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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.

Greetings from Poland!  God bless you!

Brother Jose

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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Virginia Reinburg from Boston College visited the Marian Library this week to do research on shrines and miraculous images of the Virgin Mary in France (c. 1550-1750).  She is a historian of religious life in early modern Europe now doing a project on shrines, images, and pilgrimage.  Her publications include: "Les pèlerins de Notre-Dame du Puy" [The Pilgrims of Notre-Dame du Puy] in Revue d'Histoire de l'Eglise de France (1989) and French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian CD

IMRI student, Christ Padgett, recently visited The Marian Library for thesis direction.  While in Dayton, he donated a CD copy of Get to Know the Mother of God, his engaging talk about Mary in Scripture, Tradition, and church history to The Marian Library.  It is available from Lighthouse Catholic Media along with his other CDs, Slaying Giants, and Not Ready for Marriage, which he also donated to our holdings.  We are grateful to him for these gifts.  Some his other recent projects include Wholly Mary, The Rosary Project, and Spirituality You Can Live With, all available from Servant Books.  An article about Christ, The Many Lives of Chris Padgett, was published in the May 2012 issue of Saint Anthony Messenger, and an article by Chris, Seven Things I learned from Mary, was published in the May 2012 issue of Every Day Catholic.  For more info on either, click into

Suggested Video

On February 6, 2012, Dr. Larry Hufford, a professor at St. Mary's University in San Antonio presented his ideas on a faith-based form of democracy at this year's Marianist Heritage Lecture.  The same lecture was delivered recently at Saint Mary's and is available online through iTunes.

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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 9, 2012, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion on the signs of the times, Our Lady's prayer campaign for peace utilizing the peace plan from heaven, revealed at Fatima in 1917, devotions to the Holy Face, the Golden Arrow, St. Faustina, St. Margaret Mary, Sr. Josefa Menendez.  What is the significance and importance of listening to God Our Father, and acting on His Divine Will?  Why now?  What is the implication and importance of the will of God, the Father, on humanity, its effects, and its principles?  How can we discern and determine what is divine will and its meaning for our lives now and forever?

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 8, 2012, Francesca talks with modern medical missionaries, Dr. Magued Khouzam, MD, (Surgeon) of Florence, Kentucky and Dr. Ayman Iskender, MD (Cardiologist) of New York, the leaders of the Coptic Medical Association Medical Missionary Team of seventy-three doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals, as well as interested families of adults and children including Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, who will participate in the mission trip, coming together from the USA, Canada, Ethiopia, and Egypt to travel to Ethiopia.  Hear about the beginnings of the Coptic Medical Society in North America, its past medical missions to Egypt and Ethiopia, how they will teach, treat patients, and minister at the Black Lion Hospital and at St. Paul University Hospital, at orphanages, schools and churches in Addis Ababa, the Capitol of Ethiopia, doing various operations and procedures, helping, healing and ministering to patients, students and hospital medical professionals and personnel.  Can we relate the missionary concepts of this group of young, talented doctors and medical professionals, to heal the wounds of America and the world situation, promoting and accepting healing by receiving God's mercy and healing love and passing it on to heal the wounds of the world?

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Lendicci (Lentils) with Rice or Pasta and Hearty Italian Salad tossed with Fresh Mozzarella, Diced Pepperoni, and Quartered Artichoke Hearts.

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, May 10, 2:30 PM on Fatima

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary in Byzantine Liturgy by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

One aspect of the Byzantine Liturgy that frequently captures the attention of the Christian faithful is the exalted place given the Blessed Virgin Mary in daily worship.  Her image is always at the left side of the iconostasis, depicting her with her Son and never without him.  Her name is always proclaimed after that of her Son.  In addition to the four Marian feasts shared with the Roman Church, the Byzantine faithful celebrate many other Marian festivals and dedicate two weeks of intense preparation for her feast of the Assumption (Dormition).

When Mary's name is mentioned in liturgical prayer, the Byzantine Church gives her entire title: "All holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious lady, the Mother of God (Theotokos) and ever-virgin Mary."  Three expressions stand out in this title: Theotokos, ever-virgin, and all-holy.  The first encomium was applied to her by the Council of Ephesus in 431, and the second by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553.


