, a ballet in which the Virgin Mary appears.  We are grateful to Judith for providing us with the information below.

In my continued research, along with a few ebay acquisitions, I just received the 1982 edition of Clive Barnes' book, Nureyev, which contains photos of Rudolf Nureyev in El Penitente.

El Penitente
choreography by Martha Graham
starring Rudolf Nureyev, 1977
Photograph by Beverly Gallegos

Martha Graham created this one-act ballet in 1940 and she played the roles of Virgin, Magdalen and Mother, as required by the choreography itself.

According to what I found online, a video of Nureyev's performance is available for viewing at the New York City Library.

We thank Judith for this material, and are always grateful to receive information like this which aids us in our Marian research.

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 Hill Number One.

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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.

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.

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, April 5, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Eucharist

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, April 6, 2:30 PM on the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Rosary balloons over Chicago by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informed about about the following recent news story, and added: "Our schools, parishes, and organizations might try this on a small scale locally."

Just in time for the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a seventy-five-foot rosary floats skyward from Chicago's Michigan Avenue Bridge claiming the Magnificent Mile for Mary.  A giant rosary floated gracefully over Chicago's busy tourism district on Friday as thousands looked on.  The six-foot gold cross hanging from the rosary sparkled in the sunlight as it very slowly ascended between the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building.  The rosary of helium-filled yellow balloons bearing the word LIFE then floated down Michigan Avenue over the Hancock Tower and past North Avenue Beach....

Click here to read the complete article.

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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 Grieshaber's Polish Stations of the Cross, and Spanish Marian Poetry for Holy Week.

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 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 Willamette 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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US Rallies Against Contraception Mandate
Chain of Cities Hosts Demonstrations Defending Religious Liberty
Source: Zenit (Chicago) March 23, 2012

Throughout the United States, those who oppose the Obama Administration's Health and Human Services mandate came together, each in his or her own state, to protest the mandate's imposition on the consciences of American Catholics.

Eric Scheidler, a member of the Pro Life Action League and one of the co-chairmen of the rally, described the overall response throughout the nation.  "The general response of the public from all the rallies was extremely positive, extremely upbeat," he said.  "People are really pumped up.  It is really a perilous issue." ...

"The choice of date for the rallies, moreover, was not an accident.  In fact we timed these rallies to fall on the Friday before the Feast of the Annunciation because we wanted to highlight that, in contrast to Our Lady, who said "yes" to motherhood, Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, close allies of Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, are saying "no" to motherhood." ...

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 Award Winner
Working for Women

Source: UD Quickly (University of Dayton), March 2012

As the end of her four years at UD grows nearer, 2012 Miryam Award recipient, Elizabeth Reeves, says her college experience has come full circle.

Reeves is one of three students who was honored at the Miryam Award prayer service ceremony March 26 for their work to improve the climate on campus for women....

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

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