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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.

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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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We are most pleased to announce that the appointment of Jillian Slater as Librarian/Archivist in The Marian Library/IMRI was made official on May 1.  We take this opportunity to join all of you in extending a warm welcome to Jill and wishing her a happy association with the ML/IMRI and the Roesch Library family.

Jill and Matt Shreffler, a colleague at Roesch Library, attended the Outta Space: Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning workshop in Cincinnati on April 17.  Six speakers shared their perspectives on the topic from a wide range of fields including academic libraries, public libraries, conservation, historical societies, and IT.  The strengths of this workshop were the information-sharing among the participants and practical pointers for approaching issues of space planning and management in library collections.  Many of the resources have been collected under the "Connecting to Collections" project at  On a separate note, Jill provided us with the following comments about a new collection acquired by The Marian Library.

The Marian Library has recently acquired the collection of the late Marian scholar and author, Sally Cunneen.  Mrs. Cunneen was professor emeritus of English at Rockland Community College, and author of a number of books including In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol and Mother Church: What the Experience of Women Is Teaching Her.  She co-founded the ecumenical quarterly Cross Currents with her husband, Joseph Cunneen, in 1950, and was its associate editor until both retired in 1998.  Mrs. Cunneen was also a frequent contributor to national publications and presented many talks on Catholic and Marian topics.  She passed away on October 30, 2009.  The collection, donated by her husband and family, contains manuscripts, course materials, articles, correspondence, journals, and research materials, including Mrs. Cunneen's original research for In Search of Mary as well as related Catholic and Marian topics.  This collection is available for research at the Marian Library.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian Newsletter Online

Sheila Setter informed us that the Spring 2012 Newsletter from the Mary's Touch site is now available on the web.  The Newsletter is in PDF format and requires the Acrobat Reader from Adobe for viewing.

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 videos available for display, including a short clip on House of Mary Family Rosary to consider during Mary's month of May.

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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, May 2, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with organizers of the landmark First Annual Youth Unity Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Binzer on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 and held in Dayton, Ohio at the University of Dayton Arena on the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.  Guests include Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Educational Services and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg of Cincinnati, Sue Koverman, Manager of Educational Resources and Development/Dayton Office, Julie Taylor and Kathleen Stechulte, Unity Mass Co-Chairs/St. Albert's Parish, Paul Beyerle, Principal of Bishop Leibold School/ West Carrollton and Miamisburg, OH, and Mr. Mike Miller, Principal of Fenwick High School/Middletown, OH.  Hear the recorded comments of Bishop Binzer, students and others regarding this tremendously-effective prophetic event solidifying youth and education in the New Evangelization, exemplifying continuation of Papal World Youth Days on a local level that can be emulated throughout the world!

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, May 1, 2012, Francesca continues her discussion with Radio Maria listeners about world peace, peace in homes and the marketplace, for the benefit of individuals, the Church and the world through praying the rosary, novenas and knowledge of the mercy prayers and devotions given to St. Faustina, and through visionaries in approved Marian Apparitions.  What is spiritual warfare?  What instruction have we been given by Jesus, and the Blessed Mother to use by the grace and lessons given us by God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through Saints, Scripture and the Psalms?  Last week, Francesca and Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Ph.D. discussed personal healing attitudes and beliefs: "God loves me.  I am marvelously made." (Psalm 139); The Holy Spirit lives in me.  (Romans 8:26-28); meditation on personal healing (Philippians 4: 6-9); the importance of safety and an attitude of gratitude.  How can we relate these points to healing America and the world situation in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God's healing love to heal the wounds of the world?

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Baked Pasta with Zucchini or Melangane (Eggplant)

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:

M. Jean Frisk, SSM, Thursday, May 3, 2:30 PM on Mary, Queen of Apostles

Father John Fletcher, CC, Friday, May 4, 2:30 PM on First Saturday devotions

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Honored as Pastoral Musician of the Year by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) will honor Brother Howard Hughes, S.M., as Pastoral Musician of the Year when it gathers for its national convention in Washington, DC, July 29 – August 2, 2012.

In his letter of invitation to Brother Howard Hughes, the President of NPM, J. Michael McMahon, declared, "Board Members agreed unanimously that you have created compositions for the liturgy that are beautiful, delightful, and spirited, and that have fostered strong participation by the worshiping assembly as they pray the texts you have set to music."

The Marianist composer's first published work was Mass for Peace which appeared in People's Mass Book, 1964 edition, released by World Library Publications.  As liturgical celebration developed in the English vernacular following the Second Vatican Council, Brother Howard produced a wide range of liturgical compositions published by WLP, GIA, ICEL, OCP, LTP, CFCW, FDLC, USCC, RP, NPM, Presbyterian Church USA, and in The United Methodist Hymnal Companion.  Along the way he earned a master's degree in liturgical music (MLM) in 1988 from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America.  Now at the age of eighty-one, he is still composing and accepting commissions for special events.

In 1985 the University of Dayton bestowed on him its Distinguished Alumnus Award for his pioneering work in composing liturgical music for the vernacular after Vatican II.

A Marianist religious for sixty-four years, this distinguished liturgical musician and composer began as a high school teacher of French and director of high school choral groups.  In addition, Brother Howard also sang in symphonic choruses in New York and in Baltimore.  He commented that "conducting high school choral concerts and singing with adult symphonic choruses have been a great help in learning to write music."

Currently the awardee serves as organist and music director for the Marianist Center in Cupertino, CA.

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New Exhibit!

Creative Images: The Story of the Savior in the Hidden Images of Biblical Events

The University of Dayton's Marian Library gallery will feature works of artist, Catholic deacon, and University of Dayton alumnus, Ned Ostendorf, who died in 2009 from May 7 through June 23, 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 Summer 2012 semester will commence on June 4, 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 for Summer 2012.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest May 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 Mary, Mother and Believer, a coloring book in our Children's Resources section [which we plan to revise soon].  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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Images of Mary in Art

Title: The Many Faces of Mary

Date: April 27 - June 8, 2012

Location: Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics 2291 St. John's Rd, Maria Stein, OH 45860

Images of Mary from around the world--Classical artwork from The Marian Library at the University of Dayton
Exhibit opens daily 9:30 am.

Click here for details [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] or call 419-925-4532.

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Statement on China Commission Meeting
Laity are called to participate with apostolic zeal in the evangelization of the Chinese people
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) April 26, 2012

Here is the statement from the Commission for the Catholic Church in China, regarding its three-day meeting that concluded Wednesday.

The Commission which Pope Benedict XVI established in 2007 to study questions of major importance regarding the life of the Catholic Church in China met in the Vatican for the fifth time from April 23-25, 2012....

Finally, the Commission recalls that this upcoming May 24, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, and the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, will provide a particularly auspicious opportunity for the entire Church to ask for energy and consolation, mercy and courage, for the Catholic community in China.

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.

UD Exhibit Shows Biblical Scenes
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH), April 27, 2012

The next exhibit of the University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery will feature a series of paintings containing hidden images and symbols of biblical events, UD announced in a news release.

Creative Images: The Story of the Savior in the Hidden Images of Biblical Events will run Monday, May 7, through Sunday, June 23, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment by calling (937) 229-4214.

The works of artist Ned Ostendorf, a Catholic deacon and University of Dayton alumnus who died in 2009, depict biblical scenes from the Old and the New Testaments.  Each includes a related image hidden somewhere in the work.

They are accompanied by meditations written by Ostendorf on the primary image and clues to the hidden ones.  For example, in a work of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, the hidden image is a dove representing the Holy Spirit.

For directions and more information, go online to or call (937) 229-4214.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of May 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 May.

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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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