The exalted place reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mary is based on the revealed fact that she is Theotokos, the Mother of God.  When Nestorius denied her this title and called her only Christotokos, Mother of Christ, all Christendom was disturbed and a general council was convened in Ephesus to address this issue.  The council declared that Jesus Christ is both God and man.  St. Cyril of Alexandria, who presided over the council on behalf of Pope Celestine, proclaimed to the crowds awaiting the conclusion that "Mary is Theotokos; she is the Mother of God."

The city of Ephesus erupted in joy as its residents accompanied the council fathers with torches in procession to their residences chanting in acclamation the council statement: "Mary is the Theotokos, since she conceived in her virginal womb by the power of the Holy Spirit and brought into the world Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is One Being with the Father."

We venerate the Theotokos, Mother of God, because she is the Mother of His son.  Mariology, the theology concerning Mary, is an extension of Christology, the theology concerning Jesus Christ.  Blessed John Paul II reminded us that "Only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery made clear."  In recognizing Mary as Theotokos, the Council of Ephesus emphasized the integrity of the Person of Christ.  In recalling that "the Word was made flesh," we acknowledge with tremendous reverence the one who was chosen by God to be the instrument of so amazing a mystery.  To honor Mary is to honor her Son.

All the privileges of the one who is "full of grace" stem from her quality of being the Theotokos.  If she has been preserved from original sin from the first moment of her conception, it is because she is Theotokos.  If she has preserved her virginity before, during, and after the birth of Emmanuel, it is because she is Theotokos.  If she has been transported body and soul to everlasting life after death, it is because she is Theotokos.

During Great Lent Byzantine Christians pray this tribute of St. John of Damascus, "In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices, the orders of angels, and the human race as well; in you, sanctified temple, spiritual paradise, glory of virgins, from whom our God, who exists from all eternity, took flesh and became a little child.  He has made your womb more spacious than the heavens.  In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices; glory to you."

Ever Virgin

The fiat of the creature responded to the fiat of the Creator: "Let it be done to me according to your will."  Pope John Paul II explained in his encyclical, Redemptoris Mater, "In the salvific economy of God's revelation, Abraham's faith constitutes the beginning of the Old Covenant; Mary's faith at the Annunciation inaugurates the New Covenant.  Just as Abraham 'in hope believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations,' so Mary, at the Annunciation, having professed her virginity believed that through the power of the Most High she would become the Mother of God's son in accordance with the angel's revelation: 'The child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God'." (Lk 1:35)

Panaghia, All-Holy

Mary is Panaghia, All-Holy, not only because she is Theotokos, but also because she is the supreme example of cooperation (synergia) between the Divine Plan and the Liberator, Christ.

God has always respected human liberty.  He did not wish to be incarnate without the consent of the Theotokos.  Mary was not passive in the mystery of the Incarnation.  She was invited, not compelled, and she fully participated in consenting to the proposal brought to her by the angel.

The fourteenth-century Byzantine lay theologian, St. Nicholas Cabasilas, summarized the mind of the early Church Fathers: "The Incarnation has been not only the work of the Father, of His Son, and of the Holy Spirit, but also the work of the faith of the Virgin.  For without the consent of the Most Pure, without the cooperation of her faith, this design was as unrealizable as without the intervention of the three Divine Persons.  It is only after persuading her that God takes her as His Mother and borrows the flesh that she can give to Him.  Likewise, as He wished to be incarnate, He wished that His Mother beget Him freely and with full consent."

New Eve, Mother of Us All

Mary is an extraordinary woman.  She carries in her womb all humanity, since she is the New Eve, the giver of life.  Her maternal care and protection cover not only the Child Jesus, but also the entire universe and all members of the human race.  Again, Blessed John Paul II explained in Redemptoris Mater that "In accordance with the eternal plan of Providence, Mary's Divine Motherhood is to be poured upon the Church, as indicated by statements of Tradition, according to which Mary's 'motherhood' of the Church is the reflection and extension of her motherhood of the Son of God."

At a general audience in Lent 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared, "Mother of God and Mother of the Church, Mary exercises this motherhood forever.  We entrust to her every passing phase of our personal and ecclesial life, not least that of our final transit."

