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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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Father Jared Wicks, S.J. from the Josephinum Seminary in Columbus visited the Marian Library on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, for the purpose of doing research.

Jill Slater, Archivist at the Marian Library attended the Society of Ohio Archivists annual conference in Columbus on Friday, May, 18, 2012.

Father Matthew Mauriello, graduate of the International Marian Research Institute, spoke on Mercy: Learn It and Live It at Mount Saint John in Dayton on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.  His recently published book, Mercies Remembered: Reflections and Reminiscences of a Parish Priest is available from Xulon Press.  To receive more information or to obtain copies of the book, please contact him by email at

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Film on Mary

Dr. Catherine O'Brien and Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us about the release of a new film on Mary screened by Benedict XVI recently.  See below for details [published May 18, 2012 from the Vatican Information Service].

This afternoon in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father attended a viewing of Mary of Nazareth, a coproduction of RaiFiction, Lux Vide, BetaFilm, Tellux, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Telecinco Cinema, directed by Giacomo Campiotti.

At the end of the screening the Pope addressed a few words on the film that focuses on three female protagonists: Herodias, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Nazareth, whose lives cross but who choose different paths.

"Herodias," Benedict XVI said, "remains locked within herself and her world.  She is unable to raise her gaze to read the signs from God and she is not freed from evil.  Mary Magdalene's experience is more complicated.  She is attracted by the appeal of an easy life rooted in material things and uses various means for getting her own way up until the dramatic moment when she is judged and is faced with her own life.  Her encounter with Jesus opens her heart and changes her existence.  But the center is Mary of Nazareth who possesses the wealth of a life that has been a "Here I am" for God.  She is a mother who would have always wanted to keep her Son at her side, but she knows that He is God.  Her faith and her love are so great that she can accept Him leaving to accomplish His mission.  Her life is a constant "Here I am," said to God from the Annunciation until the Cross."

"Three experiences," the Pope concluded, "a paradigm of how one can build their life around selfishness, being locked within oneself and material things, being guided by evil, or rather upon the presence of a God who came and stays with us, who awaits us with kindness if we make a mistake and asks that we follow Him, that we trust in Him.  Mary of Nazareth is the woman of a full and total "Here I am" to the divine will.  In her "Yes," repeated even when faced with the sorrow of the loss of her Child, we find complete and profound beatitude."

Click here for more information from Vatican Radio and from Lux Vide.

Suggested Video

For the Marian feast day on May 31, please consider The Visit, a modern drama about a young woman with AIDS who endures rejection and pain as she faces an unknown future.  A compassionate friend visits her and her story is interwoven with the biblical story of Mary's Visitation with her cousin, Elizabeth.  This film is from Family Theater's Manifest Mysteries series, an anthology of stories which blend contemporary drama with insights from the mysteries of the Rosary.  Click here for details, including video clips.

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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 23, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with IMRI graduate, Father Matthew Mauriello, S.T.L., of Greenwich CT, North American Representative, Executive International Committee for the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, and President of the North American Congress on Mercy, about Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, mercy, St. Faustina, the signs of the times, Our Lady's prayer campaign for peace utilizing the peace plan from heaven, revealed at Fatima in 1917, the importance of the mercy devotions in our time, and his two books Mercies Remembered: Reflections and Reminiscences of a Parish Priest, and From a Rectory Kitchen. [Co-authored with Franca Bosio Bertoli]  To receive more information or to obtain copies of the book, please contact Father Mauriello by email at

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 22, 2012, Francesca discusses topics relevant to all.  Can we approach the brokenness and wounds of America and the world situation through promoting and accepting healing through receiving God's mercy and His healing love, concern, and compassion as shared with St. Margaret Mary and St. Faustina and passing it on to help heal the wounds of the world?  Prayer works.  Francesca shares prayers for peace discussing Psalms 1 and 2.

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: heart-healthy, tasty, zesty, and fast Italian salad with fresh tomatoes, sliced cucumber, red onions, artichoke hearts, lemon, and oregano.

