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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.

Thank you again for all your support.  I look forward to being in touch in the future.


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 Javier Alson and Father Antonio Larocca arrived in Dayton on April 12 to investigate the PAMI Conference and to visit with the local Hispanic community.

Dr. Judith Martin brought a class to the Marian Library on April 12.  The group discussed contemporary Marian trends with Sister M. Jean Frisk.

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Stefano De Fiores has passed away.  Details are available, in Italian, from the website of the Marianum.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Recent Marian Releases from IMRI Student

Wholly Mary: Mother of God is a book about Mary by Chris Padgett.  Click here to find details or to order a copy.  The Rosary Project: A Celebration of Prayer and Song is a CD with all the mysteries of the Rosary and music read and performed by the author.  Click here for details or to order a copy.

Suggested Video

Father James H. Phalan, CSC, current MSA Vice-President, visited Dayton recently 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 Triumphant Hour featuring the Biblical story of Easter with interludes of sacred music and old-school Hollywood stars praying together with their families.

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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:

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, Thursday, April 19, 2:30 PM on the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father John Fletcher, CC, Friday, April 20, 2:30 PM on Holy Mary, Fountain of Light and Life

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Easter Greetings by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.


I wish you and all those close to you a blessed Easter Season.  We are together in prayer.
Brother John

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Last Chance to See 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 Easter Poetry.

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 Thoughts of Benedict XVI through March 28, 2012.  We have also posted the Program for the Twenty-Third International Marian and Mariological Congress to be held in Rome next September, and the Program for the 2012 annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA).

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Rosary Event in Ludlow Falls

Title: Family Rosary Walk

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4 pm

Location: Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, 3505 Calumet Road, Ludlow Falls, Oh 45339

The walk will be followed by a Pot-Luck Dinner, and various games are available like corn-hole, volleyball, kick-ball, etc.  The Transfiguration Center is supplying all the hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks.  Please bring salads, casseroles, desserts or whatever you like, to share.

Everyone is free to come for all or just part of the evening.  To help with the preparations please call 937-698-7180 or email if you plan to attend.

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Meditations for Good Friday's Way of the Cross
As with each individual Christian, so each family has its own way of the cross
Source: Zenit (Rome) April 5, 2012

Here is the text of the Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations, written this year by Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi.  The married couple, from the Focolare Movement, founded the "New Families" Movement.

Jesus tells us: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross each day and follow me." This is an invitation addressed to everyone: to those who are married and those who are single, to young people, adults and the elderly, to the rich and poor, and to people of every nationality. It is also meant for every family, for its individual members and for the little community as a whole." ...

On the way to Calvary, Jesus sees his mother.  Their eyes meet.  They understand one another.  Mary knows who her son is.  She knows whence he has come.  She knows what his mission is.  Mary knows that she is his mother; but she also knows that she is his daughter.  She sees him suffer for all men and women, those of the past, present and future.  And she too suffers....

Click here to read the complete article.  Mary was mentioned in the meditations for the fourth, thirteenth, and fourteenth stations.

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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.

Chaminade statue dedication
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), April 12, 2012

The campus community is invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the new statue of Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade at 4 pm, Friday, April 20, on the Central Mall of the University of Dayton campus.  To attend, RSVP to or call 229-2902.

Click here for a related article which includes a picture 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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