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The 2012 annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) was held at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Oregon--a truly beautiful location.  Father Francois Rossier, Father Thomas Thompson (MSA Secretary and editor of its journal, Marian Studies), Sister Jean Frisk (MSA Administrative Council member), Dr. Gloria Dodd, and Cecelia Mushenheim (Assistant to the MSA Secretary/Editor) attended the meeting.

Father Thompson spoke on The Sodalities: Marian Devotion and the Apostolate and also presented the annual Select Marian Bibliography.  Gloria presented a paper entitled: The Legion of Mary in the United States of America: Historical Highlights from 1931 to 2004.  Also, she was elected to the Administrative Council of the Mariological Society of America.

There were twenty-nine MSA members in attendance and an even larger number of commuters.  The presentations and community atmosphere were inspiring, as usual.  The glass wall of the dining room provided a panoramic view of the valley below and the mountains in the distance.  We saw eagles soaring and even enjoyed the experience of a double rainbow during dinner on the last evening there.  Next year's MSA meeting will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Athenaeum (seminary of the Archdiocese).  The theme will be Mary and the New Evangelization.

Sister Donna Maria Moses, webmaster for the MSA website, posted a slideshow of the meeting.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

House of Mary Chapel multimedia website

Father James H. Phalan, CSC, Vice-President of the Mariological Society of America, recently attended this year's annual MSA meeting.  He also plans to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin from June 10-17 (see below) and to visit Dayton from July 22-24.

Visit the House of Mary Chapel
International Eucharistic Congress June 10-17
St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 Ireland

For all those attending the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, you are welcome to the House of Mary Chapel--a place to pray as you are immersed in a multimedia meditation on the Mysteries of Light of the Rosary.  This extraordinary presentation was created for World Youth Day, Madrid, 2011, and has touched the hearts of thousands of pilgrims.

As you enjoy our hospitable and beautiful environment, join us for a presentation on the life and mission of Ireland's own son, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, the "Rosary Priest," and learn more about Mary, her Holy Rosary, Family Prayer and the Eucharist.

For more information, contact:
Father Peyton Centre Attymass, County Mayo, Ireland
096 45374

Suggested Video

Father James H. Phalan, CSC, current MSA President, visited Dayton recently to do research 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. In honor of Trinity Sunday, enjoy viewing the Pentecost scene from their film, The Triumphant Hour.

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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, June 6, 2012, Francesca Franchina engages listeners, and caller, Caroline Adams, astutely comments on the value of prayer, the Psalms, the Feast of Corpus Christi, and the signs of the times.  What is the significance and importance of the Holy Eucharist, prayer, and the Psalms, listening to God, Our Father, and acting on His Divine Will, especially at this time?

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, June 5, 2012, Francesca speaks with Roy Schoeman, Ph. D. of Boston, MA, convert to Catholicism from Judaism, about his life growing up in a faithful Jewish home, his turn to atheism, his process of conversion to Catholicism, focusing on Judaism, the Messiah Jesus, and Catholicism, the Holy Eucharist in his life and the life of all Catholics, the Feast of Corpus Christi and the New Evangelization.  Caller Stephanie Schutte shares information about the eleventh annual Corpus Christi celebration (the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ) at Emmanuel Parish on Franklin Street in downtown Dayton, about the Mass, decoration of Franklin Street with sidewalk pictures depicting symbols of the Holy Eucharist with dyed wood chips lovingly created by Emmanuel parishioners followed by 5:15 PM Mass, procession and dinner on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  All are invited!

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Pizza Fritte and Italian Dolce (sugared bread dough treats)

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 Bertrand A. Buby, S.M., Thursday, June 7, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Eucharist

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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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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 commenced 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 Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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.  We also revised our material on Marian shrines in Poland, updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through 5/31/2012, and posted recent information on Catholic Norms for Discerning Apparitions.

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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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Fidelity, in Business and Marriage, Leads to Success
A Catholic Entrepreneur Reflects on Both
Source: Zenit (Rome) June 1, 2012

Alessandro Ghirelli, together with his family--his wife and their seven children, is the Italian founder and owner of a company in service to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the last twenty-five years: the Ghirelli Rosary Company.

Ghirelli's primary goal is to achieve the highest possible quality of its products.  At the same time they supply large quantities of rosaries to the most important Marian Shrines.  In fact, Ghirelli rosaries have long been present at shrines worldwide, including Notre Dame of Paris in France, Fatima in Portugal, Knock in Ireland, and many others.  For more than twenty years, Ghirelli has designed and manufactured rosaries exclusively for the Holy See.

Mr. Ghirelli spoke with ZENIT on his business and how he sees it as not just based on profits but on prayer and service to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in whom they trust and rely upon.

ZENIT: Alessandro, you have seven children.  This is very unusual in today's world.  What were the reasons for such a large family?  In Italy and in Europe as well, this isn't easy, is it?

Alessandro Ghirelli: Yes, it's true, many ask me this question.  My family is a grace of which I feel unworthy.  The teachings of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina are the supporting column of our faith.  Regarding the number of children he used to say: When you are married, God decides how many children you shall have.  Criticisms from the world are not important.  I remember St. Paul's epistle to the Philippians saying that we do not have to take them into consideration, as what they consider a glory is indeed a shame.  We have to render account to God, not to the world....

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.

A Journey to the Vatican
Source: UD Quickly (University of Dayton), May 29, 2012

Seven students in the Chaminade Scholars program returned to the United States May 17, spiritually enriched and nourished after completing a twelve-day journey through Italy and the Vatican.

Led by Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., the Art, Culture and Spirituality Immersion Experience in Italy is the capstone experience of the Vocation and Arts course Chaminade Scholars take in their junior year....

Click here to read the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of June 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 June.

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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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