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, May 24, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Eucharist

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, May 25, 2:30 PM on May Devotions

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Saint Joseph in Focus: Husband of Mary and Guardian of Jesus by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

How much do we know about and appreciate the man who was the husband of the Mother of Jesus and the guardian of our Redeemer?  How do we honor him?  Saint Joseph is often overlooked.  Scripture says little of him.  We seem to give him scant attention.  Yet devotion to Saint Joseph has deep roots in Christian tradition.

Joseph is often the overlooked member of the Holy Family.  Do you remember as children when we wrote J.M.J. at the top of our papers in Catholic school?  We did that to remind ourselves to have the intention that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph had in life as we did our own work.  We pictured the members of the Holy Family side by side.

Husband of Mary

Remember that Mary and Joseph are a couple.  They belong together.  When separated, their significance in God's plan of salvation is clouded, because their importance lies in their relationship to each other.  While honoring the perpetual virginity of Mary, we cannot disregard Joseph's privilege and happiness of being Mary's husband.  In past centuries many works of art depicted Joseph as an old man.  Most likely this was done to disallow any threat to Mary's virginity.  This tended to undervalue the loving relationship of Mary and Joseph as husband and wife.  Despite the tendencies of her times, Saint Teresa of Avila always insisted that Joseph was a young man when he married Mary.  The Divine Liturgy reinforces this positive approach regarding Joseph: "With a husband's love he cherished Mary, the Virgin Mother of God."

Foster Father of Jesus

Since Joseph is the husband of Mary, he is also father to Jesus.  We know that he was not the physical father of Jesus.  But in the gospel account about Jesus being lost in the temple, Luke has Mary saying to Jesus: "Son, your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."  And the Divine Liturgy testifies: "With fatherly care you watched over Jesus Christ, your son, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit."

If one might think that Joseph's fatherhood was not quite real or effective because he did not physically procreate Jesus, let that person speak with adoptive parents, especially those who have conceived a child of their own and adopted others.  They will let you know how real Joseph's fatherhood is.

Head of the Holy Family

Joseph played a very important role as Jesus "grew in wisdom, age, and grace before God and men."  In the Jewish tradition children were, until the age of five or so, in the special care and tutelage of their mothers.  But beyond that age children came under the special guidance of their fathers.  Joseph by duty and privilege was the rabbi of the Holy Family to teach Jesus the Jewish faith and practices.  Joseph led his family in the worship of God in their home at Nazareth.

At meal times both Mary and Jesus looked to Joseph at the head of the table to offer the prayer of blessing.  Each year when the great evening of the Passover was celebrated, the youngster Jesus played His role and addressed the ritual question to Joseph: "Father, why is this night different from every other night?"  Then he listened with His Mother to Joseph's narration of the glorious events of the Exodus and the explanation of the meaning of the paschal lamb.  Later Jesus would hear John the Baptizer proclaim Him, the son of Joseph and Mary, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.

When Jesus was of age, Joseph introduced Him to synagogue worship.  Jesus was faithful to the synagogue rituals throughout His life.  Joseph also taught Jesus the skills of a carpenter.  Through the practice of this trade Jesus supported Himself and His Mother after Joseph's death.

Jesus' human experience of fatherhood was drawn from His relationship with Joseph, His own earthly father.  When Jesus said, "What father would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf or a poisonous snake when he asks for a fish?" He surely had in mind how kind and gentle Joseph was to Him as He was growing.

When Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son, Joseph must have been the model of that loving father.  As Jesus described how the father hugged and kissed the son who had been lost, perhaps He was recalling how Joseph hugged and kissed Him after He had been lost in the temple for three days.

When Jesus taught us how to pray, He began with the same loving title with which He had addressed Joseph all His life, abba.

His deep affection for Joseph is evident in the circumstances of the gospel.  Joseph made a profound impression on Jesus.

Joseph's relation to us

Has Joseph made and impression on us?  How do we think of Saint Joseph, honor him, and pray to him.  Do we appreciate the special place he has in Christian spirituality and in our own heritage?  Let us revere wholeheartedly the husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, the patron of the universal church.  After all, he is the man closest to Christ.

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Current Exhibits

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.

Classical artwork from The Marian Library at the University of Dayton is also on display through June 8, 2012 at the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics.  For details [in pdf requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader] click here.