Chosen by God to Help Us

Together with the West, all the Eastern Churches proclaim Mary as Mother, Advocate, and Mediatrix.  She protects us with maternal care and is our never-failing intercessor before the Creator.  In no way does her role diminish that of the only and unique Mediator, Christ.  The Second Vatican Council clearly taught that "The maternal duty of Mary toward the human race in no way obscures or diminishes the unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power.  For all the saving influences of Mary originate, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure.  They flow from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rest on his mediation, depend entirely on it, and draw all their power from it." (Lumen Gentium)

If Christ is the door, Mary is the first to enter.  She advances the whole of humanity.  She is the pillar of fire to guide the People of God to the heavenly Jerusalem.  Nothing symbolizes and illustrates the true message of the Marian apparitions of the last two centuries better than the Byzantine icon of the Deisis.  In that icon the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist surround Christ, the sovereign judge, and Mary exercises her ministry of intercession and charism of prayer and supplication, calling all mankind to repentance, asking for God's mercy, praying: "Come, Lord Jesus.  Maranatha.  Amen."

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Current 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 and Fatima in Life and Thought of John Paul II.

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 4/30/2012.  We have also posted material on The Year of Faith with Mary which includes a related bibliography.  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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The Lamb, the Eucharist, and Our Lady's Call
Chaplain From Ireland's National Shrine Considers Mary and Evangelization
Source: Zenit (Rome) May 9, 2012

Father Nigel Woollen is a priest of the Fraternity of Mary, Immaculate Queen, an Association of the Faithful of French origin, made up of consecrated brothers and sisters.  He is based in Galway Diocese in Ireland and works part time as a chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

During this month of Mary, ZENIT spoke with Father Woollen about what happened and still happens at Knock in the perspective of the renewal of the Church in Ireland and in the context of the lead-up to the International Eucharistic Congress to be held next month in Ireland.

ZENIT: Father Nigel, you are a priest in Knock, the National Shrine of Ireland.  What happened in Knock?

Father Woollen: On Aug. 21, 1879, various people in Knock village saw a vision, or manifestation, on the outer gable wall of their small parish church, in this forgotten corner of the west of Ireland.  On one side there were three persons, identified as St. Joseph, Mary the Mother of God (crowned as Queen), and St. John the Apostle.  But the center of the vision was a Lamb, standing on an altar, with a large cross behind it and angels circling; a strong light came from the Lamb.  There was no spoken message; some fifteen witnesses gave their testimony to what they had seen, which lasted two hours in the rain.  A commission concluded that their testimonies were trustworthy; a second commission in the 1930s (when the last surviving witnesses were still alive) concurred.  It is worth noting that the pastor at the time of the apparition, Father Bartholomew Kavanagh, a young priest known for his piety and service to the poor, had just finished celebrating one hundred consecutive Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (especially for all those who had died without the sacraments in times of famine).  Prayer for our deceased and for the Holy Souls has always been a feature of Knock Shrine spirituality....

ZENIT: You are not Irish.  You are a member of the Fraternity of Mary, Immaculate Queen (  Is there any connection between Knock Shrine and your spirituality?

Father Woollen: Yes, people sometimes ask: What is an English priest from a French community doing in County Mayo?  My Fraternity has been in Galway (just an hour from Knock) for some years now, and has recently started a new venture in Dublin.  As we have a special attention to Mary's presence in the Church--and in particular to how Mary, being Mother and Queen, helps us to live out our Christian lives--we feel a particular affinity with the message of Knock!  Mary today, as in the Gospel, continues to point to the Lamb of God; she says, as she did at Cana, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:4)  I am forever grateful for all she has done to help me in my priesthood, and have great hope for what the Lord will continue to do in Ireland and throughout the world, by means of her powerful intercession.

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.

The Good Shepherd
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), May 2, 2012

For a half century, Father Jerry Chinchar, S.M., has responded to Mary's inspirational words, "Do whatever He tells you."

In a joyful liturgy on April 28, Father Jerry celebrated his golden jubilee as a Marianist.  During the homily, Father Paul Vieson, S.M., described his fellow Marianist as "an Easter person," someone who's joyful, selfless and courageous.  "The Easter person will always be 'on call,' ready to comfort, heal, forgive, encourage," he said.  "To be, in short, a good shepherd, never miserly with time and energy, always personal: 'I know mine and mine know me'. "

By day, Father Jerry serves as a campus minister for catechetical programs.  If students want to become Catholic or be confirmed, they complete this journey of faith with him.  He's also a fixture at the noon Sunday Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  "Presiding at the gamut of liturgies on campus has been a joy and a treasured work," he says.

As a 'priest on call,' he responds to student crises on campus--at all hours of the day and night.  Many know him best as the 'techno priest,' who has incorporated blogs and podcasts on a Lent website to capture the attention of technology-savvy college students.

His life as a Marianist priest, Father Jerry says, has been "a grace-filled journey of challenges and blessings."

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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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