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 Novena Prayers to Mary, Queen of Apostles.

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 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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ESBVM USA to Meet in Maryland

Title: Semi-annual meeting of the U.S. branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Location: Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Linthicum, Maryland

The meeting will begin with coffee and registration at 9 AM and continue until noon.  Lunch will be available for a small donation, to be followed by a business meeting of the society.  The meeting is open to all (no registration fee) and all are invited to attend the business meeting.

The meeting will open with a short ecumenical prayer and feature three presentations.  First, Bruce Lawrence, who is completing his M.A. in theology at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will speak on the Formula of Reunion, a short creedal statement that helped to reunite the Church in 433 AD after a brief schism following the Council of Ephesus.  This was the period when the Church officially acknowledged Mary as the God-bearer (Theotokos) and Marian devotion began to develop. Bruce is a member of the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church where the meeting will be held.

Then, the Rev. Warren Tanghe, Associate Pastor at the Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City, Maryland, will speak on Preaching Mary.  Father Tanghe has had a long association with the ESVBM, and we are excited that he will be presenting for us at this meeting.

Finally, ESBVM USA president, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, will speak on the work of the late Rev. Dr. Donald Lacy, his books, and his overall contribution to the ESBVM.  Rev. Dr. Lacy was a United Methodist minister in Indiana who had long been active in ecumenical activities and the promotion of devotion to Mary--a real embodimentof the goals of the ESBVM.

Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church is located at 105 North Camp Meade Road, Linthicum, Maryland, just minutes from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. More information on the church and directions can be found at  Also, more information on the ESBVM and updated information on this meeting may be found at

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Rome Celebrates Mother's Day with Its First March for Life
Cardinal Burke Presides over Vigil
Source: Zenit (Rome) May 14, 2012

Nearly seven thousand people from around the world took to the streets of Rome on Sunday to peacefully march in protest against violations of the human right to life from birth until natural death.

The March for Life, the first to ever take place in Rome, began at the Colosseum at around 10 in the morning, passed through Piazza Venezia and Largo Argentina, then officially concluded at Castel Sant'Angelo.  Most of the marchers continued on to St. Peter's Square and into the basilica for Sunday Mass.

The primary objective of this March for Life in Rome was to make a stand to protect the dignity of human life in Italy, where abortion has been legal since 1978, and where the practice of euthanasia--as was witnessed in the case of young Eluana Englaro in 2009--has begun.  Even though this march was directed toward the Italian government, there was nonetheless a strong international presence, with many participants coming from other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States.

The night before the March for Life, a vigil was held at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major [n.b. the crib for the Baby Jesus is venerated there] with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, which was presided over by Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura....

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.

Visiting America
Source: Maria Legionis (Philadelphia, PA), Winter 2005

The end of May 2004 saw Father Bede McGregor, O.P. and Father Eamonn McCarthy set out on a visit to the Eastern regions of North America....

The final leg of the journey came to the University of Dayton in Ohio, from which Frank Duff received the Marianist Award in 1956.

He was the seventh recipient and the first layman to be so awarded.  This prestigious university is said to have the largest Marian library in the world.  As an aside, readers are encouraged to access their Mary Page on the internet [at] which is replete with all kinds of information about our Our Blessed Mother.  If Frank Duff were still alive he would certainly, for this reason alone, have learned how to surf the net!

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Director of the International Marian Research Institute, was most gracious in making himself completely available over a number of days.  The highlight of this encounter, after the outstanding generosity and kindness of Professor Roten, were the lively theological conversations concerning Frank Duff's writings.  Father asked many probing questions concerning fundamental aspects of Legion theology, history, and spirituality.

For Professor Roten, it is the Handbook which contains the essence of Frank Duff's thought.  Roten believed that nowhere else, except perhaps in a few small points, would one find any greater development of Duff's thought than in the Handbook.  For Legionaries this is evident.  We know that Mr. Duff poured sixty years of his life's work into the continuous updating and revision of the Handbook.  In the opinion of many a Legionary, it is in its own right a spiritual classic.  It was refreshing to hear Professor Roten confirm this insight....

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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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